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Velocirque June 3-4: A Celebration Of Bike Geekery

Monday, May 15th, 2017

One of the most popular features on BikePortland is the occasional “People On Bikes” photo series, where we get to see our collective selves whizzing by on our bikes in Jonathon’s helpfully numbered photographs. Appreciative comments always follow, on #15’s adorable-dog-in-trailer or #20’s impeccable riding-cap-and-country-gentleman sense of style.

Some of us, however, have no time for pets-on-bikes or the fashion aspects of city cycling. While others are busy admiring the riders, we are fixated on what is between their legs.

I mean the bicycles, of course. We’re like, “hey, #7 is a ‘70s Peugeot AO-8!” “Um, what did the rider look like?” “Sorry, didn’t notice.”

Welcome to the world of bike geekery, of fascination with frames and componentry, clever design and old-world craftsmanship, gear-inches and effective rim diameters, shiny bling and subtle gleam.

Two aspects of bike geekery will be celebrated on the first weekend of Pedalpalooza, at the “Velocirque” weekend at Velocult. This is the third Velocirque; Velocult started doing these shows last year during Pedalpalooza and if you have even a little bit of bike geek in you, its well worth a peek.

On Saturday June 3, we’ll oogle over old-school “classic and vintage” bicycles. 1960s Italian city bikes to 1980s racebikes, from Cinelli to Hutchins, if it is cool and old, it is welcome in this DIY bike show. Here’s the Pedalpalooza blurb – show starts at 3 p.m.:

VELOCIRQUE BY VELOCULT
Velocult, 1969 NE 42nd Avenue
Saturday June 3rd – 10:00am, Ride 10 am, show 3 pm
Velocirque Saturday Classic & Vintage Bike Ride And Show. Bring your C&V bike to ride in the morning and show in the afternoon. Any C&V bike is invited – roadies, randos, tourers, mountain bikes, city bikes, Stingrays, track bikes. NOS garage queens or well worn racer, anything with soul. The ride will be at 10 am on Saturday: meet at Velocult, socially paced, not too long. The show starts at 3 pm and goes to whenever the shop closes. Bring a bike stand, if you have one.

http://www.shift2bikes.org/cal/viewpp2017.php#03-6267

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On Sunday June 4, we’ll jump to the the opposite end of the spectrum and geek out over the coolest new designs and bikes from Portland’s most inventive framebuilders. These are “Modern Customs”, custom frames made by frame builders who are still actively taking orders. Maybe an order from you? There will be everything from utility frames with geared hubs and belt drives, lugged steel in the classic tradition, titanium and carbon cross and race bikes, and who knows what else our local framebuilder community has dreamed up. Here is the Pedalpalooza blurb – show starts at 3:00 p.m.:

VELOCIRQUE BY VELOCULT
Velocult, 1969 NE 42nd Avenue
3:00pm
Velocirque Sunday Modern Custom Bike Show.  Dedicated to the craft and creativity of the bicycle framebuilder.  Meet our area’s best framebuilders, check out their cool bikes and frames, and bring your own modern custom bike to show off.  “Modern custom” means a custom built frame by a frame builder who is still taking orders.  Lugged steel to Ti to custom carbon layup, racer to rando to city, its all here.
Sky Boyer, Velocult, 503-933-2012  

http://www.shift2bikes.org/cal/viewpp2017.php#04-6268

Two afternoons of groovy old bikes, cool new bikes, and lots of unashamed bike ogling, what could be better?

Oh, and there’s beer, too.

The Long Road Back

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

A few days ago, I was sitting at the Laurelthirst Pub, a neighborhood watering hole that is on my bike route from work to home. When I pass the ‘Thirst, I’m most of the way home, so I will often stop for a pint.

But this time at the ‘Thirst was different, because my legs were limp, my chest hurt, and I was a little shell-shocked. None of which usually describes my state after riding a few miles. It was different because . . . that day was my first bicycle commute in well over a year. And that morning, when I got on my bike, was to be the first time I’d ridden more than half a mile in, at least, six months.

Yes, I’ve become a non-rider and now I’ve started on the long road back. With rotund belly, spindly legs, atrophied lungs and somnolent heart, I’ve resumed riding bicycles.
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