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Weekend Event Guide: Biking class, Bike Swap, circuit race, Tweed Run, and more

Posted by on April 15th, 2016 at 2:58 pm

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Tweed ride (they call it a “run” to be more British-sounding) is Sunday.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Hello doers of things!

Our Weekend Event Guide has been on a bit of a hiatus because we’re in-between sponsors. We’d still love to find a new sponsor (drop me a line!), but in the meantime I just couldn’t keep all these great events quiet any longer. Getting people to show up to stuff has been one of the core missions of BikePortland since Day One.

The other change since we last did one of these is that we now have an awesome event calendar. Please check it out and follow it so you can stay updated on the latest and greatest bike and bike-related happenings in the city. Our calendar includes the same wide range of stuff you see here on the Front Page — everything from advocacy meetings to races, industry parties, and so on.

Two especially notable events this week: The Portland Bike Swap is Sunday. This will be a great place to sell your stuff or pick up sweet parts for cheap. Also of note is Bike PSU’s first-ever, free bicycle education class. Bike PSU is doing great advocacy on campus and they’ve put together a quality program to teach adults how to ride — and be safe and fun doing it. Oh, and the Tweed Run!

Without further ado, below are the events for this coming weekend (taken directly from our calendar):

Saturday April 16th

Read more about all these events on the calendar

Sandy Ridge Trail Maintenance Day, 9:30 am
Sandy Ridge Trailhead

Please join the Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA), the Bureau of Land management (BLM) and the International Mountain Bicycle Association for a Sandy Ridge Trail System (SRTS) trail maintenance and build day, Saturday, April 16th, 2016 Contact: Tom toms@nw-trail.org Meeting Time: 9:30 AM (we’ll move to the trail at 10:00AM) Meeting Spot: Sandy Ridge Trail System

Bicycle Education Class With Dylan Johnstone, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Peter Stott Center PSU Campus

Bike PSU is pleased to announce our first ever bicycle education class! The one-day course will be taught by PSU grad student Dylan Johnstone, a bike educator who has worked with bike safety and encouragement programs in Portland and Boston.

Who should attend? PSU students of all skill levels. The course will include rules of the road, bike safety checks, and common crashes and how to avoid them.

Activate the Block: A North Park Block Community Festival, 2:00 – 9:00 pm
Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 NW Broadway

PNCA MFA Collaborative Design program has teamed up with Portland Parks & Recreation, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Better Block PDX, Design Museum Portland OR, and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to activate the Park Block in front of PNCA’s new location. The block will be filled with food, music, crafts, and games to celebrate

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Sunday April 17th

Read more about all these events on the calendar

2016 Portland Bike Swap, 9:00 am
The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St

The Portland Bike Swap is back! Come experience Oregon’s biggest bike parts garage sale, Sunday April 17th at the Rosewood Initiative (16126 SE Stark St). There will be great deals on new and used bikes, parts, and accessories of all types and sizes. Bring cash to buy and come early! All proceeds go to Rosewood Read More »

Gateway Green Clean Up Day, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where the I-205 and I-84 meet, just north of Gateway Transit Center

Help Clean up Portland’s Bike Park. Bring Your Bike! Any Bike! Ride The MTB Short Track Course & PDX Cyclocross Training Grounds. Riding there: The 205 Bike Path goes to Gateway Green. Driving There: TriMet Park & Ride Lot Park at The Gateway/NE 99th Ave TC Park & Ride 1250 NE 99th Ave.

Barton Park Circuit Race, 9:00 am
Barton Timber Park in Estacada

Second Annual Barton Park Circuit Race. Categories Day of registration 8:00 – 9:10 (closes sharply at 9:10) 9:30am – Men 1/2: 9 Laps (63 miles) 9:40am – Men 3: 8 Laps (56 miles) 9:50am – Women 1/2/3: 7 Laps (49 miles) Day of registration 11:30 – 12:30 (closes sharply at 12:30) 1:15 PM – Masters

Sunday Morning Rolling Rock Road Ride, 10:00 am
Western Bikeworks, 1015 NW 17th Ave

Join us rain or shine for our weekly Sunday Morning No-Drop Road Ride. Meet at our NW 17th/Lovejoy store at 10:00am (roll-out at 10:15am). Plan on a 2 hour training ride, expect an average of 18-20 mph, 38 miles, 3,600 ft of climbing. Complimentary Stumptown coffee from our Corsa Cafe pre and post ride. Please Read More »

Portland Tweed Run, 2:00 pm
Chapman Square Park, 350 SW Salmon

Join us yet again for a day filled with bikes, leisure, and fun beyond measure! Mark your calendars! Sunday April 17 is the date, 2pm is the time! Don your finest tweed, ladies and gents, shine up your beautiful classic bicycles, pack up a picnic, and join us! We will be meeting at historic Chapman Square.

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Another big event this Sunday is the Autism Society of Oregon’s annual fundraising Autism Walk. Registration at Oaks Park starts at 9am, walk at 10:45. The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to auto traffic because they’ll have cranes on the roadway removing the old bridge next door. (The closure applies Saturday and Subday, by the way.) Bikes and peds will be allowed to cross with flag people on hand. This increasingly popular event now draws many people who ride into Oaks Park, do the walk, ride the rides after the walk, then bike home. This year, Tilicum Crossing will be used by many to get there. With nice weather in the forecast, the Springwater trail could be a busy place, especially Sunday.

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>2016 Portland Bike Swap, 9:00 am
>The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St

So, I’ve never been to this, but am looking for a junk bike, ideally one that’s already at least somewhat rideable. <5 mile trips, doesn't have to be fast, not many hills, but at least 3 gears would be nice. Is this a good place to pick one up? If not, any suggestions as to where might be better? Any idea on prices?

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lop – I’m not familiar w/ Rosewood or the Swap, but a couple of other places to look for a beater include Bike Farm (www.bikefarm.org) and Bikes for Humanity (www.b4hpdx.org). Depending on what you’re looking for and whether you’re willing to work on it yourself, I would expect prices in the $50-150 range.

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Rosewood Bikes has some bikes for sale in the under $150 range. There will likely be lots of other complete bikes. Come check it out!