Sprockettes mark 10 years with epic reunion performance (photos)

by on June 29th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

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28 Sprockettes — including all the founding members — danced together at the Bike Fair yesterday.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

It was one of those moments that will be talked about for years. Portland’s beloved mini-bike dance troupe, The Sprockettes, gave an emotionally charged and historic performance in front of a large, appreciative crowd at the Bike Fair on Saturday.

Community gathers to remember Kiki Larsen

by on April 23rd, 2013 at 12:26 pm

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Kiki Larsen’s friend Esther Hockett reads words
of remembrance at Kiki’s memorial service on Sunday.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Dozens gathered at Peninsula Park on Sunday to remember Kiki Larsen. Kiki, who danced with the Sprockettes as “Agent Crush” for nearly 10 years, passed away on Thursday.

Kiki died of a drug overdose. She was found in her room by herself on Tuesday and taken to a hospital where she passed away a few days later despite attempts to save her. Her family and friends were by her side.

At her “For the Love of Kiki” memorial, friends and family shared stories and memories of her life. One by one, people stood up in front of a huge crowd, and in a testament to Kiki’s impact on the people she knew, the sharing went on for hours. And there were as many laughs as there were tears.


Photos from ‘The 2012 Bicycle Experience’ art show

by on January 30th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Scroll down for photos of the show.

A handful of lucky Portlanders were treated to quite a show on Friday night at the closing reception of The 2012 Bicycle Experience: Prototypes, Visions & Dreams.

In his first installation/show, Johnnie Olivan impressed everyone with his sculptures and other creations (there were also some excellent paintings by other artists). From the mini-bike ‘Teeter-Totter’ to the many-armed ‘Bicycle Ninja,’ the pieces all came together in very convincing way. We were also treated to a performance by the Sprockettes. More images from the event below… (more…)

Catch the Sprockettes, Cyclecide in North Portland tonight

by on August 8th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

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See the Sprockettes and a special
guest tonight.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Just got details on a great free event tonight in North Portland.

From 6-8:00 pm on the corner of N. Albina and Sumner (5128 N. Albina, near Cherry Sprout market), the Sprockettes and Cyclecide will perform. Cyclecide is a San Francisco based band and performance group known for their “Heavy Pedal Bike Rodeo” and companion punk rock band “Los Banos.”

The two groups are fresh off the huge Dead Baby Downhill weekend up in Seattle and they’re making a special stop in Portland tonight. Here’s the blurb from the Facebook page: (more…)

Sprockettes summer camp for girls: The video

by on July 26th, 2011 at 2:00 pm

The Sprockettes first-ever summer camp for girls concluded with a great performance at Salmon Street fountain during Sunday Parkways.

Tiago Dejerk caught it on film:

Sprockettes to host summer day camp for girls

by on July 15th, 2011 at 10:12 am

The Sprockettes perform at Peninsula Park during Sunday Parkways 2009.
(Photo © J. Maus)


Sprockettes lead over 100 on annual Pedalpalooza ride

by on June 24th, 2010 at 1:41 pm

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A sun-drenched field at Benson High
was a perfect spot for activities.
-Slideshow below/Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)

Some (finally!) hot summer weather led to a big turnout on the Sprockettes Ride last night. The ride was part of Shift’s Pedalpalooza, which runs through Sunday.

Here’s the report from Agent Rod Quake, followed by a slideshow of my photos:

The gorgeous weather brought 132 riders to this year’s ride. Fun times were had at our first stop, Benson High School field, where we played all kinds of fun, field day activities. Attendees had a great time playing Sprockettes Simon Says, Human Knot, double dutch, face painting, parachute games, and more. (more…)

My California Adventure: Sprockettes, suburbia and shopping in L.A.

by on October 9th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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This San Diego family would
fit right in in Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus)

I took a trip down to Southern California to visit family last week (to the north Orange County town of Cypress to be exact). Each time I go, I see my surroundings through a lens that’s colored by the dueling perspectives of growing up there through my high school days and the Transportation Wonk Disease I’ve caught from living in Portland the past five years.

That mix makes for interesting observations. (more…)

Sprockettes and others come together for Hollis Hawthorne benefit show

by on March 5th, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Hollis Hawthorne performing in
Southeast Portland last summer.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Portlanders continue to rally around the tragedy the tragic fate of bike dancer Hollis Hawthorne.

Hawthorne, a founding member of The Bay Area Derailleurs bike dance troupe, suffered a serious brain injury over a week ago while operating a motorcycle in India. Hawthorne started the Derailleuers with former Portlander and Sprockette Eliza Strack and they performed together in Portland last summer.

Thankfully, the latest update from India is that Hawthorne’s condition is improving. She is breathing on her own and doctors are showing signs of cautious optimism about her recovery. (more…)

Sprockettes rally as fellow bike dancer clings to life

by on March 3rd, 2009 at 9:19 am

Hollis Hawthorne (furthest to the left)
at a performance in San Francisco last
(Photos © J. Maus)

Hollis Hawthorne, one of the founders of The Bay Area Derailleurs bike dance troupe, is clinging to life in India today.

The Derailleurs were formed in 2007 by former Portlander and Sprockette Eliza Strack and they performed last summer in Portland at the Sprockettes Bicycle Bash.

Last week, Hawthorne was riding on the back of a motorcycle in the streets of Pondicherry, India and collided with a bus. Hawthorne was wearing a helmet, but still sustained a major injury to her head. Her boyfriend performed CPR on her for over a half-hour before she eventually ended up in a hospital. (more…)