Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on February 24th, 2009 at 10:13 am
(Photos by Elly Blue)
Mini Bike Winter is Zoobomb’s answer to all of Portland’s summer bicycle fun — but less of it, and on small bikes.
The festivities go on for several days, and after missing the glorious Hamster Ball on Saturday night I determined to head out on Sunday to catch some of the action. I arrived at the Esplanade just in time to catch the Bicycle Belles, Seattle’s answer to our own Sprockettes. I took some photos:
After that, the crowd moved on to the Cupcake Challenge, where mini-bike riders launch themselves from a dock into the Willamette. This year, someone had made a ramp (painted to read “One Less Horse”), and someone had dyed the river around the end of the dock a radioactive green, all to excellent effect.
The best part of the afternoon was checking out the crowds, and the bikes. Here’s a sampling of what there was to see:
Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com