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Pedalpalooza 2009

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

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Ride Report: Natural Disasters and Geologic History of Cascadia

Posted on June 29th, 2009 at 3:54 pm.

Professor Badass expounds onlocal geologic mysteries.(Photo by J.R.)

I ditched work on Thursday to familiarize myself with the Land of Port a bit better by joining up with fifteen other people on bikes and Dr. #1 Badass (planetary geology professor) at the Washington Park Zoo MAX stop.
The four and a half hour tour began by reviewing [...]

Report: Oregon Sesquicentennial Ride

Posted on June 29th, 2009 at 3:29 pm.

Esther and Phil looove Seski.(Photo © J. Maus)

[Thanks to Carye Bye for this report (via the Shift list) on the Oregon Sesquicentennial Ride that she organized in honor of our state's 150th birthday. You can see her photos of the ride here, and check out BikePortland's photos from the start of the party here.]

Oregon is [...]

MCBF makes for fitting Pedalpalooza finale

Posted on June 29th, 2009 at 11:51 am.

Johnathon Allen tries to trackstandwhile being hit with water balloons.-Slideshow below/Gallery-(Photos © J. Maus)

As the traditional grande finale to Pedalpalooza, the Multnomah County Bike Fair (MCBF) has lofty expectations to meet. After 17 days and nights of rides and events that captured the hearts and minds of thousands Portlanders, I'd say it came pretty [...]

Report: Mini-Bike Steeplechase

Posted on June 26th, 2009 at 8:08 pm.

[This ride report was written by BikePortland intern J.R. For more like this, see our full Pedalpalooza 2009 coverage.]

The winners take the podium (Photo by Coach Dan)

Report (and photos): Pizza Ride / Bluesapalooza

Posted on June 26th, 2009 at 4:09 pm.

The Epic Pizza Ride this year was in its fourth, and most extreme, incarnation, including over 100 dedicated pizza eaters, a vegan contingent, a trip up Highway 30 to St Johns, and a serendipitous convergence with the Bluesapalooza ride and its mobile sound system, blues dancers, and a roller-skating corker.
Nostalgic brainchild of the of New [...]

Report and photos: Yoga invasion sweeps Scandinavians in short shorts

Posted on June 26th, 2009 at 3:26 pm.

If there's anything better than going on a bike ride on a gorgeous sunny day, it's going on bike rides between parks to do yoga on a gorgeous sunny day with 60 other happy pracititioners. And if there's anything better than that, it's a convergence with a hundred proud Scandiniavians and their allies riding around [...]

Jousting, donuts, kid fair, beer: Something for everyone at this year's Multnomah County Bike Fair

Posted on June 26th, 2009 at 1:56 pm.

On the midway at MCBF in 2008. (Photo © J. Maus)

"It's the bike-gasm!"
That's how the Multnomah County Bike Fair was explained to me on my first time around back in 2005.
The description holds true. After 17 exhausting, exuberant days of Pedalpalooza, fatigue is setting in (and there were even rumors on Twitter [...]

Report (with slideshow): Bike Kiss-In

Posted on June 25th, 2009 at 7:53 pm.

The Bike Kiss-In is becoming a time-honored tradition here in Portland. Every Pedalpalooza, couples gather in a high-traffic spot to show their passion for bikes and each other, holding up signs with slogans like "Liplock, not gridlock" and "If you were biking, you'd be making out by now."
Check out our photos from tonight's event [...]

Creativity reigns at Summer BikeCraft: Coming this Saturday!

Posted on June 25th, 2009 at 10:35 am.

Shaun Deller's hats are back!

Pedalpalooza culminates this Saturday (6/27) with the infamous, one-of-a-kind Multnomah County Bike Fair. I know, you're sad because that means eleven long months of waiting for next year will commence -- but, you can keep the spirit alive, and remind yourself and the world of your love for bike fun. Come [...]

Pedalpalooza Daily: Thursday, June 25

Posted on June 24th, 2009 at 1:59 pm.

[Welcome to your daily Pedalpalooza rundown. We'll post each day's events and rides here, so you can plan, email them to your friends, etc...
See all our Pedalpalooza coverage here and follow the latest updates on Twitter.
Click ride title for full details... have fun out there!]

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