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Pedalpalooza weekend guide and open thread

Posted by on June 20th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

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There’s a ride for everyone (even these
little guys!) during Pedalpalooza!
(Photos © J. Maus)

Here it is folks, your weekend Pedalpalooza lineup.

Peruse the list below with your Saturday morning coffee and head out for two full days of bike fun the likes of which have never been seen.

Whether you like to roller skate, race tandems, build and ride chariots, splash in fountains, rage like a zombie, Zoobomb for 100 miles, swing both ways, or camp with your bike — there is something for you.

Check out the full schedule below and don’t forget to share your ride reports and adventures in the comments… see you out there!

Saturday (6/21)

Mysterious Ward Triangle Get Lost Ride
Y-Mart, 14612 NE 4th Plain Rd, Vancouver, WA
10:00am – 12:30pm, At the digression of interested parties
Saturday June 21.
Tour the Sifton and Heritage Neighborhoods of East Clark County. Get lost in the maze of closed communities. Visit the beautiful wooded parks. Ride the Paddon Expressway bike path and visit beautiful downtown Orchards. The fun is staying and straying together as a group and visiting all the local businesses before Wal-mart is built across the street.

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Bikes and fountains will mix
on the Splash Dance ride.

Trolley Trail Excursion
Waterfront Park, Waterfront Park, Milwaukie (West side of McLoughlin and SE Harrison in the park)
Take a leisurely there and back 9 mile ride from downtown Milwaukie to the edge of Gladstone and discover an urban trail that is mostly primitive with lots of interesting sights. We will leave from the riverfront park in Milwaukie and head South on Mcloughlin until the trail diverges and heads off on its own. Street bikes are OK, uless it’s really wet and you don’t mind the mud! Kids welcome. See the trail in it’s natural setting before it is paved and landscaped.

Safer Routes to School Bike2Skate
A Better Cycle, 2324 SE Division St Take Trimet
12:30pm – 3:00pm
aSafer Routes to School presents Southeast Portland Bike2skate ride. We will meet at A Better Cycle at 2324 SE Division Street at 12:30pm, leave at 1:00pm sharp and ride the Springwater Corridor to Oaks Park amusement park and skating rink. This is a family friendly ride, kids with their parents are highly encouraged to attend and of course everybody needs to have a helmet on, even the parents. If you need help locating a helmet please contact Joel at joelh[at], 503-226-0676 ext.29. Make sure and bring cash for skating and afterward lets ride to the citybikes/KBOO block party!

Chariot Daze!
Waterfront, on west side of steel bridge
12:30pm – 12:30am
A rolling party, of mobile sounds, water cannons, make up kits, illustrators and more! “Compete” in a variety of events.
Why go to just one pedalpalooza event, when you can do it (most) all!
Not all chariot events are bloody massacres. Today you will have the opportunity to partake in lots of fun with more than 2 wheels. Show of your design skills, what can you build and haul around town?

Tandem Bike Race + and Quadem Time Trial
NE Holman/Durham St Pocket Park, NE Holman St & NE 13th Ave (NE Holman/NE 13th/NE Durham)
Got a bike built for two? Three? Four? Think you’ve got what it takes to win the coveted Gnome House Tandem Bike Race Trophy? Want to show Portlanders your mad Quadem FourPlay riding skillz? Then bring it! To the pocket park on NE Holman/NE 13th/NE Durham! Helmets required! This is a fun race, not a super-competitive one, so leave yer spandex and bad attitude at home. Wear a funny costume or hat or both. Gnomes encouraged to attend.

Splash Dance!
Salmon Street Springs Fountain, SW Naito Pkwy & Salmon St
2:00pm – 4:30pm, At 2:30 we ride
We will combine forces with the Chariot Daze to bring you the 3rd Splash Dance! Its the best combination of bikes, water, and shaking your booty! With tunes courtesy of KBOO’s electronic dance show Plugged In, we’ll ride, dance, and splash all over town with our sound system in tow! Dress for a dance party – a wet one! Squirt guns encouraged.

