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A Social Club for People New to Portland

Bike Love? We Get It!

Are you new to Portland or new to cruising around the city by bike? Bike Portland, ORbike and Filmed by Bike welcome you! We are so thrilled to have you, another bike lover here in Portland.

Portland is an amazing place to live in large part because of the incredible biking scene. Every day of the week you can see hoards of cyclists streaming across the bridges, rain or shine, day and night.

Join our special Welcome to (Bike) Portland social club to receive special updates on happenings geared toward new riders and those who are quickly falling in love with this bike loving mecca.

The first social club events are a series of three monthly rides, starting on July 7.

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Fall in Love with Portland (All Over Again)

Portland Century | August 19 – Portland

Portland is known worldwide for being a bike friendly city, filled with innovation, stalwart cyclists and a robust bike community. The Portland Century celebrates all of that!

Sink into the landscape on well-designed routes that will take you on a tour of Portland and its gorgeous fringes. For just one day, leave behind your cares of the world and revel in the beauty of our surroundings.

This ride is under new management and the new organizers are absolutely thrilled to honor Portland with a stellar ride and an utterly unforgettable day on the bike.

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Training and Stretching for a Distance Ride

Our friends at Cycle Oregon operate some of the best rides around. And they also have some of the best experts on their team. They bring along veteran physical therapist Megan Moseley, PT, LMT, of Bodywise on their rides to help riders feel great every pedal stroke of the way.

Cycle Oregon sat down with Megan to find out more about her approach to physical wellness on the bike, and we thought we’d share this expert advice with you.


Here’s how I see it: We’re spending hours bent over, pedaling away… overusing some muscle groups (quads, hamstrings, hip flexors) and over-stressing certain joints (knees, cervical and lumbar spine). It’s critical to recognize that our bodies are machines, and in my opinion, it’s our responsibility as their owners to understand how to operate them properly.

My philosophy is that everybody is created equal, and likewise every body is created equal. What I mean is, while it’s true that we come in all different shapes and sizes, there are some things that are universally true. I call these Every Body’s Rules.

Think about it: Everything we buy comes with a set of instructions, warnings or rules. We all know that if we read the instructions, heed the warnings and follow the rules, we’re going to get the best results. The same idea applies to our bodies. If we know how to operate and take care of our bodies, we can make them last as long as possible and get the most out of them. We can’t expect our bodies to continually perform, and not break down, unless we invest the time to understand and maintain them. These 10 rules are the foundation you’ll need to Become Bodywise.

Create Personal Space

Just as we humans function best when allowed our personal space, every joint in our bodies has what is called “joint space.” When a joint’s space is decreased, it can’t work the way it is meant to. This leads to degeneration, inflammation and pain.

Listen Within

Pain and inflammation happen for a reason. They’re our body’s way of telling us something is wrong. Give up the “no pain, no gain” attitude. Pay attention to your body!

Don’t Be Rigid

Contrary to popular opinion, it is not “normal” to feel stiff in the morning or after sitting for a while. Stiffness is a sign of inflammation. Using our bodies in ways they’re not meant to be used creates joint and muscle trauma, which leads to inflammation. By changing the way we move, we can stop the trauma and relieve the stiffness and pain.

Know Your Limits

Our bodies are amazing structures, but they have a limited ability to adapt or compensate. I think most people “get away with” poor posture and body mechanics for a while, but at some point they catch up with us. When our bodies can’t compensate anymore, the result is inflammation and pain.

Find Balance

Our individual joints and bodies as a whole work best when they’re balanced. This position of balance is called “neutral alignment.”

Change for the Better

Do you have a habit of slumping when you ride? Could you use some help in the posture department? Don’t worry—chronic postures and bad habits canbe changed. We simply need to learn better ways to hold and move our bodies, then practice them to form good habits.

Be Flexible

Good flexibility of the muscles and connective tissue provides our bodies the opportunity to achieve neutral joint alignment and good posture.

Get Organized

The organization of movement patterns occurs when all the muscles around a joint work together as a team, each one doing its job to fire at just the right time. This organization allows the body to balance and maintain neutral joint alignment during activity.

Strive for Equality

When we move our bodies, it is important that all the joints do their fair share. If for some reason this doesn’t happen and there’s decreased movement in one area, there will be increased movement in other areas to make up the difference. The joints that move too much are the ones that become inflamed and painful, and degenerate too quickly.

