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backonthebike 06-27-13 12:30 AM

Hoquiam. That's HO-KWEE-um, or as the locals say, Hokey-um. It's next door to Aberdeen, on the coast by the ocean, 2 hours west of Seattle. Spent a month in Spokane just recently, loved it over there, but when I said I was from the coast they said, oh the San Juans? Nope, the coast. Oh, Hood Canal. Nope, the coast, you know, Pacific Ocean, Cascadian subduction zone, tsunami? Arrived in this country on a bike in 1988, spent some time in Eugene, N. California, and now back in the rain forest. It has its charms. Took a detour in life, got off the bike, and 4 years ago got back on the bike. Thus my moniker. Started out with a Giant hybrid commuter when I could barely walk, have worked my way back up to a road bike, just this week bought a carbon monstrosity off the "List, not sure I like it but it sure is fast, 2005 Trek 1000. Love my steelies. Bicycling made my life, my Univega Nuovo Sport was a part of me at one time, it went missing in 2000 when I went travelling in Alaska, and about 6 wks ago reappeared through the magic of the craig's list (the List in my parlance). I've been facelifting it, trying to resist totally rebuilding it, think I have the end result in sight but that is probably just positive self talk. So good to find this forum and see possibilities for interacting with others from my general area. I said more than most do on here, but, if I didn't, it wouldn't be me. If I'm not talking better check for a pulse.

crandress 07-06-13 12:13 PM

Hello all, been on the forum for a while, but had not notice the PNW area. I am Chris and live in Bellevue, WA as I have my whole life. Cycled a lot in college, but earlier this year got back into cycling after close 17 years or so. I had lost about 17 lbs and decided to get back into cycling to help continue my weight loss. I have had a racing bike in the past, but switched to a touring bike in 1994 or 1995, which I build up and still have (Mercian Vincitore) as well as mountain biking. Still have my '91 Bridgestone MB-3. Bought a Specialized Globe 3 a couple years ago, but have not really ridden it until this year. Nice for getting started, but don't really like the very upright position or the shocks. So looking for a new bike or to potentially rebuild the Mercian for long rides or light touring. I used what I had at the time which was racing wheels and components. So would upgrade to a triple or compact front with 9 speeds in the rear, up from the current 6 speed freewheel, with rims to accommodate tires larger than 25mm.

Anyway, I like riding around here on the Sammamish River trail or Burke Gilman, but want to try other trails and eventually get back to doing long rides and light/credit card touring, but need to build up strength and lose weight first. Would love to ride in the San Juans again and do the STP or one of the longer supported charity rides in the are like I did when I was younger. Joined Cascade bicycle club and have even been blogging a little about my exploits to get back in shape and to ride more.

Chris

WKB 07-08-13 11:06 PM

Ok, here is the situation: My great biking/hiking/snowshoeing partner and dear friend are getting ready to retire and move to Arizona. My wife does not share in my enthusiasm for outdoor activities and although I am a member of the Cascadian’s, I do not particularly enjoy group activities (I spent 30+ years as a teacher and, frankly, I'm tired of group activities).



So, what I would like to find is the occasional buddy (male only, sorry, I'm married) to go riding/hiking/snowshoeing, etc., with. A list will be easier and less wordy than a narrative:

I have both mountain and road bikes.



Do not like highway riding anymore, but do enjoy riding on some of the side streets (Chestnut, Barge, etc.), the Greenway and Rails-to-Trails type paths here in Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon.



Enjoy riding forest service roads -- where there are green trees. .....



I am not a competitive rider. If riding time, how many grams your derailleur weights, then this is not for you -- pass on by. I don't mean to offend anyone, but it is best to be up front and honest.



I can ride at a fairly good pace when needed, but usually "cruise" in the 11 – 15 mph range.



Would like to find someone of a similar age and retired, if possible -- usually have more in common. I'm 64 years old, retired professional.



I am very much aware that finding a compatible riding partner is extremely difficult, but if interested, let's get together at a local Starbucks to see if this is workable or if we are compatible.


Email:

kandw@q.com

lazyeye 07-23-13 04:22 PM

Oh hi!
Corvallis Oregon checking in.

codyjhc 08-02-13 12:34 PM

Just found this forum - love to see the PNW represented!

My wife and I moved from Kirkland to the northern end of Bellevue in January, and have just started exploring the area (on bike). I primarily bike for my commute but would like to check out some of trails that I've heard are nearby. I work in the Bellevue / Eastgate area so my commute is pretty short anyways. I'm relatively new to the biking community and definitely have a lot to learn!

If anyone wants to meet up for a short ride to the nearest coffee shop (Cafe Cesura is my pick), feel free to drop me a line! Always love connecting with fellow enthusiasts.

p.s. Find me on Strava if you're in the area, I'm always looking for locals to follow! http://www.strava.com/athletes/codyjhc

crandress 08-02-13 01:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by codyjhc (Post 15918145)
Just found this forum - love to see the PNW represented!

My wife and I moved from Kirkland to the northern end of Bellevue in January, and have just started exploring the area (on bike). I primarily bike for my commute but would like to check out some of trails that I've heard are nearby. I work in the Bellevue / Eastgate area so my commute is pretty short anyways. I'm relatively new to the biking community and definitely have a lot to learn!

If anyone wants to meet up for a short ride to the nearest coffee shop (Cafe Cesura is my pick), feel free to drop me a line! Always love connecting with fellow enthusiasts.

p.s. Find me on Strava if you're in the area, I'm always looking for locals to follow! http://www.strava.com/athletes/codyjhc

What is Northern Bellevue, Bridal Trails? I am in the middle of Bellevue near the Glendale Golf Course. Fat, middle aged and slow, but always like a good coffee shop.

codyjhc 08-02-13 02:36 PM

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Originally Posted by crandress (Post 15918389)
What is Northern Bellevue, Bridal Trails? I am in the middle of Bellevue near the Glendale Golf Course. Fat, middle aged and slow, but always like a good coffee shop.

