Archive for October, 2012
This 13-mile Oklahoma River Trail system, as the name implies, runs along the Oklahoma River (which is technically the North Canadian River). It starts east of downtown Oklahoma City on I-35 and goes all the way to either Meridian Ave. along the south part of the river or Portland Ave. on the north. This trail is perfect for a hybrid bike.
The official trail map shows all the parking areas along the length of the course. Each one provides direct access to the trail but some of them are via dirt/gravel roads. Below is a list of the ones that provide paved access:
• North Side
• South Side
o East of Shields
o Skate Park at Robinson
o SW 15th (east of Portland)
o SW 15th (east of Meridian)
Of course, all of the parking areas provide street access as well.
If you want to do a loop from Bricktown, head on over to the river’s north side (found just east of Byers close to the rowing club boathouse) and start your ride there. Once at Robinson, cross the bridge and make your way to Portland along the south side trail. As soon as you reach the parking lot, exit the trail and make your way to 15th Street. Portland is just a quarter of a mile from there. Take the pedestrian walkway to cross over the river and ride for another 50 yards from the end of the bridge. This will bring you to a paved road that leads back to the north side trail. The north side trail will take you back to the rowing club boathouse. This route aims to keep bikers on the Portland bridge’s north-bound side, ultimately keeping them from crossing the busy four-lane Portland road.
On the other hand, if you want to start a loop from the west, then head on over to either the Portland or Meridian parking lot and make your way to the Portland bridge. As soon as you get to the bridge, cross over to the north side, bike the entire length of the trail and make your way to Robinson. Once at Robinson, cross over to the south side. You can head back to your starting point from here.
Now, if you prefer to start your ride from Meridian, then just make you way to the trails’ east end and then ride back to Meridian. This provides a good 20-mile ride.
Despite the length of the loops, the entire trail system is still very easy because it consists of paved roads throughout.
We are often asked, “How can I know my bike will fit properly when It arrives? How can I get a good fit on my new bike when I’m not even there?” This video takes a couple of minutes to show the unique 23-point custom setup we include on each of our bikes. Whether it’s a road bike or mountain bike Fezzari can custom fit a bike just for you. We do this by getting a few specific measurements, from each rider, that you can find on our Fit Guide. Find the Fezzari bike that is perfect for you.
“As a manufacturer we have the unique opportunity to deal directly with the customer. People ask us how they will know that their bike will fit them when it arrives. How can they get a good fit when they aren’t even there? We get some detailed measurements from each person that helps us lock in the exact fit.
If it fits better it’s going to ride better, and you’ll ride more because of it.
Your riding preference is going to determine a large part of what we do here at Fezzari in preparation in delivering your bike to you. If you ride triathlons or if you ride road or all mountain and cross country, we’re going to set up your bike accordingly.
We custom fit and build each bike for each person.
We are looking at your measurements and then setting up the bike making sure the reach is just right and that the saddle positioning is set, the seat height, and crank length are specifically for you.
We ask for your height, weight, inseam, arm, and torso length, shoulder width and age. We use these measurements to get you on the right frame with the right stem, crank, and seat post. We then make adjustments to saddle and stem positioning depending on how you ride. We even set the tire pressure and suspension settings to match your weight and riding style. Your comments also help us to make sure that the bike is set up just right.
Having purchased a bike, I’ve experienced the process myself. I’ve had a bike fit for me and I can tell you that riding a bike that has been fit specifically for me feels a hundred times better than picking up a stock bike that is a general fit.
We often get asked if we make women’s specific bikes. We go way beyond the generic women’s fit to a person specific fit. Each person is proportioned differently that’s why we fit the bike specifically to you.
Having grown up on bikes I’ve spent a lot of time riding all sorts of disciplines road, mountain, all mountain, skate park, and urban riding. I think that that love really translates to an attention to detail. Ever bike that we send out of here I know that I would personally ride that bike and I know that it is going to perform for which ever customer gets it.
If I’m going to take the responsibility to look over a bike I want it to be my best work and I want the rider to be happy on it. I want them to ride with a smile, and to know that the bike was custom fit specifically for them.
We really take pride in our work. We test ride every bike that goes out of here. We often think about the person that is getting the bike, and we hope that they are riding it and it is not just hung up in a garage, but that they really appreciate it for the work of art that I believe it is.
We ship most of our bike and they go all over the world. We simply remove the front wheel, handle bars, seat, and peddles. It takes just a couple minutes to put back together and it’s ready to ride.
I’m making a product specifically for somebody instead of just getting it out of the door. It brings the biking a little more to life.
Would you get a pair of running shoes that are a half size off even though it is a good deal? Would you buy a suit that doesn’t fit right? Our bikes are custom tailored specifically for each customer. They are person specific bikes.”
This 21-mile trail is fairly new. It originally formed part of the abandoned Laramie, Hans and Pacific Railroad until it was converted into a multi-use rail trail in 2007. The trail now features five sections.
Pelton Creek Trailhead to Vienna Trailhead
This first section is six miles long. The Pelton Creek Trailhead is located at the southern end of the trail. It features pay parking, a picnic table and a restroom. The Vienna Trailhead, on the other hand, does not have the same amenities but is the perfect spot for loading and unloading horses.
The path between the two trailheads consists primarily of small gravel, which provides a relatively easy ride, save for the slight incline and a couple of divots.
Vienna Trailhead to Woods Creek Trailhead
The Woods Creek Trailhead features the exact same amenities as Pelton Creek. It is located five miles from the Vienna Trailhead. The path takes you through a section of the Gramm forest that was destroyed by a forest fire in 2003 but is now slowly recovering.
Woods Creek Trailhead to Lincoln Guch Trailhead
This three-mile section crosses Highway 230. The path between the highway and Fox Park is quite rough but still provides an easy ride. The trailhead features a restroom and gravel parking.
Lincoln Guch Trailhead to Lake Owen Trailhead
The five-mile path between these two trailheads feature a relatively more compacted surface, which makes it the most bike-friendly section of the entire trail. The Lake Owen Trailhead features picnic tables, a restroom, potable water supply and two parking areas. It also has a caboose, an information board, a handicap-accessible hiking trail and campgrounds.
Lake Owen to Dry Park Trailheads
The three-mile ride between these two trailheads features a rather soft gravel path, which is expected to become more compact as more and more people use it. The Dry Park Trailhead has no amenities at the moment, except for a free parking area.
Things to do
Aside from the usual hike or bike ride, you can also drop by the Nici Self Museum for a trip down memory lane as it takes you through the rich history of the Centennial Valley.
The renovated 1872 prison at the Laramie-based Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site is also another good place to visit. The site takes you back to the time of the Wild West with its buildings, horse barn theater, 1800s-style baseball games and other special events.