Brewpub Ride
Lucky Lab, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd (outside in the back patio area)
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Come test your riding skills with a nice beer buzz. We will be riding to 4 or 5 different brewpubs around SE and SW Portland. Quick pizza/beer stop. Possible tram ride, bring 4 dollars. Ending at the Green Dragon. We will hook up with the zombie ride by 6 PM. Bring ID and cash. Meet at Lucky Lab at 1:15 for first beer.

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Tour Portland’s eclectic bike shops
(like Citybikes).

Tour of Portland’s Eclectic Bike Shops
Citybikes Annex, SE 8th Ave and Ankeny St (by cob bench/kiosks)
3:00pm, depart at 3:30 after shop tour.
Slow paced tour on bike friendly streets, to visit some of Portland’s many specialty and/or collectively run bike shops.

Zombie Cycle Rampage
Salmon Street Springs Fountain, SW Naito Pkwy and Salmon St
6:00pm, Meet at 6. Ride by 7.
Dress like a ZOMBIE. Smear on the latex, the makeup, the fake blood. Learn to ride with a noticeable limp, a faraway stare, a droopy-walkingdead-sneer. Ride a bike, a scooter, a wheelbarrow, a lamp; anything with wheels. Extra points given for riding a unicycle. Tour the Willamette waterfront and make several rest stops at as yet undisclosed locations.
Have fun, make friends, go home when you run out of cash or karo syrup.

NPGreenway Ride Along the Willamette
Top of Waud Bluff Trail , N Willamette Blvd and Harvard St (Near the University of Portland)
6:00pm – 8:00pm, We plan to end in time to see the Bike in Movie in the University Park Neighborhood
Come join North Portlanders for an evening ride along the Willamette River. Note: Dress for the weather and be prepared for some possible rocky/rough terrain. This ride will end up at the University Park Neighborhood “Bike-in-Movie.”

New Wave Night Ride
Woodstock Bike Gallery, 4235 SE Woodstock
7:00pm – 10:00pm, Ride starts at 7, music & dancing at 9
Meet at Woodstock Gallery at 7pm. Depart for Stacatto Gelato and other refreshments on restaurant row on NE 28th. Return to the shop for DJ’d 80’s dance music provided by DJ Kenny. Period dress (and bikes) encouraged.

N Portland Bike-in Movie
Mc Kenna Park, N. Wall between Lombard and Willamette Take Trimet (Rain location: Astor Elementary on Van Houten)
8:00pm, Movie starts at dark
University Park Neighborhood Assoc. invites you to our neighborhood for a B&W classic. Free, just bring a blanket or chair to sit on. Popcorn and snacks available for purchase.

Raunchy Ride II: Raunch Harder
Lucky Lab, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd (Look for the fishnets…)
The last Raunchorama Strip Club Crawl was so much fun, we gotta do it again, but on this ride we’ll crank up the volume a bit (and the distance), so be prepared to part with your dollars, stay up all night, and be exposed (har har) to a diversity of shapes of sensuality. (zombies are welcome and encouraged).

Sunday June 22

Sunday Parkways — Ciclovias in Portland
North Portland, N Killingsworth St and Kerby Ave (Route covers 6 miles – see map on website)
8:00am – 2:00pm
A 6 mile circular route of city streets open to walk, bike, run, jump & skip – without having to watch out for cars!
A relaxed, non-competitive, FREE event featuring a variety of activities in 4 parks and along the route.

Zoobomb Century

Compete for glory in
the Zoobomb Century!

Zoobomb Century
Washington Park, SW Canyon Rd and Canyon Rd, Washington, 97221 (Top of the Zoo MAX Elevators)
10:00am – 10:00pm, Race @ 10am, Picnic all day long!
Come race the zoobomb hill for 100 miles on a 16″ wheeled bike! Zoobomb’s most grueling and popular event of the summer will be jam-packed full of max rides, math, sweating, and speeding. Or lots of picnicking, tofurkey, beer and sun if you are just here to hang out and spectate.

Sunday Parkways Family Run Ride
Peninsula Park, N Kerby and N Rosa Parks Blvd
Break out the trailers and tagalongs! Bring the kids! Sunday Parkways route means no cars! 6 mile circular route tours North Portland with music, dancing, food and fun along the way.

