Machines for Freedom launch at Western Bikeworks

Weekend Guide and Open Thread

Posted by on June 5th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Puppet parade bike move

Get those bungees ready. There are
two bike moves scheduled
this weekend.

Welcome to the weekend guide. From racing to a blessing, bike moves to bike camping — can you tell bike season is heating up?!

If we’ve left something out, please feel free to spread the word via the comments. Also, don’t forget to use the comments to share your adventures (or mis-adventures).

All Weekend Long

Mt. Hood Cycling Classic
This premier racing event started earlier in the week and it runs through Sunday. The action happens out near Hood River and the Dalles, so if you’re headed out that way, add this to your plans. There’s a time trial in the Gorge tomorrow (6/5) and then two tough road stages over the weekend.

Friday, June 5

The Bike Show
7 PM: The Sprockettes
8 PM: Music Starts!
Iraqasaurus (Freaky Ensemble)
Raised by Television (Fresh Rock & Roll)
Tiny Knives (Thrashy Trio)
Atomic Butter Babes (Nautical Naughtiness)
Lotus Seed School, NE 9th Ave and Going St
7:00pm
FREE! (donations kindly accepted and encouraged)

Bike Love Art Show Opening Reception
Bike Love is an invitational exhibition of bike-inspired art. The opening reception is at the Angst Gallery in Vancouver (1015 Main Street) from 5-9:00pm

Saturday, June 6

The Pioneer Century
The Portland Wheelmen’s classic event features 55, 45, and 32 mile routes around the beautiful, rural, and relatively flat Champoeg area.
Clackamas Fairgrounds, Canby
Course opens at 7am, 55 and 100 mile rides leave by 9am

State Trails Day at Stub Stewart State Park
This full day of activities at Stub Stewart out near Vernonia will include guided bike rides from Aaron at Pedal Nation, mountain bike trail riding etiquette clinics from the Westside Trail Federation, and more.
Check out the full schedule of events here.

Jordan’s Bike Move
Ever seen an arcade machine riding down the street? Now’s your chance, if you show up to help Jordan with a downhill bike move, NE to SE.
Saturday, June 6th at noon
Starting point: 702 NE Roselawn (right by Alberta)

Beacon Rock Bike Camping with Cycle Wild
Join us this weekend for bike camping at Beacon Rock State Park in Washington! A 42-mile trip to one of the great wonders of the Columbia River Gorge – Beacon Rock, one of the world’s largest monoliths. It should take us a little more than 5 hours to get out there, leaving plenty of time for those who want to hike to the top of this 800′ rock and see unparalleled views of the Gorge. Hope you can join us for the next exciting bike camping event of the season and the last before Pedalpalooza!
Cascade Station MAX station, 10200 NE Cascades Pkwy Take Trimet
Leaves at 9:00am on June 6th, returns on June 7th
Call if you’ll be late! 503-781-5095
Bring $5 for park fee, bring your own food

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Sunday June 7

Russ and Lisa’s Attic-to-Attic, Intra-Irvington, Flat, Short Bike Move
We are moving exactly one mile away and we’d appreciate any and all help. Plenty of furniture, boxes, and loose, oddly-shaped objects for persons of all abilities and carrying capacities. This bike move features next-to-no elevation gain. Each apartment is on the second floor, and the new place has “character” — watch your head.
12 noon
2414 NE 14th Ave. — come to the door on the north side of the house

Blessing of the Bikes
The Cathedral and the Archdiocese of Portland will conduct the second annual Blessing of the Bikes, on Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 2 PM at the Cathedral. The parish will acknowledge the contribution that cyclists make to the community and environment. Portland biking is the platinum standard, and the cyclists bring a special life to our neighborhood and city whether they ride for recreation, commuting or competition. The Cathedral parish will welcome everyone from across the city to celebrate and recognize our biking community. The service will pray for those who have died.
2:00pm – 2:30pm
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s)
NW 18th Ave and Couch St

We’ll move this post back to the top of the page on Friday afternoon. Don’t forget to share your bike adventures and info about other events in the comments!

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12 Comments
  • joe June 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Vance will explode when he sees that picture. Good job 8)

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  • Stig2 June 5, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    2 flats today. 1 on the rear and the other on the front. Both from glass. Gatorskins aren’t defending me too well from neanderthals smashing glass in the bike lanes of late. One smashed a bottle right at the entrance to the i84 path. No coincidence there.

    I’m seriously considering riding my commute Sunday and clearing the patches of glass myself. Would be less crazy than contending with the same patches of glass each day.

    I looked at alternative tires as well and the new ‘Schwalbe Ultremo R’ has anti-glass protection in the form of ceramic particles that are supposed to blunt glass (ceramic is stronger than glass) and prevent it from digging through to the inner tube.

    Shame the tires are so expensive, but if the technology works it would be fantastic to see it come to more tires out there.

