25 Years and Still Riding

Welcome to GEARs. The Greater Eugene Area Riders is a non-profit organization with the mission to promote and encourage bicycle riding for transportation and recreation. We coordinate weekly rides, provide safety and skill education, defend the rights and responsibilities of bike riders, and work to enhance the bicycle culture in Eugene and surrounding area. Membership in GEARs has its rewards! In addition to all of the rides and advocacy work we do, there are additional benefits. Local bike shops and other businesses are now offering discounts for GEARs members. Go to our Bike Rewards page to see a list of participating business members. Join GEARs Now.

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Next Meetings:

Our next Board Meeting will be Tuesday, December 12th at 6:30 pm. The meeting location will be announced. Members and the public are encouraged to attend.

GEARs Program
Wednesday, November 29th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St. Eugene
Everyone Welcome

VINEYARDS, STRAWBERRIES, AND A HACIENDA: BIKING COASTAL CALIFORNIA IN THE SPRINGTIMESteveHecker3Scaled

The drought-busting winter of 2016-17 made a spring cycle tour of the California coast quite an adventure in planning and execution. Four GEARS members took on this challenge in April-May of this year, and this is your chance to see and hear about their ride from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Santa Barbara Amtrak Station. With Big Sur impassable south of Monterey because of a bridge washout and landslides, the intrepid cyclists improvised an inland detour through Carmel Valley, Arroyo Seco, Fort Hunter Liggett, and Lake Nascimiento. Their route passed through a vast variety of California agriculture, from coastal strawberry and artichoke fields in the north to the vineyards of Carmel Valley, Paso Robles, and Santa Ynez, to avocado ranches where they returned to the coast at Morro Bay. You probably know about Hearst Castle, but have you heard of the Hearst Hacienda? That’s where they spent night five. They logged about 470 miles over 11 days, up, down, and sideways. Come hear their stories. They promise lots of tips for planning your own trip down the California Coast. They’ll tell you where to stay, where to eat, and all the best wineries to make your ride more fun.

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