Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    245
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Cycling Eugene Oregon

    The main reason my husband and I want to spend about a week in Eugene, Oregon in August is to road cycle the beautiful countryside. We also want to enjoy the happenings in Eugene. We will bring our bikes. We will either stay in a hotel or rent something through VRBO. We want to be able to ride from where we are staying and get in some 40-60 mile rides. In what part of town/area/neighborhood should we stay to accomplish our goals? We don't know Eugene - never been there. Thanks everyone.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Eugene, Oregon
    Posts
    4,994
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There are pretty limited riding opportunities for rides of that length around here. If you want to ride flat terrain amongst the grass farms, you can go north of town. Bear in mind that some of the commuters from the suburbs are none too tolerant of bikes on "their" roads, so plan your times accordingly (or just deal with the hostility; it's not generally violent). As the day wears on, the wind generally picks up from the north, so the ride home is always faster than the ride out. A slightly less flat option exists as a loop just south of town by going over Fox Hollow. I like to go up from West Amazon, drop down to Lorane Hwy and then return back up McBeth (weird spellings around here) to the top of Fox Hollow. Longer loops that include Briggs Hill Rd and Doane Rd involve riding on Territorial Hwy, which can be just fine if you pick your timing but is unpleasant when the commuters are rolling.

    If you're willing to go a bit further afield, we have some absolutely awesome riding opportunities that start about ten miles west of town. If you stay here, Velo Bed and Breakfast , then you are eight miles from Wolf Creek Rd. Twelve miles and two climbs later, you're in the O&C (Oregon and California Railroad lands), which are tree farms run by BLM interspersed with private tree farms along the Siuslaw and Smith Rivers. There are a couple of nice century-length loops from the Velo B&B that are almost too nice to describe. Ride fifty miles, take a long break eating a picnic along a river, and then ride another fifty back. There are a couple of pioneer cemeteries to hunt down out there if you're into that sort of thing. No services in the O&C (no cell coverage either), so bring what you need. If you are feeling adventurous, you can ride eighty-five miles to the coast along the Smith River, stay the night in Reedsport, and then ride home.

    Eugene is small enough that it doesn't matter much where you stay in terms of your rides. However, various neighborhoods have their own characteristics. If you stay anywhere near the university or the west side of town, everything needs to be locked down; we have a lot of petty theft here. Similar problems downtown and in the Whiteaker. If you rent something on the south side of town, you should have better piece of mind for your possessions, but take a good look at the roads you'll be on going to and from the activities you will be partaking of. Not all roads in town lend themselves to joyful night rides home (we have a huge drunk problem here, particularly amongst the suburban population, so you don't want to be on a road they will be taking home in the evening).

    I know that all sounds so dark, but I don't want you to naively think you can lock up a nice bike with a cable and then lose it to some thief. We don't have much if any violent crime (walk the streets with confidence; even our homeless folks are friendly). The people are almost universally nice and helpful and, if you like brew pubs we have several that people seem to enjoy. Most venues are big on live music, so if that's something you like you should be able to find it with ease. My favorite feature is the large number of small grocery stores with high quality food, but then I'm a glutton.

    Have a nice visit. If you want specific routes, let me know and I'll do some ridewithgps routes for you.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    222
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Eugene and the surrounding area has lots of rides. What kind of riding? Hardcore 20mph+? Sightseeing 12mph?, Do you enjoy hills? Are you willing to drive to ride? etc...

    Here's info on events. dhttp://www.eugenecascadescoast.org/visitors/calendar-of-events/index.cfm?evntViewBy=week&showweek=1&e_cdate=08-02-2014&e_catid=0&e_regionid=0

    Here's info on biking Lane County bicycling maps online for the looking, downloading | OregonLive.com

    I lived in or near (less than 10 miles) Eugene for over 20 years and within 45 miles for another 20 years, and still ride there about once a week. I've found most of the drivers and other riders are courteous, but there is always the few problem "ones". I tend to avoid narrow winding roads with zero shoulders tho Tim
    Last edited by choteau; 06-02-14 at 08:29 AM.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    245
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thank you for your detailed response. It is much appreciated.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    245
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by choteau View Post
    Eugene and the surrounding area has lots of rides. What kind of riding? Hardcore 20mph+? Sightseeing 12mph?, Do you enjoy hills? Are you willing to drive to ride? etc...

    Here's info on events. dhttp://www.eugenecascadescoast.org/visitors/calendar-of-events/index.cfm?evntViewBy=week&showweek=1&e_cdate=08-02-2014&e_catid=0&e_regionid=0

    Here's info on biking Lane County bicycling maps online for the looking, downloading | OregonLive.com

    I lived in or near (less than 10 miles) Eugene for over 20 years and within 45 miles for another 20 years, and still ride there about once a week. I've found most of the drivers and other riders are courteous, but there is always the few problem "ones". I tend to avoid narrow winding roads with zero shoulders tho Tim
    We live in South Central Texas so we are used to rude drivers. I ride pretty slow and my husband is kind enough to ride with me. We are fine with hills and fine with flat. We just like to ride! We don't have to stay right in Eugene but we thought it would be easier to find decent restaurants and grocery stores if we are in Eugene. If you have a recommendation on what part of town we should stay please let us know. We can take out bikes to go ride but it's always nice to ride from your door.

  6. #6
    Sore saddle cyclist Shifty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Eugene, OR
    My Bikes
    Road, touring and mountain
    Posts
    3,785
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Here is a list of rides from the bike club, most include a map of the ride. Ride List | GEARs

    Most University area lodging is good, walk to things to do. Check out Residence Inn and LaQuinta for best location right on park, river and bike trail system.
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Oregon
    Posts
    222
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My sister and her husband live near Bourne Tx, one day I'll visit them with my bike. As to Eugene food stores vary from local organic to big chain stores. Google maps can give you info on lodging/pricing, bike paths/lanes,dining/grocery options and entertainment. Eugene is not that big, and really easy to get around / thru / out away from on a bike. Different parts of town can affect your costs tho...

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •