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Five things to know about tonight’s World Naked Bike Ride

Posted by on June 8th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

1) It’s not about sex. The WNBR is about loving your body, loving low-car or car-free life, demonstrating the power of bikes in mass motion, metaphorically conveying the vulnerability of people on bikes, experiencing the city in a new way and loving the friends and new friends you’ll see before, during and after. And although all of those things are almost certainly good for your sex life, you’ll be surprised how much fun nudity (or near-nudity) is without sex.

2) Nobody cares that your body is not perfect. Nobody’s body is perfect, so for one night, everybody’s body gets to be perfect.

3) Read the fine print. We did a post on Thursday with all the details. I really liked the Mercury’s brief Naked Biking 101 article, too — look for it in their PedalPalooza calendar.

4) It’s okay not to be into naked bike riding. WNBR is not everybody’s thing and you should not feel bad if it’s not your thing. But you definitely shouldn’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

5) This thing is going to be off the chain. The World Naked Bike Ride hasn’t seen this beautiful of weather in years. The crowd is going to be a sight to see.


Have fun, everybody. BikePortland’s coverage begins very early tomorrow morning.

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  • BIKELEPTIC June 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    *snort* You said “brief.”

    Anyway, have so much fun everyone. I am shattered to miss this year and it hurts me to the very core. Literally. Right here in the abdomen. Where my laparoscopy stitches are. This will be the first year since 2009 that I haven’t been on-site to help organize/volunteer and cheer on all the fleshy masses and I am crushed. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have the absolute time of your lives. The weather seems like it should be fantastic, the venue stellar!

    Enjoy yourself!

    If you need something to warm your memories, please refer to the 17 minute documentary by NW Documentary filmed last year!
    http://vimeo.com/65591403

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    • John Lascurettes June 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      I feel so bad for you because this is the most amazing weather the WNBR has ever seen. Hoping for the same for next year for you.

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      • John Lascurettes June 9, 2013 at 11:56 am

        Turns out, it was a lot chillier by the time the ride started. But it was nice in the pre-ride hours.

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  • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) June 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Have fun everyone! I will be there in spirit. (Still in Amsterdam. Home tomorrow– one day late!)

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  • Annie June 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Was planning on being there for over 3 years. This, my 50th birthday year, was gonna be my first naked bike ride. Didn’t have the money to get there from Texas. So sad. Have fun guys. Be careful.

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    • BIKELEPTIC June 8, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      There’s one in Austin, TX planned on 6/15 and one in Houston on both 6/8 and 6/15! For naked bike rides, we’ve got you covered! Check out http://wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org and search your local bike community for more info!

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  • jim June 9, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I was in Powells when it went past. Must have been 10K of them?

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