Portland to Hood River on a fixed gear
Hi, two questions-
Is there a decent bike route from Portland metro area to Hood River?
If so, would the grade be moderate enough to get there on a fixed gear bike? (I am running 70.6 gear inches and do not have any other bike at the moment.)
Historic Hwy. Take Stark St east through Gresham. It'll T with the historic Hwy at Dabney Park. I've only been as far as Cascade Locks, but it goes all the way through HR and ends near the Dalles, I think. There are, however, some sections that no longer exist where you have no choice but to ride on the shoulder of I-84 for a bit. Not fun, but the rest is pretty nice. It's a little hilly, but doable on a fixed gear. Probably right in the neighborhood of 100 miles.
What about SR-14 in WA?
What you really need is this Map:
If you want to try the Washington side, I recommend going up Washougal River Road instead of SR-14 around Cape Horn. It's a little flatter, a couple miles longer, and a lot prettier. When you cross over at Bridge of the Gods, remember to pay the troll- 50 cents.
no, no, no, take HWY 26 to HWY 35
That would be way more doable on a fixed gear.
Start in PDX, ride marine to troutdale. take the historic highway southeast and then hang a rosco towards sandy. there are some steep grades, but i do them riding a 85 inch gear. long skids are necessary dropping into the canyon, but just stay on the yellow lines. from there its gradual climb out of the chasm and up to govt camp.
oh yeah, use some cross tires because i hear hwy 35 has some gravel on it.
seriously, thats a long fixy ride on 70 inches. i wouldnt try it on more than 65 unless you have an ass and quads like the incredible hulk.
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