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Take the no-sweat challenge (and other tips to survive the heat)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 1st, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Splash Dance Ride-5-4

If you see water, ride through it.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Broken glasses? Local shop owner grabs a bike chain link

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on October 30th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

“Geeks use tape,” Fahrner wrote. “I use chain links.”
(Photo: Martina Fahrner.)

Martina Fahrner of Clever Cycles on Southeast Hawthorne lived up to her bike shop’s name Tuesday after the bridge of her glasses broke.

“They just snapped in the middle,” the shop owner and Bicycle Transportation Alliance board member said in a phone interview Wednesday. “The next morning I went to work, and they snapped again. So I had to find something to stabilize them.”

The problem was that, even glued together, the glasses didn’t pinch her nose properly. So she started looking around the shop for “something flat and decorative.”

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What are your best tips for staying warm and dry?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 22nd, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Rider in the storm.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)r

OK folks, it has begun. After an unnaturally long spell of dry and sunny weather, some wet and cold weather is here. This morning’s commute was probably the toughest one since the end of last winter. While I’d love to think that we all pay it no mind and continue on our merry biking ways, it does have an impact.

The bikeways are much less crowded than they were just a few weeks ago. Last week was the lowest count of trips on the Hawthorne Bridge recorded since the new counter went in back in August and Saturday’s 1,536 trips was the lowest ever recorded. But, as a photo shared by the BTA this morning shows, lots of folks are still riding!

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Get hip to the heat this weekend

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 3rd, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Splash Dance Ride-5-4

This is one of my favorite ways to stay cool!
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Wet Weather Open Thread: Conditions, your tips and more – UPDATED

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 19th, 2012 at 11:52 am

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From the Forums: Should I worry about rust on my bike?

Avatar by on January 19th, 2012 at 10:30 am

[Note from publisher: Before Will shares a post from the Portland Bike Forums, I need to address a few things: Our server expert and I are currently working on issues with the forums related to spam user accounts. None of these accounts are visible, but hundreds of thousands of them have been created and they are taxing our servers. Because of that, I sometimes disable new user sign-ups. If you’ve signed up or would like to sign up, please be patient while we correct these spam/server issues. Thanks — Jonathan Maus]

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Rust happens.
(Photo © J. Maus)

It’s been a while since we mentioned the Portland Bike Forums (We’ve got forums? Yes!); but a thread popped up which I think is relevant for a lot of people this time of year.

Bikes with steel frames will rust when they’re left out in the rain and snow. One small area of exposed steel can be a starting point for oxidation and once rust starts it can be tough to stop. Thankfully, our very smart and helpful forum members have discussed this issue and have some tips you might be interested in…
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It’s that time of year again… Beware of sun glare

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 22nd, 2011 at 8:22 am

This photo, taken at 7:28 this
morning, shows the impact of sun glare.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Last year about this time I shared a friendly warning about the perils of sun glare. It just so happens that the sun rises and sets about the same time as the peak AM and PM commutes when lots of people are on the roads. When the sun is at just the right angle, it’s very difficult to see and glare causes many collisions each year — like the one that seriously injured 76-year-old Clark Henry a few weeks ago.

Yesterday I was reminded about this hazard from reader Craig H. Craig shared the story of his friend who was hit on Tuesday morning at 7:30 am while bicycling eastbound (into the sun) on N. Lombard:[Read more…]

Wet weather open thread

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 9th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Flooded bike lane and shoulder on N. Williams tonight.
(Photo © J. Maus)

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Sweat and sprinklers: Thoughts on sultry cycling survival

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 27th, 2009 at 10:42 am

Hottest Day of the Year Ride

How will you beat the heat?
(Photos © J. Maus)

If you’re out and about on two wheels today, remember to respect the heat. It’s hot out there (as if you didn’t know already) and it can make riding not only uncomfortable, but downright dangerous if you’re not ready for it.

We hear a lot about how the dark, cold, wet winters keep folks from riding, but the other day a friend of mine said showing up at his destination dripping in sweat after a bike ride was almost just as much of a deterrent. (I can relate. Last week I realized after riding home that the back of my shorts had two huge sweat spots on them. I’m O.K. with my bike identity, but I realize how butt sweat might challenge someone’s social self esteem. I thought of sharing a photo but thought better of it (you’re welcome).)
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My icy commute: How was yours?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 15th, 2008 at 10:52 am

snowy bike lane on Interstate-2

Stay away from shiny spots.
Going south on N. Interstate Ave.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Now that was a bit scary.

I just arrived at our office in the Central Eastside after a challenging and harrowing ride from North Portland. I consider myself a pretty skilled rider, but with many streets covered in a sheet of ice, there’s really no chance of staying upright.
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