Age Gracefully

Have you heard this one? “You’re getting older; it’s normal to have pain.” I’m not buying that, and neither should you. The aging process does not have to be a painful one. We simply need to learn how to operate our bodies properly.

That being said, the exercises I’m recommending take into account these 10 rules, and are detailed on my website.


You can see the entire calendar of statewide Cycle Oregon events on their website.

A Bike-Themed Festival Like No Other

Gigantic Bicycle Festival | August 24-26 – Snoqualmie, WA

Get ready for a weekend party with a stunning backdrop.

Gigantic Bicycle Festival combines all the best into one relaxed weekend. The fun includes camping, live music from top regional acts, an outdoor film festival, yoga, a cyclocross race, a blueberry farm tour, NW bike builders, art displays and more.

There is also an optional ride on Saturday with 50 and 100 mile routes from Snoqualmie to Snohomish, though some of the most majestic areas of Washington State.

Let the towering mountains be your backdrop for this weekend of bike fun.

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Hop on a Brand New Ride

Luminosa | August 4 – Tualatin Valley

The brad new Luminosa by Morrison Child and Family Services is an opportunity to sneak away just outside of the city. The ride begins in Hillsboro before sprawling out into the wide open landscape of the Tualatin Valley. The Tualatin Valley is a region that begs you to slow down, breathe deeply and soak in the scenery. You’ll be surrounded by working farms, vineyards, hazelnut groves and a verdant valley. Farmers Markets and friendly folks abound in this special region.

The ride features three route options: 26 miles, 43 miles, and 62 miles (a metric century). The event begins and ends at Oak Knoll Winery where riders can enjoy lunch, beer and wine, live music.

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Pedal Through the Vineyards

Redgate Vineyard Ride | July 22 – Willamette Valley Wine Country

The Redgate Vineyard Ride is a gorgeous fun ride that tours four wineries in the Willamette Valley wine country. This lovely cruise features gourmet BBQ and a live band.

A Love of Music and Events

The event is organized by Redgate Vineyards, well known for their gorgeous property and love of live music. They regularly feature bands at their Fieldhouse event space, and these folks know how to have a good time.

Explore the Willamette Valley Wine Country

Select from routes of 30 or 47 miles, each one on low traffic farm roads through the gorgeous valley. In this region, you can barely blink without missing a vineyard. The landscape is gorgeous, lush and orderly with endless rows of budding fruit on the vine.

Over the past 20 year’s, Oregon’s wine culture has exploded. Wine overs from all over the globe flock to the region to soak in the beauty and sip world-famous pinot noir. This ride gives you the opportunity to pedal your way among some of the best as you sip and savor the day.

 

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The Best Mt. Bike Event for Women

Mt. Bike Oregon has been around for 14 years and is widely regarded as one of the world’s best mt. bike festivals.

But here’s something really special you may not know about this event: It’s just about the friendliest event for women.

Let’s All Shred Together

Mt. Bike Oregon isn’t a women’s only event, nor should it be. After all, plenty of men and women are friends (and sometimes more… oo-la-la) who love to shred together,

A Friendly Mt. Bike Event for Women

What I mean by it being a women friendly event is that this is a festival where women feel awesome being there, even when they’re there alone. How do I know? Well, secret’s out: I’ve been to Mt. Bike Oregon 17 times – since the event first started. Because of my role there, I talk with a lot of people and women go out of their way to tell me what a good time they’re having, how nice everyone is, how awesome they feel… even when they’re there alone.

There are women’s rides with in the event, super friendly attendees and the nightly beer garden under the stars is a fun event that’s just rowdy enough to feel like a party, without the late night antics that might ruin you for tomorrow’s ride

Shred Your Heart Out

So if you love hitting the trail and want to get some serious riding in this year, Mt. Bike Oregon is the perfect event for you.

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Oregon Has a New Mt. Bike Trail System!

Whiskey Run Grand Opening | June 9 – Southern Oregon Coast

There’s a brand new trail system in Oregon on the Southern Oregon Coast near Coos Bay!

Ribbons of clay dirt flow and wind through the Coos County Forest in these cross-country style trails. Moderate climbing and fun descending make this system worth the drive to the gorgeous Southern Oregon Coast. The trail system is located about 10 minutes from Bandon or Coos Bay off Highway 101, in the mists of the coastal forest.

