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People on Bikes: Eastbank Esplanade

Posted by on January 30th, 2012 at 11:15 am

For the latest installment of our People on Bikes series, Will Vanlue headed out to the Eastbank Esplanade to catch some evening commuters enjoying a bit of winter sunshine.

The photos were taken near the Hawthorne Bridge between 4:00 and 5:00 o’clock this past Friday. For those of you not familiar with Portland, the Esplanade is a multi-use path (MUP) not open to cars or other motorized vehicles. Check the images from the shoot below…




























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  • 9watts January 30, 2012 at 11:21 am

    A pretty high proportion of single speeds.
    And #4 makes my abdomen hurt.

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    • Michael P. January 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      I was thinking the exact same thing on #4. I bet his knees are hurting too. Looks like a lot of people are training for next season with all the Single Speeds

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  • SilkySlim January 30, 2012 at 11:26 am

    I love these.

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  • Patty January 30, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Nice. Surprised it is such a preponderance of men.

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    • Randall S. January 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      You shouldn’t be. Between 70 and 80 percent of cyclists in Portland are male (which is typical in the US, although not the case in other countries).

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  • spare_wheel January 30, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Loving the lycra!

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  • Allan January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I’ve been noticing people riding outside my house on the Klickitat Bike boulevard more because of these segments. Its like my own personal ‘people on bikes’ right out my window!

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  • Alain January 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Two things:

    (1) Lots of bikes without fenders? This is PDX folks!

    (2) Lots of bike frames designed without good fender clearance. What is the bike industry thinking? A good utility bike starts with good fender clearance, unless of course you like to wear the road.

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    • A.K. January 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Not everyone wants fenders or a utility bike…

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      • 9watts January 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

        “Not everyone wants fenders or a utility bike…”

        Obviously. But one has to wonder why they would limit themselves so?
        – ride only in fair weather or
        – cover yourself in/chew on muddy rivulets

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        • A.K. January 30, 2012 at 2:33 pm

          I dunno, maybe they own more than one bike or didn’t feel like shlepping around on their “utility bike” on a nice day?

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    • Spiffy January 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      there wasn’t a lot of rain on Friday…

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    • Indy January 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      I have fenders, been too lazy to put them on. They typically rattle or something goes wrong with them to make them a hassle also.

      They don’t 100% prevent having to wipe off my face, so I stopped bothering. As for the seat of my ski-pants, those I don’t wear anyway at work so stopped caring about how much they got caked.

      In short: Unless someone else wants to put on the fenders for me, off they remain.

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  • Eric January 30, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    At first I didn’t believe it was actually Portland because everybody was wearing a helmet.

    Then I saw #6…that dude on the trials bike with the 3″ tires regularly smokes me going south on Terwilliger…I’m no superstar, but he’s a machine.

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    • Will Vanlue (Staff Writer) January 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      And boy, was he going fast too! He was probably one of the five fastest people I saw pass on their bikes.

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  • Schrauf January 30, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    It was sunny and 40 degrees at 4 pm on Friday. Apparently some of these people thought it was about 20 degrees.

    Sorry. Just being sassy. People can wear whatever they damn well please. =)

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    • 9watts January 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Maybe it was 20 degrees where they started?

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    • Ely January 30, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Easier to wear it than carry it. 🙂 Not gonna leave it at work, might need it tomorrow! 😀

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  • scaryseth January 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Always entertaining. It is people watching from my desk.

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  • Demian Ebert January 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Hey! That’s ME (#10). How do I get a copy of the photo?

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  • PDXOutdoors January 30, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Wow, this confirms what I see SO much around town.
    1 – Most people ride with their saddle WAY too low. Bad for your knees, bad for efficiency.
    2 – LOTS of under-inflated tires. I wonder how many pinch-flats there are a week in Portland…

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  • Max Rockbin January 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    It’d be neat to see a comment under each photo on the fit of the bike – by someone who knows about that stuff.

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  • Erik M. January 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    #17 – I need education…why is the chain ring on the opposite side from normal?

    #24 – Nice! I dig the Blue anodize theme you have going on.

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    • OnTheRoad January 30, 2012 at 5:47 pm

      # 17 — Maybe image got flipped?

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      • A.K. January 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

        Flipping the image wouldn’t make the ring appear to be mounted on the wrong side, it would just make the guy look like he was biking the other direction.

        With a fixie, you could probably tap out the BB and install the crank on the “wrong” side, and have a custom wheel dished to the “wrong” side. I’m no mechanic but it seems possible to me.

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        • OnTheRoad January 31, 2012 at 8:06 am

          If you flip the image, it would look like the chainring was on the right side of the bike. Try it.

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          • A.K. January 31, 2012 at 8:22 am

            Ah! Weird. Maybe Will can shed some light on this mystery?

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            • thefuture January 31, 2012 at 8:29 am

              Maybe he’s British.

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              • A.K. January 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

                It would be easy to tell if we could just get a look at his teeth…

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            • OnTheRoad January 31, 2012 at 1:02 pm

              If the pic was a little higher res, we could see if the lettering on the guy’s helmet was backwards or not.

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    • basketlover February 1, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      Two piece cranks can go left or right. Three piece square taper cranks can be left or right. The pedal threading could be a small issue if you seize a pedal.

      Fixed hubs with tabbed sprockets and lock rings can be left or right. Freestyle BMX has left and right hub cassette drivers as well a left side drive specific cranks.

      The dude is being different because he can.

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  • was carless January 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Man, I went biking today wearing pants and a t-shirt. Whats with all the cyclists geared up for monsoon season?

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    • spare_wheel January 31, 2012 at 8:52 am

      i dress that way largely to irritate other cyclists. i wouldd much rather wear $200 houndstooth woolen chappies but one must make sacrifices for a political statement.

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  • Eric January 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Will Vanlue (Staff Writer)
    And boy, was he going fast too! He was probably one of the five fastest people I saw pass on their bikes.
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    And…as if he was reading this and waiting for his chance… he blew by me again tonight. He was wearing jeans and 2 coats and didn’t seem to be breaking a sweat. Dude is a machine

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  • Ted Buehler February 1, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Sweet pics. Nice panning. & such pretty bikes. Portlanders put a lot of love into their bikes, they’re really quite the commuting machines.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Ted Buehler

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