7 Bikes for 7 Wonders: The Columbia River Gorge

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    Ride Oregon Staff
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**7/25 – This bike was found by Spencer Roedel.**

Each of the 7 Wonders of Oregon offers a different, exciting ride. To celebrate this, we asked seven of the best bicycle builders in the state to each build a one-of-a-kind bicycle, one for each of our 7 Wonders. This bike was built for the Columbia River Gorge.

Ben Farver knows the Columbia River Gorge so well that he understands it’s not just one place – it’s a region made up of a vast variety of places, and terrains, and riding. So when he set out to design and build the perfect bike for the Gorge, he knew his focus had to stay broad. “I made a bike that can handle both paved and gravel road surfaces, as well as climbing and descending, because of the variety of terrain in the Gorge,” he explains. “The geometry of the frame is suited well for the diversity of landscape and terrain – on both pavement and gravel. It’s fast for the paved parts and stable for the gravel roads.”

The bike, designed within a traditional road-bike framework, purposely doesn’t have a lot of specific elements that are only useful in one environment. It’s set up to accommodate 28cc tires and has disk brakes, but “there’s no compromise in any one direction – it’s not overbuilt for gravel so road riding isn’t fun, and it’s not too sketchy or unstable to take off the pavement,” Ben says. “It can take you to all the fantastic places in the Gorge, in a fast and fun way.”

The theme of variety extended to the bike’s finish, as well. The multi-color paint job on the bike accentuates the stark contrast of the landscape, going from the tan hues of the arid desert-like land out around The Dalles to the lush green of the Multnomah Falls area. In the end, Ben counts this bike among his favorite projects. The best part? “Designing a bike around an area of Oregon I’m really familiar with – I’m confident in my choices of design and geometry. It’s such a cool place to take inspiration from; there’s so much beauty and diversity there.”

This bike is size medium/large, suitable for those 5’8″ to 5’11″ tall.

Additional Resources

  • While you’re at the Gorge, take a self-guided hut-to-hut mountain bike trip with Cascade Huts.
  • Ride all three restored segments of the Historic Columbia River Highway, or choose the one that suits you best.
  • For a change of pace, ditch the pavement for a gravel ride on the Wasco-Loop.

Comments

  1. Your bike sounds awesome!

  2. I really want to know where this one would be!

  3. I live on the Columbia. I think u ou should put a bike like t h is into production and sell it to folks Who would like a bike that is suited to their locale. Let me know if you do.

  4. Nice bike!

  5. Well here goes…

  6. I love biking and I love the Gorge. We live in Troutdale and we love that we are always just a few miles from hundreds of trails from the Gorge to Hood. I can not wait to hunt for this bike.

  7. […] Columbia River Gorge: ”It’s not overbuilt for gravel so road riding isn’t fun, and it’s not too sketchy […]

  8. Sweet bike!!

  9. This bike is perfect for trails and pavement of the Gorge

  10. This is exactly why I am so proud of having moved to Oregon, and I need to get the rest of my family out here. You represent all the priorities I believe in.

  11. I want to send this to my biking friends. Too fun.

  12. this bike is awesome. A fun idea to get out there

  13. great looking bike, awesome idea! Looking forward to explore!

  14. The beer is a nice touch! ;-)

  15. This is very exciting. A hunt for sweet wheels in the sweetest place on earth.

  16. […] Columbia River Gorge bike: When he considered all the great types of riding available in the Columbia River Gorge, Bend bike maker Ben Farver knew he wanted to create one bike that a rider could enjoy them all on – so he built the Swiss Army knife of bicycles. Find this bike starting the week of July 20th. […]

  17. LOVE the bike!! I can’t wait to go on the hunt for the Columbia Gorge bike on 07/20 :)

  18. Sweet ride!

  19. Had a blast searching for this bike last Saturday morning!

    I realize now that all the clues were in that video. Couldn’t figure out why you showed him at the boat ramp. Now I know that it was Koberg Beach, and the bike was on the Old Koberg Beach Road that leads from the old Historic Hwy (Hatfield trail in this area) to Koberg Beach. And I also caught “Head west in the morning” to clue us it would be closer to the Mosier end.

    Great work…do this again next year