March 2017 Top Talk

President Chip Kyle Do you think it is something we did do, or something we didn’t do – an act of commission or an act of omission? Whatever the cause, the weather deities seem to be a little perturbed and have not been kind to us. In January,… Read More

February 2017 Top Talk

President Chip Kyle Well, once again the weather deities have not been kind to us.  Record cold in Portland; extended snow on the ground and ice.  It kept me off the bike for much of the first half of January.  When I’m stuck indoors and get bored with… Read More

January 2017 Top Talk

President Chip Kyle As I sit here and write this just before Christmas, I realize that the last two Decembers have not been favorable for our club’s activities. Here is an excerpt from last January’s Top Talk:  “. . . we have been washed out of our club… Read More

December 2016 Top Talk

President Chip Kyle It’s almost the end of 2016, and as I reflect on the last twelve months, I see it has been an instructive, fun, challenging and rewarding year!  Looking back, there are numerous highlights that come to mind:  our ability and willingness to offer a ride… Read More

November 2016 Top Talk

President Chip Kyle Happy November, everyone! I began last month’s column extolling the fantastic weather we were enjoying and encouraging all to get out on their bikes to take advantage of it. My last sentence of that opening paragraph advised that “less clement weather was on… Read More

October 2016 Top Talk

President Chip Kyle I hope you have been able to get out on your bike during this time of fantastic weather to enjoy a ride or three.  This really is the sweet spot during the year weather-wise, warm sunny days, but not too hot, low humidity, cool nights… Read More

September 2016 Top Talk

President Chip Kyle I usually schedule a week­long bike ride each summer, and this year marked my 20th year for doing so.  In contrast to some of our heartier club members who prefer self-contained touring, I take a slightly more relaxed approach and ride a fully supported tour… Read More

August 2016 Top Talk

President Chip Kyle We have just come off two months of extensive volunteer efforts by members of our bike club. Last month was the Pioneer Century (the subject of last month’s Top Talk), and this month was the finish line of the Seattle to Portland bike ride. As… Read More