“Coffeeneuring” Ride, Week Three: Overlook Park, 21 October 2014

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Well, it’s become apparent that this October is different than last October. We had a really good and dry October last year (preceded by an unusually wet September), this year it’s been a lot wetter. Not every day, mind you, but it’s been a bit harder to find “good” days. I’m glad that I went camping two weeks ago, because the last two weeks haven’t been good camping weather. It’s been pouring out today (about an inch and a half so far) and the rains are in the forecast for the indefinite future. So much for getting in another camping trip this month.

Anyways, I had Tuesday off, so it was one of my weekend days. It wasn’t raining yet, just a bit blustery, so I knew I needed to get out of the house ASAP to attempt Coffeeneuring Ride 3. Since I had to run a few errands in the area, I decided on Overlook Park in North Portland as the destination. Overlook offers a great view of the city (hence: Overlook) and as a bonus, there’s a covered picnic shelter if the weather went south.* I decided to bring the Trangia 27 set, aka the “stormcooker” set, as it is capable of handling the wind. Plus, there’s a kettle, which came in handy since I was going to drink tea instead of coffee. Yes, teaneurring!

Everything went off without a hitch. The Trangia boiled the water just fine, and I enjoyed my Twinings English Breakfast tea while eating a little lunch. And it didn’t rain!

COFFEENEURING TEANEURRING RIDE THREE, Tuesday 15 October 2014

  • Destination: Overlook Park, N Interstate Ave at Fremont
  • Bike: 1984 Raleigh Crested Butte
  • Length of ride: about 3.5 miles one-way
  • Coffee tea prepared by: Boiling some water. Duh.
  • Type of coffee tea: Twinings English Breakfast
  • Stove used: Trangia 27 set avec kettle

*Actually, the weather was coming in from the south.

For Sale: 1992 Bridgestone XO-3

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Yes, yes, the thinning of the herd continues, and I’ve decided to part with my Bridgestone XO-3. I’ve had it for a year and a half, have had fun with it, done a lot with/to it, but it’s time to move on, and sell it while it’s still in a “really good” state. This bike is ready for all-season commuting, touring, and adventuring.

Here are the pertinent deets:

  • 1992 Bridgestone XO-3
  • Size: 57 cm
  • Cro-moly fork/main triangle, hi-ten stays
  • 700C wheels. Front is a newish Quality Wheels one, rear a custom built one on a CR-18 rim
  • Schwalbe Little Big Ben 700x40C tires in brown! Bought early in summer. Good stout tires with plenty of life. Haven’t flatted yet.
  • Overhauled and updated drivetrain! Wide range double in front (46-26) with a seven-speed (13-34) in rear. New Shimano Acera rear derailleur. Gives you a gear range from about a 97 inch high to a 21 inch low. Good for climbing!
  • Nitto Mustache handlebars with Nitto Dirt Drop Stem.
  • New-ish Shimano Deore linear-pull brakes.
  • Avocet Touring II leather saddle.
  • SKS fenders.
  • And the biggie: full dynamo lighting! An AXA HR bottle dynamo powering a B+M headlamp and taillamp. Never worry about batteries again!

I’m looking to sell this for $350 in Portland, Oregon. Shipping is possible for an additional charge.

If you are interested, get in touch! You can leave a comment! (Don’t worry, all comments moderated, so your comment doesn’t have to be public if you don’t want to.) Or email me at urbanadventureleague@gmail.com if you are interested or have any other questions.

Maybe you’ll be the one to give this bike the love it deserves?

Sunset Burrito Club, 16 Oct 2014

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After a few days of rain, Thursday October 16 turned out to be a nice fall day: sunny, high 70F/21C. With the rain supposed to return on Friday, the mantra became clear: Get it in while you can. Nice weather will soon be a thing of the past. Lollygagging outside will not be pleasurable in another month. And hell, I didn’t really feel like cooking tonight anyway.

I got home from work, deposited a few things, grabbed a few others, stopped to get a burrito at Azteca, stopped at Plaid to get a beer, and headed over to the usual spot: The horseshoe curve on N Willamette Blvd along the bluffs above the Willamette. I got there just about 20 minutes before sunset, just in time. OPB provided the news of the day while I munched on my burrito and quaffed a beer. Goose Island 312 in a can. This is the first time I purchased this Chicago beer in Portland, they must have just made inroads. Appropriately enough, I’m consuming a Goose Island with Swan Island beneath me.

Soon the sun had set, the burrito eaten, the beer drunk. Onward through the streets of North Portland towards home on this beautiful October night. Get it in while I can.

Coffeeneuring Ride, Week Two: Fresh Pot, 15 October 2014

Sepia toned at Peninsula Park.

Last week my “weekend” consisted of nice weather. This week my “weekend”, Tuesday and Wednesday, consisted of crappy weather. This along with the want/need to do projects at home, did not lend itself to anything epic when it comes to Coffeeneuring. But Coffeeneuring doesn’t always need to be epic, right?

On Wednesday, October 15, I left the house and walked over to UpCycles on NE Dekum in the heart of Woodlawn to pick up the Crested Butte. Then I rode over to N Mississippi where I could not only pick up a basket for the Butte at North Portland Bikeworks, but I could pick up a coffee at the Fresh Pot!

