Announcing Dr. Rev. DJ DeeZee’s Sunday Morning Spin Sesh — North Portland’s Best Spin Class Ever

April 27th, 2014

150318_1488587931515_2747352_nLooking for a new way to get your Sundays started off right? As of May 3, Dr. Rev. DJ DeeZee will be officiating a new jam called Sunday Morning Spin Sesh (SMSS) at the best gym in North Portland — Edge Performance Fitness. What is SMSS? It’s basically an indoor cycling event presided over by a guy who likes cycling and good music.

Enjoy a very wide variety of tunes ranging from classic rock to heavy metal to progressive rock to classical to gospel to angry rap to punk (including 80s hardcore) to bluegrass and more. Absent will all that Dr. Rev. DJ DeeZee finds aurally appalling, so don’t expect a lot of country or pop to be thrown into the mix.

Classes run from 0800 to 0900. Edge Performance is a no bullshit kind of place that doesn’t make you pay initiation fees or sign up for long-term contracts or any of the other things you hate about gyms. They even have a punch card/pay-as-you-go option, so ANYONE in the metro area can come check it out.

Many of the sessions will be designed to replicate road rides and may include headwinds, rollers epic climbs and sprints. They will also be created to follow the flow of the music, which will help the hour fly by.

TunesWhat’s SMSS good for? It’s fun, it’s a good workout and it’s a fine follow up to long outdoor rides one might do on a Saturday. It also can serve as an incredibly effective — though thoroughly unpleasant — hangover remedy or a legitimate excuse to exercise a little self control on Saturday night.

There’s very little else going on at that hour in North Portland, so why not come give it a shot?

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Vibrant Ride

June 9th, 2011

Two options for this beautiful ride (start and finish at the top of Skyline at Germantown Road unless you happen to have a friend who lives on Germantown, then start/finish there).

 

Here’s one version:

Here’s a more different version:

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Quite a Season

September 11th, 2010

Team Fartlek is well represented at Cycle Oregon. How did we get here? Training! We’ve got a few CO virgins in our midst. They are going to kick booty.

Team Fartlek Cycle Oregon 2010 Crew

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Performance Bicycle Wants Used Rubber For New Tualatin Store

August 6th, 2010

PERFORMANCE BICYCLE CELEBRATES POPULAR TUALATIN RELOCATION WITH ‘BIKE TUBE BLOW OUT’

The nation’s largest specialty bicycle retailer will host a bike tube recycling drive to headline the relocation of its Tualatin, Oregon store

CHAPEL HILL, NC, August 6, 2010 Performance Bicycle (www.performancebike.com), the nation’s largest specialty bike retailer, is sponsoring a bike tube recycling program to coincide with the relocation and expansion of its popular Tualatin store.

During the weekends of Aug. 13th-15th and Aug. 20th-22nd, Performance (www.performancebike.com) will celebrate the relocation grand opening with the Bike Tube Blow-Out, a recycling program sponsored by Performance and Liberty Tire, the largest scrap tire recycler in the country. During the weekend, anyone can bring their used or blown-out inner tubes to the store and receive up to three $5 money cards for the tubes they recycle.

Liberty Tire Recycling, the nation’s largest collector of used and scrap tires, will turn the bike tubes into mulch for playgrounds, athletic fields, railroad ties and highway asphalt, among other uses. The company collects and recycles nearly one-third of all of America’s annual scrap tire material and has cleaned up more than 150 dump sites littered with nearly 40 million scrap tires—more than any other organization.

“We estimate that a major city can annually generate several tons of used rubber just from blown out bicycle inner tubes alone,” said Jim Thompson, CEO of Performance Inc. “Our aim is to make bike inner tubes a proven reusable resource for playgrounds, manufacturing and other applications.”

The new Tualatin relocation, at 7071 SW Nyberg Street in the Nyberg Woods Shopping Center, joins 3 other stores in the Portland area, and 92 Performance stores nationwide. The new Tualatin store is based on a new store design that makes it easier for anyone to find the bike or equipment they’re looking for. The new expansion will include a Spin Doctor™ Department to provide a go-to cycling resource for avid and casual riders alike.

