Sunday Breakfast Ride

We tried this ride on May 4, 2014 but were rained out. I stopped by the park last weekend and the facilities are all open (bathrooms, water). The flower gardens are still in lovely shape, with many rhododendrons and azaleas still in their prime. The weather forecast for the weekend is perfect. I'd encourage everyone to bring some walking shoes and spend some time before or after the ride taking a stroll in the park. How about some casual riding and a breakfast with conversation on a Sunday morning? It's nice to relax on a Sunday, so this route is about as casual as it gets. We'll toodle for 12.85 miles from Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro to the South Store Café at the crossroads of Scholls then toodle back. That's 25.7 miles with only 770 feet of climbing. Nothing special about the route, just quiet rural scenery. We might see a peacock, some horses and an alpaca or three. Oh, and by "toodle" I mean riding at a purely conversational pace. If you can't sing while riding you're going to fast. I'd have us regrouping at the top of hills but there are none. Ride a hybrid bike. Pull down the dusty mountain bike. Do it on a cruiser. Put weights on your shoes. This ride is for anybody. It's mostly on roads with little/no traffic, so a good ride for those just getting used to group rides.

Here's the route:

And here's the menu:

This will be an absolutely fabulous, fantastic, A1 ride!

A = 12 & Under

1 = Flat

Mandatory for all riders. Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This is a requirement and not a request. Obey traffic laws and remember you’re a representative of the greater cycling community and should conduct yourself that way on the road, represent us well. All riders are responsible to have their gear in good working order and bring a flat kit & spare tube on all rides.

Sx4 is a weekly Sunday morning social ride. Advanced riders will be expected to hold back and maintain the group pace. The pace will be social. Yes, these are social rides, not maniac hammerfests! The rides will explore the SW Pdx suburbs and surrounding rural areas (focusing on the Scholls/Chehalem Mountains area, from Newberg to Forest Grove).

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  • Rick S.

    A nice, leisurely brunch was enjoyed by all.

    May 26, 2014

  • Rick S.

    *** RoadID *** (Continued)
    Second, there is an optional feature, called "Stationary Alert", which you can enable in case to get aid if you have a medical emergency. If the app sees that you have not moved for five minutes, it will set off a very loud alarm on your phone. if you do not cancel the alarm within one minute, it will email/text the people you have previously specified. Using the previously mentioned eCrumbs viewable via the URL, your exact location can be identified.

    See the screen dump of the app's main screen before our ride. It also contain the eCriumbs map of the ride which you can also view here via the link RoadID created:

    May 26, 2014

  • Rick S.

    *** RoadID ***
    Most people know of RoadID as the company which makes engraved identification bracelets, anklets, dog tags (and tags for dogs!), and shoe tags with information which co-riders and first responders can use in case you have a medical emergency such as a crash. Around May 1st, RoadID released a free app which is especially useful for those who bike, run, or hike solo.

    The app has two main purposes:
    First, when you tell the app you are starting your outing, it will email the people you specify a unique URL. If the recipients of the email follow the link, they will be given a map of the route you have taken in near real-time. RoadID calls this "eCrumbs" as in a trail of breadcrumbs you have left behind you. This can be handy all by itself so friends and family can follow your progress.

    May 26, 2014

  • Rick S.

    A few people were curious about the cycling apps I was using on my iPhone during this ride so I thought I'd document them for you. Due to Meetup's 100-character comment limit, I'm breaking it up into three posts

    *** Runtastic Road Bike Pro ***
    Runtastic has fitness apps for many activities. Personally I use their running app for hiking and Heart Rate app for taking my pulse in addition to Road Bike Pro. They all synch to their website so all your information is in one place.

    The pro version is a paid app most of the time however every few weeks it comes available for free.

    One of the features I like is that you can download ahead of time a map of the area in which you are riding, saving your data plan if you can get a signal and eliminating the need to even have a signal if you are in a remote area.

    See the screen dump of the app's main screen after our ride which shows a few of the important ride statistics. There is much more information in other screens.

    May 26, 2014


    It was fun toodling with everyone.

    2 · May 25, 2014

  • Kris

    Sorry. I am not going to make it. Sounds like a great ride. Will catch up soon

    May 25, 2014

  • Jim C.

    So Paul, is 10 the wheels-rolling time or is 10 the "meet and greet" time and we leave after that?

    May 24, 2014

    • Paul V.

      Wheels rolling at 10:00AM

      May 25, 2014

  • Jeff

    I have to cancel due to injury as well - smacked my leg with a handtruck Friday and it has gotten to the point I almost can't walk on it. Have a great ride!!

    May 25, 2014

  • Alan

    I'm going to have to cancel, sadly.

    After getting home from a NumBumz ride in Portland late last night, I took the cat out for a walk. Unfortunately, I tripped going down our dark driveway and face-planted on the concrete. A quick trip to my local ER netted me two stitches in my nose, and today I look like I lost a fight with Muhammad Ali. It will probably be a couple of weeks before I'm brave enough to go out in public again. P.S. When I got back home from the ER, about 1 am, I took the cat out for its delayed walk. Gotta keep cats happy, you know...

    1 · May 21, 2014

    • Paul V.

      Alan, if you were to show up my ugly mug and your stitches would pretty much balance out!

      1 · May 23, 2014

    • Carol C

      Great Alan, Scare the little kids out of our way!

      1 · May 24, 2014

  • Evy

    Sounds fun! Is the breakfast part at the start or finish? I'd love to join if it works.....have yoga til 11:00.

    May 20, 2014

    • Paul V.

      Breakfast will be in the middle of the ride, I'd imagine we'll be getting to the cafe at about 11:00-11:15, and take 45-60 minutes there before heading back.

      1 · May 20, 2014

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