The Fresh Pot is one of Portland’s long-standing “good” coffee shops, around since 1997. At one time it was considered one of the “hippest” shops in town, but since we’re overrun with twee pretentious coffee establishments, this is no longer the case. Sure, it is still a damn fine coffee shop, but you know how the whole buzz thing works. The Fresh Pot has always had a special place in my heart. I got to know it when I worked next door to the Hawthorne location in 2002. I really got to know the employees and owners since I went over there like twice a day (and many of the workers were customers at my shop as well.) Got to know them well enough that I got invited to their special five-year anniversary party at the N Mississippi location that year.* If I was one of those kinds of people, I’d mention the fact that all three members of Sleater-Kinney showed up to that party as well. But I’m not one of those kinds of people.**

Anyways, you probably get the point that there’s a bit of history with me and the Fresh Pot. But I haven’t been in here in ages. Still, when I went to the WC, I noticed that there is still a tfr Industries sticker on the old towel dispenser, visible beneath layers of newer stickers. I probably put it up in 2002 or 3, yeeps! Also visible is an old North Portland Bikeworks sticker from approximately the same era. Ironically enough, I’m working on their new sticker as we speak.

I got a cup of house coffee in my Klean Kanteen thermos and rode off into the misty October afternoon.

COFFEENEURING RIDE TWO, Wednesday 15 October 2014

  • Destination: Fresh Pot, N Mississippi Ave at N Shaver St
  • Bike: 1984 Raleigh Crested Butte
  • Length of ride: 5 mile “round-trip”
  • Coffee prepared by: I’m guessing either French Press or one of those industrial Bunn coffee makers.
  • Type of coffee: Stumptown!

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*It’s amazing that in almost 20 years, they’ve only grown to three locations. Besides the two mentioned, there’s one downtown.

**If you have to ask, Sleater-Kinney were one of the biggest alt-bands to come out of Portland.*** Sleater-Kinney featured Carrie Brownstein,**** now better known as the woman behind the TV show Portlandia. If you want to piss off a Portlandite, please ask us if we’ve heard of the show, and then if Portland is like the show.

***Yes, please tell me that they formed in Olympia.

****Also to note: Carrie Brownstein was also a customer at my shop, along with drummer Janet Weiss.

Oregon Archives Crawl

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I’ll be going! Will you?

Originally posted on Vintage Portland:

Just a reminder, the Oregon Archives Crawl is happening this weekend! Join us between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., in celebration of Oregon Archives Month.

We didn’t want to leave you without a photo. Remember to bring a friend!

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Upcoming Walk: The Stairways of Alameda Ridge, Sunday 26 October

A stairway on the Alameda Ridge. Photo by wikipedia user Axcordion. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Axcordion

Hello, all! Walktober is once again on us, three weeks of walking fun around Portland! And once again, I’m going to lead a walk. (Yes, I’ve done this in the past!) I always try to do something different for walks, something that isn’t as fun with bikes. And that’s stairs. This walk is centered around the them of the public stairways of the Alameda Ridge. Hope you can join us!

The stairways of the Alameda Ridge.
Sunday, October 26
Meet at 4, leave at 4:30 pm.
Meet At:
Case Study Coffee Roasters
5347 NE Sandy Blvd

The Alameda Ridge is a glacial feature running through Northeast. There are many stairways along the ridge, many built during the streetcar era when people on the ridge needed easy access to the lower lands to catch transit or just to shop. Many of them are tucked away between houses, and are not easy to spot, at least if you aren’t looking. We’ll follow the ridge and explore as many of these staircases as we can! Please note that we’ll be out a little after dark, and we’ll end at a spot where we can get food and adult beverages.

Report: Three Speed Ride, 11 October 2014

Originally posted on Society Of Three Speeds:
[gallery type="rectangular" ids="3602,3603,3604,3605,3606,3607,3608,3609,3610,3611,3612,3613,3614,3615"] I knew when I awoke to the sound of pouring rain around 5 am on Saturday morning, October 11th, that only the hardy–and hearty–will be out for the Three Speed Ride. Oh sure, the heavy rain was early, and it mostly didn’t rain during the…

Coffeeneuring Ride, Week One: Out in Ainsworth State Park, 8 October 2014

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Hello all! It’s another year of the Coffeeneuring Challenge put together by Mary over at Chasing Mailboxes. One coffeenuring ride a week for seven weeks, to be done on one’s weekend. Since I don’t have a traditional weekend, I get to choose one of my mid-week days off.

And why not start out with a good one? So I decided to incorporate my first ride with my camping trip to Ainsworth State Park in the Columbia Gorge on 7-8 October. It would be a long, leisurely ride, and of course I’d want coffee in the morning! I’d be using the Coffeeshop Sans Walls clause, of course.

And why not make coffee a good way? Of course I’d pull out my Esbit coffee maker, aka, Kaffeemaschine. It’s cute and gets the job done. And no one else doing the challenge is going to use one. (That’s my challenge to the rest of you participants!) If you’re going to ask questions about this device, look here first.

Here are all the pertinent details:

COFFEENEURING RIDE ONE, Wednesday 8 October 2014

  • Destination: Ainsworth State Park, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
  • Bike: 1992 Bridgestone XO-3
  • Length of ride: 26 miles to, 55 miles from
  • Coffee prepared by: Esbit coffee maker
  • Type of coffee: Some whatever crap that I got at Freddies
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