Weekend Event Guide

Welcome to our Weekend Event Guide archives. This column runs on the Front Page every Thursday afternoon and gives you a rundown of the best bike events happening in the Portland region.

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Weekend Event Guide: Blaq sale, the Grinch, and Christmas lights

Posted on December 16th, 2016 at 9:02 am.

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The Grinch! See him on the big screen Sunday night.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Like we’ve been saying all week, a little bit of snow isn’t enough to stop the wheels of Portland’s bike-lovers. Even though we’re not expected to see much in the way of thawing, there are still some events worth considering.

You’ll note a new “Featured Event” section (below). That spot is reserved for awesome local companies who pay us a bit of cash to help promote their events. It’s called advertising and it’s how we survive. Support the companies who support BikePortland and you’ll be our favorite reader!

Have a great weekend and please be cautious out there. Snow is fun and fine but ice can break your spine (just made that up, sorry).

Featured Event

Blaq Packs Warehouse Sale – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday at 2505 SE 11th Ave
Our friends at Blaq Packs are having a big sale to help you whittle down your Christmas list. Everything in their store will have a 25% or more discount and custom orders are 15% off. There’s also a raffle for a free bag. More info here.

Saturday, December 17th

Gore Bike Wear Hose Down Challenge – 12:00 to 2:00 pm at River City Bicycles Parking Lot (706 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)
Try out all the latest GORE jackets, pants, gloves and shoe covers! Company reps will be there to tell you about the products and there will be a stationary bike for real-life testing. They’ll even have a hose on-hand to demonstrate the waterproof capabilities of all the fabrics. Everyone who tests product will get a prize from GORE. Hosted by River City Bicycles. More info here.


Weekend Event Guide: Big sales, Division protest, holiday lights, ‘Kimmy Cross’, and more

Posted on December 8th, 2016 at 2:59 pm.

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If you missed the holiday lights at PIR last month you have another chance to see some displays this weekends.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

This is the time of year where some of us need the encouragement of others to get out and brave the elements. We’ve got a few group rides that might be just what you were looking for. Or, if you’d rather stay cozied up and off the bike this weekend, you can peruse some sales or party for a good cause.

Whatever you do, watch yourself out there. As the song goes, “The weather outside is frightful.”


Weekend Event Guide: Ale fest, SSCXWC, Chris King’s 40th, and more

Posted on December 1st, 2016 at 12:32 pm.

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This is what happened the last time the SSCXWC were hosted in Portland (in 2009). There’s no telling what’ll transpire this year.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

The last time the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships were in Portland there was a huge steel thunderdome complete with dangers dangling from ropes and a huge bubble-making machine that covered costumed racers in foam. Seven years later there’s really no way to tell what will happen. All we can assume is that it’ll be memorable. Whether you plan to partake in the festivities out on Sauvie Island or have other plans (Holiday Ale fest perhaps?), we hope you enjoy this first weekend of December.

Check out our menu of great rides and events below…


Weekend Event Guide: Cross Champs, Cranksgiving, Day of Remembrance, and more

Posted on November 18th, 2016 at 8:56 am.

Cranksgiving returns to Velo Cult Saturday.(Photo: Velo Cult)

Cranksgiving returns to Velo Cult Saturday.
(Photo: Velo Cult)

This weekend marks the official entry into the holiday season in more ways than one.

If you race cyclocross, after Saturday there’s a good chance you’ll begin your off-season. Pat yourself on the back! It was a challenging year. It’s also time to remember your good fortune, give thanks by helping those who are less fortunate, and connect/re-connect with family and friends. And then there’s the weather. We’ve had some of our coldest days of the year recently and the snow level is dropping. The dark days of winter are here.

If you’re feeling stress about the state of the country and the world (and there are many reasons to be feeling that way), now is the time to remember the joy of cycling and to embrace the cycling’s power to connect us to ourselves — and more importantly — to places and people that we love.

Here are some events to consider…

Saturday, November 19th

OBRA State Championship at Corn Cross – Add Day at Liepold Farms (14050 SE Richey Road in Boring)
The Cross season comes to a close with a race for all the marbles. Show up for a chance to be crowned State Champion — and/or just enjoy the festivities at the farm and soak up all the remaining cross spirit of the season (unless you plan to be at SSCXWC of course). Learn more here.


Weekend Event Guide: Blazers, a bike show, ride for pickles, cyclocross, and more!

Posted on November 10th, 2016 at 11:27 am.

