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.
With shouts of “Happy Birthday, Clinton Street,” a group of grinning volunteers distributed about 225 balloons to passing pedalers Friday.
(Photos via Craigslist)
This is your chance to steer one of the flagships of Pedalpalooza‘s annual Star Wars vs. Star Trek ride.
Though we won’t know until December whether Imperial-class star destroyers survived the death of the Emperor, this particular model is in good shape but looking for a new home in advance of this summer’s festival of bike fun in Portland, according to a recent Craigslist “free stuff” post.
If there was any question that “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a TV movie for the ages, the number of generations who joined Saturday night’s mobile singalong should put it to rest.
“I’ve been watching it every year since I was a kid,” said Tom Howe, the ride’s leader. “The music is timeless.”
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Con la cantante oaxaqueña Lila Downs canturreando desde un equipo de música de remolque, 35 Portlanders de varias edades se reunieron domingo en Cully para un viaje para celebrar el Día de los Muertos.
A pair of Portlanders have organized a new group aimed at giving Latinas regular events for riding bikes together.
“There is this conversation about, ‘People of color don’t bike,'” said Lale Santelices, one of the organizers. “But that’s not my expericence.”
We’re maybe a little late to the Portland Mercury’s “Most Underrated” issue, out last week, but it’s a nice twist on the “best of” genre and it has a few interesting details about bikes.
The most intriguing claim, from Merc reporter Dirk VanderHart: Portland’s “most underrated bike jump” is a not-explicitly-identified private driveway on North Ainsworth Street near Peninsula Park. Here’s what he says:
It’s not much to look at, but if you’re pedaling west on N Ainsworth near Peninsula Park, there’ll be a driveway off to your right that’s so choice for the casual jump enthusiast. This driveway gives way to the curb not in the straight, matter-of-fact manner of most. Instead, it swoops up gracefully, exultantly, a miniature launch ramp to add some sweet altitude to your stolid commute. Hit it right, and you can pop over a bed of succulents and correct in time to avoid the tall wooden fence. Hit it wrong, and you’re killing succulents and/or injuring yourself. Bike jumps are awesome; not easy. (Also: This is someone’s home. Don’t mess it up.)
“Our original idea was to do it next year during PedalPalooza,” said organizer Ayleen Crotty, maybe best known as the woman behind Filmed by Bike, in an interview Monday. “And then my friend Matt said, ‘Why don’t we be some of those people who keep the fun going outside of PedalPalooza and put this on in August?'”
That was the beginning of Bike Scout, an all-afternoon event happening Saturday, Aug. 31 that’ll pit “troops” of three to five bike riders against each other for fun and prizes.
“Get your compasses, searching devices, friends, costumes and bike ready,” the event’s website reads. “You’ll circle the city on an expedition to answer riddles, find treasure, document experiences and conquer challenges in hopes of winning the coveted troop trophy.”
Crotty said this event was inspired in part by the Bike Walk Vote scavenger hunt organized during PedalPalooza by Lisa Marie White, which challenged participants to track down as many bike rides as they could in a single day.