Worst Day of the Year Ride Portland

Twilight Criterium Racer Roster

Exited about the Portland Twilight Criterium?

Here’s a partial list of the racers, as of 9/9/2012 at 2pm. Many racers will register through tonight online, then again at the event.

Mark Adamski Portland OR
Aaron Aikin Portland OR
Adam Angert portland OR
Austin Arguello Hillsboro OR
Erik Bakker Portland OR
Steven Beardsley Portland OR
Kevin Boje Aurora CO
zach Bowden vancouver WA
Byron Breeden Hood River OR
Chris Bright Lake Oswego OR
Christian Buesch Corvallis OR
Neil Byzick Corvallis OR
Molly Cameron Portland OR
eric cockrell seattle WA
Aaron Coker Tigard OR
Joel Crouch Portland OR
Clint Culpepper Portland OR
Casey Davidson Portland OR
Edward DeLisle Portland OR
Peter Drake Portland OR
Brian Engelhard West Linn OR
Edward Ewing Seattle WA
Tyler Fought Portland OR
Jeremiah Freeman Salem OR
Eddie French Portland OR
Aaron Gallardo los angeles CA
George Gardner Portland OR
Leland Gilmore Portland OR
Norrene Godfrey Vancouver WA
Erin Goodall Portland OR
brian gumpert portland OR
Bradlee Haley Burien OR
Chris Hamilton Portland OR
Davis Hand Portland OR
John Hartnett Portland OR
Mike Henry Damascus OR
Tom Hill Portland OR
Cole Hilton Corvallis OR
Brian Hitchcock Seattle WA
Patrick Jacks Beaverton OR
kent johnston Lake Oswego OR
Scott Jones Gresham OR
Michael Kath portland OR
Joseph king Portland OR
Cole Lalomia portland OR
William Laubernds Portland OR
Josh LeBus Portland OR
Matt Lee Portland OR
Joshua Liberles
John Lombard Portland OR
Chris Mahan Seatac OR
Dickie Mallison portland OR
Grant McElroy Portland OR
Jamie Mikami portland OR
Todd Mion Greenville SC
Douglas Murphy Beaverton OR
Eric Nelson battle ground WA
Will Niemann-Ross Seattle WA
Stephan Niquet Portland OR
William O’Donnell Corvallis OR
taylor pilant Spokane WA
Mark Porcella Portland OR
John Prosser Hillsboro OR
James Randall Portland OR
Tim Reinhart Portland OR
zach rotstein portland OR
jared Roy Portland OR
Kelly Ryan Portland OR
Ted Schwartz Los Angeles CA
Joel Schweiger Seattle WA
Aaron Shaw Seattle WA
David Sherman Portland OR
Brad Sigurdson Keizer OR
Evan Siroky Portland OR
Chip Sloan Vancouver WA
Jonathan Stierwalt Porltand OR
Mike Stockton Salem OR
James Stuck Portland OR
Rob Thompson Portland OR
James Thompson New Westminster BC
zachary utz Portland OR
Jonathan Vinson Portland OR
Emerson Webb Portland OR
Paul Zagacki Lake Oswego OR
Ahmed Zuhairy Portland OR


Bike MS – A Full Weekend Getaway

Bike MS Ride takes you on an unforgettable, two-day journey through the picturesque Willamette Valley. As many as 600 riders will customize a course based on their personal fitness levels and interests. Day 1 includes route options of 32, 60 and 103 miles. Day 2 offers 34 or 50 mile routes. Cruise along scenic figure-eight courses that lead you back to the Western Oregon University campus.

Five full catered meals, generous amenities, stunning landscapes, an on-site three-day beer garden, nightly entertainment, field trips to area attractions and plenty of cycling support will make for an incredible weekend. You can choose from plush LEED certified dorm rooms, camping or RV options – all directly on site. Non-riding friends and family are welcome to join you for the festivities all weekend long (meal tickets are available).

Riders raise money to support multiple sclerosis research, programs and services dedicated to improving the quality of life for the over 7,400 individuals affected by MS. Bike MS rides – formerly known as MS 150 – happen all over the country, and the Oregon ride is well known as a fantastic weekend getaway. This year’s new basecamp at Western Oregon University is guaranteed to be a relaxing, shady retreat in between rewarding days of riding.


Petal Pedal: Cycle on the Summer Solstice 6/23

Petal Pedal (June 23) is a magical journey along the Willamette Valley’s roads less traveled. Immerse yourself in blooming fields of flowers as you soak in the sites, scents and sounds of the serene landscape. The ride starts and ends at The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon’s state garden featuring 80 acres of beauty.

The ride features excellent support and all of this is included:

  • Garden admission.
  • Gourmet dinner served on the garden patio.
  • Hopworks beer.
  • Breakfast with freshly brewed coffee from Nossa Familia.
  • Lunch and snacks on course every 15 miles.
  • Support vans, just in case.
  • Event hotline you can call with questions while on the course.
  • Expert mechanics at the start line, rest stops and riding along side you.
  • $25 off purchases of $50 or more and bike discounts at Western Bikeworks at the Pre-Ride Party (6/16).
  • Free bike checks, beer and appetizers at the Pre-Ride Party.

Plan to make a weekend of it; Silverton is the friendliest town in Oregon. There is an on-site boutique hotel for a relaxing night after the ride, and also a special opportunity to camp at the historic Greer Farms. Camping includes a farm-fresh breakfast on Sunday morning.



