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Weekend Event Guide

Welcome to our Weekend Event Guide archives. This column runs on the Front Page every Thursday afternoon and gives you the essential rundown of the best bike events happening in the Portland region.

Special thanks to Hopworks Urban Brewery for their sponsorship of this column. Their support is what makes this possible!

Weekend Event Guide: Holiday lights, braving the elements, makers, and more

Friday, December 19th, 2014
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Don’t let the rain keep you down. (Rob Sadowsky doesn’t.)
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

You know what’s great about this town? Even with the cold/wet weather and the holiday season craziness, there are still fun bike rides and events to take part in.

Whether you are looking for a group ride or an event that lets you connect with other biking fans, there’s something for you in the roundup below. I have a feeling many of your bike rides this weekend will be of the shopping variety. If you do plan on doing some gift-buying by bike, remember to lock up your bike well and don’t let yourself become a bike prowl victim by leaving stuff in your bike bags.

Have a great weekend!
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Weekend Event Guide: Bike parade, Alleycross, a huge sale, and more

Friday, December 12th, 2014
Policymakers Ride - Gorge Edition-1
Marine Drive path = year-round fun.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

I hope everyone is OK after that very crazy windstorm last night. With that behind us, the weekend forecast looks clear. It’ll be a bit cooler as a result, but at least it’ll be dry.

If you’re looking to stay sharp this winter, we’ve got some great suggestions below. And if you are looking to add a few key pieces to your winter riding kit, or finally get that new bike you’ve been waiting for, we’ve got the details on a major sale.

Have fun out there!
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Weekend Event Guide: BikeCraft, Rudolph, the Outback, and more

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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It’s BikeCraft weekend!
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

As we get ever closer to the end of the year, a few traditions are among us. One of them is BikeCraft, an event near and dear to our hearts here at BikePortland. It’s an excellent place to find great gifts for bike lovers and re-connect with friends old and new.

There’s also a sing-along ride on the schedule. Tom Howe is leading a Rudolph-themed ride through downtown that is sure to be fun. And if you’re shy, don’t worry, there will be plenty of people on the ride and there’s safety in numbers!

Whatever you do, we hope you stay warm and dry out there. (more…)

Weekend Event Guide: Parties, Cranksgiving, tree plantings, and more

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Kruger's Crossing Cyclocross Race
The Kruger’s Crossing race is a great excuse to soak up farm vibes out at Sauvie Island.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

I hope you haven’t made non-bike plans for Saturday because it’s packed with great events.

Imagine if you planted a few street trees by bike, then went and bought food for those in need as part of the Cranksgiving event, then attended the Weston Awards to support Oregon Walks. If anyone does all three of those things, they get my vote for Great Portlander of the Year.

And if you’ve hung up your cyclocross shoes for the season, take them down! Sunday’s race out at Sauvie Island is an annual favorite that also has a nice convivial feeling among all the teams who have battled each other all season long.

Have fun out there…
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Weekend Event Guide: A big sale, more ‘cross, and baked goods

Thursday, November 13th, 2014
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A historic moment for Portland Parks happening Saturday at Gateway Green.

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

Baby it’s cold outside. And windy (and a bit frozen) too. But as luck would have it, the forecast actually calls for clear and sunny skies for the weekend. That means it’s time to bundle up and brave the elements!

Whether you’re still motoring through ‘cross season or just looking for an excuse to eat donuts with friends old and new, we’ve got another great line-up for you to choose from.

Friday, November 14th

Castelli Sample Sale – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at 1040 NE 44th Ave #1 (more…)

Weekend Event Guide: Cross, code, fall colors, and more

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
Fall scenes in and around Portland-8
It’s a great time of year for riding bikes.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

We’ve only got a few more weekends before much of the colorful leaves are gone and we’re really into the winter doldrums. That’s my way of saying… Get out there and ride your bike this weekend! If nothing below suits your fancy, just head east into the Columbia River Gorge and tilt your head up and to the sides. You’ll be amazed at what you see (Alex Barr Road, pictured above, is one of my favorite climbs this time of year).

Also remember to keep your wits about you as you navigate all that slippery muck that tends to accumulate in the bike lanes this time of year. Leaves are nice in trees; but not so nice under your tires.

Have a great weekend.

Saturday, November 8th

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Weekend Event Guide: Corn cross, Blazers Bike Night, sausage ride, and more

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Bike to Blazers 2010-36
Let’s do this!
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery

Things are getting a bit lean on the various ride calendars… Except, that is, if you are a cyclocross fan (and can get to Bend). If you aren’t into racing and you’ll be in Portland this weekend… Might I suggest joining 100 other BikePortland readers for Blazers Bike Night on Sunday!?

Of course, Halloween is tomorrow and we all know that the streets will be full of folks headed to parties and filling up panniers with candy and treats.

Have fun!

Friday, October 31st

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Weekend Event Guide: Thriller, a brewery tour, podcast party, and more!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Kidical Mass - Zombie Edition-24
It’s ‘Thrill the World’ weekend and Kidical Mass will be there to join in the creepy fun.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

I know what you’re thinking… Who the heck wants to ride in all this rain!? Well, the truth is, riding in the rain isn’t so bad, especially with friends. And besides, there’s bound to be a break in the clouds here and there, so why not be prepared with a list of all the fun bike stuff to do?

Grab your jackets, get your fenders on, and have a great (wet) weekend..

Friday, October 24th

Gold Sprints with Revolights – 7:00 pm at Chrome Retail Hub (425 SW 10th Ave)
Revolights, a California-based designer of very cool bicycle lights, is in Portland. Join them at the Chrome store tonight for some fun and gold sprinting. $5 race entry and winner takes all. More info here.

EcoSpeed Kickstarter Crush Party – 7:30 pm at 2330 SE Clatsop
The crew at EcoSpeed wants to celebrate their hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. Join them for a big party that will feature a DJ, free beer and food, a prize giveaway, and lots of lofty prognostications for what will surely be an exciting future. More info here. (more…)

Weekend Event Guide: Freak bikes, urban singlespeeding, levees, and more

Friday, October 17th, 2014
Freak Bike Alleycat-29
Freak Bike Fall is back and there’s a ride, race, and other fun stuff all weekend.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

Finally fall has really set in. After a summer that just didn’t want to go away, we’ve seen our first real rain and wind of the season. I’m actually happy for the change. With all the climate change weirdness these days, it’s reassuring when relatively normal weather patterns return.

Assuming you don’t mind getting wet and/or you’re prepped to deal with it, there’s still plenty of fun to be had on two wheels this weekend. Check out our listings below… (more…)

Weekend Event Guide: Crusade, Ghostbusters, 3-speeds, and more

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Cross Crusade at Alpenrose-16
The wait is over.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery

Now that we’re well into October, I guess it’s not too early to get into the Halloween mood. If you need some inspiration on that front, look no further than the Ghostbusters ride happening on Sunday. They’ll stop for a behind-the-scenes look at a graveyard, eat Ghostbusters-themed donuts, and ride bikes — that’s a lot of birds to kill with just one stone.

This weekend also ushers in the official start of cyclocross season. Yes, we know races have been happening for over a month now, but the start of the Cross Crusade is so momentous that it has earned its season-changing status.

Oh, and it looks like the rain will hold off until Monday! Have fun out there…
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