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Body paint & costume highlights from the World Naked Bike Ride, plus a bonus video

Posted by on June 27th, 2016 at 1:46 pm


(Photos: Michelle Wilkinson)

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Before we turn the page on the 2016 World Naked Bike Ride, we wanted to share some fun photos from Michelle Wilkinson, a local freelancer I met during the World Naked Bike Ride setup who offered to share some of her favorite costumes and body paint here on the site.

Also, for those who’ve wondered what it might feel like to be part of the ride, we’ve also shared a video shot Saturday by longtime participant Tom Hardy. Check it out below.




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— Photos by Michelle Wilkinson. You can reach her for freelance photography work at 407-963-5034.

Bonus: Here’s a video from the ride shot by Tom Hardy, a BikePortland reader who’s been rolling with WNBR for 9 years. It shows the first few minutes of Saturday’s ride as it got rolling out of Mount Scott Park, just after 9 p.m.

That should complete our coverage of the biggest ride of the annual Pedalpalooza bike festival. Thanks for checking it out — now back to your regularly scheduled (but slightly more serious) local bike news.

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    Joe June 27, 2016 at 2:04 pm


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    Doug June 27, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Keep Portland WEIRD!!

    Mission accomplished.

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    Adam June 27, 2016 at 2:56 pm


    Curious to know this year’s turnout. We contemplated it, but it was so far out of town!

    (Yes, we’re lazy).

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    Torridjoe June 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Easily the most offensive photo is the one of Jeff Gudman for Treasurer…

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    . June 27, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    World (portland, and like 2 other cities) mostly topless ride

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      Jim July 6, 2016 at 11:29 am

      A little biology education for you. The end of the month is a time when a LOT of women feel the need to wear shorts.

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    K'Tesh June 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    No WNBR here in China 🙁

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    rubenfleur July 10, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    There it stood in the middle of SE Woodstock Boulevard, a 42-inch-tall orange breadcrumb surrounded by a bustling commercial district.

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