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ORbike’s Guide to Pedal Nation – PDX Bicycle Show

Pedal Nation – PDX Bicycle Show is a gigantic consumer expo that showcases the latest in bike gear, organized rides, projects and products. For two days, bikers take over the Expo Center in Portland.

Wading through a sea of booths can be overwhelming.

The show only happens once a year, so make the most of it with this handy guide.


    The PDX Bicycle Show is filled with interesting workshops, demos and activities, but these auxiliary events can be a lot to take in if you aren’t prepared for them. You don’t want to miss something that’s of interest to you, or to feel pressured by whomever has joined you for the day.

    Check out the schedule in advance and plan to go for a length of time and at the right time to enjoy some of these additional activities, like the fashion show, which features stylish and practical riding apparel, and the presentations by Tori from Gracie’s Wrench, an expert bike maintenance instructor.

    Ride your bike. The Expo Center is easily accessed by bike. A variety of roads with bike lanes will lead you there, choose your preferred route. Bike parking at the event is free and abundant. Don’t forget your lock.

    The MAX yellow line goes directly to the Expo Center, which is another smart way to arrive.
    Car parking will cost you money you’d probably prefer to spend on cool bike gear.

    Not used to that part of town? Make a day of it. Explore the restaurants of Kenton (or maybe the dive bars, like The World Famous Kenton Club, are more your style) and get your picture taken next to the Paul Bunyan statue; visit Smith and Bybee Lakes, a rich nature preserve teeming with wildlife – especially birds; take a stroll at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers at Kelley Point Park; spend the afternoon in St. Johns where independent business abound and the views from on top of or below the St. Johns bridge are stunning. There is a lot to see and do in that region of Portland.
    It’s more fun to cruise around the Expo when you’ve got people there with you to chat about what you’re seeing.
    Many exhibitors will have materials they’re giving away. The first 3,000 in the door will get a free goodie bag, but in case you aren’t one of the first, bring a bag to carry things around as you peruse the booths.
    Concessions are what they are. Your food choices at the Expo Center will be limited and there aren’t restaurants very near by.
    New this year is a bike swap meet area. Most of these vendors offering sweet deals on used gear won’t take cards. You may also want cash for the beer station where Hopworks is pouring their award winning brews.
    Don’t be shy. Vendors are there to talk with you and share ideas and info. They want to hear from you, and they want your questions.
    Take notes by taking pictures.
  10. HAVE FUN!

Show Hours:

Saturday, March 24: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 25: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Portland Expo Center – Hall E
2060 North Marine Dr, Portland, OR 97217
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Adults – $10
Kids – 12 & under are Free with paid Adult

Event Schedule

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The Best Coastal Ride

Have you ever thought about riding to the Oregon Coast? Arriving to views of crashing waves, the pounding surf? Reach the Beach, a 22-years-strong organized ride, helps make that happen.

Reach the Beach, on May 19, is a fundraising ride for the American Lung Association in Oregon. It’s no wonder why the ride is so popular: with four course options, top-notch support and the best route to the coast, this ride is the most stunning way to tour the Oregon countryside. Reach the Beach is a decidedly luxurious ride with ample time to meander your way to the beach to watch the sun set behind Haystack Rock.

Overall, the four routes are surprisingly flat as they roll through wine country, along quiet rural roads, through small towns and past farmland. There are rest stops approximately every 15 miles with an array of tasty treats and two full lunch stops. Reach the Beach gets you away from the hustle and bustle of the city and the daily grind of everyday life. The organizers make it easy to relax in your saddle and enjoy the sights, sounds and scenery of this gorgeous landscape.

The finish line is in Pacific City with a sink-your-toes-in-the-sand party directly on the beach. Relax after a rewarding day of riding and listen to the waves crash on the shore as you enjoy the feast served up at the award-winning Pelican Pub.

Reach the Beach is limited to 3,000 participants and has sold out the past two years, so sign up early to secure your spot and receive the early bird discount.



Your First Distance Ride

Training Tips for distance cycling

You’ve signed up for a distance ride, now what? If you ride regularly for work and errands, chances are good that you can tackle 75 miles with little effort. The bonus of doing a supported distance ride is that you won’t have to carry much more than a couple water bottles, allowing you to ride with greater ease.

