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Pedalpalooza Day 7: Rides and Reports

Posted by on June 13th, 2007 at 1:03 pm

After a brief hiatus, we’re back with Pedalpalooza coverage.

Here’s what’s on the calendar tonight.

BIKE TO SKATE POTLUCK

    Rose Quarter Water Fountain
    5:45pm, Skating begins at 7pm
    Come Skate at the West coast premier skating rink Oaks Park.
    Learn to Skate or Show off your skating style. $5 includes entrance fee & skate rental. Family Friendly. Rex skating starts at 9:30–free lessons. Bring a potluck item to enjoy, by the river, before skating.

BICYCLE LEGAL CLINIC

    1979 SW 5th Ave., Portland
    6:00pm – 7:00pm
    Bike lawyer Ray Thomas will give a talk on bike laws, how to defend your rights on the road, and how to bike safely and respect the laws. Attendees will take home, in addition to all this new knowledge. Thomas’s book “Pedal Power: A Legal Guide for Oregon Bicyclists” for free. RSVP to info[at]bta4bikes.org so we know how many chairs to borrow.

PORTLAND BY CYCLE CLINIC: BUYING A BIKE

    3218 SE 21st Ave (7-Corners Cycles)
    6:30pm – 8:00pm
    Thinking about a new ride, but mystified by the myriad choices available? Join bike maven extraordinaire Corey Cartwright for some tips of what to look for in a bike, & how to identify what type of bike meets your cycling needs.
    Hosted by PDOT’s Transportation Options / Portland By Cycle program.

B IS FOR BICYCLE

    Broadway Bridge (West side – overlooking Union Station)
    7:00pm
    By bicycle we go finding adventure in the letter B. Here is how it works: The bikefun is up to you: bring a ride idea or destination that is A) in Central Portland (not in the boonies) B) All Ages (sorry no bars), C) Free & D) Starts with the letter B. Such as… Blowing bubbles by BigPink or Bicycling Belmont bellowing “Bikes are D’Bomb” to bystanders. Before we ride, we’ll throw all our the ideas into a Bike Helmet and randomly choose our bikefun for the rest of the night. B there or B square. Note: bring all your own props yo.

GRAFFITI RIDE

    201 SE 12th Ave (Three Friends Coffee House)
    7:00pm
    We will take a tour through the inner southeast industrial area (and beyond) and consider the different forms and manifestations of graffiti.

DANCE PARTY ON WHEELS WITH THE SPROCKETTES

    SE 20th & Belmont (Col. Summers Park, next to tennis courts!)
    7:00pm, At 7:30 we ride!!!!
    Come ride with the Sprockettes and our bumpin’ mobile sound system. Wear hot pink & black if you feel it in public. After the ride we’ll blast jams on the waterfront and play memory dance chain! Ever wanted to try Sprockette bike tricks? Want to learn a fresh new dance move? Come play with us!!! Now is the time…we are the ones!

Check the official Pedalpalooza calendar for more info.

Remember to leave a comment below with ride reports and links to photos!

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  • Jessica Roberts June 13, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Yay, you\’re back! We missed you.

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  • Anonymous June 13, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Just like the pusher man, get ya hooked and then hold out on you.

    Can\’t you see that I\’m shaking here! Gimme my BP fix man, come on!

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  • Dan Kaufman June 13, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    HOORAY BIKE PORTLAND IS BACK!!!!!

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  • peejay June 13, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    Whoa, he sprockettes know how to throw down a good time with the rolling dance party! That sh** is tight! Hula hoops AND breakdancing, all up in the Esplanade, with the lycras rolling by.

    If you missed it, you lose!

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  • Donald June 13, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    No photos to offer, but we did make it out to the Tabor races for the second week in a row today. As always, nice stuff.

    Did see a rider go down near the playground due to an errant soccer ball. Racing in public parks is a tough balancing act.

    Less excusable, however, were the three near misses I saw because of unaware folks walking unleased dogs on the road.

    Does OBRA need more volunteers to yell \”RIDERS!\”? I didn\’t see any from the top of the hill to the bottom on the back side both coming in and going out. In fact, as we made our way back down the south face, we had to right two downed warning signs. (actually, as we sat watching the last lap we figured it out: It was the wind from the pack knocking at least one of them down. Kinda cool, according to my three-year-old.)

