Archive for September, 2009

Clackamas River Ride

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
The ride starts at the end of the Oregon Trail. Alas, due to budget cuts, the covered waggons are uncovered.

Alas, due to budget cuts, the covered wagons are now uncovered

This is yet another sweet one. It starts in Oregon City where the giant uncovered covered wagons that signify the end of the Oregon Trail are located. A lot of these roads are the same as the beginnings of the Pygmy Goat Ride. These are actually the nicest bits of the Pygmy Goat Ride — the part that leaves off just before the epic sufferfest begins.

There is one short and very steep climb in the middle — you’ll know it when you get there. There is also a two-mile climb toward the end that is kind of a challenge. It seems like the top is always just around the next bend, but that isn’t how it works out (except, of course, for the final bend — then that’s exactly how it works out). Other than that, the ride is pretty sweet. The out-and-back portion is kind of random, but fun. It is a 1% grade for several miles. You can’t really tell you are climbing on the way out, but on the way back you can fly.

 

New Titus Bikes for 2010

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

As many of you know from my previous posts about my custom titanium bicycles, I’m a big Titus fan. They recently posted a video of their 2010 mountain bike line on Facebook. Pretty sweet looking stuff if you ask me. BTW, if you dig the Peter Frampton Mashup they use for the soundtrack in the video, visit the ATOM Website. I thought I didn’t like it at first, but I was wrong. If you like you can right click on any of the hyperlinks and choose “save link as” and you can download MP3s of the songs.

If you are in Portland and want to see what Titus has to offer, check out Cyclepath. Cyclepath is one of my two favorite Portland bike shops. They have great customer service and only deal in high-end bikes, making it a top Bike Porn destination.

Larch Mtn. Conquest!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Many professional sports photographers and videographers know that some of the best ways to chronicle an event is to focus less on the action itself and try to capture what is going on in the mind of the athlete. I think Art successfully captured the elation I felt at the summit of Larch Mountain.