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MCBF recap: Pie jousting, Sprockettes, and amazing bicycles

Monday, July 1st, 2013
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Splat! Pie jousting was a big
hit with the kids at MCBF.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Pedalpalooza came to a close on Saturday at the Multnomah County Bike Fair. The event was held adjacent to the now-defunct Washington High School at SE 12th and Alder. While it seemed to lack the crowds and energy of past MCBFs held at Colonel Summers Park, there was still plenty of fun and shenanigans to go around.

There were bike competitions like a slow race and foot-down derby, various types of jousting (pie, swing-bike, and tall-bike), lots of picnicking, a small vendor expo, a visit from The Hamster Ball, a special show by The Sprockettes, live music, and of course plenty of interesting bikes to gawk at.

Check out the photos and captions below for a little slice of the event...
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Pedalpalooza ride will celebrate DOMA decision

Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Ride flyer

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Pedalpalooza tonight: Hops, hammocks, zombies and parties galore

Friday, June 21st, 2013
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Join friends for an evening ride
and picnic up on Rocky Butte.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Pedalpalooza menu for this evening looks quite delicious. Whether you're into happy hour with the beer and biking experts behind the Hop in the Saddle, hanging out in hammocks, or dancing the night away under the stars, there's bound to be a ride that suits you.

Check out the menu below (ride descriptions taken from Shift calendar) and get a feel for the rides with some of our images from past years...

Hop in the Saddle Happy Hour Ride
Join the creator's of Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland's Craft Beer Scene, by Bike and pedal to Breakside Brewery. Portland beer expert Lucy Burningham with talk about beer, and we'll follow a Hop in the Saddle route from Burnside Brewing. Festivities will commence post-ride.
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'Bike Fun Finder' app aims to make cycling more social

Thursday, June 20th, 2013
The creators of Bike Fun Finder (L to R): Tim
Neuwerth, Lance Poehler, Nathan Frost.
(Photo courtesy Nathan Frost)

With Pedalpalooza — and its nearly 300 bike rides and events happening this month — as its centerpiece, Portland's vibrant social cycling scene is hard to beat. But while there's a ton "bike fun" in this town, it can be difficult to keep track of it all. Now a trio of local software pros have put their heads together to create Bike Fun Finder, a smartphone app aimed at making it easier to find and create bike events or even track them down once they've started.

The Bike Fun Finder (BFF) team is made up of: 32-year-old Lance Poehler, a software engineer at Jama Software; 25-year-old Nathan Frost, a software developer for Liberty Mutual; and 30-year-old Tim Neuwerth, a software engineer at eBay.

"The BFF will help bikes of all sizes (and the people that ride them) meet friends, neighbors, and explore the city they ride in," reads the app's website. "We strive to create a bridge between social media and a real social city."
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Former Portland mayor to lead public art bike ride

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
The BTA and Bud Clark have re-imagined
the famous 1978 poster.

Former Mayor Bud Clark is no stranger to Portland public art or bicycling. In fact he has reached iconic status for both. Clark, who was our mayor from 1985-1992, is known for his promotion and participation in Bike to Work Day and his appearance on the "Expose Yourself to Art" poster made him a household name in the 1970s. (Disclaimer: I had a copy of the poster on my bedroom wall through high school and college without even knowing anything about Clark or Portland).

Now Clark is set to lead the Expose Yourself to Art Ride as part of Pedalpalooza.

Clark posed for the famous poster in 1978 and he has remade it for the BTA with a more bicycle-centric theme. Clark, who owns the Goose Hollow Inn bar and restaurant in southwest Portland, has remained a part of the community since retiring from public office. He has ridden in the annual, invite-only "Policymakers Ride" a few times and he pops up at bike-related and other events throughout the year. (more...)

Photos from the Midnight Mystery Ride

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
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A large group showed up for the Midnight Mystery Ride on Friday night (this is only half of it).
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Ride takes closer look at I-205 path, the 'Grandaddy of MUPs'

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
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A Pedalpalooza ride explored the I-205 path last night.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

When it comes to our region's multi-use paths (known by wonks as MUPs), it's not a stretch to call the I-205 path the "Granddaddy" of them all. Built by the Oregon Department of Transportation with money from our heralded "Bicycle Bill" (that mandates 1% of new highway funds go toward bicycling), the first section of the path opened in the 1970s and it was "completed" in 1982. Today the path connects five cities, ten neighborhoods, and stretches 16.5 miles from the Clackamas River in Gladstone to Vancouver, Washington.

Last night, staffers from ODOT and TriMet led a Pedalpalooza ride (sponsored by the Women's Transportation Seminar) that gave attendees a chance to learn more about the path's past, present and future.

Before we got rolling, it was fun to hear the reasons why each person showed up on a weekday evening for a wonky tour of the I-205 path. "This was the closest Pedalpalooza ride to me tonight," said one guy. Another guy said, "I do all of the wonk rides." We were also joined by a a married couple named Michael and Wendy. Wendy shared that they live just one block off the path. "I love having this path next to our house," she said, "because I could re-learn how to ride a bike without cars scaring the crap out of me."
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A review of cell phone apps that make Pedalpalooza even better

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
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Lily Karabaic leading last year's Bowie vs. Prince Ride.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Pedalpalooza is going strong in the streets of Portland right now and from what I've heard big crowds are turning up for many of the rides. One thing that accounts for more participation in recent years is new cell phone technology that allows folks to share their locations and routes instantly with others in their social networks. Twitter is the most widely used method of tracking down friends who are on rides; but Pedalpalooza ride leader veteran Lily Karabaic has found several other nifty tools that can make it easier to broadcast your whereabouts and/or find your friends. She recently posted an email to the Shift email list with her favorites and she's given me permission to re-post it below...
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Kickoff parade riders share hidden gems of Pedalpalooza

Thursday, June 6th, 2013
From left: Hillary Jenkins, Acorn, Amanda Hugnkiss and The Red Wizard prepare for Thursday's
Pedalpalooza kickoff ride and discuss the best rides of the month to come.

Once a year in a city park, Dropouts meet mountain climbers and cargo haulers meet tall bikers. For Portland bike lovers, the Pedalpalooza Kickoff Parade is the gathering of the tribes.

It's also the first time most people start thinking about which rides they're going to check out over the next three weeks. As the energy built in Holladay Park before Thursday's kickoff ride, I asked some of the throng of riders present to share a secret: which Pedalpalooza ride were they looking forward to that not enough other people know about yet?

Here's what I heard.

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Ready to roll: Pedalpalooza kicks off today

Thursday, June 6th, 2013
From the 2009 Pedalpalooza kickoff parade. (Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The best bike festival in the world starts at 6 p.m. this evening just south of the Lloyd Center mall, and you're going to miss most of it.

That's because, with 257 different bike rides and events in the next 23 days, it's geospacially impossible to keep up with Pedalpalooza. The only solution is (as any Pedalpalooza veteran will tell you) to trust your gut, take some chances, savor the moments, meet some new friends and have a great time doing whatever you feel like.

There's a lot to enjoy this year, and we'll be covering a selection of the rides here on BikePortland as usual. Here's a quick look at some that caught my eye, starting with the only one I never miss myself:

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