Look Out, It’s A Bike!


I’ve lived in Portland for five years and today was the first time I rode into Forest Park! Riding a rigid aluminum commuter frame on trails is not fun. The ride was not particularly technical but some of the areas are rocky and now I know why suspension forks are so desirable. 

I think I did about 27.5 miles today and was on the seat for about 2.5 hours. After getting the stink eye from every walker on the trail, I doubt I’ll ride in Forest Park again. When I got home, my Internet search produced this article on the OregonLive.com website. There’s a debate about whether or not bikes are destructive to the park. Some of the walkers do not want bikes in the park at all because they feel that bikes are damaging to nature. I could sense this sentiment from the walkers on the trail; each sent me bad vibes as I passed and not one returned my, “hello.”

On the path (I will bring my camera from now on) I spotted a sign that warned people of a petroleum pipe running through and under the pathway. Apparently people are okay with that. There’s also sewage runoff spouts that are eroding what looks to be manmade walkways. But people are up in arms about the bicycles because they leave ruts in the trail.

About My Bike

GF-Cronus I sold my Redline Monocog and got a Gary Fisher Cronus a few years ago. The single speed was cool but I found myself craving a few gears from time-to-time. The Cronus was for sale at a local bike shop and then I found one on eBay for half of retail. The wide tires and the build of this bike make me happy, plus the fact that it is a 9-speed. Nine speeds are plenty for commuting. Hopefully nine speeds will be plenty for long distance riding as well!

After riding a Kona Paddy Wagon I decided that skinny tires are not for me. I tend to pound on my bikes and the Cronus can really take a beating. I’ve had it for about four years and have had no troubles with the derailleur, brakes, frame, or anything. When I first arrived in Portland I went through about five bikes before getting this one. It also has an aluminum frame (no rust).

Happy 4th!

I rode about 12-15 miles today. It’s been a while since I have ridden such a distance. Slow and steady wins the race, at least that’s what I tell myself.

While riding I got passed a bunch of times by well-clad weekend warrior type bikers. They’ve got fancy bikes, spandex pants, shaved legs and special shoes clipped into special pedals. That’s cool but it’s not my game. I’m riding slow and easy (like the Whitesnake song).

We passed this sign on our way to the waterfront to watch the fireworks.


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