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Mini-bike Winter starts Wednesday

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 13th, 2006 at 1:43 pm

Grab your children and run for cover because Mini-bike Winter is coming. Starting Wednesday, local bike fun agitators from near and far will descend upon our fair city for a five-day feast of 16" wheeled madness. Or, in the words of one of the organizers, "an extended weekend of naked rides, office chair death races, spray paint parties and little wheel pain."

Sound like fun to you? Here's the official event flyer, and here are some of the events on the schedule:

  • Wednesday:
    Bike Polo at Colonel Summers Park - Open to the public. Bikes and gear will be supplied.
  • Friday:
    Mini-bike Steeplechase - "This event is not for the faint of heart. Race last about a hour and is on road and off road. just follow the trail marked out by flags or glowsticks and try to make it to the end." There's also a house party featuring performances by the Sprockettes, Show me the Pink, and more...
  • Saturday:
    Dance Party and Bike Fashion Show, followed by a Naked Ride (should be a cold one!). Here's a quote from one of the Naked Ride organizers, "There will be bags for clothes and official minibike winter fannypacks for your family jewels, er, I mean valubles. Unless you are a real hard ass, whiskey will be necessary by this point." If you've never done a naked bike ride, I'd highly recommend it. It's quite memorable to say the least, and planners are keeping their fingers crossed for a blizzard (they're sick like that)!
  • Sunday:
    Mini-bike Winter Olympics commence. Events include; Mini-bike toss, Ghost ride competition, backwards riding competition, mini-bike jousting, mini-bike derby, and of course a whole lot more. There will also be a special mini-bike Zoobomb race, "the most prized event of the winter olympics"

And these are only the public events. Other crazy stuff can only be known through word-of-mouth. For more information on when and where the events happen, check the listings on the Shift calendar or ask around for more secret info. Now, I just hope Eleni lets me borrow her bike!

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  • revphil February 13, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    volunteers are needed for the saturday's party! Give back to the FUN movement!

    Please email me, revphil at freegeek dot org to get in on the action

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  • David February 14, 2006 at 4:08 pm

    Rev Phil
    Your email address doesn't work.
    revphil@freegeek.org?

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  • ringer February 15, 2006 at 8:44 am

    Geez phil, i'm not sure the www is on the dl. I guess its better than the willy week. are we playing mini bike polo?

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  • David February 15, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    I'll bring the two mini bikes from the millhouse.

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  • andrew morton February 17, 2006 at 11:10 am

    i'm so waiting for the int'l olympic comittee to sue for infringing on their rings trademark... it's totally their jam.

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  • [...] Torino shmorino. Who needs those other Olympics when we’ve got our very own Mini Bike Winter Olympics? Unfortunately I didn’t partake in the ceremonies but it looked pretty awesome from the photos I’ve come across. By far the craziest thing I’ve seen are clothing-impaired Zoobombers charging into the freezing Willamette River. [...]

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  • [...] While in town for the recent Mini-Bike Winter Olympics, several Canadians went for an impromptu ride through Lloyd Center Mall. Here’s an account from one of the riders: “It was a pretty awesome experience. People were DOWNRIGHT OFFENDED that we were in the mall with our bikes, even though we were very respectful and didn’t bump into people or anything. We could see some people physicallly freezing up or wringing their hands. The mall is supposed to be SAFE. They’re not supposed to have to DEAL with these THINGS. They were nervous and pissed all in one and they wanted to lash out at us. A few people did. The security guards definitely did. We took the escalator, the elevator and some stairs. It was great.” [...]

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