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Savor Those Sweet Summer Rides

This article series is presented by the Harvest Century on September 27

We hate to say it, but if we’re not careful, summer will be over before we know it.

That’s why we’re huge advocates of thoughtfully savoring our sweet summer rides.

Signing up for a supported ride is a big deal and being out there for the physical challenge of the day is utterly rewarding. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement, physical exertion, ride logistics and other aspects that come up during a big event. When you’re so distracted, you can miss out on the true beauty of the experience

That’s why we’ve put together some tips for savoring the moment on your summer rides.

1. Plan ahead

We know how it is. You PLANNED to plan ahead, but then life got in the way. Really? Life? Doesn’t it ALWAYS get in the way? Make this the summer that you don’t let work and life hassles distract you from preparing for your ride.

Early in the week before your ride, stay up a little later or forgo TV watching and other distractions. Spend that time prepping for your ride. Lay out your gear, check your bike and make sure you know where you’re headed on the morning of the ride. These small preparations can go a long way toward making you feel more relaxed on the morning of the ride.

2. Take a moment to relax and look around you.

Sure, the scenery is stunning, but we think start lines and finish line parties are pretty magic, too. Before you head out and upon your return, take a moment to look around you. It’s a sea of fellow bike lovers who are probably as excited as you are to be there. They, like you, worked hard for it. These are your people.

We also like to take in the setting. Some start/finishes are more scenic than others. The Harvest Century takes place in the heart of Downtown Hillsboro – we think that’s pretty cool. The Survival Century takes place at the fairgrounds in teeny tiny Tulelake, California, just outside of Klamath Falls. We love the contracts of a sea of riders with these settings.

3. Meet other riders

Yeah, like it or not – this is your tribe! We wear funny tight clothes, put a bowl on our heads and pedal for miles on end. Your fellow supported event riders understand your passion. Get to know them. You’ll be surprised how awesome most of them are – and you might even make a new riding (or drinking) buddy out of the lot!

4. Stop for the views and photos

It’s easy to get caught up in the momentum of a personal record or getting to the finish line by a certain time, but don’t do that at the expense of missing some of scenic viewpoints! After all, the charm of riding a gorgeous ride is sinking into the landscape and truly experiencing the scenery. Take the time to do that, and take some pictures while you’re at it!

5. Get to know the ride supporters

Not all ride organizers will have the time to talk with you during the event, but the volunteers likely will. Take the time to thank and get to know the people who are making the ride happen. It’s an awesome way to remember more about the ride. Plus, knowing the people behind the event is a cool way to understand more about the grand adventure you’re a part of.

The Harvest Century closes off the riding season with a huge celebration and ride on September 24 in Hillsboro. MORE INFO >


Cool Route: Tilikum Crossing

The holidays are coming! If you’ve got relatives in town, this is a perfect ride for those who are not used to riding on busy city streets. This ride really packs a punch, city views, river views and plenty of very cool Portland features as you check out the new Tilikum Crossing: The Bridge of the People.


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


COOL ROUTE: Molalla Tour

16 miles
Moderate difficulty

The Little Molalla tour offers beginners a chance to enjoy both small-town Oregon and rural scenery on quiet secondary roads. On the outskirts of town the route takes riders through the outstanding Ivor Davies Nature Trail and then past Rosse Posse Acres, a working elk farm that includes a petting zoo and a bed-and-breakfast. Once out of town, enjoy the panoramic views of rolling farmland surrounding Molalla. There are several small climbs involved.

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Light

Seasons: All

Start/End Point: Molalla Public Library, 201 E. 5th Street, Molalla.


This route comes to us courtesy of Ride Oregon, Travel Oregon’s subsidiary website devoted to cataloging great rides.


Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt

BIKE SCOUT | August 27 – Portland

It’s a game. On two wheels. On the streets of Portland.

Though there are great bike cities all over the world, none of them quite match Portland’s wildly fun creative spirit. That’s why we love the annual Bike Scout Scavenger Hunt – a hilarious game of strategy and antics only loosely based on the concept of a scavenger hunt.

Over the years this event has grown into a beloved game with troops coming back to defend their titles, strategize intensely and truly dig into finer aspects of the game – all for the fun of it. There are generous prize packages for the champions, and winning categories are largely based on creativity and antics, as well as merited completion of the actual game.

