San Francisco-based Cyclecide and their “heavy pedal bike rodeo” made a stop in North Portland last night. The show was the final stop on a multi-day tour they took with our beloved Sprockettes.
With family in town from near Boston, Massachusetts, I figured it was a perfect opportunity to show them a bit of Portland flavor. On display were clown-bike-rodeo hijinks (which brought back fond memories of the now defunct Alberta Street Clownhouse), freak bikes (tall, tiny, and just downright strange), and the creative and interesting people who ride them (my 14-year old nephew is now dreaming of making his own tall bike).
One of the highlights of the night was seeing all the young kids try the various tall bikes and freak bikes in the Cyclecide fleet. After the riding and a Cyclecide performance, the crowd was treated to a performance by the Sprockettes.
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This is Nick, a.k.a. “Guardrail”. He rode to Seattle and back on this tall bike over the weekend and rode up to Mt. Hood on Monday.
Hard to resist trying the bikes out for myself.
The Cyclecide crew rolls in a huge yellow school bus.
It’s all about the children.
Cody Folz, future tall-bike joust champion.
My 10-year old nephew Jeffrey Maus will have some great stories to tell his friends back home in Merrimac, Massachusetts.
This fire-breathing insect bike is known as “La Chupacabra.”
It looks tame, but….
… it eats people!
Twitch and his creation, which he says is one of the older freak bikes in town. He built it in 2003.
The Sprockettes and fire — two great things that go great together.