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Find your tribe: A list of Portland’s many Facebook bicycle groups

Posted by on February 3rd, 2016 at 8:40 am

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Find your thing, then find other people who like it too.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Tuesday was about as wonderful a day for Northwest winter biking as anyone could wish for, and that feels like a sign that the wet, wet winter of 2015-2016 has started rolling away.

(Punxsutawney Phil, for the record, thinks so too.)

While we start to think about spring, it’s a good time to start thinking about where to find good times on bikes. So let’s do something we’ve been wanting to get done for a while and share a list of all the local bike-related Facebook groups we know of.

This won’t be a complete directory, but we’re eager to get your additions in the comments.

Grilled by Bike Club – Each ride ends in a meal that was prepared on the way.

Move by Bike – Pay it forward by chipping in on a few of these, and you will probably get people to show up and move all your stuff to your new place for the cost of a good time plus food before and after.

Women Bike – For the 51 percent.

Ladies Let’s Ride – A weekly Sunday ride of 35-50 miles, plus mid-week rides and events in the summer.

PDX Cargo Bike Gang – Haul yeah.

Portland Bike Party – Colorful, upbeat roll through the streets once a month or so.

Portland Urban Bike (Thursday Night Ride) – A newer weekly tradition in the central city.

Zoobomb – The Sunday-night downhill cruise that can only exist in Portland.

Bike St Johns – A network up north.

Bike Milwaukie – One of the region’s most active.

BikeLoudPDX community – For folks who take their fun with a slice of action.

Slow Bikes for All – Not strictly a local group but heavy with Portlanders and with Portland biking values.

Dropout Bike Club – Rides monthly. Freak bikes encouraged; all bikes welcome.

Mujeres en Movimiento – Latinas juntas.

Andando en Bicicletas en Cully – Family rides organized at Hacienda CDC.

Midnight Mystery Ride – Where will it go? The route is new each month, but there will be music on the way, alcohol at the end, and hardly any cars in between.


The Sprockettes – The incomparable women’s bike-dance brigade has graduated into offering a summer camp for girls.

Butts on Bikes – Low-pressure social rides, mostly on the west side.

Cross Crusade – The local racing series is all grown up these days.

Portland and Mt. Hood Fat Bikes – Helping you head for the hills since January 2016.

PDX Fat Bikers – Similar mission, different group, founded 2014.

PNW Bikepacking – A little rubber makes the great outdoors greater.

Carfree Portland – “People thriving in Portland without automobiles, and those who aspire to live carfree.”

River City Ride Partners – Find a buddy.

Bike PSU – Camaraderie, support, advocacy.

Sandy Ridge Trailhead Mountain Bikers – For when you’re missing the forest (or the trees).

Portland Bike Polo – The city’s true hometown sport. HQ: Alberta Park’s tennis courts.

Ten years ago, urban bike fun exploded in Portland around the digital tools of the time: listserv, a calendar and a wiki. Shift became the great bike-fun group of the 2000s. Today it lives on mostly through the annual Pedalpalooza festival it created. But though the traditions, the faces and the communication tools will keep changing, bike fun will always be with us. These days, Facebook is a pretty good place to see it blossom.

Speaking of which: Who’d we miss?

— Michael Andersen, (503) 333-7824 – michael@bikeportland.org

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24 Comments
  • Ted Timmons (Contributor) February 3, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I can’t help but be disappointed all of this has moved to Facebook. For many reasons.

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    • Ray Atkinson February 3, 2016 at 10:50 am

      I’m an active user of Facebook so enjoy everything being on Facebook. I can sync all my Facebook events with my Google Calendar. Where would you prefer the groups be?

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  • redtech116 February 3, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I agree…
    I don’t like Facebook and do not use it.
    would be nice if the group privacy setting was set for anyone can view these groups.

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  • Adam H. February 3, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I’m disappointed that these groups are starting to move away from shift. As someone who rejects Facebook’s prying eyes into my personal life, I have no way to participate in these groups.

