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A fine day for a bike wedding

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Announcing: The Marriage of Bonnie Hildebrand & Pete Hoebel

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Gorge Ride tests legs and MAX train capacity

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

[This ride was part of Pedalpalooza. See more of our Pedalpalooza coverage here.]

Dedicated Gorge riders were rewarded with this spectacular scenery.
(Photos by Dan Liu)

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Report: Oh Jesus, it’s the Midnight Mystery Ride!

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

BikePortland intern Dan Liu attended the Jesus Ride followed by the Midnight Mystery Ride last night. Below is his report — also check out his well-captioned photo album.

As one Jesus “Brian” Christ put it, last night was “A perfect night for Jesus”: warm, mostly dry, and with lots and lots of bikes. This holy expedition went from last night’s Bike Porn viewing downhill to the food carts at SE 12th & Hawthorne — a short and holy ride in the search for burritos and poutine. I counted at least 12 unique Jesus-es at last night’s Jesus Cycle Procession, including a strong showing by the Unicycle Bastards. Noting the exploding ranks of Evangelical Christian unicyclists on the internet, Unicycle Bastard and ride organizer Jack called last night’s outing, “A little rebellion against organized religion, without being overly offensive.” Someone quipped, “Why unicycle *for* Jesus when you can unicycle *as* Jesus?”

Most of the unicyclists and Jesus-es were either too inebriated or too full of greasy potatoes to make the Midnight Mystery Ride, which did start from the Pub at the End of the Universe promptly at…well, midnight. The procession of between 120-150 crazed, costumed riders went up Gladstone and Division, glided down 92nd to Powell, climbed over a barrier and hiked up a gravel path to Kelly Butte Park, with ample hilarity, whooping and hollering, and general silliness. In addition James Brown’s cameo appearance during the ride, I hear there were at least two bike-mounted grills put to good use at the top of the hill as well. (For those of you curious about the photos, many of them are handheld, long-exposure shots that are really a testament to how far digital photography has come.)

A legal (and fun) ‘Assault’ on the streets of Portland

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Last weekend, the Urban Assault Ride rolled into town. Honestly, this type of event isn’t my usual thing, but with Jonathan’s prodding, I decided to give it a shot. (Check out my photo essay after the jump.)[Read more…]

The Urban Assault Ride rolls into town with bikes, beer, and fun

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

The Urban Assault Ride, the self-described “biggest bike scavenger hunt series in the world” is coming to Portland for a second year, this Sunday, May 31. Teams of two will compete by racing around town, hitting checkpoints scattered across Portland, and completing various and sundry obstacle courses of ingenious design.

The goal of the ride is “to show folks how easy and fun it is to use a bike for transportation,” as well as serving as a benefit for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

I’ll be covering the ride as a participant, and will be creating a photo essay of the fun.

The race is ridden on a self-determined route: as long as you hit all eight checkpoints, you can ride almost-anywhere you’d like. (Several, more hazardous streets are prohibited, including Sandy, MLK, Grand, Hwy 26, Burnside, Macadam, and Greeley; racers can cross them, if needed, and they can be ridden in sections with bike lanes.)

Five of the eight checkpoints have been announced: Laurelhurst Park, FatTire Farm, River City Bicycles, Sunnyside School Park, and Plan B Bar. The other three are “mystery checkpoints” that will be revealed only through riders’ wit and cunning.

Online registration is open until this Friday, May 29th, but the last chance to register is at Plan B (SE 8th & Main) from 11-2pm this Saturday, the 30th. The ride is supposed to be family friendly, and anyone ages 7 and up can participate. All participants *must* pick up their race packets at Plan B on Saturday, 11-2pm.

Registration, route and safety information can be found at the Urban Assault website, http://www.urbanassaultride.com/

The race starts at 9am on Sunday at Pioneer Square, and I’ll see all of you there! (I’ll be the one choking on the dust y’all leave behind…)

Local tailor makes custom clothes with bikes in mind

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

M-Horton’s Cycling Skirt is
designed with high, deep pockets,
rugged fabric, and biking and
gardening friendly length and flare.
(Photo: M-Horton.com)

Here in Portland, we’re used to our top-notch selection of local framebuilding talent, but how about some locally-made, custom clothes to wear on your locally-made, custom bike? And no, we’re not talking about tight hipster-jeans, or roadie lycra and spandex.

