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Join Us at the 8th annual Pacific Crest Trail Days.

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This is out 8th year supporting Pacific Crest Trail days and we invite you to join us at the event. In 2005 I hiked from Mexico to Canada on the 2,658 mile Pacific Crest Trail and this experience was a big part of my inspiration for starting Portland Bike Tours. I will always be thankful for those who have helped create a path for others to explore and would like to contribute the same to my community. Join us in supporting the work of tireless advocates and volunteers that help create awareness and appreciation for our natural wild areas. – Evan “Manimal” Ross

GEAR FAIR

Learn about outdoor products from
PCT DAYS sponsors. Whether you are looking for tents, clothing, backpacks, camp stoves, etc…it’s all going to be here!

FREE CLASSES

Participate in one of the great free classes on Saturday.
Check out the schedule on this document or visit www.pctdays.com for more event details.

TRAIL WORK PARTY

Friday Sept. 5th give back to the trail and join a work party on the PCT!

Contact Dana: dhendricks@pcta.org.

GEAR RAFFLE & AUCTION

Don’t miss your chance to win great gear at the raffle & auction on Saturday at 5 pm!

DOCUMENTARY FILM & SLIDESHOW

See the documentary film “The Meaning of WILD” on Saturday at 8 pm, followed by a photo slideshow by Outdoor Viewfinder at 8:30 pm.

FREE CAMPING

Attendees may camp on the event site on Thunder Island for free and space is first- come, first-served. Camping is available on Fri. and Sat. nights only.

The 8th Annual Pacific

Crest Trail Days will take place September 5-7, 2014 on Thunder Island in Cascade Locks, Oregon, which is bor- dered by the Columbia River and surround- ed by the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. PCT DAYS is a great time for people to learn about the latest outdoor products from event sponsors, participate in free classes, join a trail work party, see a photography slideshow by Outdoor View- finder, and watch the documentary movie, “The Meaning of Wild.” The Pacific Crest Trail and other nearby trails offer access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest for hiking and biking just a short walk from the event site. The 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act falls on the week of the event, so there will be sever- al activities that tie in to celebrate the anni- versary. PCT DAYS is family-friendly and free to attend!

Don’t miss your chance to win amazing products at the gear raffle and auction on Saturday at 5 pm! All proceeds are donat- ed to the American Long Distance Hiking

Association-West and the Pacific Crest Trail Association for the protection, preservation and promotion of the trail. Tickets for the gear raffle are only $2 each for the first 5 tickets and $1 each thereafter and may be purchased on Friday and Saturday at the PCTA & ALDHA-WEST booths.

Camping is free on Thunder Island and available on a first-come, first-served ba- sis. Attendees may bring a small camp stove, but no charcoal or large open flame grills are allowed. Dogs are permitted, but please only bring those that are friendly and be sure to bring bags for their waste. For those who don’t wish to camp, there are hotels in town and an RV campsite in the Marine Park (reservations are encouraged

by calling 541.374.8619.) Local food & beverage vendors will be on-hand and there are several restaurants and a grocery store within walking distance of the event site.

Cascade Locks is 42 miles east of Portland and 20 miles west of Hood River just off I-84. From I-84, take the Cascade Locks exit, Thunder Island/Marine Park is a left just off of WaNaPa (Main) Street. Parking at the event site is free. To plan your stay or for more info on Cascade Locks, visit: http://www.cascadelocks.net

For event information, visit www.pctdays.com

To volunteer, please email:

pctdaysvol@gmail.com

PCT DAYS 2014 – Event Schedule

Friday, September 5: 10 am – 10 pm

10 am – 8 pm: Event Arrival / Set-up Day on Thunder Island, Cascade Locks, OR. Get a sneak peek at some of our sponsor’s products as they setup the gear fair and stake your claim on a free camp spot! There are lot’s of options for hiking and biking in the area, so whether you want to relax on the island or enjoy an outing in the Gorge, head to out to Cascade Locks on Friday and stay for the weekend!

8 pm – 10 pm: Join us for the PCT DAYS Welcome Party! (A social gathering / meet & greet event for gear reps, organization staff, event staff, and the public.)

Saturday, September 6: 10 am – 9:15 pm

10 am – 6:30 pm: PCT DAYS Gear Fair. Check out the latest and greatest products from our spon- sors! (Some sponsors will have products for sale.)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: FREE Class Session 1: “How to Capture Video on the Trail” with Scott “Squatch” Herriott and Miguel “VirGo” Aguilar.

2 pm – 3 pm: FREE Class Session 2: “Hiking the Backcountry with your K-9 Companion” with Whitney “Allgood” LaRuffa of Allgood’s K-9 Adventures.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: FREE Class Session 3: “Get Out More Tour Backpacking Clinic” with Backpacker Magazine.

5 pm – 6:30 pm: Gear Raffle & Auction. Don’t miss your chance to win great products / gear donated by our sponsors! The more tickets you buy, the better chance to win! Keep some extra change in your pocket for the Silent Auction after the raffle! We have packs, tents, gift certificates, footwear, cloth- ing, water bottles, and everything but the kitchen sink for you to win! All proceeds are donated to the PCTA and ALDHA-WEST.

