Portland Bike Trails

We rode the nearly complete Sweetwater bike trail in Portland on Sunday. We were almost lost until we met a local that showed us the way back to town and rode with us through the Hawthorne district, Mt Tabor neighborhood, and more.

When it’s complete, the Sweetwater corridor will offer a 40 mile loop to a town that’s already as bike friendly as you can get.



No warmers

Yesterday marked the first ride without arm and leg warmers or a vest! Summer arrived with an absolutely beautiful day in Seattle. A breeze kept the temps in the low 80s and we rode a relaxed ride around Lake Washington.

Today it’s going to be even hotter and we’re headed to Portland to ride, meet with clients, and race on Monday night.



Be the life of your bike gathering

Popular Science | Build a Backyard Theater

Popular Science built a rolling outdoor projector, capable of projecting movies onto the side of a building. They built theirs on a beefy stainless steel chassis and used what appear to be fixed 16” lawnmower wheels, but you could probably build the same equipment onto a CycleTote bare trailer if you built some vibration isolation into the mount.

LumenLab offers do-it-yourself kits and replacement parts for the projector.



Picture of the day

bicycle race

bicycle race, by beta karel.



Derailleur deployed: Rider diary from Iraq

VeloNews | Sustaining Sanity in Iraq: The Chow Race

VeloNews has been printing a series of diary entries by Maj. Jason Bryan, a serviceman in Iraq who is keeping his sanity through daily “perimeter rides” around his base, 18.5 kilometers (about 11 miles) to a lap.

He’s doing a lap in the morning and a lap in the evening, and has been averaging about 100 kilometers/week. For June, he’s set a goal of 1000 kilometers, and says his VeloNews celebrity has motivated him: He’s through 800 kilometers with almost 2 weeks to go. He’s thinking about whether he could do 1600 kms, or 1000 miles. He set a new personal best this week of 36:04, and discusses the big advantage his bike gives him when it’s time for chow hall.

Some things never change: He’s got to contend with dogs on his rides, and the desert is hard on components, so he’s learning how to do maintenance. On the other hand, I’ve never come across two cobras on a ride.

Despite the trying conditions, Maj. Bryan is clearly One Of Us.

Maj. Bryan’s diary entries:

June 5: Letter from Iraq: Not your usual road hazards

June 7: Sustaining Sanity in Iraq: A Soldier’s Bicycle Journal

June 12: Sustaining Sanity in Iraq: What a long, strange trip it’s been



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