Does Cycling Really Help?

There are a lot of reasons why people exercise. At times we want to lose weight while for others they just want to kill time. And part of those exercises will include cycling. Like any other exercise, routine cycling does have some benefits that bring to the body.

Benefits of cycling

Mental health

If you are looking for ways to boost your mental health, then you should opt for cycling. This is because there is basic release of adrenaline and endorphins as well as the improved confidence that comes with achieving new things. Cycling combines being outdoors and exploring new things.

Saves Money

Cycling also helps you to save money. This is as it is way cheaper to maintain a bicycle than it is to maintain a car. Furthermore, with a bicycle, you get through all those traffic jams within a few minutes. Moreover, with the money that you save, you can always enjoy a few real money online casino games, check out online casino usa. By so doing, you can double your money, if lady luck is on your side.

Environmentally friendly

Another great thing about cycling is that you can do guilt free. People can cycle without worrying about damaging the environment. We are sure that you to have never heard about anyone who has ever damaged the environment by the cycling. They don’t have any carbon monoxide or any of the gases that damage the environment.

Weight loss

If you are trying to shed a few kilos then you might also want to opt for cycling. Cycling burns about 400 to 1000 calories an hour. This will depend on the intensity and your weight. However, it is a good start for those who are looking to lose weight. Instead of spending all your online gambling sites jackpot for weight loss products, you’d rather ride a bicycle.

Cuts Heart Disease and Cancer Risk

Who knew there were so many benefits of cycling? Another one of those being that cycling raises your heart risk and gets the blood pumping around the body. It burns calories and limits the chance of you being overweight. As a result, reduces the risk of you getting chance or heart disease.



Life’s Far Too Serious, Let’s Fat Bike!

CANNON BEACH FAT BIKE FEST | May 17-19 – Cannon Beach 

Don’t Take Life So Seriously

Oh the cares of the world… it’s time to push them aside for one ridiculously fun weekend at the coast.

The Cannon Beach Fat Bike Festival is a weekend of bike rides, beach fun, nightly bonfires and beer. On the final day of the event, participants have the opportunity to take part in a beach clean up or art mural project.

This event launched last year and we just think it is so cool! Spending a weekend at the coast is always so much fun.


Old Logging Towns and Magic Await


Explore Old Logging Towns

Columbia Century Challenge takes riders on a tour of a special region of Oregon – just outside of Portland. Tucked into lush forested areas with surprising striking Columbia River Views, this ride is a pure delight.

Gravel lovers will enjoy the optional cruise along the Historic Crown Zellerbach Linear Trail for an extra added adventure.

Named one of the Best Bike Rides in the region by the readers of ORbike. 



The Gorge Pedal Experience


July 20 – Cascade Locks

The Gorge Pedal Experience adds that extra word in there – experience – for a very heartfelt reason.

You can go fast if you want, but you just might miss the point of this entire ride.

The Gorge Pedal Experience is an opportunity to explore the Historic Columbia Gorge by bike. There will be historians and volunteer educators along the way to share regional info and point out what you’re seeing as you pedal.

With a broad carfree pathway to follow, two route options, and a big finish line festival, this is a fun way to spend the day on bikes.


Best Bikes for Gravel

If you’re planning to go on a ride like GRAVEL by Cycle Oregon, having a gravel-specific bike isn’t essential, but it will make your ride experience much nicer. There are features of a gravel bike, most notably the size of tires it can accomodate, that will make for a much more stable and comfortable ride. If you’re new to riding gravel or not comfortable on terrain that’s not a smooth pavement, you’ll see great benefit from getting a gravel-specific bike.

What is a Gravel Bike

Sometimes the terms gravel bike and all-road are used interchangeably. An all-road bike is just what it sounds like: great for all types of roads, even gravel roads.

We love all-road bikes because, you know, options! Options and flexibility are amazing. You’ll never find one bike to do it ALL, but an all-road is pretty close.

A gravel bike will almost always come with disc brakes. It will often have a 1x  drivetrain, with a derailleur only in the back. This is beneficial for its simplicity – a derailleur can easily get gnarled by the rough terrain most gravel riders embark upon. Gravel can easily get lodged in the mechanism. Some people say that on gravel you’re less likely to notice the subtle difference each and every gear offers and it’s just fine to have a more gapped gear spacing.