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  • Marshall Guthrie February 3, 2016 at 9:50 am

    For recumbents: Oregon Human Powered Vehicles

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/163171130390530/

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  • EricIvy February 3, 2016 at 10:44 am

    FWIW, there are ways to sign up for email alerts from these groups if you were obliged. You could make a ‘fake’ FB account to do so.

    Grilled by Bike Club posts their bigger rides on the Shift calendar, but smaller impromptu rides, not so much.

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    • Adam H. February 3, 2016 at 10:46 am

      I thought about going that route, but Face Book will ban you if you provide a fake name.

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      • John Lascurettes February 3, 2016 at 11:47 am

        Don’t make it obviously fake. I know plenty of people with fake names on Facebook.

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        • Adam H. February 3, 2016 at 12:47 pm

          You mean Bikey McBikerson is too obvious? ;-)

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          • Joseph E February 3, 2016 at 4:53 pm

            That would probably work. I have a friend named “Curlaoke Curlaoke.”

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    • Mao February 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      It’s getting harder to make fakebook accounts, now you need a legitimate email instead of just using 10minutemail.

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  • Brian February 3, 2016 at 10:48 am

    I have started and utilized multiple groups on FB for cycling (advocacy and recreation). As someone who volunteers his free time it is what works best for me, and gets info to the most people as quickly as possible. If you don’t use FB and want to be a part of a group, contact the group and offer up an additional Communication strategy that you would like to lead. Or, start your own group using whatever tools you prefer.

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  • Buzz February 3, 2016 at 11:03 am

    No facebook account for me, either.

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  • Edna February 3, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Marshall Guthrie
    For recumbents: Oregon Human Powered Vehicleshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/163171130390530/Recommended 3

    and for those not on Facebook, we also cross-post our events on our forums http://www.ohpv.org/forums

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  • Lynne February 3, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Oregon Randonneurs: https://www.facebook.com/groups/217861371586161/
    “Randonneuring is long-distance unsupported endurance cycling. This style of riding is non-competitive in nature, and self-sufficiency is paramount. “

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  • fool February 3, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I wouldn’t count shift out yet! For one, it does have a facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/shift2bikes/), as does pedalpalooza (https://www.facebook.com/pedalpalooza) as does the World Naked Bike Ride (https://www.facebook.com/PDX.WNBR)

    For two, a group (is currently meeting a few times a month to overhaul the shift calendar so that it can be easily extended to do things like have a mobile app (already in progress), and *optionally* integrate with facebook (planned). Here’s the next meetup (this sunday!) and you can join the group (sponsored by One Hwang’s Techies on Bikes) via the same link:

    http://www.meetup.com/Techies-On-Bikes/events/228585518/

    Be the change you want to see, particularly people like me who would rather have a larger audience for events than just facebookers. You can start small: cross-post your events on the shift calendar even if you have an FB event!

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  • EmilyG February 3, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Cycle Wild is a great group for touring and camping! http://www.cyclewild.org/

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  • Portland Urban Bike February 3, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you for the mention!

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  • Maria February 3, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Oregon Randonneurs, Portland Society, Portland Velo, Randomeers, Church of the Skinny Tire, Cycle Wild, Bicycle Kitty (!), Sisyphean Hill Riders

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  • Joe Adamski February 3, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    This explains the surge in interest. Thanks,
    Micheal!

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  • Gerald Fittipaldi February 3, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Biking About Architecture

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  • Matt- Bike Milwaukie February 3, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Thanks for the mention! We had quite a dozen new folks hop on our group page today as a result.

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  • Cory P February 3, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    If you have kids I would suggest kidical mass
    https://www.facebook.com/Kidical-Mass-PDX-190167827674698/?fref=ts

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  • daverave64 February 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    BELLIGERANTE.. Portland’s oldest bike gang turns 20 this summer!

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