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"Ride Like A Girl" Beginners Learn to Ride in a Group: Banks-Vernonia Trail

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 Banks-to-Vernonia Trail - 9.5 miles (plan 2 hours)

About the Ride: (This was previously scheduled for Friday 4/26 but has been moved to Thursday 4/25). If you have not been on the Banks-to-Vernonia Trail, you are in for a treat! It was the first trail I road when I bought my new mountain bike ten years ago - now it's PAVED! A wonderful ride for newbies and "Nervous Nellies"; beautiful, easy, with just a hint of an incline that you won't even notice (makes for an even easier return ride). This is a paved bike/pedestrian/horse trail (no vehicles) through one of Oregon's beautiful forests. We will start at the Banks-Vernonia trailhead, ride about 4-4.5 miles, turn around and ride back. We willl take our time, ride together and no one will be left behind.

Meeting Point: Parking lot of the Banks-Vernonia Trail head at NW Banks & Sellers Road in Banks, Oregon.

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

Restrooms: Available at the trailhead.

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 & Janet Forsyth

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  • Sumathi M.

    Thanks Carolyn and Janet. Greatly appreciate what you both are doing for us. Had a great ride again. Fantastic weather and a wonderful group. Have a great weekend all.

    April 26, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    We are the urban deer - ha ha ha! And Ride Like A Girl's mission is to tame and train them, hee hee hee!

    April 25, 2013

  • Terri

    Today was a great ride, the weather and gals made it even more enjoyable! We even learned about urban deer :)

    Carolyn/Janet, thanks and hugs to both of you!

    April 25, 2013

  • Deborah

    Fantastic! So appreciate this friendly environment. Of equal value is the information sharing about how to be a good cyclist.

    April 25, 2013

  • Evy

    Beautiful! Very good ride.....felt like going further! Thanks Carolyn and Janet!

    April 25, 2013

    • Carolyn J.

      That's a great sign, Evy. Good work!

      April 25, 2013

  • Gita M.

    Really appreciate what these women are doing to get us out there . Nice group and amazing organizers. It gave me a good start to getting to knowing what i need ,to get out there

    April 25, 2013

    • Carolyn J.

      It was great to have you, Gita. Hope you can join us again.

      April 25, 2013

  • MamaQuail(D.Smith)

    Have a great time! :)

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't go on the ride now. Really bummed. It's a wonderful trail & I look forward to another shot at it.

    April 24, 2013

  • Patricia M.

    Sorry, I can't make it. Plans have changed. Enjoy the ride and the weather! See you next week!

    April 24, 2013

    • Carolyn J.

      Sorry you can't make it, but we will see you on another.

      April 24, 2013

  • Theresa

    plan to ride more than the group, hope this won't be a problem

    April 24, 2013

  • Carolyn J.

    Wondering what to pack inyour Bento Box, saddle bag, or knap sack? Come and find out what Janet recommends!

    April 22, 2013

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