What a great time of year! Cyclocross is in full swing, the leaves are turning, and we are continuing to see business at the Pedalworks shop. A little expansion even – we are now offering bike delivery services in the Portland Metro area. Food runs, late night essentials, freight delivery, and messenger services. I attended another inspiring car – free happy hour early in the month and was excited to see some new faces. The first weekend of November brought us a Twilight Ride on the new 205 path here in Portland with regional planners and representatives from the BTA.
Great cyclocross races on Sunday the 8th launched us in to a new wave of building large cargo trikes. With a 4 foot by 2.5 foot flat bed we achieved a 500 lb weight rating and can use the trike to make deliveries. We have been getting a few cargo models ready for an upcoming Bicycle Brown Bag put on by the Portland City and their Transportation Options crew. Cross at Barton Park on the 15th – I got my first flat tire of the season in lap #2 but was able to get a new wheel from the pit and finish the race. After a 5 person multi-day rental, I met with my website master and we added some new picts. I was excited to attend ” an evening with Roger Geller” a low key evening event put on by bikeportland.org. I’m a huge fan of the bicycle master plan update (that Roger has been working on) and it was neat to hear some perspectives about the design process and what it entailed. lot’s of compromise – that’s what. We demonstrated at the bike brown bag with success and heard from some moms about their kid cargo needs and got some great tips on juice bottle retention devices.
On the 20th, I attended the Oregon Bicycle Tourism Partnership Group semi-annual meeting and rocked it to the core. We had great idea brainstorms and checked in with each other on real progress towards shared goals. The Rideoregonride.com website is amazing and I announced that the Bicycle Business League was taking part in the regional networking. Great progress from the Colombia Gorge Historical Highway restoration effort, a nice introduction from the Intertwine Trail Network, and thank you to Travel Oregon for your facilitation and hard work. The free small business services from Travel Oregon have surpassed ANY OTHER local tourism organization. Hint, hint – other local tourism organization.
Our good friend “fool” from the Shift list (among other advocacy efforts) threw a great housewarming party and we crashed the dance floor with eighties intensity and Chromeo Bonafied Lovin’. Bike polo continues on into the winter with the hard core axles of evil getting together three times a week. Good vacation time with the family in Port Townsend, and a food pile to the moon.