Your one-week warning to create Pedalpalooza rides is … right now

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
It’s coming!

Portland’s annual bike fun festival Pedalpalooza begins three weeks from today, and that means this: The deadline for getting a Pedalpalooza ride into the Portland Mercury’s printed ride calendar is one week from today.

Anyone can create a ride, and 87 have been created so far for the 24-day festival. To get into the Merc (as well as the definitive online calendar on shift2bikes.org) you can use the simple event form linked from the top of the calendar.

Here are a few highlights from the schedule so far:

GOAT-A-PALOOZA – Saturday, June 6, 1-5 p.m.
Bike tour of goats in the city! Are you goat-curious? We’ll visit a few different goat “ranches/farms” and see what it’s like to own goats in Portland. Meet at Unthank Park in N Portland, ride will end in SE, near Foster and 205.

Free to good home: a bicycle-powered star destroyer

Monday, January 26th, 2015
star destroyer
Shield generators included.
(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.


Bike limbo, flatlanders, jousting & more! A 2014 Bike Fair photo gallery

Monday, June 30th, 2014
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How low could you go? The bike limbo competition was fierce at Saturday’s Bike Fair.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

While the Sprockettes deservedly got most of the spotlight at the Bike Fair on Saturday, there was a bunch of other great action. (more…)

PedalPalooza planner: 9 rides worth checking out (and one to blow off) for June 15-21

Sunday, June 15th, 2014
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What a weekend! Portland’s summer bike festival continues. Here are some of next week’s highlights. (And one lowlight.)


Thousands of Portlanders roll free on the Naked Bike Ride (gallery)

Sunday, June 8th, 2014
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(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s annual love affair with cyling sans clothing once again swept through the city tonight as thousands of people took part in the tenth World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR). (more…)

PedalPalooza planner: 9 rides worth checking out for June 9-13

Saturday, June 7th, 2014
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Welcome to the first installment of the 2014 PedalPalooza planner. Each of the next three Saturday mornings, we’ll be highlighting some of the most promising or unusual rides from Portland’s summer bike festival.


Pedalpalooza gets rolling at the Kickoff Parade (photo gallery)

Friday, June 6th, 2014
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A huge parade kicked off Pedalpalooza last night.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

The 2014 Pedalpalooza got rolling in grand fashion last night as hundreds of people rode in the Kickoff Parade. As usual, spirits were soaring at this ride that marks the beginning of the three-week event.

The world’s best bike festival kicks off … right now

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
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Portland’s summer will unofficially begin at 6 p.m. today in Colonel Summers Park at Southeast 20th Avenue and Belmont. Ingredients: one sun, one city and several hundred thousand bicycles.

They won’t all be at tonight’s PedalPalooza kickoff ride, of course. But the first big event of Portland’s annual bike festival means the start of the sunny season and the beginning of 24 days of ridiculously wide-ranging fun on bicycles.


Full details about Saturday’s World Naked Bike Ride

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The video created by Stay Wild Magazine and Alin Draguilin for this Saturday’s World Naked Bike Ride is terrific. It’s also slightly (though not extremely) unsafe for the workplace.

As for this year’s ride itself, here’s what you need to know:


Ready, set, ride: Preparation tips from a Pedalpalooza veteran

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
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Chris “Fool” McCraw is pumped up for Pedalpalooza!
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

In case you haven’t heard, Shift’s amazing month of bike fun is about to begin. Yes, the annual Pedalpalooza — with its 259 events (so far) over 24 days — is set to get rolling just one week from today. On that note, we came across this spirited email from Chris McCraw on the Shift email list the other day and figured it’d be fun to share. Take his advice, start preparing now for an optimal Pedalpalooza experience.

— by Chris “Fool” McCraw

It’s time to think about riding your bike…all the time, for 3.5 weeks straight! Get that tune-up, stock up on spare tubes, and make sure your butt loves your saddle. It’s the last minute NOW because you want to have your bike ready before the fun really gets started!

Now get yourself tuned up – do you know where your summer bike clothes are? Been putting off that doctor’s appt? Been to see the barber? Nobody wants to stop riding with a few thousand of their closest friends to take care of stuff that could happen anytime, and you know you wanna be in top shape to enjoy the rides and be looking sharp for the cutie you’re sure to meet on the happy streets. Might not be a bad idea to get caught up on laundry, too..

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