6:30 pm – 8 pm: Dinner Break. Take time to relax or recharge with food & beverages from our vendors or head into town! Be sure to be back on Thunder Island by 8 pm for the documentary film “The Meaning of WILD” and the photography slideshow by Outdoor Viewfinder at 8:30 pm!

8 pm – 8:30 pm: Documentary Film: “The Meaning of Wild” presented by The Sitka Conservation Society. 8:45 pm – 9:15 pm: Photography Slideshow by Jason Waicunas of Outdoor Viewfinder, the PCT DAYS

event director.

Sunday, September 7:

10 am – 1 pm: PCT DAYS Gear Fair. Although the event will be winding down, stick around to check out the gear fair.

4 pm: PCT DAYS is over! Thank you for attending the event…please join us next year! For more info, visit www.pctdays.com

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Cycle Portland on the Front Page of LA Times Travel!

Here at Cycle Portland Bike Tours, we’re humbled and honored to be in the media yet again. This time with an awesome article from Chris Erskine over at the Los Angeles Times.

That’s our guide Sam on the front page of the Travel section!

Erskine calls our Essential Portland Tour, “[An] engaging way to get a feel for the city’s layout and some of its conventional and quirky offerings,” with a well-planned route that’s, “so pleasant [thanks to] the relatively flat terrain combined with plenty of shade.”

We had a blast pedaling with Chris and crew in our beautiful city, and look forward to showing you around, too!

You can book the Essential Portland Tour here, or check out our other tours, including our Brews Cruise, here.

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Cycle Portland Voted #3 Portland Activity!

Cycle Portland Bike Tours and Rentals is ranked #3 activity in Portland, Oregon according to TripAdvisor!  Many of our visitors say that our positive and numerous reviews on TripAdvisor led them straight to taking a tour with us.  Take a look at what people have to say about us here.

These are a few of the different tours we offer:

Essential Portland Tour:  Our signature Bike Tour and an ideal introduction to the City of Roses. A downtown neighborhood ride that is mostly flat and has many stops for learning about Portland history and culture.

The Foodie Fieldtrip: An ultimate Portland sensory experience! Ride with us to s few of our favorite flavor spots and taste along the way. Arrive hungry!

Brews Cruise:  Portland is known as Beervana and no visit would be complete without checking in on the craft Beer Scene. Roll with us through the “Brewery Blocks” in Portland’s beautiful Pearl District for some tasters, then finish the ride with a cold Hopworks Beer right off the taps in our bike shop!

Come on in for a tour, rental, or Bike Repair. – we’re open everyday from 9-6 p.m. and most repairs can be done same day.

We want to thank all our customers for providing their feedback and experiencing Portland by Bike with us – we wouldn’t be here without you.

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Bike Mechanic Postition Available!

We’re looking for an experienced mechanic to round out our team. Certification is preferred, but not required. Applicants should have at least two years experience and be comfortable working on a wide variety of different bike styles. This position includes working on the retail sales floor as well as behind the stand.
Customer Service experience is a must and you should enjoy working with the public. We also rent bikes at our shop and a large part of this position is checking bikes in and out to customers along with helping cyclists choose appropriate accessories for their needs.

Many of our customers are visitors from around the world and a large part of the position is being able to give directions, route assistance, and food/ drink recommendations to make their Portland experience a success. Position is seasonal, but could turn in to full time for the right candidate.

How to Apply
Please e-mail info@portlandbicycletours.com or drop off a resume at 117 NW 2nd Ave., along with a paragraph or two about why you would be a good fit for the position, and what days of the week you are available.

The full Job posting is available HERE.

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Pedalplooza is here!

Celebrate Portland’s annual Pedalpalooza Bike Festival June 5-28! Over three weeks of awesome events- from group rides for adults and kids to sing-a-long rides, and even unicycle polo.  Check out the website for a full listing, but here are a few highlights:     If you need a Rental Bike, then reserve now! we are always busy during the festival.

Friday, June 6  6:00pm – 2:00am. Ride leaves promptly at 7. MORRISSEY MOBILE DISCO – Salmon Street Springs Fountain, SW Naito Pkwy & Salmon St.

Friday, June 13 6-9pm SANTA RIDE – Couch Park, NW Glisan St & Path.

Tuesday, June 17 Meet at 2pm. Rides leaves 2:15pm. SUPER HERO ADVENTURE Woodstock City Park, SE 47th Ave and Harold Street. (We’ll be near the kids play area; look for tall bikes)

Sunday, June 22 2-5pm PEDALCAR KARAOKE III: RIDE OF EPIC BALLADS Col. Summers Park, SE 20th and Belmont(Near the Pedalcar with music.)

Tuesday, June 24 5:45pm THE DREAM OF THE 1890S IS ALIVE IN NW PORTLAND NW Cultural Center, 1819 NW Everett Street, Portland OR (Meet on the NW Cultural Center’s front steps)

Looking for a great multi-day bike trip not too far from Portland?  Check out the Willamette Vally Scenic Bikeway.  This 133 mile ride is just one of 11 of Oregon’s Scenic BikewaysTake Amtrak with your bike to Eugene, ride north from there riding through Oregon’s beautiful wine country!

Stop by the shop for any repairs or gear you may need for your ride.   See you out there!

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