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Portland's 'Unipiper' Brian Kidd on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Brian Kidd, the local street performer who's made a name for himself ("The Unipiper," to be precise) by providing his own soundtrack for the one-wheeled vehicle he claims to have found in a Dumpster, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live for last night's show.

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Ten-hut! One-day 'Bike Scout' scavenger hunt will roll out Aug. 31

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013
Bike Scout poster
Official poster for Bike Scout.

One of Portland's best-known bike event planners is trying something new this year: A free citywide bike scavenger hunt game that she says is inspired by board games like Ticket to Ride and Agricola.

"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.

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Slideshows: Mini Bike Winter and the Bicycle Belles

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
"Bump" showing his skills.
(Photos by Elly Blue)
-Slideshows below-

Mini Bike Winter is Zoobomb's answer to all of Portland's summer bicycle fun -- but less of it, and on small bikes.

The festivities go on for several days, and after missing the glorious Hamster Ball on Saturday night I determined to head out on Sunday to catch some of the action. I arrived at the Esplanade just in time to catch the Bicycle Belles, Seattle's answer to our own Sprockettes. I took some photos:
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Guest Article: Have More Bike (Tango) Fun!

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
Jim Labbe

[Editor's note: This article was written by guest contributor Jim Labbe, bike tango enthusiast and an urban conservationist with the Audobon Society of Portland. The Valentango festival begins today and runs through February 16th.]


Portland's international reputation for bicycling is no news. Bikes, like beer, volunteerism, and strip-clubs, are part of the local culture. That (and a lot of hard work) has helped make Portland a fabulous city for bicycling. (more...)

Weekend Open Thread: Riding in the Rain Edition

Saturday, November 8th, 2008
Bike Move for Ernie
I'll be helping a friend with a
rainy bike move today.
(Photo J. Maus)

What are your plans for this rainy weekend?

I'm planning on some quality time at home, catching up on laundry and other projects.

But this morning I'm going to venture out in the rain with my trailer and panniers for a bike move. Emily Wilson, veteran bike movee (hers was the first official Move By Bike event in Portland, and she's never looked back). You might think that moving someone's earthly belongings by bike in the rain wouldn't be a whole lot of fun -- but wow, would you ever be wrong. (more...)

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