Portland Wheelmen Touring Club

Quick Releases
March 2019

Top Talk with Pat McManus, PWTC President

Who are we? We are a club of approximately 600 members. We share in common that we love to ride our bikes, but otherwise, can we generalize as to who we are?  I think not. Some of us are happy to ride 15-25 miles once or twice a week year round or maybe not even that long or that often, whereas others routinely ride 50-75 miles multiple times per week. More.

Upcoming Meetings

The PWTC Club Meeting will take place on Thursday, March 7, at All Saints Episcopal Church, at 7:00 p.m. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Cathy Gidley from the American Lung Association will present on the Reach the Beach ride. 

The PWTC Executive Board Meeting will take place on Monday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Emanuel Hospital, Rm. 1035. Club members are welcome to attend Executive Board Meetings; however, the room is small and seating is limited. 

Meeting minutes for all meetings may be found HERE

Announcement of Name Change Vote at April 4 Meeting

At the February 7 Club meeting the following motion was made by Eric Hendricks and seconded by Chip Kyle:

"Pursuant to Article Eleven of our constitution and bylaws, I move that Article One of the constitution and bylaws be amended to read as follows, 'The name of this organization shall be the Portland Bicycling Club, hereinafter referred to as 'The Club.' Official colors shall be
red, white and blue.'" 

The motion will be voted on at the April 4 Club Meeting. The vote will be taken by written ballot. To be eligible to cast a written ballot, members must be in good standing at the time of the vote and physically present at the meeting. Time will be allotted at the March and April Club Meetings for questions and comments. For the motion to pass, two-thirds of those present at the April 4 meeting must cast their vote for the name change. 

Facebook, Instagram, and All That

The Club's Facebook page, Portland Wheelmen Touring Club, is open to the public, whether or not you have a FB account. If you do have an account, simply "like" the page to see posts in your feed. If you would like to post your own photos, join the group "PWTC" - simply search groups for PWTC and ask to join the group. Our Club's Instagram is also open to the public. Here is a link to an album of February rides for your viewing pleasure!

The Club's Social Media Presence

submitted by Ashley Reynolds and Cindy Bernert-Coppola

At the last Club meeting, it was clear that there were questions by Club members about the our social media presence. In two separate articles, Ashley Reynolds and Cindy Bernert-Coppola talk about the Club's Instagram and its two Facebook pages, the main page and the group page. More.

Safety Tips for Group Riding or How to Avoid Road Rash

submitted by Eric Hendricks

Our club averages nearly 80 group rides per month, with many thousands of miles of cycling. It's a tribute to our members that the vast majority of those rides are completed incident free. Unfortunately, one of us occasionally goes down. The goal of this article is to encourage safe riding skills that can minimize, if not eliminate, those unfortunate occasions. More.

Upcoming Events

Our Events page now features four (4) multi-day trips, the Columbia Gorge ExplorerBud's Tumalo Camping Trip, the Idaho Tour, and Cycle Oregon Lite. You can also get information on how to sign up to volunteer at the Seattle to Portland Finish Line or reserve your spot on the STP Friday bus to Seattle.

2018 Award Winners

You came, you laughed, you saw all those folks getting awards, but you can't remember who got what? See the complete list of winners or download the program on our website, or view an album of photos taken by club members on our Facebook page. More

Member Mirror - Mark Klein

submitted by Peter Schmidt, Asst. Quick Releases Editor

Q: When did you begin biking and why? When did you join the PWTC and why?

A: Aside from various tot and kiddie bikes, I got my first bike, a Schwinn coaster brake bike when I was 9 years old. Growing up in a western suburb of Philadelphia, the bike provided me with means to ride far and wide in the neighborhood and surrounding burbs. More

PWTC's Reach the Beach Team

submitted by Ann Morrow

This time of year, for as long as I can remember, Portland Wheelmen have offered Reach the Beach Training (RtB) rides, led by some of our most "gutsy" riders. I say this about our past and present Reach the BeachRtB Training Ride leaders because the rides are in the winter and the early spring (winter, part II here in the northwest), and the mileage for these weekly rides jumps exponentially each Saturday. More

Tale of the Dead Tire

submitted by Ann Morrow

Bud’s social ride started innocently enough from Lents Park. About 25 or 30 riders rolled out for a winter ride. Cyclists had barely gotten ¼ mile into it, blissfully cruising east on Holgate, when the Zombies of the Apocalypse attacked the slower riders at the rear of the group! More

Road Closure Announcement for Vancouver Avenue

Beginning Monday, February 25 and lasting for three months, the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services advises the public that a sewer repair project will close N Vancouver Avenue to daytime travel between NE Russell and NE Hancock streets. This is a very popular route for many of our rides. People traveling by bicycle will be detoured to NE Rodney Avenue. See the Bureau of Environmental Services website for a full description of the closure and a map.

A long one, but this 2014 video of the Jim O'Horo Columbia Gorge Explorer will wet your appetite for loading touring. The 2019 tour is filling quickly. Sign up now!
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