Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on November 19th, 2009 at 10:04 am
It’s time to gear up and hunker down — this weekend, take a ride to a nice, warm, indoor location. Build up your repair and riding skills, learn to make informed investments in winter gear, or have a warm drink while enthusiastically debating the big picture.
Or take the opportunities below to just head out there and ride for miles and miles in cheerful company.
Thursday, November 19
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Car-Free Happy Hour
Social hour, business networking. Floyd’s in Old Town, 118 NW Couch. Everyone welcome! Every third Thursday. A group will leave around 6:00pm for the Gordon Price talk.
6:30pm – 8:30pm: Gordon Price at the Portland Building
Gordon Price is a planning professor and former transportation commissioner in Vancouver, BC who gives great talks about the real costs — economic and otherwise — of car-oriented infrastructure. 1120 SW 5th, 2nd Floor Auditorium.
Friday, November 20
6:00pm – 8:30pm: Bike Gallery Winter Bike School
Come to the Bike Gallery at SW 10th and Yamhill for food, drinks, presentations about the latest bikes and gear, tips for winter riding and bike maintenance, and discounts on what you need to stay warm and dry.
10:00pm – early: Dropout Freakbike Ride
Meet at Colonel Summers Park, ride til dawn. Music provided. Every third Friday.
Saturday, November 21
8:00am – 4:00pm: Wine Country Tour Populaire
Try out the art of randonneuring with this tranquil, 70-mile ride through the Yamhill valley. No fees, but bring some cash for wine tastings along the way and the hot tub at the end of the day. Leaves from Forest Grove at 9am.
10:00am – 12:30pm: N/NE Community Forum: Impacts of the Columbia River Crossing
Spend a rainy Saturday morning learning about and discussing the potential impacts of the CRC project on communities in North and Northeast Portland and the region as a whole. New research on the project’s impacts will be presented, and a speaker will address environmental justice issues. Redeemer Lutheran Church, 5431 NE 20th Ave.
1:00pm – 2:00pm: All-Season Cycling Class (Bilingual)
Este taller se presenta en ingles y espanol. Sin dudas, Oregon es un estado muy húmedo, pero con preparación especial puedes andar en bicicleta todo el año. Únete a esta sesión interactiva en la que algunos ciclistas experimentados compartirán sus experiencias y técnicas para mantenerte seco, cómodo y seguro mientras pasea en bicicleta todo el año. Sure it gets wet in Oregon, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting around by bike. Come hear about strategies for staying dry, safe, and seen during the dark and damp months. Roosevelt HS, 6941 N Central St, Room 106.
Sunday, November 22
8:30am – 4:00pm: Kruger’s Crossing
Mud, a bonfire, and beer mark this annual cyclocross favorite, held on a farm at Sauvie Island with all the fences, berry patches, and cornfields you could desire.
3:00pm: Bike-In Potluck Dinner at the Bike Temple
Thankgiving-ish celebration of food, community, and of course bicycles. All ages, all diets. There’s a sign-up sheet online. NE 9th and Going.
6:00pm – 7:30pm: CityBikes Fix a Flat Class
BYOFlat and learn how to change a flat tire, patch a tube, roadside tricks to keep your bike rolling, and identifying handy ways of avoiding flats. Taught by Beth Hamon, who knows everything you could possibly want to learn about fixing flats. Free or $5 donation. At Citybikes Annex, SE 8th and Ankeny.