Press Release! Portland By Biketown



Evan Ross

(503) 360 6815


These mini-tours are helping to introduce locals & visitors to Biketown’s rideshare system in combination with a scenic and informative ride around the city.

No stranger to the tour business, Cycle Portland is celebrating 10 years of guided bike tours in Portland. In an effort to increase ridership while helping newcomers learn best practices for cycling in the city, Cycle Portland is working with Biketown to feature a slice of Portland’s keystone bike infrastructure and offers a local perspective from the seat of a bike.

At just over an hour, this excursion will allow participants to get the scoop on PDX, while allowing enough time after their ride to continue exploring on their own using Biketowns affordable Pay-As-You-Go plan. Riders will also receive a $5 discount on their Biketown rental in conjunction with the tour.  

“It just makes sense” – Evan Ross, owner of Cycle Portland says, “Why not leverage the robust programs we have at our disposal, while providing curation and confidence to riders looking to get into cycling here in Portland. We think the city is best experienced by bike, and this tour is here to prove it.”

Covering the Tillikum Crossing, Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, and Tom McCall Waterfront park, participants can get a feel for riding using the city’s premiere multi-use paths, venturing briefly into the downtown historical district before concluding their tour.  

After a brief safety talk, these Biketown tours depart from the Biketown corral at SW 3rd (in front of Voodoo Donuts) and return just a few blocks away at Cycle Portland’s shop location. From there, riders can choose to keep their bikes and (included) helmet, or head off to their next destination with expert route advice from their guide.

Tickets are $20 per person, and can be booked in advance via

Bye Bye Better Naito

According to Central City in Motion, Better Naito is the most heavily used protected bike lane in downtown Portland. Many cyclists, tour patrons, staff, and renters here at Cycle Portland, use Better Naito as an alternative to riding on busy city streets or the crowded East Bank Esplanade. Unfortunately, this is the last month that the protected bike lane will be in place. Come October you can say goodbye to the plastic barriers that we have come to love. The bike lane will become a lane reserved for cars. Better Naito will, once more, regress to Worse Naito.

What is Better Naito?

The bike lane is a key north- south thoroughfare connecting Portland’s downtown to other prominent bike routes along the West bank. Additionally, it leads to some of the most widely used bicycle friendly bridges that span the Willamette. The two-way bike lane is perfect for Portland commuters and visitors alike. Fortunately, Portlanders have a way to efficiently and safely navigate through downtown without fear of cars or pedestrians.

What if we didn’t have to bid Better Naito goodbye?

This fall there will be a vote on a permanent design for Better Naito as part of Central City in Motion. Do you want to tell your local representatives that you are in favor of making Better Naito a permanent bike lane? If so, come down to Salmon Street Fountain tonight, (September 18) at 5PM! There will be a rally hosted by BikeLoudPDX & The Street Trust and you can sign petitions or talk with other cyclists about your vision for Naito Parkway.

What if I can’t make it tonight?

ehankfully, this is the age of iPhones and emails, so you can still make your voice heard even if you can’t go to the rally. We encourage you to email or call your local representatives and tell them your opinions about Better Naito!

Ted Wheeler, Mayor


Chloe Eudaly, Transportation commissioner


Gabe Graff, Central City in Motion Project Manager



Portland Sun Glasses

They’re finally here. After ten years of squinting into the sun, we have released our own Cycle Portland sun glasses! We asked Woodies to hook us up with some custom shades representative of who we are. Catch folks on tour, in the shop or walking the sunny streets in these sylish Portland sun glasses.

Portland Sun Glasses

Emblematic Shades

As Portland’s first bicycle tour company, Cycle Portland bleeds the blue-green of the Willamette river and stands with the wood of trees in the temperate rain forest we reside. The handmade and polarized sunglasses represent the beautiful craftsmanship we believe our shop provides in both tourism curation and bicycle service. Read along the bamboo temples are the words “CYCLE PORTLAND”. There are many cities to cycle in throughout the USA. There are many cities to cycle in throughout the WORLD. But there is only one place to cycle and be greeted by passers by on the Neighborhood Greenway. There is only one place where a car will wait to make a right turn until after you have passed in the bike lane. There is only one Portland, Oregon.

Stylish LookStylish Look

Reflection is in. The green tinted mirror leaves those looking at you with a view of their own awestruck expression in the lens. This lens provides 100% UVA/UVB protection. Surrounding, a classic wayfarer frame allow for that “goes with just about anything” look. Whether commuting to work or cycling along the Columbia River Gorge, these sunnies are fresh. Light, durable and sturdy, Cycle Portland’s Woodie sun glasses are easy to bring with you for any occasion.

Get Your Portland Sun Glasses Today!

The best part is… these sunglasses are only $10! At that price even I can afford them. A cool look, sun protection and a little piece of Portland always on my mind. Come by the shop and get yourself some Cycle Portland Sun Glasses.

Reserve your bike for Bridge Pedal!

