Portland’s pedal-powered pub crawls are becoming big business

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Pedalounge owner John Boblett at the helm.
(Photo © Michael Andersen/BikePortland)

The sun was setting over the back parking lot of the Blitz Ladd when John Boblett flipped a switch on his custom aluminum dashboard and was immediately surrounded by soaring Columbian pop music and the hoots and hollers of 16 middle-aged professionals pedaling as fast as they could toward their first pint.

For Boblett, that’s the start of a summertime Friday on the Pedalounge. And he hasn’t even added that stripper pole yet.

As Portland’s summer heats up, the pedal-powered microbrew tour business is booming — and changing fast.

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