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Pedalpalooza: Photos from Cosplay and Plaid To Plaid rides

Posted by on June 17th, 2019 at 11:56 am

Clad in plaid at Plaid.
(Photos: Eric Thornburg/no.lens.cap on IG)

We hope you’ve been enjoying Pedalpalooza. From the looks of streets and social media it seems like the rides and events are going very well.

To keep you inspired and updated, we’ve got a few photos to share from two rides that happened on Saturday: The Cosplay Ride and the Plaid to Plaid Ride…

Cosplay Ride

Official description:

“Ladies, Gentlemen and everyone between! Come one, come all, come slither with Womanimal and her pet dragon! Please wear attire inspired from all things fantasy: kings, queens, orks, wizards, goblins, hobbitzes, gelflings, skeksis, unicorns, GOT, xmen and women, super heros, super villians, make it up, be your own creation! Having a story to tell will add to the allure!”

Ride leader Abbey Wan Dracoon led just over a dozen people on the inaugural edition of this ride. Our photographer Eric Thornburg said the outfits drew inspiration from the entire gamut of fantasy and relied heavily on Goodwill and Craigslist finds. What makes cosplay more fun? Getting on a bike and parading around town!


Plaid To Plaid Ride
A healthy crowd showed up wearing as much plaid as they had and took a tour of a few local Plaid Pantry stores with some general bikey shenanigans thrown in for good fun. Here’s what it looked like…

Check the Pedalpalooza Calendar for more great rides!

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

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    Maria June 17, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Great, now everyone can see my underwear hahahahaha
    The Analog Alley Cat attracted 25 racers and fun was had by all. Plaid to Plaid started nearby, so I caught a ride with the Plaid group on the way to the Missy Elliott ride.
    Oh Portland, oh Pedalpalooza, how I do love you.

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    Mark smith June 17, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    There are a lot more helmets than I had expected. Nothing wrong with that. Just more…

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    drthompson June 25, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Bikeportland seems to be really enthusiastic about the safe sharing of roads and the equal enforcement of laws and norms on our cities streets. With that in mind, it’s a tad off message/tone to see a ride being celebrated where a bunch of the riders are drinking beer while on their bikes. I personally think it’s just fine to drink a beer and bike around, but I am not running a relatively high-profile bike advocacy website that promotes ideals of restraint and public safety that run counter to those sort of shenanigans. Anyway, just something to think about.

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      Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) June 26, 2019 at 6:52 am

      Hi drthompson,

      Thanks for your concern. A few things: This is not a “bike advocacy website”. BikePortland is more of a news and lifestyle magazine site that documents bike culture. And I have thought about this issue a lot over the years. Have even posted a few times about the issues/concerns around drinking and biking and biking while drunk. Also, I am actually not about “equal enforcement of laws”. I’m for sensible laws and sensible interpretation and discretion of existing laws. Thanks.

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