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Let it drizzle: Two holiday rides to wet your winter weather whistle

Posted by on December 24th, 2013 at 9:55 am

Slug Velo ride - February
Finally, the cloud cover you moved to Portland for.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

After weeks of terrible, ice-cold sunshine, it looks like Christmas and New Year’s are rolling into Portland the way they’re supposed to: warm and gray. What better way to celebrate than with a bike?

We’ve recently heard about two fun, free group rides of note here in town: One on Dec. 26 and one on Jan. 1.

The first, organized by the grouchy but erudite Urban Adventure League mastermind Shawn Granton, is a “Country Bike (in the City) Ramble.” Here’s Granton’s description:

Do you like riding bikes? Don’t mind a little “rough stuff”, i.e. some unpaved and rough action that isn’t actual mountain biking? Want to hang out with other cool folk? Are available the day after Christmas? Well, I might just have the ride for you…

Here are the details:
Thursday December 26th
meet at Omaha Ave Greenway, N Omaha Ave at N Killingsworth St (we’ll meet at the southernmost tip of this park strip on Omaha Ave.)

A ramble exploring the “country” aspects in the city while riding “Country” bikes. Expect a good deal of gravel/dirt action, meandering, and places you didn’t think existed. We’ll have an indoor food/beverage break along the way for warming up and refreshing. Ride a bike geared towards comfort, not speed, and one that can handle off-road elements. Moderate pace, no one left behind. Lycra and carbon, no, wool and shellac, yes. Estimated 30 miles with not a lot of climbing. Ride not a loop, but will end near transit and beer.

Hope to see some of you fine folk there!

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  • benn s December 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

    the portland wheelmen have a christmas ride which starts at noon dec.25 from lents park happy holiday!

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  • adventurepdx December 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Wait, Carl’s subtle?
    And that’s Retro-Grouchy to you, Mr. Anderson!

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  • Carl (BTA) December 25, 2013 at 3:25 am

    SO subtle, in fact, that I’m not even going to be there! The ride will be led by Joel Holly, Sheilagh Griffin, and Scott Lieuallen — affable and subtle characters all.

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  • Alex Reed December 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I’m doing a New Year’s Ride sadly competing with the BTA’s (sorry, BTA!)

    1PM on January 1st.
    Meeting point:
    Start of Leif Ericson in NW Portland – NW Leif Ericson & NW Thurman, Portland, OR
    I’m starting to train for the Oregon Outback ride ( ) and I’d love to build some community and meet some people while doing it!

    Approx. 22 mile out/back on Leif Ericson (gravel road closed to cars in Forest Park). About 600′ elevation gain on the way up, lose it on the way down. We’ll go for a beer after this if you want :-)

    Pace moderate with a no-drop policy. Just because I used the word “train” doesn’t mean we’ll be going fast :-)
    Alex Reed, malexreed at gmail daht comm

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    • Alex Reed December 31, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Update, I’m cancelling this event because I’m sick. Sorry! Go have fun on the BTA’s ride!

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  • TOM December 27, 2013 at 7:48 am

    >>Let it drizzle: Two holiday rides to wet your winter weather whistle

    did you mean “whet” ?

    (h)wet/ a thing that stimulates appetite or desire.

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