Bike Craft in Portland

COOL ROUTE: Ultimate PDX Tour

Check out this Ultimate PDX Tour – the best of Portland all in one ride! Fall in love with the city all over again, or take visitors for a ride. You’re going to love this easy cruise from start to finish.


This route comes from the Best Bike Rides in Portland book by ORbike editor Ayleen Crotty and published by Falcon Guides.


Columbia Century Challenge


Sometimes the best routes are hidden in plain sight. The two year old Columbia Century Challenge unveils a network of stunning riding routes that are just on the edge of Portland. Journey through the bicycle-friendly back roads of old Oregon timberlands – Clatskanine and Vernonia – and charming tiny towns like Mist and Apiary. You’ll pedal along historic farm roads through the open fields and pastures along the Columbia River.

The ride snagged second place in our Best Bike Rides of Oregon riders’ poll, and it’s little wonder why, though such accolades are rare for a first time event.

This ride really caters to variety of riders. Though there are purely-pavement routes on the Columbia Century Challenge, this ride is also perfect for riders who like a mix of pavement and gravel grinding. New this year, the ride includes an optional route that is 55% gravel – perfect for riders who like to journey off the beaten path.

This event is an awesome opportunity to test out your gravel skills in a well supported setting. If that 55% is too much, the ride also includes an optional hard pack gravel stretch along the historic Crown-Zellerbach trail, a very approachable 12 mile flat stretch.

This is one of those rides that makes us think, “Wait, why haven’t we been riding here all along?”


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Device Mania: How to Tune Out on a Ride

This article is presented by WEEKENDER, two days that will make your whole summer.

In over ever-connected world, it’s tempting to share life’s beauty and victories with others. And on a bike ride, beauty and victory are what it’s all about.

But if you’re constantly on your device, sharing the ride during the ride, where are you, really? Are you here? Or are you in Device Land?

The problem with Device Land is that you’re disconnected from the world around you. So much of why we ride is to sink into the landscape, set aside the cares of the world, to just BE.

If you find yourself eager to post, turn off the phone. If you enjoy taking photos, put your phone in airplane mode.

It can be fun to share the ride during the ride, and it’s possible to do this without letting it take over your day. Start with a plan. Take all the photos you want, but instead of composing those posts continually in your head, let it go. Wait until you’re at the first rest stop, and allow yourself a post. A quick one. Don’t overthink it; this doesn’t need to be a masterpiece.

Then continue on your ride and post once again at the finish line. That once can be more of a masterpiece.

That gap in the middle between posts? That’s where you truly sink in. Let go. Disconnect. Enjoy. Ride.

WEEKENDER a ride by Cycle Oregon, is July 7-9, 2017. Bring your friends. Bring your neighbors. Bring your family. Bring your bikes. Everyone is welcome for Cycle Oregon’s two-day bike bash! Linfield College campus is home base for a weekend of great rides, live tunes, and activities galore. Choose from a short, medium or long route through wine country, then camp under the stars or crash in the dorms. It’s two-wheeled fun for everyone!


Arthritis Bike Classic Sept 16-22

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all… but getting away from it all shouldn’t mean doing a ton of work. That’s why we love the Arthritis Bike Classic September 16-22.

This ride exemplifies “getting away from it all” on so many levels! It’s no wonder why this ride was named the fourth Best Bike Ride in Oregon in the ORbike Riders Poll of 2016.

  • Small group, but not too small. Enough people to feel like you’re part of a grand journey, but few enough that you’ll get to know nearly everyone by the end of the ride (remembering their names? Well, maybe some of them….)
  • You’ll ride tucked away on quiet roads, off the beaten track.
  • Worry not about a thing, the rider organizers run an amazing event and take care of all the details.
  • Sink into the landscape, soak it in and cruise. Just cruise and relax.

What a Journey!

The Arthritis Bike Classic takes you on an amazing excursion from Portland, through the lush Willamette Valley and on to the thundering surf of the Oregon Coast. This is an unforgettable experience.

With overnight stays, camping or hotels, hot showers every night, evening bonfires and so much more, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to luxury riding heaven – without the price of luxury. This well-priced event is worth every penny, and it supports a great cause – the Arthritis Foundation.

Mark Your Calendar

Mark your calendar now and start preparing for an amazing adventure. Rally your friends, clear your schedule and get ready to sink in. This one is a ride for the memory bank.


COOL ROUTE: Border Crossing

34 miles, average elevation gain

Head out on a clockwise exploration into Vancouver on this two-state ride that offers beautiful views on both sides of the river. Though we’re not going to claim either bridge to be awesome riding, they’re both safe and afford wonderful vistas.

In between the bridges on the Washington side is a lovely portion of Vancouver. Officer’s Row is filled with historic restored homes to the left and a park to your right.


This issue’s route is from the Rubber to the Road website.


Crater Lake – Car Free

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.

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

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.



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