Archives of Sprockettes Coverage

Sprockettes rally as fellow bike dancer clings to life

Posted on March 3rd, 2009 at 9:19 am.

Hollis Hawthorne (furthest to the left)
at a performance in San Francisco last
(Photos © J. Maus)

Hollis Hawthorne, one of the founders of The Bay Area Derailleurs bike dance troupe, is clinging to life in India today.

The Derailleurs were formed in 2007 by former Portlander and Sprockette Eliza Strack and they performed last summer in Portland at the Sprockettes Bicycle Bash.

Last week, Hawthorne was riding on the back of a motorcycle in the streets of Pondicherry, India and collided with a bus. Hawthorne was wearing a helmet, but still sustained a major injury to her head. Her boyfriend performed CPR on her for over a half-hour before she eventually ended up in a hospital.


Last Thursday: Carfree Alberta and a special bike event

Posted on August 26th, 2008 at 11:33 am.

The Sprockettes in Davis-27.jpg
One of my photos from an exhibition
that will open Thursday night at
The Breeze Block Gallery.

I hope you haven’t made plans for this Thursday night.

Besides the usual fun of Last Thursday on Alberta, this month’s event will be officially carfree (more on that later). But if that’s not enough to get out there, also this month is a very special bike and art event being hosted by the Breeze Block Gallery (at NE 10th and Alberta).


Shakespeare subdues Sprockettes, but the show goes on

Posted on July 18th, 2008 at 1:21 am.

The Sprockettes and Officer Smith of the Ashland Police Department.
More photos
(Photos © J. Maus)


Hitting the road with The Sprockettes

Posted on July 17th, 2008 at 12:13 am.

Mult. County Bike Fair!
From a performance
in June of 2006.
(Photos © J. Maus)

For long-time readers of this site, my fondness for The Sprockettes is well known. I’ve covered them for over three years now, snapping hundreds (thousands?) of photos of them in action at performances around town.

Since the first time I saw them dance, I was captivated — not just by their grooves and moves, but by their energy, creativity, and by the way they chose to express their love of bikes.

I’m still one of their biggest fans — especially now that my wife Juli is a member of the crew.


Sprockettes ‘Bash’ will put exclamation point on Pedalpalooza

Posted on June 25th, 2008 at 1:52 pm.

Poster for the Sprockettes Bicycle Bash.

Portland’s Sprockettes — an all-female mini-bike dance crew — are all set to host bike dance troupes from all over the West Coast at their upcoming “Bicycle Bash”.

The big party will follow the Multnomah County Bike Fair this Saturday (6/28) and will feature a prize giveaway, a silent auction (items include a custom, pink-and-black Chris King headset), an art show, bike films and photos on projectors, beer, a DJ’d dance party, and a bunch of live performances.


2008 Sprockettes Calendar; sneak peek and order details

Posted on November 8th, 2007 at 1:27 pm.

Awesome. Pre-order yours today!

For the past two years, the Sprockettes calendar has been a hot holiday item, and now they’ve done it again.

This year’s calendar will be bigger, glossier, and full of more awesome photos, graphics and pure Sprockette dancing goodness than ever before.

From the looks of these images, and from what I’ve heard from the ladies, I’m sure these calendars are going to sell out quick.


The Sprockettes, like you’ve never seen them before

Posted on October 5th, 2007 at 11:20 am.

Last week I had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot for the beautiful and talented mini-bike dance troupe, The Sprockettes. During the shoot, someone suggested forming the letter “S” with their bodies.

That went so well, I figured what the heck, let’s go all the way. Here’s the result (I like how their arms look like links in a chain):

Photos © Jonathan Maus – Click to enlarge

Sprockettes roll into the law in Ashland

Posted on July 23rd, 2007 at 11:41 am.

Multnomah County Bike Fair 2007
Agent Crush never got a chance
to flex her muscles in Ashland.
(File photo)

The Sprockettes tour is off to a memorable start.

The ladies rolled into the southern Oregon city of Ashland last Thursday hoping to liven up the town with an impromptu performance in Lithia Park.

Unfortunately, a few of Ashland’s men in blue didn’t think the ladies in pink were such a good idea.

The incident even made the the local newspaper.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:


Sprockettes launch blog to chronicle tour

Posted on July 18th, 2007 at 9:46 am.

Multnomah County Bike Fair 2007
A recent performance.
(File photo)

This afternoon the Sprockettes will board their veggie-oil powered bus and set off for their first big tour. The ladies in pink will be on the road from today through July 31st for four performances with New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat.

Luckily for their many fans, they’ve launched a blog to chronicle their adventures on the road.

Remember to mark your calendars for August 18th when we welcome the Sprockettes home at the Portland stop of the Tour de Fat.

Have fun ladies!

Sprockettes will tour with New Belgium’s Tour de Fat

Posted on June 4th, 2007 at 11:06 am.

Illustration by Shawn Granton

Portland’s beloved mini-bike dance team the Sprockettes, will soon embark on their very first tour. They’ve been tapped by bike-loving brewer New Belgium to perform at four stops on the company’s popular Tour de Fat.

Starting in July, the ladies will board a converted, veggie-oil powered Greyhound bus for their first stop in San Francisco, California. From there, they’ll perform in Truckee, then Seattle, and their last stop will be a special, homecoming performance in Portland on August 18th.

Congrats to the Sprockettes for landing such an awesome gig. Have a great trip and we can’t wait to see you in Portland!