Why I Ride
I started riding bicycles seriously in 1994 when I started my first law job as a Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney.
I wish I could say it was solely because of the joy of riding, but it started out as an economic decision. I did not make much money and parking, gas, insurance, etc. were eating up a big chunk of my paycheck. I first started by hauling my mountain bike to Lake Oswego and riding in from there. After a few months of riding, I got the bike bug bad and made the decision to sell my car and buy a road bike.
Around 1995 I started commuting full time from West Linn to the courthouse, which was a little over 20 miles each way with almost 1,000 feet of climbing. Pretty soon I was commuting 5 days a week and riding every weekend. I ended up moving to Portland in 1996 and my commute was only a few miles and I really missed the long miles, so a buddy suggested I start bike racing.
Bicycle racing soon became, besides trying cases, the main focus in my life. I trained around 30 hours a week and rode many thousands of miles a year. Before long, I joined a team and started doing stage races as well as cyclocross. I ended up racing for Presto Velo for a number of years and eventually became their main cash sponsor. Eddy Merckx and Mario Cipollini were my heroes and I was such a geek that I named my dog Cipo.
I eventually burnt out on racing around 2002 and went back to being a bicycle commuter. I started my personal injury law practice at the end of 2002. When I opened my doors, I started getting calls from cyclists who knew me and pretty quickly my practice evolved into a bicycle practice. I still do a number of motor vehicle cases, but the bulk of my practice is cycling cases.
Although I am no longer a super fit bicycle racer, cycling is still a big part of my life.
The first thing I do when I wake up is to check Velo and Cyclingnews.com and see what is happening in the world of bicycle racing. I bought a house on Skyline because I wanted to ride in the hills and to be able to commute on Leif Erickson. During the pandemic the courts were shut down so I had a lot more time to ride, so I went out and bought my dream bike (Colnago C64) and started road riding again. As much as I love gravel riding, I really enjoy riding where I don't have to get into a car to ride my bike. Getting back to my roadie roots has been a lot of fun and great way to build fitness.
When I am stressed out or having a bad day, I hop on my bike for an hour or two and it all goes away. I do my best thinking on my bike and when I am done I always feel better and I can't wait for the next ride. This is why I ride and will never stop riding.
Portland Bicycle Accident Attorney Michael A. Colbach
Host of Bicycleattorney.com - I want cyclists to get the best legal representation wherever they are. I network with many top USA bike attorneys (who are also dedicated long time cyclists themselves). Please email me if you are looking for an experienced bicycle attorney in any other state. I will try to help you find an experienced bicycle attorney in any other state at no charge to you.
I raced for the Presto Velo team, which is now the Bicycleattorney.com/racing team and I am their main cash sponsor.
Oregon Bicycle Racing
I support Oregon Bicycle Racing Assocation (OBRA) OBRA.org
Proud to have been a contributing sponsor of the Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge, and continuing spporter of the Alpenrose velodrome.
Proud to be a contributing partner of the Monday Nights Bike Race Series at Portland International Raceway - racing starts mid April - check out their schedule and pics from last year.
Looking forward to riding with the BicycleAttorney.com Cycling Team in the American Lung Association fundraiser, "Reach The Beach" - we'll be riding 104 miles from Portland to Pacific City. Join Us!