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Pedalpalooza 2008

Presented by Shift, Pedalpalooza is a bike celebration/event like no other. Over 200 events in 17 days. Below you’ll find ride reports, links to photos, videos, and more!

See the latest images in my Pedalpalooza Photo Gallery.

Check out Pedalpalooza.org.


Slideshow: Sun and fun at MCBF

Posted on June 30th, 2008 at 9:17 am.

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Scott Nowicki displays
his style and skill.
Slideshow below
(Photos © J. Maus)

Those who were brave enough to confront the freakishly hot weather at the Multnomah County Bike Fair on Saturday, were rewarded with a fun and fitting end to Pedalpalooza.

While some were happy to enjoy the two-wheeled ambiance with a nap in the shade, others carried on in the grand MCBF tradition of beer, bikes, dancing, and, like the sign says, “All bike fun, all the time.”

After perusing the expo for a cheap helmet, a free bike tune-up, a cap by Shaun Deller, or a cool, pedal-powered smoothie, most folks ended up watching (or being part of) the bike action.

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Pedalpalooza menu for Friday (6/27)

Posted on June 26th, 2008 at 11:07 pm.

[This is part of BikePortland’s ongoing coverage of Pedalpalooza 2008. See more ride reports, videos and photos here.]


Gareth Parker memorial ride
How ’bout a little bike fun
with your Mayor Elect? Mr. Adams
seen here in September 2005.
(Photo © J. Maus)

It’s the last weekday of Pedalpalooza and we’ve got another full menu to choose from.

The day starts out with donuts, ends with tall-bike jousting, and there’s some cowboy wrangling and some hob-nobbing with our next mayor thrown in between.

Does it get any better than that?!

Check out more ride details below, or see the official calendar for more info.

Sisyphean Cruller Crawl – Part 2
Wilshire Park , NE 35th Ave and Skidmore St
7:00am
Join us for a mythic ride on the east side of Portland. Climb a hill or two, and let us shoulder the pastry burden. The pace will be moderate, since your leaders will also be hauling coffee.

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Pedalpalooza update: Kissin', fashion', and splashin'

Posted on June 26th, 2008 at 2:53 pm.

Splash Dance Ride
Worth a thousand words.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Once again, Pedalpalooza is entering its final few days, and once again, I’m thinking not only about all the great rides I did, but about all the great rides I missed.

One of these years I just might pack up my bike with a sleeping bag and a few necessities and do a 17-day, Pedalpalooza marathon, going on as many of the 200+ rides and events as possible.

That’s not to say I haven’t been to my share of rides this year. In case you haven’t noticed the headlines over in the sidebar, I’ve been posting daily ride/event menus as well as reports and photos from as many rides as I can.

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Pedalpalooza menu for Thursday (6/26)

Posted on June 26th, 2008 at 9:39 am.

[This is part of BikePortland’s ongoing coverage of Pedalpalooza 2008. See more ride reports, videos and photos here.]


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Like playing chicken? Get to
the Hen Peck 5000!
(Photo © J. Maus)

Pedalpalooza may be almost over, but the fun is going on strong.

On the menu today/tonight are several awesome choices.

If you want something family friendly, join ride leader extraordinaire Jeff Bernards on his Bike to Skate ride. Bring your dinner for a potluck at Oaks Park before a fun skating session. There’s also a family ride to the East Bank Farmers market.

If you want to get wonky, join bike planning guru Todd Boulanger for an “unofficial” tour and discussion of the CRC project.

For blatant bike fun, you can’t beat the Hen Peck 5000, which will feature several events where participants will ride “chicken”-style.

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Rocky Butte Park hosts a sunset picnic

Posted on June 25th, 2008 at 3:20 pm.

[This report is part of BikePortland’s ongoing coverage of Pedalpalooza 2008. See more ride reports, videos and photos here.]

Riders enjoying the fruits of their ride to the top of Rocky Butte Park.
More photos here
(Photos by Dat Nguyen)

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Ride goes in search of vegan baked goods

Posted on June 25th, 2008 at 2:32 pm.

[This report is part of BikePortland’s ongoing coverage of Pedalpalooza 2008. See more ride reports, videos and photos here.]

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Dig in!
(Photos © J. Maus)

About 25-30 vegan bikers joined the Vegan Baked Goods Ride yesterday.

Armed with a few dollars and a big appetitie, they started in SE Portland at Papa G’s bakery, headed west to the bike-thru window at Black Sheep Bakery, and then headed into the Pearl District, making several more stops along the way.

I caught up with the ride at Black Sheep Bakery (it’s in the same building as my office). The Black Sheep employee was a bit overwhelmed by the crowd, so to make things easier, she just put out an entire tray of baked treats and offered them free to riders.

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Making a point while making out at the Bike Kiss-in

Posted on June 25th, 2008 at 2:14 pm.

[This post is part of BikePortland’s ongoing coverage of Pedalpalooza 2008. See more ride reports, videos and photos here.]

Making a point while making out.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Pedalpalooza menu for Wednesday (6/25)

Posted on June 25th, 2008 at 8:32 am.

[This post is part of BikePortland’s ongoing coverage of Pedalpalooza 2008. See more ride reports, videos and photos here.]

Clown House bike wash
Clowns in action at the Bikini
Bike Wash last year.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Greetings intrepid bike fun lovers. Only a few glorious days of remain of this year’s Pedalpalooza, and there’s plenty of action still to be had.

Today’s offerings include a special appearance by Dingo the Clown; that bike-loving, tall-bike riding, banjo-playing former denizen of the Alberta Street Clownhouse. Dingo and his friends have re-made themselves into the Blood Sugar Circus and today they’ll be getting wet and wild in the name of bike fun.

Also on today’s ride menu are a parking spot reclamation ride, a hunt for sausages, a potluck to help choose new art rack designs for SE Belmont Street, and an evening outdoor movie and picnic.

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Graffiti riders ogle urban art in North Portland

Posted on June 24th, 2008 at 4:07 pm.

This ride report is part of BikePortland.org’s 2008 Pedalpalooza coverage.

The following was written by Michael Jones.


A stop at N. Williams and Cook streets. More photos here. Photos by Aaron/skomra

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Pedalpalooza menu for Tuesday (6/24)

Posted on June 24th, 2008 at 8:47 am.

Dancing during sunset at the Rocky
Butte Sunset Picnic ride last year.
More photos here
(Photos by Dat Nguyen)

Today’s Pedalpalooza menu is another feast of bike fun.

There are two options for sunset picnics at two amazing locations: Elk Rock Island on the Willamette and Rocky Butte Park. There’s also a chance to learn about Portland’s Labor History (followed by a screening of Breaking Away), feed yourself forbidden “corporate tacos”, and connect with your fellow crochet and knit-loving friends.

Today’s events are listed below. For more info, see Pedalpalooza.org and don’t forget to check out all of the Pedalpalooza coverage.

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