Navigating Pedal Nation
Bicycles are taking over the Portland Expo Center for the annual Pedal Nation PDX Bicycle Show March 23 and 24.
Hundreds of vendors will showcase the latest and greatest in gear, technology, services and ideas.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Plan for a very full day. There is a lot to see and do at Pedal Nation.
- Great deals on bicycle gear, apparel, accessories and equipment
- BTA Bike (and gear) Swap
- Sombrio indoor pump track
- Little Nutty Rider Zone by Nutcase Helmets
- Performances by pro trials rider Ryan Leech
- Bicycle test ride area
- Professional free riders in the Timberline Freeride Area
- Nutcase Pedal Park featuring the Hopworks Bike Bar
- An exiting fashion show modeling the latest apparel trends and options
- Oregon handmade bicycles
- Seminars and workshops by local bike experts
Pedal Nation is an opportunity to get up close and personal with vendors, whether they’re local builders or international companies. Ask questions, make comments and don’t be afraid to be honest. Have you had problems with their product in the past? Let them know. The person behind the booth may have helpful knowledge or may be able to take your feedback to the right people.
I recently had this experience at an expo after having written off a company for having poor quality lights. It turns out they recognized the flaws in the model I had and have since made a much better version. I wouldn’t have known that if I hadn’t taken the bold step to share my frustration with the guy behind the booth.
INNOVATION (AND TWITTER)
As always, ORbike is on the hunt for innovation. Will we finally find a stylish and 100% waterproof rain jacket? Are there new products on the market? We’ll be circulating with a keen eye toward the very newest of the new, and tweeting with hash tag #PedalNation. Follow that tag to ride along with us, and all the other show goers out there. If you post about the show, use that tag so we can see what are your highlights.
ENTER TO WIN
You’ve got a lot of opportunity to win at Pedal Nation. Nutcase Helmets is hosting a helmet design contest, Marin bikes is giving away a Muirwoods 29er, and many vendors are running their own contests.
Hot tip: Easily enter them all. Bring a sheet of address labels with your name, address, phone and email address so you don’t have to repeatedly fill out raffle forms.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR EXPERIENCE
With so much to see and do, it can be easy to pass over booths or become overwhelmed by such a large show. Check ORbike’s Guide to Pedal Nation from last year for tips on how to make the most of your time there.
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Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 10-4pm // Portland Expo Center, 2060 North Marine Dr. in Portland