We will start and end at Wilshire Park in NE Portland, spinning along four trails: Marine Drive, I-205 Bike Path, Springwater Corridor, and Eastbank Esplanade. Most of the ride will be on these multi-use trails but the beginning and end of the ride will be on roadways, bikeways, bike lanes. In some areas there may be moderate traffic.
Difficulty: September rides are dedicated to helping you prepare to participate in the 45-mile route of the Harvest Century on 9/28 (if you have not signed up, please checkout our posting for that date and consider joining us). If you have been riding semi-regularly with us July and August you should be comfortable with 20 mile rides and this month we'll give you the opportunity to build some additional endurance.
Think about weight! As we begin some longer distance rides, it's helpful to know that weight is an important factor. Do you have two bikes? Choose the lighter one. Do you have a bike rack and a giant saddle bag? Consider removing them. Do you have enough gear to take care of the whole team? Think about carrying only the essentials. Do you carry a giant backpack? Consider a lighter knapsack or just put your goodies on your pockets. A "bento box" can work well too. In other words, do whatever you can to lighten your load. It's a matter of physics. The more weight you have on the bike, the more energy it will take to propel it. You may not noticed it while biking 10, 15, or 20 miles - but almost guaranteed that you will fatigue much sooner than others who are biking with less once we add more miles!
• Ensure your bike is in safe and good-working order before the ride. Even if it was working fine a year ago, if this is your first ride in a long time, take it to a bike shop and ask for a quick safety/operation check. This is usually free, takes just a few minutes, and helps us avoid mechanical issues on group rides.
• 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!
• Cell phone Never go on a ride without one!
• No ear buds please
• 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!)
Ride Leaders: Carolyn[masked] Sweepers: Sheri B. & Trudy
Pace and Terrain: This is a beginner ride with an easy pace of 12-14 mph. This is a comfortable riding speed for newer cyclists and beginners. It is relatively flat on paved roads in NE Portland. We will cross a few busy streets, making use of traffic signals. Using the scale below, I would rate as B1. For more information, go to www.RideLikeAGirlPortland.com.
Ride Difficulty Scale For Road Rides
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 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 go to www.RideLikeAGirlPortland.com