Lighten Up, Costumes are Fun

Lycra helps you go fast, so do streamlined cleats, an excellent diet and tons of training. But is that fun? People sometimes call it that, but I don’t think it is. It’s something positive, but more akin to “rewarding” than “fun” It can even be “enjoyable” or “exhilarating,” but fun just isn’t the right word.

So if you’re looking for good old fashioned bike fun, look no further than the costume. Pedalpalooza has taken over Portland and Vancouver with 251+ creative bike rides and activities.

Read through our selection of top pics with commentary and you’ll know we’re big fans of thoroughly indulging in the ride’s theme. And yes, that means donning a costume. Don’t be shy. We guarantee you won’t be the only one out there in wacky attire.

Tips for biking in costume

  • Make sure you can see out the head piece. This is especially important for nighttime rides.
  • Capes flutter in the wind and look rad-tastically dramatic. Highly recommended.
  • Wear your wig OVER your helmet – it’s hilarious that way and much more noticeable.
  • If your get-up is complex, test ride around the block. You do want to enjoy the ride and your costume shouldn’t take away from that experience, it should add to it.
  • Plan ahead, give yourself extra time to complete your costume, mount your steed and casually pedal to the meeting point. Costumery nearly always causes delays so start early.
  • Bring your camera and take pictures. When you’re having a grouchy day, browse the collection and sink back into your goofy ride.

Bee photo by Tubulocity from the Worst Day of the Year Ride 2012.
Robot photo by Revolbike from the Rocky Butte Sunset ride of Pedalpalooza 2012.


Maintenance Arsenal

Stock your bench and know when to grab the big guns.

There are a few basics that every shop bench should have for basic bike maintenance, but it can be tricky to decide what to stock in your arsenal. Here’s how to decide what to grab and when.

Basics: Every shop should have all of these close at hand.

Rags for all purpose cleaning: Old t-shirts, underwear and retired towels work great. You can also buy fancy ones from the hardware store. Bike grime won’t wash out of these, so if you use a rag up, throw it away and grab a new one. There is too much grease left in the rags from cleaning and they’ll destroy any washer you try and clean them in.

Toothbrush: You need a new one anyways, right? It’s the perfect tool for getting into tight spaces for some scrub-a-dub-dub.

Stiff bristled brush: Park Tools, Pedro’s and many other brands make great ones that also are useful for getting into nooks and crannies.

Pokey tool: Basically, a sharp scribe to help pick, poke and finagle out the dirt from small crevices. Dental tools work well.

Degreasers: This list goes from least toxic and powerful to most.

Dish Soap in water: Works fabulously in a bucket for quick general frame and wheel cleaning. Use with a gentle hose rinse or if you really like to get close to your bike, in the shower.

Citrus or Eco: Citrisolve, Simple Green, Finish Line Citrus Degreaser, Pedro’s Bio-Degreaser are all examples of non-toxic (when used as directed) biodegradable cleaners that kick butt on grease and grime. Generally, you’ll want to spray these on and wipe clean. The main caution to have with these is that despite bring “eco friendly” they are strong enough to eat through clear coat and the anodized coating on parts if used with too much elbow grease or not immediately wiped off. If you have some really tough grime, you might want to move up to the next level.

Petroleum/Chlorine Based (warning: use gloves or skin protection): WD-40, White Lightening Clean Streak. These are the big guns. They are in no way eco friendly, bio-degradable or good for your lungs or skin. However, if you’ve got serious built-up, tarred-on grime, this is the quickest way to get chains, cassettes and chain rings clean.

Lubricants: The bike runs better when you lube regularly, most importantly after cleaning.

Chain Lube: Many believe a household oil will suffice, but a good quality chain lube is formulated to penetrate and not leave too much behind. If you live on the wet side of the state, stick to a lube that’s oil based and a medium or wet level. If you live on the sunny side, a dry lube may work better. Use it on your chain and pivot points of the derailleur. Chain lube is sold at bike shops and a small amount goes a long way.

Bicycle Grease: Most threads on your bike require lubricant before they’re screwed in. This is also great if you’re servicing your bearings. (Note: if you notice threads on a bolt have a red or blue plastic substance on them, do not lubricate! It’s likely a thread locking component, so grease is not necessary.)


Pedalpalooza: 251 (mostly) Free Bike Events

PEDALPALOOZA | June 7-30 – Portland/Vancouver

Every city should be so lucky to have an festival like Pedalpalooza, when bikers come out in droves to revel in summertime cycling silliness. Over the course of 24 days, 251 mostly free events will jam-pack the calendar.

Food focused events abound, like the Austro-Hungarian Ride (9th), Food Cart Tour (17th) and reservations-required Epic Pizza Ride (27th)

Some rides are delightfully absurd like the Candlelight Can delight Vigil (12th) which honors now-closed drinking holes and offers an opportunity to share bar tales of woe. The Cute Warm and Fuzzy ride (11th) promises ice cream, cupcakes, slow riding, no hills and prizes. The Fake Mustache Ride (14th) simply yet hilariously celebrates the wearing of synthetic facial hair.

Hot tip: Pick up a printed version of the calendar, which will appear in the Portland Mercury on June 6. Pin it to your wall and circle all the events you want to attend. If you’re an over-worker, put the calendar above
your desk at work of a constant reminder of the fun to be had and why it’s important to clock out on time (or early…).

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