Gravel bikes come in various materials, but I mean, come on, STEEL. Steel is real – the rallying cry exists for a reason. Gravel roads are rough and rugged and your bike is going to take a lot of that shock. Investing in a quality steep bike means you’ll have a relatively light ride, an extremely sturdy ride (no thanks, aluminum) and the material will absorb a lot of the shock of the road – making for a more comfortable ride feel.

A gravel bike might have drop bars, might not, usually does.

The position is usually not too aggressive, but far different from a mt. bike. Kind of like a cross between a cyclocross bike and a road bike, with a little more upright thrown into the mix for many styles. That’s a good thing for those of us who like to go far on gravel and want to actually see the world around us while we do.

Gravel bikes might come with 700s or 650bs for wheels – it varies. 650b is a good way to go. And get those tires pretty fat – like 45s.

What are the Best Bikes for Gravel

I’ll tell you a story about this one. One time, two organized people who love riding bikes decided to invest in grave bikes. They had similar interests and analytical minds. One of them put together a spreadsheet, the other did additional online research and test riding.

And OH MAN there were a LOT of bikes on that spreadsheet. So many of them seemed equally great.

There are many excellent gravel bikes on the market these days so we’ll just name a few.

Breadwinner Cycles G-Road

Made in Portland with love, care and fine attention to detail. This is certainly a top choice – a custom bike made just for you to your personal specs.

Jamis Renegade Escapade

Just the right mix of features, component set and a great steel for the right price. I’m currently riding this bike and LOVING it. Upgrade to some Sugar Wheel Works Wheels in 650bs and keep or sell those 700s for a supreme ride feel. There are 7 bikes in the Renegade series, but this one seems to be the perfect balance.

All City Cosmic Stallion

This is a solid choice from a reputable brand. The bike delivers all the features you’re probably looking for and comes with strong reviews from those who have bought this bike.

Your challenge is going to be finding these bikes for a test ride. Ask around – they’re hard to find in the shops and Breadwinner is fully custom – not in the shops.

Get Ready for a Great Ride

Gear up for Cycle Oregon’s GRAVEL! It’s sure to be an amazing weekend of bikes, gravel, bonfires and beer.  See the website for all the details.



The Region’s Best Bike Ride

Tour de Fronds
June 15

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About Tour de Fronds

Though it has been named the Best Bike Ride in the region many times over, you may be surprised by how small, report, quaint and volunteer-run Tour de Fronds is. Proof that small towns are mighty, and big isn’t always better.

An Insider’s Perspective

By John B.

Looking to this year’s 22nd Tour de Fronds, I wondered if anything could be added to the long list of positives about this event.  Well, I found one – it’s a sorry thing, but true that cycling events in Southern Oregon after mid-summer are going to be smoky, unless there’s a big change in what’s been happening in our forests the last several summers.

Good news!  The Tour is June 15 in smoke-free Powers.

Register on the Tour’s website to get one of the remaining spots in the field limited to 300.

Each year the Tour improves on its perfection. Getting voted the #1 ride for by readers of reflects the excellent work of the volunteers who make this ride such a perfect combination of natural beauty and a community working hard together and enjoying it.

Friday night is a spaghetti feed at the county park with live local music, Saturday is the ride and a fabulous dinner following the ride (think berry cobbler…), then a pancake breakfast on Sunday. The drive home, quite frankly, is kind of a downer.

There are six rides to choose from, the shortest being the 30-mile out and back over mild rollers along the Coquille River to Daphne Grove. Or, you can continue past Daphne Grove to Eden Valley, which is just as beautiful and quiet as the name implies, for a 63-mile round trip. Or, keep going past the Eden Valley rest stop to Arrastra Saddle for a 77-mile ride that climbs to a rest stop on top of a ridge before you turn back for home.

For the young, the strong or the delusional, go over Arrastra Saddle and complete the 117-mile Cruiser Loop. Last year this ride was known as the Mahaffy Century named for the 75+ year old local legend who you might pass on this route, but you might not.  He rides like it’s milking time for the cowherd he tends.

