Weekend Event Guide

Freak Bike Alleycat-25

Bikes await the start at the 2009
Freak Bike Fall Alleycat.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Looks like another great weekend in the saddle! This week’s guide offers something for everyone: trail building and advocacy, freak bikes, informative tours, and plenty of mud.

Friday, October 15th

8:00pm: Freak Bike Alleycat
The main event of Freak Bike Fall, come join what promises to be a crazy good race. Freak bikes of all shapes and sizes will compete in a race around town, stopping at some truly unique and interesting checkpoints along the way. Race begins at Irving Park, NE 7th and Fargo.

Saturday, October 16th

9:00am-11:00am: Share the Park Ride
This peaceful gathering and ride through Forest Park was organized after last month’s decision by the city to halt new or improved bicycle access through the popular Portland park. All are invited to meet up at the Thurman gate entrance and enjoy free coffee and treats and ride with the group to demonstrate the importance of including bicycles in the park.

9:00am-4:00pm: Stub Stewart Volunteer Trail Building
Looking to get involved in a different way?  The Northwest Trail Alliance will be out at Stub Stewart State Park this weekend working on new off-road trails and are looking for volunteers to help out. Get full details and RSVP information here.

10:00am-12:00pm: NE/SE 50s Bikeway Project Ride
Join the 50s Bikeway Project’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee as they tour and discuss bicycle facility design and planning options in the 50’s streets of Northeast and Southeast Portland. Ride meets at Park Elementary School, information on how to RSVP can be found here.

12:00pm – 6:00pm: Framebuilder’s Garage Sale
At Ira Ryan Cycles workshop. Stop by the sale where several Portland framebuilders will be selling overstocked parts, frames and other cycling goodies for great prices. There will also be a keg of beer on hand free to anyone who buys from a builder. Buy a crankset, get a beer. Buy a bike, get a couple of beers. Some of the items for sale include a Chris King wheelset, a handbuilt track frame, SRAM force cranksets, some misc. Rapha clothing, Sidi shoes and some Nitto handlebars. In the alley behind 7331 N. Knowles.

Sunday, October 17th

8:50am-3:00pm: Cross Crusade #3
Feeling tempted yet? I know I am. This week’s sweat-and-soil session goes down at the Sherwood Forest Equestrian Center in Sherwood, OR.  Check out registration and course info on the Cross Crusade website.

9:00am: Eurand CF Cycle for Life
Join the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on this scenic tour through the wine country around Yamhill, OR benefiting research and advocacy to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Ride is fully supported with lunch and rest stops. See event site for registration, location and route information.

9:30am-7:30pm: Clackamas County Cruise
Explore the world of outer Southeast Portland on this “epic” all-day ride hosted by the Urban Adventure League and local Portland Unique-ist Carye Bye. This free group ride meets at the Vera Katz statue on the Esplanade and visits wonders of Lake Oswego, Oregon City, and West Linn.

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Carye Bye
Carye Bye
13 years ago

One Update to the Clackamas County Cruise:
UPDATE: The Ride is still starting as planned but because of a memorial for a friend in the bike community happening on Sunday afternoon in the Sellwood area (Time TBA), the ride is planning to end at Lake Oswego and head back to Sellwood. If there is interest from folks not attending the memorial, there may be an optional continued ride to West Linn & Oregon City that will be decided during the ride. Questions email bikebat@gmail.com

13 years ago

If you’ve got the cross bug, but don’t want to fight the masses at Crusade, you can also hit Ninkrossi up in Washougal. Not only will it be fun to race, but fun to watch, with 90% of the course viewable from the beer tent!


13 years ago

Annual Halloween Pumpkin Patch Bike Ride

Meet Saturday October 16th 10:00 at the gazebo in Peninsula Park.

We will leisurely ride to the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island. Bring some boots for the corn maze (13 $7.00), a trailer or tie-downs for pumpkins, produce and canned goods from the store (they have Chow-Chow!), & an extra dollar for the Cow Train. The weather is predicted to be partly sunny, with a high near 63 making for a pleasant day at the farm. We’ll picnic under the trees with either food that can be bought there or pack your picnic. Past years we have breezed by horrendous auto traffic jams –the ONLY way I would ever travel to the island is by bike. Kids welcome but I’d recommend trailers, or tag-alongs since we will be riding along Hwy 30 for a spell. The highway has wide shoulders so it is no problem for biking but best for riders of an age that don’t weave. We’ll have some new & young riders along so the pace will be leisurely, any faster groups can split off and meet us there. The corn maze is my favorite part of Halloween, so come on out and get lost!


matt picio
13 years ago

Also on Saturday the 16th, at 4pm at the Portland Hawthorne Hostel (3031 SE Hawthorne) is a free class: Bike Camping 102 – Winter Camping.

“Just because the weather sucks doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy camping by bike! Come learn the basics of winter camping: dealing with the cold, the rain, and the unexpected. This free class expands on bike camping 101 and teaches the basics of how to safely and comfortably camp by bike during Portland’s rainy season. Subjects include emergency gear, dealing with inclement weather, how to stay warm when soaked to the skin, camping opportunities in State Parks, National Forests, in winter, etc.”

Did I mention it’s free? And in the really cool events room that the hostel built in their basement – lots of windows to the backyard, comfortable and well-lit. Hope to see you there!

Tony Pereira
Tony Pereira
13 years ago

Framebuilders garage sale will be off tha chain!!! I have tons of stuff. Mis-ordered parts, leftovers, older stuff from years of hoarding. Forks, frames!!! Oh my