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This Pedalpalooza ride paid homage to the color teal, and nearly 100 people showed up

Posted by on June 14th, 2019 at 9:02 am

The teal is strong with this one.
(Photos by Eric Thornburg/No.Lens.Cap)

Some of the best Pedalpalooza rides are often the ones with the simplest theme. Case in point: Last night’s Teal Ride.

“Teal for Real! Who doesn’t love the color teal… it’s a little green… it’s a little blue. It’s perfect,” read the ride description. “Bring your teal bikes, helmets or dress in teal for this fun and short ride.”

Why a teal ride? Here’s what ride leader Andrea Chin said when we asked her that question:

”It started on the 2017 Pedalpalooza kickoff ride with a few of us pointing out teal bikes, and chatting with those who had teal bikes. We all connected over the love of teal, and by the end of the night, we had teal catchphrases, and had made up a teal squad vest, slightly a parody of bike clubs. Last year, someone proposed getting a teal ride on the Pedalpalooza calendar (because why not?) and it was a success! With all of the previous year’s hype we decided it should be an annual installment. It shows that even a seemingly simple thing as a color can bring people together.”

Our Pedalpalooza embed Eric Thornburg was there to capture it. He said there were at least 80 people by the time the ride left Laurelhurst Park. Ride leaders made it clear that everyone was welcome — teal or no teal — “As long as they had teal spirit.” And judging from his photos, there was plenty of it.

Eric said riders rang bells at every teal-colored object; be it construction pipes on the side of the road, a teal vehicle, or teal paint on a house. The group photo was in front of a teal-colored building at SE 10th and Taylor. Scroll down for the gallery…

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Check the Pedalpalooza Calendar for more great events and browse more of Eric’s photos here.

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

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    mh June 14, 2019 at 10:35 am

    My teal bike and I missed it this year 🙁

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    El Biciclero June 14, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Ah. The Bianchi ride.

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    Chainstays June 14, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Nice work BMart!

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    9watts June 16, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    That Bianchi & owner have a great thing going, but it is emphatically not teal.

    https://blog.earthwindandstyle.com/2017/11/07/whats-the-difference-between-turquoise-teal/

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