Archive for May, 2010

Portland Ride of Silence May 19, 2010

Friday, 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.

Butts on Bikes — Organized Riding for All

Friday, 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.

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

Tuesday, 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.