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Ladies Looking Good: Quick Study

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Quick Study’s Dress to Ride project profiles women who looks stylish while they ride. The first segment of this project has concluded. You can see all the great photos here.

This project was used to promote the clothing line, which is specifically tailored to work well while riding, but really it was just an excellent example of how easy it is to look good while riding a bike. Sure, you might find a need for neon, Lycra and rain gear at times, but that doesn’t mean you always need to wear it in order to make your legs go up and down over some pedals that propel you forward.

Photo Gallery

Here are just a few of our favorite photos from the project:

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Kansai CX Lake Biwa

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The 12th Annual Filmed by Bike continues today and tomorrow at the Clinton St. Theater in Portland.

In honor of the film festival, we’re sharing some of the best Filmed by Bike movies from over the years.

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Cool Route: Sisters to Smith Rock

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(from Travel Oregon’s subsidiary website Ride Oregon)

The Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway provides riders with one of the most scenic and rewarding rides in Central Oregon. Starting in the “Old West” town of Sisters and ending at Smith Rock State Park outside the small town of Terrebonne, this route takes riders past a variety of historical sites, shows the gentle curves of the Deschutes River and frames spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains, ending with the dramatic walls of Smith Rock State Park. Smith Rock, with the Crooked River winding at its base, is the result of eroded volcanoes that left multicolored formations that tower above the valley floor. It’s a great place to watch rock-climbers from all over the world tackle the park’s thousands of ascent routes.

The Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeway provides riders with one of the most scenic and rewarding rides in Central Oregon. Starting in the “Old West” town of Sisters and ending at Smith Rock State Park outside the small town of Terrebonne, this route takes riders past a variety of historical sites, shows the gentle curves of the Deschutes River and frames spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains, ending with the dramatic walls of Smith Rock State Park. Smith Rock, with the Crooked River winding at its base, is the result of eroded volcanoes that left multicolored formations that tower above the valley floor. It’s a great place to watch rock-climbers from all over the world tackle the park’s thousands of ascent routes.

This route features varied, rolling terrain, although it’s generally downhill from Sisters. It’s a ride that a broad range of cyclists will find enjoyable. Both the start and finish points are public parks, each with parking, enclosed restroom facilities and drinking water (throughout the summer and early fall).

Given the public parking facilities, the Sisters to Smith Rock ride is a perfect route for single-day point-to-point ride if a group can leave a support vehicle at each end. At less than 35 miles, some riders will choose to round-trip the ride, or perhaps to turn around at the Lower Bridge crossing the Deschutes River, about 24 miles into the ride.

The ride itself features varied, rolling terrain with both uphill and downhill sections, breaking up the monotony of a flat ride. Overall, riders will climb 711 feet and descend 1,074 feet, including a stretch of almost 6 miles that features an uninterrupted downhill slope. At no points are there sustained or treacherous sections that will overly challenge the novice rider.

Starting and end points are at public parks, each with public parking and enclosed restroom facilities with flowing water and electrical lighting.

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Low on back roads; high on short stretch of Hwy 126 and crossing Hwy 97

Seasons: Spring to fall

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10 Things I Have Learned About MTB

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The 12th Annual Filmed by Bike is coming up on April 19-22 at the Clinton St. Theater in Portland.

In honor of the film festival, we’re sharing some of the best Filmed by Bike movies from over the years.

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Willamette Gran Fondo

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It’s springtime, which means no more sitting on the couch aimlessly watching shows and complaining about the weather. Across the state the skies are clearing up (at least for pockets of time) and it’s time to get yourself summertime ready.

How will you rock this summer?

Will this be the summer you sat on your arse and drank IPA all day long, or the summer you rode long and hard, then sat on your arse and drank IPA all night long? Get your summer started off right with the Willamette Gran Fondo, an awesome early season timed race on May 3.

About the Route

Riders from all over the state will flock to the tiny town of Philomath for this popular race that’s well known for it’s gorgeous course and solid support. But the organizers have plans to take the ride to a new area next year, so get your rubber on these roads for one last fondo spin while you can.

The Gran Route is not for the faint of heart, with 6,800 ft of climbing and several sustained climbs, but the race is fully supported so you’ll have a little help o keep you fueled along the way. No one to pedal for you, though, that’s up to your legs (and your mind). Get ready to grind, but at least it’s going to be a beautiful one. The ride boasts plenty of opportunity stay cool in the forest canopies and take in striking vistas along the route

If the Gran Route sounds a bit daunting for your current state, take on the Medio Route which is just under 62 miles and only 3,800 ft of climbing.

Why Race a Fondo?

Check out our recent article, What the F is a Fondo, to learn more.

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Race Basics

Saturday, May 3
Philomath, Oregon (near Corvallis)
100 or 55 miles
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Movie Spotlight: Ciclo

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We think you ORbike readers are really going to love this Mexican film that’s playing in the 12th Annual Filmed by Bike.

Ciclo : 91:00
Andrea Martinez Crowther – Mexico City, Mexico
Primarily in Spanish with English subtitles

May 1, 1956. Two brothers, Arturo and Gustavo Martinez, leave their hometown in central Mexico with the desire to cross the continent on bicycle. Eighty-two days later, they arrive in Toronto, not knowing this feat would change the entire route of their lives and of their family tree.

This epic journey has formed part of their family’s folklore. Fifty-four years later, Arturo and Gustavo – now in their 70s – retrace the same path, in an exploration of memory, the cycle of life and the unavoidable passage of time. Join us as we adventure along for a glimpse at this important piece of Mexican history.


Showtimes:

Sunday, April 20 at 3pm
Includes an all-ages Easter Egg Hunt in the theater!

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