2018 World Naked Bike Ride in Portland
2018 World Naked Bike Ride in Portland Natalie Behring/Getty Images

First things first, the World Naked Bike ride is a protest against our culture's addiction to oil, that celebrates a car-free lifestyle and body positivity! It's also one of Portland's most joyous annual events in which thousands of cyclists strip naked (or close to it) and join together for a rousing, brisk bike ride around the city.

The fun kicks off at dusk at Laurelhurst Park, Saturday June 29—the route will be announced at the beginning of the ride—and will conclude with at least four sanctioned afterparties (some require underwear, others not so much)!

Is this your first time? THEN I BET YOU HAVE QUESTIONS. You can check out the WNBR FAQ, or read these speedy pro tips from the WNBR veterans of the Mercury!

1) How nude should I be? As nude as you want! While helmets and especially shoes are always a VERY good idea, underwear is fine, stockings are fine, and all your juicy bits flapping in the wind is fine. IT'S ALL FINE! (Got something you want to say to the world? Write it on your naked back with acrylic paint!) Wait until you're onsite before getting undressed, and if you're nervous? You won't be after thousands of people around you are naked! NOTE: While nudity won't get you arrested, acting in a lewd behavior will. Be cool, and keep your eyes up, perv.

2) How should I prepare? First of all, don't drive to the starting point (it's a huge faux pas). Bike, or take the bus or MAX—and bring your friends. Secondly, smart WNBRs figure out some way to carry clothes, snacks, water, and a bike tool/pump/patch kit in a backpack, pannier, or basket. Fanny packs are hilarious and very useful in this situation. Also bring some donation money (WNBRs don't grow on trees), and for an after-ride drink. Third and most important, DON'T GET DRUNK BEFORE OR DURING THE RIDE. You're going to be surrounded by thousands of cyclists, so ride safe and keep your wits about you.

3) What if people see me? Well... they are going to see you. But remember, you're going to be in a humongous throng of Ps & Vs whizzing past the crowds at a quick clip. Nobody's gonna remember your P or V. Pro-tip: If you want to stay anonymous-ish, stick to the center of the street away from high-fiving crowds and photogs. Some riders wear masks (that don't obscure the vision).

At this point the weather looks NICE, with partly cloudy skies and a predicted high of 65-70 degrees when the ride kicks off—but don't forget, even if you're a touch chilly at first, you'll be working up a sweat soon enough. Don't miss this year's ride, folks! It'll be a BLAST.

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