Dan Grabski | 1 Aug 04:37 2011
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Renting tandems

Hey shifty people.

Anyone know where in pdx one (or two rather) can rent a tandem? My
wife has wanted to try one, and I'm not willing to shell out money to
buy one without seeing if our very different biking styles would mesh
on a tandem, or go kaboom with her bludgeoning me in the back of the
head repeatedly.

She may bludgeon me in the back of the head anyway though.

Thanks, you beautiful people.
Dan

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M. Susan Dean | 1 Aug 14:30 2011
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Re: Renting tandems

Dan, Waterfront Bikes. http://www.waterfrontbikes.com/ They are super wonderful/helpful/accommodating there.

Have fun,
Susan

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~ Native American Proverb

On Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 7:37 PM, Dan Grabski <dgrabski <at> gmail.com> wrote:
Hey shifty people.

Anyone know where in pdx one (or two rather) can rent a tandem? My
wife has wanted to try one, and I'm not willing to shell out money to
buy one without seeing if our very different biking styles would mesh...
 


Jacqueline Authier | 1 Aug 17:17 2011
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Re: Renting tandems

Different riding styles are ok... as long as the lead respects the stokers insecurity about certain moves/responces, and the stoker understands the lead person's riding style... you need to anticipate his/her actions without having to think about it too much.  It's a pretty glorious experience, zooming around town town in perfect tandom with your partner!  Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee

On Sun, Jul 31, 2011 at 7:37 PM, Dan Grabski <dgrabski <at> gmail.com> wrote:
Hey shifty people.

Anyone know where in pdx one (or two rather) can rent a tandem? My
wife has wanted to try one, and I'm not willing to shell out money to
buy one without seeing if our very different biking styles would mesh
on a tandem, or go kaboom with her bludgeoning me in the back of the
head repeatedly.

She may bludgeon me in the back of the head anyway though.

Thanks, you beautiful people.
Dan

Sent from my iPhone

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roger noehren | 1 Aug 19:18 2011
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"Savvy cyclists take the lane"

This instructional video: http://cyclingsavvy.org/hows-my-driving/
cites Florida law, but applies in Oregon as well and makes some good
points.

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Byron Palmer | 1 Aug 19:44 2011
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Re: "Savvy cyclists take the lane"

Thanks for sharing this. The explanation is wonderful and goes with my way of thinking. Not that you don't get yelled at by drivers who think that you are not being nice by getting in their way. A guy in a large station wagon yelled at me on NW Glisan around 12th that I should pull over and be nice so I don't hold anyone up. He explained that he was a bicyclist and I should not get in the way of cars. I explained to him that I was being safe, which he couldn't understand.
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Michael Wade | 1 Aug 20:33 2011
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RE: "Savvy cyclists take the lane"

I am one who uses the bicycle as my primary means of travel in the city.  I do not find it necessary to be “in the lane”, because I use common sense and ride on low traffic streets.  I also drive sometimes and give the cyclists wide berth, but find it stressful and dangerous.  It takes my mind off of the other road issues and is terrifying that I might accidentally kill someone.  The fact that other drivers might be encouraged to become agitated (thereby taking their mind off of other road issues) and dangerous makes it even less sensible.

 

At the same time, I understand the need to slow traffic down so that everyone feels safe and we can get more people on bikes.  I want every non-heavy traffic street turned into a bike boulevard!  I traveled from Division and 22nd to the NE 1800 block on 40th last week, entirely on BBVD.  It was fabulous.  I ran into just a couple of cars the entire distance.

 

Michael Wade

 

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Thanks for sharing this. The explanation is wonderful and goes with my way of thinking. Not that you don't get yelled at by drivers who think that you are not being nice by getting in their way. A guy in a large station wagon yelled at me on NW Glisan around 12th that I should pull over and be nice so I don't hold anyone up. He explained that he was a bicyclist and I should not get in the way of cars. I explained to him that I was being safe, which he couldn't understand.
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flogthebog | 2 Aug 07:12 2011
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Re: RE: "Savvy cyclists take the lane"


Not to detract from your accomplishment of riding about 3 miles on low-traffic
streets in a part of town where that is easy to do, but not all parts of the
city are equal and not all sets of departure points and destinations make it
possible to repeat your feat, or at least not without going miles out of your
way.

