Mt. Adams Country Bicycle Tour

June 30 – Trout Lake, WA

Let the Mountain be Your Guide

The southern slopes of Mt. Adams in June are a bicyclist’s paradise with smooth roads, exceptional weather, cool temps and unparalleled vista.

A Serene Country Ride

The Mt. Adams Country Bicycle Tour is the perfect way to enjoy and explore this spectacular sun-drenched area in the fresh mountain air. Ride against the glorious snow clad backdrop of magnificent Mt Adams. The ride is known for having a well marked course that snakes along quiet country roads. Relax and let the mountain show you the way as you wind through the countryside.

Enjoy the Routes

Select from four route options: An 11 mile family ride, a 51 mile loop, a 105 mile infinity loop or a 54 mile Forest Loop that rides up and down the flanks of Mt. Adams.

The organizers are cyclists in the region who know and love the roads. They’re being out some of their best kept secrets for you to enjoy for this splendid day of riding.

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An Oregon Classic: Coast Hills Classic

April 15 – Newport

It’s muddy, soupy and sloppy – just the way you like it.

The Coast Hills Classic mt. bike race is a spring tradition. With a lush wooded course and surprising sweeping ocean views, this race is the perfect way to kick off the season. This year the race is slightly earlier in the season, meaning you just might get more of the mud everyone love so much at this event.

It might be raining, but in true Oregon fashion there is always a sea of broad smiles at the lively finish line festival for this beloved race.

This event is well known for having a killer course, a fun finish line and hoards of awesome bike people. Make a weekend of it and head to Newport!

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Cycling is a tough sport – there is no doubt about that

An idyllic ride through the countryside sounds like a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon but riding is never that simple. Mountains would be difficult to walk up – let alone cycle. Overcoming nutrition and hydration issues or saddle sores is a staple of the sport. In three-week grand tours, there’s the day-to-day fatigue and close proximity to your teammates to take into account.

But whilst races through the Alps and Pyrenees are par for the course when it comes to pro cycling, and known by all cycling fans, there’s nothing quite like the spring classics to condense all of that excitement, drama and indeed pain into one afternoon. They are just different races, but for anyone who is only a casual follower of cycling as a spectator sport, it’s this sort of variety that makes the whole calendar so interesting.

A Sunday in Hell

First and foremost, the spring classics are for the strong men. You win the Tour de France in the mountains, but you win the classics with the power in your legs. Tom Boonen and Fabian Cancellara spring to mind instantly: powerful men who are suited to the one-day races. This year, you’d expect Peter Sagan and Philippe Gilbert to be up there.

They are not idyllic Sunday afternoons on the road. Indeed, the most difficult of the lot is Paris-Roubaix – the race they call A Sunday in Hell. And a race that was dominated by Boonen and Cancellara in the last decade.

What makes it so hard is not its length or its hilltops. It is not the field you race against or the speed you go at. But if you were to race the whole thing on the nicest of roads – the kinds of which you’d find on a Tour de France sprint stage – you would get a very different race to what you’ll see at the Paris-Roubaix in the second week of April – the 8th this year, to be precise.

It is the terrain that makes it such a special race and nothing else – the patches of cobbled roads that have not been covered in asphalt are part of the lore and the difficulty. The winner gets a trophy made of a cobble stone and the glory of being able to say he is a Paris-Roubaix champion – a badge of honour and toughness. Currently Peter Sagan is tipped to win the Paris-Roubaix in 2018, but this can all change on the day!


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The Unpredictable Cobbles

The cobbles – sections of pavé, as it is known in French – are a staple of northern France and Flanders. It is a region known for its World War One memorials and its love of bike racing, and you can see why the pavé plays such an important role: it is not just there for show. It adds to the drama in a way you might not expect at first glance.

Cobbles make for an unpredictable race, but they’re used sparingly. Most of the day is spent on normal paved roads, but for several stretches of a few kilometres, the peloton hits the pavé and all hell breaks loose for a few minutes.

Pavé turns the race into a spectacle. Not the whole thing, but in parts. For the viewer, it is a treat to encounter them. Like the meat in a stew, you savour them while you’re watching. They are the main event, but made better by their scarcity.

