New to biking? Been a while? These tips will comfort you

by on April 12th, 2016 at 9:51 am

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A comfortable fit will keep you smiling.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This post was written by Kevin Schmidt (MSPT, CMP, Bike PT), licensed Physical Therapist, bike fit specialist, and owner of Pedal PT on SE Clinton.

With the sunny spring weather thousands of new riders are taking to Portland streets. Although pedaling a bike can be a wonderful, empowering, and rewarding experience, more than 80 percent of riders* experience some form of cycling-related pain, numbness, and/or injury- even with short-distance commutes. The good news is a lot of these symptoms are preventable by looking at basic bike fit and pedaling techniques.

Here are some quick tips to help keep you riding more, and hurting less when getting back in the saddle for the first time of the year.

Pedal contact


A few words of advice for folks working to conquer hills

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on October 15th, 2015 at 10:52 am

how to climb
It’s a long way up, but you can do it if you want.
(Photo M.Andersen/BikePortland)

For a lot of us, Tilikum Crossing is a hill.

Portland’s newest bridge is 77 feet above the water at the peak, and that means there’s a steady grade of just under 5 percent for hundreds of feet. That’s different than Portland’s other bridges, most of which rest a bit lower and focus their grade into shorter climbs on either end.


Take the no-sweat challenge (and other tips to survive the heat)

by on July 1st, 2015 at 4:34 pm

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If you see water, ride through it.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Broken glasses? Local shop owner grabs a bike chain link

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on October 30th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

“Geeks use tape,” Fahrner wrote. “I use chain links.”
(Photo: Martina Fahrner.)

Martina Fahrner of Clever Cycles on Southeast Hawthorne lived up to her bike shop’s name Tuesday after the bridge of her glasses broke.

“They just snapped in the middle,” the shop owner and Bicycle Transportation Alliance board member said in a phone interview Wednesday. “The next morning I went to work, and they snapped again. So I had to find something to stabilize them.”

The problem was that, even glued together, the glasses didn’t pinch her nose properly. So she started looking around the shop for “something flat and decorative.”


What are your best tips for staying warm and dry?

by on October 22nd, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Rider in the storm.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)r

OK folks, it has begun. After an unnaturally long spell of dry and sunny weather, some wet and cold weather is here. This morning’s commute was probably the toughest one since the end of last winter. While I’d love to think that we all pay it no mind and continue on our merry biking ways, it does have an impact.

The bikeways are much less crowded than they were just a few weeks ago. Last week was the lowest count of trips on the Hawthorne Bridge recorded since the new counter went in back in August and Saturday’s 1,536 trips was the lowest ever recorded. But, as a photo shared by the BTA this morning shows, lots of folks are still riding!

For those of you who press on through the darkness, wetness, and the cold, what are your secrets? (more…)

From the Forums: Should I worry about rust on my bike?

by on January 19th, 2012 at 10:30 am

[Note from publisher: Before Will shares a post from the Portland Bike Forums, I need to address a few things: Our server expert and I are currently working on issues with the forums related to spam user accounts. None of these accounts are visible, but hundreds of thousands of them have been created and they are taxing our servers. Because of that, I sometimes disable new user sign-ups. If you’ve signed up or would like to sign up, please be patient while we correct these spam/server issues. Thanks — Jonathan Maus]

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Rust happens.
(Photo © J. Maus)

It’s been a while since we mentioned the Portland Bike Forums (We’ve got forums? Yes!); but a thread popped up which I think is relevant for a lot of people this time of year.

Bikes with steel frames will rust when they’re left out in the rain and snow. One small area of exposed steel can be a starting point for oxidation and once rust starts it can be tough to stop. Thankfully, our very smart and helpful forum members have discussed this issue and have some tips you might be interested in…

It’s that time of year again… Beware of sun glare

by on September 22nd, 2011 at 8:22 am

This photo, taken at 7:28 this
morning, shows the impact of sun glare.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Last year about this time I shared a friendly warning about the perils of sun glare. It just so happens that the sun rises and sets about the same time as the peak AM and PM commutes when lots of people are on the roads. When the sun is at just the right angle, it’s very difficult to see and glare causes many collisions each year — like the one that seriously injured 76-year-old Clark Henry a few weeks ago.

Yesterday I was reminded about this hazard from reader Craig H. Craig shared the story of his friend who was hit on Tuesday morning at 7:30 am while bicycling eastbound (into the sun) on N. Lombard: (more…)

My icy commute: How was yours?

by on December 15th, 2008 at 10:52 am

snowy bike lane on Interstate-2
Stay away from shiny spots.
Going south on N. Interstate Ave.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Now that was a bit scary.

I just arrived at our office in the Central Eastside after a challenging and harrowing ride from North Portland. I consider myself a pretty skilled rider, but with many streets covered in a sheet of ice, there’s really no chance of staying upright.

Slip slidin’ away? Check out these tips and free workshops

by on November 12th, 2008 at 9:43 am

This woman stays dry and
visible with a poncho.
(Photos J. Maus)

Monsoon season is upon us in Portland. When you jump on your bike these days, you never know what awaits you; wind, rain, leaf-strewn (and slippery) bike lanes, or all of the above (no ice yet, but that’s coming too).

This time of year presents challenging conditions for two-wheeled travelers. The good news is that there are others willing to share tips to help make your riding safe and enjoyable throughout fall and winter.

We’ve recently focused on keeping kids happy on the bike, and PDOT has offered a nice set of winter riding tips. (more…)

Keeping kids warm and dry on the bike

by on October 30th, 2008 at 11:32 am

Marion Rice and daughter Gleneden

This article was written by our Family Biking columnist Marion Rice. For previous articles in this series, and for links to other articles and photos on family biking, check out the Family Biking Page.