Snow on the way: A slideshow to keep you riding

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Bring it on!
– Slideshow below –
(Photos © J. Maus)

There’s snow in the forecast around Portland this weekend; but that doesn’t mean you’ve got to leave the bike at home.

The last snow day I can recall was back in March, and from people I’ve talked to, they remember that day with fondness. Now, I realize snow is a big headache for some folks and that it causes PDOT all sorts of maintenance issues, etc…, but for those Portlanders who go by bike, it also brings something to be cherished — quiet streets with very few (and slow-moving) cars.

A snowy bike commute definitely presents some challenges, but with the type of minor snowfall we tend to get, it’s no reason to leave the wheels at home. On that note, I’ve put together a little slideshow of past snowstorms to keep you inspired…


Snow: Mother Nature’s traffic calming.

More snowy biking photos in the BikePortland Photo Gallery.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Founder of BikePortland (in 2005). Father of three. North Portlander. Basketball lover. Car owner and driver. If you have questions or feedback about this site or my work, feel free to contact me at @jonathan_maus on Twitter, via email at maus.jonathan@gmail.com, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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G.A.R.
G.A.R.
15 years ago

Be safe out there. A driver doesn’t know how little traction there is until it is too little.

chuck
15 years ago

*crosses his fingers for snow*

I’m an east coast boy, so I miss the hell out of the snow. hopefully there’ll be snow on sunday, and we’ll have ourselves a good ol’ fashioned snowbomb!

A-dub
A-dub
15 years ago

Great pics. After seeing them I am actually digging the idea of taking a ride in the snow. I’ve gone on plenty of snowy runs and they are great, the quiet, the tranquility!

toddistic
toddistic
15 years ago

Glad I’m returning home from a business trip tonight, I definately do not want to miss this!

Zaphod
15 years ago

I love biking in the snow. When it’s packed down traction becomes quite predictable and reliable with all but the most minimalist tread pattern.

If the snow gets thick enough, I might break out the skate skis.

… awesome

Cruizer
Cruizer
15 years ago

Jonathan,
This slide show had the desired effect on me. It makes cycling in the snow look doable and fun. I’m looking forward to pedaling in it!

Jordan
Jordan
15 years ago

the slip…the slide…the snow offers the best time to ride!

Tony Pereira
15 years ago

oh c’mon…it’s not really going to snow…um, is it?

Kt
Kt
15 years ago

Depending on where you are, there could be snow– or there could be a lot of snow. 🙂

I don’t really have the proper tires for snow-biking, so I’ll be either telecommuting, or putting my mad driving skillz to the test– I can handle the slippery, it’s the other drivers I detest! 🙂 I could wish the other drivers would learn how to drive! 🙂

a.O
a.O
15 years ago

Gotta get my studded tires out… Who want to ride up to Council Crest?

Angela
Angela
15 years ago

My 10 year old has a slumber party across town to go to Saturday. We both can’t wait to make the trip by bike in the snow! Good times. 🙂

maritimus
maritimus
15 years ago

a.O,
I’ll meet you up there. I live up that way and may take the mountain bike out just for kicks. I’ll be the guy on the mountain bike grinning like an idiot, or the one who fell down the hill. Either way I’ll still be grinning like an idiot.

K'Tesh
K'Tesh
15 years ago

Slide show? Was the pun intended or not?

mmann
15 years ago

Sunday night on Peacock Lane is shaping up to be a beautiful experience. I’m going over Tabor to get there!

benn
15 years ago

thanks for the great photos…riding alongside the ‘holiday express’ down at oaks park this sunday could be a delightful experience

Anonymous
Anonymous
15 years ago

Woo-hoo! I love the snow biking! Bust out the mtn bike so I have disc brakes and better traction and bring it on!

Andrew H
Andrew H
15 years ago

video from a storm in January ’07:
http://drop.io/redbike

Cruising along Humphrey Blvd near Sylvan.
Snow rides are a blast!

eileen
eileen
15 years ago

Snow is one thing, but sheets of ice is another. What some east coasters don’t realize is that since our temps hover in the 30’s when it snows, it can get very icy to the point that even walking is difficult. The last time in 2004, it was fun to see the shock and horror of our friends who had just moved here from Colorado and thought that snow couldn’t phase them. I would recommend stocking your pantry this weekend because you never know…

tr
tr
15 years ago

Should add an element of fun and adventure for the MMR tonight!

E
E
15 years ago

oh snow riding is so cool… no traffic, the delightful crunch under my mountain bike tires… that would be awesome. No ice please!
😀

jim
jim
15 years ago

Don’t know what those cyclists in eugene are going to do? how are they going to see the leaves under all the snow?

Birkie
15 years ago

Come participate by bike, ski, sled or whatever in a new Portland tradition.

Pass it on!

Stumptown Birkebeiner

An urban ski parade and race in downtown Portland – if it snows.

http://stumptownbirkebeiner.blogspot.com

Monday morning may be possible.

Natty
Natty
15 years ago

Here on the other coast of the continent (further east than Maine), ice and snow had come and gone a few times already – we’re not into real winter yet.

Patience and studded tyres are all you need … the rest is just like riding a bicycle.

On another note, fresh snow here on the weekend brings an opportunity to skate ski the streets before traffic or plows awake to ruin the fun.