Ride Like a Local
Group rides at local bike shops are a great way for visitors to immerse themselves in Oregon’s bike culture and find all the great rides locals love. So pump up those tires, grease that chain and get out and meet the locals at towns around the state. You’ll keep your riding fresh and meet new riders, too
Hood River’s Dirty Fingers Bicycle Repair shop has two fun-filled mountain bike rides on offer. “Post and Pint” takes place on Thursday evenings, leaving the shop at 5:30 p.m. for a hot lap in wooded Post Canyon and circling back to the shop for a beer. “Post and Pinot” on Wednesdays is a women’s-only ride that covers the same ground and ends with a pour of fine wine.
Cycle Sport, with stores in Medford and Ashland, has several weekly rides to keep your wheels turning. The Medford shop has a fast-paced Saturday morning road ride (not for lightweights!) and a new Tuesday ladies’ ride. Meeting times and places vary (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Ashland shop’s Thursday evening mountain bike ride runs year round up into the Siskiyou National Forest. Bring your nightlights for this one, which is a popular fall/winter adventure (Scott@roguecycle.com).
Corvallis Cyclery‘s weekly road rides land on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Wednesday night shop ride is touted as a “no-drop, friendly ride” for beginner to intermediate riders. Thursday’s ride is more of the “pound your chest, rip your legs off” variety, according to staff. Both start at the Corvallis Cyclery and cover at least 30 miles of scenic country back roads.
Join the River City Women’s Ride through Portland on Saturday mornings all year. It’s an intermediate road ride that usually covers between 20 and 50 miles of urban landscape and farmland on the longer routes. Ladies meet at River City Bicycles at 9 a.m.
Fast or slow, beginner or expert, gear up and get riding!
about author Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.
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