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Weekend Event Guide: Mural debut, mountain biking, Mt. Hood, and more

Posted by on June 27th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

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It’s a great weekend to explore Marine Drive and head out to the Gorge.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

Things have been a bit disjointed here at BikePortland for various reasons, so we’re looking forward to clearing the slate over the weekend and starting fresh on Monday. But before then, there’s a full weekend ahead and there’s a lot of fun riding to choose from.

The weather might be a bit wet on Friday and Saturday, but things are expected to clear by Sunday. And regardless of the rain, at least it’s nice and toasty outside. Embrace it!

Here’s our list of the best rides and events this weekend…

Friday, June 27th

Pedalpalooza – All night long!
There are several rides to choose from tonight including Critical Mass, the Grant Petersen Ride, the Sprockettes Ride, and of course Run DMC vs. Beastie Boys. Full calendar here.

Bike Farm Mural Debut Party – 7:00 pm at 1810 NE 1st Ave

Come help the Bike Farm dedicate their new indoor mural. Titled, “Bicycle Anatomy,” the 65-foot wide mural features four hand-painted exploded diagrams of bike parts (to assist with maintenance of course) labeled in English and Spanish. More info here (FB).

Saturday, June 28th

Pedalpalooza – All day

Helvetia Study Tour Ride-54

Experience the many wonders of riding in Helvetia on the 1000 Friends of Oregon’s Pedalpalooza ride.

Starting with a garden tour ride at 10:00 am, the final day of Pedalpalooza ends with a bang. Also don’t miss the E-Bike Ride with Martina, the Parklandia! Park Tour, the Helvetia Bike Ride with 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Sunny Nekkid Ride, or the Pink Parade. Full calendar here.

Western Bikeworks Shop Ride/Bike MS Training Ride – 10:00 am at NW 17th and Lovejoy
Maria from Western Bikeworks will lead this combo shop ride and Bike MS training ride. Choose between routes of 20, 33, or 45 miles (cue sheets provided) — all of which will include a flat ride out to Sauvie Island. This ride includes a free lunch at Kruger’s Farm Market and a support vehicle with mechanic support. More info here.


The Bike Fair – 2:00 pm at Colonel Summers Park (SE 10th and Belmont)
This is the Grand Finale of the 2014 Pedalpalooza and this year it returns to its original location for what many anticipate will be the Bike Fair’s return to glory. Where else can you partake in bike-inspired activities for the whole family, shop a bike vendor marketplace, eat fresh food, drink cold beer and smoothies, meet Portland’s colorful array of bike-loving characters and watch a steady stream of two-wheeled entertainment? More info here.

Family Fun Night Ride, Bonfire, and Campout – 6:00 pm in Cascade Locks
Join members and volunteers with the Northwest Trail Alliance for this annual family event. They’ll be setting up camp in Cascade Locks at the base of the easyCLIMB trail for a night of mountain biking, star-gazing, and bonfire having. Remember to bring lights so you can see the trail and hot-dogs, marshmallows, or whatever you’d like to roast over the fire. More info here.

Photo Exhibition: Works by Damien Riehl – 7:30 pm at the Chrome Store (425 SW 10th Ave)

Come out and see the fantastic work of local photographer and messenger Damien Riehl. This event is a fundraiser for the upcoming West Side Invite messenger skills competition (July 4-6). There’s a $2 cover charge and there will be live music and a big prize raffle.

Sunday, June 29th

Scenic Highway and Back – 10:00 am at Wilshire Park (NE Skidmore and 36th)
The Portland Wheelmen Touring Club invite you to join them for a ride to the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway. The route is finally open after being closed for over a week from a major rock slide. This 37-mile ride will stop in downtown Troutdale for a snack before returning via Marine Drive. More info here.

Six Hours of Mt. Hood – All Day at Mt. Hood Skibowl
Two-person and solo teams will tackle the slopes near Mt. Hood for this fun and challenging mountain bike endurance race. The course is six miles long and there is about 800-feet of climbing per lap. When you’re not racing, Skibowl will be a hopping bike party all day long with music, beer, food, and so on. More info here.

— If we missed anything, feel free to let us know and/or give it a shout-out in the comments.

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Not showing the other road users a lot of respect in Helvetia. Five riders abreast? Never mind the car behind them, or maybe its a personal support. car

racer X
racer X

…or perhaps the driver is just enjoying the view and breathing in the fresh bike air.

Jason H
Jason H

That’s NW Dick Rd. just north of NW Phillips, it’s a SUPER quiet little loop road with no through traffic with NW Valle Vista that most people do just to sightsee the amazing (active) train trestle there. Out of 10 times I’ve ridden it I think I’ve seen a car once (going about 15mph). The narrow gap for the trestle passage really necessitates vehicles taking turns anyway, so the group taking the whole road just before passing though is the safest and proper technique. Note the lack of centerline at all, this is such a backroad WaCo doesn’t even bother.

Lastly, looks like it was shot with a really long telephoto lens which dramatically shortens depth in the image, that car could have been 500′ back when the pic was taken. A still can’t show if when the vehicle approached they formed up single file or not, so don’t infer too much from it. For basic safety I can be sure they did once on the much busier Phillips or Helvetia roads.


I had the same first impression, but it’s also possible the two guys on the right are passing the group of two abreast taking the lane. It looks like they are four or five abreast but it must be the telephoto effect because, of course, all bicyclists know the law: .

Dwaine Dibbly
Dwaine Dibbly

Skibowl, the place owned by the drunken hit & run guy, who left a cyclist to die by the side of Barbur a couple of years ago? No thanks.


Don’t forget about the loud and little ride! It starts at 9 o’clock at Laurelhurst Park…be there or be square!