Join thousands of people this Sunday walking or riding bikes across the temporarily car free bridges of Portland at the bridge pedal. Reserve your bike before they are all gone; it’s our busiest day of the year! This is a once a year opportunity to bike across Marquam and Fremont bridges and take in the spectacular views from the top! Check out the link for more details on reserving your bike for the Bridge Pedal!

Information & Photo Credits: Providence Bridge Pedal

Biking in the Heat – A Guide to Summer Cycling

It’s the summer. It’s hot out. It’s crowded. It’s sticky. But man, is it beautiful. Birds are chirping. Music is playing. People are smiling. We don’t want you to miss out on all of the positive because of a particular tilt in the earth’s axis! So shift up and and prepare for biking in the heat!

Biking in the Heat

Biking in the heat takes concentration, determination and most importantly, preparation. Here we will set you up for success in the difficult yet enjoyable hot bike season. We’ll run through dress, hydration and other techniques toward building the groundwork for an amazing and bike-able summer.


Many of us wait all year to shed our layers of clothing. As the gloves, jackets, leggings and wool socks come off, the sun hits and it is a-blazin’. It is imperative to make sure you have the right attire for this time of the year as well. By looking the part you will show off your bike as well as work on your tan! I’d recommend getting a bike jersey with a zipper so you have the option to open it up and feel that pedal-made breeze you have created. Light but vibrant colors with sun reflectors avoid attracting too much heat while still allowing visibility. These Pearl Izumi Jersey’s are sure to help you fight the heat!

Additionally you may want some accessories like polarized glasses, a bandana or scarf for your head/neck and thin cycling shorts and socks. This will help you avoid some of the powerful sun and let your skin breathe out on the road! It may seem like a no brainer, but you’ve just gotta dress for success!


Drink water! This often overlooked aspect of biking in the heat starts before your ride does. If you know you are planning a bike ride the next day, make sure to get liquids in your system prior to the ride. Water should do the trick, but if you want the electrolytes that many crave without the unnecessary sugar provided by gatorade or something more refreshing than  overly sweet electrolyte powders in your water bottle, leave some water in a container with some slices of cucumber.  That way when you’re ready the next day for your bike ride you will have a natural sports drink!

When you are cycling it’s important to have enough water for the day. Carry a couple of full bottles on your bike and maybe even wear a hydration pack stocked with a couple of liters of water. This will ensure that you have enough in case there are no stopping points along the ride. When you do stop, be sure to drink in sips. Large gulps can cause cramps. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to get sippin’ either. Avoid exhaustion with frequent and regular drinks. Hydrate hydrate hydrate!

Eat Right

We become so fixated on the liquids we’re consuming that we forget about the solids. It’s just as important that we are eating right as we travel by bike to our destinations. Make sure to bring snacks to fill in those calories as we burn so much from being the awesome cyclists that we are. The best foods to eat are raw or whole foods dense in calories and protein. Sweet potatoes, nuts/seeds, apples, bananas or even nut butter sandwiches are all excellent options as you’re on the road.

For a more comprehensive list of on the road dining options check out our other article about bike food and how to make your ride delicious. However, as a general rule, we should all eat right all the time. But there’s never a better time to start than right now on your bike!


The sun is a frenemy to say the least. It brings people together, providing brightness and vitamin D. It separates us when we bathe in it for too long. Make sure to apply sunscreen before each ride. Sun exposure sounds good until it reddens and flakes. That lotion scent becomes my cologne in the summer time, and for good reason.

Additionally, as sweat is released from pores around our body, they slip and slide into many spots. Sometimes uncomfortable spots. Don’t forget your deodorant and antiperspirant to help with smell and sweat reduction. With all that sweating, the inevitable chafing will occur as well. To deal with this, I will refer you to our article regarding Chamois Butt’r. Protect your body from these common occurrences and you will be sure to ride comfortable and smiling.


Do it. Think it. Be it. Stress is such a large factor in heat exhaustion. Make sure you give yourself enough rest at the end of and before your bike rides. Your body, brain and butt will all thank you for some relaxation. Get a good night of sleep before and after days of riding as to not exhaust yourself.

Don’t make the mistake of overriding. It’s fun to bike. And even more fun to make bike more. However, with all this fun, it is quite easy to forget how important rest time is. Don’t become the victim in what need not be a problem. Plan for your next adventure. Cook a tasty and nutritious meal. Read articles about biking in the heat. Take your time off the bike as reward for all your hard work!

Stay Positive

It’s easy to be deterred by the powerful sun and scorching air. I want to leave you with one last reminder to stay positive! This heat won’t last forever. You will have cool air to come home too. A nice shower. A hearty meal. You are on your bike because you are a commuter, an athlete, an enthusiast, a cyclist. You’ve earned road rights, now take those roads with a grin.

Keep your head up. Keep your legs moving. And keep biking in the heat. Just do it safely, deliberately and merrily!

Cycle Portland tour gets two thumbs up from the UK!

