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Shift into the Portland, Ore., spirit with a bike tour around town
Shift into the Portland, Ore., spirit with a bike tour around town

Portlandia is pridefully weird, with its love of beards, bikes and crazy junk food. After a couple of high-calorie days here, I want to put the fetching little city on my handlebars and ride. So I do. Cycle Portland Bike Tours' basic ride-around starts downtown about a mile from the city's core. During the two-hour ride, guide Sam Appelbaum huddles up the 10 of us at various pit stops around town for breezy accounts of the city's history. It's an engaging way to get a feel for the city's layout and some of its conventional and quirky offerings. At our first stop along the waterfront, we learn how former Gov. Tom McCall led the effort to turn the strip of...

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