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This article is presented by the Harvest Century, widely recognized as the last supported ride of the Oregon cycling calendar. This year’s ride is September 25 – sign up today!


Too often our gear becomes a burden. The cost, storage and maintenance of gear can be quite a hassle. Here are our tips for making sense of it all so you can spend more time riding your bike all year long, and less time worrying about your “stuff.”

Storage Tips

  • KEEP IT ACCESSIBLE – tuck away what you won’t need this season. Keep the rest at your fingertips for easy access.
  • CREATE A ZONE – make it easy to hang up wet gear and dump dirty stuff into a laundry basket. An absorbent and washable rug under your coat hooks makes it easier to hang up drippy rain gear. If your bike is stored inside the house, protect your wall and put a thick towel under the wheels in rainy months.
  • WHAT DO YOU GRAB EVERY DAY? – Keep lights, lock and helmet in an easy spot, such a small shelf next to your bike or a depository bin right near by. What else do you need on a regular basis? Find a way to make this super easy to grab.

Maintenance of Gear

  • WASH WITH CARE – infrequently launder your gear with gentle detergents and line dry whenever possible to preserve the integrity of the fabric.
  • SEASONALLY ASSESS YOUR GEAR – sit down to review everything. What can be repaired? What should be replaced? Get that taken care of in the off season so when the torrential downpours or bright sun hit, you’ve got the gear you need.

Invest in Your Gear

  • QUALITY GEAR IS WORTH IT – high price tags can mean special features, durability, aesthetics or all of the above. Investing in quality gear means a more comfortable ride and less frequent gear replacement, plus the reliability that comes with knowing your gear is going to be able to hold on long rides or for an aggressive training regime.
  • KEEP A LIST – know what gear you want and keep a running list. Hunt for sales and tell your friends what you’re in the market for so they can keep an eye out while they’re also seeking treasures and bargains.

WATCH THIS ↠ Le Gran Depart

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Filmed by Bike features the world’s best bike movies with a huge film festival in Portland every spring, then their movie collections travel the world.

Filmed by Bike is blazing trails, making bike advocacy more fun with their in-a-box film festival that other cities can show to inspire their communities to get on a bike and ride. Tell all your bike buddies about this fantastic opportunity for their bike city.

And now they’re sharing their movies with us so you can sit back, relax and watch great movies right here at ORbike.

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WATCH THIS ↠ A Fine Balance

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Filmed by Bike features the world’s best bike movies with a huge film festival in Portland every spring, then their movie collections travel the world.

Filmed by Bike is blazing trails, making bike advocacy more fun with their in-a-box film festival that other cities can show to inspire their communities to get on a bike and ride. Tell all your bike buddies about this fantastic opportunity for their bike city.

And now they’re sharing their movies with us so you can sit back, relax and watch great movies right here at ORbike.

NEXT UP: A Fine Balance

Celebrating 125 Years of MAC Club

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MAC 125 RIDE | August 21 – Hillsboro

The Multnomah Athletic Club is celebrating 125 years of history in Portland with a gorgeous bike ride and you don’t need to be a club member to sign up.

The ride starts from AmberGlen Corporate Center in Hillsboro and takes riders on a serene farm and vineyard tour through the tiny towns of Gaston, Laurelwood, Kansas City, Helvetia and Chehalmen. Select from routes of 75 or 41 miles, or bring the kiddos along for a family-friendly 7.5 mile cruise.

The finish line celebration features a delicious lunch in a gorgeous setting, live music and a relaxing end to the day.

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Beaverton, Banks and Beyond!

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Guest Post

By Bruce Buffington of the NW Bicycle Safety Council

It’s the time of the year to enjoy our passion for riding. Fill those summer days with time on two wheels – ignore the growing grass and sprouting weeds in your yard. Especially for you Weekend Warriors (you know, the still-gainfully-employed), those precious few warm dry days must have carefully selected prime rides to satisfy your obsession and provide blissful memories for the upcoming cold and wet seasons. Fill Saturday, August 20, with the Beaverton Banks and Beyond Bicycle Tour, hosted by the NW Bicycle Safety Council.

Explore Washington County

Washington County is a phenomenal cycling venue. Bucolic is not sufficient to describe the lush fields, nurseries, vineyards and forest. I define bucolic as “smells like cows.” This ride does not! Let’s take some verbiage from the Ride Oregon Ride site describing the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway (which our ride inspired): “friendly downtowns to fertile farmlands and lush natural areas.”

