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Portland OR(10 posts)

Portland ORgrassy knoll
Sep 24, 2001 2:48 PM
Vacationed there last week. Appears to be bike heaven. Went to coast, went to the gorge, bikes everywhere. Should I quit my job and become a bagboy at safeway to get a piece of this action. I live in Chicago and if I have to ride up and down
sheridan road one more time I'm going to scream. any info about the bike scene and Portland in general is appreciated. Thanks!
It rains hereMiklos
Sep 24, 2001 3:30 PM
I rains here a lot. This summer/fall is not representative of our typical weather. We are in the middle of a drought. Typical rain month to date is about 2.0" and I think we are at .01". That being said, it is a great place to live. In less than 2 hours you can be in high desert, skiing in the mountains or down at the beach. There are many different organized rides from flat rides to rides with or 10000' in 88 miles (Pedal the Pinchot). Just get good raingear and you can ride all year.

Miklos
Well...Ron B.
Sep 24, 2001 3:35 PM
Portland is a great place to be if you are a cyclist. There is a ton of diversity as far as places to ride. You can hit the mountains for some serious climbing, you can also find lots of flat areas to ride. There is the dry desert of the east, and the wetter/lusher valleys and coast. There is also a very large cycling community here as well as lots of cycling shops.

As far as riding time goes the summer and fall are great here. It doesn't get that hot and it's not that windy here either. The winter really sucks as it rains tons and the spring can be off and on.

Portland has been rated one of the best citys in the country for cycling, which can't be all that bad. There a lots of cycling lanes for bike commuting and you can take you bikes on the MAX as well.

The question is whether it is worth packing up and moving here. I moved back last year but that was because my wife and I had to get out of Oklahoma and we had family here to stay with until we got back on our feet. If you are a cycling fanatic and have the ability to move I'd recomend it. If you have a good stable job and don't mind Chicago all that much then I'd stay where you are now.
Well...Birddog
Sep 24, 2001 7:34 PM
Yeah, on those days when you can see Mt Hood, Portland can be charming and seductive. BTW where were you in OK, I'm still stuck in OKC. The cycling is the only thing I like here.
I was in...Ron B.
Sep 24, 2001 8:55 PM
Weatherford for 7 years going to school and Elk City for a year after graduating. Weatherford is about 75 miles west of OKC on I-40 and Elk City is about 40 miles farther west on I-40.

I did like the mountain bike club there, they were a bunch of great guys. They definatly made riding there more fun than the trails were.
I was in...Birddog
Sep 25, 2001 6:10 AM
You probably hung out down at Jerry's all night Cafe drinking coffee instead of hitting the books and getting that Pharmacy degree. You are a Pharmacist right? Just kidding, but it seems like everybody who goes to SW gets a degree in Pharmacy. Oh, and I forgot, there is always upscale dining at T Bones and more moderate fare at K Bobs. Elk City is another matter. I guess Brams is the best place to whoop it up and celebrate.
There used to be a pretty good multi sport guy out at Canute who's name escapes me at the time, ever ride with him?
No Pharmacist here...Ron B.
Sep 25, 2001 5:02 PM
But I wouldn't mind the money that they make. I know a lot of people that went through their pharmacy program and I have no desire to go through what they do. I played during my college days getting a degree in Recreation and an advanced degree in Counseling, not much studying here.

Yea, it's pretty sad when K-Bobs and the T-Bone are the upscale places to eat. My wife actually misses Braums and Sonic, which I do have to admit those Pie Shakes were pretty good.

Never met the guy from Canute, but there are a few good riders from that area. I guess when you battle winds every direction you ride you have to get fast when you don't have wind.

I couldn't stand the lack of trees, muddy rivers, intense heat in the summer and cold in the winter, lack of hills to go up or down, constant winds and lack of good music. So we packed it up and moved to Oregon, life is good.
re: Portland ORlunchrider
Sep 25, 2001 2:28 PM
great place for bikes, whatever you like. but it does rain. coming down in buckets right now. but some decent gear and it doesn't matter. i only missed a couple of days all year.
check out the Portland Wheelman website
Oregon windsStarliner
Sep 25, 2001 7:47 PM
Which way does the wind blow along the coast? From the north or from the south? Does it change depending on the seasons?

I've been thinking of hopping a train with my bike from the SF Bay area and riding back from Portland along the coast. Even if it's raining. But I'd want favorable winds. And dry places to spend the night.
thanksgrassy knoll
Sep 26, 2001 2:54 PM
thanks for the input. major descision on where to relocate. I think I can deal with rain better than long winters and limited riding. I am also an avid hiker and the city doesn't offer much. hey starliner do the ride down the coast. not sure about the wind. I saw a lot of cycle tourists going down the coast. most were going north to south. unbeatable scenery.