Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Year! A 2010 cartoon

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Illustration by Mark Markovich
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Black Schwinn Paramount 564 Aluminum 1992

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Year: 1992
Brand: Schwinn
Model: Paramount 564 Aluminum
Stolen in pORTLAND, OR 97232
Stolen From: NE 30th and Burnside
Owner: Steve Coleman
Reward: Yes
Description: 58cm Black Schwinn 564 Paramount. Aluminum Frame built up as a “Porteur” bike. It was the only one like it in town.
Parts include: Vintage Brooks B-15, very rare, cannot be replaced
Salsa Delgado rims laced to Shimano Tiagra Hubs (8 speed rear) with Schwalbe marathon tires.
Black Sugino single ring cranks w/ chainring guard
Cetma front rack, black, 5 rails, 12 by 12 inches.
Velo-Orange ‘Porteur’ handlebars
Avid brake levers, shimano 105 brake calipers.
MKS track pedals with cages and custom leather work on the cages themselves.
2 red Cannondale front panniers, nylon.

This bike has my blood in it. We were intimate in a way only you fellow cyclist can know. Any assistance you can offer in getting my baby back to me- your efforts will not be without reward. It was stolen from near NE 30th and Burnside. I am not interested in pressing charges, I just want my bike and my huge white cotton bag of laundry returned to me. Please help me Portland. I love you. Call Steve at 503 473 1877 if you have any leads. Thank you.
This registrant does not have proof of ownership of this bike

Your (and our) big bike hopes and resolutions for 2010

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

(Photos © J. Maus)

It’s been an exciting year for bikes — and 2010 is shaping up to be even more so. We asked a wide variety of people from across the vast spectrum of the Portland bike scene about their big hopes and dreams for the coming year — personal, in their work, and on a bigger scale. The range of responses we got was suitably broad and inspiring.

Take a minute to read them and add your own 2010 hopes and resolutions in the comments… and have a Happy New Year!
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Weekend Event Guide: New Years Edition

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

It’s (almost) the New Year!

We’ve gone into some detail already about several New Years Day rides — and now more have been added, making a grand total of five! Here’s the rundown (minus the sold-out Cycle Wild camping trip), plus a Saturday ride for good measure.[Read more…]

Book review: The new issue of Boneshaker cycling almanac

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

In the world of print, most bicycle-themed publications are novice-level — they tell you how to fix your bike or guide you through gaining skills and confidence to ride in traffic. Then there’s the other end of the spectrum — the ivory tower of transportation theory.

That’s why I have to bless Boneshaker‘s scrappy heart and 104 information-packed pages for filling the much needed void between these two genres.

This small volume communicates on a level for those who just want to ride their bikes and then talk about it afterwards. It fully lives up to its subtitle, “A Bicycling Almanac.” [Read more…]

Open thread for riding conditions (12/30)

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

A few snow riders in
Southeast Portland last night.
(Photo: Adams Carroll)

It’s the morning after an unexpected snow storm that blanketed the City last night.

In The Oregonian this morning, ODOT says the streets of Portland are “clear and passable” (that’s not the case in my neighborhood!).

PBOT issued a weather advisory at 6:00 am this morning saying that even though the snow is melting, streets are still “slick and slushy.” [Read more…]

Newswire: Weather advisory from PBOT

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Posted: December 30th, 2009 5:59 AM

(Portland, OR) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation is reporting that yesterday’s surprise snowstorm still has city streets slick and under cover of slush. Major arterials are in good condition, but many neighborhood residential streets are still hazardous this morning. The public is advised to take it slow and easy while warmer temperatures gradually thaw streets and sidewalks.

-Temperatures above freezing and rising will help thaw city streets and sidewalks.
-Rain showers will help clear streets of snow and slush.
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Worst commute in 20 years?! Not if you were on a bike

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Ridin’ along, peaceful and calm.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Excuse me while I gloat…

KGW-TV (Portland’s NBC affiliate) traffic reporter Michael Convery said this afternoon’s surprise snowstorm is the worst he’s seen in his nearly 20-year career in the Portland region. In a report tonight, he shared tales of a 25 mile backup on I-5 south of Tigard, about 50 abandoned vehicles on Highway 26 between the Zoo and I-405, the Fremont Bridge as a “high-rise parking lot”, and so on.[Read more…]

Winter weather snow-pen thread — Updated

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Traffic on I-5 through North Portland was not moving at around 4:30.
Photo Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)

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PBOT explains rationale of new “channelizer” islands on Spokane bike boulevard

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
Spokane St. Bike Blvd - by Adams Carroll-6

In our coverage of the new bike boulevard on Spokane Street in Sellwood many of you have shared questions and concerns about the new “channelizer” islands that have been installed. The islands are meant to channel motor vehicle and bike traffic into specific areas at intersections to avoid pinch-point conflicts, but several readers have said they don’t plan on using them and others say they actually increase danger for people on bicycles.

Here’s how one commenter responded to them:

These channelizers are wonderful until you hit one at night and crash your bike and break your ribs. Like I did. What the hell are they supposed to do? I’ve been using this street for years and nobody warned me that someone would be pouring twenty tons of concrete in my path.

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