Path Less Pedaled takes us on another video profile of the Spoke’n Hostel in Mitchell, Oregon as a part of their Great Western Ramble tour.
Bikepacking Oregon’s Big Country
Photos and words by Gabe Tiller
Third time’s the charm, right? Taking our combined knowledge from two previous bikepacking trips deep into Southeastern Oregon’s Big Country we had linked up the best features of this stark, vast landscape. We would start by traversing the until-recently occupied Malheur Wildlife Refuge, head up and over Steens Mountain, across the dry Alvord playa, and up into the the unknown Trout Creek Mountains before briefly slipping into Nevada and returning to our car by way of Hart Mountain eight days later. Logistically it’s an intimidating route, so we scheduled short days, therapeutic hot spring soaks, and ample time for sage bush whacking and accidental mud wallowing.
Oregon really does have some of the most scenic cycling routes in the USA. It doesn’t matter if you’re a dedicated road or off-road cyclist, there’s something for everyone. Including the Wild Rivers Coast Scenic Bikeway…
Three Sisters Three Rivers
Photos and words by Gabe Tiller
This trip has been steeping in Limberlost’s coffer for quite some time. A lot of trips we’ve been and help create like the Oregon Outback were amazingly fun, but lacking the singletrack I crave. Last year’s Pushwacking the Idaho Hot Springs Mountain Bike Route re-kindled our interest in one of the first bikepacking adventures I had read accounts of: Scott Morris’s 2010 Oregon Three Rivers route.
“I love it when a plan comes together.” – Hannibal – Every single episode of the A-Team.
Picture this, you arrive at a parking lot just off the main road of very small town that is set alongside a river amidst vast stretches of timber covered mountains. Waiting for you is a series of off road ready shuttle vans. You load in your bike and gear then you’re whisked away to a remote, wifi-less, electronic less, civilization-less beautiful mountain lake. This is your idyllic base camp, and during the day you will be racing blind on little known trails where deep loam sits just ready for the shredding. Over four days and 21 stages you will gradually race your way back towards the better known trails of Oakridge, Oregon.
Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th I’ll be in Portland attending the Hopworks Handmade Bike and Beer Festival. If you’re looking for something to do that weekend, roll through. Got a Portland-made bicycle frame, be sure to bring it along.
See ya there and if you can’t make it, I’ll be covering it on Instagram @TheRadavist.
DeSalvo Custom Cycles made one of the sickest titanium road bikes for the 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders, reflecting Crater Lake. Inspired by the glowing blue of the lake, this frame has a raw, exposed titanium rear triangle. This video was one of my favorites because it really captures the accessible vibes of Crater Lake, even though it omits to mention the incessant mosquitos!
Follow along at the 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders site to see how you can find this bike and take it home with you!
Ahearne‘s bikes are some of my favorite in the custom, handbuilt bicycle world. His big, plump tire touring bikes have so much character and as this video for the 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders project demonstrates, are incredibly versatile.
For the Columbia River Gorge bike, Argonaut Cycles delivered an amazing split tone green and tan disc road bike. Check out more information as to how this bike can be yours (for free) at 7 Bikes 7 Wonders…
For the latest 7 Bikes for 7 Wonders project, Ira Ryan from Breadwinner Cycles talks about what inspiration they found in the Wallowas for their rigid MTB. I love that most of the bikes inspired by Oregon are mountain bikes. Such great riding out there!
Oregon’s Big Country and the Steens Mountain
Photos and words by Gabe Tiller
Nick had never been to the Steens. It’s not his fault — they’re closer to Boise than anywhere that anyone’s actually heard of in Oregon. They’re technically just one weird mountain, not a range. Steens Mountain is one of the ten highest summits in Oregon but you can drive to the top. It stretches for 50 miles north to south, but the snow dusted eastern flank drops 5,000 dramatic feet to the contrasting Alvord desert lake bed, known for its hot springs and land yacht races…
Vacation. Holiday. 3-day weekends. From Memorial Day until Labor Day, the road is wide open and the sun is putting in overtime. Taking advantage of those days is key to sucking the last drop from life and its possibilities.
Last summer, I bought a 4 banger Tacoma pickup in Portland and it kickstarted a whole series of road trips. Most of which centered around cycling-related themes or events but it was the interstitial spaces and moments that I remember vividly. Sunsets, sunrises, rain, fog, wind. All of these had a specific scent and sensation. Most of which were captured visually throughout those long summer months.
I carried my Mamiya 7ii with me on every trip, loaded with Portra 400 220 film. It wasn’t until recently that I finally sat and dug through it all, compiling a Gallery of these moments and vignettes. They’re mostly in the correct order, beginning in Portland and traveling down south.
A lot of these spots are well-known, others not so much but they all serve one purpose: to inspire you to travel to the West Coast and see what you’re missing. Pardon the succinct nature of this intro, but there’s not much to say. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
This is the fourth layout of the Radavist 2015 Calendar, entitled “Log Jammin’”. The camera and location are noted on the bottom left of the document.
While trees shoot to the sky, Matt rides a fallen giant as part of a bonus line in the Brown’s Camp trail network, just an hour drive outside of Portland.
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The JB Racer may be Breadwinner’s flagship MTB but it’s far from anything new for Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira. When the two framebuilders decided to join forces to create the Breadwinner label, Ira Brought his knowledge of road and cross bikes to the table, while Tony weighed in on the MTB game.
Truthfully, the JB Racer is a continuation of the way Tony Pereira has been building cross-country mountain bikes for years. Named after Jeff Bates, one of Tony’s best friends who died from skin cancer, the JB Racer is a true to form XC race machine. Racing mountain bikes is where Pereira Cycles first made an appearance and Jeff Bates was one of the first to race under the brand.
When Breadwinner formed, Tony used his singlespeed MTB as inspiration for the JB Racer and here we are today. This and the Bad Otis offer two sides to the MTB coin. After we shredded Brown’s Camp last week, I shot some photos of Ira Ryan’s personal JB Racer. While there’s more to come from that day, I really wanted to showcase this bike on its own.
If you’re interested in one of these machines, the JB Racer starts at $1795 for a frame.
Check out more in the Gallery!
If you’ve been looking for some sweet bikepacking trips in Oregon, heads up. Limberlost has organized three trips, of varying difficulty and terrain to whet your appetite. Registration is now open, so head over now to Limberlost check it out!