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September 17, 2010 0

Ride Maps

By in Cycling, Information Technology

Ride Maps

Here’s a sampling of the ride maps created via GPS…

This topographic map features color coding by elevation:

It’s all about speed, after all. Here’s a route map color coded to pace:

Here’s an elevation profile:

September 17, 2010 0

Carbon Fiber: Accept No Substitutes

By in Cycling

I have a goal. I will purchase a carbon fiber bike this spring. I’ve read through the reviews (that need to be taken with a grain of salt) and reports from an independant bike frame tester.

The best candidate so far is the CUBE Agree GTC race.

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I’m excited to hear that John would like to take our riding up a step and do some winter training. This is good as it compliments my winter activities. John himself is definitely a strong rider. We have a good mix of just relaxing with a little competitiveness. It would be tough to ask for better. Also, in the course of full disclosure, my seeing John glide up Council Crest on his carbon definitely played a role in my decision to buy.

I’ll ride my Olmo this winter and start fresh this spring with fresh carbon. I told Chris yesterday that if I achieve the goal of getting this bike I _will_ ride the Seattle To Portland this year.

Stay tuned–look for maps showing our rides on this site.

September 15, 2010 3

City Lights and Council Crest

By in Cycling

31.1 Miles, that’s the distance from the Hollywood District Up and down Taber Mountain, through Johnson creek, around the water front, the summit of Council Crest, through Downtown West Side, and back.

“We’ll do Taber first to get us in the mood,” John said as we headed out. What ‘in the mood’ meant I wasn’t exactly sure but I would find out soon enough.
Basically, if a steep incline were to be found in Portland we found it. Portland is no doubt one of the top cities for her beauty. You could see the entire city, both rivers, and out to the mountains as the sun set behind us. Then, downtown West side, as usual, was lit up, clean, and bright.

We started around 4:00 p.m. and returned at 8:30. Here’s a rough map outlining our route: