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Hi all,
I just relocated to portland an I could use advice.
First off, I would love some recomendations on good rides both close in and heading east. I live in south east portland and as of august first will be working down in Wilsonville if that helps (right now i am doing training in NE portland). I am a single track junkie, so the tighter and more technical the better.

Second, what are the best shops in town? Are there any shops that are good sources of hard to find parts?

Finally, whats out there for group rides (shop or club sponsered)? would anyone be interested in playing tour guide ever?

Thanks in advance! Feel free to email me at [email protected] with any advice!

J
 

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Checkout PUMP, I think maybe pumpclub,org. Best shop? Depends on who you ask, but I always take mine to fat tire farm, on NW Thurman.
 

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In the SE the best shop is Sellwood Cycles...

they have hard to find parts lying around, and are a great group of guys. They treat your bike as if it were their own.

The ride closest to town that is worth checking out is Brown's Camp in the Coastal Range. It's only an 8 mile loop, but it definitely cures the ST need.

I have also really enjoyed riding on St. Helens, which isn't East of course. We have some riding in town, but it certainly isn't great ST. \

East of Portland are all of ther trails on Hood. There are many, and they are great.

I'd be happy to take you out for a ride some time.
There is also a very friendly, and at times very fast, ride at Forest Park at 6:00 on Thursday nights. They meet at Fat Tire Farm on NW Thurman. It's about 2 hours long with mixed ability groups.

Let me know if you have any other questions and when you are thinking about riding.
 

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free-agent said:
they have hard to find parts lying around, and are a great group of guys. They treat your bike as if it were their own.

The ride closest to town that is worth checking out is Brown's Camp in the Coastal Range. It's only an 8 mile loop, but it definitely cures the ST need.
DR_J-

What he said, and there is an extra credit 4 mile mini-loop that is fun to warm up on. Has rollers quick ups/downs (net downhill).

Enjoy, and welcome to PDX!
 

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DR_J-

What he said, and there is an extra credit 4 mile mini-loop that is fun to warm up on. Has rollers quick ups/downs (net downhill).

Enjoy, and welcome to PDX!
While we are on the topic, one slight variation on the Browns Camp theme is to park at Gales Creek Campground, take Gales Creek trail out to the bottom of Storey Burn trail, up Storey Burn trail (beautiful climb), cross Storey Burn Road (gravel road), down for a while (fun, but watch out for that one left turn), goes under highway bridge, more down, connect with Gravelle Bros trail, do the Browns Camp Loop (aka Historic Hiking Trail) for a loop plus a little bit to get back up to and across the highway on your way out... short climb up Story Burn Road until you can drop back down the trail again that leads you back to Gales Creek campground. Instead of a loop it is a lollipop.

Or you could make it a shorter loop by descending from gravel parking lot at summit down Gales Creek trail, but personally I think the route I described above has a much nicer finish -- more enjoyable descent in my opinion, and a little longer. Gravel road climb is pretty mellow even if you are tired at that point, and descent is much more ripping.

I found a bunch of new maps at:
http://egov.oregon.gov/ODF/TSF/docs/GalesCreekTrail.pdf
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/TSF/docs/StoreyBurnTrail.pdf
http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/TSF/docs/HistoricHikingTrail.pdf
 

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AW,
Awesome find on the maps! It took some searching, but I found the rest of the maps at the ODF website. I have been looking for more details on the WRT trails and these maps are perfect.
 

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AW_ said:
<snip>cross Storey Burn Road (gravel road), down for a while (fun, but watch out for that one left turn), goes under highway bridge, more down, connect with Gravelle Bros trail, do the Browns Camp Loop (aka Historic Hiking Trail) for a loop
That describes my 4 mile extra credit warm up. I like your ride description. That makes sense. Start with an up, finish with a down, what is not to like? :thumbsup:
 
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