Category: Recreational

Bike Maintenance Class by CAT

Bike Maintenance Class: Fix Up Your Bike!

Bring in your bicycle, give it a full tune up with supervision from our professional staff and ride away with confidence. People with no mechanical experience learn side by side with people who have much experience. Everyone can benefit regardless of what bike they ride and how they use it. During the class enjoy a great discount on new parts!

A wheel building class is available for people who want in depth knowledge of truing, tensioning and assembling wheels. Our seamstress, Glynn, teaches sewing classes that include the construction of a waterproof waxed canvas backpack.

We have weeknight and weekend classes available, each with 3 consecutive sessions. There is a maximum of 5 students per class, so register early!

Weeknights: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6:30 — 9:00 pm (7.5 hours) $45;
Weekend: Saturdays Nov 17th, 24th and Dec 1st 9am -Noon (9 hours) $50

To register email or call (541) 683 3397

Center for Appropriate Transport
455 W 1st Ave


Sun, Surf and Suds An August Tour Down the Oregon Coast

GEARs General Meeting presentation
Tuesday 10/23 6-8pm
Countryside Pizza 645 River Road

Please join Ray Hull and Garry Swanson as they ride us down the beautiful Oregon Coast! A ten-day trip that covered 500 miles with a highest mileage day of 58 and a low of 23. Come and enjoy the wonderful coastal towns and roadways that make this trip a must do for the beauty and majesty of the Oregon Coast! They will talk about roads, traffic, wonderful campgrounds and stops along the way. The sun was bright the surf very low and there were several opportunities to enjoy “suds” at the end of a ride day! This is a must see if you ever thought of riding the coast or a great way to add your thoughts to the trip for those of you that are veterans of an Oregon Coast ride. Your presence is requested to make this a great evening!

Down the Drain Brevet

Active GEARs member Michal Young is organizing a Brevet. Here’s the info:

‎”On Saturday, September 8, I am organizing a 200 kilometer brevet (timed, unsupported ride) starting in Eugene and passing through Lorane, Drain, and Cottage Grove. If you are curious about randonneuring, I have posted a few notes on how a 200km brevet differs from a supported century ride here: If you think you might be interested in trying a brevet, you can find my notes on the Down the Drain route here:

You do not need to be a member of Randonneurs USA or Oregon Randonneurs to participate in Down the Drain on September 8. Expect a ride fee of $15 (possibly less, definitely not more).

Pre-register here: .
(Rider or robot: Robots might not know that Paris-Brest-Paris is 1200 kilometers. Randonneurs daydream about it.)

We’ll start at Skinner’s Butte Park (just across the river from Alton Baker Park) at 7am, and you should be there 15 minutes early to register. I expect a small group, maybe 6 to 12 riders. You’ll find the veteran randonneurs friendly and welcoming, and happy to mentor rookies in our slightly wacky sport. I hope to some of you will give it a try, but in fairness I must warn you that randonneuring is addicting.”

Two Rides With 2012 LIVESTRONG Texas 4000 + a Potluck Meeting

Please join me for two rides with the 2012 LIVESTRONG Texas 4000, which are 23 students from the University of Texas riding from Austin to Anchorage this summer. They will be passing through Eugene July 9 and 10.

Monday, Noon, I’ll lead from Cafe du Hall, riding to Richardson Park (possibly Highway 36) to meet these riders and escort them to the Northwest Youth Corps facility. This ride is 41 miles and 700 feet elevation gain.

Tuesday, 7AM, I’ll lead from Northwest Youth Corps to Harrisburg and return to Eugene about 60 miles and 700 feet elevation gain.

Pace will be 12-15mph. Please wear your GEARs jersey (now available at Paul’s BWOL).

Richard Hughes
President and Chair of the Board of Directors
Greater Eugene Area Riders Cycling Club(GEARs)
The Voice for Bicyclists
PO Box 5506
Eugene, OR 97405

General Meeting and “POTLUCK”, Monday, July 9, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Northwest Youth Corps, 2621 Augusta Street, Eugene, 97403

Please join GEARs in welcoming the 2012 LIVESTRONG Texas 4000.

On July 9, their route will come through Eugene for the first time in the ride’s history. The organization has a long history of developing friendships and relationships with hosts, and we hope that you will consider joining us for the potluck.

Please RSVP to Garry Swanson, or 541-726-3997 and sign up to bring a main dish, salad or desert to share. Let’s give a real Eugene GEARs welcome to these 23 young men and women! They are excited to come to Eugene, and to meet people in our city.

The organization, made up of University of Texas students, annually bikes from Austin, TX to Anchorage in 70 days between June 1 and August 10. Their ride will cover over 4,400 miles, and they will be raising over a quarter-million dollars for cancer research. I encourage you to learn more about their organization by visiting:

Ride With Richard

Please join GEARs President, Richard Hughes, this Saturday for a 10 to 12mph pace ride, leaving Cafe du Hall, 5th & Willamette, at 9am. We’ll head out the South Bank Path to Orchard Point and return the Fern Ridge Path for a total of 28 miles(see attached map). The ride is relatively flat at 267 feet of elevation gain. This is a great spring ride for those beginner-novice riders wanting something pretty mellow but with a bit of distance.

We’re starting at Cafe du Hall to remind you that they are a supporter of GEARs and offer a discount to members. See LINK for other retailers offering discounts. Also we will pass by Bagel Sphere on this ride, which is also a supporter.

All Comer's Mountain Bike Meetup

The announcement below comes from Disciples of Dirt and sounds like a great day of mountain biking (and more).  The All Comer’s Meet is the biggest open-to-everybody mountain bike event in the local area and the WhyPass trails are awesome
You will be able to “break into ride groups depending on pace/skill level. ACM is an all-abilities fun ride day—it is not a race. Invite your friends—everyone is welcome!” So break out of the road, commute, utility, or whatever bike rut you may be in and try out some great mountain biking with some new folks.
Youth without supervision must check-in at the Trips for Kids-CAT table, so they can lead them to the best riding group.
Bring your own mountain bike and join the fun!

All Comer’s Meet

Event Date : Sun, 01/15/2012 – 9:45am
Location: WhyPass trail system near Lorane, OR

Announcing the 8th annual All Comer’s Meet hosted by the Disciples of Dirt. Folks will gather at 9:45 am at “The Pile” and break into ride groups depending on pace/skill level. ACM is an all-abilities fun ride day—it is not a race. Invite your friends—everyone is welcome! Helmets are required.

Things to Bring:

  • Fenders… there will be mud on hand
  • Post-ride snack… bring enough to share
  • Camp chair… for sitting around the post-ride bonfire
  • Pop-up shelter… if you have one
  • Firewood… if you can

The DOD will Supply:

  • Refreshments by Ninkasi Brewing
  • Homemade chili and chili dogs
  • DOD branding irons

Directions to WhyPass