Let's Ride

We will be planning a variety of rides throughout the year from beginner friendly to more adventurous gravel rides to overnight bikepacking trips.

We will also be hosting different events from bikepacking 101 workshops to basic bike maintenance to social happy hours. 

Women of color are highly encouraged to join us. Our efforts are focused primarily on women and trans*/gender non-conforming people of color. 

SATURDAY, SEPT 29 - SUNDAY, SEPT 30 ~ PDX

 

Bikecamping to Champoeg

Calling all women of color, trans and gender non-conforming people of color! Join us Sat, Sept 29 and Sun, Sept 30 for a bike camping trip to Champoeg State Park! This is a ~74 mile round-trip, intermediate friendly ride with one night of camping. We'll primarily be riding on the Willamette Trail, Milwaukie's Trolley Trail, and the Champoeg/Butteville trail leading into the State Park. Whether you're an intermediate rider looking to go on your first bike camping trip OR a rider who's looking to explore different areas in Portland, join us! 

*For those who RSVP, on Tue. Sept 11 at 6-7:30pm we will have an info session on what to expect, share bike camping tips and answer questions. Location will be at Golden Pliers

**Please respect this trip is reserved for self-identified women of color, trans and gender non-conforming people of color.

***We will limit the space to 13 riders to ensure that we have a safe and fun experience. Please only RSVP "YES" if you are committed to joining us for the trip.

 

R O U T E  D E T A I L S

RSVP: Facebook or friendsonbikes@gmail.com

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/events/64629-fob-bikecamping-to-champoeg

Meet: 9:00AM, Saturday, September 29

Rollout: 9:30AM

Start Location: Ristretto Roasters Coffee, 555 NE Couch St, Portland, OR 97232

End Location: Cartopia, 1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Mileage: 74 miles total, 37 miles each way

Camping Location: Champoeg State Park

Duration: 2 days

Cost: FREE, bring money for groceries and snacks if you choose

Need camping gear or cycling gear? No problem, email us at friendsonbikes@gmail.com and we can work something out. 

 

ALLIES

Special thanks to Golden Pliers for the workshop location and Ristretto Roasters for a place to meet 

 

 

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PAST RIDES & EVENTS

EVERY 3RD TUES MAY-JULY ~ PDX

 

FOB Sunset Rides

Friends on Bikes Sunset Rides are back this year! For the next 3 months, join us every 3rd Tuesday from 6pm-8pm for a social, no-drop bike ride with sunset views, snacks and good company.  

* No-drop means no one gets left behind, we will be riding at a conversational pace

** This ride is reserved for women of color and trans* and gender non-conforming people of color

 

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T U E.   M A Y   1 5 T H  -  P O E T ' S   B E A C H

Tue, May 15th kicks off the first FOB Sunset Ride! It’ll be a casual 5.5 mile ride, starting from Colonel Summers Park in SE over Tilikum Crossing to Poet’s Beach and we’ll make our way back along the waterfront back to Summers Park. This will be a social, no-drop ride! We encourage you to bring snacks and/or drinks for our rest stop and waterfront view at Poet’s Beach.

 

R O U T E  D E T A I L S

5.5 miles, Pavement, Beginner friendly

Start & End Location: Colonel Summers Park 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27460544 

 

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T U E.   J U N E   1 9 T H  -  B L A C K   L I B E R A T I O N   R I D E

We’ll join Portland’s Brown Bike Crew to celebrate Juneteenth - Black Liberation day. We’ll start at Irving Park and end at Stoopid Burger on 24th & Glisan. Check out the Facebook event for more details.

 

R O U T E  D E T A I L S

Less than 10 miles, Pavement, Beginner friendly

Start Location: Irving Park 

End Location: Stoopid Burger, 2329 NE Glisan St.

Event Details: Facebook 

 

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T U E.   J U L Y   1 7 T H  -  S W A N   I S L A N D

For our last FOB Sunset Ride, we'll go on a casual 5 mile ride, starting from Arbor Lodge Park down to Swan Island to hangout along the river and then we’ll climb up a gradual hill to make our way to Hopworks BikeBar. This will be a social, no-drop ride! We encourage you to bring snacks and/or drinks for our rest stop and waterfront view at Lindbergh’s Beach. 

As a part of Hopworks' Community Tap Program, in July Hopworks is donating 1% of all pint sale proceeds to the Northwest Trail Alliance. Northwest Trail Alliance is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon and one of the Northwest’s leading mountain bike advocacy and trail stewardship groups. 

