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rjgnkr
02-09-2009, 08:40 AM
Does anyone have any suggestions for good routes from inner SE Pdx (26th and Powell-ish) to Gateway (102nd and E. Burnside) that aren't too hilly or traffic-y? (I'm a relatively new rider). Thanks in advance.

kenl666
02-09-2009, 11:43 AM
I just head straight east on Division, the only tricky part is between 60th & (approx) 78th. The lanes narrow down but I just take the right lane and have never had a problem. At 92nd, hang a left and get on the I205 bike path, there you go.

Not hilly at all, but there's a definite upward grade. And if the east wind is blowing, well, just focus on all the great exercise you're getting...

Alternately, you can turn left at 60th, go through Mt. Tabor Park (Lincoln St. entrance) and then continue east and take a couple of lefts to wind up on Mill St (consult a map). Take Mill until you run into the I205 bike path. Two disadvantages: a little bit of a hill when you go over the south 'shoulder' of Mt. Tabor, and waiting to cross 82nd & Mill can be a bit of a wait.

You can also use 102nd as a northbound route, the city recently improved (well, created it actually) the bike lane between Glisan and Halsey.

bikieboy
02-09-2009, 05:00 PM
rj, check out some of the Portland bike maps:

http://www.portlandonline.com/TRANSPORTATION/index.cfm?a=70221&c=34809

to avoid traffic, I'd head north on 34th to Lincoln, follow it east over Mt Tabor (a bit of a climb but very pleasant thru the Park), continue east as shown on map, then north on path on west side of I-205 to Burnside, then east on bike lane to destination.

very low traffic - Burnside (with bike lane) is about as busy as it gets.

Bent Bloke
02-10-2009, 07:12 AM
Take 26th North to Clinton, turn right. Clinton climbs for a few blocks, but not steeply. Stay on Clinton to 51st, turn right. This is a steeper climb, but it's only a few blocks. Turn left on Woodward and continue East to 75th. Turn left on 75th to Division. Take a right on the sidewalk to the light at 76th. Take 76th North to Stephens, turn right and proceed to 80th. Left on 80th a block to Mill, turn right. Take Mill to the I205 path. Go North on the path to Gateway.

bikieboy
02-11-2009, 11:00 AM
BB, excellent hill avoidance! :D
not as scenic as Lincoln, tho - :mad:

Bent Bloke
02-11-2009, 11:43 AM
Hey bikieboy,

You try to avoid hills when you ride a recumbent. ;)

I've been wanting to try Lincoln ... maybe when my legs get stronger ...

bikieboy
02-12-2009, 06:56 PM
BB, try the hill - t'is a splendid ride!

cyclotouriste
02-13-2009, 10:41 AM
You try to avoid hills when you ride a recumbent. ;)


Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, bent bloke?

-M.

Bent Bloke
02-13-2009, 10:54 AM
Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, bent bloke?

-M.

Okay, I should have said I try to avoid hills because I ride a recumbent. Recumbents aren't good climbers ... you can't stand on the pedals.

lynnef
02-14-2009, 10:55 AM
Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, bent bloke?

-M.

It should be noted that this man never met a vertical foot he didn't like. :) Granted, the scenery is REAL nice and the car traffic is non-existent.

Jeff Wills
02-14-2009, 08:36 PM
Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, bent bloke?

-M.

The mysterious M, unmasked:
http://www.ohpv.org/albums/rao2005/images/RAOfinishriders.jpg
(Second from left- the tall, skinny one.) This picture was taken at Timberline Lodge after the recumbent team won RAO outright... on their first try. Not a flat course, either:
http://www.ohpv.org/albums/rao2005/images/RAO2005_profile.jpg

Personally, I don't have issues going from the Clinton St. area up over Mt. Tabor, even though I weigh about 40 pounds more than M and give up about 17 years. Good ridin' streets.