If you’re not in Mahaffy’s league, do what I do – ride the Rogue River-Singing Springs option.  It’s 71 miles and 5,500 feet of climbing. Up over Agness Pass, then six miles down a bumpy gravel road until you get to the smoothest pavement I’ve ridden on. This route follows the Rogue. You can stop at Foster Bar and put your feet (or all of you) in the Rogue, dry off and ride that smooth pavement down to Singing Springs Resort for lunch on the patio looking over the river as mail boats and rafters go by.

After lunch, hop on and ride up the gradual 11-mile climb to Agness Pass.  Stop at the cold-water spring that’s about 2/3 of the way up, as if a Hollywood director said ‘wouldn’t this be a good spot to have a cold-water spring coming out of the bank next to the road.’  When you get back to the top of Agness Pass, you can just about coast back to Powers.

If you like a cycling event where there is only occasional car or pickup traffic, the Tour de Fronds might not be for you – there isn’t even enough traffic to call it “occasional.”  And it’s an event that is just about guaranteed to be smoke free.

Tour de Fronds is well worth a lot of effort to get there and when you leave you’ll start thinking about next year.


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Why is Gravel Riding so Popular?

Photo: Cycle Oregon’s GRAVEL, May 17-19

Have you noticed that everyone seems to be talking about riding on gravel these days? It used to be that people gushed about smooth pavement, skinny tires and were hypnotized by the subtle whir of tires on pavement.

But these days, everyone’s talking gravel. Just why is that?

Why Gravel Riding is So Popular

Cars. Let’s be honest: it’s because of cars.

The more we ride, the more we crave riding. And the less patience we have for anything that gets in the way of our enjoyment of the ride. Cars and traffic (not to mention close calls or worse) completely detract from our ability to enjoy the landscape and cruise easily along our route. Most gravel roads have very little traffic, and cars travel slower on gravel. Riding away from the cars has become increasingly enticing.

Gravel Roads Tucked in the Landscape

Gravel roads are often tucked in remote areas, closer to nature, away from the bustle of city life and the grime of urban areas. This makes for much more pleasant riding and often gorgeous views. You’ll see more wildlife and notice the birds.

Fun Factor: High!

There is a playful vibe about gravel riding. You might float around a little (That’s okay! Don’t fight it!) You might have to slog through some soupy spots. You may even have to walk through a section or two. When you’re on gravel, it’s no biggie.

You can plan ahead all you like, but gravel often pulls a switcheroo on you just when you least expect it. Riding gravel is more playful; it’s hard to be too serious on gravel.

Bikes Made for Gravel Riding

With changes in bike tech, riding gravel has become easier than simply heading out on skinny tires and fishtailing your way through the grind. Wider tires mean more stability and a tubeless set up (optional but recommended) means fewer pinch flats. Add to that some gear adjustments like eliminating the front deraileur for less flying gravel interference and complications, and you have a recipe for ease on the crunchy road.

The Future of the Bike Industry

Outside Magazine said “The gravel book could save biking’s soul” and many others are inclined to agree. We’re not going to get into the nitty gritty of the implications of new bike tech for gravel (bo-ring! let’s ride!), but we are rather excited to see this incredible surge of freshness and energy pulsing through seemingly every corner of the bike world these days.

We like gravel. A whole lot.

Check Out Cycle Oregon’s GRAVEL

Are you gravel curious? Already in love? Check out Cycle Oregon’s event Gravel on May 17-19 in Dufur, Oregon. This fully supported event is the right kind of grind.



Explore Oregon with Bicycle Rides Northwest

BRNW Oregon 2019
June 22-29
North-Central Oregon


About the Bicycle Rides Northwest

BRNW (Bicycle Rides Northwest) is one of Oregon’s best-kept secrets. The 32-year-old nonprofit’s week-long, fully supported, 300-rider tours typically sell out, with a loyal following of riders who relish the small size, all-inclusive pricing (free beer, wine and snacks!) and focus on the rider experience.

