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"Ride Like A Girl" Beginners ride to SE (Cartlandia for lunch)

UPDATE - EARLY START OPTION!

The bike path under the Tilikum Bridge has just opened and I want to check it out! For anyone that is also interested, meet me at 9:00 AM on the east side of the Steele Bridge (bike path). We will ride 5 miles along the east bank to Sellwood Park where we will meet everyone else at 9:30 for the planned ride (below).

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Sellwood Park to Cartlandia via Sellwood, Eastmoreland, and the Springwater Trail - plus lunch! (14 miles)

About the Ride: Starting from Sellwood Park we will work our way through Sellwood and Eastmoreland and the Springwater Trail. It will be a combination of roadways, bike lanes, and bike trails so we can practice our new "biking on the road" skills introduced on the 6/30 bike ride. And yes, we'll review the basics on this ride too. For our break we'll stop for lunch at Portland's iconic "Cartlandia" selecting from 30-ish food carts (or you can pack your pwn).

The Route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5181191

Lesson: Review of road biking basics (attend the 6/30 ride for a full lesson on road biking 101).

 Required:

• Helmets must be worn at all times while riding.  This is one of the basic ways we protect ourselves from injury.

• 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 rideability.  Help us avoid those unexpected breakdowns since we do not have mechanical support on our rides. 

• Cell phone : In case you have bike trouble and need someone to pick you up. 

• No ear buds or listening devices.  For safety reasons, please leave your music at home or in the car.  We need all riders to be fully alert; wearing ear buds can be a distraction and increases the risk for the group.

Strongly recommended:

• Cycling gloves helps you keep a good grip in spite of perspiration; protects your hands from blistering, and protects your skin in the unlikely event of a fall.

• Sunglasses will protect you from the sun and little flying bugs that can wreck your vision in an instant!

• Water: Remember to fill and bring your water bottle. 

Restrooms: Available at Grand Central Bakery

Pace and Terrain: This is a beginner ride with an easy pace of 11-14 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 A/B-2.

For more information, contact Carolyn at [masked] or[masked]-3534.

Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides : B2

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] Sweeper: Sheri B. Trudy H.

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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  • Beth R.

    Just so much wrong about that:)

    July 3, 2014

    • Carolyn J.

      About what?

      July 6, 2014

    • Beth R.

      Not stopping for cake at Piece of Cake!

      July 7, 2014

  • Val J.

    Everything I can say about our wonderful ride has already been commented on.......yes, this group of ladies is "awesome" riding pals.

    July 4, 2014

  • Beth R.

    Had to cancel. Have some elder issues that need attending to.

    July 2, 2014

    • Diana

      Really missed you ... was hoping to catch up. Next time I take a day off, then we'll catch up.

      July 3, 2014

    • Diana

      BTW, Carolyn wouldn't stop at the Piece of Cake :'(

      July 3, 2014

  • Melwood

    Great time, Ladies! See you next week. BTW I can ride Monday.

    July 3, 2014

  • Sheri B.

    Great ride -- lots to see -- thanks to all -- Carolyn, as always, you rock as our leader extraordinaire!!! Happy 4th to all, and I look forward to riding with everyone again soon!!

    July 3, 2014

  • Diana

    I always look forward to riding with the "girls". Thank you for a lovely day. (And thank you Carolyn for great ride there and then home(.

    1 · July 3, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    A big thank you to Diana for the extra riding tips and to Kathy, Trudy, Penny, & Melanie for educating us on some interesting Portland sites!!

    1 · July 3, 2014

  • Trudy H

    Fun and informative ride with sightseeing and riding tips. Learned about Sherrett Square, Garthwick, Eastmoreland and Reed College. Yummy lunch stop at Portlandia! Thanks for planning this, Carolyn!

    2 · July 3, 2014

  • Melwood

    Melanie I decided to drive to the Sellwood Riverfront Park, and bicycle back towards Carolyn. Want to join me? We can meet at 8:30 and should fun into Carolyn very close to the Steel bridge meet point.

    July 2, 2014

  • Melwood

    OK see you at 0830. [masked] if you need me.

    July 2, 2014

  • Sheri B.

    Can't make the 9:00 am early option, so I will see you all at the Sellwood Park start point at 9:30. Looking forward!!

    July 2, 2014

  • Melanie G.

    So if I wanted to meet you to ride from the Steele bridge where would I park? Is there an address I could put in my gps to get me close to the bike path or close up where I could ride to meet you? This is the address I got when I typed in Steele bridge - 1 NE Oregon St. Portland, OR or what is a business name close by to give me a reference point? I'm still learning bridges & locations! Thank you!

    July 1, 2014

    • Trudy H

      Melanie, there is no designated parking for the esplanade. There's street parking a few blocks away, but you'll need to find a meter that's good for enough time. You can use a debit or credit card to pay. I used to park on 6th Avenue north of Multnomah St. and could usually find a space there. There are also pay lots, but their hourly rates are pretty high. To park for free, you'd have to ride up into Irvington (north of NE Broadway) and look for a spot on the street. I'd allow at least 10 or 15 minutes of extra time to deal with parking. In Irvington you'd be a quarter to half mile from the bridge.

      July 2, 2014

    • Carolyn J.

      Sorry it's not so easy. Feel free to meet us anywhere along the path :)

      July 2, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    Volunteers Needed! We will be stopping at a few points of interest and it would be nice if a few of you would do a quick Google search (choose one from list below) and then during the ride share with the group what you learned. • Share-it Square (on SE 9th & SE Sherrett)
    • Reed College
    • Eastmoreland Neighborhood
    • Garthwick Neighborhood

    June 29, 2014

    • Diana

      I'll do Eastmoreland Neighborhood. :)

      July 2, 2014

    • Diana

      Melanie, noticed Reed College is in Easmoreland ... so I'll leave those historical details for you. :)

      July 2, 2014

  • Carolyn J.

    REMEMBER - NEW START LOCATION IS RIVERFRONT SELLWOOD PARK (unless you are joining me for the 9:00 AM early option which start at the EAST side of the Steel Bridge).

    July 1, 2014

    • Diana

      I might be able to join you. :) Even earlier option ... carpool?

      July 2, 2014

  • Kathy N.

    Kathy N. will do Share-it-Square

    July 1, 2014

  • Melanie G.

    Penny & Susie will do E. Moreland!

    1 · June 30, 2014

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