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Slideshows: Mini Bike Winter and the Bicycle Belles

Posted by on February 24th, 2009 at 10:13 am

“Bump” showing his skills.
(Photos by Elly Blue)
-Slideshows below-

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:

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thanks to jryde for bringing the ramp down from Seattle!


true dat, Burr. They do some fine jumping in Green Lake.

Also props to the water safety team for keeping the bikers from polluting the river any further.

gabriel amadeus

Jon Huey has some all-encompassing and absolutely fantastic photos from the entire weekend over here:


thanks everyone who came and made it totally kickass olympics. double thanks to belles for putting on a great show. another double thanks to the north freakers and everyone else who worked behind the scenes to make it possible.


i love mbw!!


I had so much freakin’ fun that Sunday night. I’m really impressed with the organization and conscience of all the participants (even if they’re a bit intoxicated!) I suppose only in Portland do you have folks who are riding around drunk and naked but extremely concerned about littering and wearing helmets. It’s absolutely refreshing.