"Ride Like A Girl" Beginners Explore Sellwood + Lunch at Cartlandia

Exploring Sellwood with Lunch at Cartlandia (about 25 miles)

About the Ride: Okay, I have finally reworked the plan for this ride and it's going to be fun! We will start in NW Portland at Western Bike Works and over coffee, we'll talk about how to read and follow a bike map (a great skill to have for meandering around this Great City!). Then, YOU will lead ME to Sellwood and out the Springwater Corridor to Cartlandia, the SE Portland Food Cart Pod that welcomes cyclists and offers endless choices of ethnic and Americana cuisine! After lunch, we will return to Sellwood (via the route of YOUR choosing) and check out several Sellwood points of interest, such as:

• Reed College

• Eastmoreland neighborhood

• Rhododendron Garden

• Share-it Square

• Garthwick neighborhood

Many of you have been riding with me all Spring & Summer. We've learned a lot and this ride will help us put many of our new skills to use: cycling on bike paths and roads via  bikeways & bike paths, riding safely as a group, practicing good ergonomics, planning a route, and having fun!

The Route: Well, now, that will be up to YOU!

Lesson: How to read and follow a bike map

Parking: Come a bit early to find a parking spot. Consider carpooling to make it easier (and cheaper). If you drive north of Western about 4-5 blocks you'll find free street parking and options for up to 5-hour parking. I don't know how long the ride will be, but I don't think we'll exceed 5 hrs, estimating closer to 4, but that's a guess. Please expect the ride to be longer than our usual rides.

 

Required:

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!

No ear buds please

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: Available at the trailhead - just remember to bring your bottle.

Restrooms: Available at Western and along the Springwater Corridor.

Pace and Terrain: This is a beginner ride with an easy pace of 12-14 mph. This is a comfortable riding speed for new cyclists and beginners. It is mostly flat on both paved bike trails and roads. Using the scale below, I would rate as B2. For more information, contact Carolyn at [masked] or[masked]-3534.

Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides

Flatland Windless Cruising Pace

· A 12 & Under

· B 13-14 MPH

· C 15-16 MPH

· D 17-18 MPH

· E 19-20 MPH

· F 21-23 MPH

Terrain/Climbing Rating

· 1 = Flat

· 2 = Flat/Rolling

· 3 = Rolling

· 4 = Rolling / Hilly

· 5 = Hilly

· 6 = Hilly Mountainous

· 7= Mountainous

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 [masked]

Ride Like A Girl is a subgroup of Northwest Butts on Bikes Meetup group. It is a beginner cycling group for women who want to improve their cycling and bike safety skills. For more information contact [masked]

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  • Chelsey

    Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who was at this meetup for being so welcoming and helpful! I had such a blast and am excited to do more upcoming rides!

    1 · September 29, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: So what's a little rain?!!!!

    KGW weather report indicates that the heavy rain is not coming till Saturday and today's will be "average for this time of year." Soooooo, I will lead a ride if at least 3 of you want to join me! It's actually a great opp to get past any fear you may have of biking in the rain. You may, like me, discover that so long as you're not cold, in pain, or hungry, it can be liberating and fun to get wet.

    What to wear? Suggest a rain jacket (with warm layers underneath), rain pants if you have them (I don't, so I just wear long bike pants and my legs get wet), a cover for your helmet (shower cap is an alternative if you don't have a helmet rain cover). A cap under your helmet can reduce the rain on your face. Is this sounding fun yet? Don't over think this. "Ride a Kid", come out and play, be ready for an adventure, and maybe throw a towel in the car - LOL! We'll keep it short and fun - and the group can decide the distance.

    1 · September 27, 2013

    • Amy C.

      First ride in the rain and it wasn't that bad! Thanks Carolyn for making it a great day!

      1 · September 27, 2013

    • Sheri B.

      first rain ride for me too...and I loved it!!

      September 29, 2013

  • linda g.

    Never thought riding in the rain could be so much fun! Thanks Carolyn for your encouragement & get up and go attitude!!! Your an awesome leader!!!!