 

R O U T E  D E T A I L S

5 miles, Pavement, Beginner friendly

Start & End Location: Arbor Lodge Park 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27460631 

 

 

 

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SUNDAY, APRIL 29 ~ SEA

 

Lake Washington Ride

Calling all W/T/F/NB of COLOR! Join us for a little loop from Beacon Hill to Lake Washington and back. Meet at The Station in Beacon Hill at 9am for coffee and rollout at 10am. This is a social, no-drop ride for WTF folx of color. 

* No-drop means no one gets left behind, we will be riding at a conversational pace

** This ride is reserved for women of color and trans* and gender non-conforming people of color

 

R O U T E  D E T A I L S

13 miles, Pavement, Beginner friendly

 

ALLIES

Special thanks to The Station for a safe space to meet.

 

 

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SUNDAY, APRIL 15 ~ PDX

 

Social Donut Ride

Calling all W/T/F/NB of COLOR! Join us for our second annual FOB Social donut ride! We’ll meet at Laurelhurst Park at 9:00AM to eat donuts from Delicious Donuts and drink coffee provided by Ristretto Roasters Coffee, then rollout at 9:30am. This will be a 8 mile, social, no drop ride. We’ll meet at Laurelhurst Park at 9:00AM to eat donuts from Delicious Donuts and drink coffee provided by Ristretto Roasters Coffee, then rollout at 9:30am. We’ll head over to Mt. Tabor, climb all the way to the top for a beautiful view of Portland then ride down and make our way back to Laurelhurst Park to eat more donuts! If you didn’t eat enough donuts during the ride, Pip’s Original Donuts is offering a free dozen donuts or a drink of your choice to be redeemed at anytime after the ride! 

* No-drop means no one gets left behind, we will be riding at a conversational pace

** This ride is reserved for women of color and trans* and gender non-conforming people of color

*** Special thanks to Pip’s Original Donuts, Ristretto Roasters, Delicious Donuts for the generous donations 

 

R O U T E  D E T A I L S

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27239823

8 miles, Pavement, Beginner friendly, Climbing involved up to Mt. Tabor

 

ALLIES

Special thanks to Ristretto Roasters, Pip's Original Donuts, Delicious Donuts for the generous donations, and Gritchelle Fallesgon for taking photos.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY 3-PART SERIES

FEB 28, MAR 07, MAR 14 ~ PDX

 

Spring into Bikepacking

This spring, join the Komorebi Cycling Team and Friends on Bikes for a three part clinic series to encourage women, trans, femme and non-binary riders to adventure by bike. The clinics will be hosted on consecutive Wednesday nights - riders are welcome to attend all or just one. 

 

W E D N ES D A Y,   F E B  2 8 T H   ~  S O L D  O U T

The first clinic in the series will provide an overview of adventure cycling. We'll talk about bikes, bags, and gear used for off-road touring as well as how to approach your first bikepacking trip. 

 

W E D N ES D A Y,   M A R C H   7 T H ~  S O L D  O U T

In the second clinic in the series will dig into the details. We'll talk about what and how to pack, how to fuel yourself right and how to develop and navigate a route.

 

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The third and final clinic in the series will have two parts: the first part will provide guidance on how to lead a bikepacking trip and the second part will be a storytelling space, where we'll invite folks to tell a short story from a off-road touring experience. 

 

ALLIES

Special thanks to Cup & Bar for the safe space to meet and Komorebi Cycling for leading the clinics.

 

 

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SATURDAY, FEB 17 ~ PDX

 

Lunar New Year Ride

Calling all women of color and trans*/gender non-conforming people of color, let’s celebrate the Lunar New Year (Year of the Dog) by riding to the Lunar New Year Dragon Dance and Parade. 

We’ll meet at Ristretto Roasters on N. Williams at 9:45am and rollout at 10am. This will be a 13 mile, social, no drop ride. The route takes us along the Eastbank Esplanade, to Sellwood Park and over the Sellwood Bridge, along the westside waterfront and ends at the Oregon Historical Society for the Lunar New Year parade. 

Since there will be a lot of people attending the parade, we’ll find bike parking slightly before the park and walk over to the parade. The parade is from 11:30AM – 3PM, people can leave any time as they wish.

 

 

ROUTE DETAILS

https://ridewithgps.com/events/48257-fob-lunar-new-year-ride 

13 miles, Pavement, Beginner & intermediate

 

 

ALLIES

Special thanks to Ristretto Roasters for the safe space to meet. 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, JAN 31 ~ SEA

 

Swift Industries Stoked Spoke

Stoked Spoke is a winter series of bicycling adventure presentations hosted by Swift Industries. Each evening highlights four to six self supported bike camping routes complete with maps, slideshow and planning tips. This year the trip reports will be 5-10 minutes long. Once all of the presentations are finished, each presenter will host an information table where they will answer individual questions and have maps of region they explored.

Friends on Bikes will be presenting about our bikecamping trip to Milo McIver last summer, our group's mission and plans for 2018 in Seattle and Portland.

*This is a three-part series that highlights the best bike camping destinations in Cascadia and beyond.
 

 

ALLIES

Special thanks to Swift Industries for hosting the Stoked Spoke Adventure Series.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN 17 ~ PDX

 

New Moon, New Year Social

We hand screenprinted some FOB tote bags and we’ll be giving a few out at our new moon social! For the first new moon of 2018, let’s celebrate the beginning of a new year for Friends on Bikes. Join us Wed. January 17 at White Owl Social Club from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Get to know other women of color who get rad on bikes and learn more about FOB. All rider levels and w/t/f/n-b people of color are welcomed. 

*This is a meet up only. We’ll have upcoming rides announced soon! 

**We’ll have tote bags available to purchase after our social event for our friends and allies

 

EVENT DETAILS

Location: White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

 

ALLIES

Special thanks to Skyler Elzy for the tote bag illustration. 

 

 

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THURSDAY, JAN 18 ~ SEATTLE

 

ABCs of Bikes and Maintenance

Learn the ABCs of bikes and maintenance with Bike Works from 6:30pm - 8pm. Whether you want to learn new skills or want to share your bike knowledge with others, this is the perfect opportunity to start off the new year by taking care of your bike.

*Limited to 8 people, RSVP on Facebook or email seafriendsonbikes@gmail.com 

**This event is reserved for people who identify as women/trans* people of color. 
 

 

EVENT DETAILS

Location: Bike Works, 3709 S Ferdinand St, Seattle, WA 98118 

Time: 6:30pm - 8pm

 

ALLIES

Special thanks to Bike Works for offering a safe space for us to learn and share.

 

SATURDAY, OCT 7 - SUNDAY, OCT 8

 

FOB Seattle x Swift Industries

Join us to get the Seattle edition started! Saturday, October 7th we're meeting up at Swift HQ with Molly Sugar for a brunch hang out. Get to know other people of color who get rad on bikes and learn more about FOB. Bring your ideas too! Where do you want to ride? What types of rides do you want to go on? We'll have donuts, coffee, vinyl stickers and good company.

At 12noon, we'll depart for an optional overnight at Manchester State Park. It's about a 38 mile round trip, which includes the ferry from Fauntleroy to Southworth. 

 

 

ROUTE DETAILS

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25029181

38 miles, Pavement, Beginner & intermediate

 

 

ALLIES

Special thanks to Swift Industries for offering a safe space to gather, SJ of Friends on Bikes Seattle for leading and organizing the trip and Skyler Elzy for the poster illustration. 

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT 13

 

Nike's Asia Pacific Network Bike Night

Friends on Bikes is thrilled to be partnering with Nike's Asia Pacific Network, to bring you Women’s Bike Night on Wednesday September 13th, in honor of September being Women’s Bike Month.

Nike’s Asia Pacific Network is dedicated to building community among Asian employees at Nike.

***We are happy to offer all participants a free access code to a Biketown bike for this event!

 

 

ROUTE DETAILS

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23779675

4.4 miles, Pavement, Beginner-friendly

 

 

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FRIDAY, SEPT 22 - SUNDAY, SEPT 24

 

Bikepacking Frog Lake to Timothy Lake

Weather/Wildfire/Air Quality permitting - We're planning a weekend bikepacking trip to Timothy Lake from Friday, Sept 22nd to Sunday, Sept 24th. We'll camp at Frog Lake Friday night and begin the ride Saturday morning to Timothy Lake. Sunday morning, we'll make our way back to Frog Lake. This will be a 42 mile ride with 3K elevation on singletrack and gravel roads.

***Ride is limited to 6 riders to ensure a fun and safe experience. All W/T/F/NB friends/allies welcome.

 

 

ROUTE DETAILS

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24795715 

~42 miles, Gravel & single track, Intermediate & advanced

 

 

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2ND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH

 

Women of Color Sunset Ride Series

Join us every 2nd Tuesday this summer for a sunset ride! We’ll ride 10-16 miles and end at a park to catch the sunset. Bring your own post-ride snacks and drinks. Hang with other WOC who ride. This is a social, no drop ride. 

 

 

ROUTE DETAILS

July 13th: Mt. Tabor  

July 11th: Overlook Park  

Aug 8th: Rocky Butte  

 

 

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SATURDAY, JULY 15 - SUNDAY, JULY 16

 

Women of Color Bike Camping Trip

Join us Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 for a bike camping trip to Milo McIver State Park! This is a ~70 mile round-trip, intermediate friendly ride with one night of camping. We'll primarily be riding on the Springwater Corridor, Esplanade and Trolley Trail bike paths and sharing the lane on small back roads. Whether you're an intermediate rider looking to go on your first bike camping trip OR a rider who's looking to explore different areas in Portland, join us! 

For those who RSVP, on Wed. June 28th 6-8pm at Laurelhurst Park we will have an info session on what to expect, share bike camping tips and answer questions. 

**This trip is reserved for self-identified women of color.

**We will limit the space to 10 riders to ensure that we have a safe and fun experience. Please only RSVP "YES" if you are committed to joining us for the trip.

 

 

ROUTE DETAILS

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21766286 

~72 miles, Pavement, Intermediate

 

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SUNDAY, MAY 14

 

CycloFemme PDX Ride

We’ll be joining CycloFemme PDX and women around the globe on Sun. May 14 to celebrate CycloFemme! CycloFemme is a global celebration for women who ride bikes! This will be an ~8 mile, beginner friendly, mostly flat pavement ride. We'll primarily be riding on the Springwater bike path along the Willamette River. Women/Trans/Femme/NB of Color are highly encouraged to join us!

*Homemade cookies, coffee and stretching will be provided by CycloFemme PDX at Islabikes. 

CycloFemme is partnering with World Bicycle Relief in Kenya for a 1 to 1 match in donations. $147 provides a bike that changes a girl’s life. There will be a donation table at Islabikes and you can
learn more information on how to donate.
 

 

 

ROUTE DETAILS

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20366343

8 miles, Pavement, Beginner-friendly

 

 

 

ALLIES

Special thank you to CycloFemme PDX for inviting our crew to ride with you and for providing coffee, snacks and stretching. 

 

 

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SUNDAY, APRIL 30

 

Kelley Point Park Social Ride

Join us Sun. April 30 for a social ride to the scenic Kelley Point Park! Women/Trans/Femme/NB of Color are highly encouraged to join us! This will be a ~23 mile beginner friendly, conversational pace, mostly flat pavement ride. We'll primarily be riding on city bike paths and the Marine Drive bike path. Whether you're a beginner looking for a longer ride OR a rider who's looking to explore different areas in Portland, join us! Afterwards, we'll head to the Mississippi Marketplace for post ride lunch. 

*The first 8 FOB riders will get free cycling socks provided by The Athletic! *Our crew also gets a $.50 coffee discount from Ristretto Roasters. 

 

 

ROUTE DETAILS

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20368694

21 miles, Pavement, Beginner-friendly

 

 

ALLIES

Special thank you to The Athletic for donating stylish socks for our crew and Ristretto Roasters Coffee for fueling us with coffee.  We are grateful for your support.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12

 

F.O.B. Happy Hour

Join us off the bike for drinks on Wed. April 12 from 5-7:30pm at Dig a Pony. Get to know other women of color who get rad on bikes and learn more about FOB. All rider levels and w/t/f/n-b of color are welcomed.

We'll have our zine, Biking Across Americ, for sale with 50% of the proceeds benefiting Bikes for Humanity. Pick up an awesome zine and help out a local bike non-profit. *High-Five* Because we're still getting to know each other, we'd love to hear your feedback!

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SATURDAY, APRIL 08

 

Forest Park Ramble Ride

Join us for a ~24 mile adventure ride through our favorite forest in town, Forest Park! This will be an intermediate, conversational pace, no drop, mixed terrain ride with climbing. We'll primarily be riding on the Leif Erikson trail in Forest Park, though we can scope out some of the (legal) single track depending on the group. Whether you're an experienced rider looking to make new friends OR a rider who's dirt curious, join us! Afterwards, we'll head to Las Primas for post ride lunch. 

 

 

ROUTE DETAILS

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19831938

~24 miles, Dirt and pavement, Intermediate

 

 

ALLIES

 

Special thank you to Ristretto Roasters Coffee for fueling us with coffee!

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SUNDAY, MARCH 19

 

Women of Color Social Donut Ride

Join us for our inaugural ride! We’ll meet at Wilshire Park at 9:30AM to eat donuts from Pip's Original Donuts and drink coffee provided by Ristretto Roasters Coffee, then rollout at 10am. We’ll head over to Marine Drive, ride along the river then make our way back to Denorval Unthank Park to eat more donuts!

***After the ride, Pip's Original Donuts will give each attendee a free dozen donuts to redeem at any time!  

 

 

 

ROUTE DETAILS

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19658433

16 miles, Pavement, Beginner-friendly

 

 

ALLIES

 

Special thank you to Pip's Original Donuts for providing a free dozen donuts to each of our riders, Ristretto Roasters Coffee for fueling us with coffee, and Womentum for the $25 donation for Coco Donuts.  We are grateful for your support.

 

 

ROAD RULES

 

#1 Be courteous

#2 Stop at stop signs & lights

#3 No one left behind

#4 Don't be a dick

#5 Have fun