The organizers tell us that a whopping 100% of riders reported they got a good value on BRNW Oregon 2018 – we think that’s rather impressive. If you are looking for a ride that will treat you right for the week, this outfit is a wise selection.

An Oregon Exploration

Fortunately, BRNW Oregon 2019 still has some spots open. The intriguing route traverses the underrated riding paradise of north-central Oregon: geologic wonders, deep-carved canyons and meandering backroads, with overnight stops including Maupin, Fossil and Heppner.

When the blue skies open up for the season, the soft warm air flutters around bare arms, the days get longer and the riding is sweeter. Spend this summer on a multi-day ride with top notch support with Bicycle Rides Northwest.

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Blooming Fields of Flowers

Petal Pedal
June 22


About Petal Pedal

The rain is here to nourish the land and all around there are plants in bloom.

But you’ve never truly seen flower power until you’ve ridden through the Silverton area in June with entire fields are bursting with flowers. What a perfect place to ride a bike, and Petal Pedal on June 22 is the best way to traverse the Willamette Valley’s roads less traveled.

Those Legs Love You, or Love You Not…

Like a flower, the ride features interlocking petal loops that give you the choice of how far you ride without having to make that decision in advance. Cruise through the gorgeous landscape, and let your legs tell you where to go. Feeling strong? Keep riding. Itching for a beer? Head off to the finish line.

About the Petal Pedal Route Options

A lovely flat ride past farms, fields and flowers that passes through the covered Gallon House Bridge.

Extend the 30-mile route with some rolling hills and river crossings.

Explore the broadest section of the valley WITHOUT the climb to Silver Falls.


The whole shabang. Starts with a climb to Silver Falls. Enjoy panoramic views, then an extended high-speed descent before rejoining the 70-milers.

Generous Support

With onsite lodging, an awesome dinner, free Hopworks beer, extremely gorgeous courses, free bike checks, breakfast, lunch and snacks all included, Petal Pedal makes for a perfectly relaxing ride. Plan to spend the weekend riding the region and exploring the quaint town of Silverton, widely regarded as the friendliest town in Oregon.

Pro Tips

1) Register in advance to save big.
2) Bring three friends and you’ll ride free.
3) Stay overnight. The Oregon Garden has lovely accommodations.

Ride Basics

Saturday, June 22

30, 50, 70, 100 miles with plenty of combos along the way

Breakfast, lunch, snacks and a gourmet dinner.



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Sugar Wheel Works Anniversary Parking Lot Party

The Portland-based custom wheel building company Sugar Wheel Works is turning 10 which is no small feat in the bike industry! That means it’s time to celebrate. Join them for an awesome parking lot party in their new home at Breadwinner Cycles.

Saturday, May 4
2323 N. Williams – Portland, Oregon
All ages, family friendly
Rain or shine


  • Enter to win a set of custom Sugar Wheel Works wheels!
  • Complimentary beer, cider and snacks.
  • Tours of the new Sugar Wheel Works shop and Breadwinner Cycles.
  • Meet the Sugar Wheel Works team.
  • Hang with your bike brethren.
  • Chat with Sugar Wheel Works owners Ira Ryan and Tony Pereria.
  • Sugar Wheel Works founder Jude Gerace will be on site. If you’re really lucky, she just may regale you with stories from the early days of Sugar, when the shop was only 64 sq. ft.



  • Must be present to win.
  • Tickets are on sale from 2-5:15 pm on site.
  • The raffle takes place at 5:30 pm.
  • Tickets are only $2, so you should plan to buy a bunch.
  • Cash only. Arrive with a fat stack of dollahs and cross your fingers.
  • Proceeds benefit WTF Bikexplorers, a community that supports WTF self-identifying riders who love to explore by bike.
  • HOT SPECS! Astral Outback 650B wheelset featuring a Chris King Components matte Jet (black) hub in CL disc. Custom built by Sugar Wheel Works.


  • It’s easy – you don’t have to be present to win.
  • It’s free to enter.
  • HOT SPECS! Astral Wanderlust rims with a fine White Industries hub. Custom built by Sugar Wheel Works.
  • Entry on May 1-4 only!


Get all the details here.


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