Archive for May, 2006

Creepy cyclists and women on bikes

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

The amount of women on bikes is a key indicator of how bike-friendly a city is (there have been studies on it). The City of Portland Office of Transportation Options is well aware of this fact. They’ve got a Women on Bikes program solely devoted to getting more women to ride by helping them gain confidence out on the roads.

In fact, the City has partnered with Bridge Pedal to offer the first ever women-only start at this year’s event.

That all sounds great. But two things I’ve seen and read lately have got me wondering about what’s really going on out there.
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Meet artist and cyclist Matt Cardinal

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006
Artist Matt Cardinal

34 year-old Matt Cardinal has had two life-long passions; bikes and art. He’s been drawing and riding as long as he can remember.

I first saw Matt’s chalk drawings at the downtown Bike Gallery during the Trek Portland launch party. Ever since then I’ve been trying to connect with him and learn more about his work.

If you’ve ever been into the Hollywood Bike Gallery store (on Sandy Blvd.), you’ve probably seen Matt’s chalkboards drawings all around the shop. He’s done six of them since last summer. He’d like to do more, but his job as one of the shop’s mechanics keeps him too busy.
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Lieutenant gives advice on recovering stolen bikes

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

A recent bike theft recovery story spurred a debate about what to do if you see a stolen bike in your neighborhood or for sale online. In the story, someone approached a thief and paid them $150 for a bike they suspected was stolen. Some people were happy the owner got his bike back, while others said paying ransom was a terrible idea and would only encourage the thief to steal again.

I asked the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division Lieutenant what he would recommend doing:
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Racing EVs and recumbents at PIR

Monday, May 29th, 2006
Human Powered Challenge

On Saturday I went out to Portland International Raceway to check out the annual Human Powered Challenge.

I ended up catching a bit of the Electric Vehicle races and recumbent sprints. Unfortunately rain dampened spirits just a bit…but not enough to keep the diehard HPVers from competing.
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I’m taking a short break

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

Just want to let you know that I’m taking a few days off and I won’t be around to moderate comments, post stolen bikes, delete spam from the Forums, or return emails until later this week.

I’ve post-dated a few stories that will automatically publish over the next few days.

Over and out.

Local pro on the mend after European trip

Friday, May 26th, 2006
Doug Ollerenshaw and his new ride

[Doug’s new ride.]

Like many serious bike racers, Doug Ollerenshaw always dreamed of racing in Europe. Last month he finally got his chance. He traveled to Belgium with his Team Health Net/Maxxis teammates for his first and long-awaited foray into European racing.

It was a harsh introduction. His first race, the Trophee des Grimpeurs,was a technical city circuit in a suburb north of Paris. It was cold, rainy and the course was full of slick cobbles, dreaded traffic circles, and some of the fastest bike racers in the world.
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The Clown House celebrates a wedding

Friday, May 26th, 2006
Clown Wedding

[The newlyweds on
their new tandem.]

Tonight I attended a special event at the Alberta Street Clown House, the wedding of Roadkill Racoon and Reddish Raddish (their real names are Carol Banner and Morgan Nilsen).

I have to admit, when I first heard about this I thought it was just another excuse for a party and some typical Clown House antics (mini-bike races, mud wrestling, tall-bike jousts, etc…). But it turns out this was the real deal.

The ceremony was even presided over by a real justice of the peace…the honorable Reverend Phil.
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Keen Footwear catalog to feature Portland, bikes

Friday, May 26th, 2006
Keen catalog shoot

[On location at Tanner Springs Park.]

Outdoor sandal and shoe company, Keen Footwear recently moved their headquarters from Northern California to Portland. A few weeks ago I got a call from their ad agency saying they wanted to feature bicycles and someone from the bike community in their upcoming Spring 2007 catalog.
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Stolen: Trek 5200

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

[Posted by “JoanS”]

Trek 5200, 52 cm size, charcoal black with maroon and silver decals. Shimano Flite Deck Computer, Terry Butterfly seat, Shimano 959 pedals, lizardskin chainstay protector, Continental Grand Prix 4 Seasons Tires, Specialized Stem, Trek seat pack.

“Watchdog” blog hopes to keep tabs on TriMet

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Ira Flowers is a local film producer and daily TriMet user. He hasn’t owned a car for the past 10 years and rides the bus twice a day to and from his office.

He recently got in touch to tell me a story about an experience his girlfriend had with a TriMet bus driver:
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