Zoobomb pile stolen and dumped in the river?

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I’m not sure if this is an April Fools prank or the real thing, but this message has just been posted in the Zoobomb forum:

“Your “Zoo Run” is over!!!! your bikes are gone. You can forget about them. They didn’t float. The whole thing is tired and you should all get jobs or do something productive. We are all sick of you and your lame shinanagans. Give it up. You are a traffic hazard and a threat to safety. Stop before you kill someone. You just suck!!!!!!

FED UP!!!”

And here’s the reaction from a veteran Zoobomber:

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Mini Bike Winter photos

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mini bike winter 1

[Photo credit: Tiago D.]

Torino shmorino. Who needs those other Olympics when we’ve got our very own Mini Bike Winter Olympics? Unfortunately I didn’t partake in the ceremonies but it looked pretty awesome from the photos I’ve come across. By far the craziest thing I’ve seen are clothing-impaired Zoobombers charging into the freezing Willamette River.

Dingo the Clown was on hand and he has photos and a report here and here. There are also some good photos on the Zoobomb Flickr photoset. And if you’ve ever wondered what a Mini Bike Winter Dance Party looks like, check out these shots.

UPDATE: For more great photos check out Tiago’s photoset.
mini bike winter group shot

Mini-bike Winter starts Wednesday

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Grab your children and run for cover because Mini-bike Winter is coming. Starting Wednesday, local bike fun agitators from near and far will descend upon our fair city for a five-day feast of 16″ wheeled madness. Or, in the words of one of the organizers, “an extended weekend of naked rides, office chair death races, spray paint parties and little wheel pain.”

Sound like fun to you? Here’s the official event flyer, and here are some of the events on the schedule:

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Sprockettes and Zoobombers rock Roller Derby

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Sprockettes at Rollery Derby

Dingo at rollery derby night
[Dingo on his mini tall-bike]

The Sprockettes and the Zoobombers left their mark on Saturday night’s roller derby season opener at the Expo Center. Their half-time extravaganza including some gnarly derby action with plenty of thrills and spills by an amped up Zoobomb crew.

Then, the Sprockettes did their thing and and were met with a thunderous ovation from the sold-out crowd and I had the best seat in the house for all the action! Here are my photos from the Sprockettes performance.

Mini-bike mayhem coming to Expo Center

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The Rose City Rollers (Portland’s all-female roller derby league) open their season this Saturday night at the Expo Center. But for me, the most exciting thing on the schedule has nothing to to with roller skates. I’ll be there for the “mini-bike extravaganza” planned for half-time.

What’s a mini-bike extravaganza? According to Handsome Dave (the man behind the madness) he’s putting together a half-time show that includes the Sprockettes, the Zoobombers, and the Dingo Dizmal Clownarchy.

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Zoobomb Christmas not so merry

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Last Sunday’s Christmas Zoobomb became tense when a motorist tried to pass the riders on a curvy downhill section of road.

According to reports on the Zoobomb forum and Shift email list a gold Toyota Camry attempted to pass the Zoobombers on the left on a dangerous section of the road. When the car was slowed down and eventually stopped by a concerned cyclist, the car “bumped” the bike in a “deliberate act of aggression”, knocking the rider to the ground.

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Kelley Point ride and a Zoobomb

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ride to Kelley Point Park
Zoobomb 8/28/05

I had my fair share of bike fun on Sunday.

It started with a fantastic ride out to Kelley Point Park (tip of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers). Kelley Point is a great destination because there is either bike lane or bike path the entire way. Not to mention it’s got great beaches, huge, grassy meadows, and lots of good picnic spots. Highlights of the ride were picking blackberries on the beach and coming across a brush fire on the bike path near the water treatment plant (just north of Columbia Blvd).

See more of my Kelley Point ride photos.

I then switched gears from family jaunt to mini-bike mayhem on my first ever Zoobomb. Like everyone else, I’ve been reading and hearing about this for months now and I finally got a chance to give it a try. I dusted off a 16″ wheeled bike I’m saving for Eleni and MAX’d down to Rocco’s Pizza to check out the scene. I saw some of the usual suspects including Rev Phil, Dingo the Clown and Yuffie (a guy in a Border Collie costume).

Even though I cut out before the serious partying and festivities began, I managed to partake in the night’s first bomb. I raced down the hill against some serious mini-bike talent, in total darkness, and with sharp, wet turns thrown in for good measure. I came very close to wiping out when I locked my coaster brake around a gnarly, wet turn at 30 or so mph…but somehow managed to stay upright. I was disappointed to lose about 4 places in that turn, but for my first run ever, I was glad to make it down in a respectable time.

The MAX ride back up the hill was an event in itself, as we all packed into the train like sardines. Thanks to the very cool MAX driver for putting up with us!

See more of my Zoobomb photos.

A little side story is that when I got down to PGE Park hoping to catch the MAX back to NoPo I missed the last one by just a few minutes! There was no way I could ride a 16″ bike 5 miles through the city and back up the hill to my house! Luckily I met a nice kid from North Carolina who took pity on me and paid for a taxi to drop me off at home.

The kindness of a stranger capped a great day of bike fun. I slept well (considering I’ve got an 11 day old baby at home!).

Zoobombers in Willamette Week

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Tour de Fat: Portland, OR 8/6/05In case anyone missed it, the Zoobomb crew is featured in the current issue of the Willamette Week. Choice quotes include:

“We’re not political. We don’t want to subvert your dominant paradigm…we just want to have a good time.”

“We’re kind of keeping bike culture on the popular radar,” adds “Solid Gold,” a three-year member. “And reminding people that bikes are the most fun invention on Earth.”

Thanks Zoobombers…I dream of the day when riding small bikes down hills is the dominant paradigm.

On that note, with Zoobomb getting so mainstream these days, I wonder when Sam Adams will show up to one?