Oh yeah I know where that's at, had some friends live that way. I live near Northup and 116th, right on the edge of Kirkland and Bellevue. Well I've got the slow part covered as well so I can probably keep up. This weekend is hectic but shoot me a message and we can plan a time soon!

J.Oxley 08-02-13 11:39 PM

Hey all! Gotta confess it's still strange tracking down the "PNW" thread after spending the first 40+ years of my life in southern Arizona (mostly Tucson), but I'm sittin' here in Gresham, OR so I guess I'm qualified. :thumb:

I've had nothing but warm welcomes to Oregon and the whole family loves it here, so it looks like we're staying. And while we're still pretty much amateurs when it comes to biking, we're definitely out there... we're a stone's throw from the Springwater Corridor, so life is good.

daihard 08-06-13 03:13 PM

Hi from Seattle, WA.

I've had my bike (a 2002 Gary Fisher Marlin) for a long long time but finally started riding it a couple of weeks ago. I currently just ride around home, but I'm planning on getting a bike rack for the car to extend my area. So far, I just love riding!

enigmaT120 08-06-13 05:07 PM

I've run a couple sections of that Springwater Corrider in the Hood to Coast Relay. I like it.

Tuscon to Gresham? Have you been through a winter here yet? At least you know our summers are nice!

west coast girl 08-19-13 04:14 PM

DJ in Mukilteo, WA here!

So far, my experience has been limited to trail riding (Centennial, Burke Gilman, Sammamish River) but I'm starting to feel more adventurous and getting more comfortable riding, so actual surface streets are starting to look interesting!

I ride a Trek Hybrid and a Cdale Synapse I purchased earlier this month... the cdale is quickly becoming my favorite. I'll likely join a group ride next season (thinking meetup might be a good place to find 'em).

Happy cycling!

Bikerubbish 08-27-13 11:35 PM

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Olympia WA checking in!

brakedirector 10-30-13 08:07 PM

I am in Seattle near the Ballard Bridge. I haven't been on this site for a long time, but I get introductions in my mail. Nothing from this Forum, but we want to support it. Once you have the list, maybe we can meet some of you in Seattle. If that interests you, check out the Mosaic Coffeehouse right behind Dicks on 45th. Let me know what everyone thinks. I'd be happy to help put it together.

RamAlaRag 11-10-13 01:45 PM

I'm just south of Olympia, WA.
In college, so that is subject to change! :)

daihard 11-10-13 01:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RamAlaRag (Post 16235174)
I'm just south of Olympia, WA.
In college, so that is subject to change! :)

Welcome! How do you like the Pacific Northwest so far?

RamAlaRag 11-10-13 01:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by daihard (Post 16235177)
Welcome! How do you like the Pacific Northwest so far?

Oh, I have lived here all my life, moved from Seattle to come down here. I meant subject to change because I may be transferring to Bellingham or Tacoma for school in a year or so, I currently go to Centralia College.

I love the Pacific Northwest though!

snowcow5 11-13-13 01:03 PM

Seattle, WA on the North side of Queen Anne hill! In July, I'll be moving to Honolulu, HI but I would love to be a part of the PNW group until then!

Cheers!

snowcow5 11-13-13 01:06 PM

Hey brakedirector! I'd be interested in a get together. I love hanging out with people who love riding as much as I do!

CTZunow 01-16-14 03:08 AM

Olympia, WA.

pyratenomad 01-19-14 10:59 AM

I am another one living in Boise, Idaho.

scozim 02-02-14 09:40 AM

Welcome pyratenomad - love the Boise area. Some great riding both rode and mtb there.

yftoad 02-23-14 02:41 PM

Moved from San Diego to Seattle, WA in 2003, now live on north Beacon Hill. Never rode while I lived down in San Diego since I just started riding last July, but I'm now completely addicted and ride daily!

Lascauxcaveman 02-24-14 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yftoad (Post 16520125)
Moved from San Diego to Seattle, WA in 2003, now live on north Beacon Hill. Never rode while I lived down in San Diego since I just started riding last July, but I'm now completely addicted and ride daily!

Welcome! I'd like to invite you to come join a group of us planning to get together in Port Angele some weekend in May or June, hopefully to either do a ride up to Hurricane Ridge or our local Metric Century loop. When we get a date or two picked out, I'll PM as many Western Washington BF members as I can with the details. I run the little hotel mentioned in Metric Century blog and will be offering 1/2 off our already cheap rates for BF members on that weekend.

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Originally Posted by CTZunow (Post 16415087)
Olympia, WA.

A man of few words, eh?

From your bikes you have in your profile, I'm guessing you are a large man of few words. And since our planned group ride is mostly going to be on bikes of the vintage type, I think you'll fit in just fine, if you can make it. Is this your blog, BTW? I'm enjoying browsing through it.

yftoad 02-24-14 03:04 PM

Lascauxcaveman - that sounds awesome! Definitely keep me in the loop on this. Always looking for bigger climbs to tackle in the Pacific Northwest!

CTZunow 02-24-14 06:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman (Post 16523194)
A man of few words, eh?

From your bikes you have in your profile, I'm guessing you are a large man of few words. And since our planned group ride is mostly going to be on bikes of the vintage type, I think you'll fit in just fine, if you can make it. Is this your blog, BTW? I'm enjoying browsing through it.

Haha, guilty on all fronts. The ride sounds interesting, I once rode through part of it on a tour few years back.


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