"Ride Like A Girl" Beginners Learn to Ride in a Group: East Bank Explanade

The Month of April will be devoted to gals who do not have group riding experience, or feel nervous about riding in a group. I'm asking the rest of you who have a little more "group riding time" to hang tight until May when we'll open the rides for everyone. We will likely repeat rides, so don't feel like you are missing out. In the meantime, you may want to checkout other Meetup Groups like: Women on Wheels, Out Spoke'n, or Num Bunz. Also remember PBOT's "Women on Bikes" and Shift2Bikes! Thank you for giving the "newbies" a chance to learn some of the basics and gain a little experience.

Slow & Easy Eastside Esplanade to Oaks Park (out and back) - 7 miles (plan 2 hours)

About the Ride: This is a a delightlful section of the loop around Portland's Willamette River and a great ride for newbies and "Nervous Nellies". Flat, beautiful views of the river and the city with a quiet forest-like section too. This is an easy paved path especially for bicyclists and pedestrians. No vehicles allowed, though you may also see skateboarders, roller bladers, and runners. This time of day, all "traffic" should be light. This will be an out-an-back, (turning around at Oaks Park). We willl take our time, take a short break at the half-way point, stay together and no one will be left behind. You may want to bring a light snack. Sorry, Guys, this is a women-only ride.

Learning Topic: Carolyn will share some things she has learned about Slowing, Stopping and Braking Techniques.

Parking and Meeting Point: Park at the East Bank Esplanade Parking lot (or on the street nearby). The lot is one block west of SE Water Ave at the end of SE Salmon Street. Parking lot charges $1.60 per hour (via machine). Surrounding street also appears to be metered, so bring some plastic to feed the meter and consider carpooling to save money.

The Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2246523 This is our route, created with an online tool called "Ride With GPS". I will usually post a link to the route so you can see where were are riding, zoom in for details, view the specs (distance, elevation gain, etc.), view the cue sheet (a turn-by-turn street guide of directions).


  • Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement for all NW Butts on Bikes rides. This is one of the basic (and simple) ways we protect ourselves from injury. Please don't forget your helmet!
  • Bring a right-size spare tube. If you get a flat, we can probably help, but you need to supply the tube!
  • Your bike must be in in good working order. If you're not sure, stop by a local bike shop and ask a mechanic to look it over for safety and basic ridability. Western Bikeworks on NW 17th and NW Lovejoy is one of many friendly shops that are happy to do this.Anything more technical than a flat and you may need to walk the route or call someone for help. Let's do our best to avoid those scenarios by having your bike in good shape!
  • Cell phone Never go on a ride without one!

Strongly recommended:

  • riding/cycling gloves helps keep a good grip in spite of perspiration; protects your hands from blistering, and protects your skin in the unlikely event of a fall.
  • sun/riding glasses (protection yourself from the sun and little flying bugs that can wreck your vision in an instant!)
  • Water: there is a water fountain or two along the trail, but don't think you can fill a bottle there; suggest bringing your own.

Restrooms: Don't recall seeing these at the parking lot. Water Avenue Coffee appears to be the closest coffee shop just 2-3 blocks away!

Weather Policy: This ride will only cancel for heavy rain. Light showers are no big deal, especially for such a short ride. Consider wearing a light wind breaker type jacket if showers are in the forecast. (I can't tell you how many times that days with showers in the forecast turned out to be dry and beautiful.)

Ride Leaders: Carolyn Jen & TBA

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  • Lori S.

    my first ride of the year. just right to stretch and get the feel of the trail again. real nice group. leader was communicative and the co-leaders were friendly. ...and who could complain about the weather? i'd love to do all the meet ups with this group but i am limited to meeting on mondays/tues. pooh.

    April 22, 2013

    • Carolyn J.

      Lori, check out 5/27 - we've got a Monday ride planned :)

      April 23, 2013

    • Lori S.

      that sounds great. i will plan on it.

      April 23, 2013

  • chris


    April 23, 2013

  • Sumathi M.

    Hi Carolyn, Had a lot of fun riding today.You make all of us feel very comfortable and confident with our bikes.The group was very friendly to ride with too.Once again thanks for doing this.Thank you Beth for waiting behind with me. See you on Thursday.

    1 · April 22, 2013

    • Carolyn J.

      Thanks, Sumathi. I'm delighted to hear you are feeling comfortable. That's an important part of the more important goal - to have fun!

      April 22, 2013

  • Theresa

    Hi Carolyn, what is the ride like on Thursday? Haven't been out much since our ride in Hillsboro. Do you go out after the short ride with the ladies for a longer ride?

    April 20, 2013

    • Carolyn J.

      Thursday we will do an out and back for a total of 8-9 mi. It is an easy ride and we will break in middle. There is only one ride planned

      April 20, 2013

  • pamela

    I have to work but id you do this on a Thursday or Friday or in the late afternoons, I am in!

    April 19, 2013

    • Carolyn J.

      Pamela, we've got another ride this Thursday. Perhaps you can join us then.

      April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have other plans on Monday.

    April 19, 2013

  • Beth D.

    I'll ride sweep.

    2 · April 19, 2013

  • Leslie B.

    Looking forward to learning more!

    April 18, 2013

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