This Weekend: Freaks, MUPs and trees

[Publisher’s note: We are trying to do a better job about sharing ride info. In the future, we’ll try and publish “This Weekend”, with a list of rides we’ve heard about, on Thursdays.]

Cliff and Dutch of North Freak.
(Photo © J. Maus)

It might be the dead of winter and chilly as heck outside, but that hasn’t stopped Portlanders from planning fun bike rides and events. And, given the heaviness of this week, having fun on a bike sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

Here are a few rides coming up (starting tonight) that have caught my eye.

Tonight (Friday, 1/23)
Freaky Friday
This is a monthly night ride hosted by the fine folks of North Freak Bike Club. The ride meets at 10:30 pm at Irving Park (NE 7th Ave and Fargo St) and then everyone will ride to a mystery location for freak bike jousting and assorted antics. In case you’re wondering, North Freak is “a collective for people who love freak bicycles, such as tall bikes, choppers, swing bikes, minibikes and anything else fun and creative you can think of.”
MORE INFO HERE

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Saturday (1/24)

Greg Raisman shouldn’t have any
trouble carrying a tree.
(Photo: gregraisman/Flickr)

Sunnyside N’hood Tree Planting (By Bike!)
This year the Sunnyside Neighborhood Tree Planting will feature the first ever Bicycle Planting Crew. The crew will haul all trees, tools, stakes and other planting supplies by bicycle. The event will start at 8:30 am at the Sunnyside Methodist Church (SE Yamhill & 35th).

MUP’s; what’s not to love?
(Photo © J. Maus)

Sunday (1/25)
MUP’s (as in multi-use paths) of the SW
Hosted by the newly formed, Easy Riders, this ride will take you to some of the best bike paths in Southwest Portland. Ride is a 30-mile loop and leaves at 11:00 am from the Eastbank Esplanade.

Highlights of the ride will include; the Willamette Greenway, Riverview Cemetery, Terwilliger Trail, Kruse Way, Fanno Creek Trail and more (here’s a map of the route).
MORE INFO HERE

If I’ve left something out, feel free to add it in the comments below. Have fun out there!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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chuck
chuck
15 years ago

freak bikes are for suckers! 😉

nature boy
nature boy
15 years ago

I’m with Chuck 105% on this. If it doesn’t say “huffy” then it’s not going between my legs.

Greg Raisman
Greg Raisman
15 years ago

The tree planting was a blast. Here’s some pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregraisman/sets/72157612960755978/

Lynne
15 years ago

Cecil rounded up about a dozen folks to ride the randonneurs Prairies and Wetlands 200km out of Newberg. The weather cooperated (cold, but not wet or windy). 66 mile loop out to Mt Angel, followed by a 60 mile loop to Forest Grove. Only needed the lighting about 15 miles from the finish…

Brad Reber
Brad Reber
15 years ago

The Easy Riders took to the West Hills on the MUP ride. I’d like to tell the brave tale of how we endured blizzard-like conditions and were forced to eat the weaker members of the group but it was actually mostly melted by the time we got there. Four riders went out and five returned (Rob caught up with us about half way in). Snacks and drinks at Roots Brewery after.

Next week the Easy Riders will invade St John’s. I have no doubt we will be greeted as liberators and the citizenry will throw roses and beer at us.