Weekend Event Guide: Bridge Pedal, Velo Cult bike sale, Street Trust bike raffle party, and more

Posted on August 9th, 2018 at 8:39 am.

Bridge Pedalers taking over I-405 back in 2010.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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

The weekend is almost here. And thankfully, the weather gods have planned a reprieve from the heat.

The annual Bridge Pedal happens on Sunday. The event has lost a bit of its epicness as organizers continue to wrangle with a new approach by the City of Portland to limit the scope of large-scale events in the public right-of-way. The full route includes just six bridges these days (down from ten); but lucky participants still get the chance to experience a carfree ride atop the Marquam and Fremont bridges. That’s an opportunity you can only get during this event!

Here are the rest of our picks for the weekend (see the full calendar for more suggestions).
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The Monday Roundup: Emotional abuse of planners, LeBron, Tesla’s new smartphone, and more

Posted on August 6th, 2018 at 9:28 am.

Welcome to the week! Before we share some great stories, here’s a quick word from an excellent sponsor: NW Connector is a bike-friendly collection of transit services that connect Portland, the Oregon Coast, and beyond. Plan your next adventure at NWConnector.org.

And here are the best stories we came across in the past week…

Steel horses: The New Yorker profiled a group of young tribal members who have left their horses in the stable and taken up mountain bike riding on their Navajo Nation reservation.

Way to go LeBron! I have mixed feelings about NBA superstar LeBron “King” James as a basketball player, but his recent moves off-the-court have made me an unwavering fan. The excellent Jason Gay of the Wall St. Journal just published an interview with James that covers many topics, including the new school he opened up where each kid gets a free bike.
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Weekend Event Guide: Welcome to (Bike) Portland, Fat Bike Fest, ‘cross clinic and more

Posted on August 2nd, 2018 at 9:21 am.

Cyclocross clinics are starting all over town this time of year. Wenzel Coaching is leading one on Saturday at Gateway Green.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

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

Looks like we’ll get a reprieve from the heat this weekend. And it’s a good thing because we’ve got some great rides and events to tempt you with.

Here’s what we suggest…

Saturday, August 4th

**BP PICK!!** Banana Belt Fat Bike Festival – Gold Beach (Oregon Coast)
Escape the heat and head to the southern Oregon coast for a weekend of fat bikes, beaches, great beer and more. This affordable, family-friendly event is fully supported and a great opportunity to try fat biking and discover a beautiful part of our coastline. More info here.
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Weekend Event Guide: Velo Cult’s farewell, moonrise, slow pokes, and more

Posted on July 26th, 2018 at 10:38 pm.

Saturday is the farewell party.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

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

If you’ve been meaning to swing by Velo Cult, this Saturday will be your last chance to soak up its legendary atmosphere. Let’s give Sky and Anthony a proper sendoff!

And if VC hanging isn’t your thing, we’ve got a few other rides to tempt you with.

Friday, July 27th

Sunset Moonrise Ride – 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at P’s & Q’s Market (NE)
The Urban Adventure League wants to show you the fun of that special time when the full moon rises the same time the sun sets. Expect an easy five-mile ride to a good viewing spot. More info here.[Read more…]

The Monday Roundup: Pro cycling’s gender problem, bike parking arms race, carfree school zones, and more

Posted on July 23rd, 2018 at 1:12 pm.

Welcome to the week.

Before we get started let’s say thanks to our sponsor: The Banana Belt Fat Bike Festival. Celebrate the Southern Oregon Coast at this family-friendly event that promises fat bikes, great beaches, and great beer. Get registered at BikeGoldBeach.com.

Here are the most notable stories we came across in the past seven days…
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Weekend Event Guide: Green Loop Sunday Parkways, Salmon Cycling Classic and more

Posted on July 19th, 2018 at 11:04 am.

There’s something extra special about riding on carfree streets downtown.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

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

The weekend is almost here. And with temps expected to heat back up, you might want to plan your riding earlier or later than usual.

A highlight this weekend includes the first-ever Salmon Cycling Classic down in Wilsonville. And Sunday is the most anticipated Sunday Parkways event of the year: A route that will follow the outline of the future Green Loop! PBOT has really pulled out all the stops on this one, with more activities than you could possibly fit into five hours. So check out the event brochure before you go in order to plan your attack.
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The Monday Roundup: E-bike criticism, peak bike, cheat the wind, and more

Posted on July 16th, 2018 at 11:09 am.

Welcome to the week! Here are the best links we came across in the past seven days…

Sponsored by Efficient Velo Tools: Don’t trust traffic – scan your surroundings with the Safe Zone Helmet Mirror.

Stay in the pack: A study on wind resistance in a large cycling peloton demonstrates that a rider in the middle of the pack gets a minuscule 6 percent of the wind resistance they’d face riding on their own.

Two ways to kill dockless bike share: The City of Chicago said bikes from dockless giant Ofo must be locked to something (not just themselves). So Ofo picked up their ball and went home. In Australia, it was the mandatory helmet requirement that scared Ofo off.
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Weekend Event Guide: Cycle Oregon Weekender, Rosewood Walkways, STP, and more

Posted on July 12th, 2018 at 10:57 am.

Cool water, like the Sandy River at Dodge Park, will be worth pedaling for this weekend.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

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

It’s going to be a hot one, so be prepared!

If you want to see Portland beyond close-in neighborhoods, it’s an ideal weekend to venture out. The Rosewood Walkways event on Saturday will be a smaller version of Sunday Parkways and the focus will be on using feet instead of bikes. You’ll have free reign of 1.5 miles of carfree streets to soak up the art and culture of a part of Portland that often gets overlooked.

Here’s our selection for the weekend…

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The Monday Roundup: Rideshare tax in D.C., smart city pitfalls, BMX in the Bronx, and more

Posted on July 9th, 2018 at 10:54 am.

**This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by the inaugural Salmon Cycling Classic on July 21st. Register today for this local fondo that will offer routes in the quiet roads around Wilsonville and a cedar plank salmon dinner for all participants.**

Welcome to the week! Here are the best stories we came across in the past seven days…

Bike-cam portal: Police in the U.K. now have a central location where they can view camera footage uploaded by people who’ve captured crashes and dangerous driving via their on-bike video cameras.

Bend native in Tour de France: Ian Boswell is in France competing at the world’s most prestigious bike race. His mom says it’s the culmination of a lifelong dream.
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Weekend Event Guide: Bone Machine Crit, Welcome to (Bike) Portland, and more

Posted on July 5th, 2018 at 10:33 am.

Discover new paths and natural gems of north Portland on Saturday’s Welcome to (Bike) Portland ride.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

Here are our recommendations for the weekend…
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