The Whiskey Run Bike Festival celebrates these new mt. bike trails with an event featuring guided ride. The trails we extremely well suited to brand new riders and kiddos, as well as experienced speed demons.

After riding the trails on opening day, the celebration continues at Bandon Brewing with a huge party and a chance to meet other riders and trail lovers as you soak in this momentous occasion.

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Pedal Pedal is for Everyone

Petal Pedal | June 23 – Silverton

Do you have those friends who love to go fast, climb hills and ride all day long?

Do you have those friends who are new to riding and are curious (and maybe nervous) about riding more than 10 miles?

It may sound too good to be true, but we have the perfect ride for you. We’re huge fans of Petal Pedal, a gorgeous ride that takes place in the Willamette Valley every June.

About the Routes

30, 50, 70, 100 miles.  Those are your options.

Which one should you select? Well, we certainly recommend you select the 100 if you want some climbing and the “full experience” as it includes a gorgeous climb up to Silver Falls State Park, home to striking waterfalls.

All of the routes are stunning and serene as they traverse low-traffic farm roads. You’ll go miles without seeing a car. You’ll probably even see more tractors than cars for most of the time.

The 30 mile route is very approachable. Combined with the top-notch support Petal Pedal offers its riders, this is a fantastic way for someone new to riding to get started on a distance ride.

You really can’t go wrong with any of these routes. This is one of the best rides out there.

Here’s the bonus! The way the courses are laid out is rather ingenious: you may switch your route at any time! If you’re feeling stronger, go bigger. If you’re not feeling up to a big ride, dial it back a notch! The only aspect to be aware of is that each course has support designed to be in place during the time it would take both a fast and a relaxed ride to complete that course. If you pop onto a course early or late, that support may not be as robust.

Enjoy the Ride!

Whichever course you choose, enjoy the ride! Cruise past blooming fields of flowers, breath in the country air and relax with hundreds of your new best riding buddies. Pedal Petal is for everyone!

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You can find out more about the ride on their website.

PRO TIP: Save $5 when you use code ORBIKE-EBA18 during online registration.

Crater Lake – Car Free!

Ride the Rim | September 8 and 15 – Crater Lake and Klamath Falls Region

Ride the Rim is a spectacular opportunity to ride Crater Lake the best way possible – without cars! This gorgeous natural wonder is absolutely stunning, and riding the rim without the chaos of cars is a very special experience.

Oh, but you won’t be alone! Named the 9th Best Bike Ride in Oregon in the ORbike Riders’ Poll, this is certainly a favorite ride among many people. The two car-free days attract huge crowds of friendly cyclists at the free event,.

Mark your calendar early and carve out some time for this awesome event. You have two weekends to choose from: September 9th and September 16th

RIDE TIMES: 8am to 6pm, East Rim Drive will be closed to all vehicular traffic. The East Rim can take roughly four hours to complete, give or take a hour based on individual experience levels. Please plan accordingly.

NO RIDE FEE! FREE Registration (Park Admission Fees still apply-$15)

RIDE PROFILE: Approximately 25 miles with 3,500 feet of elevation gain.

RIDE SUPPORT: 5 rest stops

Shade
Snacks
Restrooms
Bike Pump
Friendly People
Waste Receptacles
Basic First Aid Kit
Basic Bike Repair Tools
Encouragement & Support
Hydration (bring refillable bottles)

NOTE: There is no support vehicle on this free ride.

PARKING: Vehicle Parking is located at the Steel Visitor Center/Park HQ (larger parking lot) and North Junction

SHUTTLE SERVICE: A FREE Shuttle Service picks up at the Steel Visitor Center/Park HQ and North Junction. The Shuttle travels both directions for the duration of the ride and has limited space each trip – only about 50 spaces.

BIKE VALET: Ride the Rim offers a free bike valet at the North Junction and Park HQ while you fetch your car in the opposite parking lot using the FREE Shuttle Service.

New this year!

The city of Klamath Falls loves supporting cyclists. That’s why this year they’re hosting a fun party after the ride, located in downtown Klamath Falls. After a rewarding day of riding, the after party and dinner is where all the riders will be hanging out. Don’t miss it!

 

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