Thursday, January 6, 2011

Websites and Bikes and Blogs...Oh My!

A few bicycle blogs and websites have my attention lately, and I’m wondering if you know about them, too. I’ve got ‘em on my list of “Bodacious Bike Blogs.”  Here they are, in no particular order:

ORbike  is a comprehensive, frequently updated site that gives you a good look at cycling in Oregon. I was blown away yesterday when I submitted an electronic survey and almost immediately got a personalized response!  Very impressive. On this website you can find--and post--rides and events happening across the state.  Right now you can take the survey and be included in a drawing for a free registration for the Petal Pedal in June.
Ride Oregon is part of the Travel Oregon Network and is much more static than ORbike, but still offers lots of great info about routes and events. You'll find yourself printing off some of these route maps on your way out the door just before a ride.

Breakfast On Bikes is a great blog that emphasizes advocacy for cycling in Salem, through proactive community involvement. For bike commuters and caring citizens, this site is a must.
Cog-itate is a fairly new arrival to the blog scene and I’m already jealous of this dude. Local rider Daniel Evans is quite prolific, reflective, and thought provoking with his posts about riding bikes.  He’s got other blogs, too, as you’ll discover if you click around on his site a little bit.

Bikelovejones is written by my long-time friend, Beth. She's personable, engaging, and honest. She’s living car-free in Portland, part-owner of CityBikes and super-groovy cyclocross racer. I still smile remembering playing jazz tunes with her during college. Even though I’m a few years older than her, I want to be like her when I grow up.

I’ve never met Richard, the Denver-area author of Richard’s Ride, but I’m very impressed by what he accomplished in 2010: he rode solo from Phoenix to Denver in all kinds of crazy weather, dropped lots of weight in the process, and started a successful bike refurbishing business in addition to his "day job."  I'm scared to imagine what he'll dream up in 2011.

If you have other cycling sites or blogs you'd like to suggest to me, I'm interested!  And to my friends who produce these blogs, thank you...I enjoy your work.


bikelovejones said...

Truly honored to have made this list. And very glad we got back in touch with each other too. Happy riding!

Salem Breakfast on Bikes said...

2011 can be an exciting year in Salem, but there's a lot of work to do!

I'd be interested in BLJ's thoughts on the Portland Master Plan, the "build it" campaign, and what advice she might have, if any, for Salemites who are now in the process of updating their own master plan. From my standpoint, I see that insisting on a funding plan is really important - to ensure the plan isn't just pretty words in a report.

Anyway, the local bloggy neighborhood is getting more lively! Here's to 2011. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your very kind words about my blog! You and Eric of Breakfast on Bikes have paved the way:-)

Kelly Carlisle said...

Thanks, blog-colleagues! All the best to each of you.