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Save the dates: World Naked — or Clothed — Bike Rides

Posted by on March 28th, 2011 at 11:58 am

World Naked Bike Ride - Portland-14

WNBR 2009.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Our friends at Shift have set the date and time for the 2011 World Naked Bike Ride. If you want to bike in the buff, mark June 18th at 8:00 10:00 pm down on your calendar (Facebook event listing). New this year, someone has decided to offer a competing ride for those who don’t care for biking naked. Yes, now you can choose from the World Naked Bike Ride or the First Annual World Clothed Bike Ride.

In recent years, Portland’s naked ride has attracted monumental crowds. Last year some estimates put the amount of riders at 13,000 and organizers say it has grown by about 50% each year. Not everyone is fully naked, and the official policy is “As bare as you dare.”

With clothes…

or without.

If you don’t dare go fully nude — and/or don’t want to be around people that do — this year someone has organized the “(First Annual) World Clothed Bike Ride!” Here’s a snip from the Facebook listing:

“Are you tired of all the pressure to ride bikes naked?
Are you sick of seeing the jiggly bits of people who don’t ride bikes otherwise?

Then this ride is for you!

This will be a celebration of our right to wear clothes (multiple layers even!) while going on a fabulous bike ride!

Costumes and sarcasm encouraged. Don’t mope alone during WNBR this year!”

Nothing wrong with having options I guess.

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  • Steve B March 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Love the energy of having the two rides!

    Just a reminder to folks.. you don’t have to be “fully nude” to participate in the naked bike ride.. it’s as bare as you dare.

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    • Jack March 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      Do you have to be clothed to participate in the clothed bike ride?

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      • borgbike March 28, 2011 at 7:13 pm

        As clothed as you dare.

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  • jram March 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    whoa, 8pm? that is much earlier than past years. calendar marked.

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  • JM March 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Can’t wait to see the post ride issue of Busted. Sure to be thick with indecent exposure arrests. Portland has no shortage of nasty looking people that smell like BO. Unfortunetely they like being naked or close to it in the summer.

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  • zappafrank March 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    “Unfortunetely they like being naked or close to it in the summer.”

    I know, right!? Like, who takes their clothes off in the hot, hot summer?! Oh wait….

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  • encephalopath March 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Or isn’t from here and doesn’t understand the impact of State v. Henry

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  • dwainedibbly March 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    My 78 year old mother in law is coming for a visit from Florida this summer. I wonder if I can convince Mrs Dibbly to have the visit coincide with this.

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  • Mike Fish March 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Yeah 8pm is way too early. It’s close to the longest day of the year too so there’ll be almost 2 hours of daylight left!

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  • Lapis March 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Not everyone is comfortable with the WNBR, myself included. I decided it was time for a change.

    The WCBR will be collecting donations of clothing to give to charity.

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  • ben March 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    lapis: i’m exited. the size of the WNBR is just completely bonkers these days, lots of bottlenecking, the group being split up multiple times, etc… i’m looking forward to another option… so thank you for organizing it! and since past years have been so cold, i’m happy it’s a clothed ride! i’ll be sure to mummify myself with 20 layers of snowsuits and appropriate accessories : )

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  • Tall Steve March 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Actually the WNBR is at the same time as last year: Meet at 9pm, ride at 10pm.

    Also, the ride has had a string of 150%-growth years: 800 riders in ’07, 2000 in ’08, 5000 in ’09. So the rough count of 13000 in ’10 fits the curve, though to me it looked more like around 8000. Jonathan, did you mean to say that it’s grown by AT LEAST 50% each year?

    I say let’s aim for 30000 riders this year anyway! Spread the word to your friends, family, coworkers, classmates, out-of-town guests, and anybody else you can think of. And remember that riding is better than watching. Much, much better.

    Pedalpalooza needs lots of clothed rides too. Last year we had around 300 events, and I see no reason we can’t match that. You can view the ever-changing Pedalpalooza calendar (and add your events to it) at http://shift2bikes.org/cal/viewpp2011.php

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  • CaptainKarma March 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Seems like a clothed bike ride would just make more sense in cooler weather, but who am I to say, eh?

    In order to collect clothes for charity, the clothed bike ride could do a raid on the assembly point for the naked bike ride and, well, appropriate the appropriate items, hehe, if you catch my drift.

    Naked bike riders, you have been warned.

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    • Pete March 30, 2011 at 8:09 pm


      You’ve been spying on our plans… muahaha…

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