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Biking with Elk

Old 04-15-24, 10:39 AM
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Biking with Elk

I thought about calling this “Pictures of Your Bike Near Elk” but that wouldn’t be a prudent idea as a thread starter.

Elk are reliable sights in the evening at Fort Stevens State Park in the northwest corner of Oregon. I came across these a couple of days ago as I was riding just inside the park, near the registration building.




The park has a nice network of paved trails with a large campground (and a KOA across the road from the entrance) so it’s a popular destination for biking families.

And yep, that’s a department-store Schwinn. I got it for $5 from a thrift shop with the idea of cleaning it up and donating it. But before I could do that, a couple of my nicer bikes took a beating while being shlepped around on the rack attached to the back of my travel trailer. It’s a violent world back there. So I thought I might try putting together a more utilitarian bike from this one to be my “camping” bike, although what we do can’t really be called camping, unless a milk frother and a sewing machine are considered normal parts of camping kit.

I converted this one to a 1X8 drive train for simplicity and put a not-great-but-better-than-the-original used fork on the front. The rest of the upgrades are mostly from my parts bins to keep the cost down and lessen the loss if it gets beat up, stolen, or falls off the rack. Although this last possibility seems far fetched, a few years ago I repaired a child’s bike that had cartwheeled down the freeway after the family’s bike rack failed, causing it to lay down to where the road could peel the rear-most bike off.

So this was my camping bike’s shakedown cruise. Here it is in another part of the park, on the beach near the wreck of the Peter Iredale.

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Old 04-15-24, 02:36 PM
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Beautiful setting!!!
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Great pic with the elk! Can’t say I’ve had that view on any of my routes!
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