Archive for May, 2006

Creepy cyclists and women on bikes

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

The amount of women on bikes is a key indicator of how bike-friendly a city is (there have been studies on it). The City of Portland Office of Transportation Options is well aware of this fact. They’ve got a Women on Bikes program solely devoted to getting more women to ride by helping them gain Read More »

Meet artist and cyclist Matt Cardinal

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

34 year-old Matt Cardinal has had two life-long passions; bikes and art. He’s been drawing and riding as long as he can remember. I first saw Matt’s chalk drawings at the downtown Bike Gallery during the Trek Portland launch party. Ever since then I’ve been trying to connect with him and learn more about his Read More »

Lieutenant gives advice on recovering stolen bikes

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

A recent bike theft recovery story spurred a debate about what to do if you see a stolen bike in your neighborhood or for sale online. In the story, someone approached a thief and paid them $150 for a bike they suspected was stolen. Some people were happy the owner got his bike back, while Read More »

Racing EVs and recumbents at PIR

Monday, May 29th, 2006

On Saturday I went out to Portland International Raceway to check out the annual Human Powered Challenge. I ended up catching a bit of the Electric Vehicle races and recumbent sprints. Unfortunately rain dampened spirits just a bit…but not enough to keep the diehard HPVers from competing.

I’m taking a short break

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

Just want to let you know that I’m taking a few days off and I won’t be around to moderate comments, post stolen bikes, delete spam from the Forums, or return emails until later this week. I’ve post-dated a few stories that will automatically publish over the next few days. Over and out.

Local pro on the mend after European trip

Friday, May 26th, 2006

[Doug’s new ride.] Like many serious bike racers, Doug Ollerenshaw always dreamed of racing in Europe. Last month he finally got his chance. He traveled to Belgium with his Team Health Net/Maxxis teammates for his first and long-awaited foray into European racing. It was a harsh introduction. His first race, the Trophee des Grimpeurs,was a Read More »

The Clown House celebrates a wedding

Friday, May 26th, 2006

[The newlyweds ontheir new tandem.] Tonight I attended a special event at the Alberta Street Clown House, the wedding of Roadkill Racoon and Reddish Raddish (their real names are Carol Banner and Morgan Nilsen). I have to admit, when I first heard about this I thought it was just another excuse for a party and Read More »

Keen Footwear catalog to feature Portland, bikes

Friday, May 26th, 2006

[On location at Tanner Springs Park.] Outdoor sandal and shoe company, Keen Footwear recently moved their headquarters from Northern California to Portland. A few weeks ago I got a call from their ad agency saying they wanted to feature bicycles and someone from the bike community in their upcoming Spring 2007 catalog.

Stolen: Trek 5200

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

[Posted by “JoanS”] Trek 5200, 52 cm size, charcoal black with maroon and silver decals. Shimano Flite Deck Computer, Terry Butterfly seat, Shimano 959 pedals, lizardskin chainstay protector, Continental Grand Prix 4 Seasons Tires, Specialized Stem, Trek seat pack.

“Watchdog” blog hopes to keep tabs on TriMet

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Ira Flowers is a local film producer and daily TriMet user. He hasn’t owned a car for the past 10 years and rides the bus twice a day to and from his office. He recently got in touch to tell me a story about an experience his girlfriend had with a TriMet bus driver: