Stoakridge

Oakridge Oregon is about 2.5 hours south east of Portland Oregon.  Settled in 1888, it was initially settled as a lumber and railroad town. With the decline in the lumber industry, Oakridge has regained its economy with outdoor enthusiasts. Fishing, hiking, boating, and mountain biking are all very popular in the area.

The mountain biking is what draws us to the area. The trails are great natural, non machine made enduro/cross country trails with a ton of descent. Most riders shuttle to the top. The mountains are very steep and the trails are long or short, depending on which one you chose. There are trails all along the highway that leads to Oakridge (Highway 58).  Eugene is to the West, and Bend is to the East. Larison Rock, and Dead Mountain are great trails. There are a ton others too. 

For shuttling we have had great experience with Cog Wild Shuttle Company. Most shuttles pick up at Oakridge Mercantile Bike Shop. You can prebook most shuttles on their website, which is recommended during the busy summer months. 

The most famous trail and shuttle is Alpine trail.  The trail descends along the Alpine Ridge just outside of Oakridge into a town called West Fir. Alpine also has another connecting trail called Clover Trail which descends along Tire Mountain, next to Alpine Ridge. The trail starts in lush cascade forests, rolls through meadows, descends along steep basalt exposed hillsides.

If you are looking to camp, we recommend Salmon Creek Falls Campground. Its about 5 miles out of town, and the surroundings are gorgeous. Here is a pic of Salmon Creek right behind the camp spots.

If you are looking for something a bit less rustic, we recommend Jasper Lodge AirBB, located right in old town. www.airbnb.com/rooms/14837801 . Jasper Lodge is great for families or a bunch of friends. We have stayed here multiple times. It is very clean, nice, and decorated with beautiful art. Each room has its own theme. We have brochures at the shop if you are interested.

For food, the local brewery, Brewers Union Local 180, has awesome food and English Cask beer. We also like Lee’s Gourmet Garden Chinese Cuisine. Chef Lee does it up right. There is also Rays Grocery store, which has a decent beer selection.

If descending is not what you are looking for, we recommend a Waldo Lake Trail. Located about 30 miles east of Oakridge it’s a beautiful caldera lake located at the top of the Cascades. Here is a pic of the trail. Early summer mosquitoes can be really bad. Late summer is perfect.

Thanks for reading, now go out and shread.

Brad

Employee Bike of the Month: Brad’s Ahearne All-Road

We’re starting a new feature to showcase some of the cool bikes ridden by our employees. One of the main benefits to working in a bike shop is of course deals on new bikes and parts, and while we all have stock bikes like the ones we sell on our floor, we also have some more unusual rides, which we plan to showcase here.
Our inaugural candidate is a custom bike built by our neighbor Joseph of Ahearne Cycles. Metropolis co-owner Brad received it in trade for assembling Ahearne bikes and wheels.

Designed for big tires, though Joseph might call them skinny. His bikes tend to feature clearance for massive (though not ‘fat’) tires, often up to 3.0.

“Handbuilt With Love and Fury” signature Ahearne Cycles headbadge.

Dual plate fork crown keeps the front end stiff and classy. Still room for a fender or an even larger tire. Pictured tire is a Clement MSO 700×50.

Same view from the side.

Thomson stem, Salsa bar, cheap Shimano hydraulic brakes.

Jandd frame bag with a a patch from our friends at Defiance Cycles in Tacoma.

Yes, that’s a dropper post.

This bike sees a lot of service in Portland’s Forest Park, ripping along Leif Erikson and down Saltzman Road, but also makes an excellent commuter with a skinnier slick tire.

 

Juneuary!

The branches are bare, but the sun is out.

After this past weekend, it’s hard to believe that at this time last year Portland was mired in nearly a foot of snow. We hope you were able to get out and enjoy the weather, especially since the next five days look pretty wet. Here are a few pictures to remind us that winter isn’t always bad, and spring is just around the corner.

Wait, what month is it? The view from the top of Sandy Ridge.

On Sunday, a substantial chunk of Team Metropolis rallied for an assault on the Sandy Ridge trail system. It was a little cool to start, but when we were finished riding around noon, the temps had risen to nearly sixty degrees. The trails were free of snow, and the dirt was tacky. Thanks to the NWTA for keeping the trails in great shape, despite the high volume of use they receive.

 

The last push up Communication Breakdown to the top.

 

Is this thing on? A quick break at the top.

I expected the weather to have turned by Tuesday, but it was still warm and only partly cloudy, so I ventured out for a quick trek down the Eastbank Esplanade, over the Sellwood Bridge, and back through River View Cemetery. Any day in January when you can ride in the sun is a good day.

 

Good weather for a road ride.