The 15th Annual Filmed by Bike film festival features the world’s best bike movies May 5-7 at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. After the Portland festival is over, Filmed by Bike On Tour brings the best of the fest to cities around the world.
A Jam Packed Weekend of Fun!
- Base Camp Street Party on opening night
- main stage of outdoor entertainment
- free Vibram Sole Factor cobbler service
- coffee from Nossa Familia
- free bike parking and complimentary BIKETOWN rides plus a special pop-up BIKETOWN bike share station at the festival
- Chris King Precision Components factory tour + chef-hosted reception
- Filmmaker Bike Ride
- Awards Ceremony
+ much more!
To get you excited for the festival, we’re sharing some of the festival’s best movies from over the years.
About the Ride
Located on the Oregon/California border, the gorgeous Art of Survival Century on May 27 takes you on a journey through scenic farm country and spectacular sites including the first US National Wildlife Refuge, the Pacific National Monument and the Lava Beds National Monument where amazing geology and geography surround you on all sides. The ride was named the 5th Best Bike Ride in Oregon, and it’s no wonder why.
Still, most eople don’t know that some of the best riding in the Western United States is tucked long the border of California and Oregon, starting around Tulelake in California. The Art of Survival Century is a chance to be one of the few people let in on this well-kept secret. But not for long – the ride is catching on in popularity and will soon be a notable destination event.
The organizers established the Art of Survival Century to highlight the complex history of the region, which was the site of the largest and most turbulent World War II internment camp. They also hope to bring much-needed tourism support to the small towns around Tulelake.
About the Routes
Get ready for a stunning day on two wheels, no matter your riding skill level. There are plenty of options for everyone on the Art of Survival Century.
Choose from routes of 20-109 miles along mostly flat terrain and the quietest of rural roads, perfect for getting lost in the landscape. The ride snakes along hushed farm roads where you’ll go miles without seeing – or hearing – a car. Sink into the landscape, stop to take photos and relax in the saddle as you enjoy a day away from the grind of the city,
Bring the entire family for a weekend getaway. The 20 mile route is family friendly and there’s even a mt. bike route through the Modoc National Forest. For those who prefer to stay off the bike, there is plenty to see and do in this recreational region. Hiking, sight-seeing and birdwatching opportunities abound and the local guides will help non-riders tap into activities throughout the weekend.
Special Ride, Special Features
The Art of Survival Century highlights the rich history of Northern California with special ride features that make it a must-do ride.
Ranger and Historian tours at each rest stop offer insight into the landscape and history of the region. They’ll let you know what you’ve passed in the previous leg, and what to look for on the road ahead. From soaring flocks of birds that blanket the sky to stunning peeks in the distance, the rangers will help demystify the sights that delight you at every turn,
Make a Weekend of it
After a long day of riding, put your feet up and relax without having to drive home. Discounted lodging in the region include a ranch stay, camping or standard hotels. See the website for details.
This event makes for a perfect weekend getaway with activities that include cave exploration, the Lava Beds National Monument, Crater Lake, a zip line, wildlife viewing and additional road or off-road riding all within the area.
Other nearby highlights and en route locations include Crater Lake, Bend, Oakridge, Mt. Shasta, Summer Lake and Lassen National Monument.
Date: May 27, 2017
Start: Tulelake, California
Cost: $25-75, Depends on the route.
More info: SurvivalCentury.com
Routes: 109, 86, 40, 20
Terrain: Very flat road riding, with an optional 20 mile mt. bike course
Summary: A lovely bike ride that you probably haven’t done (this is the fouth year) and that you certainly don’t want to miss. The local folks are so very friendly ad the route is so very flat – making it a perfect ride for those who are new to distance rides. And for the hardcore riders, you get to claim an awesome time for your century ride on this one!
PRO TIP:Register early for the best price.
Artist Carla Bartow is well known for her woodcut-style illustrations that have been the basis for bike culture posters like the Tweed Ride. Fitting with her artistic style, Carla takes a casual approach to her cycling apparel. But when she started a new job that required a long seven mile commute across town, she began to re-asses her apparel and opted for cleated shoes.
We’ve long been proponents of dapper bike shoes, something that’s nearly impossible to find. The best ones made by Specialized in 2009 were never made again. The leather options usually only come a few large sizes, typically for men’s feet, and come with a hefty price tag. The Specialized Recon is almost awesome, but because it’s made for all terrain it has too much of a sole than we’re looking for. Our goal is a solid everyday bike shoe that doesn’t look like a bike shoe, it just looks like a good looking shoe. You can walk straight into that meeting. This shouldn’t be a lot to ask.
