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    Welcome to all of you! Kinda quiet in here latley, lots of us grounded by the weather Hang in there!
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    N.E. Portland

    Hi,

    just landed here. Great place to acquire some comprehensive information and meet others with a passion for all manner of biking! I live in Northeast Portland, Oregon (Hollywood Neighborhood) and it's a bikers' paradise. I'm a machinist by swing shift, but I have a few hours each day, and weekend I enjoy biking the vast network of paths, lanes, and quiet streets getting around Portland. We've numerous bike shops and bike clubs, too.

    I've assembled several metropolitan tours ranging from 20 - 100 miles; they all meander within the extents of Portland's wonderful and diverse neighborhoods including N.E., S.E., S.W., West, and North -- from the Columbia River at the north, down the Willamette River, to the Tualatin River in S.W. I ensure each tour includes a five-star bakery stop every 20 or so miles! I've lived and worked across the midwest and west (as far west as Washington's San Juan Islands ) and Portland is what I think is the most bike friendly. We have strong advocacy (BTA et. al.) as well as a bike friendly (relatively) city council that keeps bike commuters well within their radar.

    My bikes-- road and nice days: Trek Madone 5.5, sloppy weather (now): Trek 2100, and lastly, my new loaded touring / work bike: Cannondale T1.

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    Hey Guys. Just got stationed here on Whidbey Island. I own a stable of 7 different bikes and i've done everything from long distance touring to racing at the Cat 2 level (many,many, years ago). I'm basically just using cycling as a way stay fit and to commute (about 120 miles a week).

    Happy New Year to everyone! God Bless.

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    Hey

    Good morning from Springfield Oregon. I'm a fan of internal gear hubs. My ride is a '74 Schwinn speedster. Not stock, 26x1.50 street tires, changing out the Sturmey AW 3 speed hub with a Sturmey S5 5 speed.
    " If I were a rich man" I'd buy a Rollof hub, but that's atleast two house payments I'm starting to ride again for recreation/fitness/fun Thinking about a tadpole trike in the future....the far future, unless I get stoked to build it myself Tim

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    Cycling in the Willamette Valley

    Hello to all you fellow Northwest riders out there from Albany, Oregon!!

    Cold and rainy and me without winter/rain gear. Doing most of my riding in spinning classes these days but looking forward to better weather (or acquiring some winter riding gear). Plan on riding the "Reach the Beach" and the Strawberry Century in May and June.

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    Well hello to you all to. First time on this forum. Haven't really ridden since i was in middle school but you gotta start somewhere. Love working on bikes so i figured why not build me and the lady a couple bikes. Found Bikeforum and been lurking for a while figured im here enough, why not join and cintribute what i can

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    Quote Originally Posted by jewish_ View Post
    Well hello to you all to. First time on this forum. Haven't really ridden since i was in middle school but you gotta start somewhere. Love working on bikes so i figured why not build me and the lady a couple bikes. Found Bikeforum and been lurking for a while figured im here enough, why not join and cintribute what i can
    Where are you in Tacoma? And what kind of bikes are you building?

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    I actually just moved into an apartment in puyallup with a buddy, but was living downtown right off of 8th and tacoma ave for a while. Mainly been converting old road bikes to SS or fixed. Really need to get my hands on a good comfortable road bike, but for now its just having fun playing with old free bikes.

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    I'm from North Seattle and work in Fremont. My commute would only be about 10 miles round trip. When it's not as cold and there's nto as much rain, i'm going to start biking to work for my STP training. hi everyone!

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    I really wish i ride to school and work instead of drive, but i have school about 30 miles away from home and work 20 miles the opposite direction. I get off work and have to go directly to school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jewish_ View Post
    I actually just moved into an apartment in puyallup with a buddy.
    I'm in Puyallup too......If ya ever wanna go for a spin or whateva PM me....I love the old bikes and sorely miss my fix. I think I'll slap another one together in the next couple of weeks just for the heckuvit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpug505 View Post
    I'm in Puyallup too......If ya ever wanna go for a spin or whateva PM me....I love the old bikes and sorely miss my fix. I think I'll slap another one together in the next couple of weeks just for the heckuvit.
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    After today, im realizing that i need to ride a lot more. Decided i'd go out for a nice little sprint. There's this two mile loop we have and now im exhausted. Keep in mind this is the first time i've actually ridden a bike just to ride in about four years. I need a geared bike and a better saddle. None the less, i'd totally be down for a ride, you'd just have to let me play catch up from time to time until i get back into it. I'm a bit too out of shape right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jewish_ View Post
    After today, im realizing that i need to ride a lot more. Decided i'd go out for a nice little sprint. There's this two mile loop we have and now im exhausted. Keep in mind this is the first time i've actually ridden a bike just to ride in about four years. I need a geared bike and a better saddle. None the less, i'd totally be down for a ride, you'd just have to let me play catch up from time to time until i get back into it. I'm a bit too out of shape right now.

