CLINIC - Trailside Bike Repair

Photo: Daniel Sharp

Photo: Daniel Sharp

 

February 15
Presented by Gracie's Wrench 
Northlake Physical Therapy (in the Pearl)
6-9pm
$25

Register Here

Bikepacking is hard on your bike. Dust, rocks, stream crossings--at some point things will go sideways, and having a few basic repair skills can make the difference between hiking out with your head down or riding on into the sunset.

This 3-hour class will include 1.5 hours of demonstration from Tori Bortman of Gracie’s Wrench and 1.5 hours of hands-on skills practice for attendees on their own bikes.

We will cover the most common trailside repairs and basic maintenance including:

• Chain repair

• Brake adjustments

• Brake pad replacements

• Brake rotor care

• Simple derailleur adjustments

• Tire troubles

• A tool kit review

And much more…

 

Cost includes:

Instruction

Handouts

Loaner Tools

Supplies

 

Participants bring their bike, multi-tools, and a curious mind

 

 

2018 Event Calendar — Stewardship Campouts, Sawyer Trainings, Slideshows, & more

2018 Event Calendar — Stewardship Campouts, Sawyer Trainings, Slideshows, & more

It's the new year and we're gearing up for a busy twelve months on the Oregon Timber Trail. A lot of you have been asking about our popular Stewardship Campouts and Sawyer Certifications so we've been busy getting all our ducks in a row. Here is our 2018 calendar of events covering a broad spectrum from cooking, in the backcountry, to social panel events, to weekend-long certifications. We hope this series is inspiring and educational and we're looking forward to sharing these experiences with you. 

Technical Skills for Backcountry Trail Maintenance

Technical Skills for Backcountry Trail Maintenance

Ever gone to a trail work party and wish there was actual instruction? Us too! Taught by Kevin Rowell of the USFS, this weekend-long intensive will include both classroom learning as well as hands-on, on-trail skills development. The trail building skills class will focus on the basics of logout, brushing and tread work for backcountry trails. Participants will learn how to run safe, regulation-compliant and productive trail work events. Highly recommended for anyone looking to participate in upcoming OTT or Trans-Cascadia work events!

Deschutes Tier Stewardship Campout 2018

Deschutes Tier Stewardship Campout 2018

The Oregon Timber Trail Alliance has committed to maintaining a figure-8 loop of trails that connect the Cascade Lakes area outside of Bend to Waldo Lake and Fuji Mountain. Fast flowing trails through ponderosa forests and over ancient volcanic flows. Brisk dips in your choice of lakes and work clearing downed trees as well as repairing trail tread and water crossings. 

Sawyer Certification & First Aid - Horse Creek Lodge

Sawyer Certification & First Aid - Horse Creek Lodge

One of our greatest identified needs to improve the experience of trail users along the Oregon Timber Trail corridor is trail maintenance. A large part of that work involves removing downed trees each season. In order to do so safely and legally with power saws on National Forest managed lands one needs to obtain a certification. This certification is the same detailed S212 course that is used nationwide to certify USFS employees, fire fighters, and anyone using saws on public lands. In 2017 the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance helped train 20 new sawyers who subsequently contributed 534 hours of volunteer labor maintaining trails on pubic lands. Thank you!

Sawyer Certification & First Aid - Suttle Lodge

Sawyer Certification & First Aid - Suttle Lodge

One of our greatest identified needs to improve the experience of trail users along the Oregon Timber Trail corridor is trail maintenance. A large part of that work involves removing downed trees each season. In order to do so safely and legally with power saws on National Forest managed lands one needs to obtain a certification. This certification is the same detailed S212 course that is used nationwide to certify USFS employees, fire fighters, and anyone using saws on public lands. In 2017 the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance helped train 20 new sawyers who subsequently contributed 534 hours of volunteer labor maintaining trails on pubic lands. Thank you!

SURVEY: Did you ride part or all of the Oregon Timber Trail? We want to hear from you.

© Gabriel Amadeus

© Gabriel Amadeus

Since launching the Oregon Timber Trail route guide and GPS files in June over 1,000 people have download these resources. But how many of you actually got out on the trail? We've seen some incredible journeys play out on the OTT Riders Facebook Group, The Radavist, Revelate Designs, and MTBR.com but now we want to hear about your experience.

It doesn't matter if you only rode for a few hours or a few weeks, your answers will help improve the route resources, guide trail alignment improvements, and obtain grant funding. We appreciate your time and sincerely thank you for exploring Oregon with us in the Pioneer Year of the Oregon Timber Trail. 

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Waucoma Backcountry Swift Campout

Waucoma Backcountry is a high ridgeline on the northeast shoulder of Mount Hood adjacent to the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. It offers splendid views of the mountain and Columbia River Gorge, as well as peaceful alpine lakes and wildflower meadows. A network of defunct dirt roads and trails provide access for hikers and mountain bikers alike. 

The Oregon Timber Trail Alliance loosely organized a beginner-friendly trip into the area last weekend as part of the Swift Campout. Three first-time bikepackers and a handful of experienced bike campers rode the aqueduct trail from Kingsley Reservoir and found a splendid base camp deep in the forest at Black Lake. The following day some of us ventured towards Wahtum Lake but found the trail blocked by a gnarl of windfall, while others relaxed in camp and enjoyed fishing and floating in the crystal clear lake. 

The Waucoma Backcountry is a newly proposed recreation area that the OTTA fully supports in conjunction with a variety of user organizations from the northwest corner of the state. Oregon, especially near the Portland metro area, is in dire need of entry-level and car-free bikepacking areas. The Waucoma Backcountry area proposes roughly 3 miles of new trail (mostly short connectors) and about 25 miles of road-to-trail conversions. The resulting network would provide a multitude of options for families, beginners, and seasoned bikepackers alike to access lakeside campgrounds and create trips as short or as long as they desire throughout the non-technical and stunningly scenic landscape. Not to mention providing Oregon Timber Trail riders an enticing spur option to extend their journey by a few days. 

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