Enter Emily Horton, who is putting the finishing touches on the patterns and designs for her bike-specific, custom clothing. Horton is proprietor of M-Horton Clothing Designs, a one-woman custom-clothing and sewing house.

Horton says that when she got started commuting by bike at the age of 26, she immediately felt her wardrobe was lacking.[Read more…]

Cycle Wild wants you to get back to nature…by bike

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Riders enjoy a carfree, PGE maintenance road along the Clackamas river south of Estacada during a Cycle Wild camping ride earlier this month.
(Photos: Dan Liu)

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Pioneer Century kicks off the summer riding season

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

The Portland Wheelmen’s annual Pioneer Century ride is coming up soon, Saturday, June 6th, to kick off the summer road riding season. This is one of the most popular road rides of the year — last year’s Pioneer Century drew over 1,200 participants.

The Pioneer Century is a very flexible ride. The usual route is a 55-mile loop through the Canby-Molalla areas, with a challenging climb up the Cascade foothills to Kokel Corner. The second ride option is a very rural and scenic 45-mile loop, from Canby to Champoeg (pronounced “shampoo-ey”), out to the Willamette and back. Do the whole century by riding the 55-mile loop through Molalla first, then riding the Champoeg loop.

New to this year will be a shorter, 32-mile route through Canby and Molalla, without the climb up to Kokel Corner. Beautiful rural Oregon with only 1000ft of elevation gain — you won’t even notice that you’ve gone uphill! If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also follow-up the 32-mile ride with the Champoeg loop for a three-quarters century ride.

The ride starts at around 9am from the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby (south of Oregon City); the course opens at 7am, and riders depart around 9am.

Breakfast is being provided by Bob’s Red Mill; lunch and raffle prizes are being provided by Chris King. Online registration ($25) is open now at the Wheelmen’s site, and your cheerful author is probably going to get the very awesome souvenir socks that are available too.

What: Portland Wheelmen Pioneer Century
Where: Clackamas Fairgrounds, Canby
When: Saturday, June 6; course opens at 7am, 55 and 100 mile rides must leave by 9am

City unveils three more on-street bike parking corrals

Monday, May 18th, 2009

New bike parking in Northwest Portland at Thurman and 24th in front of Dragonfly Coffee House. (Plans call for rubber bumpers around the edges, like on existing corrals).
(Photos by Dan Liu)

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Vegetable spokecards and a fun Saturday ride

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Vegetable spoke cards inspire bike2market riders
(Photo by Dan Liu)

One of the best things about living in Portland is meeting other fun people and their bikes, and going on group rides lends a bit of camaraderie to a sometimes-lonely activity. Last year, on one of his weekly rides to the Portland Farmers’ Market at PSU, Sean Sullivan decided his life would be not unimproved by a little more fun and camaraderie, in addition to the two staples of biking and local produce.

What does it take to organize a ragtag bunch like this? “I just announced it to friends Facebook, Twitter, the Shift list, even Craigslist…and people show up,” said Sullivan, who has dubbed his effort “bike2market.”

The ride meets at Ladd’s Circle every Saturday at 9:30am. So far, the rides are small, manageable and growing: two weeks ago when I tagged along, there were seven of us, double the last week’s attendance.

Sullivan says that he’d eventually like to start other, simultaneous rides around town. “What I’m hoping to do is eventually organize rides in North or Northeast Portland, but this one needs to become self-sustaining first — maybe, twenty committed riders a week.”

As a bonus for coming along with Sullivan, each of us received a collectible vegetable spoke card which he had designed, printed, and laminated as a fun bonus. With this year’s farmers’ markets stretching all the way to mid-December, collecting ’em all will be only for the truly ambitious — and the pair of Brompton riders who came along for the ride certainly do not have enough spokes.

Speaking of which: there is, as always, a fine line between the beautifully practical and the wonderfully ridiculous, all of which are on display on any group ride. In addition to the Brompton afficionados with their integrated front-mounted messenger bags (!); and one participant sported a vintage mountain bike paired with a custom powdercoated, bright red Bob trailer that matched the bike frame.

If you too, want to ride with a group in style to the Farmers Market on Saturday, you can meet-up with Sean and the group, Saturdays, 9:30am at Ladd’s Circle, in front of Palio. Go get your vegetable spoke card!