THREE-THOUSAND NAKED bikers! Sprockettes dance party! Drunken bike fair! With all the big fantastic rides going down during Pedalpalooza, some genuine gems slip through the spokes. Don't worry, your friends at the Merc have taken a magnifying glass to this year's calendar (shift2bikes.org/pedalpalooza) and picked the most FUNusual suspects.
Led by blue-haired podcast aficionado Julie Sabatier and Free School organizer Marc de Giere, you're sure to meet up with Portland's most interesting crafty folk and guerrilla gardeners.
Independent Publishing Resource Center, 917 SW Oak, #218, Sat June 13, noon
HOMO BIKE TO SKATE
Seriously. Gays on bikes on their way to roller skate! The three most fun things in the world for an axis of excellence. Roller disco wear encouraged.
Eastbank Esplanade, 5 SE Madison, Mon June 15, 6:30 pm, $6 admission & rental at Oaks Park Skating Rink
DEKUM TO WOODSTOCK (PORTLAND OBSCURIA)
Proving history is sexy, bikers school you on the brief history behind the names of every street in town.
Good Neighbor Pizzeria, 800 NE Dekum, Thurs June 18, 6 pm
EPIC PIZZA RIDE
Leader Shawn Granton is a Portland know-it-all who is meticulous about his planning. Unlike some Pedalpalooza rides, this will actually start on time and lead to the discovery of the best pizza in town, guaranteed.
Skidmore Fountain, SW 1st & Ankeny, Mon June 22, 5:45 pm
NATURAL DISASTERS AND GEOLOGIC HISTORY OF CASCADIA
Megafloods! WTF is a megaflood?! Find out as jocks get in touch with their nerdy side during this ride led by "Zoobomb's #1 Badass."
Washington Park MAX Station, Thurs June 25, 1 pmSee the whole list of Pedalpalooza events here!