Of all the creative events in Portland, Bike Scout is one is simply one of the best. Register your troop today.

PRO TIP: Save $5 when you use code “orbike” during online registration.




Canada, Washington and Idaho by Bike!

WACANID | September 11-16 – Washington, Canada, Idaho

Simultaneously striking and unforgettable, the International Selkirk Loop is a stunning adventure. WACANID takes you on a six-day journey to traverse 370 miles of spectacular scenery – majestic mountains, beautiful lakes, rivers and North America’s longest free ferry ride.

It’s such a thrill to ride through two states and two countries on this exciting ride. The support is top notch and the other riders are friendly. WACANID is your chance to truly get away from it all on a ride you’ll remember for life.

  • Designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as one of the “Top 10 Scenic Destinations in the Northern Rockies”
  • Named “Best of the Roads” by Rand McNally Road Atlas
  • Named the “West’s Best Scenic Drive” by Sunset Magazine

The weather is mild, the traffic is light and most of the ride occurs on secondary highways whenever possible. You may not see a car for miles and miles as you pass through friendly communities. If you’re looking for a new ride this year,
we think we’ve got just the one.


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How To Choose a Bike Ride

This article series is presented by the Harvest Century on September 21

The event calendar in Oregon is getting increasingly crowded. As the only statewide calendar of bike events, we’ve really seen an exciting explosion in new events over the years.

It’s not always easy to make your decision about what rides to sign up for, so we thought we’d put together some tips for choosing the best bike rides.

1. Find a date that works

Plain and simple: If you’re not free that day, you’re not going on the ride. When you visit the ride’s website, immediately sign up for the newsletter if that’s an option. Even if you can’t do the ride this year, you’ll be on the notification list of next year so you can mark your calendar early.

2. Where is the ride located?

Is is an area you’ve never before explored? Is it your favorite location? Are you willing to drive to the start line (we say ALWAYS YES!!!). Think about the riding region and what you’ll see on this ride.

3. What are the routes like?

Consider the distance options: do you see an option you like? Is there a longer route to challenge yourself?

What do the route maps and descriptions look like? Do you get a sense that you’ll be on low-traffic routes with scenic views? Don’t spend too much time concerning yourself with a lot of detail here. In our experience, most of the ride organizers in Oregon do an phenomenal job of finding great routes.

4. What kind os support does the ride offer?

Will there be frequent rest stops? Cruise through the website and the FAQ or info page (hopefully there is one). Do you get a sense that the ride is well supported and the organizers are well prepared to give you an awesome day on your bike?

5. What’s included?

What are the special ride features? Is lunch included? Breakfast? A party?

6. Are your friends free that day?

Rides are always more fun when you’ve got your favorite riding buddies along for the day, but don’t let a lack of friends deter you from signing up for rides Supported rides are a fantastic place to meet new people, gain new riding buddies and have a fun day chatting with other people who share your love of bikes.

7. Who is behind the ride?

We’re huge fans of small town rides lead by local volunteers and riding clubs. In fact, Tour de Fronds won the award for Best Bike Ride in Oregon and it’s a completely volunteer run event, tucked away in Southern Oregon woods of Powers, Oregon.

Give these rides a chance. They often need the ridership more than the big rides and every rider makes a difference.

8. Throw caution to the headwind!

If nothing else, through the ride names in a hat and pick a bunch. With a wealth of fantastic rides in Oregon, you really can’t go wrong!

The Harvest Century closes off the riding season with a huge celebration and ride on September 24 in Hillsboro. MORE INFO >


The Vineyard Tour

THE VINEYARD TOUR | September 9 – Roseburg

The riders of the Umpqua Velo Cycling Club have been blissfully enjoying some of the best routes in our state for many years. They know all the best the hidden gems, winding roads and backcountry roads nestled in their down-state region.

And now, these generous riders are sharing all their secrets with us. The Vineyard Tour is a gorgeous ride through the Umpqua Valley. You’ll cruise along lightly traveled roads as you pass by dozens of vineyards, wineries, forests, fields and orchards.

Select from routes of 15 to 100 miles, each one a delightful tour. For the full experience, opt for the full century. This route meanders along the powerful and scenic Umpqua River and and includes four optional winery stops. With only 3,200 feet of elevation gain, this is a very approachable and well supported century ride.



