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Pedalpalooza menu for Wednesday (6/25)

Posted by on June 25th, 2008 at 8:32 am

[This post is part of BikePortland’s ongoing coverage of Pedalpalooza 2008. See more ride reports, videos and photos here.]

Clown House bike wash

Clowns in action at the Bikini
Bike Wash last year.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Greetings intrepid bike fun lovers. Only a few glorious days of remain of this year’s Pedalpalooza, and there’s plenty of action still to be had.

Today’s offerings include a special appearance by Dingo the Clown; that bike-loving, tall-bike riding, banjo-playing former denizen of the Alberta Street Clownhouse. Dingo and his friends have re-made themselves into the Blood Sugar Circus and today they’ll be getting wet and wild in the name of bike fun.

Also on today’s ride menu are a parking spot reclamation ride, a hunt for sausages, a potluck to help choose new art rack designs for SE Belmont Street, and an evening outdoor movie and picnic.

See all the events listed below and browse today’s full calendar here.

Blood Sugar Circus, Bikini Bike Wash and Hot Dice
Skye Tower Clown villa, 1605 SE 33rd Ave (off Hawthorne)
11:45am – 4:45pm, wash til dark, then find other stuff to get into. We wash bikes all day, make a slip n slide and play stupid games. Best bikini gets a prize, worst bikini gets arrested. acoustic music and fire stuff welcome.

Park-ing Brown Bag
Green Empowerment, 140 SW Yamhill St (check the window for further locative details)
12:00pm – 1:00pm
with a goal of biking and reclaiming parking spots for public enjoyment, we will be scouting out just before noon for a spot downtown to transmogrify from parking space to PARK (ing) space. of course, we won’t know exactly where the spot shall be in advance, so swing by Green Empowerment’s window for exact location at noon. never fear, we’ll pay to PARK and have a mini-bike in space, so we shall be legal! What to Bring: your lunch potted plant or other park accoutrement

The Wurst Ride of the Year
NW Lucky Lab Beer Hall, 1945 NW Quimby St (Not the one on Hawthorne!)
3:30pm – 6:00pm, Be there at 3:30 for a drink, or 3:45 to ride
Sausage Salvation is at hand. You’ve been on the best rides in the past, now it’s time to taste the Wurst. Just like laws, you don’t want to see how they’re made, but you will see where to get them. Then we’ll roast them in a park. Frosty adult beverage will be procured along the way. Bring cash to trade for links.

Family Ride to the Columbia River
Vestal Elementary School, 161 NE 82nd Ave (meet behind the school.)
The Columbia River is an easy low-traffic 5 mile bike ride away. If it’s hot we’ll dip our toes in the river and if it’s raining, we’ll button down under the I-205 bridge. Either way, we’ll eat some lunch and meet new friends. Bring a bag lunch and, if you like, something to share. Brought to you by the BTA and Safe Routes to School.

The Bhaktishop’s First Celebrate Your Yoga Ride
The top of Mount Tabor-by the statue
5:15pm, Meet at 5:15 for Sun Salutations, ride will commence at 5:45
Pedal around Portland between hotspots in the sun, deliciously and leisurely stopping for some fun outdoor yoga. Start at 5:15 with some saluting to the sun on the top of Mt. Tabor and then ride to a few of our favorite spots in SE for more yummy yoga with some of the most fun and beloved yoga teachers in Portland. Finish the ride at The Bhaktishop Yoga Studio at SE 26th and Division around 7:30 for the final sequence of yoga poses, snacks, and community fun for all. All ages!

Wine Tour de France (21+)
Salmon Street Springs Fountain, SW Naito Pkwy and Salmon St
Take a casual ride on Portland’s riverside paths to Burdigala Wines in Sellwood, where a selection of fine wines from various regions of France will be available for tasting, including Bourgogne/Burgundy, Cotes de Rhone, Languedoc, Bordeaux and Loire. Find your own way to your next destination or ride back to the starting point with the group at approximately 9:30 PM. 21 and over only. Wine flight, $5.00. Wine bar and small plates to compliment wines will also be available.

Daisy Daisy Tandem Ride
Mt. Tabor Park, at the top
6:00pm, ride at 6:30
You KNOW this will be fun…
Tandems and riders meet at the top of Tabor. Bomb down Hawthorne. Ride around with goofy smiles on our faces. Meet up with the movie ride.

Belmont Bike Art Racks Potluck
Sunnyside Environmental School, SE 34th Ave and Salmon St
6:00pm – 8:00pm, 6:00-8:00 PM *or show up at 5:00 to volunteer*
The Belmont Bike Art project will install art bike racks in the on-street bike parking on Belmont. Come to a fun potluck and vote on the sunflower design that neighborhood artists will build. During May and June, anyone can draw and submit sunflowers in shops on Belmont. All the sunflower drawings will be displayed at the potluck. Anyone who comes can vote for the final design. Come for good food, music, and art — all while make bike parking on Belmont beautiful.

Grow Flowers by Bike: Throw Seedballs
Col. Summers Park, SE 20th Ave and Belmont St (At the gate to the community garden, on 20th.)
6:30pm – 8:00pm, we ride at 6:30pm!
Like to garden? Like throwing stuff as you bicycle? This ride is for you! Imagine an eyesore empty lot transformed into a native flower, food, or hardy plant paradise. On this ride we will take readymade seedballs (clay+seeds) and throw them into inner SE/NE urban dead zones. See a movie on making seedballs, here. Families and kids encouraged. Includes Sweetpea bakery snack stop. Ends where Grindhouse Film Ride begins.

Grindhouse Movie Ride
Friendship Circle, West Side of the Steel Bridge
8:00pm – 12:00am, Ride leaves around 8:30pm
The movie ride is back for the summer and this month will feature grindhouse films! The casual ride takes place at sunset and goes to a secret cinema screening under the stars. Bring some friends, snacks, drinks, and a blanket.

For more details on these and other Pedalpalooza events, visit

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