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COOL ROUTE: St. Johns Loop

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Length: 27 Miles
Direction: Counter Clockwise
Elevation Gain: 2247 ft
Highest Point: 1207 ft
Recommended Gearing: 39X25 or equivalent

There is an ample sidewalk to take over the bridge.

St. Johns is located in North Portland on the tip of the peninsula formed by the merging of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Named in honor of settler James John, the area was originally laid out as an eight block town in 1865. So the story goes, James John was reportedly a recluse, which inspired the population to address him as ‘Saint’ John.

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This route comes to us courtesy of Rubber to the Road, the longstanding resource for local rides.

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Fall on a Bike

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A little cold weather can’t stop Oregonians from riding their bikes! If our jam-packed calendar is any indication, people are still riding their bikes.

What does fall look like from the saddle of our bike? Here are some of our favorites from our friends on Instagram.

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#KeepRiding: Jonathan Maus, BikePortland

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Stay warm and dry on your bike, all winter long

Look good, feel good. The #KeepRiding project has all the resources you need to stay warm and dry on your bike, all winter long.

Join us as we navigate through the winter on two wheels. We’re bringing you a series of videos, photo shoots and wisdom to keep you cozy, stylish and happy through the winter.

In this installment, hosts Meghan Sinnott and Ayleen Crotty sit down for beers with Jonathan Maus from the popular website Bike Portland. Learn how Jonathan rides all winter long, rain or shine, without looking like an overly geared-up biker.

Presented by Nutcase Helmets, ORbike and Filmed by Bike.

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How Do You Love Winter on a Bike?

What are your tips and tricks for staying warm and dry on your bike all winter long? Share your ideas below. The #KeepRiding Lounge is the place to hang out and watch videos, check out cool photo shoots, share your ideas and read new articles. Follow the hash tag #KeepRiding on Twitter and Instagram for photos and wisdom from riders all over the world.

The Ultimate Guide to Washing Wool

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If you’ve spent any time around these parts, you probably already know that wool is a fantastic way to get through the winter on your bike. It’s toasty, keeps moisture away from your skin, and can be quite affordable. (Tip: wool lasts, so you can often find wool sweaters in fantastic condition at thrift stores!)

Probably the only downside is that unlike a cotton T-shirt, you can’t just toss a wool sweater in the wash with your jeans and towels. Don’t let that scare you away, though! Despite the fussy stigma, it’s actually rather easy to take care of your winter wool clothes.
HEre is your ultimate guide to washing your wool bike gear. Bookmark this page or print it out and tack it to your laundry room wall – it’s an essential keeper.

Read the Label

Read the label.

Unless you’re washing a technical garment with a label that indicates it’s safe to machine wash, don’t just toss your wool apparel in the laundry. And even then, make sure to use the gentle cycle and don’t put your garment in the dryer.

Machine washing can felt (or mat) wool, turning a perfectly good adult-sized sweater into something that will barely fit a two-year-old. If that happens, the only thing left to do is to use it for a craft project, like this purse, or for awkward doll clothes. (I have a very nice knitting bag made out of what used to be my favorite alpaca sweater. *Silent tear*)

Wash Less

It may sound like a hassle to have to be so cautious with your wool, but the good news is that you don’t need to wash wool very often*. As a natural fabric, wool fibers are more resistant to grime and stink. Pendleton Wool, heritage experts in the field of woolen products, says “Wool’s resilience, low static and hairy surface help to repel dirt. Just brush and air out between wearings.” If you want to keep your friends, though, you will eventually need to wash your woolen garments.

(*Sheep wool, at least. Cashmere and alpaca, as delightful as they are, will make you smell like the stables once you start sweating in them.)

How to Wash Wool Apparel

When a label says hand wash, you should wash your garment with your own two hands, not the gentle or “hand wash” cycle on a machine.

  • Fill your sink or a bucket with cold water, then add a small amount (1 tablespoon) of mild, bleach-free detergent. You can use something specifically formulated for wool, like Woolite or Kookaburra, or simply use a mild shampoo.
  • Submerge the garment and agitate it gently, then let it soak for 20-30 minutes.
  • Drain, then rinse gently in cold water.
  • Gently squeeze dry (don’t wring it out) and lay it on a bath towel. Don’t concern yourself with this step too much – it’s better to err on the side of being gentle.
  • Fold the towel lengthwise over the garment, then roll it up tightly. Step on it to get as much moisture out as possible. Repeat with another try towel if necessary.
  • Lay flat to dry on a dry towel.

How to store wool garmets

Moths think wool is yummy.

Moths are not a problem when you’re wearing your wool garments on a regular basis, but if you plan to store them away for the season you need to do it right. Keep in mind that pests that eat wool like warm, humid environments, so when storing your wool you need to take as many of those factors away as possible.

First, wash and dry your garment thoroughly – moths are especially attracted to wool clothes that smell like humans.

Then, store your garments in a cool, dry place, preferably in airtight plastic bins. You can also use old pillow cases to store woolens in, since moths won’t eat through cotton.

If you do find that your wool got hit by moths, put it in a plastic bag in the freezer for a day to kill any leftover moth eggs, then give it a good wash.

How to Repair Wool Apparel

Even if you take the best care of your wool cycling jersey, wool pants or wool sweater, at some point the fabric may develop a hole. Check out this article on two ways to mend holes in wool sweaters where I go into detail on how to stitch the holes shut or use matching wool to felt them.

Do You Wear Wool?

Do you wear wool for cycling in the winter? Do you wear a wool cycling jersey? Wool knickers? How do you take care of your wool biking gear (or regular clothes you bike in that are wool).


Jessie Kwak is a writer who loves to type about the good life: travel, outdoor adventures, food and drink, and (of course) cycling. You can find her at Bictoro: Bikes and Crafts.

Beginner Maintenance Classes

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Isn’t it about time to give your bike some winter love? Wintertime is the perfect time to take a class and learn a new skill. Cozy up inside the warm clinic space and get to know your bike a little better, in an all new way.

ORbike’s Resident Mechanic Tori Bortman has a few openings in her Beginner Maintenance Class that starts Wednesday, December 3, and runs from 6-10pm. Tori specializes in expert instruction in a small class setting where you have the opportunity to truly learn the material in an immersive way.

If you can’t make it this session but still want to take the class, the next series beginning on December 13th also has openings.

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