Get working on those chariots; Mini Bike Winter is coming…

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A scene from the Ben Hurt Chariot Wars held during Mini Bike Winter 2010.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Our friends over at Zoobomb have announced the dates and events that will make up the eighth annual Mini Bike Winter. If you’ve never made it to this, you should definitely mark February 17th – 21st on your calendar.

I know it looks scary, but they actually rules and referees and stuff.

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7th annual Mini Bike Winter starts Thursday

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Carnage awaits at the Chariot Wars event.
(Photo © J. Maus)

This year’s Mini Bike Winter is shaping up to be one of the best ever.

The event — which tries to capture the fun and creative culture of Portland’s beloved Zoobomb community — features parties, competitions, and this year, even a panel discussion.

Mini Bike Winter kicks off on Thursday night (2/11) with a panel discussion titled, “Should Bikes Save the Planet?” Panelists include: Author of Efficiency Shifting, Conrad Schmidt; Bicycle Pornographer Reverend Phil Sano; President of Umbrella and Director of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, Stephanie Routh; owner of Portland Pedicabs Ryan Hashagen; and PSU Professor of Sociology, Erin Rose Michaels.

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Slideshows: Mini Bike Winter and the Bicycle Belles

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“Bump” showing his skills.
(Photos by Elly Blue)
-Slideshows below-

Mini Bike Winter is Zoobomb’s answer to all of Portland’s summer bicycle fun — but less of it, and on small bikes.

The festivities go on for several days, and after missing the glorious Hamster Ball on Saturday night I determined to head out on Sunday to catch some of the action. I arrived at the Esplanade just in time to catch the Bicycle Belles, Seattle’s answer to our own Sprockettes. I took some photos:

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In honor of the Hamster Ball

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The Ben Hurt Chariot Wars left their mark on Zoobomb’s Mini Bike Winter 2009 yesterday. I wasn’t there (I’m still in Guadalajara), but I just came across an amazing short video from my friend Felix. I knew I was missing something special by not being at MBW this year, but I did not expect this…

Behold, the Hamster Ball:
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Awesome.

See more photos from the chariot war action at Felix’s photoset. Learn more about Mini Bike Winter at Zoobomb.net

Slideshow: The faces of Mini Bike Winter

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Slideshow below
(Photos © J. Maus)

For some reason, I just can’t get last weekend’s Mini Bike Winter event out of my mind. By all accounts, it was just a massively fun and amazing weekend.

I took somewhere in the realm of 2,000+ images in two days and I’m still having fun looking through them. I especially like looking at photos of all the interesting people that were involved with the event. On that note, I’ve put together a little slideshow with some of the portraits I snapped.

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The Art of Mini Bike Winter

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Mini Bike Winter (MBW) — the Zoobomb-created event that mixes gravity, competition, mini-bikes, and fun — is less than one month away. This will be the fifth year in a row the event has offered salvation from our winter bike-fun doldrums

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Let the Mini-Bike Winter games begin…

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[Skate Bomb!]

[This coverage of Mini-Bike Winter IV comes from our special correspondent Mykle Hansen]

Let the games begin!

Mini-Bike Winter got off to an explosive start last night when a parade of nearly 150 brightly lit bikers — including several dozen visitors from Canada, Seattle and California, and quite a few first-time bombers — zigzagged on the Lit Ride from the NE Alberta arts district to the Zoobomb pile downtown.

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Twas the night before Mini-Bike Winter…

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[Mini-Bike Winter special
correspondent Mykle Hansen.]

…and all through the town,
mini-bikes are rolling,
and no one has a frown.

Excuse my bad poetry, but it’s the eve of Mini-Bike Winter and I’d like to introduce esteemed Zoobomber and BikePortland’s special correspondent, Mykle Hansen.

Mykle will give us an insider’s look at this year’s event, which starts tomorrow (2/16) and runs through Monday. Here’s his first report:

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