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Road and path conditions open thread for Tuesday (1/17)

by on January 17th, 2017 at 8:36 am

The punches keep coming from this heavyweight winter. While Portland seems to have avoided torrential flood risks, now forecasters warn of a freezing rain/ice storm. Combined with all the ice and snow already covering our roads, this could lead to treacherous riding this morning (Tuesday, 1/17).

After requests by a few readers, we’ve decided to crowdsource the road conditions for those of us who choose to venture out on foot or bike or other non-motorized conveyence.

If you do need to use the roads, probably best to do it before noon as conditions are expected to worsen later in the day. (more…)

Survive winter riding with these 30 pearls of wisdom

by on January 2nd, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Sandy Ridge in the snow-6

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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A cold and windy commute: Did you ride?

by on February 6th, 2014 at 8:17 am

People on Bikes Ladd's Circle-39

Layer up and get out there!
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Riding in the cold or the wind isn’t too bad; but put them together, throw on a good chance of significant snowfall, and some folks here in Portland start to think twice about riding their bike to work.
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