National Train Day Ride: Saturday 10 May

Reminder: The ride is THIS SATURDAY! Come along if you can.

Urban Adventure League

Hello folks! It’s getting to be that time of year again, time for the National Train Day Ride! I had scads of fun co-leading this thing last year. And once again I’m co-leading with Dan from Cafe Unknown and Sir Andrew. It’s going to be shorter this year, and loop around the central city. Here are the details!


Saturday May 10, 11 am to 3 pm

Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave, Portland (Meet by stone obelisk in front of station, at corner of 6th & Irving)

Experience how Portland history has been shaped by rails. This 10-15 mile ride is a joint project of Urban Adventure League, Dan Haneckow of Cafe Unknown, and Sir Andrew. This ride will start at Union Sta. and head to sites around the central city, ultimately ending at the Oregon Rail Heritage Museum near OMSI in SE. Ride not a…

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Portland Tweed Ride, Sunday 13 April

Portland Tweed Ride 2014 flyer, a photo by urbanadventureleaguepdx on Flickr.Yeah, the flyer has been a slow process, my apologies. But the PDX Tweed Ride is happening next month! Don't forget to check out the website,

The Return of the Wayfarer 2: Electric Boogaloo

Society Of Three Speeds

2014-03-09 15.56.19One of the best things about Saturday’s Three Speed Ride was it was the first time I had ridden my Raleigh Wayfarer in weeks. Yes! I know! The Presidente not riding a three speed for so long. And astute readers of this blog (all three of you) may be feeling a sense of deja vu, as I just posted a month ago about my lack of Raleigh riding and promises to ride it more.

Well, shortly after that last post, I got a flat again, this time on the front wheel. I knew that the Schwalbe Delta Cruisers were getting long in the tooth and I had plans of getting new tires. But I was hoping to wait until the secret “Wayfarer 2.0” project was to begin. It now became clear that the Delta Cruisers were past the point of no return, and if I was going to ride this…

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Reminder: Three Speed Ride Saturday 8 March!

Yep, it’s less than 48 hours away!

Society Of Three Speeds

Hello friends and fiends. It’s barely two days until the inaugural Three Speed Ride of 2014! Hope you are excited. I sure am.

And the weather looks like it will be on our side, mostly, hopefully. This week has been quite rainy in these parts, but it’s supposed to remain dry until Saturday evening. And how about the high temperature: 65F/18C! The highest temperature for 2014 so far! But don’t throw caution to the wind, it’s still advisable to bring your old waxed cotton rain cape (the one that smells like burnt crayon) “just in case”.

Here are some important things to note about this ride. Please read, especially if you have never been on this ride before:

  • Please bring your three speed (duh!) But don’t worry if you don’t have one, “ride what you brung”. If you have an option between a performance bike and a non-performance bike, go…

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In the mail

I get a “shout-out” from Nicholas on his latest blog post.

gypsy by trade

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A kitchen and a mailbox are perhaps the greatest features of living in town.  A bed is overrated, as is multiple bike ownership.  Jobs are alright, for a time.  

In the past few weeks, I’ve been lucky to receive many interesting things in the mail, including correspondences from old friends, kind offers from new friends, and a few items ordered from faraway.  Somehow, I’m swimming in stickers.  

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From Portland, OR

A friend in Portland sent a handwritten letter with updates.  We talk about new bikes, old bikes, and bike trips, mostly.  Shawn Granton is the illustrative genius behind many notable comix and zines related to bicycles, Portland, and travel.  He’s the guy behind the Urban Adventure League blog, the Zinester’s Guide to Portland, and the Bicycle Touring Primer.  He has also crafted many illustrations for local Portland bicycle events, and is a regular contributor…

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Bridgestone XO-3: Current Status

Hello there, friends. It's been awhile since I've talked at length about any of my bikes. And why not talk about my 1992 Bridgestone XO-3? I'll have had it for a year in April, and since then I've changed a lot of bits a number of times. Right now it's morphed into a daily driver/"road"ish... Continue Reading →

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