The Best Coffee in Portland Challenge Ride - 26 miles and flat

A good ride for our new members who are asking for leisurely rides on Portland's East side. Someone gave me a list of the six best coffee roasters in Portland, so of course I must ride to them all. Can we really drink six cups of coffee in one ride? I don't know, but it's a nice loop around town and less of a hangover than hitting seven brewpubs.

The Ride: A sane 26 miles, mostly flat except for the ride over the St. John's Bridge. Start near Grand and Main, cross the Hawthorne Bridge to downtown and the Pearl District, then up St. Helens Road, over the St. John's Bridge, along Willamette Blvd past the University campus, ride across NE. Portland and finally south on designated bike routes to Cellar Door Roasters our last coffee house near 11th and Harrison. 

Map and Cue Sheet: posted at: Please download and print your own if you want a copy.

Time: Meet and Greet -- Saturday the 27th, 8:00 at Coava Coffee Brew Bar, 1300 SE Grand Av.   Ample street parking - or ride to the start if you live in SE Portland!

Wheels Spinning by 8:30 SHARP If you're not ready to pedal by 8:30 we may leave without you!

Pace: A totally social ride. This is not a training ride - it's a long coffee break on wheels. Besides, you can't really ride fast in the city anyway. We might not stop at all six coffee places, but we'll stop at as many as the group is up for. The pace will be leisurely, and we'll wait at all turns so no one gets lost.

Traffic: This is an urban ride, mostly streets that the City has designated as bike routes.

Ride Leader - Rad Justice Cell[masked] email [masked]
Bring - Money, if you're trying out coffee places. A lock would be a good idea :). Spare Tube (the RIGHT SIZE, please!) And as always, a sense of humor.

So, which six coffee places, anyway? Cellar Door, Sterling, Ristretto, St. John's, Extracto and Coava. I saw this list on someone's Facebook post, so it's totally authoritative!

Comments from all you coffee experts are welcome and expected.

Weather Policy: Hard rain will cancel but we will ride in intermittent showers. Right now the forecast looks pretty good.

And of course --Helmets are Mandatory; this is a requirement. Obey traffic laws and remember you are representing the biking community, so represent us well.

Have the CORRECT spare tube for your bike, and a pump that fits your valves.

Please make sure your bike is in good working order.

Any questions? - feel free to call the ride leader at the cell phone # above - we're here to help!

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  • Radfield J.

    Thanks everyone for your kind words and energy on this ride. I have planned a mid week climbing ride for those of you are interested.

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a nice group and fun day!

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun ride, good coffee, nice conversation!

    July 27, 2013

  • Michael H.

    Nice route, good coffee!

    July 27, 2013

  • Natalie M.

    Sorry I won't be able to join this ride. It sounds great.

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Rad, I am sorry but I am not going to be able to ride with you until late Nov at the earliest. I am leaving next Tuesday for Van. Can to begin a ride to Key West FL

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any idea how long you expect this ride to last?

    July 24, 2013

  • Radfield J.

    I have altered the route a bit based on feedback from the group. We will be meeting at the Coava Coffee Brew Bar to start and end at the Cellar Door.

    It should be a LOW PRESSURE, FUN Ride. Meet some new friends and drink some great coffee.

    What a good way to spend a Saturday Morning

    July 23, 2013

  • Michael H.

    A potentially useful note on one of the shops. I live right around the corner from Sterling. It is probably one of the best coffees I've had in Portland (so far) but the shop is VERY small. If our group is more than a few people it might not be the best place for a rest stop.

    July 20, 2013

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