Superheroes for Bike Safety Awareness
Unthank park, N Kerby Ave and Failing St
12:00pm, Meet at 12pm and ride begins at 12:30pm
The Superheroes For Bicycle Safety Awareness is a bike ride during the Sunday Parkways. Children of all ages are encouraged to dress up as a Superhero, either known or created for the ride. I look forward to see a lot of smiling, costumed faces. More info TBD.

Swingers Ride
Arbor Lodge Park, N Bryant St and Delaware Ave (At the swings.)
Monogamy is overrated. Bring a bike you’re prepared to share and delight in the chance to have someone else’s top tube between your legs as we cruise Sunday Parkways. The weirder the better: Pixies, tallbikes, tandems, cargobikes, choppers, fixies, trikes, Huffys, recumbents and, most obviously, SWING BIKES!

Big Gay Bike Ride
Portland Q Center, 69 SE Taylor Ave at SE Water Ave, Portland
Come party out with some fellow bicycling queers and allies! Be as fierce as you want while making some new friends and adventuring around the east side of town. Perhaps there will be some tasty cupcakes. (mmmm)

Cycle Seen Family Ride
New Seasons, 1954 SE Division St (Inside Cafe by the Cycle Seen Photos)
2:00pm – 4:30pm, Meet 2pm inside cafe to see photos – Ride time 2:30
Ride along with us to 3 different locations that are part of the Cycle Seen exhibition. We’ll view art that is representative of Portland’s bike culture. At 2:00 we’ll meet in New Seasons and view family/pet cycling photos. Then at 2:30, we’ll bike to Stumptown on Division for photos, (and coffee and cocoa!) that are up for auction to benefit Bikes to Rwanda. We’ll end our ride at A Better Cycle on Division where there will be a ghost bike exhibit along with some more great cycling photos!

My ride with Commissioner Randy Leonard

Experience the adventure of
unimproved roads.

Unimproved Road Ride
Grant Park , NE 33rd Ave and Thompson St
4:45pm – 6:15pm
Grab your mountain bike and let’s hit the trail, right here in the city! We will spend about 1 1/2 hours exploring several exciting places where the pavement ends and the fun begins, ending up at a choice venue for some grub. Includes a cool shortcut from NE to NoPo. Change out those slicks for some knobbies and get ready for some thrills (and maybe a couple of hills, too)!

Bike Camping 101
Col. Summers Park, SE 20th and Belmont
7:00pm – 9:00pm, Optional adjourn to adult establishment afterwards for further discussion
Have you ever wanted to camp by bike? Come learn the basics of self-supported bike touring, how little you actually NEED to start, and where you can go to camp on your bike. Free class.

SW 10th Ave and Oak St (Zoobomb Pyle!)
9:00pm, Every Sunday
Come ride with us, everyone welcome! We like to ride kid’s bikes down hills at night, it sounds silly and it is silly, but a crapload of fun too!

Dawn Bomb
Washington Park
“Aint no party like a Zoobomb party, because the Zoobomb party don’t stop!” ‘Til the break-a, break-a-dawn. Sleeping bags? Breakfast Monday morning? All I know is I’ll be watching the sunrise from the top of the hill with all my friends.

For more information on all these rides, see the full Pedalpalooza calendar.

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John Russell

I have to pick the worst week to go out of town.


A couple of Skuut\’s in the first photo! My son loves his.

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Mark C

Looking forward to the Sunday Parkway tomorrow. I\’m volunteering as an intersection monitor, then will run the course with a group from Foot Traffic. Today, went out with Portland Velo for a ride from Hillsboro out around Hagg Lake and back. Rode out there from home in NE Portland, so got in 80 miles total. Kind of stuffy (for the Pacific Northwest), but still a great day for riding!


Skuut\’s Rule!


I\’m still recovering from last night\’s Dropout / Bowie-Prince / Solstice ride….

see y\’all at the zoobomb century tomorrow!


As excited as I was to finally take that trip to the coast and Crater Lake this weekend with my husband and family, I am so incredibly sad that we will miss Sunday Parkways. My parents picked a bad weekend for their annual visit from the east coast. 🙁

beth h