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Let’s fill the bike parking at the Moda Center again! Join us for the game on Sunday!
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Hi Portland. Has this been a completely fucked-up week or what?!


Weekend Event Guide: Cross, book release party, shoe drive, rain gear sale, and more

Posted on November 4th, 2016 at 9:23 am.

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Blumenauer will lead a ride to the ballot box Sunday.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

As the days get shorter and cooler, it’s a great time to snuggle up with a book and get inspired for spring and summer adventures. If you have discovered it yet, check out the Boneshaker Almanac, a series of 10 pocket-sized periodicals that read like a cross between Mark Twain and an old army manual. There’s a reading to celebrate the tenth issue tonight.

We’ve also got another cyclocross doubleheader in store. Whether your choose to partake Saturday or Sunday (or both!), you’ll be guaranteed top-notch venues for both watching and racing.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 4th

Boneshaker #10 Release Party – 6:00 pm at Boy’s Fort (902 SW Morrison)
Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac is one of the most enjoyable “pocket-sized periodicals” (according to Esquire) I’ve ever owned. It’s tales of adventure transport me to magical places and its presentation and tone takes me a bygone era of literary journalism. Let’s help them celebrate the 10th issue as part of the Lit Crawl Portland event. Author readings will be moderated by Boneshaker’s founder and former Portlander Evan P. Schneider. Learn more here.


Weekend Event Guide: Crosstoberfest, spooky places, public art, and more

Posted on October 27th, 2016 at 12:11 pm.

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There’s no telling what you’ll see out there this weekend.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

We hope you’re enjoying the fall weather and still riding your bike through this spell of rain. Don’t you think the beauty of fall colors more than makes up for the dip in temperatures and the wet muck that seems to be everywhere these days?

Whether you’ve been riding or not, perhaps our menu of tasty rides below will tempt you to get outside on a bike this weekend. We’ve got cyclocross options near and far, as well as some traditionally spooky cycling options. And a dance performance!

Whatever you do, have fun out there…


Weekend Event Guide: Freak bikes, singlespeeding, the ‘Ovas’, and more

Posted on October 20th, 2016 at 12:04 pm.

A "singlespeed adventure rally"? Yes please.

A “singlespeed adventure rally”? Yes please.

Yikes. This weekend is packed and Saturday should be mostly sunny, so finish up your Halloween costumes early and get outside. In fact, why not take your costume for a test ride? Whether you’re looking for eccentric or educational, there’s plenty to choose from.

Check out our weekend picks below and have fun out there!

Friday, October 21st

Art Exhibit: Annexation & Assimilation Along 82nd Ave – 6:00pm APANO/JADE Multicultural Space (8114 SE Division St)
This one-day only exhibition uses 20ft large-scale video projections, poster installations, oral histories and a theater performance to explore the fraught process of annexation and growth as experienced by disparate communities east of 82nd Ave. The result is an accelerating and visceral mash-up of Portland’s past and present along this boundary, which is at once both real and imagined. Free. Learn more here.


Weekend Event Guide: Dirt Lab fundraiser, swap meet, scavenger hunt, and more

Posted on October 13th, 2016 at 4:21 pm.

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More of this please! Swing by The Lumberyard Friday night to help raise money for great new trails to ride at Gateway Green!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In light of what appears to be the certainty of wind and rain we’ve lined up several great indoor events and great mud events. Take your pick and dress accordingly. I’ll be using the deluge as the catalyst to buy some new rain pants. It’s been past time for way too long.

Scroll down for your weekly menu of tasty local rides and events…

Friday, October 14th

Friends of Gateway Green Dirt Lab Fundraiser – 5:00pm The Lumberyard (2700 NE 82nd)
Gateway Green is a 25 acre park development in East Portland. The incorporated Dirt Lab will add singletrack trails, a pump track, and the potential for lots more. The Lab’s crowdfunding campaign is 2 days from closing and 90% funded. If you want to help, stop by the Lumberyard where a percentage of admission and food sales will be donated. Learn more here.


Weekend Event Guide: Custom bikes, beer, ‘cross and more

Posted on October 6th, 2016 at 11:42 am.

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Who’s ready to enter?
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Saturday kicks off several days of warm and dry weather, just in time for the weekend. The Handmade Bike & Beer Festival returns Friday and Saturday, cyclocross takes over Alpenrose Dairy all weekend, and a cool collaboration between neighborhood businesses in the Gateway District will benefit the Dirt Lab at Gateway Green on Saturday. And that’s not all, see the full menu below…