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The 17 days of Pedalpalooza officially came to an end at yesterday's Multnomah County Bike Fair. With nearly 300 free events in just over two weeks and tens of thousands of people taking part, Pedalpalooza -- which is in its ninth year of existence, depending on how you count -- is well on its way to becoming a proud Portland tradition right up there with the Rose Festival.
Reporter - Jeff Cropp
Ride Date - Monday, June 21, 2010
We had 25 riders for a short tour of solar homes in Inner Southeast Portland. We got to tour one home with a solar water heating system and another with a photovoltaic (solar electric) system. The riders got to learn all about how the technology works, how much it costs, and see different examples. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and the tour will probably be repeated with the Easy Riders later in the summer.
Reporter - Captain Karma
Ride Date - Saturday, June 26, 2010
The ride got off to a pleasant start. It was a beeeeautiful day as we met under the Hawthorne bridge. We did indeed meander a little bit, but unfortunately, it did not last. Our fearless ride leader, representing Momentum magazine (sorry I did not get your name) took a spill. Murphy's law dictated that a bungee would come loose from his front rack, which jammed in his front wheel. I did not see it happen, but I think he went endo. The front fork was toast, and the paramedics came to help out. He had a helmet, so that part was good; his shoulder seems to be messed up. He went to the hospital to have it checked out. He's from Vancouver, B.C., so his bills are covered hopefully, anyway.
Bummer, it would have been a very nice meander around the bridges otherwise. Thanks, Momentum, for showing up, and for the great magazine.
Reporter - Dan Kaufman
Ride Date - Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Wednesday's show/ride met at the Lincoln Statue at the South Park Blocks combined with the Farmer's Mkt Ride. The "in the flesh" riders were Rev Phil, Cranky Jay, Sherry, Coach Dan, Ron Richings, Scott (Farmer's Mkt Ride leader), Kirsten Kaufman (aka bikerealtor), Lucas, Aidan & Arthur Kaufman, Claire, Jordan, Greg Wandering Yeti, Bob, Eric, Hillary and Myself. Virtual riders were Bob, Coach Dan, Scott Mizee, Jenny, Jen, Steve, Andy, and about 3500 other lurkers.
The weather was awesome. We headed down to salmon street springs, then over to Vera and then check out the Naked Bike ride start point to make sure it was clean (it was), then we headed back to Vera, we turned off the camera and then headed to the Peoples Market Street Party and then over to the Sprockettes Dance Party Field Day ride.
Here are links to (some of) the very raw (and sometimes rough) footage. It does not include the corresponding chat room text.
http://www.stickam.com/viewMedia.do?mId=188965821 (Dan hosts - Special guests Kirsten, and Scott)
http://www.stickam.com/viewMedia.do?mId=188966333 (Rev Phil and Dan host - Special guests Ron, Coach Dan,)
Thanks to everybody who made it such a bike fun day!
(Photo © J. Maus)
The final day of Pedalpalooza includes Sunday Parkways North and the Multnomah County Bike Fair. See the links below for more options and details.
(Photo © J. Maus)
It's a North Portland special Saturday with no fewer than six events out and about St. Johns way. Other great options from Beaverton, to Woodstock to Vancouver. Follow the link for details.
Organizers of the Multnomah County Bike Fair -- the event that marks the end of Pedalpalooza -- have just announced its location.
This year's MCBF will take place place this Sunday from 2:00 - 7:00pm on SE Alder Street between 12th and 14th (the southern end of the Washington High School lot). The location, date, and a few other key things about MCBF are different this year. Not only does the fair leave its former home of Colonel Summers Park on SE Belmont, but it's on Sunday (instead of Saturday) and there won't be a beer garden. (more...)