Archive for December, 2009

Three ways to ride into the New Year

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
Bike to Blazers
2010. Yeah!
(Photo © J. Maus)

Could there possibly be a better way to welcome 2010 than with a bike ride? We don’t think so, and apparently we’re not the only ones. So far, we’ve gotten word of three bike rides planned for New Year’s Day.

For you adventurous souls who aren’t deterred by a 9:00 am New Year’s Day start time, check out the Up! and ATOM ride. Ride host Kristin Bott says ATOM stands for Ankeny/Thurman/Over-the-Mountain. Kristin’s ride will start on the east side and then head up to the Thurman gate near Forest Park. From there, they’ll head north to the St. Johns Bridge (on the highway, not through the park) and eventually head Southeast. If interested, contact Kristin via this message posted to the Shift List.


Guest editorial: Planting trees by bike

Monday, December 28th, 2009

“….[Without a bike trailer] it would have been several times as much work to get 3 dozen trees, several hundred pounds of mulch, wood stakes, and several gallons of water to the entire 1/4 mile planting area.”

[This article was written by contributor Aaron Tarfman.]

On Saturday I went out to be a part of the Friends of Trees planting event along the I-205 path. The staging area was near the top of the hill by SE Alder St & SE 94th Ave.

I’ve volunteered with this group several times before and I appreciate the work that they do. I was also a little disturbed by some comments about the event made on BikePortland, and it was my hope to make a more positive impression. I don’t always have success with showing people the wisdom of human powered transportation, but it was worth bringing the trailer out to give it a try.


Grey/Cream Fiji Sanibel 1 ladies 3speed Cruiser 2006

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Year: 2006
Brand: Fiji
Model: Sanibel 1 ladies 3speed Cruiser
Serial: ICF5E16177
Stolen in Portland, OR 97213
Stolen From: Garage in fenced area
Neighborhood: Rose City Park
Owner: Gary Teters
OwnerEmail: garyteters@comcast.net
Description: Standard beach cruiser
Like new.
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Get any good bike stuff this Christmas?

Monday, December 28th, 2009
Eleni Maus loves her new bike.

At our house, not a Christmas goes by without some bike-oriented gifts being exchanged, and this year was no exception.

The marquee bike gift at our house this year was my daughter’s new bike (thanks to her Grandma). As you can tell in the photo, she’s thrilled (more on the bike coming in a separate post)! Also, at long last, I finally scored a high quality home repair stand (a Park PCS-10 to be precise).

Then there was this “Missing” bike shirt from Threadless that my brother gave me. Check it out:


Guerrila crosswalk painted on East Burnside

Monday, December 28th, 2009
This mystery crosswalk on E. Burnside at NE 8th seems to be working.
(Photo: Doug Klotz)


The Monday Roundup

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Here’s the news that caught our eye this week. Lots of good stuff here:

– Officials in Amsterdam are promoting and building infrastructure for a boom in electric cars, and encountering difficulties matching that goal with the city’s extremely high bike ridership.

– Meanwhile, a look at how the energy and carbon numbers would work out if Seattle switched entirely to electric cars shows that it’s hardly the silver bullet solution many hope, and no alternative to finding ways to eliminate dependence on cars.

– Milwaukee, Wisconsin will soon allow people on bikes to ride two abreast and require people in cars to check before opening their doors, but will ban what the bill refers to as “fancy” or “acrobatic” riding on city streets. The city’s little-enforced mandatory bike registration law is also set to be repealed; registration will become a voluntary amenity.


Faded yellow/red/black Gary Fisher Paragon 1999

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Year: 1999
Brand: Gary Fisher
Model: Paragon
Color:Faded yellow/red/black
Size:small adult
Stolen in portland, OR 97214
Stolen From: Right outside front door of apt complex, near SE Stark/30th
Neighborhood: SE Stark/Goodfoot
Owner: lee demick
OwnerEmail: leedemick@gmail.com
Description: Missing front derailer, has Judy RockShox on front. Smallish men’s mtn bike. Well-used, well-loved.
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Blue Raleigh Super-Record 70’s

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Year: 70’s
Brand: Raleigh
Model: Super-Record
Serial: ?
Stolen in Portland, OR
Stolen From: SE 17th and Division, front wheel locked to frame (bad idea).
Neighborhood: Divison
Owner: Pete De Lacy
OwnerEmail: pdelacyx@gmail.com
Description: Brewery stickers, everywhere. Black, non-machined Weinmann Fixed wheels. Flip and chop bars with a bottlecap held on by skull and crossbone tape (left only). SKS Stay Dry fender, rear light without batteries.
This registrant does not have proof of ownership of this bike

Gold Niner SIR9 2009

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Year: 2009
Brand: Niner
Model: SIR9
Serial: PY9160029
Stolen in Portland, OR 97266
Stolen From: Taken off my roof rack between 3:20 and 3:30 am near 21st & SE Clinton
Owner: Bob Libby
OwnerEmail: doghouse@canisstudio.com
Description: Large Niner SIR9 frame, gold, set up as a singlespeed
black Niner steel fork
Thomson setback seatpost/WTB saddle
Thomoson 100mm stem/Salsa flat bars, super wide, 11 degree sweep/Ergon grips
XTR M960 crank modified to singlespeed with a custom 32t red chainring
two fancy plasticky Specialized bottle cages
Crank Bros. pedals
BB7 brakes/Speed Dial levers
Stan’s Arch rear rim/black Hope Pro2 singlespeed hub with QR/Schwalbe Little Albert tire
may or may not still have a GPS mount on the right side of the bars
may or may not still have a rear fender ziptied to the seat tube
may or may not still have a front fender attached to the fork
may or may not still have a Mountain Feedbag handlebar bag
may be being ridden around with a 26″ or other obviously not correct front wheel, so probably has no functioning front brake
Police record with: Portland Police
Police reference#: 09-114264
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

orange/black SOMA Smoothie

Friday, December 25th, 2009

Brand: SOMA
Model: Smoothie
Stolen in portland, OR 97212
Stolen From: Garage on 15th and Hancock
Neighborhood: Irvington
Owner: Tracy Clow
OwnerEmail: tracyclow@gmail.com
Description: Orange frame, black Shimano components. Mainly Ultegra and 105 mix. Mavic wheel set. Grey/Black tires. Specialized saddle. Carbon seat stay and fork.
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike