Central Oregon Wheelers

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  • September 26, 2021 7:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a former Cross Country and Track coach, it seemed I always had my nose in some training book or multiple periodicals regarding training, nutrition and well being.  One of my strengths as a coach was to always keep an open mind, and a willingness to try something different.  So please enjoy the articles that I have posted, and hopefully we all pick up something new that we can incorporate into our very active Bend lives.  

    Click Here to view article.

  • August 20, 2021 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The inability to forecast smoke and AQI levels adds a new and annoying kink to leading rides.

    My suggestion:

    1) Prepare an email with the registered riders email addresses the evening before the ride, save it as a draft. You can tell people that you aren't leading the ride, but if others want to go on the ride as a leaderless event that's fine too. Your choice.

    2) A couple hours before the ride, check Purple Air (I use the EPA 2.5 data layer, with the LRAPA conversion) or whatever AQI source you're comfortable with. 

    3) If the AQI is above your threshold email registrants that the ride is cancelled.

    4) If the ride is cancelled, inform Brian and myself. We'll turn registration off, and put the word "Cancelled" in front of the ride title on the post. We'll also add a reason for the cancellation and any other info, like it will be rescheduled when smoke allows. 

    Wish I could think of about positive quip, but I can't. 

  • July 30, 2021 11:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of our members, Glen, has generously donated funds to the Club. Glen is an avid bread maker. So in his honor we are offering $20 gift certificates to Sparrow Bakery to new Club Ride Leaders.  We’ll call the award, the Glen.  It’s simple.

    1. Lead 2 COW rides in a calendar year

    2. Have at least 3 members on each ride

    3. Lead your first ride on or after 7/31/21

    Email cowheelers@gmail.com after achieving your goal and we’ll get you your Glen!

    We have 10 total certificates. If we haven’t used them all during 2021, we will start fresh for 2022.  Start ride leading and enjoying your own Ocean Roll. 

    Ride Leader How To

    Submitting a Ride

  • May 01, 2021 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kickoff using Zoom Webinar, while not a socially enjoyable beer pub, worked OK. If you are interested in the club or wish to help your friends understand what COWs is about, below are two useful links. The first link is to the slides (like PowerPoint, but using Google Slides). The second link is to the YouTube upload of the actual KickOff event with the slides in the foreground and me in a little square, describing the slides.  There is a good Q&A at the end, with the audience typing questions, and me verbally responding.  I look forward to having the Kickoff at a fun pub in 2022.  - Sam


    KickOff Event 

  • February 15, 2021 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2/15/21 COWs Digest

    “What a long strange trip it’s been.” Jerry Garcia’s words seem especially poignant in early 2021.  Normalcy is looking pretty good about now. To that end, we, the COWs board, are planning on rebooting the Club this spring. The good news is that the Club is in fine shape. We have $6,000 in the bank, about the same as when the pandemic started. We have 154 current members, down from our 225 peak. But many members wrote to tell me that they were hibernating until the Club started again.

    I hope everyone is fit and healthy. We are lucky that we live in Central Oregon with easy access to outdoor activities, low population density, AND a major hospital, in the state with the 4th lowest rate of infection. I do feel fortunate.

    While things can change, and things will change, we are planning 2021 activities based on the assumption that most members will be vaccinated by mid-summer.  But we also hope to have group rides and other activities this spring. Here are some of our early planning thoughts. 

    A Webinar Kickoff in mid-April

    We will likely use Zoom and have availability for 100 guests. We’ll:  1) discuss how the pandemic will reshape the COWs (hint: more gravel, mountain, Zwift rides), 2) take real-time polls, 3) get everyone excited about riding. Watch the  Club Calendar page  for time and date. 

    TLC Tweed Road in April/May

    Early in the pandemic the COWs adopted Tweed Road.  We were given some nice signage on Tweed for the promise of removing litter from this beautiful two mile stretch of country road. Club members looking for some outdoor time and do-good time will socially distance/mask and pick up litter. The County’s webpage on this program is  https://www.deschutes.org/road/page/adopt-road. Event information will be on the Club   Calendar page

    Ride Ideas

    Until we are all vaccinated, we will adhere to   Oregon guidelines. No rides will have more than 8 people and ride leaders can set whatever size limit they wish below 8. We’ll have a fairly lengthy do and don’t list available weeks before the first ride. 

    One fun idea is something called a corral ride. We can meet at an outdoor location, like Discovery Park Pavillion (the corral). When 6 people show up or 20 minutes has elapsed from the first to arrive, we take off on the predefined course. Then the next group forms and they take off.  Etc.

    Additionally, we could have larger group rides for those that are fully vaccinated. 

    Finally we have Zwift rides if you have the apparatus. They are fun and the technology allows different paced riders to hang together.  There is even a communal voice channel that allows us to talk to each other. 

    Staying in Touch

    Many COW members are using  Strava  to keep tabs on what fellow members are doing for exercise. Others are members of ZwiftCows. Lots of people are following the  Cows Facebook  page.

