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Winter riding: Staying warm and dry on a budget

Avatar by on November 6th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

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Raingear comes in all styles, forms
— and budgets.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Now that the rain has arrived in earnest, it’s time to get the daily wet weather riding routine down pat.

For many of us, that isn’t going to include shopping for a new, name brand rain jacket and pants, fancy washable wool, or a new bike with disc brakes.

Fortunately there are plenty of local options for staying warm and reasonably dry without going broke. [Read more…]

Another homegrown bike craft: Duct tape handlebar bags

Avatar by on March 27th, 2009 at 9:58 am

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Yes that’s duct tape,
with a reflective star.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Tomas Quinones can be seen frequently on Shift bike fun rides, Cycle Wild camping trips, and other bike cultural events.

He recently began making, and selling, simple handlebar bags made out of duct tape. In Quinones’ words:

I started making them for my own use back in January after I grew tired of my large Ortlieb handlebar bag preventing me from using a light on my handlebars. I just wanted something small and simple for snacks, batteries, and camera so that a light can be used effectively without any type of special mounting. Most other bags I had seen were too large or more complex than needed.

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Portland companies featured in USA Today bike gift guide

Avatar by on December 3rd, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Castelli’s high tech,
Insolito Radiation Jacket.

Three Portland-based bike apparel companies woke up to good news this morning — some prominent publicity in USA Today.

Their resident bike reporter Sal Ruibal featured clothing suitable for cold winter commuting. Among the brands listed are Portland companies Showers Pass, Rapha, and Castelli.[Read more…]

Keeping kids warm and dry on the bike

Avatar by on October 30th, 2008 at 11:32 am

Marion Rice and daughter Gleneden

This article was written by our Family Biking columnist Marion Rice. For previous articles in this series, and for links to other articles and photos on family biking, check out the Family Biking Page.


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