“Our new stores are designed to demystify cycling,” added Thompson. “We want to help more people make cycling an everyday part of their lives, and turn Performance Bicycle into the top destination for anyone who loves biking as much as we do. The metro Portland area is already one of the top bicycle-friendly places in the world. If we can make our stores a fun and friendly place, we can help even more people embrace the joy and benefits of cycling.”

The all-new Spin Doctor™ service departments offer free bike fittings with every purchase in addition to repair and customization services. Spin Doctor departments are staffed by experienced and certified mechanics who are able to service and repair all bike brands and offer advice on everything from bikes to great places to ride.

Performance offers free Lifetime adjustments for every bike purchased, and every item Performance sells is backed by a 100 percent Satisfaction Guarantee and a Low Price Promise. Kids bikes come with Free Custom Size and Safety Fitting. Performance’s own Kid’s Bike Growth Guarantee offers discounts on new bikes when kids have outgrown their old ones. Guests can also join the Team Performance® Buyer’s Club, cycling’s number one buyer’s club, to get ten percent back on every purchase, free second-day shipping upgrades and other exclusive offers.

Where to Find Performance

Performance offers three great ways to shop: by store, by catalog and online at PerformanceBike.com. Guests can always check the Deal of the Day on the Performance Web site or by following Performance on Twitter, @performance_inc, and on Facebook.

About Performance Bicycle

Performance Bicycle is the number one bike specialty retailer in the U.S. and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Performance Inc. Performance provides a multi-channel cycling retail experience that spans catalogs, a website at www.performancebike.com and 92 nationwide stores that cater to both the avid biking enthusiast and the recreational rider. Performance Inc. is majority owned by North Castle Partners of Greenwich, Connecticut. For more information about Performance Bicycle, please visit www.performancebike.com.

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Watching the Tour at St. Honore

July 6th, 2010

Even though I detest heat, July is one of my very favorite months. That’s because I love to watch the Tour de France. Fortunately, I live in a place where I’m not alone in this regard. It is no secret that Portland is one of the very best places to ride a bike. It is also a town where people get way into pro bike racing.

When it comes to watching the Tour in Portland (or Lake Oswego) one place comes to mind — St Honore. St. Honore is a bakery/cafe that serves pastries and other delectables that even a Frenchman would be proud to eat.  And every day in July, both St. Honore locations open early so customers can watch Le Tour.

The Portland location opens at 6:00 and the Lake Oswego location opens at 7:00. Thanks to the magic of digital video recording, they are able to show every stage from start to finnish. Cycling fans can be found every day in both locations. On the weekends (or days featuring major climbs) the crowd spills out onto the sidewalk.

If you want to enjoy the excitement of this great event with fellow tifosi, this place to be. But if you want to watch this great event and blog at the same time, you had best stay home. Apparently the owner is dead set against providing Wi-Fi access.

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C.R.O.C. of Awesome

June 3rd, 2010

Morry is a MAGNET!

There’s an annual three-day ride in Pendleton, Oregon that takes place on Memorial Day Weekend called the Century Ride of the Centuries and it is awesome. It is put on by a local bicycle club that either wishes to remain anonymous or forgets to promote itself on the sparse event website. No matter, whoever puts this ride on does one hell of a job.  As is the case with so many multi-day supported bike rides, the volunteers work tirelessly to pull it all together. These particular volunteers really get into the spirit of things. Each rest stop has a theme and many of the more prominent folks are in character. There was a Mexican stop, a Hawaiian stop and even a white trash wedding.

People 'round here take rodeo pretty serously

The riding itself is outstanding. Day one offers a variety of routes including what appears on paper to be a fairly easy century ride (around 3,500 feet of climbing in total). Don’t let the ride profile fool you. Severe headwinds can make it seem like there is plenty of climbing. However, the scenery — mostly rolling wheat fields — is spectacular. And, because you are in canyons much of the time, even the winds aren’t that bad for too terribly long.

Day 2 is an out-and-back route that goes up Emigrant Hill, the old highway just north of I-84. 15 miles of steady 5% followed by another 30+ miles to the Oregon Trail Interpretative Center. Those who tackle the entire course climb more than 6,500 feet. Quite a way to follow up a century.

