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.
- CHECK THE SCHEDULE BEFORE YOU GO
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.
- TRAVEL SMART
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.
- MAKE A DAY OF IT
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.
- BRING FRIENDS
It’s more fun to cruise around the Expo when you’ve got people there with you to chat about what you’re seeing.
- BRING A BAG
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.
- BRING A SNACK
Concessions are what they are. Your food choices at the Expo Center will be limited and there aren’t restaurants very near by.
- BRING CASH
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.
- TALK TO VENDORS
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.
- BRING YOUR CAMERA
Take notes by taking pictures.
- HAVE FUN!
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
Adults – $10
Kids – 12 & under are Free with paid Adult