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Old 09-16-08, 08:39 AM   #1
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Visiting Portland

Hi all...I'm a lucky guy - My wife has a conference next week in Portland and I'm tagging along for the free hotel room. While she's in meetings Friday and Saturday, I need to find something to do.

I'd like to do a little touring of Portland since I've never been there, renting a bike would be great for that if there's some good places. If possible, I also thought of taking a bike tour would be fun A buddy suggested I hit Powell's bookstore while i'm down there.

I enjoy mountain biking, even if I'm a newbie, but I'm unfamiliar with the trails out there, espically trails that I could hit easily from the city (I'm staying near the Tom McCall Waterfront Park).

Any suggestions from locals? Much appreciated...I'd hate to be stuck in the hotel room for two days

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I don't have much useful info to give you, but I just need to say that I was out visiting a friend in Portland last week and it is the most amazing city I have ever been to. I have never felt so comfortable riding a bicycle in a major downtown area like I have there. It's like everyone knows to look for riders and actually goes out of their way to make your ride safer and easier. Maybe it's because a lot of them are riders too. But anyways, you have to hit Powell's Books and if you want to try out your climbing abilities, go for a climb in the west hills...the view is totally worth it. Anyways, that's all I have, just needed to get you psyched up.
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Go to Waterfront Bicycles (http://waterfrontbikes.net/). They just started renting cyclocross bikes, although I don't see them on the web site yet. Or catch a bus out to the Fat Tire Farm (http://fattirefarm.com/) if you want a mountain bike.

You should definitely check out Forest Park. It's a long, relatively paved path through a gorgeous wooded area with firelanes off the sides if you want something more.

If you've got a lot of time, you can't beat the Columbia River Gorge for scenic biking.

For something more laid back, try Sauvie Island.

Beyond that, just bike around the city. There's a great bike path around the waterfront, and a lot of the streets are very bike friendly.

Definitely hit Powell's. It's amazing.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Totally looking forward to this trip
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Be sure to check out here http://www.portlandonline.com/transp...=34809&a=70221 for online bike maps. The suggestions above are good. You might try the Springwater corridor, or a spin out to Mt Tabor, too. Also a nice path along Marine Drive by the airport.
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If you rent a good bike, I second Forest Park and also the Springwater Corridor if you want a relatively easy flat 40+ mile loop.

Waterfront Park has a lot of cyclists going by. You can ride North along Waterfront Park all the way to the Steel Bridge, then cross the Willamette River on the lower deck adjacent to the rail tracks. Once on the East side of the river you can ride south past OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) onto the Springwater Corridor.

There are a couple of 'gaps' in the Springwater Corridor that might be tricky to navigate.

The first is close to OMSI, there is usually enough bike traffic that you could just watch or follow the vast majority of others and easily find your way.

The second gap is in Sellwood and approximately 2km long. You will need to navigate the neighborhood streets to get to the long portion of the Springwater Corridor. You would need to find your way:
from SE 6th Avenue and SE Umatilla Street
to SE 19th Avenue and SE Linn Street.

The Springwater Corridor dumps you onto SE Umatilla Street.
Turn left and ride over the rail track and up the hill until you get to SE 13th.
Turn right onto SE 13th and ride down hill 5 blocks to SE Linn St.
Turn left onto SE Linn St.
Follow SE Linn St to SE 19th being extra careful when you cross SE 17th (usually busy and fast traffic).
At the end of SE Linn St, take a right onto a small paved cut through, maybe 20m long.
Turn left at the end of the 20m cut through and you are back on the Springwater Corridor.

The end of the paved Springwater Corridor can be found on Google Maps at the intersection on SE Rugg Road and SE Telford Road. Search for "8608 SE 267 Avenue Portland Oregon". If you are on a mountain bike, there is another mile that will get you almost into Boring.

