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Live the Revolution


The 7th Annual Live the Revolution, presented by Sugar Wheel Works and Gladys Bikes, is a wild night of live storytelling to support Safe Routes to Schools and foster the next generation of bikers.

Live the Revolution is a collection of stories told live by some of your favorite Portland personalities. Check out this year’s storytellers:
– Ric Hjertberg, Wheel Fanatyk
– Erin Lolich, Northwest Regional Education Service District
– Lale Santelices, Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program
– Erik Tonkin, Sellwood Cycle Repair

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.

The fun includes Hopworks beer, live music, Love Poem Writers, a huge raffle and much more.


Alberta Abby, Portland [map]
February 10
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5 Tips for Training Success


Training seems intimidating – the motivation to begin can be daunting.

But with a little preparation and planning, you’ll find that it’s easy to stick with your routine, even if you are on vacation, engrossed in an online slots session like All Slots Casino, or busy with work.

Train for the terrain, meaning if you’re training for a hilly ride, be sure to include hills in your training rides.

Write it down. Keep a training diary, log on your phone or use a spreadsheet. Include how the ride made you feel, how far you went and what you ate before the ride. Add in any other details that may help you plan for future rides.

Adjust. As you settle into longer distances, make adjustments. How’s the saddle, your padding in the shorts, shoe angle etc.? Find the comfort now so you can make the most of the ride you’re training for.

Take time to recover. Your muscles need time to rest and re-build. Anything you do on a recovery day should be light duty and under an hour. These rest weeks can do wonders for the body and mind.

Realistically assess.Sure, you want to push yourself. But you also want to be realistic. If you are continually setting lofty goals that you can’t meet, you will feel discouraged. Beating yourself up is not the right approach. It does not make you stronger or more eager to conquer your feats, though it’s tempting to go that route because it is how our society operates. Instead, check out your progress and goals, and set goals that you know will be JUST beyond your previous success. Push yourself a little harder. On days when you know you’re feeling under the weather or sore, go a little easier on yourself

This last point is so important because it’s about a LONG TERM approach. Ride day to day, but plan for the future. Over time is when you will see results and track success.

But when it really comes down to it, just getting out there and riding TODAY can make a huge difference, no matter the distance.

There are many ways to approach your training. Some are better than others, and really it comes down to personal preference and finding something that works for you, personally. But when it comes down to the format, these few key points will help you make the most of your time on the bike, so you can spend more time getting back to the rest of your day, perhaps that All Slots Casino session.


Cycle Oregon Kickoff Party

Best Bike Rides in Oregon

For 29 years, Cycle Oregon has taken riders on a grand adventure through little-known hamlets of Oregon as they pedal past spectacular views and through the quietest of rural areas on hidden routes known only to the locals.

The event provides superior support, camping every night and gear support.

Every year the ride explores a different region of our gorgeous state. Where will this year’s journey be? That’s a heavily guarded secret known only to the privileged few. The rest of us have to wait patiently until the big Route Reveal Kickoff Party.


January 24
Portland Art Museum, Mark Building
Doors: 6:00 pm
Route Announcement: 7:00 pm

Hang out, meet other riders, get to know the vendors and services that will be riding and camping along with you, and enjoy food and drink at this festive night that Cycle Oregon fans look forward to every year. If you are unable to attend, you can following along on their website.

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Event Volunteer Miriam Steierman


During a long ride, having a cheerful volunteer hand out snacks or help air up your tires certainly is a nice perk. These people provide much needed support to help alleviate the event’s workload, and help things run smoothly. Some events even rely on the support of high level volunteers who can tackle advanced projects to ensure a successful event.

So just who are these people who donate the time? And why would someone opt to volunteer instead of ride?

Miriam Steierman probably knows about this more than almost any other Oregon rider. The veteran volunteer has spent years volunteering for a slew of events, including Harvest Century, Cycle Oregon, Portland Century, Portland Sunday Parkways, Jackson’s Ride the Gorge and many others.

Miriam describes herself as “a joyful 60+ woman who loves to help others and work hard and ride my bike.” We’ve gotten to know her over the years through her volunteer work, so we decided to sit down with Miriam to learn more about the wild world of event volunteering.

Why do you like volunteering for bike events?

I get great joy from the experience of volunteering. I love chatting with the participants

Describe one of your favorite events.

Sunday Parkways is by far my favorite event. I love “racing” with the little kids or carrying their bikes when they are too tired – and mom and dad just don’t know what to do. I enjoy talking and smiling to riders (and drivers too) even when the weather is bad.

We know it’s not all roses out there. Describe one of your worst volunteer experiences.

