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PDX Bicycle Show takes over the Expo Center this weekend!

Posted by on March 23rd, 2012 at 9:07 am

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The show is a great place to check
out new bikes and other cool stuff.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Pedal Nation/PDX Bicycle Show is back for its third year and it looks to be better than ever. Organizers have added a new Bike Swap to the mix, and there are over 120 exhibitors and vendors along with past favorites like the special kids riding area, the “Pimp’d Bike” museum, loads of Oregon handmade bikes, stunt riders, the always-entertaining bike fashion show, and the list goes on!

Pedal Nation’s Aaron McBride tells me he’s added several new exhibitors this year that you won’t want to miss. They include: B.Spoke Tailor, Titus Bicycles, Love Bike Wear, women’s specific clothing company Moxie Cycling, cargo trailer builders Maya Cycle, Rainy Day Biking, Retroshift, Stages Indoor Cycling, Tour d’Afrique, Velo Village, Wood Helmets (seriously, and made in Oregon too!), and many more. (See the full exhibitor list here.)

Another treat you won’t want to miss out on is a reading by author Geoff Drake. Drake has written a book about one of the most storied bike racing teams of all time. Team 7-Eleven: How an Unsung Band of American Cyclists Took on the World—and Won (Velopress) is Drake’s look into how Team 7-Eleven took pro cycling from nothing but a blip on the American sports radar in the 1980s, to success in the Tour de France and a victory at the Giro d’Italia. Drake will speak at 1:00 pm on Saturday and 11:00 am on Sunday.

The show runs all weekend long at the Portland Expo Center (Hall E, 2060 North Marine Dr). Doors open at 10:00 am tomorrow (3/24). It’s $10 for adults and kids under 12 are free. You can see all the details and download a 2-for-1 coupon at

Here are a few scenes from previous shows to whet your appetite and give you a sense of what to expect…

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  • Demian Ebert March 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

    I’m confused. The Pedal Nation site says that this event is at the Expo Center. That’s a very different location than the Convention Center…

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  • art fuldodger March 23, 2012 at 9:28 am

    pretty sure it’s the Expo center – that’s what the event promo poster has – may want to change the headline.

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  • jake March 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Definetly at the expo center.

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  • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) March 23, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Thanks everyone.. My mistake. Headline and story has been fixed. See you at the Expo Center!

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  • Spiffy March 23, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I didn’t see a 2-for-1 coupon anywhere…

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  • BURR March 23, 2012 at 11:32 am

    This is the first I’ve heard about this and too late to get organized and registered for the swap meet. Expo center is a little off the beaten path to bike to this event as well, wish it was closer in to the central city.

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    • Andrew K March 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Hop on a yellow max line with your bike and it will take you right there!

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      • BURR March 23, 2012 at 11:59 am

        that adds $5 to the price of the event.

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        • middle of the road guy March 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm

          Well, one of the benefits of not owning a car is all the extra money – 5 bucks won’t kill anyone.

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        • A.K. March 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

          Or bike and save the $5. I swear… if people on here loved cycling half as much as they say they do then I would assume cycling to the expo center wouldn’t be a big deal.

          On another note, I’ll be out of town so I’ll be missing it for a second year in a row, which sucks. I went the first year and had a rather good time.

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    • Jim Rawls March 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

      The max from downtown runs to expo center.

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  • Scott March 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I am also surprised to hear it is at the Expo Center… I wonder why. I really enjoyed it at the Convention Center before. Still glad to see it is happening, but would much prefer the central city location for biking…

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    • Hack March 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

      The Convention center charges too much

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  • Oskar Baanks March 23, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Williams to Killingsworth to Interstate, coast downhill to Expo center. It takes all of about 12-15mins at a casual pace. seriously.

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  • Drew March 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Wheel of Fortune has taken over the O.C.C. for the next 2 weeks.

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  • o/o March 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I did not realize that there was a location change. Thx!

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  • Chris March 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Also, be sure to drop by the Better Living Show going on right next door to the PDX Bicycle Show. Free admission to it:

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  • Joe March 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Rode to the EXPO Center on Sunday google bike directions along with great bike markings in Portland help one get around.. I love PORTLAND!

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  • meh March 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Took over the Expo Center? Really?

    The Expo Center also hosted, The Better Living Show, Heirloom’s Portland Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival, and the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Portland, each in their own halls.

    Is it that hard to be accurate in your reporting?

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