Pedal Nation cancels 2014 PDX Bicycle Show

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Walking the floor at last year’s PDX Bicycle Show.

The organizers of the five-year-old PDX Bicycle Show have announced that they’re pulling the plug on the annual event in the Portland Expo Center.

“Exhibitor Booth Registrations to date were lower than expected, so we have made a difficult decision to cancel the March show,” the organizing team wrote in a a statement on the website of parent company Pedal Nation Events. “All exhibitors who registered have been refunded 100%.”

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BTA plans new ‘BikeSwap’ event at PDX Bicycle Show

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There’s always cool new stuff at the show;
now there will be cool used stuff too!
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The PDX Bicycle Show is coming up on March 23-24 and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance has something big in store. They’re set to debut a new event dubbed BTA BikeSwap. The event, which they’ll publicly announce next week, is being billed as, “an opportunity for families, new cyclists and experienced riders to buy and sell their cycling gear.”

The BTA is partnering with the Community Cycling Center and the Bicycle Show’s organizers, Pedal Nation Events. The BikeSwap will be a benefit for both the BTA and the CCC. Is it just a bike swap meet? Not exactly. Check out what makes it unique:

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PDX Bicycle Show takes over the Expo Center this weekend!

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The show is a great place to check
out new bikes and other cool stuff.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Pedal Nation/PDX Bicycle Show is back for its third year and it looks to be better than ever. Organizers have added a new Bike Swap to the mix, and there are over 120 exhibitors and vendors along with past favorites like the special kids riding area, the “Pimp’d Bike” museum, loads of Oregon handmade bikes, stunt riders, the always-entertaining bike fashion show, and the list goes on!

Pedal Nation’s Aaron McBride tells me he’s added several new exhibitors this year that you won’t want to miss. They include: B.Spoke Tailor, Titus Bicycles, Love Bike Wear, women’s specific clothing company Moxie Cycling, cargo trailer builders Maya Cycle, Rainy Day Biking, Retroshift, Stages Indoor Cycling, Tour d’Afrique, Velo Village, Wood Helmets (seriously, and made in Oregon too!), and many more. (See the full exhibitor list here.)

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Pedal Nation Bike Show: Photo gallery and open thread for feedback

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Big crowds on Saturday.
Gallery/Slideshow below –
(Photos © J. Maus)

Judging by the crowds and the vibe on Saturday I’d say the Pedal Nation Bike Show has earned a solid spot on the Portland bike calendar. Hats off to co-founders Andrea Updegrave and Aaron McBride; they dove right into the community and succeeded in bringing thousands of people together through a shared love of bicycles and what they mean to this city.

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Bike Show: It’s all about the fashion

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On the catwalk at the Urban
Bicycle Fashion Show.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Bike fashion in American is finally going way beyond spandex.

As biking takes off in big cities around the country, it’s not surprising that people want to look good doing it. They also want clothes that can stand up to the rigors of daily riding. At the Pedal Nation Bike Show, happening all this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center, there were several companies looking to fill that demand. There was also a fashion show where models on bikes showed how to put it all together.

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Bike Show: A few rides that caught my eye

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Custom cruiser commuter from
Love Machine Cycles.
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Here are some of the bikes from the Pedal Nation Bicycle Show that caught my eye…

Below is the Proletariat from Stop Cycles. Stop Cycles is a new brand of urban bikes from the mountain bike and downhill specialists at OneGhost Industries. The bikes are designed in Portland by David Meredith (who also works at Bike Gallery in Lake Oswego) and made in Taiwan. This model is an “aggressive commuter” with belt drive, internal hub, flat bars and dual discs:

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Innovative hub to make U.S. debut at bike show

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NuVinci N360

At this weekend’s Bicycle Show coming to the Oregon Convention Center, San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies will celebrate the U.S. premiere of their new NuVinci N360 hub.

I wouldn’t typically write about a product launch party, but this isn’t any ordinary product. The N360 hub could be the Next Big Thing in drivetrains for all types of bicycles (and vehicles beyond bikes for that matter).

It uses something called a Continuously Variable Planetary Transmission, which means it shifts without any indexed “steps” or external derailleurs. Imagine an internal hub with infinitely variable “gears” that shift smoothly and effortlessly (it has a 50% shorter “throw,” which means less wrist shifting).

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Don’t miss BikeCraft at the Bike Show

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This weekend is the big Pedal National Bicycle Show at the Oregon Convention Center. There will be lots to do and see, but I wanted to remind everyone that BikePortland is hosting a special section for local BikeCrafters. We’ve reserved two exhibitor booths and will host six local artisans and business owners who will share their wares with all in attendance.

Here are the six BikeCrafters you can meet at the show (and a look at the excellent, Portland-made, bike-inspired items they’ll be selling):

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Bike show will take over Convention Center this weekend

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Aaron McBride of
Pedal Nation Events.
(Photo © J. Maus)

For a first-year event, there’s a lot of buzz in the bike scene about The Bicycle Show, which is coming to the Oregon Convention Center this weekend (and I’m not saying that because they’re an advertiser).

Aaron McBride with Pedal Nation events has packed the schedule with all sorts of cool stuff. He’s also got over 100 bike companies and organizations signed up to display there wares. And it’s a diverse lot too: Attendees will get to kick the tires of e-bikes, cargo bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes and all the latest gear and parts you can imagine.

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