Weekend Event Guide: Sprockettes, ELFs, and more

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Welcome back to the Weekend Event Guide!

Thanks to sponsorship from Hopworks Urban Brewery, we are now able to make this a regular feature here on the Front Page every Thursday afternoon. We hope this becomes your go-to destination for the best bike rides and events in the area. And of course, when you look for a ride recovery drink or a great place to hang out after your weekend bike adventures, look no further than Hopworks’ two local pubs (on SE Powell and of course the Bikebar on N Williams) or one of their fine, locally brewed beverages for sale at your favorite outlet.

Now, without further delay, here are the best bike events happening Friday night through this weekend …

Friday, January 24th

Sprockettes Benefit Show – 7:00 pm to 2:00 am

The Sprockettes are back at it and they’re working to make 2014 another big year of dancing with their mini-bikes while inspiring ladies old and young. To raise money for an upcoming tour, they’re throwing a benefit party with live music and performances and a big prize raffle. And, making the evening even better is the release of a new beer from Portland-based brewer Captured by Porches dubbed “Mini-Bike Porter”! More info at Sprockettes.org or on Facebook.

Cycle Wild Happy Hour & Picio ‘Preciation – 6:00 pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)
Bike-camping non-profit Cycle Wild will toast co-founder Matt Picio who has spent five years and countless volunteer hours to help share the joys of bike adventure with hundreds of people. This will also be a chance for you to learn more about becoming a member of Cycle Wild and learn what they have in store for 2014.

Saturday, January 25th

Organic Transit ELF Test Drive – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
As we shared this week, Organic Transit is looking to make a big splash in Portland with their innovative ELF solar and pedal-powered trike. This weekend you can test drive one for yourself out at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale (2126 SW Halsey St). If you plan on showing up, please let them so they can have an ELF waiting for you. Email testdrive@organictransit.com. More info on their Facebook event page.

City of Portland Fix-It Fair – 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
The City’s Safe Routes to School program will offer free basic repairs for students and families at this event. They’ll be joined by volunteer mechanics from Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm to fix bikes for whoever shows up. (The event is from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm so please make sure your bike shows up by 2 pm so it can be completed.) Location: Rosa Parks Elementary School (8960 N Woolsey). More info here.

Chinese Bakery Ride – 10:30 am
Join the Portland Wheelmen (and wheelwomen) for a 25 mile jaunt that begins in Rose City Park and ends in east Porltand at the, “best Chinese bakery between San Francisco and Vancouver BC”. More info here.

Western Bike Works Shop Ride – 10:00 am
Join (the awesome) ride leader Maria Schur for a 30-mile hilly ride at a relaxed pace. She’ll provide cue sheets and her trademark smile and spirit. Meets at Western Bike Works on the corner of NW 17th and Lovejoy.

Sunday, January 26th

Let’s Race Bikes Paceline Clinic – 9:00 am
Let’s Race Bikes is a group of women racers working to encourage other women to get involved with the sport. This 20-30 ride will leave from Torque Coffee Roasters in Vancouver and roll out to Vancouver Lake to practice pacelining skills. If you have ever been curious about pacelining or just want to sharpen your skills, this is a perfect opportunity. More info on their Facebook event page.

— Did we leave anything out? Please get in touch with via email or tweet us @BikePortland and we’ll make sure to add it.

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9 years ago

I love HUB. Why not make their giant logo there a link to something related to bikeportland.org? See it here on the site, get xxx off order or something.

Adams Carroll (News Intern)
Reply to  Trevor

Hi Trevor,

Thanks for the suggestion. That’s something we’ve done with other advertising partners in the past and I’ll consider it with HUB too.

9 years ago

Any chance that in the future this feature could include the kid-friendliness of the event? Would be most helpful to only click through to the ones that are actual possibilities for more info. Thanks, to you and HUB.

Adams Carroll (News Intern)
Reply to  KYouell

Sure KYouell, I can keep kid-friendliness in mind. I don’t think I’d mention in for every event… Rather I’ll probably just mention it if an event/ride is particularly kid un-friendly or targeted specifically at kids. Let me know if you have any other input in this regard and/or definitely let us know if you have any event/ride suggestions we should add.

9 years ago

I was thinking specifically of things that are at pubs. Some are family-focused and kid-friendly, some are not. Velo Cult is one of the places where it depends on the event. Just thought the people submitting events could mention that or it could be one of the questions you ask if it’s not a web form.

An example would be the description for the up-coming “I <3 Cargo Bikes Party" at Splendid Cycles' new location:

"We're celebrating our new location by throwing a book launch party for Steph Routh's "Moving By Bike." Family-friendly activities from 4-6; book readings, special announcements, and a general celebration of the Cargo Bike from 4-8pm."

Really clear when we and our crumb crunchers would be welcome.

(PS – For anyone curious, that event is on Thurs, 2/13. Facebook Event Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/805701906122564/)

9 years ago
Reply to  KYouell

Portland Kids Fest at the Expo is this weekend. Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm $5/p (ages 3 and under free) or $20 (for families up to 5 people) + 1 can of food Per Person