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Meet Chain Reaction, Portland’s all-male bike dance crew

Posted by on June 9th, 2008 at 11:56 am

Chain Reaction is (L to R): Sauce, J-Roq, Jamey, Blake, Lee, and Morgan.
(Photo Gallery)
(All photos © J. Maus)

Surely by now you’ve heard of the Sprockettes, but have you heard of Chain Reaction? They’re the new bike dance crew on the scene.

Check out some of the action…

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These guys bring some serious skills and talent to Portland’s streets and they entertained an appreciative crowd at the Walk and Bike Challenge Celebration event on Sunday at the South Park Blocks.

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Jamey and J-Roq going double-decker.

Similar to the Sprockettes, Chain Reaction’s style is a mix of bike tricks, stunts, and synchronized dance steps. They all ride small BMX/freestyle bikes and during Sunday’s performance they took turns doing solo tricks (Blake impressed with a front-wheel handstand), jousted, and rode and whipped their bikes around like pros.

The six-member group — which debuted at the Mini Bike Winter Party back in February — has worked hard over the winter to get ready for a full summer of performances.

If you missed their most recent performance, make sure to see them at the Multnomah County Bike Fair on Saturday, June 28.

— See my Chain Reaction Photo Gallery for more images.

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  • JayS. June 9, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    We saw them on Sunday very fun. Thanks Guys!

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  • girl on a bike June 9, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Can we please go back in time 20 years so that young Patrick Swayze can square off against young Kevin Bacon in the film version of a showdown between the (evil/Canadian) Brakes and (good/American) Chain Reaction?

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  • Moo June 9, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    One word…BORING!

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  • toddistic June 9, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    i wonder if \”chain reaction\” and the \”sprokettes\” have gang fights after shows. and who wins? I would definately want to see that!

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  • bahueh June 9, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    more riding, less dancing.

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  • zac June 9, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    dance fights ensue.

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  • Keith Walker June 9, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Looks like all those 5 man all-male bike dance crews are in for some trouble!

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  • Jessica Roberts June 9, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    When\’s the dance-off with the Sprockettes?

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  • SkidMark June 9, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    All these bike/dance teams owe everything to the Stripped Nipples.

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  • PJ June 9, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Your mom has stripped nipples.

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  • la June 9, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    stripped nipples?

    oh! the pineapples!

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  • bike punk June 10, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Are you guys performing at the PDX pride festival. thats sweet they would love you

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  • Agent Chaos July 3, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Oh my good jesus. I am so so so sosososososososososo happy! Especially after this weekend seeing all the dance teams! Its a fabulous rEvolution! Who knew? Thanks for being part of the five year plan to have a bike dance off!! It was fullfilled!

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