Pedalpalooza Day 10: Rides and Reports

It’s the weekend, so there’s no excuse for not getting out and experiencing one of these fun rides. Check the official Pedalpalooza calendar for more info.


    4235 SE Woodstock (Woodstock Bike Gallery)
    10:00am – 12:00pm
    Short ride to one of SE Portland’s increasing number of great bakeries for coffee and treats and back. Perfect for single speeds, fixed gears, or parents towing trailers. Helmets required, lycra strongly discouraged.


    1436 SE Spokane (Sellwood Community Center)
    10:00am – 1:00pm
    Join other women at this 3-hour conversation on how to choose the right bike and gear, recreational riding and commuting, riding techniques, use of the TriMet bike rack, and route planning.


    SW Salmon St and SW Naito Parkway (Salmon Street Fountains)
    10:45am – 2:45pm, Meet at 10:45 AM, ride at 11 AM.
    Pack a picnic lunch, hop on your bike, enjoy a scenic ride, and take a tour of Try/On Life Community Farm ( next to Tryon Creek State Park.
    Leaving downtown, we’ll wind our way to the farm via Terwilliger and Boones Ferrry Rd. A 1 hour tour of the farm starts at noon. Afterward, we’ll enjoy lunch in the shade–and a brief nap perhaps–before biking back to our starting point. This is a mildly strenuous ride in spots but we’ll go at what should be a leisurely and inclusive pace.


    600 Columbia St., Vancouver 98660 (Propstra Plaza (Big Fish Clock), Esther Short Park, Vancouver)
    Show off your pretty panties-those you keep hidden all year or adorn your plain panties on site. Guys pull out those Batman boxers out of the batcave. Panties parading on bikes, hats, bums, etc. Bike to sculptures, see public art, drink coffee, and eat at the Vancouver’s farmers market.


    1417 SE 9th Ave., Portland (The Recyclery)
    Come for a day of massive bike swap overdose.
    DJ Elvis panther will spin the tunes.
    There will be beer,food and bikes,lots O bikes!Gates open at 1:00 p.m. entry is free, vendor spaces are $20. For more info or to reserve a space call 503-734-8831.


    Eastbank Esplanade Bike Trail & SE Market St, (Small craft pier, just south of the Hawthorne Bridge, east side.)
    1:30pm – 4:00pm, This event immediately follows the River Bomb
    The Mobile Dance Party and Fountain Ride combine forces to bring you the best combination of bikes, water, and shaking your booty! Booming sound system in tow, we ride, dance, and splash all over town! Dress for a dance party – a wet one! Squirt guns encouraged. Come early for the River Bomb.


    SE 20th and SE Belmont (Col. Summers Park)
    Velorrito 2 is the natural evolution in the burrito-fueled bike race known as Velorrito. Prizes! Terror! Doom! Burritos! Do you have what it takes?


    1427 SE 45th Avenue (Crabapple Cottage, Hawthorne & 45th)
    5:00pm, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
    Your bike treats you well. Now give it a little bit of luurve back. Come learn the basics of how to clean your lovely two-wheeled companion! Learn how to clean the chain, wheels, cogs, frame…. If you wondered why you ended up covered in bike grease after the finish of the World Naked Bike Ride, now’s the time to find out. All welcome. Bring yourselves and your questions about cleaning. No bike is too dirty, no question too dumb for Team Clean!


    318 SW Taylor St. (The Love Factory)
    MUSIC BY DJ OH! (and maybe show me the pink?) Drinks, dancing, silkscreening, and a whole lotta love.


    NW 8th Ave and NW Couch st. (By the Elephant!)
    Ride to a mystery outdoor location and watch movies! Bring a blanket and snacks to share.

Remember to leave a comment below with ride reports and links to photos!

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Name of Ride: Try/on Life Community Farm Ride

Leader: Wes Kempfer

Date: June 16, 2007

Start time: 11:00 AM

Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Approx. Distance: 14 miles

Number of riders: approximately 25, plus a cute little kid in a bike trailer

Synopsis of ride:

We had a good turnout of enthusiastic bikers all excited about riding out to see the farm. Once there, Matt Gordon, the education coordinator for Try/on Farm, gave us a very informative tour. As he led us around the grounds, Matt told us about the recent history of the land on which the farm sits and how the farm came into existence, and explained the various on-going projects, which include restoration of the surrounding forest ecosystem, experiments in producing food and fiber from native plants, organic gardens, goat milk production, and natural building techniques.

Here are a few pictures.

High points:

Speeding down the hill just before getting to the farm was a blast. We also had a nice impromptu pot luck of trail mix, strawberries, cherries, and tasty baked goods brought by Jeff and Carye while sitting in the Whale House. It was a nice place to be while we watched the down pour (see low points).

Also Matt Gordon’s tour was excellent. Thanks go to him for taking the time to show us the farm.

Low points:

Climbing back up the hill that was so fun to bomb down on the way in (see high points). We had a little bit of rain now and then, but it was warm, so it wasn’t too bad. Those of us that made the complete trip back to the fountain got a spine-rattling experience riding over one of Portland’s newly unimproved thoroughfares: 6th Ave. Of course, we also experienced the requisite jerky drivers along the way.

Would you do it again? If so, What would you change?

I would definitely do this ride again. If you’re interested in sustainability, food security, natural building, like to pet goats, or anything related to such things, I would highly recommend going to see the farm There are a lot of ways to get involved in what they are doing too. See

One thing I might change when I do this ride again is perhaps avoid Boone’s Ferry Road altogether. That would mean parking the bikes somewhere on the Terwilliger side of the park and hiking through the park to get to the farm. Some motorists drive like nuts over Boone’s Ferry, which has no bike lane and a narrow shoulder. A few folks in this part of town seem not to know what to do when passing a large group of cyclists (like slow down, please, just a little bit). We had at least one close call that I know of. It was rather nerve-racking

Other than that, this was was a completely enjoyable and pleasant ride. Thank you everyone that came along.