Club Meeting Presentations -Portland Bicycling Club

Club Meeting Presentations

One of the components of Portland Bicycling Club’s 501(c)(3) status is our educational outreach. This is fulfilled not only by our training of ride leaders and pre-ride safety talks, but through presentations at club meetings. Below is a partial list of past presenters. Note that club meetings are not scheduled in January (because of the Awards Banquet) or in August (because of the annual picnic). Presenters are not scheduled in December because of the pot-luck, bike swap meet, and collection of donated goods. If you have an idea for a presentation, please contact the club president.

MARCH 2020

Prior to the meeting Alan Coppola gave a presentation on the status of the Pedals and Pints event.

Daniel Amoni, founder of Bike Loud PDX, gave a presentation on his organization.


Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator for PBOT, shared some history, plans and answered multiple questions from members regarding bike infrastructure in Portland.


John Neller of Auburn Washington was given a few minutes to share details of his upcoming Eugene/Willamette Valley ride in 2020. His intent was to invite members of all bicycle clubs up and down the Pacific Coast with the hope of getting representatives from most. This will be a 4 day ride, with a sag vehicle, from Portland to Salem to Albany and to Eugene and then a train ride back.


Kevin Schmidt, PT, MSPT, CMP of Pedal PT shared insights into pain suffered while riding and possible causes and solutions. Proper bike fit is most often the key.


City of Portland’s Officer Dave Sanders from the Bike Theft Task Force discussed bike theft and prevention and allowed those present to personally experience the ease of cutting through a cable lock. He also raffled off 2 U-Locks and a hat.


Member Maria Sworske shared highlights of her cycling trip in South Africa.

JUNE 2019

Ira Ryan, co-owner of Breadwinner Cycles, “maker of handmade, custom bicycles for people who love to ride every day,” gave a history of his company and demonstrated their techniques using member Mark Klein’s Breadwinner bike and a stripped down steel frame. He also mentioned that they had acquired Sugar Wheel Works, a bike wheel company they had been working with for years. The Breadwinner shop also has a coffee shop where groups can meet before or after a ride and view bikes being made.

MAY 2019

Salmon Cycling Classic, June 29 – Steven Van Wechel presented information on the Gran Fondo out of Wilsonville. The ride offers distances of 90k, 60k, and a 25k family ride, with a fully catered post-ride salmon dinner. Price is $65 until May 31 and riders get a $5 rebate when groups of 5 register. Cost after June 1 is $85. − French Prairie-Willamette River Crossing – Steven also reported plans are going forward on a new pedestrian/bicycle bridge being constructed to the west of the I-5 Boone Bridge over the Willamette River in Wilsonville.

Ride to Defeat ALS, July 20 – Jan and Donny Steinbock returned to give a brief presentation regarding this fundraising ride. The event starts in Mt. Angel and offers distances of 25, 50, 61, 77 miles and a 3-mile family fun ride.

New website demonstration – Alan Coppola, Website Committee, gave a brief ‘walk through’ demonstration of some of the new features offered under the members only login section. If you have any problems or questions, contact any member of the Web Committee.

MARCH 2019

Cathy Gidley, from the American Lung Association, gave an informational presentation on the history of the organization, which included information on the Reach the Beach cycling event. The ride is offering a new start location this year and changes in the route which use lighter trafficked roads. The new routes can be found at ridewithGPS/com/routes/29323174. She thanked the Club for offering training rides over the years and supporting the ALA.


Pat McManus shared slides of her cycling trip last fall along the Rails to Trails Great Allegheny Passage and through the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park. Lasting 6 days, Pat and husband Richard Miselis covered 285 miles of the route from Pittsburg to Washington D.C. Check out the PWTC Library for two books regarding the canal path.


Eric Merc, VP of OTTO Design Works, gave a short presentation on the newer technology of their product, OTTOlocks. He demonstrated how they work and their merits for deterring bike thieves in short-term use situations.


Yashar Vasef, from the Community Cycling Center (CCC), gave tonight’s presentation. Coming from a background working in the non-profit community Yashar gave a full description of the many programs CCC offers (Tuesday Night work nights, Tool Library, Cully Neighborhood Project, The Hub, Summer Bike camps in collaboration with Metro, Portland’s Bike Town orange bike rental program, Safe Routes to School, and their Holiday Bike Drive). Most of their programs are supported through volunteer efforts. They are currently looking for kids’ bikes to fix up for the Holiday Bike Drive giveaway as well as volunteers to work the event. In the past, CCC has been a recipient of PWTC’s charitable donations.


