2 Special Days of Car Free Crater Lake

Ride the Rim | September 8 + 15 – Crater Lake

Ride the Rim is a spectacular opportunity to ride Crater Lake the best way possible – without cars! This gorgeous natural wonder is absolutely stunning, and riding the rim without the chaos of cars is a very special experience.

Oh, but you won’t be alone! Named the 9th Best Bike Ride in Oregon in the ORbike Riders’ Poll, this is certainly a favorite ride among many people. The two car-free days attract huge crowds of friendly cyclists at the free event,.

Mark your calendar early and carve out some time for this awesome event. You have two weekends to choose from: September 9th and September 16th

RIDE TIMES: 8am to 6pm, East Rim Drive will be closed to all vehicular traffic. The East Rim can take roughly four hours to complete, give or take a hour based on individual experience levels. Please plan accordingly.

FEE: FREE! Registration (Park Admission Fees still apply-$15)

RIDE PROFILE: Approximately 25 miles with 3,500 feet of elevation gain.

RIDE SUPPORT: 5 rest stops

Shade
Snacks
Restrooms
Bike Pump
Friendly People
Waste Receptacles
Basic First Aid Kit
Basic Bike Repair Tools
Encouragement & Support
Hydration (bring refillable bottles)

NOTE: There is no support vehicle on this free ride.

PARKING: Vehicle Parking is located at the Steel Visitor Center/Park HQ (larger parking lot) and North Junction

NEW THIS YEAR: The organizers have planned after party and reservable dinner back in Klamath Falls with live music. It’s where everyone gathers after the ride!

BIKE VALET: Ride the Rim offers a free bike valet at the North Junction and Park HQ while you fetch your car in the opposite parking lot using the FREE Shuttle Service.

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Sneak Away to Hidden Routes

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.

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Petal Pedal: Blooming Fields of Flowers

The cold, snowy days of our crazy winter are officially over 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 23rd 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 Route Options

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

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

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

100-miles

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) Save $5 when you use code ORBIKE-EBA18

Ride Basics

Saturday, June 23rd

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

Breakfast, lunch, snacks and a gourmet dinner.

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Tubeless Tires: Road Edition

In the past decade, tubeless tires have hit the bike scene in one of the biggest advances in technology (with wide-ranging side effects).

In the last article, I dove into everything you need to know about tubeless tires for mountain bikes. This month I’ll weigh in on the latest tire technology: tubeless tires for road riding.

What are “Tubeless” Tires?

As a quick refresher, tubeless tires are actually a system of tires and rims specially designed to not use an inner tube. Instead, a tubeless ready (TLR or TR) rim is designed to create an airtight seal with the TLR specific tire—without needing a tube.

Most tubeless tires are designed to be used with a thin sealant inside of it to help self-seal and repair small punctures as well as make the seal between the rim and tire have an extra layer of air-tight protection.

On the exterior, tubeless rims and tires look just like regular rims, so they’re usually identified with a “TLR” decal. On the inside of the rim where the tire bead (the thick part that stays hooked inside the rim) catches is extra stout to create an airtight seal.

You can upgrade to a tubeless system on your existing road bike, but if you buy a new road bike there’s a good chance it will come with wheels and possibly even tires that are ready to be set up tubeless.

 

Pros of Road Tubeless Tires

Much like mountain bike tires, road tubeless has a few distinct advantages. The first being protection from small punctures. With a traditional tubed tire (usually referred to as a “clincher”), the only way to get fewer flats is to beef up the materials making it heavier and less supple. Tubeless tires are filled with sealant, so the small punctures that plague most cyclists (thorns, glass, the tiny wires of broken-off street sweeper bristles) are a thing of the past since the puncture is sealed within seconds by the sealant within. This can be a real advantage in a road race or training ride with friends.

Tubeless tires can also be run at lower pressures without risking pinch flats giving you a more comfortable ride without compromising your ability to roll quickly. This is a good leg up for any rider—especially when cornering or on Oregon chip seal roads—and it’s a huge advantage for those that like to head into more adventuresome gravel and dirt roads where the surfaces are likely to be less than ideal.

There’s some debate about rolling resistance (meaning how much energy you have to output to make the tire roll) when it comes to road tubeless tires. In most recent tests, it seems like lightweight tubeless and lightweight racing tires with latex tubes are neck and neck for the best rolling resistance. So if you’re a road racer worried about shaving grams, it all comes out in the wash.

 

Cons of Road Tubeless Tires

Like their mountain counterparts, the cost of the rims is higher and the set-up is messy and pretty much requires an air compressor, so if you’re ready to spend a little on parts it’s best to let the shop handle installation. Of course, if you get a big enough cut in the tire tread you’ll be handling it yourself on the side of the road. In this case, the thicker, stronger bead of the tire can be extremely difficult to get off the rim (the narrower the tire/rim set-up, the harder it will be). If you’re not a confident tire changer with quality tire levers, or don’t have quick access to a lift, this might be a deal-breaker for you.

The liquid sealant needs to be refreshed every 4- 6 months or more often in a drier climate, which is simple but another tick of maintenance. Tubeless tires need to be aired up a bit more often than your tubed tire, but this is a minor quibble considering it only takes a few seconds of time and most of us are checking our tire pressure before we head out for a spin.

 

Why Would You Ride Road Tubeless?  