On the return leg, I sometimes like to turn off at SE Highland Dr. and get some hot soup at Safeway on SW 11th St. The path off the trail is 10m east of SE Highland Dr.

I might be free to ride with you, if you are interested and also be available to drive you down to the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway.

The weather has been amazing for the last few weeks, hope it stays like this for you next week.

Edit: There is a New Seasons in Sellwood on SE Tenino between SE 13th and SE 11th (12th doesn't exist). The deli and deserts in New Seasons should not be missed under any circumstances. There is bike parking and tables with seating adjacent to the entrance. I'm starting to drool just thinking about it.
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This article describes five bike routes in Portland, including a couple of rides mentioned above by others.

http://www.oregon.com/trips/cycle_portland.cfm

Hope this helps. Enjoy your time in Portland.
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Hi all...I'm a lucky guy - My wife has a conference next week in Portland and I'm tagging along for the free hotel room. While she's in meetings Friday and Saturday, I need to find something to do.

I'd like to do a little touring of Portland since I've never been there, renting a bike would be great for that if there's some good places. If possible, I also thought of taking a bike tour would be fun A buddy suggested I hit Powell's bookstore while i'm down there.

I enjoy mountain biking, even if I'm a newbie, but I'm unfamiliar with the trails out there, espically trails that I could hit easily from the city (I'm staying near the Tom McCall Waterfront Park).

Any suggestions from locals? Much appreciated...I'd hate to be stuck in the hotel room for two days

Thanks

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I love the bike community in portland -- been living here for decade and love to commute everyday to work - rain or shine.

If you have time, one of my favorite ride is the old columbia highway headed out to the gorge. It parallels interstate 84 but you don't hear the traffic. You'll hit all the beautiful waterfalls (Multnomah Falls - the most popular). The road is easy riding and the traffic is light and cars are very considerate. I like to do a 24 hour touring stint out to Ainsworth state park, they have a hiker/biker campground there for a few dollars with showers, then the next day I ride home. The trees, greenery, wildlife, steep gorges, will knock your socks off. Check it out and welcome to beautiful portland. I'm very proud to live here!
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Thanks, everyone! We're heading for Portland in a couple of weeks for a long weekend. This helps a lot!
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A buddy suggested I hit Powell's bookstore while i'm down there.
Yes, don't miss Powell's!

There is a Handmade Bike Show in Portland October 10 to 12:

http://www.oregonmanifest.com/

This is a good resource for bike-related stuff in Portland:

http://bikeportland.org/


Have fun! Visiting Portland is always a treat - almost as nice as a trip to Seattle.

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Visit Powell's for sure & if you ride to the Mt. Tabor area, go out Hawthorne to the end at 55th & check out the Western Seminary grounds. The Admin Bldg is an old RR mansion & if its open, they should let you look around inside. Back in the early 80's I labored in their basement printshop. Don
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You have to check this out at the Deschutes Brewery resturant.

I've never seen it's equal.

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Deschutes Brewery now in Portland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yiiiipeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!



(I wish I had known this 3 weeks ago when I was in Portland. )
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Yiiiipeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!



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try the shift list

http://www.shift2bikes.org/

Shift is a bike community organization with a huge list and lots of events...heres this weekends calendar so far..post on the listserv and theres a fair chance someone will lend you a bike..( it wont be a carbon fiber jewel,but will probably be just fine..


Saturday October 11
OREGON MANIFEST BIKE SHOW
Leftbank, 1618 N Vancouver Ave (Free valet bike parking across the street.)
10:00am - 8:00pm, Show closes at 7pm., October 10 - 11
Handmade bikes in all their glory (with a focus on Oregon framebuilders).
OM, carl.s.larsongmail, www.oregonmanifest.com
CAROLINE'S BIKE MOVE
4038 SE Brooklyn St
11:00am
Moving from SE to NoPo and would appreciate any assistance and bike trailer love. Furniture challenges, goodies galore. More Details forthcoming.
39th and Clintonish to Killingsworth and Vancouverish.

