1212 NE 1st St.
Bend, OR 97701
10 to 6 Monday through Saturday
¤Bike Sharing Starts in Bend, Bikes by Bendvelo
¤Bike the Back Yard Farm Tour 2012
¤Break apart the Automotive Mind on the Backyard Farm Tour Ride
¤Do The Backyard Farm Tour on Bike with the BendVelo Group Ride
¤Gas hits a fricken $4 per Gallon
¤Chicken Coop Tour Video
¤Tour de Coop Slideshow
¤J. Livingston News(4)
¤Change the World Riding the Chicken Coop Tour Saturday
¤Comp Coffee Arives at BV
¤Bend Velo Group Ride, Bends Chicken Coop Tour, May 7th
¤What is the Future of the Oil Based Lifestyle
¤Roller Rumble Bike Race Results
¤Roller Rumble Race #1
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post by: Dale Friedkin May 18, 2013
Bend likes to think its great, but its not exactly bleeding edge on trends that are happening in big cities. Bend does usually come around though, case in point is a bike sharing program. We have now got one! It is small and limited but its a start and Bendvelo has provided the bikes! Commute options is behind the program, their idea is lead by example and to help others do the same. J. Livingston Bikes are perfect for bike sharing programs, Last year Bendvelo supplied the bikes for a ride sharing program in Madras too. KTVZ has the story:
post by: Dale August 22, 2012
I'll be cruising around Bend this weekend(Aug 25 + 26) on my J. Livingston visiting local farms, small and large, as part of Bend's Backyard Farm Tour. This year BendVelo is not directly involved in the tour but there is a $5 discount off the $10 tour booklet for bike riders and there will be bike specific route aimed at "breaking apart the automotive mind" and an informal group ride leaving from Celebrate the Season(61515 American Lane). backyardfarmtour.com for details.
The Tour is a benefit for Neighborhood Impact. The guide book has descriptions and a suggested route.
post by: Eric October 8, 2011
post by: bendvelo August 25, 2011
We're Americans, our sense of place has been defined by the Automobile. We have been conditioned to see travel as something that an automobile does on our highly developed road system. People, who for instance get a J. Livingston bicycle to get about, are likely to ride in the same routes and patterns, after all that is all we have ever known. You know straight off that you are not going to ride on freeways, that is first divergence. After you ride awhile you realize that you do not want to ride where the cars are. You keep on looking for a new way to go. Your mind starts changing and you start looking at things in a whole different light. This is the breaking apart of your automotive mind. The BendVelo group ride of the Backyard Farm Tour is as much about tweaking the automotive mind as it is visiting the backyards farms. We aim to show some different ways to go and some different ways to think about how and where you go. Attaining this mindset you can find adventure, discovery and beauty. Just going somewhere can be a very enriching part of your life. Compare that to sitting and waiting for the light to change at Franklin and 3rd St.
About the ride:
post by: Dale, Bendvelo Webmaster August 13, 2011
Please join us Saturday August 27 at 10:00 am at the BendVelo Shop, where we will depart on a group ride of The Backyard Farm Tour. This is the second year of The Backyard Garden Tour. The tour visits gardens from commercial organic farms that sell at Farmer's Markets to people making it happen in small spaces and everything in between. Last years was a smashing success, interesting and fun for hundreds of participants. There was one glaring problem with last years tour though, only 1 person did it by bike. That person had a better time than everyone else! By the way, I was that person. This year we will remedy that. For short distances and frequent stops, like The Backyard Garden Tour, a bicycle is the way to go. Cars are often not even faster for this kind of travel.
BendVelo will put together a bike friendly route, designed not only to get the best out of the tour but to open your eyes to new and interesting ways to ride through Bend. The cost is $5 per rider or family. That's half the price of the car burdened crowd(and you get so much more out of it too). The event is a fundraiser for Neighborhood Impact.
The Tour also includes an after-party Saturday evening($10 extra) and a second day to explore local gardens on Sunday, Aug. 28th. More info is at http://celebratetheseason.net
post by: Bendvelo May 17, 2011
For the first time since 2008, the price of a gallon of gas has gone over $4/gal in Central Oregon. In 2008 the price ramped up quickly due to Speculators and it shocked people. You saw people riding golf carts on the streets and weird retrofits in the bike lanes like lawn mower motored skateboards. In addition many people began bike commuting and many have stuck with it. This time the price came more gradually and people are adapting more like frogs in gradually heated water who don't even notice when it is boiling and kills them.
While speculation has something to do with it this time, it isn't exactly the same. After trillions of dollars basically evaporated from the economy from the recession of '08, the Federal Reserve and the US Government pumped trillions of dollars back into the economy to stabilize and stimulate it. This effectively devalued the dollar making real goods, or commodities the choice of investors. All commodities, not only oil, have gone up in price dramatically.
The Dollar looks to remain weak suggesting that gas prices will not drop dramatically like they did after the spike in 2008. Other factors such as diminishing supplies and increasing worldwide demand from emerging economies do not bode well either for the American motorist.
The cheaply fueled joyride of American living looks to be heading for difficulty. In the history of mankind, the modern American easy motoring lifestyle has only been an anomaly and it may be on its way out. You can choose to ease your dependence away from it by using a J Livingston Bicycle to commute to work, shopping trips and just getting around town. We are lucky in Bend that is small enough where nothing is too far to bike to, we do not have vast multi-lane expanses of traffic that are totally intimidating to cyclists and the drivers here are laid back and generally accommodating to cyclists.
Not only is the J Livingston ride an enjoyable and healthy form of transport, it is an adaptation to the future that is on its way.
post by: Eric May 17, 2011
The first annual Tour de Coop was a real good time, thanks to all those who attended:
A little short on film
post by: bendvelo May 9, 2011