Bikes Misc

Holiday Shopping Guide – Great Local Auction Deals


I heard about on the radio the other day and was pleasantly surprised to see a few bikes in their list of items. They currently have 5 items in their Bikes category, with retail values ranging from $400 to $1150. The highest bid (at the time of this posting) is currently under $300 on any of the items, with some of them ending this afternoon. If you’re looking to pick up a new bike for someone for Christmas, or just for yourself, it’s work taking a peek. These are provided by Portland area businesses, such as River City Bikes, and winning bidders will pick up bikes at the location specified. There are also some other items in the auction list that may be of interest to you.


If You Can Pick It Up – Listen to KPAM Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, Wednesday May 27, tune into KPAM on your AM dial, at the 860 notch. My buddy Tori, from Gracie’s Wrench will be on the air with Bob Miller talking about one of the courses she’s instructing these days. I got this email from Tori today:

“Breaking news….I was just contacted by KPAM (860am) to be interviewed by Bob Miller about our Everyday Cycling Coaching that we offer in conjunction with River City Bicycles.  Please listen in a few minutes after 8am if you get the opportunity! Thanks, Tori.”

By the way, if you need any consulting or training in just about anything bike related, commuting oriented, or anything else around the world of two wheels…check out Tori’s site at

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The Daily Drive-by at The Pawn Shop


I have this issue. Every time I drive by this pawn shop on the way to or from work, or just about anywhere else, I find myself wondering what kind of bikes are hanging from the hooks out front. It’s not that I actually need another bike, nor am I in the market for anything in particular, but I just can’t pass up a killer deal. Over the years, I’ve found a few in this particular pawn shop. A Marshall amp I turned for a $300 profit, some tools way below value, movies, video games, and various electronics….you know, good old fashioned pawn shop treasures.

So I keep looking, and wondering, each time I drive by, if there’s anything good hanging from the racks. Will I look over one day and see a 30 year old Colnago, all lugged out and sexy, with a $200 price tag on it. Will I be the first to know what they have there? Will I make a valient effort to make certain that every possible law enforcement agency has been scoured to ensure that this wasn’t the result of a theft? Or would I just hope and pray that it was someone who just needed the cash, and I was the lucky beneficiary?

Doesn’t really matter. The best deal I’ve seen so far has been a near-new KHS Urban X commuter bike for $100. By the time I decided to go back and pick it up as a spare, or to give to someone, or just keep at the office as a bike anyone could use…it had been snatched up. And, as is the case in the photo above, most of the time there are usually just Wal-mart or Target specials waiting to become someone’s mode of transportation…nothing that will float my boat. And that’s probably a good thing…I’m not sure how I’d explain one more bike in the garage at this point.

But a guy can dream, and keep looking…right?

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The Bikes And The Evening Date Ride


My wife is a recreational rider of bikes…and frankly, truth be told, that’s really what I amount to as well. But I recreate just a little more than she does. I bought a little flat-bar Jamis for her last year and she’s enjoyed some 10-12 mile rides with me at a casual pace, and frankly those are very enjoyable rides for me as well. Not everything has to be about maxing out what little ability I have on two wheels, so just crusing along at 10 or 12 miles an hour, for an hour, is a nice change of pace.

Turns out, those 10-12 mile rides are also best if there’s a destination involved. Fortunately, we live in a great spot where we can be out on a country road for a good portion of the ride, and then end up at a local coffee shop, or just head downtown and hit one of several places to enjoy a beverage or snack before heading back home.

Last fall we took a leisurley stroll downtown just as it was starting to get dark. It rained lightly on us before the ride was over, and we almost got hit by a lady in a Mustang on the way home. Turns out, that was my wife’s favorite ride of last year. So, the other night it was no surprise when she asked if we could do that same ride again. And as was the case last year, we got rained on and had our fair share of night drivers making us a tad nervous. When we got home I wasn’t sure she’d ever want to venture out again at night, especially in the rain, but she once again said it was her favorite kind of ride.

A little rain isn’t too bad when you’ve got hot coffee, tea, and mixed berry pie waiting for you at the destination!

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May Is National Bike Month!


I know I’m a few days into it already, but in case you didn’t know it, May is National Bike Month. Everything you ever wanted to know about National Bike Month can be found at the League of American Bicyclists website. Additionally, May 11 – 15th is National Bike to Work Week, and Bike To Work Day is May 15. If you are looking for information, or are a community organizer of any kind, there is loads of info on the site, including:

Locally, there are cool things happening too:

May is a great time to hop on your bike and get to the Saturday Market. Here in Salem, Breakfast on Bikes just did a write up on the new Bike Parking at the Saturday Market.

Saturday May 16, is the annual Reach The Beach ride. Pick a distance and pedal your way over to the coast. There are also other great rides in the Pacific NW, which you can see here.

As we get towards the end of the month, B on B will do their monthly gathering time, so be sure to check out their site.

