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Portland’s bike-powered BBQs and talk show get their due

Posted by on October 12th, 2015 at 2:21 pm


Grilling by bike in Paste Magazine.

If you’ve followed this site for a while you know that here in Portland, people do a lot of amazing things by bike: raising a family, getting married, moving, and responding to disasters are just a few of them.

I like to share those types of stories here on BikePortland because they challenge people’s assumptions about what bicycles make possible. That’s why I get excited when larger media outlets give them attention because their I know their audiences will be even more amazed and inspired.

Case in point are two recent bits of media attention worth noting: Portland’s “Grill by bike” trend highlighted in Paste Magazine and the Pedal Powered Talk Show earning a spot on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat program.


Bike-powered BBQ’s are nothing new in Portland (remember the Musical Mystery BBQ Ride during Pedalpalooza 2005?), but it seems to be enjoying a renaissance and Paste Magazine has taken note:

Group rides, fun, food: it all goes hand in hand. In many ways—except for the flames, maybe—mounting a bike on a grill is the next logical step. Enter Grilled by Bike…

Grilled by Bike exemplifies the DIY attitude, but does it all while riding at high speeds in extreme conditions. Their group motto: Ride on Fire.

If pedaling around a grill doesn’t impress you, how about producing a talk show from a cargo bike?

The Pedal Powered Talk Show launched in 2011 and has been gaining speed ever since. Phil Ross and Boaz Frankel have done a fantastic job keeping the wheels turning and they’re starting to get much-deserved attention. Last week the excellent OPB show Oregon Art Beat tracked them down and devoted an entire segment to telling their story:

Congratulations to all involved! While bbq’ing and hosting a talk show by bike might seem like trivial pursuits, expanding people’s minds about the bicycle’s potential is much more powerful than it first appears.

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