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Old 03-07-11, 10:55 AM   #1
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I'm moving to Portland, OR

It's official, I am moving to Portland the end of this month. I will miss Colorado, but the job opportunity in Portland is just too good to pass up, and Portland is a great city. I'm very much looking forward to it and learning how to ride Oregon. Any and all advice is appreciated, anything from clubs, rides, shops, events, food, etc. I'll probably also post in the PNW forum, but I wanted to start here because it's been a great place for me and I want to stay active in this group.
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Old 03-07-11, 10:59 AM   #2
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Of course you need to remain active in this group. As far as I know, moving to Portland doesn't alter one's height or weight, or else everyone would be moving there.

Seriously, congrats on the job opportunity.
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Old 03-07-11, 11:43 AM   #3
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Of course you need to remain active in this group. As far as I know, moving to Portland doesn't alter one's height or weight, or else everyone would be moving there.
Yes, I agree. Unfortunately, all the disruption in my life (in a good way) is altering my riding and nutrition schedule, and I've found myself losing ground in the weight battle already. I need to come in here more frequently to keep my cycling focus until I get settled and can ride regularly again.
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It's official, I am moving to Portland the end of this month. ...
Better buy a pair of flippers with cleats 7/10 times its raining on my rides - you will love it

Welcome! How about riding the Seattle To Portland, 200 mile ride in July?
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Welcome to Portland, the most bike-friendly city in the US! You'll love it here. There are dozens and dozens of bike shops here. My favs are River City Cycles, Sellwood Cycles, and Coventry (for recumbents). Lots of club rides, but that's not my scene, so I have no info. You can check out "bikeportland" on the web for some more info. Also, one of my favorite rides is the 40-mile loop (which has lots of variations), and you can find info about that by googling. The city also puts out bike maps showing which streets have bike lanes or lower traffic. Check out the BTA (bicycle transportation alliance) for info on getting some of those free resources. Also, the restaurant scene is AMAZING and too extensive to really comment on here, but PM me if you have specific questions or want particular recommendations for an area of town or type of cuisine. I'm happy to answer any questions; just PM me.
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Better buy a pair of flippers with cleats 7/10 times its raining on my rides - you will love it

Welcome! How about riding the Seattle To Portland, 200 mile ride in July?
Yeah, the climate difference is one of my biggest concerns about the move. Any advice on Clyde raingear?

STP might be a little ambitious for me this year, but it's definitely on my radar. I think a few Portland area rides will be my limit this year, mostly due to time constraints with my new position.
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I'm jealous!!

I love Portland!! I've only been up there a few times... but one trip was in the middle of Feb. Cold, rain.... snow and sleet on the drive in. When I got to the city, it was just getting dark. Within minutes I saw at least 15 commuter cyclists - even in the cold, wet weather. Not only were they visible... but the city seemed to actually accommodate the cyclists and their needs!! One was walking right into a car on the light rail, while several others were coming off. They were bundled up in the appropriate gear necessary for a winter commute home in Portland. No big deal.

Have I died and gone to heaven??

The few times I have commuted in the rain... my co-workers act as if I've got a screw loose. "Why would you... when we have 300 days of sunshine here????"

Congratulations on the job! And don't worry... those Portlanders will get you back on a cycling schedule.
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Yeah, the climate difference is one of my biggest concerns about the move. Any advice on Clyde raingear?
I typically "run hot" and I have found that with any raingear, I am either wet from sweating (in the waterproof gear) or wet because I dont have waterproof gear on. I choose to ride without raingear and use a breathable riding jacket over the top of my shirt.

The one thing I do LOVE about this area - its so much fun to ride. At first I despised the hills but they add so much character to a ride that now I would not have it any other way.

You will love the terrain.
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For raingear, I'm using a Showers Pass Elite jacket and Mountain Hardwear Epic pants. Both come in clyde-friendly sizing (I always have a hard time finding pants that a big enough without being way too long and the Epics are pretty good). I'm normally a hotbox when wearing rain gear, but the Elite jacket is the best i've tried--very comfortable and well ventilated.

You'll be fine in the rain. Honestly, it's not that bad. Even in the dark of winter where it rains every day, you will have very few days where you ride both legs of your commute in a downpour. This is more of a drizzle and light rain place, and most of the time when it's raining, it's not that cold (mid-40s to high-50s). Just get a good headlight (I use two--a blinky "to be seen" and a halogen "to see with") a tailight or two, a helmet cover, gloves, and shoe covers. Once you bite the bullet and gear up, you won't have any weather-related excuses not to ride, and you'll be in good company--there are lots of year-round all-weather commuters.
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When you move here be prepared for buckets and weeks of unending rain, odd green boxes, and lots of bike lanes.

If you move to the East of Portland, the ride to the city is mostly flat. Same with the north and NE. If you move west of Portland into Beaverton or Hillsboro. Getting downtown means having to summit the Vista Ridge which is a climb, but a nice bomb down to the zoo. You can ride Highway 26 from the Zoo to Goose Hollow and from Goose Hollow to the Zoo. Although the later is a 6.5% grade over 1.5 miles. Washington Park is the other option. It has steep sections and flat sections. It has a grade that I would put at 10% for 100 yards until it flattens out for about 1 mile.

East side mostly flat, west side rolling hills to insane climbs.

Green boxes are for bikes. Basically they are there to warn drivers that bicyclists have the right of way and not to turn right and cut them off.

Good LBSs IMHO - WTF (we tune fast) on SE 7th and Clay, recyclery, bike gallery if you want corporate.

Voodoo Doughnuts and the Portland Saturday Market.

If you commute downtown by bike and your office does not have off street parking for your ride. Make sure your ride is generic. No stickers, labels etc. Use as good of a u-lock and you can afford and stay away from cables. If you need to use a cable use a chain lock.

Hawthorn area has a lot of bike theft as does downtown.
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Thanks, all, for the helpful information. I'll be living in the South Waterfront and working downtown, so I'll probably walk to work most of the time and save my cycling for leisure time. I'll be sure to lock my bike carefully when I do leave it out on the occasional trip.
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anybody use Frog Toggs as rain gear? I use them on the motorcycle and they're great for that! They also come in Clyde friendly sizes and are pretty inexpensive. I wear mine fishing in the rain too.
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Congratulations on the Job, they can be hard to find in Portland at this time.

As far as group rides go, I have used SHIFT for fun rides, Velopdx for faster group rides.

You should get the Portland bike map, especially at first, to use to get to know the city. I also recommend getting copies of Rubber to the road, offered through the lbs. It was put out by the BTA and has a lot of good rides, and some you will even have to drive to.
As far as the rest goes,, have fun, be weird, and ride your bike. You'll fit right in.
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If you have the money and can sign up in time (it sold out this year in about 1 week), Cycle Oregon is a fun event. I have done it three times. There is so much great riding in Oregon. Think about the fact that you are only a 4.5 hr. drive from Crater Lake and 3 hrs. from Sister, the gateway to McKenzie Pass.
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