The best reason to ride road tubeless is because your new road bike came with tubeless ready rims and tires and it’s easy to step up to a higher quality ride. If you’re someone who’s a confident flat repairer and likes to head out into the wild blue yonder, wandering on the unpaved back roads of Oregon and Washington, tubeless tires can also be a game changer. Finally, if you’re just tubeless curious and have some cash to drop on new rims, tires and sealant, most people who’ve ridden them give them rave reviews for comfort, ride quality, and being puncture free.

At this point though, road tubeless is made for extended road riding not commuting. While they do offer great protection from small flats, the rubber compounds aren’t up to tough, loaded commuter miles, so tubes are your best bet for now. Keep your eyes peeled, though. I won’t be surprised to see the technology eventually upgrade to encompass every type of riding.

 


Tori Bortman is ORbike’s resident bike mechanic. She is also an educator, consultant and the owner of Gracie’s Wrench. Tori is the author of The Big Book of Cycling for Beginners published by Bicycling Magazine.

Cruising for a (Fantastic) Cause

Ride to Defeat ALS – 7/14 – Mt. Angel

Many of us hop on our bikes without a second thought, but for those who can’t pedal, there’s Ride to Defeat ALS, an opportunity to raise funds and awareness for people living with ALS, also known as Lou Gerhig’s Disease. This devastating disease eventually takes people’s lives after a long and painful decline in mobility.

But there is great hope! There is so much that can be done to support people living with the disease, to make their lives more comfortable, to provide them with increased mobility options and to to support their loved ones who tirelessly care for them. Those good efforts come thanks to the National ALS Association and Ride to Defeat ALS is your opportunity to support their impactful work.

This ride is a gorgeous odyssey through the hushed open landscape around Mt. Angel on the edge of Portland. Sign up for this important ride and be a part of the movement for those who can’t.

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Tour de Blast

June 17 – Mount St. Helens

The eruption of Mount St. Helens was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States, but in the aftermath we are left with a striking landscape and an intriguing region to explore.

Tour de Blast takes you on a journey through the “blast zone” on an intense ride that’s both challenging and rewarding. It’s one of those rides you’ll forever feel proud to have accomplished, and you most certainly will never
forget those amazing views.

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Filmed by Bike Film Festival

May 4-6 – Hollywood Theatre – Portland

Portland is one of the coolest bike cities in the world, and the Filmed by Bike film festival is certainly one of the reasons why.

The festival features the world’s best bike movies with six distinct themed programs playing over the course of three days. Just what makes these films the best in the world? The festival spends eight months hunting for movies and a panel of jurors reviews them all to select the very best. This year’s jury included notables such as Chris King of Chris King Precision Components and Barry Braverman, a Director of Photography involved with many Wes Anderson projects.

Street Party

Filmed by Bike is an inventive arts and culture event, with bike-themed activities all long. Our favorite is the Street Party on opening night. New this year, the part will take place in the street in front of the Hollywood Theatre.

  • Beer garden
  • Street dancers
  • Photo booth
  • XRAY.fm DJs
  • Food trucks
    + much more!

Festival Pass: See it All!

With a wealth of movies and activities all weekend long, the Festival Pass is by far the best way to experience Filmed by Bike. You’ll save money, get access to exclusive activities and be able to reserve your tickets in advance.

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Flower Power on Petal Pedal!

Petal Pedal is a stunning ride with four beautiful routes that meander through the Willamette Valley. This much revered event is considered one of the best organized rides in Oregon.

Petal Pedal highlights the Willamette Valley’s gorgeous scenery, tours low-traffic roads and provides unrivaled support.

Registration includes admission to The Oregon Garden, live music, a fully supported ride with delicious stops along the route and a gourmet dinner with unlimited wine and beer. This ride is particularly perfect for friends who love to ride but have different distance preferences. You can choose from 30, 50, 70 and 100-mile routes – which means there’s a little something for everyone.

The ride is capped at 1,500 and is expected to sell out.

Ride Basics

DATES: June 23
LOCATION: Silverton, Oregon
HIGHLIGHTS: Gorgeous routes, amazing start/finish location, premier support, fun finish line party
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EvergreenHealth 7 Hills of Kirkland

May 28 – Kirkland, WA

What does your summer riding season have in store for you?

Set the tone for a powerful season of strong riding with the EvergreenHealth 7 Hills of Kirkland – a hill climb challenge on gorgeous routes. Your legs will thank you all season long. There are several routes to choose from, each one of them guaranteed to make you feel victorious at the end.

This Memorial Day weekend, travel at your own pace through urban, suburban and rural roads. This Memorial Day weekend, the cyclists will outnumber the cars on these hushed roads. This Memorial Day weekend, do something special on your bike.

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Columbia Century Challenge

June 16 – Scappoose

Just outside of Portland is a region so quiet most people don’t even realize it’s there.

Columbia Century Challenge takes takes you on a journey through times past as you explore the old logging towns around Scappoose and Vernonia.

Backroads. Rolling through the old Oregon timberlands. Farm roads through the open fields. Pastures along the Columbia River. An optional jaunt along the unpaved historic Crown-Zellerbach trail.

Add to all of this charming rural towns and you have the perfect recipe for all day fun on your bike.

The start location adjusts every year so repeat riders – and there are many of them – have the opportunity to explore a different town each year. This ride came out of the gate strong, earning prestigious Best Bike Ride award in just the very first year.

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