Siskiyou Velo club to host five Greenway rides

The Siskiyou Velo club will once again host a series of five organized bike rides designed to get people back on a bicycle in a pleasant and supportive way.

The Saturday rides all start at 10 a.m., take place on the Bear Creek Greenway and are focused on regular riders on regular bikes and wearing regular clothes.

This isn't for the lycra crowd.

"In these rides, we're targeting people who have ridden before, maybe as kids and maybe a little as adults, but they never got...

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Cycling through the pear blossoms

Cycling through the pear blossoms

The fragrance of flowering pear blossoms coupled with the lush, green foothills are one of the best treasures in the state of Jefferson, and a bike ride through the orchards in early April with thousands of pear trees in bloom is a visual symphony.

Every year my wife, Barb, and I look forward to cycling through the pear orchards when they are transformed into a white, fairy-tale landscape. It is our annual rite of spring. We have different cycling routes along the east and west sides...

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Rogue Rider: Lazy days at Lake Creek

It's happened.

Spring has snuck up on us once again, catching everyone by surprise.

Sometimes, you want to just take a slow, easy ride, drop a few gears and enjoy the scenery. That's exactly how I felt this week when I explored Lake Creek, a bucolic detour off the beaten path for most bikers.

It's also a mere 30 minutes from downtown Medford, about 13 miles up Highway 140. 

The hamlet is notable for its energetic historical society and preservation of its...

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Beach biker

Beach biker

It's difficult to say this, but there's a good chance my love of hiking Oregon Coast beaches is gone forever.

Oh, sure, I'll still enjoy watching the sun set across the sand, throwing the ball for my dog down the shoreline or splashing around in the surf with my nephews.

But as for hiking miles on the beach? Finished.

That's because last week, West Salem resident Craig Wojcik was nice enough to take me fat biking on the coastal beaches in Lincoln City.

On a short...

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Going Greensprings

Going Greensprings

ASHLAND — The 18-mile trip up the Greensprings Highway can be a real thigh-burner for road cyclists like Matt Walker of Ashland, but the rewards come quickly.
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Bolt Mountain short but sweet

The BLM recently finished widening and signage work on the multi-use Bolt Mountain trail, south of Grants Pass along the Applegate River, and it's a great mountain biking destination for riders looking for a technical challenge and beautiful views.

The trail begins at the top of Fish Hatchery County Park. Leave your car at the gravel parking lot at the entrance to the park — but make sure you pay the $4-per-vehicle day use fee. It's a small price to help maintain the...

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Speed and air at Alsea Falls

Sometimes, it takes a trip to the good old Pacific "North-wet" to appreciate how good we have it down here in Southern Oregon.

At the tail end of October, I heaved my mountain bike onto the back of my car and traveled north to visit a friend in Corvallis. While there, I visited one of Oregon's newest mountain bike trail systems, Alsea Falls. 

Situated between Eugene and Corvallis in the soggy Coast Range, the Alsea Falls Recreation Site, managed by the BLM, offers summer...

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New trails could garner scenic designation

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is taking applications for trails to be nominated as scenic or regional, as well as bike paths for the Scenic Bikeways program.
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Shift into the Rose City spirit

Shift into the Rose City spirit

PORTLAND — Portlandia is pridefully weird, with its love of beards, bikes and crazy junk food. After a couple of high-calorie days here, I want to put the fetching little city on my handlebars and ride.

So I do.
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Applegate Lake's Payette Trail: The ride for the casual mountain biker

Sometimes it's not easy to get your friends onto the trails. To them, mountain biking may conjure images of uncontrolled downhill descents, hitting rocks and going tumbling over the handlebars, especially since all they own is a hybrid bike, or maybe an off-brand budget mountain bike with cantilever brakes and worn-out shocks.

If that's the case, there's still a place you can take them that won't bore even experienced riders. The trail around Applegate Lake is one of the most...

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What's in your Camelbak? Or how not to get stranded on the trail

Remembering to pack essential tools on even the most routine ride can save you from being a victim of Murphy's Law
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Rocket through the redwoods on the Little Bald Hills Trail

It's vacation season, and also fire season. That means it's a convenient time to put your mountain bike on or in your vehicle and head west, away from the perennially smoky valley, to the misty Oregon Coast.
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An ode to Roxy Ann mud

Most days when I want to take a quick ride, I feel that hefting my bike onto the back of my car and driving out to a trail destination kind of defeats the purpose.
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Shift into 'Slo-Mo'

Shift into 'Slo-Mo'

Buying a bicycle paved the way to new friendships and social activities when Phil Gagnon joined Siskiyou Velo Club more than 15 years ago.
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