We are launching a series of rides meant to create the feelings we love best about group rides like Pedalpalooza, with the slower-paced and more predictable and structured approach we love about running bike tours. These rides are meant to not just create community, but sustain it — hence the name.
Sustain Your Community rides begin Thursday nights at 7:30 at our shop, 1210 SE 7th Avenue, in the heart of the Central Eastside Industrial District and on a major bike corridor. We’ll use this page and listings on the Shift 2 Bikes calendar so you can select a ride that meets your interests and energy levels — they will range in length from about five miles to 10 miles (8 km to 16 km) and each be focused around a theme, with local businesses (and women-owned businesses in particular) as stops along each route.
Our rides are meant to be approachable for most riders and to teach you routes in the neighborhoods where you live and work. We love the way tourists interact with our tours — they discover things they want to come back to — and we want to use our knowledge base to teach our community how to get around safely, easily, and to experience the kind of joy we do when we ride along with a group of new and old friends. These rides are meant to have a feminist bent — not women-identified only, but created by women to meet the needs of the bike commuter and occasional rider who want to learn their city and their community better.
Thursday, August 22. 7:30 p.m.
Ice Cream in Southeast Woodstock and Division
Meet at our shop for about a 6-mile ride into Southeast Portland, where we’ll bike to Cloud City Ice Cream and come around back past Salt & Straw on Division. If lines are long, we’ll buy pints; we’ll bring bowls and spoons to share. Feel free to come early to rent a bike from us, or chat with our staff mechanics, Edwin and Christine, about any issues your bike is having!