Some bike routes have narrow lanes and no shoulder or sidewalk. There are
points where the intersections are not lined up straight so the cars drive
straight ahead and into the bike lane before they see the lines and move over.
Those are just 2 examples of situations when a cyclist might want to take the
lane as a safety measure, while using their common sense. 

j

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Michael Wade | 2 Aug 10:01 2011
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RE: RE: "Savvy cyclists take the lane"

I don't disagree, but I find cyclist who insist on riding up Hawthorne and
across on 20th (just two examples) to be adding tons of unnecessary risk.
In my time I have commuted to Tigard and Beaverton on my bicycle.  Believe
me I know that there are unavoidable conflicts, but I see taking the lane in
some pretty stupid places too.  

I look forward to the Bike Boulevard nirvana.

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Not to detract from your accomplishment of riding about 3 miles on
low-traffic
streets in a part of town where that is easy to do, but not all parts of the
city are equal and not all sets of departure points and destinations make it
possible to repeat your feat, or at least not without going miles out of
your
way.

Some bike routes have narrow lanes and no shoulder or sidewalk. There are
points where the intersections are not lined up straight so the cars drive
straight ahead and into the bike lane before they see the lines and move
over.
Those are just 2 examples of situations when a cyclist might want to take
the
lane as a safety measure, while using their common sense. 

j

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Brian Ventura | 2 Aug 17:23 2011

lost bike light

I lost my Night Rider 250 (NR 250) headlight this morning.  It is 2 
shades of gray/black with a covered USB port on the back.  I believe it 
would have happened on NE Broadway.  If anyone finds it, I would love to 
be reunited with it.

I ride from 60th and Broadway, across the bridge and northwest to NW 
23rd and York.  I am not sure where I lost it, but remember when a truck 
went by me, hearing an odd sound and thinking it was the truck...  Must 
have been my light falling off.

Thanks.

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Chad Smoot | 2 Aug 21:15 2011

Bikes + Volunteering = Awesome

Hey Folks,

I hope you are enjoying August so far--I've got a few volunteer opportunities coming up this month that I'd like to share with you:

August 6-7
Bike MS (MS 150) is a benefit ride the raises funds for Multiple Sclerosis research.  The ride take participants through the eastern metro area and out to Cascade Locks on a two day biking adventure.  We have a variety of volunteer positions on Saturday and Sunday.
MORE INFO:  BikeMSOregon.com

August 12
Portland Twilight Criterium takes over the North Park blocks with two high speed races, a handbuilt bike show, Portland's Favorite  food carts and a beer garden with happy hour starting at 4:00pm.  Our biggest need for volunteers is during Set Up and as Race Marshals.
MORE INFO:  PortlandTwilight.com

August 21
Portland Century takes riders on a scenic tour to the Columbia River, Bull Run and the outskirts of the urban growth boundary.  This premiere ride emphasizes  Portland's food culture with gourmet treats at the rest stops and a salmon dinner (and Widmer Beer) at the Finish Line Party, which all volunteers are invited to attend.

August 28
Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways will connect Laurelhurst, Col. Summers and the Clinton Street Bike Blvd.  The Hawthorne Street Fair coincides with Sunday Parkways to bring together community members from all over the city.  

Good Sport Promotion strives to produce the best rider and volunteer experiences.  We could not put on these events without the help and generosity of folks like yourself.  Please join us in making this a success--and all a volunteers get benefits too!  

Click on the MORE INFO link below each opportunity and feel free to email me with any question.

Thanks and have a great week,
 
Chad Smoot
Good Sport Promotion + Sunday Parkways
503.877.4758  |  GoodSportPromotion.com

UPCOMING EVENTS: GoodSportPromotion.com/events
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