So we sent Carla off with a pair of DZRs. The brand has a more casual style and spent some time making shoes specifically for bike polo. They first caught our attention back in 2013 or so and we’ve always liked their style, though we’re disappointed that some of the coolest styles are only available in larger sizes that typically fit men’s feet.
Carla spent some time giddily pedaling to her new job, and says the DZRs made her ride awesome.
- I wear a women’s size 8 1/2 and the size 40 fit fine.
- During the break-in period, the heels’ upper cut into my ankles while walking, but it went away after continued wear.
- I have wide toes, and did not feel cramped in these shoes.
- Cleat clearance on these shoes was nice and generous, allowing easy clipping in and out.
- The sole of the shoe was stiff enough to give a lot of power, while retaining some flexibility for walking.
- The shoes were comfortable enough to wear at work or cook dinner in.
- I really enjoyed the aesthetic design of the shoe. The leather end to the strap and heel made them appropriate for dressier occasions.
- The Velcro seatbelt strap makes for easy on and off, and is incredibly durable.
- The multi-layered canvas shoe is warm. I ended up waxing the canvas for my rainy commutes.
Get to Know Carla
Check out some of Carla’s impressive work here.
Zip it like a regular jacket but on your legs.
Rain pants are not all created equal and too often we don’t put them on because they’re a hassle.
That’s why we were so pleased to try out the Legs Jacket rain pants from VEAR. What we love most about these pants is that the waist comes together with snaps and then the zipper goes from the waist down to the ankles. It’s hard to describe, somewhat like the way a diaper is affixed. Basically, it means you don’t have to take off your shoes, don’t have to struggle to get your rain pants over your regular clothes. It’s easy.
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The pants also come with simple shoe covers, just enough to keep the tops of your shoes dry in a standard commute.
This Kickstarter-funded product far exceeded their goal and is now in production for pre-orders.
These pants are like the Art of Survival Century: Flat, flat flat. If you’ve got a belly or a booty, they probably won’t be all that comfortable.
You can read more about it here.
Take an awesome spin from Portland to Vancouver using the I-5 and I-205 bridges. This is a cool ride that sneaks along the historic Evergreen Highway. We love the hidden roads and exploration of this ride! Even that wacky bike crossing on the I-205 is a thrill.
The EvergreenHealth 7 Hills of Kirkland on May 29 is an incredible tour of Kirkland, Washington, just outside of Seattle, in support of the non-profit organization Attain Housing. The ride features three route options with a little of something for everyone – as long as you’re up for some climbing.
Check out the different route options and get ready for an awesome day of riding and climbing with a huge group of fun-loving other cyclists. The finish line features delicious strawberry shortcake at the gorgeous Marina Park on the edge of Lake Washington.
In a mere 38 miles, you’ll climb seven hills and 3,023 feet of elevation. It’s a fun, rolling route that gives you all the bragging rights of hill climbs in a manageable distance.
If you’re looking for more of a challenge, sign up for the Metric Century. This route is a beautiful extension into rural east King County. You’ll pedal 58 miles and bump up that elevation to 4,635 feet.
Full Century Route
Here’s where things really start getting interesting! The ride launched this route in 2015 to rave reviews. You’ll cruise further east before heading north to the Snoqualmie Valley. This route features all seven climbs, plus a significant amount of additional elevation. Over the course of those 100 miles, you’ll climb 7,036 feet.
A Well Supported Ride
No matter which route you choose, you’ll be well supported all along the way. EvergreenHealth 7 Hills of Kirkland is well known for being a friendly ride with awesome services.
You’re Tough! Feel Amazing!
This early season ride is a fantastic way to warm up your legs, and your ego. You’ll feel powerful after a day of riding and conquering those hills. And what better way than on a beautiful course along an event that’s raising funds for a good cause?
About the Cause
This event is a fundraiser for Attain Housing, an organization that helps individuals and families caught in a homelessness crisis. Whether people are living in their cars, housed temporarily in shelters, or facing eviction, Attain Housing helps stabilize their family in safe housing and works on goals to create a stronger future.
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More Ride Info
To learn more and register, see the ride website >