A Relaxing Ride

Best of all, the ride incorporates the Banks Vernonia linear trail which takes you off the road for about 44 miles. So, instead of sharing the road with cars, you share the trail with other bikes and, of all things, horses. Much more relaxing. Enjoy the bicycle friendly little communities of North Plains and Banks. Take the short trek up to Stub Stewart State Park and revel in the panoramic view. Continue out to Vernonia for more small town, friendly, relaxing amenities. When you turn around it’s an easy ride back to Banks and then to Beaverton. Various routes accommodate any riding ability: 35, 64 or 100 mile routes are offered. If you haven’t ridden the Banks Vernonia Trail this is the way to go – full support including on the trail with bicycle course marshals and rest stops to keep you fueled throughout.

Much of this route is part of the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway. NW Bicycle Safety Council President and Portland Wheelmen Touring Club member Bruce Buffington was instrumental in getting this route adopted into the program.

An Important Fundraiser

This ride supports NW Bicycle Safety Council’s endeavors to help children ride safely and to have helmets covering those precious little brains. It’s win-win. You get a great ride, children learn bike safety and get a helmet.

At our upcoming Bike Beaverton event, we will be fitting our 15,000th helmet! This is quite an accomplishment we are proud of. NW Bicycle Safety Council has participated in this City of Beaverton event since it was first formed through a partnership with the City of Beaverton Police Department in 1995. The Beaverton Banks and Beyond fundraising event helps to provide helmets at no cost to recipients of this important program.

We look forward to seeing you out there!

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Treo Ranch

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Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. And then sometimes in planning to get away from it all you realize that there are so many details to nail down that that you can’t truly relax. Even during the adventure.

If you’ve been dreaming about exploring the wild west region of John Day and the surrounding landscape, you’re not alone. The John Day Scenic Bikeway was one of the first of it’s kind and makes for a lovely rural adventure. But resources are limited and you’re completely on your own.

Take a Tour!

To make the most of this region and truly experience the relaxation you crave while cranking out the miles and soaking in the landscape, check out TREO Bike Tours, a guided services with lodging and meals provided. Their secluded and comfortable 3,200 square foot guest house has 12 beds and sits on a 300-acre farm with the nearest neighbors far miles away. Meals are fully catered and there’s a delightful hot tub on site.

A Catered Tour

Every day you’ll head out on a route to your liking (just let proprietor Phil know what kind of riding you want to conquer), stop for views and a hearty, healthy catered lunch, then return to your TREO Lodge home base at the end of the day. It’s nearly impossible not to relax at this sprawling lodge that has just about everything you could possibly want after a long day in the saddle: soft grass for stretching, comfy couches for getting cozy, plenty of showers for all, a relaxing hot tub in a scenic setting, beer on tap (yup!) and a huge dinner that’ll make your mouth water every time you think about it for years to come.

Let Vacation be VACATION

Vacation should be vacation. Leave the work part of it to TREO. They started in the hospitality as a bird hunting ranch and honed their amazing skill at providing a relaxing environment. Their lodge is a comfortable, sprawling setting to wind down at the end of the day.

They even offer bike and rider pick ups from Portland and other areas!

About Eastern Oregon

Eastern Oregon is the Wild West of Oregon – complete with working ranches, plenty of horses and a beautiful desolation. The landscape is rugged, the hillsides are colorful and air is dry. On those hot summer days, you’re glad you’ve got AC back at the Lodge!

This beautiful part of Oregon is woven together by the John Day River, one of our nation’s longest free-flowing river systems. You are guaranteed some of the best natural, scenic and recreational experiences around, and TREO will offer plenty of opportunities to stop and explore, including a visit to the museum of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

The rides of TREO Bike Tours weave through wheat fields, pastures, meadows, canyons and past the Blue Mountains – a landscape that will no doubt steal your heart.

Group Trips

TREO Lodge also makes a fantastic setting for a group trip, corporate retreat or family reunion. Some can ride bikes, others can stay behind and relax at the lodge. With multiple sleeping quarters, multiple hang out rooms and one gigantic dining table, TREO is the perfect group setting for your next group event.

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