Pedalpalooza: Much more than bike fun

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Hammercise Ride-12

(Photos © J. Maus)

The 17 days of Pedalpalooza officially came to an end at yesterday’s Multnomah County Bike Fair. With nearly 300 free events in just over two weeks and tens of thousands of people taking part, Pedalpalooza — which is in its ninth year of existence, depending on how you count — is well on its way to becoming a proud Portland tradition right up there with the Rose Festival.

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Ride Report: SE Solar Tour

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Reporter – Jeff Cropp
Ride Date – Monday, June 21, 2010
Ride Description

Ride Report
We had 25 riders for a short tour of solar homes in Inner Southeast Portland. We got to tour one home with a solar water heating system and another with a photovoltaic (solar electric) system. The riders got to learn all about how the technology works, how much it costs, and see different examples. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and the tour will probably be repeated with the Easy Riders later in the summer.

Report: Momentum Meander

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Reporter – Captain Karma
Ride Date – Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ride Report
The ride got off to a pleasant start. It was a beeeeautiful day as we met under the Hawthorne bridge. We did indeed meander a little bit, but unfortunately, it did not last. Our fearless ride leader, representing Momentum magazine (sorry I did not get your name) took a spill. Murphy’s law dictated that a bungee would come loose from his front rack, which jammed in his front wheel. I did not see it happen, but I think he went endo. The front fork was toast, and the paramedics came to help out. He had a helmet, so that part was good; his shoulder seems to be messed up. He went to the hospital to have it checked out. He’s from Vancouver, B.C., so his bills are covered hopefully, anyway.

Bummer, it would have been a very nice meander around the bridges otherwise. Thanks, Momentum, for showing up, and for the great magazine.

Ride Report: CrankMyChain! Nooner

Reporter – Dan Kaufman
Ride Date – Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Ride Description

Ride Report
Wednesday’s show/ride met at the Lincoln Statue at the South Park Blocks combined with the Farmer’s Mkt Ride. The “in the flesh” riders were Rev Phil, Cranky Jay, Sherry, Coach Dan, Ron Richings, Scott (Farmer’s Mkt Ride leader), Kirsten Kaufman (aka bikerealtor), Lucas, Aidan & Arthur Kaufman, Claire, Jordan, Greg Wandering Yeti, Bob, Eric, Hillary and Myself. Virtual riders were Bob, Coach Dan, Scott Mizee, Jenny, Jen, Steve, Andy, and about 3500 other lurkers.

The weather was awesome. We headed down to salmon street springs, then over to Vera and then check out the Naked Bike ride start point to make sure it was clean (it was), then we headed back to Vera, we turned off the camera and then headed to the Peoples Market Street Party and then over to the Sprockettes Dance Party Field Day ride.

Here are links to (some of) the very raw (and sometimes rough) footage. It does not include the corresponding chat room text.

http://www.stickam.com/viewMedia.do?mId=188965821 (Dan hosts – Special guests Kirsten, and Scott)
http://www.stickam.com/viewMedia.do?mId=188966333 (Rev Phil and Dan host – Special guests Ron, Coach Dan,)

Thanks to everybody who made it such a bike fun day!

Multnomah County Bike Fair location announced!

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Mult. Co. Bike Fair - MCBF '09-84

MCBF won’t be at Colonel Summers
Park this year, but it will
still be awesome!
(Photos © J. Maus)

Organizers of the Multnomah County Bike Fair — the event that marks the end of Pedalpalooza — have just announced its location.

This year’s MCBF will take place place this Sunday from 2:00 – 7:00pm on SE Alder Street between 12th and 14th (the southern end of the Washington High School lot). The location, date, and a few other key things about MCBF are different this year. Not only does the fair leave its former home of Colonel Summers Park on SE Belmont, but it’s on Sunday (instead of Saturday) and there won’t be a beer garden.

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Report: Dandy Warhols Ride and Karaoke (photos)

Ride Date – Monday, June 21, 2010
Ride Description

Ride Report
Rock fans gathered for a tour of Dandy Warhols history this past Monday. Accompanied by Zia McCabe from the band and Dan Kaufman’s disco trailer, we rode to the beat of Dandy tunes from SE through NW, stopping to see where “Welcome to the Monkey House” was recorded, where the video for “Bohemian Like You” was filmed, and Slabtown to watch a few music videos.

Then we continued through downtown, visiting the Odditorium, a practice and recording space and headquarters of their own Beat the World Records label and ending the night at Dante’s.

After a “Bohemian Like You” karaoke contest (versions included jazz, William Shatner style, freestyle and overly energetic) with Zia as the judge and first prize going to an Australian on vacation in the US who caught the ride by pure luck and couldn’t wait to update his Facebook page for his friends down under, riders had the chance to sing more songs with the Karaoke from Hell band on the stage where the Dandys’ fantastic “Godless” video was filmed.

Zia offered trivia and behind-the-scenes stories at every step of the way, answering questions and providing insight into the Dandy Warhols’ world and adventures.

Thanks to Jeff B. for his organization skills.

More photos can be seen here.