I was working on an event’s site team. It was very hard, unappreciated work. I was very sore and tired all the time for days on end. Never again!

Okay, so being made to feel appreciated is clearly important. Aside from that, how do you decide what events to spend your time on?

I normally volunteer for people I have known for a while, like Axiom Event Productions (Harvest Century, Bike MS, Portland Sunday Parkways and others) and Good Sport Promotion (Petal Pedal, Portland Century, Worst Day of the Year Ride and others).

If the event is new event and they need volunteers, I’ll probably sign up. If they succeed, I’ll probably come back the next year if they want me. It’s just that simple.

What should someone take into consideration when volunteering for an event?

Volunteering takes time and effort. I highly dislike when people sign up to volunteer for an event and then don’t show up. It’s important to follow through and be reliable.

What are common mistakes most people make when signing up to volunteer for an event, or while volunteering?

A common mistake is knowing what the job entails, not knowing how much time the job will take. Also, not listening to veteran volunteers who are trying to make their job easier by providing helpful information.

What are some common mistakes event organizers make in regards to their volunteers?

My biggest irritation is when my job as a volunteer is not appreciated, like the scenario I mentioned.

Often event managers don’t train their volunteers appropriately. Sometimes they also really miss the mark by not reaching out the following year of the event, or not giving enough attention to the volunteers who go the extra mile and are reliable.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of volunteering for bike events?

I would have to say: contributing to the success of the event, any event.


Announcing the Best Bike Rides in Oregon


Here in Oregon, we are fortunate to have a wealth of supported bike events to choose from every year. Starting in February with the whimsical Worst Day of the Year Ride and continuing into October, the array of events is astonishing.

But which rides are the best? We decided to leave that decision up to the people who know best: those of you following the course arrows and enjoying finish line beers.

ORbike is the region’s only resource solely dedicated to promoting bike events and helping people find their next bike adventure. Since 2005, we’ve maintained a statewide calendar of supported events and have helped you select the very best. This past fall, we asked you to vote for your favorites, and here are the exciting results.


First Place: Tour de Fronds

Proof that size doesn’t matter. This gorgeous ride snakes through the forested region of the Southern Oregon Coast Range, stationed out of the little-known town of Powers, Oregon. The volunteer-run event pours gushing waterfalls of heart and soul into this beloved ride every year.

In 2016 Cycle Oregon traversed a portion of the course: a 15 mile climb to Bear Creek with nearly 5,000 feet of elevation gain – gorgeous, and grueling. But Tour de Fronds also offers alternate routes that aren’t as intense, with five options featuring pavement or gravel, hilly or flatter.

With a ridership hovering just around 200, we were astounded to see little Tour de Fronds snag first place by a landslide: 23% of the votes.

Tour de Fronds happens every June. The 2017 event is scheduled for June 17.


Second Place: Columbia Century Challenge

Out of the gate strong! This brand new ride takes riders on a serene tour of the old logging towns around St. Helens, Clatskanine, Scappoose, Apiary, Mist, Rainier and Vernonia – incredible areas where no other supported rides travel. There are two route options, including a killer optional 12-mile stretch of hard-pack gravel along the Historic Crown Zellerbach Linear Trail.

It’s not easy to start a new ride, but the organizers of the Columbia Century Challenge worked diligently to ensure theirs went off without a hitch.

Columbia Century Challenge happens every June. And now here’s the difficult news: the 2017 date is exactly the same as Tour de Fronds.


Third Place: Harvest Century

A fall tradition. As we pedal away from sunny rides into the shorter, colder and wetter days of fall, Harvest Century is our annual ceremony to ease into the next season. This splendid ride offers somewhat of a recap of the season. It traverses portions of many other rides, including Pioneer Century, Tour de Cure, Portland Century and CF: Cycle for Life as it snakes through Washington County into wine country and across the Canby Ferry.

This incredibly well operated event is a fundraiser for Community Vision, an organization that helps people with disabilities lead rewarding lives with independence.

Harvest Century is every September. The 2017 event is September 24.


Fourth Place: Arthritis Bike Classic

An intimate adventure. This all-inclusive experience includes eight days of riding and full support every step of the way. The ride is well known for the small, intimate atmosphere where all riders are close friends by the end, and everyone goes home with new riding buddies.

With delicious food, nighttime bonfires and sweeping coastal views, it’s no wonder Arthritis Bike Classic gets rave reviews. This year’s event featured all new routes, and clearly the riders loved them.

Arthritis Bike Classic is every September. The 2017 dates have not yet been set, but the event will likely take place the third week in September.