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Deborah

    The cycling maps are a great Portland resource (someone spent a lot of time making them, i can tell) which, thanks to you, Carolyn, I have a new awareness of.

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    What spirit you all have! Thank you for coming out on a wet day for the Bike Map class - and BRAVO to the eight of you who ventured out into the rain for a 13-mile ramble. Well done! October schedule is filling up - it will be the last month that I schedule "Ride Like A Girl" rides before taking a break for the winter. Hope you can make it to some (or all) of those rides too.

    1 · September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all for a fun ride. A few raindrops can't keep an Oregonian inside. Good presentation Carolyn. Thank you.
    Hope to ride with you all again.

    2 · September 27, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    I am sending by email a copy of the How to Read A Bike Map lesson to everyone but 4. I don't have addresses for Amy, Chelsey, Donna, or Carla. This site does not allow me to include attachments to emails so I have to maintain a separate email list. If you would like a copy, just send me an email address and I will forward. You can send to [masked]

    September 27, 2013

  • Sheri B.

    It was such a great day --lesson and ride --in our beautiful NW rain! I see now exactly what you've shared Carolyn...as long as I'm not cold, hungry or in pain, what's a little rain? So true! I now get it...it was awesome. And the map reading lesson was so valuable! Thank you once again Carolyn. I'm so so grateful!!

    2 · September 27, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    See email regarding possible ride scenarios. I will update/confirm by 8 AM Friday morning. CHECK BACK HERE for the update!

    1 · September 26, 2013

    • Chelsey

      I will also ride per scenario #3 in the email if showers are light. Since I don't really have experience riding in the rain, if you have any preparation tips/gear recommendations that would be great. Worst case, I will be there for the map lesson. :)

      September 26, 2013

    • Carolyn J.

      Brave girls! Can we find one more?

      September 27, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    don't forget those reading glasses ;)

    September 27, 2013

  • Amy C.

    I'd love to ride, but no experience riding in wet weather. I'll be there either way --been looking forward to it!

    September 27, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    We will be reading maps. Will you need your reading glasses?!?!?

    September 26, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    Prepare to ride. Worst case, we will shorten our route, but let's go with the assumption that rain will come late in the day! Of course, we'll get a better picture in the morning. Regardless, our coffee gathering will go ON with a lesson on how to read a bike map. I will post again in the morning by 8:00 AM with any updates.

    September 26, 2013

  • Sheri B.

    And the weather right now looks like it will be dry in the morning and early afternoon! Of course, as we know the forecast can change quickly...fingers crossed!!

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Even if we don't ride, I'm game for meeting at Western. Need to be in that neighborhood anyway.

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    Weather may impact our ride tomorrow but not the Bike Map Reading lesson. Stay tuned, I'll keep you posted here.

    September 26, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    Volunteers needed! We have several points of interest included in this bike ride. If you would be willing to do a 5-minute Google search on one of them and then share what you learned with the rest of us (during the ride), then it will be much more enjoyable. If this sounds fun, please select one POI and let us know you've got it covered:

    • Reed College
    • Eastmoreland neighborhood
    • Rhododendron Garden
    • Share-it Square
    • Garthwick neighborhood

    September 19, 2013

    • Susie

      Hi Carolyn, I will take the Rhododendron Garden.

      1 · September 25, 2013

    • Carolyn J.

      Thanks Everyone.

      September 26, 2013

  • Michael Rory C.

    Would you be welcoming of a 65+ man?

    September 23, 2013

    • Carolyn J.

      Thanks for your interest, Michael. We are a group just for gals. I sent you an email with suggestions on other cycling groups you may find interesting.

      September 23, 2013

  • Val J.

    Hi, I am looking forward to meeting everyone on my first ride with this group. . Here's hoping for a beautiful crisp fall day for our ride. I can Google info on Reed College.

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will tackle Eastmoreland if no one else wants it.

    September 19, 2013

  • linda g.

    this should be a great ride!

    August 7, 2013

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