Since its inception over 12 years ago, Mountain Bike Oregon has drawn thousands of mountain bike enthusiasts from all over the country and around the world. With over 100 miles of steep, rooty, rocky, flowy single track trails—all within a few miles of each other—Oakridge offers something for everyone, from adventuresome beginner to advanced endurance rider. Every year, MBO serves up the trails with a side dish of hot summer entertainment and all the food and drink you can handle.
Yesterday I took off a little early to participate in being part of the solution to an ongoing problem here in the Portland area, the almost complete lack of mountain bike trails within riding distance. In 1992, with the help of voter approved funds, Metro (an organization headed by elected officials encompassing Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties), purchased four parcels of land in the North Tualatin Mountains, just north of Forest Park here in Portland. Recently, Metro has had a number of open houses to get community feedback on how to proceed with development and preservation of these parcels. Those of us who like riding mountain bikes saw this process as an opportunity to create a network of mountain bike trails we could get to without a car. During meeting #2 in December, mountain bikers represented about 200 of the 250 people who showed up at the remote Skyline Grange hall. I wanted to make sure we were represented again yesterday.
Even though every month feels like bike month to those of us in Portland and in the bike industry, May is officially National Bike Month. Championed by the League of American Bicyclist's, a national organization advocating for and promoting bicycling, the month has some core events, with many cities and states adding additional ones of their own. The national events are: Bike to School Day, May 9; Bike to Work Week, May 14-18; and Bike to Work Day, May 18. These and other local events, along with the brightening weather, should help get our industries busy season off to a good start by getting more people out on their bikes and into shops for maintenance and supplies - which is always something to celebrate. The national event website has more information and links to various regional events. For those of you in Portland - check out the cities official event calendar, and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance's glossary and guide to the month. Enjoy riding and promoting cycling this month. See you on the road, and in the shops!
Cyclone Bicycle Supply is excited to be attending the Pedal Nation PDX Bicycle Show this weekend (March 24 and 25) right here in our corner of the bike universe. Cyclone's own Matt Case and Jeremy Bentham will be creating consumer interest for our customers by staffing the Rubena tires booth and more of our staff will be roaming the show to meet our industry colleagues and see what's going on out there! The show will have entertainment and activities for all ages, lots of bikes, gear and apparel displays, live demos, speakers, and a bike swap. Get the full lowdown on the show from Pedal Nation's site pedalnationevents.com, which has a full schedule, a 2 for 1 coupon and plenty of info. See you there!
Cylone Bicycle Supply of Portland, OR and Melborne, AUS based KNOG are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the new BLINDER series of LED bicycle head and tail lights. The new BLINDERS four super bright LED’s pump out 80 lumens of front light and 44 lumens of rear light, and the anodized aluminum face is sonically welded to a polycarbonate housing. The optimized optics focus the beam and directs the light making the Blinder brighter and visible over 800 meters. The light features 5 different modes with a three hour constant run time and up to 50 hours in the eco-flash mode. A “last mode” memory function will return the light to its last mode when the light is turned off/on. The 39g lights are 100% waterproof and have a built-in USB recharging system that fully charges the lithium polymer battery in 5 hours. A battery warning indicator will turn red when the battery is low or charging, and green when fully charged.
I decided to volunteer for the BTA (Bicycle Transportation Alliance) this year at the Manifest. An old buddy by the name of Tom Rousculp needed people to help, and although I should probably be dead last to tell people how to commute on a bike (I ride like a jerk, always have and see no point in changing) I wanted to help out a bud so I put some lipstick on the pig and made nice nice with my “fellow” commuters. I worked the booth on Friday with the BTA’s lovely Margaux and then on Saturday with several other volunteers. I handed out stickers and pins, signed up people for the email list, signed up people for the SRAM X.7 drivetrain give-away, and even got a few people signed up as full dues paying BTA members.