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Pedal Pushers spread bike fun at Lewis and Clark

Posted by on March 24th, 2006 at 12:34 pm

Lewis and Clark college bike stuff

Last week I was invited to be a guest panelist for a class project on Portland’s bike culture at Lewis and Clark College. I had a good time and realized that I really love talking about Portland bike stuff…I could do it all day. I answered questions on everything from Critical Mass to bike safety. The other panelist was a guy named Kelly Rogala. Kelly is the bike fun kingpin at Lewis and Clark because he manages the “Bike Room” and he founded the Pedal Pushers, a new club on campus devoted to bike fun.

After the panel I was walking around the campus when I noticed someone with a “Pedal Pushers” patch…so I ran him down and asked a few questions. Turns out the patch belonged to a nice guy named Matt Nelson.

Matt was excited to talk about Pedal Pushers because according to him, the club is gaining a lot of momentum on campus. Matt and a friend have started a bike zine (the first issue came out on Valentine’s Day) and the club puts on an annual event called Critical Blast, which is sort of like a mini version of Pedalpalooza that features silly and creative bikey games and events.

Pedal Pushers sprung from the Bike Room Co-op that was founded just last year. You can read more about the genisis of Lewis and Clark’s emerging bike scene in this in-depth article from a recent issue of the school newspaper, the Pioneer Log.

I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from them in the future. Hey, come to think of it, they should organize a Pedalpalooza event!

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do you have any information on where i can find their bike zine?

Jonathan Maus

I should have some soon. Their website link doesn’t work and I don’t have contact info for any of the guys mentioned in the story…I’ve put out some emails and I’ll be in touch.


The pedal pusher’s can be reached at
Copies of the first zine may be limited, but don’t qoute me on that.