Weekly Video Roundup: Seattle visit, how carbon wheels are made, midpriced bike torture

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 at 8:57 am.

Welcome to the weekly video roundup! Last week was busy, with a train trip to Seattle for a no-friends no-family Thanksgiving. So I’m back to playing catchup – there are about 60 videos in the queue for next week already. So this week’s entries are on the short side, but they are still great!

The video above is from ‘Bike Kill NYC’, which is … I can’t summarize it any better than Gothamist: “a few hundred bike punks riding mutant welded art-cycles and throwing weird shit at each other in an endless counter-clockwise beer gyre while onlookers partied to the searing riffs of live metal bands”.


Weekend Event Guide: Ale fest, SSCXWC, Chris King’s 40th, and more

Posted on December 1st, 2016 at 12:32 pm.

Crusade and SSCXWC 09-77

This is what happened the last time the SSCXWC were hosted in Portland (in 2009). There’s no telling what’ll transpire this year.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

The last time the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships were in Portland there was a huge steel thunderdome complete with dangers dangling from ropes and a huge bubble-making machine that covered costumed racers in foam. Seven years later there’s really no way to tell what will happen. All we can assume is that it’ll be memorable. Whether you plan to partake in the festivities out on Sauvie Island or have other plans (Holiday Ale fest perhaps?), we hope you enjoy this first weekend of December.

Check out our menu of great rides and events below…


The Monday Roundup: A vision zero must-read, Trek prez on Trump, ADA and e-MTBs, and more

Posted on November 28th, 2016 at 10:33 am.

“If you have places in your system where you have unprotected road users and protected road users, according to Vision Zero you can’t allow a higher speed than 30 kilometers per hour [18.6 mph].”
— Matts-Ake Belin, Director of the Vision Zero Academy at Sweden’s transportation agency via Citylab

Welcome back from the long weekend everyone. Hope you had time to enjoy your friends, your family, and yourself. We’ve got another full week of news cooking for you. But before we dive in, make sure you check out the best bike and transportation-related news we came across last week…

Straight dope on Vision Zero: This week’s must-read is Citylab’s interview with Sweden’s head traffic safety strategist. I wish all U.S. electeds and engineers would adopt his perspective — or at least print out this article, tape it to the wall of their cubicle, and bring it to their project meetings.

Rare candor about “safety”: It’s rare to have a city staffer admit so bluntly that political reality was put ahead of vulnerable road user safety.

Wheelchair bike program takes off: ‘Healing Rides’ is the name of a new program in Illinois that gets wheelchair users out on the trails thanks to volunteers on customized bikes.

Seattle’s bike share saga: Seattle city council has made the end of Pronto official by setting a shutdown date. Read all about it on Seattle Bike Blog.


Weekly Video Roundup: fixie touring, ode to TCR, unwritten rules of MTB, and more

Posted on November 21st, 2016 at 11:15 am.


Welcome to the weekly video roundup! I managed to almost get caught up on my video queue, which makes me pleased. I’m starting the week with a video below that shows Danny MacAskill‘s great trials riding. My favorite scenes were the hay bale and the puddle. Make sure to keep the video rolling for the bloopers and “making of” bits.


The Monday Roundup: Blaming apps, Black Lives Matter, pedaling patent, Trump’s plans and more

Posted on November 21st, 2016 at 7:35 am.


Happy Monday everyone.

I don’t make promises very often, but I have one to make this morning (can’t believe I even have to say this): BikePortland will never publish or link to “fake news” — a.k.a. propaganda. The lack of media integrity and media literacy in America has reached a dangerous level so I promise this will continue to remain a conspiracy and bullshit-free zone — just like it has been for nearly 12 years now.

An informed and engaged community that knows how to respectively discuss important issues with each other is the bedrock of our democracy and I will do my part in this tiny little corner of the world to contribute to that.

So with out further adieu, commence your acquisition of knowledge and perspective with the best stories we came across this past week…


Weekend Event Guide: Cross Champs, Cranksgiving, Day of Remembrance, and more

Posted on November 18th, 2016 at 8:56 am.

Cranksgiving returns to Velo Cult Saturday.(Photo: Velo Cult)

Cranksgiving returns to Velo Cult Saturday.
(Photo: Velo Cult)

This weekend marks the official entry into the holiday season in more ways than one.