And it is a boneshaking few minutes. For the riders and almost for the spectators, too. You can see the bumps and the potential bruises, the difficulty these professional riders are having in keeping their bikes going straight. The power you need to glide over the cobbles is massive, and only the strongest can do it.

A spectator sport

If you can’t, you are at the mercy of luck.

When the riders come up to a section of pavé, they are supposed to stay in the middle of the road. That is where the cobbles are at their most difficult to navigate, but it is also where the road is cleanest. Fall away to either side and you’ll find it easier to push the pedals, but you’ll also be cycling in silt, stones and shards discarded by bikes, cars and the wind. In other words, you are cycling in a whole world of potential punctures.

That’s why it’s a test of the strongest. Those who can deal with the cobbles the best, and those who can use it to pull away from the field by the time they get to a clean stretch of road. They are the riders who will win the event.

As hellish as it might be for those in the thick of it, Paris-Roubaix is one of cycling’s most thrilling races for those watching on.

The Trails Are Calling!

Life doesn’t get much better than Mt. Bike Oregon

Some of the very best mt. biking in the world is located right here in Oregon! Every summer, riders from all over the world flock to Oakridge, Oregon for Mt. Bike Oregon, a three-day mt. bike getaway that’s all inclusive. Once you set up your tent, you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Make This Your Daily Routine

  1. Wake up
  2. Grab your bike
  3. Slam some yummy breakfast
  4. Hit the lunch making station and pack a bag
  5. Head to the shuttle
  6. Ride sweet singletrack, all day long
  7. Return to camp
  8. Rinse off in the river and go for a swim
  9. Unwind in the Drinking Garden
  10. Dinner time!
  11. Tell trail tales all night long under the starry night sky as you sip local beer, wine and cider with your new riding buddies from all over the world.
  12. Rest.
  13. Repeat!

Event Details

Two events to choose from, or attend both.

ALL OF THIS IS INCLUDED!

  • July 17-19 and August 20-22
  • Oakridge, Oregon (between Bend and Eugene)
  • Shuttled rides every day
  • Camping on site
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch
  • Food truck festival on site
  • Free beer garden featuring regional beer, wine and cider
  • Trail guides on every ride
  • Workshops and clinics
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Limited to 350 riders
  • A gigantic site with plenty of space for all

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Sneak Away Memorial Day Weekend

Art of Survival Century – May 26+27

Seems like the world is so busy these days. Hectic. Noisy. Crowded.

This Memorial Day Weekend, get away from it all. Sink into the wide open landscape your pedal your way through a region where nature knows no borders. Tucked away where Oregon and California meet, wildlife refuges, wetlands, and flocks of birds dominate the scenery.

The Art of Survival Century is hosted in Tulelake, California – just outside of Klamath Falls.

Highlights

  • Ride one or two days.
  • Friendly volunteers and excellent support.
  • Camping on site with plenty of room for all.
  • Homemade granola bars on course.
  • Gorgeous routes that are flat, unique and fun.
  • Rangers and historians at rest stops talking about the region.
  • Farm roads that are oh-so0-quiet.

 

About the Routes

DAY ONE

It’s Century Day! Several route options along smoothly paved routes. Ride through the Lava Beds National Forest and explore. Check out petroglyphs and many other unique features.

There is also a mt. bike option.

DAY TWO

Day two is all about gravel! The best gravel is often tucked away in the middle of nowhere, and for this ride it’s in Doris, CA, just down the way from Tulelake. Two route options and awesome support. This is going to be a fun one!

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A Special Ride Experience

We love the Art of Survival Century for so many reasons. The community developed the ride as a way to show off their special region, teeming with birdlife and wetlands.  The region is sunny nearly all year round. Life is relaxed; it’s a take-your-time kind of a pace.

Tulelake feels worlds away, but it’s really just outside of Klamath Falls.

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Cannon Beach Fat Bike Festival

April 20-22, Cannon Beach

There is no other biking experience quite like riding a fat bike on the sandy beaches of the Oregon coast!

Forget all the seriousness of wearing the proper gear, worrying about how heavy your bike is or overthinking your nutrition. Fat biking is all about having fun on two wheels and the brand new Cannon Beach Fat Bike Festival is sure to be a hit with the entire family and riders of all styles.

Head to Cannon beach for a weekend of events including fat bike games, a poker ride, a sunset ride and a gigantic bonfire. Fat bikes are available to try.

