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.
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..
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…