Posted on January 21st, 2008 at 11:09 am.
Archives of Zoobomb Coverage
Posted on January 7th, 2008 at 8:52 pm.
This article was written by Carl Larson.
A nearly ubiquitous presence on the Portland bike scene, Carl’s done everything from delivering bike maps as an employee of the City of Portland’s Transportation Options division, to working with the Regional Arts and Culture Council on the Zoobomb Pyle art rack project.
Few people move between Portland’s many bike clubs, organizations and sub-cultures with as much panache and dedication as Carl.
In this article, he shares a heart-warming story of tragedy and triumph within the Zoobomb community.
Posted on December 14th, 2007 at 1:43 pm.
Photo © Montana Maurice
According to regular Zoobomber Carl Larson — who (along with a group of others) is working with the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) on the project — they have chosen the dynamic duo of Brian Borrello and Vanessa Renwick.
Posted on November 29th, 2007 at 1:37 pm.
location on SW 9th.
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)
Even though it’s been over a year since Zoobombers first met with PDOT about it, the process to integrate the iconic mound of mini-bikes known as the Zoobomb Pyle into a piece of official public art is now moving along quickly.
After the announcement of the project in October, the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) received 14 applications from local artists hoping to build a new rack for the beloved cluster of mini-bikes.
The bikes are maintained by a group of Portlanders who like to take them on the MAX train to Washington Park and then “Zoobomb” down the steep and windy streets of the West Hills every Sunday night.[Read more…]
Posted on November 12th, 2007 at 12:58 pm.
I still can’t decide what was more impressive at yesterday’s Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show; the crowds or the builders.
One of the event organizers, Austin Ramsland, says that over 1,800 people attended the show. They were treated to an unprecedented display of building prowess from well over 20 Oregon-based builders. It was a show of talent and enthusiasm for bikes that many of us knew existed, but to see and feel it all in one room was simply breathtaking.
Posted on October 2nd, 2007 at 12:36 pm.
[Editor’s note: This is the first article by new contributor Carl Larson. I hope to bring you more of his writing in the future.]
The “Zoobomb Pyle,” that colorful jumble of janky kids bikes chained to the bike rack across from Rocco’s Pizza at SW 10th and Oak, has
finally been recognized as “art.”
Thanks to pressure from Commissioner Sam Adams‘ office, the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) has given the project a budget of $10,000 (that’s less than 20% of the budget for “Pod,” the enormous metal shuttlecock-on-a-tripod that usually ends up in the background of tourists’ pictures of the beloved Pyle).
The RACC — in concert with PDOT and Zoobomb — plans to build a purpose-built structure at W Burnside and SW Stark to which the bicycles can be locked without the threat of citations or removal by the city.
Posted on September 27th, 2007 at 3:12 pm.
Coming up in November is the first-ever Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show. Among the 25 vendors are some of Oregon’s most talented bicycle craftsmen.
Several well-known custom bike makers from Portland will be exhibiting. But in addition to the usual suspects, and in a nod to Portland’s distinct brand of bike building, the show will also feature builders known for a different kind of custom bike; minis and freak bikes.
Yes, alongside $3,000, meticulously crafted frames made to exacting tolerances will be bike creations culled from local dumpsters, then welded and bolted together by the DIY genius of Zoobombers and members of the Dropout Bike Club.
Posted on September 27th, 2007 at 12:45 pm.
Well, not exactly.
I haven’t heard it myself, but here’s how one tipster remembers it:
Posted on September 17th, 2007 at 9:46 am.
As you can see in the graphic at right, they’ve got a breakfast sandwich called the Zoobomb, named after that fun-loving group of MAX-riding mini-bikers. They also serve up a The Messenger and the Paperboy Special.[Read more…]
Posted on August 10th, 2007 at 11:08 am.