Weekend Event Guide: Holiday lights, braving the elements, makers, and more

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Don’t let the rain keep you down. (Rob Sadowsky doesn’t.)
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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

You know what’s great about this town? Even with the cold/wet weather and the holiday season craziness, there are still fun bike rides and events to take part in.

Whether you are looking for a group ride or an event that lets you connect with other biking fans, there’s something for you in the roundup below. I have a feeling many of your bike rides this weekend will be of the shopping variety. If you do plan on doing some gift-buying by bike, remember to lock up your bike well and don’t let yourself become a bike prowl victim by leaving stuff in your bike bags.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, December 19th

Meet the Makers – 7:00 to 9:00 pm at PDX Pop-Up Shops (11 NW 5th)


Meet and greet with four seriously talented local craftsmen — three of whom might be familiar with bike lovers. Curtis Williams of North St. Bags, bike builder Jon Littleford, and Walnut Studiolo’s Geoff Franklin join local graphic designer Aaron Draplin for “an evening of mingling, networking, and insight.” Each maker will share a short speech and free food and drink will be served. More info here (FB).

Saturday, December 20th

Riders to the Stars – 4:00 pm at Portland IKEA store (by the escalator in the lobby)
If you’re looking for a great holiday ride, this is it! Join the fun-loving folks of Puddlecycle on this ride up into Vancouver where they’ll stop at a street full of amazingly decorated houses. Everyone who shows up gets a free bike blinky light. Easy access via MAX to Cascade Station. More info here.


Wrench on Bikes – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Parks Building (920 NE 21st)
Help the Bicycle Transportation Alliance keep their fleet of bikes in good condition. Show up and you’ll help tune-up the bikes used by the BTA to teach 4th and 5th graders how to ride on Portland streets. The BTA promises “greasy fun” and rumor has it there will be plenty of free coffee and baked goods. More info here.

Braver than the Elements Ride – 9:00 am at Rapha HQ (1915 NW Kearney St)


Apparel company Rapha is gathering women in 13 cities around the globe to prove that riding in foul weather isn’t just possible, it can also be fun. This women-only ride will tackle a 40-50 mile loop in the hills northwest of downtown Portland. All finishers will a cool Braver Than the Elements roundel. RSVP and more info here.

Sunday, December 21st

Happy Valley Clackamas River Loop – 9:30 am from Lents Park (SE Holgate/92nd)
Join the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club for a 40-mile ride that will explore the Clackamas River area. More info here.

BikeLoudPDX Meeting – 2:00 pm at Hopworks (SE Powell & 29th)
Come and learn more about BikeLoudPDX and their plans to improve biking conditions on SE Clinton. This is an open meeting where you’re welcome to bring your own ideas.

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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Founder of BikePortland (in 2005). Father of three. North Portlander. Basketball lover. Car owner and driver. If you have questions or feedback about this site or my work, feel free to contact me at @jonathan_maus on Twitter, via email at maus.jonathan@gmail.com, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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