Pedalpalooza 2014

See the Shift calendar for the full slate of events.

Bike limbo, flatlanders, jousting & more! A 2014 Bike Fair photo gallery

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 30th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

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How low could you go? The bike limbo competition was fierce at Saturday’s Bike Fair.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

While the Sprockettes deservedly got most of the spotlight at the Bike Fair on Saturday, there was a bunch of other great action.[Read more…]

Pedalpalooza planner: 9 rides worth checking out for June 22-29

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 21st, 2014 at 2:09 pm

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It’s that time again … when you realize that Pedalpalooza is almost over for the year and you’d better savor its final week. Here are a few highlights of bike fun from the seven days to come.

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PedalPalooza planner: 9 rides worth checking out (and one to blow off) for June 15-21

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 15th, 2014 at 10:42 am

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What a weekend! Portland’s summer bike festival continues. Here are some of next week’s highlights. (And one lowlight.)

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Thousands of Portlanders roll free on the Naked Bike Ride (gallery)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 8th, 2014 at 12:15 am

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(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s annual love affair with cyling sans clothing once again swept through the city tonight as thousands of people took part in the tenth World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR). [Read more…]

PedalPalooza planner: 9 rides worth checking out for June 9-13

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 7th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

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Welcome to the first installment of the 2014 PedalPalooza planner. Each of the next three Saturday mornings, we’ll be highlighting some of the most promising or unusual rides from Portland’s summer bike festival.

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Pedalpalooza gets rolling at the Kickoff Parade (photo gallery)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 6th, 2014 at 7:53 am

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A huge parade kicked off Pedalpalooza last night.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

The 2014 Pedalpalooza got rolling in grand fashion last night as hundreds of people rode in the Kickoff Parade. As usual, spirits were soaring at this ride that marks the beginning of the three-week event.
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The world’s best bike festival kicks off … right now

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 5th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

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Portland’s summer will unofficially begin at 6 p.m. today in Colonel Summers Park at Southeast 20th Avenue and Belmont. Ingredients: one sun, one city and several hundred thousand bicycles.

They won’t all be at tonight’s PedalPalooza kickoff ride, of course. But the first big event of Portland’s annual bike festival means the start of the sunny season and the beginning of 24 days of ridiculously wide-ranging fun on bicycles.

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Full details about Saturday’s World Naked Bike Ride

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 4th, 2014 at 9:00 am

The video created by Stay Wild Magazine and Alin Draguilin for this Saturday’s World Naked Bike Ride is terrific. It’s also slightly (though not extremely) unsafe for the workplace.

As for this year’s ride itself, here’s what you need to know:

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Ready, set, ride: Preparation tips from a Pedalpalooza veteran

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 29th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

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Chris “Fool” McCraw is pumped up for Pedalpalooza!
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

In case you haven’t heard, Shift’s amazing month of bike fun is about to begin. Yes, the annual Pedalpalooza — with its 259 events (so far) over 24 days — is set to get rolling just one week from today. On that note, we came across this spirited email from Chris McCraw on the Shift email list the other day and figured it’d be fun to share. Take his advice, start preparing now for an optimal Pedalpalooza experience.

— by Chris “Fool” McCraw

It’s time to think about riding your bike…all the time, for 3.5 weeks straight! Get that tune-up, stock up on spare tubes, and make sure your butt loves your saddle. It’s the last minute NOW because you want to have your bike ready before the fun really gets started!

Now get yourself tuned up – do you know where your summer bike clothes are? Been putting off that doctor’s appt? Been to see the barber? Nobody wants to stop riding with a few thousand of their closest friends to take care of stuff that could happen anytime, and you know you wanna be in top shape to enjoy the rides and be looking sharp for the cutie you’re sure to meet on the happy streets. Might not be a bad idea to get caught up on laundry, too..
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Portland’s bike festival is upon us – enter your Pedalpalooza rides by Friday

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 20th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Four of the best weeks of biking you’ll see anywhere start June 5, but they only happen because people like you create them.

Pedalpalooza, Portland’s annual open-source festival of bike fun, is welcoming anyone’s additions to its calendar until 11:59 p.m. this Friday, May 23.

Anyone can keep adding rides after that, but they won’t be printed in the hard-copy calendar that appears in the Portland Mercury.

This year’s official poster, at right, is by local artist Gesine Krätzner. The festival is organized, as ever, by the volunteer group Shift in partnership with its fiscal agent Umbrella and with financial support from the Mercury, Stumptown Printers and the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

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