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Need inspiration to keep riding? Our readers have you covered

Posted by on February 21st, 2018 at 6:27 pm

It hasn’t been easy — but in many ways it’s been thrilling.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This morning on Twitter we asked our friends if they were still riding through the snow and ice. It was great to see all the responses. People shared photos and tips about how they fared.

Here are some of those replies:

@PPBBikeTheft: Count us too! 😀Of course every is a wonderful day for a ride!


@FunaCycleCraft: SE Mill heading east, #FatBikesWithStuds out to NE 132nd.


@Erinneaceus: Studded tires on fixie ftw. Didn’t actually have to go anywhere but took a spin this morning anyway.


@KevinCPrentice: It was her absolute most favorite ride. She loved the snow!


@pdx_scott: Spring water 9:00am… Crunchy snow no problem with Clement Crusade PDX tires.

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@zacconklin: Cut through gateway greens earlier. Nice soft snow, hardly any tracks through there already beautiful morning to throw it in the little ring and take it easy


@ridewithgps: Best commute in a long time


@purdyk: It was a little slow and a lot slippy, but I had fun!


@rithykhut:Went from Gladstone to Division along 32nd and it was okay on the snow, terrifying on the refrozen ice 😬. Really need to make bike blvd plow routes.


banerjek: Icy and bumpy but enjoyable due to quiet and fresh air. The few drivers, cyclists, and peds were all using their heads and playing well together. As such, the commute was probably safer than normal.


@pyszkam: Good ride through NE early this morning. Some bike lanes just snow, most others covered with ice chunks from plows. Roads had ruts and were icy, but no problem with studs. Had to take the lane but traffic was light.

We hope these provide some inspiration — if not entertainment while you wait out another snow day.

Have fun out there!

Need more inspiration? Browse our Riding in the Snow story archives for tons more photos and tips.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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11 Comments
  • Doug Hecker February 21, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Awesome photos!

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  • Todd Boulanger February 21, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    And thanks to the PPB Bike Theft crew for sweeping the streets for bike theft crimes…as thieves don’t let a little snow slow them down…as it might actually create more opportunity to steal bikes left downtown overnight due to the snow!

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  • shirtsoff February 21, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    “Really need to make bike blvd plow routes.” @rithykhut

    Yes, yes, yes! I took the 4″ fat-tire bike out today and had zero traction issues. It was easier getting speed on the main roads with the ruts and cleared sections but the side streets and trails were a blast!

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  • Buzz February 21, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    2+” fresh powder w/ no car tracks in west hills for ZooBomb MBW Sunday nite! Tues PM commute a bit wet w/ big snowflakes, Wed AM icy and rutted sidestreets; otherwise haven’t had problems thanks to studded tires from BikeTiresDirect, right here in PDX!(honestly, not a paid advert..everyone with regular tires did fine on Sunday nite too!).

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  • ChadwickF February 22, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Looking good. Been wondering about studded tires for the road bike for a while now that I live in an icier/snowier clime than Portland. Seems like the next step. Cheers.

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    • mh February 22, 2018 at 10:39 am

      They’re wonderful. Granted, I still didn’t make it down my block on Wednesday, because I don’t have the balance to handle the ruts and ridges, but even I can handle sheet ice with them. If I have to stop and try to give the little push with my foot that I usually start with, then I realize just how little traction there is. Studs are great. (And I got mine from Universal, but they had to be ordered.)

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    • Chris I February 22, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      Too much road damage. #banstuds

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  • John Lascurettes February 22, 2018 at 10:04 am

    I took a spin the other night in the fresh powwow on slicks. It was so very nice and peaceful. It’s great to get out before cars pack it all down into an icy or slushy mess.

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  • Stephan Lindner February 22, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I biked in today and found the SW waterfront in great condition — much better than last year. The weather probably contributed to it but other bikeways were in worse condition. Jonathan, are you aware whether PBOT / Parks & Rec removed snow or applied salt at the SW Waterfront? If so they deserve kudos because this is such a crucial part of the bike network.

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  • Buzz February 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Now all that’s left are bike lanes full of gravel, I wonder how long it will take the city to clean up the mess this year? Poll anyone?

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    • David Hampsten February 24, 2018 at 10:34 am

      August.

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