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  • are June 6, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    there is also a bike scavenger hunt benefiting BikeFarm on Sunday, from 2 to 6 p.m. starting at Irving Park, NE 7th and Fremont. check out http://www.rad-pdx.org

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  • Pete June 6, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    The “Tour de Hood” today was a blast! It’s basically stage 3 of the Mt Hood Classic started 3 hours earlier, and the cool part is the pro men catch up with you on the climb back up to Meadows. Man those guys are fast!

    The organizers and volunteers that helped out with the rest areas deserve a big thank you. Plug for the Balch Hotel (www.balchhotel.com) – what a gorgeous place, thanks for the great food and relief!

    We rode down from Meadows and out SR44 to Dufur and up through Wamic and the Tygh Valley then climbed back to Meadows. Some strong headwinds in places, lots of hills, but gorgeous views and weather and riding in general. Met lots of cool folks.

    The crit in downtown Hood River tomorrow should be fun…

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  • Vance Longwell June 7, 2009 at 10:59 am

    joe #1 – Ya I was gonna. To what avail? Those are grown adults. They know the rules, yet flout them with arrogance, and a complete lack of shame. Seriously, why follow the rules, when you can just make them for everybody else? Those people are not only a menace to cars, I can’t see a way safely around them even on a bike. Safely that is.

    Note to self: This self-proclaimed cycling movement uses my safety to justify dictating to me how to live my life, while exempting themselves from even acknowledging 6.7 billion other people on the planet.

    Thanks for the personal insult though. THAT’S the way to make every one welcome in the, ‘cycling community’. Especially when I haven’t even commented yet. Ya, I’m the dick. Yessiry, I’m the big deuche-bag.

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  • steve June 7, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Stig2 #2-

    Gatorskins have a cool name, but they are not much for preventing flats, as you have apparently found out!

    Armadillos have an atrocious ride quality, particularly if you are rolling a nice set of wheels. If you are on a cheaper set of wheels, you should not notice as much if at all. Anyway, they pretty much never go flat. If you want a near perfectly reliable tire, it will be the best 34.99 you have ever spent.

    Sorry to hear about your two flats, that freakin sucks.

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  • John Kangas June 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    #2:
    I’ve been rolling around on the standard Marathons for a few years. They do really well. Also I flip the bike over every couple weeks and pick the little glass bits out of the tires so they don’t work through over time.

    And I’ve done exactly what you mentioned, sweeping up glass! The sooner you get it, the better, since traffic will spread it out. A push broom works way better on asphalt than a standard broom. (1-2″ strokes, the bristles flick the glass along better than they sweep it) I just take it to work with me and sweep up on the way home. You will be as a god among your fellow commuters.

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  • Patrick June 7, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Rode out to Bridge of the Gods today, it was outstanding. First century of the year! Ran across the Cycle Wild folks on their way back from Beacon Rock, looked like they were having a good time.

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  • Bob_M June 8, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Vance # 5
    Don’t let the chatter get to you. This is internet chatter, not the supreme court. If you don’t piss someone off you must not be posting.

    P.S. I too am bothered by cyclists who think that “share the road” only works one way.

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  • Kt June 8, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Bob_M: ditto.

    On topic: I really enjoyed Heidi Swift’s tweets as she covered the race! Sounds like it was competitive and awesome.

    How was the Pioneer Century? That’s one I’d like to do someday…

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  • Stig June 8, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Well I cleared about half the patches of glass Sunday from my commute. Some patches were perfectly placed in the center of the bike lane in almost uniform arrangements of crushed glass several feet apart. Some areas were strewn out too far to tackle without a large broom.

    I flatted again this morning from glass this time just less than 2 miles from home on the Springwater trail. I didn’t spot any glass on the Springwater yesterday.

    I’ve never seen so much glass or had so many flats. Guess who didn’t get his bike blessed?

    Thanks for the advice above. I’ve ordered a pair of Schwalbe Ultremo DDs. I’m really curious about the advertised ceramic defense it has and am pleased with the Marathon Plus I have on my beater bike. I’ll write up a review someplace after I put some miles on them.

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  • Vanessa June 8, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    This weekend I was driving south on 21st thru Irvington, and I came upon a bike move which was just coming up to 21st to go around a turnaround.They had not reached their stop sign yet and I had the right of way. The woman leading the move just decided to cross 21st for who knows what reason, and some of the other movers did as well. One guy about 4 or 5 people back obviously felt conflicted, as he saw I had the right of way and was hesitant to continue thru, questioning the sense of this woman who was leading them, but since I had stopped by then, he continued on with the rest.
    I am all for bike moves, but why cross a main street when you don’t have the right of way, and a car that does is about 1 car length away from you? The road was flat, it wasn’t a case of momentum.
    Doesn’t seem like a way to win over more people who do not ride. I do ride and it irked me.

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