Six Ways to Experience Portland by Bike

Native Portlanders and transplants who’ve adopted the city as their own know that our city offers some of the best bicycle infrastructure in the world. We Plywerkers ride to work year-round, in just about any weather condition the Pacific Northwest throws at us (though we’d have to reconsider in the event of a sandstorm or Wizard of Oz-type tornado).

If you’re a cyclist coming to Portland for a visit, check out these businesses to make the most of your time on two wheels.

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1) Ace Hotel http://www.acehotel.com/portland

Presumably you’re going to need a place to stay, and Ace is centrally located right in the heart of downtown Portland. The rooms are uniquely styled—you won’t find lodging this cool at a chain—and quite cozy.

Best of all, there are free bicycle rentals for patrons on first-come, first-served basis, complete with bike helmets and locks. Ace’s fleet is made up of Globe (an offshoot of Specialized) by West End Bikes, a shop just across the street from the hotel.

2) Community Cycling Center http://www.communitycyclingcenter.org/

Community Cycling Center in the Alberta Arts district is a great stop for renters and those of you who are bringing your own bike to Portland. They offer free bike maps, and deputy director Anne Lee even authored a book to help any rider make the most of the trails, bike lanes and bike-friendly mass transit around the city.

If you need to make some tweaks to your own ride, give them your photo ID and they’ll lend you tools to get the job done. For your convenience, there’s a bike stand with a tire pump stationed outside during operating hours.

 

3) Pedal Bike Tours: http://pedalbiketours.com/bike-tours/portland.shtml

Portland offers something for everyone, and one of the best ways to see the views and learn the city’s history is by taking a tour.  Pedal Bike Tours offers several great options for riders of all skill levels. Their leisurely 5-mile “Bites by Bike,” tour takes riders to try locally-produced food and coffee, and the “Historic Downtown Tour” shows off great views of Chinatown, the river and the beautiful bridges that span it.

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4) Hub Hopworks BikeBar: http://hopworksbeer.com/general-info/bikebar

It’s only appropriate that this city have a bike-centric bar, and Hopworks BikeBar is a great option for those who want to sample locally brewed beer. Located on a main bike commuter route on North Williams avenue, BikeBar offers 10 organic brews on draft, a water bottle filling station and two Plug-Out stationary bicycles that generate electricity to help power the building.

5) Green Microgym http://www.thegreenmicrogym.com/

Feel the need to work your non-cycling muscles? Then make a stop at a Green Microgym. They offer the traditional equipment you’d find in your neighborhood gym, plus stationary bikes and elliptical trainers that generate electricity. (Sound familiar? Owner Adam Boesel designed them himself, and the ones at the aforementioned BikeBar are his work, too.)

The gyms use about 85% less electricity and their carbon footprint is about one tenth that of a traditionally run gym, per square foot. Schedule a tour in advance for a free day pass.

6) Lumberyard Bike Park: http://www.lumberyardmtb.com/

Finally, if you’re traveling with a teenager or are more of the BMX-biking persuasion yourself, give the Lumberyard indoor bike park a try. There are jump lines, pump tracks, and skill sections for beginners and experts alike. Parents, you can hit the park with their kids, or hang out at the adjacent pub if you’d prefer.

Yep, Portland is one of the most bike-friendly cities on the planet. Last but not least, make sure to stop by our workshop on 318 SE Main to say hello. ;)

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