Biking to Sherrard Point (Larch Mountian's Summit)

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The summit sits at 4055 feet, its parking lot is where the Portland Astronomy club meets to study the night sky. The viewpoint is worth the ride, or drive; on a clear day, you can see four major mountians, with a ~270 degree field of view. As for climbing this hill on a bike...we'll, you'd better be reasonably fit, or the screaming legs of exhaustion will turn you around. From my house, Google Read more

A hotbed of creative engineers: Portland, Oregon

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In the past few years I've met some amazing engineers, many are local folks...there must be something in the water. The list grows daily, and I can no longer track them all manually. So...now comes a wiki page Examples: : : My list is absurdly-long...keep an eye on the new wiki page! Read more

BGE Mirror Setting

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Awesome! I knew I wasn't crazy; a guy I used to work with, who trains police, competitive racers, and other professional drivers, once explained a mirror adjustment technique. Since them, I've used it to effectively eliminate blinds spots. Until today, I didn't know what it was called... It's the Blindspot and Glare Elimination (BGE) mirror setting; developed in 1996 by a member of the Society of Read more

Smart Car + Bike Rack = Cool

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I've been using a Yakima rack on my G&K imported 2006 Smart ForTwo Passion (glass roof) for ~8 months, and have been very happy with it.<br /> It was installed by RackAttack in Portland OR, and these guys already had installation instructions (including which clips were needed, etc...) in their internal database. Though one source for me was ClubSmartCar.com (search their site for Read more

Recumbent bikes & crashing

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Crashing your bike on a recumbent often means a sore tush, not a broken collarbone...I'd post a picture, but instead just imagine a palm-sized road rash on my butt. :-/ Read more