If you race cyclocross, after Saturday there’s a good chance you’ll begin your off-season. Pat yourself on the back! It was a challenging year. It’s also time to remember your good fortune, give thanks by helping those who are less fortunate, and connect/re-connect with family and friends. And then there’s the weather. We’ve had some of our coldest days of the year recently and the snow level is dropping. The dark days of winter are here.

If you’re feeling stress about the state of the country and the world (and there are many reasons to be feeling that way), now is the time to remember the joy of cycling and to embrace the cycling’s power to connect us to ourselves — and more importantly — to places and people that we love.

Here are some events to consider…

Saturday, November 19th

OBRA State Championship at Corn Cross – Add Day at Liepold Farms (14050 SE Richey Road in Boring)
The Cross season comes to a close with a race for all the marbles. Show up for a chance to be crowned State Champion — and/or just enjoy the festivities at the farm and soak up all the remaining cross spirit of the season (unless you plan to be at SSCXWC of course). Learn more here.


The Monday Roundup: Election reactions, victim shaming response, Chicago’s Gateway Green, and more

Posted on November 14th, 2016 at 11:27 am.

A response to shaming.

A response to shaming.

Welcome to the first full week in what some are calling “The Trump Era.”

Deep breath.

The rise of the right means different things to different people. From our end, we’re staying vigilant to the real and potential changes that Trump’s access to power might bring to all aspects of our lives. While it’s hard to focus on anything but national news right now, there’s a lot of work to be done in our respective corners of the world.

Here are the stories that caught our attention this past week…

Bike comic in New Yorker: It’s not every week the New Yorker includes a multi-page comic from the perspective of a city-dwelling woman on a bike that deals with race and urban life.


Weekend Event Guide: Blazers, a bike show, ride for pickles, cyclocross, and more!

Posted on November 10th, 2016 at 11:27 am.

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Let’s fill the bike parking at the Moda Center again! Join us for the game on Sunday!
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Hi Portland. Has this been a completely fucked-up week or what?!


The Monday Roundup: Freeway removals, car abuse costs, bike use savings, transit haters, and more

Posted on November 7th, 2016 at 10:51 am.

Copenhagen Day 2

Bikes now outnumber cars in Copenhagen.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland))

I know all you can think about is the election. But you should probably take a break and get caught up on the best bike-related stories we came across last week…

Hales sees the light: Remember that no good, horrible, very bad decision Mayor Charlie Hales made in 2013 to enact parking minimums on new residential development? Now he wants to remove them.

Seattleites are over I-5: This article about removing I-5 through Seattle could be — should be! — written about Portland. That freeway sucks and has no business bisecting our central city.

More freeway removal: The city of Rochester in upstate New York filled in a central city freeway with dirt, “to focus on pedestrians and establish vital neighborhoods for housing, expanding businesses and producing jobs.”

As goes Los Angeles, so goes…: A ballot measure in Los Angeles would raise big money ($42 Billion) for light rail. The LA Times has a great rundown on that and a general overview of the non-driving transportation mix in the driving capital of America.


Collision Chronicles: Road rage on NE 16th between Tillamook and Thompson

Posted on November 4th, 2016 at 3:07 pm.

“The woman driving the car proceeds to call me a ‘faggot’ and to ‘ride on the sidewalk.'”
— Reader email about a road rage incident in northeast yesterday

This story is part of our Collision Chronicles, an ongoing series to shine a light on the steady stream of street interactions we hear about but that you probably won’t see covered in the news.

The incident below was sent in by a reader via email and it happened Thursday, November 3rd:

Hi there. I had a crazy incident occur earlier today…

So I’m riding my bike on NE 16th between Tillamook and Thompson. To give you backdrop, this is a designated bike route that is usually spare of vehicles and the type of road where I often see people running on the street. It’s a very calm, residential side-street with friendly drivers. Most of the time.

In any case, I’m approaching the stop sign at NE Thompson and while I’m within 10 feet of the sign a speeding vehicle tries to pass me. Like at the intersection. She brakes HARD and slides uncontrollably for around 5 feet. This was a roughly 2000 green Dodge Caravan with the front passenger side window busted out.