    Bike Maintenance

    February is a great month to bring your bike into a local shop for a tune-up. Even if you only rode it minimally in 2020, a professional check of your tires, brake pads, chain, and other important parts is prudent. Also bike parts are in short supply, order them now.


    Hoo-Rags. We have Hoo-Rags with the COWs logo, available for $15 each on  COWs website > Merch.  I’ve been using mine as an impromptu mask for skiing, hiking, and biking (see below). If these sell out we can order more.

    COW jersey, shorts, and bibs - We plan to open orders on April 1 and close new orders on April 30. This order period is when you can get the color and sizes you want. We’ll get our orders shipped mid-June. If you miss the ordering window, Peak 1 usually has extra inventory to sell in limited sizes and colors.


    If you know of any hibernating members let them know to check our website for the dates of the kickoff event, the Tweed Clean-up, and the back on the saddle dates. Wish us luck!

    Sam Handelman, Prez in Brief

  • March 25, 2020 6:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    - It's fine to cycle alone
    - Don't take risks: don't tackle something at the edge of your limits on your road or mountain bike.

    Any kind of incident that puts you in the ER right now is bad for two reasons: you consume supplies that will very soon be needed for C-19 patients and you run the risk of becoming infected because that's where all the sickest people will be. (Thanks Colin)

    Read: https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/coronavirus-qa-it-safe-cycle

  • March 05, 2020 8:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cyclists it's time to comment! This is an important connection for cyclists, a safe Bend to Sunriver route. Send comments with your contact info to: cristina.peterson@usda.gov

    The Deschutes National Forest’s Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District said Tuesday it is seeking public comments through April 2, regarding a proposed 3.6-mile paved path from Knott Road on Bend’s south end to the Lava Lands Visitor Center.

    In a scoping document released Tuesday, the Forest Service entity says the 10-foot-wide multi-use path for non-motorized travel would provide connectivity to recreation sites and other trails in the area.

    The path would parallel the west side of Highway 97 and provide transportation options between visitor destinations such as the High Desert Museum, Lava Butte and the visitor center, District Ranger Kevin Larkin said.

    Project details and map (PDF): http://www.fs.usda.gov/nfs/11558/www/nepa/113171_FSPLT3_5242126.pdf

    About comments:


  • February 22, 2020 12:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jordan Daniels, Jordan, J Strips (insert bacon emoji), Jordo, Jordy Boy, The Kid, Hey You, are all names I will answer to.

    I have been enjoying bikes since I could walk. I ride both mountain and road bikes. When I am in the dirt, I turn the computer off, leave the phone in the car, put on some loose shorts, a cotton t-shirt, and go slam some berms and scrub some tables with the boys. What I love about mountain biking the most is how sketchy it can get: being able to react to every bump, berm, climb, decent, jump, drop, rock, root while on the trail at a high rate of speed is something I look forward to. 

    On the road, I prefer the tap dancing outfit with shiny white shoes and form fitting Lycra to squeeze out every possible power watt, while riding in a group or solo, around Central Oregon. What I love about road biking is digging deep into a mental hole and asking myself why I chose to be here and doing everything I can to climb out of it in order to hang onto a wheel or just finish the ride- what ever distance that day brings. It is amazing what distance 10+ strong riders can cover when they all work together. I didn't realize what passion I would have towards the sport until I started sharing the workload with others and really becoming an efficient machine.

    A little bit about myself. I have lived in Oregon my entire life. I grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon, moved to Ashland, Oregon in 2008 to begin college. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I moved to Portland Oregon in 2013 to live with my now wife, Camelia Mayfield, while she finished her Bachelor's in Social Work. We moved to Bend in 2015. Camelia later finished school with a Master's in Social Work and I pursued my career in business. I am a Edward Jones Financial Advisor here in town and absolutely love my career. Camelia works at St. Charles in the ER as a social worker. While I love to bike and play with numbers, she is an absolute beast of a runner. Together, we love being surrounded by the mountains and playing in them as much as possible. I am happy to call Central Oregon my home now and  likely forever.

    I sought out the COW's group at the end of Summer 2019 and found myself enjoying the sense of community it provides. That is what kept me coming back time and time again. The welcoming everyone gave when I was still the funny new guy of the club is hard to recreate in any other riding clubs around Central Oregon. I hope to pass along the same hospitality to any potential new members in the community as this is such a wonderful group to not only find new routes, and eat way too much at the Christmas party, but to establish new long lasting friendships. I find myself now wanting to meet up with people I've meant through he group outside of COW's to go on rides, ski, BBQ etc. and I feel like that is pretty irreplaceable.

    Go ride your bike.

  • February 14, 2020 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The upcoming Bend Transportation Bond in May is important to the future of biking in Bend. We'll keep you informed starting with:


    assembled group @ Commute Options

  • August 02, 2019 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    RideWithGPS Club is a great way to navigate our rides. Go to Central Oregon Wheeler RidewithGPS Club (free), and click "Apply to Join".

    Using their free mobile app, you get Voice Navigation on your phone, and Offline Maps on your phone. Other benefits too! We have a list of over 100 sortable COW routes.

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