This climb was a fine how do you do after day one

Day 3 is another out-and-back, the longest option being another 80+-mile route. I opted to hit the casino where all the rides start and finish for a little morning blackjack, but I’ve been told this day is the most scenic. The casino isn’t very scenic, but there was a lot less rain at the tables than there was on the course.

While the ride is fully-supported, the event is really geared for folks who plan on finishing what they start. The SAG vehicles consisted of cars with bike racks on them and there didn’t appear to be a whole lot of them. Riders will also want to pay close attention to their cue sheets as the course was marked with biodegradable arrows that tend to blow away in the wind and rain.

The food at the rest stops was more than adequate and featured a lot of home-baked goodies. Many of the stops also featured local baked potatoes. I’ve always heard that spuds make fine cycling fuel — and they absolutely do. The locals seemed very happy to see us. Even the (few) drivers on the road we encountered were friendly.

Had to circle the lot a few times to get to 100 -- but we did it

Pendleton itself is a great small town and there are a few really good places to eat. These include the Prodigal Son brew pub, the Main Street Diner and, if you are in the mood for something slightly upscale, Cimmiyotti’s.

If you want a more detailed report on the ride, check out this one from a fellow Portland blogger also named Dean who attended last year. His descriptions are swell and I’ve got a lot to do today.

For those interested in geology, this ride features a lot of geological stuff (I presume that’s were the ride gets its name). Since my knowledge of this subject is limited, that’s about all I can say about that. I’ll try to bone up a little more next year and, hopefully, will have something more intelligent to report.

We’ll be back to Pendleton this year with Cycle Oregon and it will be interesting to see how different the place looks in the fall. It will also be cool to see the town teeming with rodeo fans. I’m looking forward to it.

 

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Portland Ride of Silence May 19, 2010

May 7th, 2010

Portland is an awesome cycling town and has all sorts of biking events. One of the most noteworthy is the World Naked Bike Ride. Supposedly, one of the main reasons the World Naked Bike Ride exists is to increase driver awareness about bicyclists and the dangers they face. As I witnessed last year, however, the event seems like more of a party than anything else.

The Ride of Silence is another global event with a similar goal. It was created to draw attention to cyclists who have been injured or killed while riding on public roadways. And, while it might not be as much fun as riding with 5,000 naked revelers, it is probably more effective at communicating its important message.

As one would expect, there will be several Ride of Silence events in Oregon. The Portland Ride is being organized by the same people who organize Butts on Bikes, which means it should be well attended.

The Portland ride starts at Holladay Park, at NE 11th and Holladay in the Lloyd District, and rolls out shortly after 7 p.m. after brief remarks by whomever wants to speak. If you can make it, you should.

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Butts on Bikes — Organized Riding for All

May 7th, 2010

Riding is fun that is amplified when shared with others. But what do you do if you are new to cycling and you don’t (yet) have any friends who ride? There are plenty of cycling clubs and group rides happening all the time, but most of these are geared more towards serious/hardcore riders.

Understandably, this might be intimidating for a lot of folks. In Portland, that’s where Northwest Butts on Bikes comes in. Butts on Bikes — or BOB for short — might just be the answer.

The coolest thing about BOB is that it is truly open to all types of riders regardless of experience, equipment or anything else. Some rides are geared toward more experienced riders and some are geared toward complete beginners. There is truly a little something for everyone. And that is pretty cool.

According to the Website, BOB exists to:

  • Create a group that welcomes and supports anyone that wants to ride no matter what they wear, or what kind of gear they have, if they are a fair weather rider or the hardcore. Whatever the end goal a rider has, when it comes to riding a bike all should be welcomed!
  • Create a calendar rich with events that are diverse to all levels and groups within the great cycling culture we have in the Portland area. You should never be with out something to do cycling wise! Please pass on events to be added to the calendar!
  • Create a place for individuals to network with other cyclists in their local areas so if a rider is tired of riding alone, they can easily find others to ride with.

While I haven’t ridden with this group personally, I know a few people who have and they are big fans.