Captain McCageor ‘Cage’ Byrd of Portland’s Traffic Division was on hand to answer questions and present information on traffic enforcement as it relates to bicyclists and safety. His top recommendations for cyclists were ‘be visible’ and ‘be predictable’.

JULY 2018

Emily Dalsfoit, yoga instructor, demonstrated stretches to help with flexibility and loosening up tight muscles during and after a ride.

JUNE 2018

Jonathan Garcia, co-owner of Rose City Recumbent Cycles, discussed the trend towards recumbent cycling and attributes of three different styles of frames he had brought as examples.

Jan Steinbock (Connor) and husband, Don, gave a short presentation supporting the 2018 Ride to Defeat ALS starting from Mt. Angel on July 14. This fundraiser event supports the Oregon and SW Washington Chapters of the ALS Foundation.

MAY 2018

Member Phil Lingelbach gave a presentation on the Cascading Rivers Ride. Sponsored by the Estacada Development Association, the event was begun in 2014 and offers several 1-day routes and a 144-mile, 2-day route from Estacada to Detroit Lake on September 29-30. There are also four gravel bike routes being offered this year. EDA is also offering the “Moon Ride” on August 25 – start time is 10:00 pm.

MARCH 2018

James Emond, owner of The Missing Link Bicycle Shop, presented an instructive and entertaining program on fixing tire flats.


Member Jennifer Peterson showed slides and talked of her solo 6-month, 6,000-mile loaded bike trip in South America, traveling through Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Columbia.


Michael Sylvester, from Bicycle Fitting Services, presented an informative program on the process of fitting a bike, a cyclist’s body mechanics, and the benefit to cyclists of yoga as they age.


Doug Decker, Project Development Director, gave an overview of the Salmonberry Trail’s rails-to-trail project. Funded through the Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust, the long-range project would develop the abandoned Pacific Railway & Navigation rail line. Beginning east of Vernonia along the Banks-Vernonia trail, it would travel through the Coast Range to the coast and down to Tillamook.


Jillian Detweiler, Executive Director, and Sheilagh Griffin, Educational Director of Street Trust (previously known as the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) reported on the expanding regional focus of the organization’s statewide cycling, pedestrian, and transit activities and, more specifically, educational programs for school-aged children and encouragement programs for women.

JUNE 2017

David Rosen, owner and frame maker from Sage Titanium Bicycles, displayed his custom titanium bikes and gave a presentation on his company and products. In addition, Jim Buchanan, Club Librarian, gave an overview of the club’s book and CD inventory available for members to borrow.

Brian Link, Co-owner of VeloFix mobile bike repair service, presented helpful pre-ride tips to ensure your bike is in top working order before you head out the door for a day of cycling.

MAY 2017

Rich Fein and Tyler Desjardins, from Cynergy E-bikes, presented information on the technology and attributes of e-bikes. Demonstrations had been held prior to the meeting allowing members to try different models.

APRIL 2017

Jude Gerace, from Sugar Wheel Works, shared her philosophy of wheel building and the main issues riders should consider when having a set of custom wheels built.

MARCH 2017

Erik Tonkin from Sellwood Cycle Repair gave an informative presentation on how the Portland bike market has evolved over the last 10 years from small independent shops to direct partnerships with manufacturers.


Seth von Gretline, Service Manager from Western Bike Works, gave an informative presentation on tire and tube products and their technology.


Brian Link from the mobile bicycle repair business VeloFix, presented educational and entertaining tips for successful shifting techniques.


The main program was preceded by a short slide show of Bud Rice’s recent bike trip on Idaho’s Trail of the Coeur d’Alene. Thanks were extended to Jan Oestereich and Brian Hammer for putting together the presentation.

Roger Geller, Portland’s Bicycle Program Coordinator, gave an informative presentation focusing on the history of Portland’s planning and policies of the city’s cycling transportation programs and how Portland compares with other national and international recognized programs.


Jonas Johnson and Jay Sycip, representatives from Chris King Precision Components, presented an historical overview of the company and a development timeline of the various components they produce and sell. They also brought a sample of their components and donated a book to the club.

JULY 2016

Annalisa Fish, DPT, from Endurance PDX shared information regarding the benefits of bike fitting and how a proper bike fitting improves the comfort and efficiency of cycling. Endurance PDX is located in the Sellwood area. At the conclusion of her presentation, time was given for Q&A.

JUNE 2016

Mechanic Tori Bortman from Gracie’s Wrench demonstrated basic chain and wheel cleaning techniques. In addition to being a mechanic, she also teaches small group classes in basic and full bicycle maintenance.