Welcome back to the Weekend Event Guide!
Thanks to sponsorship from Hopworks Urban Brewery, we are now able to make this a regular feature here on the Front Page every Thursday afternoon. We hope this becomes your go-to destination for the best bike rides and events in the area. And of course, when you look for a ride recovery drink or a great place to hang out after your weekend bike adventures, look no further than Hopworks’ two local pubs (on SE Powell and of course the Bikebar on N Williams) or one of their fine, locally brewed beverages for sale at your favorite outlet.
Now, without further delay, here are the best bike events happening Friday night through this weekend …
Friday, January 24th
Sprockettes Benefit Show – 7:00 pm to 2:00 am
The Sprockettes are back at it and they’re working to make 2014 another big year of dancing with their mini-bikes while inspiring ladies old and young. To raise money for an upcoming tour, they’re throwing a benefit party with live music and performances and a big prize raffle. And, making the evening even better is the release of a new beer from Portland-based brewer Captured by Porches dubbed “Mini-Bike Porter”! More info at Sprockettes.org or on Facebook.
Cycle Wild Happy Hour & Picio ‘Preciation – 6:00 pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)
Bike-camping non-profit Cycle Wild will toast co-founder Matt Picio who has spent five years and countless volunteer hours to help share the joys of bike adventure with hundreds of people. This will also be a chance for you to learn more about becoming a member of Cycle Wild and learn what they have in store for 2014.
Saturday, January 25th
Organic Transit ELF Test Drive – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
As we shared this week, Organic Transit is looking to make a big splash in Portland with their innovative ELF solar and pedal-powered trike. This weekend you can test drive one for yourself out at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale (2126 SW Halsey St). If you plan on showing up, please let them so they can have an ELF waiting for you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. More info on their Facebook event page.
City of Portland Fix-It Fair – 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
The City’s Safe Routes to School program will offer free basic repairs for students and families at this event. They’ll be joined by volunteer mechanics from Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm to fix bikes for whoever shows up. (The event is from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm so please make sure your bike shows up by 2 pm so it can be completed.) Location: Rosa Parks Elementary School (8960 N Woolsey). More info here.
Chinese Bakery Ride – 10:30 am
Join the Portland Wheelmen (and wheelwomen) for a 25 mile jaunt that begins in Rose City Park and ends in east Porltand at the, “best Chinese bakery between San Francisco and Vancouver BC”. More info here.
Western Bike Works Shop Ride – 10:00 am
Join (the awesome) ride leader Maria Schur for a 30-mile hilly ride at a relaxed pace. She’ll provide cue sheets and her trademark smile and spirit. Meets at Western Bike Works on the corner of NW 17th and Lovejoy.
Sunday, January 26th
Let’s Race Bikes Paceline Clinic – 9:00 am
Let’s Race Bikes is a group of women racers working to encourage other women to get involved with the sport. This 20-30 ride will leave from Torque Coffee Roasters in Vancouver and roll out to Vancouver Lake to practice pacelining skills. If you have ever been curious about pacelining or just want to sharpen your skills, this is a perfect opportunity. More info on their Facebook event page.
— Did we leave anything out? Please get in touch with via email or tweet us @BikePortland and we’ll make sure to add it.