Ciao bella and hope to see you there.
Caroline, smithcarolinemgmail
BUDDHAS BY BIKES 2
Dharma Rain Zen Center, 2514 SE Madison St (Big yellow building at corner of E 25th and Madison)
1:00pm, estimated 4 hours
This free and newbie friendly ride will be a new and improved version of a similar tour done during Pedalpalooza. We'll start with a brief introduction to Buddhism and visit 10 or so Buddhist Centers in SE Portland. Learn more about the many facets of Buddhism. Free, but bring some $$ for optional donations and optional end-of-ride dinner at a vegetarian, non-profit, Buddhist restaurant.

We'll start in central inner SE, with the first 5 stops very close, with the final stop being a few miles of fairly flat rode. Easy pace, but be prepared to ride in some traffic.
Rich Koken Mackin, keidokokengmail, 503-358-7086
OREGON MANIFEST RAPHA ROLLER RACES
Leftbank, 1618 N Vancouver Ave
8:00pm - 12:00am
Watch some of Portland's fastest compete on rollers and lug a Zoobomb bike around. This is definitely a spectator sport. $10
Rapha, carl.s.larsongmail, www.oregonmanifest.com

Sunday October 12
WEEKLY WOMEN'S RIDES
Hollywood Bike Gallery, 5329 NE Sandy Blvd
9:00am - 11:30am, Every Sunday
Sunday's at 9am from the Hollywood Bike Gallery. Free women's rides. Contact danabbikegallery.com for more information on dates and routes.
Dana Barnes, danabbikegallery, 503-281-9800
SAUVIE ISLAND HARVEST & CORN MAZE RIDE
Peninsula Park Gazebo (just north of the Rose Garden) , N Albina Ave and Ainsworth St
10:00am
Ride to the “Pumpkin Patch” at Sauvie Island and experience: the Corn Maze before the rowdies knock down the stalks, ride the Cow Train, shoot gourds out of an air cannon at plywood targets, full your saddle bags or trailer with farmers market produce and puzzle at the stewing car drivers in the traffic jam trying to get off the island. . We will ride along Hwy 30 so bright clothing is advised. Mud boots/shoes are a prudent choice for the maze. Discount corn maze coupons at http://www.portlandmaze.com/ get them early, you need to fill out a form and the ticket is emailed to you.
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BUDDHAS BY BIKES 2!
Dharma Rain Zen Center, 2514 SE Madison St, Portland (Big yellow building at corner of SE 24th and Madison)
1:00pm, 4ish hours, depending on interest levels
This free and newbie friendly ride will be a new and improved version of a similar tour done during Pedalpalooza. We'll start with a brief introduction to Buddhism and visit 10 or so Buddhist Centers in SE Portland. Learn more about the many facets of Buddhism. Free, but bring some $$ for optional donations and optional end-of-ride dinner at a vegetarian, non-profit, Buddhist restaurant.

We'll start in central inner SE, with the first 5 stops very close, with the final stop being a few miles of fairly flat rode. Easy pace, but be prepared to ride in some traffic.
Koken, keidokokengmail, 503-358-7086
BIKE POLO
Alberta Park, NE 21st and Killingsworth (polo court)
2:30pm, Every Sunday
Bike Polo has been played nearly every Sunday at Alberta Park for over five years.

Great for spectators this bike polo is rated PG-13 for profanity, violence, sexuality and gratuitous fun.

Mallets and heckling provided. Bring your own beater bike or ride one of ours.
Polo Haus, Axles of Evil
ZOOBOMB

SW 10th Ave and Oak St (Zoobomb Pyle!)
9:00pm, Every Sunday
Come ride with us, everyone welcome! We like to ride kid's bikes down hills at night, it sounds silly and it is silly, but a crapload of fun too!
Zoobomb, gabrielamadeusgmail, www.zoobomb.net
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