Gearing up for the ride is still a good idea. Review the routes in advance so you are familiar with the terrain and the elevation gain. In terms of Oregon supported distance rides, 9,500 feet of elevation gain is on the extreme side and 4,000 feet is fairly moderate. Anything under that and you’re in flatlander territory. In the two weeks before the ride, make sure you get out for at least two long stretches of riding, preferably with some hill climbs.

The day before the ride, eat well and drink plenty of fluids. Moderate stretching and light riding will also help set you on the right path toward a comfortable ride.


Taco Pedalers

Yummy Taco Pedalers

Tacos and bicycles: two items that rank very high on the list of best inventions known to humankind have been combined and are now roaming the streets of Portland. Taco Pedalers Melanie and Erica have been out on the streets since February, bringing delicious recipes they picked up while surfing their way down the entire West coast of Mexico. With a simple operation of a grill and coolers packed onto a pair of traditional Mexican cargo tricycles, the two prepare fare made from locally sourced meats and produce, served up on the freshest tortilla you could possibly eat without burning your tongue. Most often your tortilla will be cooked right before your eyes, and even during their daily lunch rush odds are your tortillas won’t be more the five minutes old. The result is a fantastic taco.

Stop by and try one (or two or three) for yourself. Most weekdays they can be found downtown at Lownsdale Park on SW 3rd and Main. Wednesdays they’ve got a spot on N. Mississippi Ave at Shaver and on weekends they roam the streets but you can catch up with them if you follow them on twitter @TacoPedalerPDX.


Worst Day of the Year Ride – February 12

Thousands of hardy souls are about to hit the streets of Portland to laugh at the elements as they circle the city on the 11th Annual Worst Day of the Year Ride, a time-honored Portland tradition. This ride is a must-do for anyone who has a bike in the garage, even if it hasn’t see the light of day since last summer.

Choose from two route options, a flat 18 mile urban route or a hilly 45 mile challenge that traverses the west hills en route to Hillsboro. On both routes you’ll be treated to belly-warming treats and three on-course parties at each of the rest stops (plus an additional Hillsboro rest stop for the Challenge course).

Over the years this creative ride has swelled from 250 to 4,000 riders and now draws people form all over the United States who want to take part in Portland’s favorite wacky wintertime ride. But one thing has remained the same: The costumes are always incredible and the weather has consistently been unseasonably warm. How does that happen? No one knows, but we like to think it’s the power of 4,000 cyclists on the road that helps change the weather to a pleasant day for riding.

A hot soup finish line party is your finish line reward as you make your way back to the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub for an afternoon of relaxation and a party in the middle of the street (the ride out-grew the pub many years ago). Come in costume, the Shower’s Pass Costume Contest is giving away stellar rain gear and other prizes for the best dressed. And as if all that were not enough to convince you to sign up today, the ride benefits the Community Cycling Center, a non-profit organization that provides bike access to people of all economic levels. They also recycle used bicycles and prevent more than 21 tons of bike material from going into landfills every year.


The Portland Bicycle Show (Pedal Nation)

Bicycles are taking over the Expo Center for The Portland Bicycle Show, the annual gigantic bicycle exhibition. Companies come from all over the country to showcase their latest and most inspired products and ideas. The event is an opportunity to see, ride and learn all under one roof.

Highlights include great deals on gear, apparel, accessories and equipment; the Hopworks Bar Bike serving beer all day long, a huge Oregon handmade bicycle show, the Pimp’d Bike showcase and seminars and workshops by local experts. Kids can test ride bikes and practice their beginner skills in the Little Nutty Kids Zone by Nutcase Helmets. There is also a test ride demo area for adults. Hang out, browse the booths or check out the special features like the Urban Riders Fashion Show, Gold Sprints Roller Races, bike fitting Demo by Sunset Cycles and demos by professional free-riders, BMX flatlanders and professional trials riders.

Don’t miss this annual extravaganza of the very coolest in bike accessories, action and companies.

Portland Bike Club members save with two-for-one entry and a special invitation to the industry-only night party. MORE INFO >>


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