(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)
Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.
Despite the cooler (and maybe wet) weather predicted, this recent warm weather has gotten us all in such a bike-riding mood that I don’t think it’ll be enough to keep anyone off their bikes. And it’d be a shame if you didn’t ride, given the very cool events that await you. Starting this afternoon with a tour of local small-press printing studios and continuing through Sunday with a tour of wetlands and wildlife on Beaverton’s Fanno Creek Trail.
Have fun out there!
Friday, May 16th
Printdustrial Studio Tour By Bike – 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Stumptown Printers (2293 N Interstate Ave)
Part of the Printdustrial celebration, this tour will be led by none other than Carye Bye, a maker, author and printer with over 10 years of experience in Portland’s small-press printing industry. The ride begins at Stumptown Printers, the shop that has printed many bike event posters over the years. From there, you’ll make five other stops and end up at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) for some socializing and free beer and snacks. As a bonus, each rider will get a passport to stamp at each stop which can be turned in for raffle tickets! More info here.
National Bike to Work Day Bike Ride – 4:15 pm, meets at east side of Pettygrove Park (map)
Join our friends at PBOT for this traditional ride in honor of National Bike to Work Day. After a social jaunt around the city, they’ll end with a happy hour from 5-6:00 at Bambuza in the South Waterfront district (3682 SW Bond Ave).
Saturday, May 17th
Reach the Beach – Start time is from 6:00 to 7:30 am at Conestoga Middle School (12250 Conestoga Drive, Beaverton)
Many people consider this the official start to the summer riding season. There are four start locations, with the Portland route taking riders 104 miles from Beaverton to Cape Kiwanda on the Oregon Coast. If a big century is too much for you, there are 55 and 80 mile options too. This is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association. More info here.
Bike Day at Whole Foods Market – 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Whole Foods Laurelhurst (2825 E Burnside)
Whole Foods’ annual Bike Day will feature fresh fruit smoothies via the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s smoothie bike, live music, and vendors. North St. Bags will be on hand to help promote the Bag Drive Program, a collaboration with the Community Cycling Center. And bring an appetite because they’ll be grilling hamburgers too.
Sunday, May 18th
National Wetlands Month Bicycle Ride – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Max’s Fanno Creek Brew Pub (12562 SW Main Street in Tigard)
Local author and route expert Todd Roll, will lead this free, family-friendly tour hosted by the non-profit Wetlands Conservancy. The route through Washington County will take you to some great wildlife spots along new sections of the Fanno Creek Trail. RSVP for the ride by emailing email@example.com or call (503) 227-0778. More info here (FB).
Bike Milwaukie Monthly Ride – 9:30 am at Milwaukie City Hall (10722 SE Main St)
This monthly ride aims to connect you to the growing community of bicycle riders in Milwaukie. Join volunteer advocates from Bike Milwaukie on an 8-12 mile leisurely loop ride around the city. More info here (FB).
Kenton Cycle Repair Swap Meet – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at 2020 N McClellan
Held in conjunction with the Kenton Street Fair, this event is hosted by the fine folks at Kenton Cycle Repair. Space is first-come, first-served so get there around 9:00 am or so if you want to sell stuff (and bring $10 and your own table). More info here.
Sandy Ridge Trail Project Day – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Sandy Ridge Trail System parking lot
This trail maintenance day is a collaborative effort between the Northwest Trail Alliance and the Bureau of Land Management. If you love riding at Sandy Ridge, this is your chance to give back. And don’t forget to bring your bike, because when the work day is done, there will be some serious riding going on! (And event sponsor Fat Tire Farm will offer free van shuttles to the top.) More info here.
Kruger’s Kermesse Farm Crit and Bike Relay – 10:00 am at Kruger’s Farm on Sauvie Island (17100 NW Sauvie Island Rd)
Head out to beautiful Sauvie Island to enjoy excellent, family-friendly, and fun bike racing atmosphere. The race takes place on dirt and gravel farm roads, but it’s not a cyclocross race. There won’t be any barriers and it’s almost entirely flat. The organizer says, “Think of it as Portland’s mini-version of the Paris-Roubaix, sans cobblestones.” Come for the racing, stay for the great food and drinks and big prize raffle. There’s also a new event this year, a two-person bike relay event. More info here.
Caleb for Council Get out the Vote Ride – 12:00 pm at Colonel Summers Park (corner of SE Belmont and 20th)
Portland City Council candidate Nick Caleb and his supporters will ride around the city to remind folks to drop off their ballots by May 20th. More info here (FB).
If we missed anything, feel free to give it a shout-out in the comment section.