Fifth Place: A tie. Ride to Defeat ALS and Art of Survival Century.

These two excellent rides both earned exactly 53 votes.

* Ride to Defeat ALS takes rides on a lovely tour of the Willamette Valley as it ventures through the farmland around Mt. Angle. The ride is a benefit for the ALS Association of Oregon and Washington, which provides impressive and extensive services to people living with ALS and the families who support them.

Ride to Defeat ALS happens every July. The 2017 event is July 8.

* The Art of Survival Century is a very special experience, so it’s no wonder you selected it as a top ride. The event takes place on the border of Oregon and California, staged out of the tiny town of Tulelake, CA. The town was once home to one of the most tumultuous Japanese internment camps, a blight on the region that many feel still burdens them to this day. The Art of Survival Century is part of Tulelake’s efforts to bring economic vitality and positivity to the region.

Because the ride is in such a remote setting, just outside of Klamath Falls, it makes for an awesome weekend adventure of exploring other parts of our fine state. Rural – very rural – and surprisingly bike friendly. Drivers give cyclist a wide birth, though they rarely even pass by on the quite farm roads.

Art of Survival Century is a quiet, introspective adventure like no other. We love this ride and are so pleased to see our readers and fans agree!

Art of Survival Century happens every Memorial Day Weekend. The 2017 event is May 27.


Honorable Mentions

6. Monster Cookie out of Salem
7. Reach the Beach from Hillsboro to Pacific City
8. The Cycle Oregon Week-Long Ride
9. Ride the Rim – Crater Lake’s car-free event
10. CF: Cycle for Life in Washington County

Thank you!

We would like to send a huge thank you out to all of the region’s hard-working event organizers who put on fantastic rides for us to enjoy. These supported events get more people riding and smiling, and are an incredible way to explore the state of Oregon.

We can’t wait to see what you have planned for 2017!


What’s Up With Rain Capes?


There’s a relatively new kid on the rainy season block, the cycling rain cape. And no, these aren’t the dorky rain ponchos you buy in a clear pack for $12 when is starts raining at the baseball game, these are rain barriers specifically designed for riding any kind of bike.

And they work.

Sure, rain capes may look a little funny at first, but these light weight pieces are surprisingly effective and comfortable.

Why Use a Rain Cape

The key difference between cycling rain cape and a traditional rain poncho is that the body of a rain cape extends over your handlebars to create a solid tent to keep you dry.

The vast majority of rain cape users agree that rain pants are a drag. They’re awkward to put on (you probably need to take off your bike shoes) and even more awkward to remove. They are bulky and unattractive. Depending on what’s worn under them, rain pants can be rather uncomfortable.

With rain capes, it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing underneath, or what your body type is. Fit becomes less of an issue.

With one piece of clothing, you can get coverage for your head, top and bottom.

Rain capes allow for better air flow, so on days when it’s wet but not cold, they’re a great way to go.

Rain capes provide a tent of coverage from above to protect your legs, and fenders do the job from below.

Rain capes are easy to take on and off and they dry off fairly quickly.

Cape Options

How dapper you look depends on how much you want to spend, in most cases. There are a few independent fabricators making cute rain capes for under $100 that are marketed as being designed for cycling and hiking, but we can’t verify the quality of these items. Most capes range from $175-250.

Standard yellow-rain-jacket-type capes exist and are a smart choice for safety reasons, what with their bright colors and all, and they’re often the least expensive, like these from J&G Cyclewear. But better-looking options are certainly out there.

Brooks, well known for their style, offers a rain cape with leather detailing. Unless you opt for the upgraded Oxford Rollup (vs the Cambridge stowable) we don’t think it’s worth the cost because aside from the leather detailing, the cape is nothing special.

The Center for Appropriate Transport in Eugene, a hub of clever cycling, fabricates their own waxed canvas cape. It’s a nice alternative to synthetic fabrics, but it’s also much heavier. They offer optional hoods, bump outs for messenger bags, and fleece lined collars.

Cleverhood has really set the bar high, with nicely tailored capes in interesting fabrics. Billed as a “US-made rain cape for livable cities,” these capes are known for their excellent quality.

Take Into Consideration

A cape without a rear cinch will fly up in the wind. You may or may not care about this. If you do, opt for a cape that has features to prevent this.

Depending on the cape design, often it will obscure your lights, particularly on the handlebars. You’ll need to make adjustments for this, such as mounting your light to your helmet instead.

The cost isn’t all aesthetics. Many expensive caps offer handy features you’ll wish you had and reflectivity built into the classy-looking fabric. Do your research before you decide what you want to spend.

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