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Choosing the Right Seat Color — More Important Than You Might Think

May 4th, 2010

Most bicycle seats are black. But black is boring and there are a lot of other choices. When thinking about your options, it is important to consider other colors on your bike. For example, I like white seats and use white bar tape as do many pro racers. Another consideration is what you’ll be wearing on the bike. It is important that the bike seat color match your outfit. Some might consider this trivial. Some might not.

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Fuel for Cyclists

April 24th, 2010

View from the porch of the Horizon Guest House -- not a bad spot to blog

For the past 40 years, I’ve treated my mouth as a mobile garbage disposal, and I’ve got the body to prove it. That recently changed when I finally felt the difference between working out after a few days of eating crap vs. working out after a few days of eating healthy.

I think the reason I’ve never noticed this before because I’ve probably never eaten enough consecutive healthy meals in a row to make a difference. But it’s never too late to make a change — particularly when it is so helpful for cycling (more energy and less body weight are good things).

Now that I have had this experience, I’m finding that there actually are healthy meals that genuinely taste good. Here are a few of my discoveries.

1) Oatmeal — actually, this isn’t much of a discovery. This is one food I already knew was good fuel for cycling.

2) Perfect Foods Bars — The first time I tried a Perfect Foods Bar I actually had to call my food and fitness guru friend, Shannon, to help reassure me they were healthy — seriously, they taste that good. They make a much more pleasant alternative to Power Bars or even a good meal replacement.

3) Ken’s Race Day Waffles — I’ve yet to try these as we have no waffle iron, but, when it comes to cycling, my pal, Ken, knows his stuff. Politics is another matter, but that’s a different topic for a different blog. Recipe below.

4) Coconut WaterThis stuff is now packaged by a few different companies. Basically, it is the liquid found inside young, green coconuts. You find it at hippie health food stores. It is an awesome natural thirst-quencher and is LOADED with electrolytes. For some it is an acquired taste, but a taste worth acquiring. I crave it.

5) Rokit FuelRokit Fuel is a cereal designed for sports performance. And it does work as advertised. I have to be truthful — this stuff can sometimes be a little hard to choke down. It tastes a bit like bird seed (or at least what I imagine bird seed might taste like) and has a similar texture. I think this is because it pretty much is bird seed. Regardless, I will continue eating it because it works.

6) Horizon Guest House Wild Rice Cereal — The Horizon Guest House is an awesome place to stay on the island of Hawaii near Kona (home of the Iron Man Triathlon). I’m sitting on the back porch overlooking the ocean and the pool as I type this. It is a ridiculously pleasant place to blog. The owner serves what seems to be a healthy cereal made of complex carbs. It does have butter and sugar in it, which is probably why it tastes so good. Definitely nicer than Rokit Fuel. I look forward to making it at home and testing its effectiveness as a cycling fuel. The recipe is below.

Ken’s Race Day Waffles

1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 cup barley flour
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
4-tbsp flax seed meal
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2-tbsp brown sugar
2 cups soy milk (or regular milk, or a cup of each)
3 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs separated

In a medium bowl mix all the dry ingredients except for the pecans. In a large bowl beat the egg yolks, milk, oil and vanilla until blended. Gradually mix in the flour mixture. Stir in the pecans. In a small bowl beat the egg whites to soft peaks (I do this by hand with a whisk but you can use a mixer). Fold the egg whites gently into the batter. Bake using your waffle irons directions. Serve with a sliced banana on top and warm maple syrup. Add bacon or eggs on the side if you’d like some protein. You can also simplify by not separating the eggs but the waffles won’t be as light.

Horizon Guest House Wild Rice Cereal

8 c water
1/2 c wild rice
1/2 c pearl barley
1/2 c steel-cut oats
1/2 c bulgar wheat
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c chopped pitted dates
1/4 c dark brown sugar
3 tbs butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 F. Butter 2 1/2 qt ovenproof dish. In prepared dish, mix wild rice with remaining ingredients. Add water [I use boiling water to shorten the bake time]. Cover with foil and bake until grains are tender, water is absorbed and cereal is creamy [about 1 1/2 hours]. *About mid-way through, I usually take it out and add more water if needed & also stir. Store in refrigerator when cool and reheat servings as needed. May be frozen.

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