Event Details

April 20-22
Cannon Beach
Events each day
Beach clean up on April 22nd in celebration of Earth Day
Registration is $12.00 per person online. You may also register at the event.
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Muddy, Soupy + Sloppy: Coast Hills Classic

Muddy. Soupy. Sloppy, and mess of good fun.

Coast Hills Classic Mountain Bike Race in Newport (April 15) is an awesome challenge – a trek of straight up, straight down and slippery turns along a 12 mile course – with a double run of 24 miles for the experts and pros – and 1,600 ft. of elevation gain. The course varies from muddy to gravel with a lot of singletrack in between.

Pavement, shmavement. The Coast Hills Classic all about grueling greatness with plenty of opportunity for bragging rights. And if you like to get gritty on your mt. bike, you’re going to love it.

You’ll also be afforded sweeping coastal views, dense forested land and plenty of beautiful views if you’ve got the mindset to soak them in amidst the gruel of the course. We’re betting your mind will be on other things….

Make a Weekend of it!

There is a lot to see and do on the Oregon Coast! Make a weekend of it and plan to spend some time exploring Newport and the surrounding region. Take in the coastal sites, visit the aquarium, etc. You’re bound to have a good time on the Oregon Coast!

Little Tykes, too

In the true spirit of a strong community, the race isn’t just for the most hardcore riders: there’s also an free race option for little tykes to test their mettle and get a taste of what mt. bike racing is all about. Age categories of 2-4, 5-7 and 8-10 will race on a short loop on a flat dirt area. The timed “Grommet” Race for older kids will take place on a modified five mile section of race course.

Sign up Early

Sign up in advance to save, but registration is also accepted on the day of the race.

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April 15, 2018.
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A Mt. Biker’s Dream Weekend Getaway

Do you find yourself dreaming of a weekend jam packed with endless miles of singletrack?

Then Mt. Bike Oregon is the perfect event for you!

Ride the Best Trails

Tucked away in the Willamette National Forest live some of the world’s best mt. bike trails. But don’t just take our word for it. IMBA awarded Oakridge, Oregon Gold Level status, one of only six Ride Centers in the entire world to receive this prestigious designation.

The Alpine trail, in particular, is widely regarded as the Crown Jewel, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg at Mt. Bike Oregon.

Shuttled Rides All Day, Every Day

The event features shuttled, guided rides every day. The guides aren’t there to hold your hand, they’re simply the extra special sauce to ensure everyone makes it down the trail without ever having to consult a map, and to ensure no one gets left behind (because what fun is that?).

Shuttles start going out at 7am and they don’t stop until 11:30 in the morning when all 300+ riders are out on the trail. With more than 7 ride options each day, there’s no shortage of fun to be had at Mt. Bike Oregon.

All Inclusive

Sign up, then don’t worry about a thing. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Every night there’s a FREE drinking garden under the starry night sky, featuring some of the region’s best beer wine and cider. The wine is provided by J. Wright, Vintner – the wine for spirited adventurers. Winemaker Joe Wright is an avid mt. biker who draws inspiration from the trail for every barrel of wine he creates.

Camping, top of the line demo bikes, shuttles and clinics are also included. For dinner, the event organizes a Food Truck Festival on site.

Rally Your Riding Buddies!

Riders flock to Oakridge from all over the world for this incredible event. Rally your riding buddies and sign up today!

EVENT BASICS

TWO WEEKENDS: July 20-22 and August 17-19
Choose one or sign up for both!
RIDE LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced
LOCATION: Oakridge, Oregon
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Tubeless Tires: Mountain Bike 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 this two-part series, I’ll begin by exploring how tubeless got its foothold in the industry with mountain bikes and why it’s become almost standard in new mountain bikes today.

What are “Tubeless” Tires?

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 air-tight 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.

Pros of Tubeless Mountain Bike Tires

So what’s all the fuss? Even with sealant and stout compounds, tubeless tires tend to weigh less than the traditional system, and a little less weight to push around never hurt anyone.

On standard rims, “pinch flats” (a flat where the bead of the tire would pinch the tube against the rim and cause a snake-bite looking puncture) are a common problem, especially for heavier riders. No tube? No pinch flats.

