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Breadwinner Cycles at Rapha North America

It’s been a long winter in the Pacific Northwest but Spring is coming and we can all feel it. Tony and Ira of Breadwinner have been working super hard for this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show and were generous enough to give everyone in Portland a sneak peak of the goods.

This is our way of connecting with old friends, meeting new ones and thanking our fellow community members who make us feel rich everyday
— Breadwinner

Rapha opened up their doors to the public, bikes were on display, films were being screened, and drinks were being poured. The place was packed wall to tall with smiles, laughter, wonder, and excitement.

Tony and Ira have a longstanding legacy with Rapha with their participation as both builders and riders in the Rapha Continental.
— Breadwinner

Thanks to Breadwinner and Rapha for bringing everyone together. You can follow Breadwinner on their journey to North American Handmade Bicycle Show on Instagram @breadwinnercycles

The Bacona Backroads

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Don is a legend. Not because he has over 60 thousand Instagram followers or that he is an insanely talented photographer but because he's the kind of dude that shows up for the Oregon Outback (a 380 mile ride across the State of Oregon) with no sleeping pad. He's the kinda dude that wants to ride a 100+ mile back country gravel route on his road bike because he doesn't want to pack his Adventure Bike. Gotta love Don, that dude is a legend. So with that said it's quickly becoming a tradition to do an epic ride when Don is in town. So why not do a 100 + mile ride in the backroads of Washington County aka the Bacona Backroads.

The route was conceived by Ride With GPS Ambassador Unpaved and the first paragraph of the ride description is pretty accurate.

"This is truely an epic route. It has something for everyone -- as long as everyone likes adventure. This isn't an easy ride. The climbs, distance and gravel make for a hard day. You shouldn't even think of attempting this route without a solid GPS. Though you're not far from civilization, you will certainly feel like you are."

- Unpaved

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The ride was littered with steep gravelly descents. The safest thing to do was let go of your brakes and have faith in your tires. Easier said than done. Speaking of tires.Don got 4 flats or was it 5 flats? It was probably 5 flats. Never mind the flats. Don almost died. Like I mentioned before the route was littered with steep descents. Don almost went head first into a truck on one of those descents and it was one of the scariest things I've ever witnessed. Shout out to the guy driving the truck because his reaction skills definitely saved Don's life.

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Craig kept the group together as it slowly began to fall apart. Craig's awesome at that. So if your masochist like us, by all means....Learn more about the Bacona Backroad ride here.

Broken Shorts : Mt Tabor Trail Roast

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[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuDs1ZGzvEA[/embed] This is video number two of an on going series of shorts I am filming. The objective is simply to create a short that captures the ride. Before I moved to New York City and worked as a professional Motion Designer I was a filmmaker. It feels good to play around again even if it's just with my small point and shoot. I have no desire to purchase nicer gear but rather just focus on capturing these little moments out on the trail or the road. I hope you enjoy it and thanks for checking out Broken Shorts.

Velo Cult Team Ride : Rocky Point Road

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[sliderpro id="10"] Let’s face it. It’s been that kind of winter. The weather has been pretty rough. Even for the most hearty of cyclists who chant death before trainers…….. But what can usually coax anyone into the cold and onto the wet roads of the west hills? A great group of people who actually relish in the exact elements that will drive most folks to a spin class or a trainer (myself included). Thanks to Andy who was the organizer of Sunday’s ride and his choice was Rocky Pt. Road. Logistically we decided it best to car shuttle out of town as opposed to schlepping the sloppy dirty 30. Since it was a day where no amount of gear, no more how high tech or water proof, you were going to be soaked through.

This was a great choice, but it did mean we were in the ride the moment we shoved off and up the average 8% gradient for the first 5 or so miles, eventually reaching the gravel accompanied by steady rain with huge drops making visibility an issue. Everyone had their own pace and seemed to get out of the ride what they wanted. AS per usual with this group, there was no man or woman left behind. This is why I truly enjoy this group and everyone who rides for Velo Cult. It’s about being out there! Being on two wheels and just riding!

Finally at the top of our climbing, we stared down the barrel of a big descent. And once we did descend down the backside of Rocky Pont Rd, streaking by small piles of snow hanging for dear life, the rain cleared up and warmed up a bit making for a super-fast drop to the bottom…where we realized we had to now turnaround and climb up what we just bombed down. Well, some us didn’t realize it was an out and back. OOPS! So, with the same cheer and bravado we had at the start, we made the U-y and headed up.

At this point, I do think a bit of a “ok I’m super soaked and cold. Let’s get back to the cars” mentality set in. So the climb back up and over seemed to be at a quicker pace and we all found a pace that made the turn around feel a bit shorter in length. Maybe it was the cold and wet. Maybe it was a bit of suffering. Perhaps I was woozy from my own effort, but the return trip was a bit fuzzy….unmemorable even. And just like that another great ride was in the books. The hot shower lasted a bit longer than usual, my gigantic robe was oh so welcoming and the soup was steaming hot! SO! Thank you Andy, Adam, Jeremiah, Craig, Chris, Lee and (Bethany?). I cannot wait for the next ride!

Words : Matthew Barney Photos : Christopher San Agustin

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