Jensie Gran Fondo

JENSIE GRAN FONDO | October 7 – Marin County

When the Pacific Northwest rains start falling, we head south for one of the most gorgeous rides in the part of the country, the Jensie Gran Fondo on October 7 in Marin County.

Spend an awesome and memorable day with Jens Voigt, arguably the most fun guy in pro cycling, on his namesake ride. You’ll be treated to a Pro Tour level adventure with plenty of on course support.

Ride along the world-class roads of Marin County with notable views of Alpine Dam, Mount Tam, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Point Reyes and Tomales Bay. Select the Shut Up Legs Route (100 miles, 8,055 ft of elevation) to experience some of the very best climbs in all of California. Other routes include a 70-mile with 4,445 ft and a 40-mile with a mere 2,520 ft.

Ample rest stops feature tasty regional treats, full support and a gourmet lunch rest stop. The finish line features a dinner party with beer and plenty of high fives.

This cool ride is well worth the journey to California. There are bike rentals on site (reserve in advance) or you can ship to the event with BikeFlights.



Arthritis Bike Classic

ARTHRITIS BIKE CLASSIC | September 16-22 – Willamette Valley

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all, and the Arthritis Bike Classic is your perfect opportunity to sink into the landscape and forget about your daily routine.

This gorgeous ride offers a supported tour of the Willamette Valley with a small group setting, incredible food and delightful overnight stays. The organizers really know how to put on a good show and you\’ll be treated to nighttime entertainment and surprises all along the way.

With its small group size, the Arthritis Bike Classic is an opportunity to truly get to know your riding companions as you pedal for days on end.

Choose from the full six day ride or, new this year, a three-day option and get ready for an unforgettable adventure.



7 Tips For Using A Bike On Campus

Bikes are becoming ever more popular with students, and it’s easy to see why. They’re portable, easy to park, and are great for the environment. If you’re looking for an easier way to get around campus, a bike could be the way forward. If you’re planning on taking a bike on campus, use these 7 tips to get the most out of the experience.

1) Use your bike for exercise

Many students are well aware of the dreaded “freshman 15” and are looking for ways to stave it off. A bike is one of the best ways to keep fit while you’re away at college. You’ll be on it every day getting to and from class, so you’ll be getting in a workout without even noticing. As well as this, you can go out for a ride whenever you want with it.

2) Keep your bike safe

Sadly, there are bike thefts on campuses all over the country, and so you want to keep your bike safe. Always lock your bike with a high quality lock and don’t leave your bike outside over night.
Make sure you buy a good lock, and use it. You can even register your bike with the National Bike Registry, in case it ever is stolen.

3) Register Your Bike

Bike Index is bike registration that works. It’s free and easy to ensure your bike is trackable.

4) Look after your bike

Learn how to maintain a bike, and take good care of it. Like any machinery, it’ll work at top capacity if you keep on repairing it. Learn the basics for home maintenance of the simple stuff, but also be willing to invest in the necessary parts and bike shop expertise that will keep your bike running smoothly for many years to come.

5) Take advantage of efficient routes

Students like taking cars to college, as it means that they have a convenient way to get to class. However, they often find there are ample hassles that takes up valuable time that could otherwise be spent snoozing. Educational expert Jim King says, “We’ve found students with bikes get to class much quicker and save time on travel. This is because they can take advantage of quicker routes and easier parking than driving students can.”

6) Reduce your impact on the environment

If you’re looking for ways to go green on campus, then you can’t do better than riding a bike. It’s entirely powered by you, so there’s no harmful gases being pumped out and you’re not contributing to the pollution in the area. There’s no better way to help the cause of saving the planet.

7) Get your bike insured

There’s a good chance your bike may already be insured. Your renters’ insurance or your parents’ home owner’s insurance may have coverage for items kept outside the home, especially items belonging to students living on campus. Check their policy before you get a bike. If there isn’t coverage, consider buy your own.

These tips will help you get the most out of your bike while you’re at college. Take care of your bike, and it will most certainly take of you. If nothing else, you’ll save money on gas and maintenance!

Mary Walton is an editor at MBA Essay Help who runs the blog Simple Grad. She loves green living and is all about staying fit. Mary loves Pilates and cycling. Also, she is a content manager at Philosophy Assignment Help Australia.


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