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Weekend Event Guide: Freak Bike Fall, cyclocross, and some NOISE

Posted by on October 19th, 2017 at 4:05 pm

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Ridden by some, loved by all: It’s a freak bike weekend.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus!

It. Is. Wet. Out. There.

Hope you’ve got your fenders and jackets all sorted out because the rain will be here for a while.

But it won’t be enough to deter our freak bike-loving friends from a weekend of fun and rides. And it will only embolden cyclocross fans for the upcoming mudfest that will transpire Sunday’s Crusade race at PIR.

Here’s our selection of the best events this weekend, starting with a neighborhood rally tomorrow (Friday) in St. Johns..

Friday, October 20th

Rally for Pedestrian Signals on Fessenden/St. Louis – 4:30 pm at corner of N Charleston and Fessenden in St. Johns
Join the St. Johns Neighborhood Association for a community rally to bring attention to safer crossings of Fessenden. More info here.

Freak Bike Fall – All weekend at various locations
Join local bike clubs and freak bike lovers of all stripes at this annual event. Friday night kicks off with an alleycat followed by an all-night party ride hosted by Dropout Bicycle Club. Saturday the freak bikers will crash the N.O.I.S.E. ride then have a party with live bands at the PAZ space. And Sunday everyone will meet on the hill for Zoobomb. More info here.

Saturday, October 21st

Beginner Friendly Road Ride – 10:00 am to 12 noon at Western Bikeworks on NW Lovejoy
More info here.

Rivelo PDX Pop-up – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at 21st Avenue Bicycles (918 NW 21st)
Rivelo is part Bob Dylan record shop and part Rivendell boutique with a bunch of cool must-haves for bike lovers for good measure. You should know more about this shop. This event, hosted by 21st Avenue Bikes, is a great chance to do that. More info here.

N.O.I.S.E. Ride – 12:00 pm at Fresh Pot on N Mississippi
Run whatcha brung at this annual urban shred-fest that’ll take you through alleys, trails, off sweet jumps, gravel backstreets and more. Open to all types of bikes. Rain or shine. More info here.


Sunday, October 22nd

Cyclocross Crusade #4 – Heron Lakes at Portland International Raceway
The Cyclocross Crusade returns to Portland for what is sure to be the muddiest race of the season (so far). Heron Lakes is a classic local course that tends to favor power pedalers with several flat sections. Terrain varies from gravel to trail to grass, and of course the epic run-up hill that’s always a thrill for riders and watchers alike. Don’t forget the Kid’s Cross event hosted by Islabikes! More info here.

Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am at Ovation Coffee (941 NW Overton)
Rain or shine there will be someone ready to roll at this weekly training ride. Route heads out to Sauvie via Highway 30 then comes back via the West Hills and Skyline Blvd. More info here.

Poppin’ Tags: A thrift shop ride – 3:30 pm at Grendel’s Coffeehouse (729 E Burnside)
What better time to scour the racks at Goodwill (and elsewhere), than a rainy weekend just days before Halloween? More info here.

Zoobomb Freak Bike Fall Edition – 8:30 pm at the Pyle (SW 13th and Burnside)
Zoobomb is zany enough on small bikes; imagine how fun it will be on freak bikes! After a full weekend of rides and parties for Freak Bike Fall this Sunday’s Zoobomb is sure to be a good one. More info here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

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— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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  • Hazel October 19, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    There’s a cross race in Canby on Saturday

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  • todd boulanger October 19, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Jonathan – Nice photo! I loved the bike composition.

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  • emeeeeeeeeeeee October 20, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    thanks for the shoutout for Poppin’ Tags!

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