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Weekend Event Guide: Gravel, dirt, the moon, balloons and more

Posted by on May 1st, 2015 at 9:36 am

Family MTB ride at Stub Stewart State Park-4

Head to Stub Stewart State Park for a full weekend of family-friendly riding, volunteering, friend-making, and fun.
(Photo J Maus/BikePortland)

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

It really doesn’t get any better this. Spring has sprung, today is the first day of National Bike Month, and there are unlimited possibilities of bike events and adventures that await.

I’m headed north to Washington on Saturday for the inaugural Gifford Gravel 50. I’ve been looking forward to exploring the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and this route should be a perfect introduction.

What are in your plans? Whatever you do, have fun!

Friday, May 1st

Walk + Bike to School Kickoff – 7:00 to 9:00 am (various schools along SE Clinton St)
Join the folks behind the Safer Clinton initiative as balloon bike fairies visit schools to celebrate start of Walk + Bike to School month. More info here.

Clinton St. Birthday Celebration – 4:00 to 6:00 pm at 23rd & Clinton
Stop by the “helium bike fairy” and pick up a balloon to kick-off a month-long celebration of the Clinton Street Neighborhood Greenway’s 30th birthday. More info here.

Friday Night Ride #2 – 7:30 pm at Salmon Street Fountain (SW Salmon and Naito)
The first follow-up to a ride Michael joined and loved a few weeks back, led by Foster Road shop Ride Yr Bike. More info here.

Dead Baby Bikes Club Ride – 9:00 pm at Apex (1216 SE Division)
From the organizers: “We wanna be free, free to do what we wanna do, free to ride our machines without being hassled by the man, And we want to get loaded.”

Saturday, May 2nd

Stub Fest Trail Work Party and Camping – All weekend at Stub Stewart State Park
The NW Trail Alliance has been working in partnership with Oregon State Parks to turn Stub Stewart into an excellent biking destination. Now they want your help to build even more trails and help polish up existing ones. This is a very family-friendly event that promises BBQs, socializing, group rides by experienced guides, prize raffles, and much more.

Gifford Gravel 50 – 9:00 am in Yacolt, Washington
Been wanting to explore the dirt roads of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest? This is your ride. Just across the Columbia River from Portland lies miles and miles of forest roads waiting to be ridden and explored. This is the inaugural edition of this unsanctioned ride and it should be a blast. If you go, I’ll see you there! More info here.

Saturday Morning Medley – 9:30 am from Wilshire Park (NE 36th and Skidmore)
Join the Portland Wheelmen for this choose-your-adventure ride. They’ll offer route info for various excellent local loops including Kelly Point, Lacamas Lake, the West Hills, and others. More info here.

Sunday, May 3rd

Coast Hills Classic MTB Race – All day in Newport, Oregon
Head out to the coast and enjoy this excellent event with a course full of fun downhills, twisty trails, mud, and ocean views. Proceeds benefits youth recreational programs in Newport. More info here.

Safer Clinton Sign Making Work Party – 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Piccolo Park (SE 27th and 28th between Division and Clinton)
Make your feelings about Clinton Street known! What used to be a pleasant street for cycling has recently seen a big uptick in driving. Your signs will help spread information about traffic conditions to people who don’t ride. This event is part of the Clinton Street Birthday celebration. More info here (FB).

BikeLoudPDX General Meeting – 4:15 to 5:15 pm at Bike Farm (1810 NE 1st Ave)
Get connected to local bike activism with this fun and dedicated group. Learn what projects they are working on, propose your own ideas, and help make bicycling in Portland better. More info here

Lunar Ladies Full Moon Ride – 7:30 pm at The Green Dragon (928 SE 9th Ave)
Get out and enjoy the full moon (scheduled to hit at 8:42) with friends old and new. Expect a fun crowd and a loop of about 30 miles. Kicks off with beers at Green Dragon. More info here.

Zoobomb – 8:30 pm at SW 13th and Burnside
A grand Portland tradition beckons you. Grab a bike and MAX fare and meet up with the Zoobomb crew at “the Pyle” to enjoy a nice of wholesome downhilling fun unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. More info here.

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Black Butte Porter
Black Butte Porter

Don’t do it! Don’t go north – you’ll have to take a car! You’ll be killing a polar bear with each passing mile in that CO2 belching, dinosaur fossil burning, environment destroying behemoth!

You’ll be SHAMED! Get ready to be SHAMED!



Saturday is also RACC:


Saturday is also Montinore Road Race: . There is no better venue for a bike race than a vineyard!

Black Butte Porter
Black Butte Porter

Live simply that others may simply live!

Do not breath – breathing releases CO2!

Hey, I hear Obama is coming to town next week – what kind of bicycle will he be driving?

Honda Civic
Honda Civic

Dear Humans. I am a self aware honda civic.

My owner would like to car pool to the off road ride Saturday AM in YcCOLT Washington. Call him at (414) 465- eight eight zero five.

He rides his bike to work and never uses me anymore, please help. He’s a safe guy and well known to the bike community, and he’s not some smug hippy who talks cheap about CO2.

Black Butte Porter
Black Butte Porter

I’ve heard thru the grapevine that he’ll be flying in on Air Farce One – which gets about 0.15 miles per gallon. It burns fuel at a rate of approximately 1 gallon per second, or 3,600 gallons per hour. Each gallon burned emits 21.1 lb of CO2, thus it emits 75,960 lb CO2 per hour (that’s about 38 tons CO2 per hour).

If the plane were hauling 500 people it might get 75 to 100 passenger miles per gallon, equal to 2 people riding in a Prius, but it will in fact have few passengers, so it is extremely inefficient.

Why would the man who is trying to shut down the coal industry and the oil industry burn 3,600 gallons of fuel per hour to get here? So that he can attend a $500+ per plate fundraiser for Oregon Democrats. This from a man not competent enough to run a lemonade stand, to try to help elect another candidate in 2016 who will, no doubt, not be qualified to do ANYTHING, and who will likely be a criminal to boot.

I look forward to seeing your smiling faces in the Oregonian, when they photograph your protest as you force the President to cancel his plans (make it so he can’t get to the event).

Todd Shank

Thanks for coming out on Saturday to ride with us!


Stubb Fest was a ton of fun. 120 volunteers showed up! We built 2 new miles of trail and fixed up 10 miles of existing trail. Niterider provided demo lights for the night ride and there were Kona demo bikes to boot.