CHAINRINGS — Sunset Cycles Monthly Newsletter




Ride With a Friend

by Roger Colwell 

It’s February, or as it’s known around many households, the month when many of us rack our brains to find the perfect “gift for my sweetheart” or ponder the “special activity to do as a couple.”

Regardless of whether or not you’re looking for a sweetheart of a deal, it is worth a gentle reminder of the benefits of cycling with a friend.

Although by nature a solitary sport, many cyclists can’t imagine a ride without friends. In the peloton, there is strength in numbers. Outside of a racing environment, however, the bonds formed by pedaling in sync can rival many other sports. The same headwinds, the same hills to climb, and the same scenery to savor offer a shared experience unequaled in sport.

Even when the relationships aren’t intimate, a bike ride brings people together. Unplugged from the digital world, with no mobile phones or iPads to get in the way, the back roads traveled by a group of cyclists become the new boardroom, replacing the golf course as the preferred substitute business meeting. The ride is TRUE social media; the REAL Face Time, where dealmakers can find equal footing, the weaker rider falling into a slipstream when the pedaling gets tough and the stronger rider offering a helping hand. In this regard, the bike breaks down barriers that a conference table might have otherwise presented.

For the ultimate in communication, there’s always the tandem bicycle, where two riders of different abilities can coexist in the same space, with every pedal stroke rotated in a perfect harmony. rogertandemIf you really want to have quality time with someone you love, I’d suggest this as the ultimate in couples therapy! One thing about riding tandems is guaranteed: The memories you’ll create will be unforgettable (just ask me about the time my wife and I were pulled over by border control agents at the Canadian/U.S. border, accused of having illegally crossed).

Of course, don’t forget to buy a nice greeting card, possibly some chocolates, and a flower or two on February 14th. Just keep in mind that the best way to spend quality time with a friend or colleague can be as easy as getting in the saddle and heading out for a ride.

Please let us know how Sunset Cycles can help you and a friend get more out of a ride together.

As always, thanks for your support of Portland’s premier west side bicycle shop!



February Bike Fitting Special

For our special customers only, we’ve been offering deeply discounted pricing on custom fitting services. Schedule your fitting by February 15th.

To help you better understand the fitting process and the benefits of a quality bike fit, we’ve created this tutorial (cleverly designed as a quiz).



Each month in CHAINRINGS, Sunset Cycles previews another great Washington County bike ride. With the varied terrain available in our area, each ride is certain to be a winner.

This month’s ride: Tandemonium

Our ride rating category is simple, ranging from one CHAINRING (easiest) to five CHAINRINGS (most challenging). Here’s the criteria:

One chainring: Flat ride, minimal climbing
Two chainrings: Rolling hills, short climbs
Three chainrings: Moderate hills, possibly some short, steep climbs
Four chainrings: Challenging terrain with numerous, longer climbs
Five chainrings: Very difficult terrain with numerous, steep, long climbs


tandemvintage2Solo rides are one thing, but riding a tandem bike can present an entirely new set of cycling challenges. Depending on the ability and experience of both riders, tandem cycling can be a rich, rewarding experience or a figurative non-stop uphill climb. Speaking of hills, the combined weight of the riders, coupled with a bigger bike, typically mean that climbs are a tandem rider’s biggest hurdle.

With that in mind, this month’s WASHCO ride of the month keeps things relatively flat, but certainly not boring. From central Beaverton, you’ll ride west through pastoral farmlands on roads that generally have good shoulders or are lightly traveled  This ride is an out-and-back to the town of Gaston, which makes a great lunch or beverage stop with your riding partner(s).

Here’s a link to full route directions and map.



Team In Training (triathlon team) ride: Saturday March 2nd

Sunset Cycles is very proud once again to support the mission of a local Team In Training triathlon training group as they prepare for an assault on a number of different fundraising events this year. Representatives from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be on hand to discuss the mission of the organization, offer training and fundraising tips, and share a lineup of events you might like to try. More info here.

Team In Training, Round 2:Picture3   As you might remember from previous issues of Chainrings, our store employees Ashley and Ali are both riding in “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride” in Lake Tahoe, NV this coming June. Their quest is just underway (a ride last Saturday near the shop kicked off their outdoor training), and they have a few longer rides scheduled soon. You can do your part in helping them hit their $7000 fundraising goal by donating here.



Trail Maintenance

The Sunset Cycles team has been very busy clearing trail debris at the Wilson River Trail system west of Portland. wrtteamSpecial lightweight chainsaws and a fun attitude have gone a long way to helping our local area trails be more user friendly for all riders. A big thank you to team members who have pitched in.



Speak, oh ye denizens of the Sunset Cycles world! Give us your opinions on this month’s question…


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