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  • Jonathan Maus / BikePortland June 13, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    And the beat goes on! Pedalpalooza has been amazing this year… more people than ever.

    I just got back from the Graffiti Ride and the Sprockettes Dance Party…

    The Graffiti Ride had at least 40-50 people. The leader, Hunter Shobe, knew a lot about urban street culture. It was very informative. Here\’s a photo from the ride (view entire gallery).

    \"Graffiti

    And the Sprockettes rocked it tonight on the Esplanade.. Easily 140 or so people!
    Here\’s a shot of the action (view entire gallery):

    \"Sprockette

    woohoo!

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  • Jonathan Maus / BikePortland June 14, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    B if for Bicycle report (by Carye Bye)

    Leader: Carye Bye / each person led or contributed to an event that happened during the ride

    Date: 6/13/07

    Start time: 7 pm

    Duration: 2.5 hours

    Approx. Distance: 2 mi(?) circling mostly around downtown

    Number of riders: 10 (11 if you count Barbie)

    Synopsis of ride: The ride was about finding an adventure in the letter B. Each rider wrote down something to do that begins with B, and then we randomly pulled the Bike Fun task out of a hat – we blew bubbles and kisses, bowed, barked, we\’re baptised as born-again bicyclists, built bird gliders, biked back and forth on bridges, boogied to bumping beats with babes.
    Photos and a detailed ride report can be read here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/redbat/sets/72157600358408779/

    High points: this ride was completely experimental, but 10 bicyclists were up for the bike fun, and we never got tired of Bs. Barking in front of Powell\’s Books was absolutely beautiful, and ending the ride at the Sprockettes party at dusk with fortune-telling with Ms. Bronte was perfect.

    Low points: None. no expections – a great time!

    Would you do it again? If so, What would you change? I might, maybe next we\’ll look for Adventure in the letter P. Change: Confusing everyone with the exact location of Broadway Bridge for the start. I hope we didn\’t miss you.

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  • Jonathan Maus / BikePortland June 14, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Official report on Sprockettes ride by Shannon:

    Name of Ride: B is for Bicycle

    Leader: Carye Bye / each person led or contributed to an event that happened during the ride

    Date: 6/13/07

    Start time: 7 pm

    Duration: 2.5 hours

    Approx. Distance: 2 mi(?) circling mostly around downtown

    Number of riders: 10 (11 if you count Barbie)

    Synopsis of ride: The ride was about finding an adventure in the letter B. Each rider wrote down something to do that begins with B, and then we randomly pulled the Bike Fun task out of a hat – we blew bubbles and kisses, bowed, barked, we\’re baptised as born-again bicyclists, built bird gliders, biked back and forth on bridges, boogied to bumping beats with babes.
    Photos and a detailed ride report can be read here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/redbat/sets/72157600358408779/

    High points: this ride was completely experimental, but 10 bicyclists were up for the bike fun, and we never got tired of Bs. Barking in front of Powell\’s Books was absolutely beautiful, and ending the ride at the Sprockettes party at dusk with fortune-telling with Ms. Bronte was perfect.

    Low points: None. no expections – a great time!

    Would you do it again? If so, What would you change? I might, maybe next we\’ll look for Adventure in the letter P. Change: Confusing everyone with the exact location of Broadway Bridge for the start. I hope we didn\’t miss you.

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  • Jonathan Maus / BikePortland June 16, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Bike to Skate and Potluck ride report by Jeff Bernards:


    Name of Ride: Bike to Skate Part I: The Family Ride
    Leader: Jeff Bernards & Kim Bria (skate instructor)
    Date: 6/13/07
    Start time: 6pm
    Duration: 3.5 hours
    Approx. Distance: 10 miles
    Number of riders: 9 adults and 1 child
    Synopsis of ride: I had a meeting place but only 5 people met under the Hawthorne Bridge, 2 decided to do next weeks ride, 7 people met at the Skating Rink.
    High points: Some experienced skaters showed their stuff and the kid was eager to learn how.
    Low points: Low turnout had 23 last year, hopefully next weeks adult ride will draw more interest.
    Would you do it again? This is the 3rd or 4th year for this ride, I like it because you ride on the bike path all the way to the skating rink (hence no cars) and you get to try something new, that\’s fun and a great workout too.
    If so, What would you change? I think a little later start time and maybe not 2 Bike to Skates?, I\’ll report in next week with Bike to Skate Part II.
    PHOTOS HERE

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