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Have a cool bike? Flaunt it at upcoming show

Posted by on October 14th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Locked Up - at North Portland library-1-1

Show will spotlight amazing, everyday
bikes, like this one we saw parked at the
North Portland Library a few years ago.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

A recently minted Portlander is matching the fun, informal vibe of a local fashion show with the sense of style that surrounds two-wheeled travel.

Not the style of the clothes the person riding the bike is wearing. The style of the bicycle itself.

“I don’t give a s— what you wear when you ride your bike,” said Jacob Goddard, 35, organizer of the inaugural Portland Bike Show. “I like the people who don’t wash their bike because they want to show off the dirt they got on it riding outside of Hood River.”

“For people who don’t paint and they’re not musicians, sometimes bikes are their best creations.
— Jacob Goddard, event creator

The event, which is free to attend and $5 to compete in, is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Ave. Registration starts at 4 p.m., and there’s a related alley cat race beforehand, at 2 p.m.

Goddard and his collaborators will set up a raised platform, put on a “killer list of cool tunes” and invite anyone to strut their mechanical stuff, anything from a “weathered patina” to a well-chosen crankset.

“The concept is to say, ‘Hey, bring your bike, what you’re riding, and let’s hand out prizes,'” Goddard said. “It’s not about how much you spent, it’s not about super-expensive components. It’s more about — for example, I built up a bike for commuting and gravel riding. And I just very specifically chose components that are functional but good.”

Goddard also sees the event as a way to celebrate the idea of bicycles as a way to express personality.

“I work in downtown Portland, so walking around I would just stop at different bike racks and look at the bikes on them,” he said. “It’s just beautiful.”

Goddard, who works as a financial advisor but got a degree in music and has also worked as an opera singer and rock musician, moved to Portland with his wife about a year and a half ago from Utah, he said. It happened shortly after he started getting into bikes.

“I guess I needed a creative outlet,” Goddard said. “I really like cycling culture, and I really like things that celebrate its uniqueness. … For people who don’t paint and they’re not musicians, sometimes bikes are their best creations.”

Goddard said that if people don’t want to show off their bikes personally, volunteers will be on hand to walk the bikes for the crowd. But he hopes the event will make everyone feel welcome to show off.

“I probably look stupid on a bike,” he said cheerily. “But in my mind, I look amazing.”

The event will offer prizes in four categories: road bike, cyclocross/commuter/gravel crusher, urban or track bike, and the overall “best in show.” Sponsors include All-City, Black Star Bags, Western Bike Works, Paul and K-Edge.

Goddard said he’s still recruiting judges for the event. For more information, visit PDXBikeFashion.com or send an email to goddard.jacob@gmail.com.

Bike Show Flyer

A flyer for the Portland Bike Show.

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  • Todd Boulanger October 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    …now the problem is which bike to bring…sooo many choices. 😉

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  • 9watts October 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Is Claudia Cardinale going to be there?!

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  • dan October 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Would be there in a flash if they would only add a “beater” category.

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  • Jacob October 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Beaters are welcome! Most of my favorite bikes are beaters. I love the road weathered patina of bikes in Portland.

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    • JV October 14, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Finally – a bike contest that I might actually have a shot at! This is a great idea, and sounds like fun.

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  • K'Tesh October 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Now, displaying for your viewing pleasure… All the way from the 24th century… The Future of Bicycling at Night! K’Tesh and his [mæd͡ʒƐstɪk Ɛks] http://www.flickr.com/photos/ufobike/6314209596/in/set-72157606341007268

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    • kww October 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      that’s straight out of Tron!

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  • Ken Wetherell October 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Dang! I will miss this cool event as I have other plans that night. Great idea and venue, Jacob. Thanks for starting this up. I trust the show will be a lot of fun for everyone.

    The bike I would have entered is my Surly Disc Trucker Xtracycle with custom wood wide-loaders. It also sports aerobars which make my long distance commute significantly more efficient (=faster) and provides a great place for mounting a headlight. I’m super surprised I don’t see more aerobars on bikes. They work! But, they probably don’t look good with tweed. 😉 So, there is my virtual show-and-tell.

    Btw, I’m pretty sure Jonathan’s picture on this post is of a Surly Long Haul Trucker. It’s a beauty, indeed.

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    • Caleb October 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Correct, you are, about the photo, but I have since moved on to a different frameset, and this time i covered it with stickers, magazine clippings, photos, etc that have been in storage for years. Were I still in Portland, I would gladly enter this event.

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  • Skid October 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Gravel bike is the new fixie.

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  • Jacob October 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Gravel is totally the new fixie. That’s why I created a category for each.

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