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People on Bikes: Sunny and warm Waterfront Park

Posted by on May 1st, 2012 at 1:37 pm

See them in their full glory below…

Just over a week ago, Portland was given a sublime day of weather. It was sunny and warm. I didn’t even plan on doing a People on Bikes photo session; but as I rolled into Waterfront Park near the Steel Bridge and saw the amazing display of beautiful people rolling by, I couldn’t resist.

As I looked through the photos when I got home, what really struck me was the diversity of people and bikes. And I have to admit, the shirtless guys, the skirts and dresses, and the abundance of skin in general are also what made this session memorable.

As we wait for warm and bright days, hopefully the glow of the images below will hold you over…

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  • Indy May 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I like how several of them are getting into their “wtf are you doing taking my picture” pose.

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  • Nat May 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Bare feet on 22, luv it!

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    • cold worker May 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      that makes me cringe, personally.

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  • Scott May 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I support the look #14 is giving you 1000%. That’s right, Maury Povich percentages of support.

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  • CaptainKarma May 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    90% Portland palefaces, and I do mean pale.

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  • cycler May 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I love how #21’s tattoo matches her helmet. She should consider buying a lifetime’s supply of that style helmet.

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  • Chris I May 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    #19 might as well ditch the helmet.

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  • Lynne May 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Hi #9!

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  • kittens May 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    funny how looking at strangers on bikes is somehow interesting to me. Also note the nearly complete lack of newer “dept. store” bikes.

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    • A.K. May 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      All those department store bikes are locked to every apartment balcony railing or basement pipe in town.

      I sometimes think that beyond mandated parking spaces, the permitting requirements for an apartment building in Portland includes at least two locked up, rotted, rusting Magnas or similar.

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      • oskarbaanks May 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm

        Actually within less than 20 feet in any direction of the spot where these photos were generated, are 10’s if not 100’s of folks pulling their life’s belongings around on bikes and trailers that are not considered “worthy”.

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  • BURR May 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    What I saw on the Esplanade the last two weekends, especially near OMSI, was a hazardous mix of families biking slowly with small children and a bunch of NuFreds on their racing bikes for the first time this season zooming through them without any consideration. That’s a recipe for a serious crash.

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  • El Biciclero May 1, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I see a few rear tires that look a little squishy…esp. #7, #34. Maybe its a shadow trick.

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    • oskarbaanks May 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm

      In addition I see lots of ill fitting bikes.

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      • Suburban May 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

        Fit is the number one over rated myth about cycling

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        • oskarbaanks May 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

          O.K. your right, what do I know?

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          • bun May 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm

            what does it really matter? low tire, loose chain, dept store bike, you don’t have to ride it…

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            • oskarbaanks May 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm


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  • Also, note the relative lack of single-speeds… I count maybe 4 or 5, tops. Portland is a town where folks tend to like gears on their bikes… something about practical X utilitarian or something?

    I’m guessing that a sample of 35 random bicyclists in Oakland, San Francisco, Brooklyn or Manhattan would have a much higher % of single-speed bikes…

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  • scaryseth May 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you for another People On Bikes 🙂 Love the sampling.

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  • Gracie May 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Love the lack of spandex. Is that real or photographer bias?

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  • mpp May 2, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I love how in #21 the design flows right from helmet to arm

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  • DK May 2, 2012 at 8:26 am

    They all look like they’re speeding! 😉

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  • Editz May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Rather eclectic mix of bike brands.

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  • Su May 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    If I’d known you were there I would have held my stomach in.

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  • PorterStout May 2, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    It’s always fun looking at the different mix of bikes and configurations that people use to make them practical transportation. What kind of bike is #27? I can’t read it, but looks like a nice commuter with a generator front hub and an internally geared rear.

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    • Editz May 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Appears to be a Trek Soho with those drum brakes nobody likes.

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