7 Bikes for 7 Wonders: The Oregon Coast

June 1, 2015

Each of the 7 Wonders of Oregon offers a different, exciting ride. To celebrate this, we asked seven of the best bicycle builders in the state to each build a one-of-a-kind bicycle, one for each of our 7 Wonders. This bike was built for the Oregon Coast.

In some places, riding is as much a state of mind as it is a physical activity. Joseph Ahearne captures the feel of riding alongside the ocean perfectly: “At the beach you’re really riding with no destination in mind — it’s the trip itself that is the draw. It’s such a unique environment that just moving around in it is beautiful.”

This ethereal sense of environment was the driving force behind the fat-tire beach cruiser he designed and built for riding at the Oregon Coast. There’s no mistaking this bike for anything other than what it is: the giant 4-inch-wide tires tell you that this is an all-terrain vehicle, able to ride on virtually any surface – including a sandy beach.

“It’s interesting that fat bikes were originally designed for snow – you can plow through just about anything on this bike,” he says. That capability is enhanced by some of the design elements; besides the cartoonish tires, the gearing is purposely very low to allow the rider to spin through loose sand or dirt, and the frame features a semi-step-through top tube that’s slanted severely downward for easy jump-off in a tight spot.

And Joseph was sure to imbue the bike with some of the laid-back nature of the beach culture – it has a front rack designed to carry two six-packs to a beach party, plus a flask carrier for enjoying a relaxed drink while viewing a coastal sunset. And the bike frame is painted a shade of blue meant to reflect the ocean.

The total package adds up to one overall experience for the rider: “First and foremost, this bike is fun. The first time I got on a fat bike – it was that sense like the first time I ever rode a bike: a weird freedom, and a giddiness. On this bike you feel you can literally go anywhere.”

This bike is size medium/large, suitable for those 5’8″ to 5’11″ tall.

Additional Resources

This bike was found by Mark Hendrix at Cape Blanco State Park on August 1, 2015.

Learn about the other 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders.

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