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Survive winter riding with these 30 pearls of wisdom

Posted on January 2nd, 2017 at 4:35 pm.

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The weather outside is frightful, but with the right gear and wisdom it can be delightful. This treasure trove of winter weather riding advice was inspired by an email thread from the hardy folks of “Unpaved” — a Google Group and Ride With GPS club that share and ride adventurous routes. It was originally posted in this form by Our Mother The Mountain and has been reprinted here with their permission. (Keep in mind, this advice is mostly tailored toward for big adventure rides, as opposed to commuting a short distance to work.)
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Winter riding in the Pacific Northwest can be a uniquely challenging affair. Whether exploring deep National Forest gravel roads, churning out paved base mileage, pounding grimy singletrack, or simply commuting — there are a few universal truths that will hopefully take a bit of the adversity out of the season. Initially compiled by Ryan Francesconi, the following list reflects the cumulative wisdom of the Unpaved community.

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Weekend Event Guide: Blaq sale, the Grinch, and Christmas lights

Posted on December 16th, 2016 at 9:02 am.

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The Grinch! See him on the big screen Sunday night.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Like we’ve been saying all week, a little bit of snow isn’t enough to stop the wheels of Portland’s bike-lovers. Even though we’re not expected to see much in the way of thawing, there are still some events worth considering.

You’ll note a new “Featured Event” section (below). That spot is reserved for awesome local companies who pay us a bit of cash to help promote their events. It’s called advertising and it’s how we survive. Support the companies who support BikePortland and you’ll be our favorite reader!

Have a great weekend and please be cautious out there. Snow is fun and fine but ice can break your spine (just made that up, sorry).

Featured Event

Blaq Packs Warehouse Sale – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday at 2505 SE 11th Ave
Our friends at Blaq Packs are having a big sale to help you whittle down your Christmas list. Everything in their store will have a 25% or more discount and custom orders are 15% off. There’s also a raffle for a free bag. More info here.

Saturday, December 17th

Gore Bike Wear Hose Down Challenge – 12:00 to 2:00 pm at River City Bicycles Parking Lot (706 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)
Try out all the latest GORE jackets, pants, gloves and shoe covers! Company reps will be there to tell you about the products and there will be a stationary bike for real-life testing. They’ll even have a hose on-hand to demonstrate the waterproof capabilities of all the fabrics. Everyone who tests product will get a prize from GORE. Hosted by River City Bicycles. More info here.

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Bike industry leaders organize to support national strike against Trump administration

Posted on December 9th, 2016 at 12:17 pm.

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This Monday December 12th, thousands of women across America — and the people who support them — will join in a general strike and boycott. The protest is based in New York City and it’s intended to be a show of solidarity against the, “normalization of sexual assault, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, unconstitutional behavior, and hate promoted by our incoming administration.”

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Weekend Event Guide: Big sales, Division protest, holiday lights, ‘Kimmy Cross’, and more

Posted on December 8th, 2016 at 2:59 pm.

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If you missed the holiday lights at PIR last month you have another chance to see some displays this weekends.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

This is the time of year where some of us need the encouragement of others to get out and brave the elements. We’ve got a few group rides that might be just what you were looking for. Or, if you’d rather stay cozied up and off the bike this weekend, you can peruse some sales or party for a good cause.

Whatever you do, watch yourself out there. As the song goes, “The weather outside is frightful.”

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Annual ‘Holiday Bike Drive’ makes 411 new bike wishes come true

Posted on December 8th, 2016 at 1:36 pm.

2016 Holiday Bike Drive

(Photos by Connor Ebbinghouse)

Portland’s cycling’s ecosystem got a big injection of new life on Sunday when 411 kids received their very first bicycle.

It was all part of the Community Cycling Center’s 21st annual Holiday Bike Drive.

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Photos from Day 2 of SSCXWCXPDX, a.k.a. ‘Burning Man on bikes’

Posted on December 5th, 2016 at 11:38 am.

A shark ramp (to jump the shark, get it?) was one of the many creative obstacles on the course.(Photos by Rob Kerr)

A shark ramp (to jump the shark, get it?) was one of the many creative obstacles on the course.
(Photos by Rob Kerr)

The officially unofficial Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWCXPDX) are now nothing more than a memory — or a hangover if you were lucky enoughy to be out there.

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SSCXWCPDX Day One: The crazy qualifiers – Photos by Rob Kerr

Posted on December 4th, 2016 at 8:41 am.

Qualifying day at Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships out at Kruger's Farm on Sauvie Island.(Photos by Rob Kerr)

One of the qualifying events was a holeshot competition: All the riders lined up in a mass start and the first person to run over an orange cone would advance.
(Photos by Rob Kerr)

The Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) made a triumphant return to Portland yesterday. Hundreds of racers descended on Kruger’s Farm at Sauvie Island for what looked like an epic day of qualifying heats. Race organizers outdid themselves with creative competitions, fun courses, and lots of surprises — including the presence of cyclocross legend Sven Nys, an Olympic mountain biker and multiple World Champion.

After everyone snapped selfies with Sven, they got down to the business (if you can call it that) of competing for a coveted spot in today’s main events. (Organizers announced yesterday that all the women who registered would automatically qualify.)

Here are a few images of the action from photographer Rob Kerr.

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

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

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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…

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Sponsor pulls out of Singlespeed Cross “World Championships” amid sexism concerns

Posted on December 1st, 2016 at 11:23 am.

” This event is about being inclusive. We are not arguing that some of these things aren’t juvenile, but the goal isn’t to be sexist, it’s to be equally silly to everyone.”
— Dani Dance, PDX Singlespeed Collective

Hundreds of racers from all over the country will descend on Portland this weekend for the “officially unofficial” 10th annual Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) — but some fans have decided not to attend and one of its sponsors has pulled out. They say the marketing of the event has been blatantly sexist and objectifies women.

SSCXWC, which got its start in Portland in 2007 and will be held this year at Kruger’s Farm on Sauvie Island, is legendary for its irreverent and debaucherous approach to cyclocross racing. Beer, mandatory tattoos for the winners, crazy costumes, severe heckling, and even strippers are expected elements of the race atmosphere. As the weekend approaches, it feels like everyone in the local bike racing scene is buzzing about it. Registration has been sold out for weeks as organizers have teased out details of Saturday’s main event as part of an elaborate and creative marketing strategy.

But some people feel like the promotion of the event has crossed a line from edgy humor to outright sexism — a behavior the bike industry on the whole has struggled with for many years.

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Hundreds of riders light the night at carfree Winter Wonderland event

Posted on November 29th, 2016 at 11:35 pm.

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A rare window of dry skies was an unexpected treat.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

It was a perfect night to bundle up and enjoy the holiday lights at the annual “Bike the Lights” night at Winter Wonderland. With dry and relatively clear skies, hundreds of people (organizers expected over 1,200 based on last year’s numbers) showed up for a chance to pedal stress-free around the racetrack at Portland International Raceway.

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