A recent visit from UK-based radio presenters on, Emma Goswell and John Ryan, had them raving about our Portland Essential tour which features some of the best of Portland’s car-free cycling infrastructure while explaining a bit about how Portland evolved into the city it is today. Top of their list of things to do when visiting Portland, their experience on out Essentials tour illustrated for them the ease of navigating Portland by bike, where they felt at ease on two wheels here in a way you just can’t get across the pond!

“It’s quite therapeutic when you aren’t filming on your phone with your other hand!”

Read here:

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Wet Weather Bike Maintenance- Brave the Soggy Season, Remove that Gunk!

Wet Weather Bike Maintenance

We get it. When you get home from a commute in the rain, you aren’t thinking about the loving care you’ll give your bike when you get home. You’re thinking of showers, soup and doing anything but biking. Winter is the unfortunate season where your bike needs your attention the most. Funny how the season your bike needs the most maintenance is also the season you are most likely to arrive home wet, tired, and ready to throw your bike in the garage without a second glance. But wet weather bike maintenance is important to us here at cycle Portland, we’ve talked about it in the past and we’ll talk about it again. We want you and your bicycle to last through the soggy season.

Braving the Soggy Season

Wipe Down

If you’re anyone with a penchant for a clean back and legs while riding, you probably already have fenders, if not kudos to you. Dirt tends to build up on the inside of the fenders, so take off the wheels and just wipe it down. Taking a few mins to dry off the bike after coming back from a ride will do you wonders.


Bike wheel wipe down
Wipe down bike with wet and soapy sponge or rag

Rid of the Gunk

Start off by taking off the gunk that’s built up, use a sponge or rag and soapy water. Have a bucket nearby to dunk it. Wipe starting from the handlebars, up and down the frame, not to forget the underside of the saddle where majority of dirt will end up if you don’t have fenders. Or you can be super quick about it and spray it all off with a water hose. Be careful to avoid spraying into parts that have bearings as the grease inside can be washed off. Headsets, bottom brackets, wheel hubs. Everything else is game though, just remember to wipe it dry after and not let it sit. Otherwise you’re back at square one with a rusty everything.

Lube it Up

Chain is important, probably the most important thing on the bike. So obviously it takes a beating when the rain starts getting in between all the rolly bits. Dirt and grime build up on the drivetrain wears it down faster, leading to more parts needing replaced = mo money spent 🙁 A good way to avoid that is using chain lube and not just any lube, wet lube works best in the wet season. Want to use dry lube? Good luck because that’ll wash right off in the rain leaving it vulnerable to the elements. Wet lube is hydrophobic, it repels water  but at the cost of picking up more dirt. Otherwise you’ll be using it all year amirite? A common misconception is spraying WD-40 as a lubricant would work just as well, it doesn’t; it’ll actually rust faster since it’s a water displacement. When adding your lube, make sure to get in between the pins and rollers of the chain, since those are the parts that actually make contact with the cogs and such.

Adding lube to bike chain
Tri-Flow lubricant for your chain

Rid of More Gunk

After this, run through the gears and wipe off excess, super simple. Another important thing to keep in mind is to check the dirt buildup on the jockey wheels, and while you’re at it, check over the entire drivetrain for any signs of buildup. Use a flat head screwdriver or something thin and flat to get in between the cogs of your cassette to squeeze out all the grime stuck. Lube any moving part with a few drops, derailleurs especially. More dirt = less efficient shifting and faster wear. Better to lube too much than too little.

Flathead screwdriver cleaning cogs from grime
Squeeze out the grime inside cogs with a flathead screwdriver

Check for Wear

Check brake pads for wear since they tend to go quicker riding in wet seasons. Try using dual compound ones for that extra grip and saves you money in the long run when you won’t have to continuously buy more pads. Additionally, exposed cables can rust and pick up dirt leading into the housing itself. If your shifting is a bit gummy or slow, try running lube down the cables into the housing and shifting up and down. Same for brakes, lube the springs and barrels so they don’t corrode. Don’t forget to wipe down spokes if there’s any dirt or buildup, rusty spokes will pop and break if it’s corroded too long. It really saves you a bunch of headaches in the future. If you like your bike squeaky and generally not fun to ride, ignore this post.

Dirty dual compound brake pad
Dual compound brake pads to get through the soggy season

Year Round Care

We say its for the soggy season, but realistically, it’s important to do these things throughout the lifetime of your bike despite the weather. Bikes are susceptible to corrosion, wear & tear, and most importantly that schmutz. Upkeep of your bike will make your life easier, your bike happy, and the best part is you won’t have to spend all o dat money on new parts just to keep it riding smoothly. Do your best to keep your bike inside whenever possible as many of the issues mentioned stem from leaving it outside for extended periods of time. If you ride often or commute everyday, I’d recommend having a tune up at your local bike shop at least one to two times a year. But if you practice solid wet weather bike maintenance, you won’t need a tune up for a good while!

TL;DR – LUBE EVERYTHING (if possible, but don’t lube things that aren’t needed)