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Cycling in Portland, Oregon(5 posts)

Cycling in Portland, OregonAndy
Oct 14, 2002 7:31 PM
I lived in Portland for a year back in 1995-1996. I did not have a road bike back then and I never really noticed the cycling scene while I was there. I would like to move back some day and was wondering... How is Portland as far as cycling? Do they have a lot of good places to road bike? Do they have a velodrome there? How about a weekly crit series? Lots of road races?

And finally... how do you ride during the rainy months? The last time I rode in the rain around here I was sucking water from the wheel in front of me. Do you wear some type of mouth guard or do you just keep your mouth shut while in the pace line?
Rated #1 cycling city in the US...Ron B
Oct 14, 2002 8:23 PM
Yes there is a velodrome, but it's an outdoor velodrome. They offer $5.00 bike rentals and lessons if you want to learn how to ride a fixed gear.

There are lots of places to ride, lots of clubs and lots of races. They have a weekly racing series at Portland International Raceway, a cyclocross season and lots of mountain biking in the area.

Riding in the rain does suck and I tend to pack it up in the winter. I'll ride my trainer instead of ride in the rain.

It's a good place to live if you like to ride. Finding a job is a whole nother story as it's the highest unemployment rate in the nation.
You want to what?burdiman
Oct 14, 2002 10:47 PM
I know how defensive you Portlanders get but dude. I don't know how much Portland paid for that rating in Bicycling but they are smoking crack.

My parents have lived up there for 6 years and are ready to get the hell out of the wetness. It would be a great place to ride if it were dry more than two months out of the year.

If you move to Portland, sell your bike and take up rainy sports like....oh wait there aren't any which is why Portland has the fattest kids in the nation.....hmmmmm.
We really have the fattest kids? I bet deep fried Twinkies...PdxMark
Oct 15, 2002 7:47 AM
in Arkansas (really) will get us out of the hole, if you're right.

Well, yes, depite a gloriously beautiful day here today, it can be grey and soggy for weeks at a time during the winter. It can drive some Sun worshipers (pagans, really) insane. A good friend who grew up in Austin had to get out of Portland. But some of us like the grey.

I grew up in sunny California, in a suburb of San Francisco. A fine place in it's day. Probably almost heavenly 50 years ago... But there are 30-40 million people there now. Too many for me. But if you want a city, not just a college town, that is seriously dedicated to bicycles as a form of recreation and as an actual transportation tool, then Portland is your place. You can get on your bike in the middle of Portland and ride out through town in almost any direction on a pleasant nice route. It's also liberal too, so be warned if you're not.
Summers are quite nice...Slowclimber
Oct 15, 2002 10:30 AM
You have to take the good with the bad in Portland.

June - September is generally beautiful here. Generally the temps here are in the upper 70's to lower 80's (may see a week of 90's in August), virtually no rain and little wind. You also get long days for lots of after work riding.

The months of April, May and October are hit and miss. Half the month it's really nice and the other it's raining.

The months of November-March are generally rainy and and the sun doesn't stay up very long.

People tend to remember the negative about anything and the rain does dominate in the winter. People always forget how beautiful the summers are here. If you want year round sun, Portland is not the place to live. If you can handle rain in the winter (which is when you don't ride much here anyway due to a lack of sun as well as the rain) then it's a nice place to live.

There however are lots and lots of country roads, diverse areas to ride (flats - hills - mountains) and a very strong cycling community.

Portland deserves the title of #1 cycling city because of it's pro-active stance on cycling not beacause of the weather.