As mentioned earlier, the sealant quickly fills the void from small punctures in tubeless tires, so you may not even notice that you had a problem at all. This is especially nice if you regularly ride in areas prone to thorns or goatheads (Eastern Oregon, anyone?).

Best of all, tubeless tires offer the ability to run much lower pressures than with tubes, giving the rider improved traction without loosing any rolling resistance. This gives an overall smoother, faster ride.

Running lower pressure also keeps your tires engaged with the ground instead of bouncing around like you would with the higher pressure of tires with tubes. This allows for better grip when climbing over obstacles like roots and rocks, which makes technical climbing easier. With tubeless tires the effort you’re putting into the pedals is better transferred into the tire.

TO SUMMARIZE: with tubeless tires you can better rip down the trail, conquer rocks and roots and corner like a boss. Who doesn’t want that?

Cons of Tubeless Mountain Bike Tires

The cost of tubeless rims and tires is slightly higher than that of a traditional set up. The tire itself is harder to initially set up; it requires an air compressor and sealant, which can be messy. Your local bike shop can do this in about 10 minutes.

Tubeless requires a bit more maintenance because the sealant will eventually dry up and need to be refilled. In the Pacific Northwest you’ll want to refresh the sealant every 4- 6 months – more often if you live in a drier climate.

That sealant can be a factor if you have a flat that requires installing a tube on trail: you’ll be getting it all over your hands while you deal with the flat. The larger bead of the TLR tire is also harder to get over the wall of the rim. Not impossible, but you’ll need some quality levers and strong hands.

Myths, Deflated

When they first came onto the market for mountain bikes over a decade ago, there were a few design flaws with tubeless tires. The rim and bead designs had not been refined, so some riders, especially when running very low pressure, would break the seal between the rim and tire “burping” out air. Worse yet, the tires would sometimes roll off the rim completely at inopportune times, like when cornering hard.

But as with any technology, the bugs have long been worked out and the ride of tubeless tires is now even more dependable than tires with tubes.


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.

Where to Buy Bicycles Online

At present, online cycling stores have become one of the main references for users when buying cycling equipment. While clothing, accessories and components are the main products that cyclists acquire by this means, more and more are also made with their new bicycle on the Internet. Therefore, we want to show you where you can get road bikes at the best price and what brands you can find in these stores.

As many of you know, there are bicycle companies that are sold directly on the internet. The German Canyon and Rose are the best known, but they are not the only brands that offer their models here. Many others, although they do not have their own store, can be purchased in electronic stores, some in several of them, and others exclusively in only one, as is the case of Vitus in Chain Reaction Cycles or Eastway in Wiggle.

Below, we detail what online stores offer road bikes and what brands are those that you can find in them. As we discuss below, the discounts available, especially the 2018 models and previous seasons, are very succulent, so they are a very good option to renew your bike. Anyway, if you find some difficulties to pay, you can search for short term loans.

Chain Reaction Cycles

Vitus, the bike brand of Chain Reaction Cycles, can only be purchased in this well-known online store, where we find all its models, both those of 2018, and 2017. The latter and some exhibition bikes and proof have discounts of up to 47%. In addition, it highlights the offer of brands such as Cube, Fuji, Ghost, Raleight and Bergamont. Many of their current models and previous seasons benefit from discounts that in some cases exceed 50%.

Wiggle

There are many brands and models of road bikes that can be purchased at Wiggle. Eastway is your exclusive signature and has interesting models at a great price / quality ratio, such as the Zener with disc brakes or the more sporty Emitter. The offers of Felt, Colnago, De Rosa, Eddy Merckx or GT are also very broad and competitive, since discounts in prices are in many cases around 40%.

Probikeshop

No options are missing in Probikeshop, another reference online store. First brands such as Ridley, Wilier Triestina, Felt or Ghost coexist with other less popular but also interesting, such as Kona or Viper. With prices between 600 and more than 5,000 Euros, there are bicycles for all tastes for both men and women.

Alltricks

Although not as well known in our country as other online stores, Alltricks is more than recommended for its extensive catalog and its very good prices. In addition, you can buy bikes from brands like Trek, which is not usually found on the internet. The new Madone, Domane and Emonda 2017 and models of other seasons with discounts that reach over 2,000 Euros are an excellent cover letter. Along with the American firm we also find others at the level such as Boardman, Haibike, Fuji, Cube or Viper.

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