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Minted Watermelon Shake

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As part of our ongoing series about the benefits of the amazingly refreshing watermelon, the official recovery fruit of 2013, we present a sweet treat that’s lower in fat than most shakes.

If you’re like most people, there’s always a little watermelon left over. When this happens, trip it down to the lightest red of the core, then cut into cubes. Separate them onto a baking tray and freeze. One frozen, scoop the cubes into freezer containers or bags and keep frozen until needed for one of our tasty recipes. As we mentioned in our recipe for the ORbike Watermelon Recovery Smoothie, watermelon is packed with health benefits and fantastic in a cool drink.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup mint chocolate chip ice cream, plus 2 tbs reserve
3/4 cup frozen watermelon
3/4 cup fresh watermelon (can substitute 1/2 cup coconut water or milk/milk alternatives)

INSTRUCTIONS

Blend all main ingredients in a powerful blender. To increase thickness, add more watermelon. To increase liquidity, increase the fresh melon or alternative.

Serve in a glass and top with two tbs of well-chilled ice cream. Serve with a thick metal straw or a spoon, depending on consistency.

For a refined presentation, chill filled glasses in the freezer for 20 min before serving.

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Filmed by Bike is May 6-8, 2016
Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

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Joyride Cycling Tips for Women: Confidence

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To get you prepared for this summer’s Joyride, a women’s event from Cycle Oregon, we’re providing a series of cycling tips for a more comfortable ride.

Confidence on the road doesn’t mean riding like you just don’t care, in fact it’s quite the opposite. When you know your place on the road, you can ride more predictably and therefor safely.

Here are our tops tips for a more confident ride.

1) Stand up straight.

When you’re at the start line or in the parking lot, stand up tall with your shoulders back. No only does this pose help counteract the hunched-over position of riding, research has also shown a power position can improve your confidence.

2) Keep a safe distance between you and other riders.

If you know the riding style of your riding buddies, it’s okay to hug their rear wheels, but on a supported ride filled with strangers, we recommend keeping one bike’s distance between you and everyone else. If your fellow riders stop suddenly, you want room to react.

3) Know where you’re going.

Study the route map and know what course markings to look for. Having a good sense of the route frees you up to let your eyes wander over the scenery and take in the gorgeous views.

4) Ride predictably.

Signal your turns, use your voice, point out road hazards to other riders and generally ride predictably. This is one of the best ways to improve your safety on the road – amongst other riders and other road users. If you need to stop, slow down, signal your move and pull over.

5) Position yourself.

When riding on country roads – a lot of the riding we do on supported rides – you want to ride pretty far to the right to allow cars to easily pass. But you don’t want to be so far to the right that you’ve got no wiggle room. Unless you’ve got a bike lane or a clear shoulder, ride at the spot in the road where a right car tire would be. This gives a slight buffer between you and the side of the road. It also makes you more visible to drivers.

6) Embrace the left.

If you need to stop on a narrow, winding road with a group of riders, it’s a good idea to move cautiously to the LEFT side of the road. Often riders pull over to the right, but on a narrow stretch that may not leave a lot of room for others to get around you. Carefully cross the road and hang out on the other side of the road – those zooming past you will appreciate the extra space.


Joyride on June 11 is a brand new women’s event from the ride experts at Cycle Oregon. This one-day event features routes from 16-60 miles that start and finish at Soller Vineyards, a gorgeous estate setting in Dundee Hills of Dayton, Oregon.

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FBlogoOur WATCH THIS ↠ series is made possible by Filmed by Bike, a film festival that features the world’s best bike movies with a huge film festival in Portland every spring. Their movie collections then travel the world to build bike culture.

We’re showcasing top selections from their 2015 festival.

Filmed by Bike is May 6-8, 2016
Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon.

Tickets >>
More Info >>

ExplOregon by Bike

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Some days, you just want to head out on a longer ride, but you aren’t necessarily up for a full-on supported event. Sure, you could hit a paved trail like the Springwater Trail in Portland, an easy way to clock some serious miles, but what if you want to try something new?

We have three favorite go-to resources for finding day rides.

STATEWIDE – RIDE OREGON

With the support of readers, Ride Oregon (a subsidiary of Travel Oregon) catalogs great road and mt. biking routes. In the future, they might want to add “gravel” to their categories, since that’s all the rage these days.

You can search based on type of riding, difficulty, scenic byways and distance. The results pop up all over Oregon.

You’ll see a clear map, easy instructions, and in some cases you’ll find comments from other riders who have been on the route.
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PORTLAND METRO – RUBBER TO THE ROAD

A bunch of River City Bicycles riders felt guilty keeping their favorite training routes to themselves, so they eventually published Rubber to the Road and offered the proceeds to the Community Cycling Center and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. The guide was so popular a second volume was published.

These days, the guide exists as an easy-to-navigate online resource. It is especially fitting for people who want to challenge themselves with hills, miles and training. There are some excellent time-tested routes in their roster.
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PORTLAND SHORTIES – PORTLAND BY CYCLE RIDES

Got a friend in town? These routes from the City of Portland are some of our favorites for tooling around Portland, without having to think about what route to take. Master mapper Jeff Smith assembled this catalog of a handful of short routes that offer a chance to explore some of the best aspects of Portland.

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WHERE WILL YOUR ADVENTURES TAKE YOU?

Where do you plan to go on your bike this summer? Share your favorite routes below.

If you’re on Twitter, tag your rides #ExplOregon. We’re on Twitter @ORbike.

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