This is a truckoad of racing going on in these parts too, and OBRA has all the info on the upcoming schedule.

And if nothing else, here in town you can get out on a weekly Salem Bicycle Club ride, or show up Tues or Thurs evening, or Saturday morning at Scotts downtown and go out with their regular ride as well.

Get out and celebrate National Bike Month!

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Good Press for Gracies Wrench and Tori Bortman

photo by Daniel Sharp/Special to The Oregonian

Last summer when finishing up my Cinelli build, I spent a little time with Tori Bortman from Gracie’s Wrench to help me properly dial in my derailleurs and cables. Not only did I learn HOW to do the things I was after, I learned much of the WHY behind the things I was doing. Turned out my frame was a little tweaked, so we brought the hanger back into line…I would have never known that on my own. Not only that, but every wrench that was turned, was turned by me. I didn’t learn by watching, but by doing. If you want to learn more about how your bike works, or how to maintain it, or just about any other form of bicycle consulting…I can recommend Gracie’s Wrench wholeheartedly.

With that in mind, it was great to see Tori getting some props in the Oregonian this weekend, and from Heidi on her blog, since she wrote the fantastic article. Two great business ladies in Oregon who are doing what they love!

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Community Support Options in Salem & Portland

If you’re looking for ways to support the community, you have a couple of options in both Salem and Portland this week.

In Salem – I received this forwarded email from PacificPedaling Team Member Ellen:

So why not start your day with a good breakfast and a good deed?

On Saturday, April 4th from 8:00 to 10:00 AM, you are invited to
Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar for an all-you-can-eat breakfast
benefitting the Child Abuse Prevention Month Coalition.  The
fundraiser breakfast will be served at 3 Salem Applebee’s locations:
Lancaster at Center, Commercial at Kuebler, and Liberty NE at the

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”  (John Gunther,
Author/Journalist) and for a mere $7.00 you can feast leisurely on
all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee for a great
cause.  What a value!!!

“Breakfast is a notoriously difficult meal to serve with a flourish.”
(Clement Freud, grandson of Sigmund).  Mr. Freud has obviously never
been served by members of the Coalition, their coworkers and caring
community members (the epitome of good service, if not flourishes).

Tickets are available at all three participating Applebee’s at the

So, if you are like W.C. Fields (Actor) who said “I never eat breakfast
on an empty stomach,” then you can get your day off to a good start by
enjoying a short stack for a tall cause!

In Portland – One of my favorite shops, the Community Cycling Center is collecting bikes:

The Tanasbourne REI store invites you to help make bicycles a “vehicle for change” with the Community Cycling Center Bike Drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the REI store at 2235 N.W. Allie Ave. in the Streets of Tanasbourne.

Those who donate a bike in good condition during the drive to the nonprofit Community Cycling Center will receive a 15 percent off REI coupon while helping the community. Donated bikes are refurbished by professional bicycle mechanics and directed by bike safety programs or sold in the bike shop to fund community programs. Particularly needed are adult road bikes and children’s bikes, according to REI.

“When people ride bicycles they become healthier, as does the entire community,” according to the center.

For more details on the bike drive, call REI at 503-617-6072; for more information on the cycling center, visit or call 503-288-8864.

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Second Hand Ryans (Ira, that is)

Ira Ryan custom frame

I love Robert Duvall – one of the great actors of our time, and my family loved Second Hand Lions. For some reason that movie came to mind as I drove home from Portland the other night, with a new-to-me Ira Ryan frame (and other stuff) safely tucked into the seat behind me. Yes, I’m on a list to have a custom frame built by Ira. Probably within the next month or so. But after a 22 email exchange with the original owner, we came to a place we could both live with, and I took it off his hands. I’ll likely have a cross bike or something other than a super light, fast frame built…so this was a great opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Enough talking, just more pictures for now – read on to see the rest. (and click em’ for the big ones)

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Check Back Monday, Fun Stuff Coming!


I’m looking forward to posting on Monday and all of next week, please come back for lots of fun stuff!

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Back In The Blazing Saddles Again

BonkTown strikes again. New Arrowhead saddle.
BonkTown strikes again. New Arrowhead saddle.

I’m sorry for the title, I’ve lost all creative productivity these days. On Saturday I swapped out the saddle on my cross bike, and installed a new Selle San Marco Caymano Arrowhead. I didn’t selet this particular saddle for any specific reason other than it came across BonkTown, I needed one, and it was a decent deal. When I bought the used Lemond for a cross training bike, the owner asked to keep the saddle, and I stole one from my 925 in the short term, but it wasn’t ideal, and I knew I’d have to pick one up. I’d heard something less substantial would be good for cross since I’d be getting off and on a bunch, so this seemed to fit the bill. Several months left before the season, so I can try something else if I don’t like this one. So far so good after a couple runs with it…but it did make me think about my saddle history thus far in my short cycling life…