Deciding a “favorite” ride in Portland is such a difficult and simultaneously fabulous problem to have. I bought my Cruzbike in late August of 2014 and six months later I am still savoring the experience of trying a new ride every opportunity possible.
Portland has long been the king of cycling in the US with more cyclist per capita than any other city. So, I’m sure my favorite ride will continue to evolve and change as my experience grows, but for this moment, I will say my favorites include:
1 Mt Tabor.
2 Marine Drive bike path along the Columbia River
3 The downtown waterfront esplanade
I have always loved a wide variety of outdoor activities. From scuba diving, fishing, hiking, kayaking, gardening, roller blading to snow skiing, I savor it all; each in its own special way. Biking was one activity that I enjoyed, but certainly not at the top of my list because the upright position was always so painful even during a short ride.
The staff at Coventry Cycle in Portland was incredibly patient with me as I started the process of deciding which cycle is the right recumbent for me. For two weeks, I showed up almost every day, asked a lot of questions, and took a different bicycle for a test ride at least a half an hour each, and usually rode 2-3 different cycles per day. As I progressed through each of my test rides, one of my
key qualifying criteria that I had to keep asking myself was whether or not I felt that I could keep up with my grandson on that particular cycle. I know this sounds crazy but he is such an amazing cyclist. He just turned five and completed his first cyclocross race, or I should say “kiddie cross race” at 20 months.
I am not sure at what point the Cruzbike Quest appeared on the showroom floor, but from the moment I saw it, I was captivated. I know it was not there in the beginning. I loved the stunning look and was so intrigued by the front wheel drive. I asked all of the usual questions and I think on that particular day, my test ride was over an hour long. I knew almost immediately that I had found my match and I did not want to stop riding.
I was diagnosed about 20 years ago with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Not being able to ride was a real problem for me because my family are all cyclists, and many of our family outings involve cycling. Because I did not want to miss these special family moments, I needed another solution. The non weight-bearing semi-reclined position of the Cruzbike Quest completely eliminates all of that joint stress. There are many days it is really painful to walk but not at all to ride. THANK YOU CRUZBIKE!! I found my solution!
My youngest grandson turned two recently and we celebrated in one of Portland’s beautiful parks. The party was great, but the ride to and from the park was what I would call a true Cruzbike moment for me. There were eight of us caravanning to the party together. We loaded all of the party supplies, cake and presents into the child trailer and proceeded through Portland’s southeast neighborhood on one of the designated bike streets. I guess you could say the party began and ended with an incredible bike ride together. Memories to last a lifetime.