    Dude.....I'm not fast. The bike I'm riding now is built for upright city riding. I'd much rather take a nice spin around town and stop for a brew....(Beer or coffee). Maybe a trip down the trail to the bike shop in Orting. I need some parts. PM me. I'm free evenings and am off Sunday & Monday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpug505 View Post
    Dude.....I'm not fast. The bike I'm riding now is built for upright city riding. I'd much rather take a nice spin around town and stop for a brew....(Beer or coffee). Maybe a trip down the trail to the bike shop in Orting. I need some parts. PM me. I'm free evenings and am off Sunday & Monday.
    Kelly: Have you ever eaten at the "Around the corner" restaurant in Orting? Great pie and other stuff is pretty good too. Its past Brians shop and right you can't miss it. I was hoping it would be pretty decent this Sunday so the wife and I could get in a ride to Orting. I haven't been on the bike since early October and I'm gettin the itch so bad. I afraid the Achilles tendons are going to act up if I ride but I'll have to take a chance some day.
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    Nope...Haven't been there. I've only eaten at the Spar Pole and some Mexican restaurant in Orting. Neither of which were anything to write home about. I'll give that place you mention a shot!
    Sorry to hear your achilles are still sore. It would suck to go on a ride as far as Orting to get there in pain with no way back. Start small man! Maybe a ride to the blue cubes and back on the river walk? If ya wanna go for a short jaunt gimme a call! I'll swing by on my new Peugeot so I can show off a bit! It pails in comparison to the gleam of your Volare but it's pretty nice...
    Heal up quick! Spring is on the way!
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    Spar pool and that mexican joint are both terrible. I work down there, and can honestly say, i've never had a bad sandwich at Around the Corner cafe. Stay clear of the Teriyaki place by the Safeway too..

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    The folks at the Around The Corner have always been very nice and the service really top drawer. The pies are to die for or at least they were everytime we have eaten there.
    (Life is too short to play crappy guitars) 2006 Raleigh Cadent 3.0, 1977 Schwinn Volare, 2010 Windsor tourist. ( I didn't fall , I attacked the floor)

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    Never had any of their pies, but i was there at least once a week when an old co-worker of mine was still working there a couple years back. One of those small places to still get good home cooked food/desserts

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    reppin' oly washington. Down to a lemond alpe d' huez. Broke my fix and all of my other bikes were left in Baltimore, MD in a whirlwind move. Any other Oly riders, say hello
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    Spokane Washington Here. New to the road and beginning to train for the STP in July..god help me!
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    Just in to seattle from the mountains of New Mexico.
    Until I find work I'll be riding and looking for cycling company... anyone up for it?

    I can meet most anywhere, most anytime.
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    Hi all,
    Just joined up today in anticipation of my first road bike purchase! I own an old Raleigh M-20 MTB and have rode MTB's most of my life. Once I tried a friend's roadie, I was hooked! I should own an '09 Allez Sport Compact Double by the end of the month. I attend the University of Portland located in north portland. I'm excited to ride and hopefully get into better shape!

    also: anyone have any advice for alleviating osgood schlatter's related discomfort?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teh bux View Post
    also: anyone have any advice for alleviating osgood schlatter's related discomfort?
    Hi, welcome!

    Sorry I can't help you with a specific answer to your question - you might try the training and nutrition forum here. But I will add the general comment that any knee-related issues can be alleviated by making sure that you are "spinning" your way up hills rather than "mashing."

    Spinning - lower gears, higher cadence. Choose a lower gear *before* you get to a hill, so you don't find yourself having to choose a lower gear while you are on the hill.

    Sorry if that sounds like simple advice - You probably already know that from your mountain bike, but just thought I'd add it.

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    Sydney Australia,South West Pacific.Does that count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony V View Post
    Sydney Australia,South West Pacific.Does that count?

    We could start an Oz Annex -- did you bring beer?

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