On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Bicycle Touring Pro readers from all across the western United States were invited to meet, ride bikes, and have lunch with me, Darren Alff – the Bicycle Touring Pro, at the Co-Motion Cycles factory in beautiful Eugene, Oregon. This was the first ever Bicycle Touring Pro meet-up/bike ride in the state of Oregon, and more than 30 people from California, Oregon and Washington were in attendance.
As you may or may not know, I (Darren Alff – the Bicycle Touring Pro) have been riding a Co-Motion bicycle on my bicycle touring adventures all around the world for the last 6 years. Since 2012, I’ve ridden my Co-Motion Pangea and Co-Motion Siskiyou across more than 50 different countries all around the world. And on April 21, 2018, I finally had a chance to visit the place where my bicycle was designed, welded, painted and assembled – the Co-Motion Cycles factory in Eugene, Oregon.
Here are some photos from the day of the event:
After assembling at the Co-Motion Cycles factory in Eugene, Oregon, we introduced each-other and then were given a tour of the Co-Motion building.
On the tour we got to see how the metal parts of the bicycle frame are created and welded together.
Then we were taken into the paint booth where we learned how Co-Motion Cycles custom paints each of their bicycles.
You can choose to have your bicycle painted in a wide variety of colors, which helps to make your Co-Motion bicycle unique to you.
The paint process used on Co-Motion bicycles is very similar to the paint process involved with painting your car.
Here you can see the wide variety of paint options that are available to you when you order a Co-Motion bicycle.
After the bicycle frames are painted, they’re packed in boxes and mailed to a local dealer, where they are then assembled and handed over to their new owner(s).
After we finished the tour of the Co-Motion Cycles factory, we went on a short 15-mile bike ride around western Eugene, Oregon. Then we returned to the factory for a taco lunch – which was provided by a local Mexican food restaurant.
After lunch was over, everyone starting packing up and leaving. I took my photo with a few of my Bicycle Touring Pro readers… and then the day came to an end.
Thank you to Co-Motion Cycles for helping me host this event… and thank you to everyone who came out on April 21st for the day of the big event. It was so great meeting you all and hearing your stories.
If you’d like to attend a future Bicycle Touring Pro meet-up, be sure to check out the EVENTS CALENDAR for a list of all future meet-ups and bike rides.