Sunday, June 28, 2009

BikeCraft & last day of Pedalpalooza

BikeCraft @ Multnomah Bike Fair

Yesterday's BikeCraft event at the Multnomah County Bike Fair went well.
Come to think of it, I don't think we've ever displayed the bike figures in public before. Sold a few of them, but I think more importantly got lots of people to see them in person. I don't think most of the people at the fair were there to buy anything, but I think it was good for people to see these things exist. As far as I know, I'm the only one making this kind of figures in paper mache. I had a few unpainted (Paint It Yourself) bike figures there and they went pretty quickly. I don't have any more of them on hand to offer them on Etsy, but I will make more of them soon. It had been a while since I had done one of these sale events in public. I think the last one I did might have been at the WFMU record fair in NYC many years ago when I was making an entirely different kind of stuff. I think the next BikeCraft event is November. I'm not certain, I will be there, but if I do, I'll definitely be more prepared.

So yesterday was the last day of this year's Pedalpalooza. I had fun at the few events I attended, but I wonder how it seemed to the non-enthusiast public. Was it just self indulgence by a select group of people? I enjoy riding my bike and many things bicycle related, but I'm still not sure that I fully identify with all of the so called Portland Bike Culture.

At the fair yesterday, I had to watch over my table all day, so I didn't get to see what was going on at other parts of the event. The only thing I saw was the track stand contest which was going on right in front of my table.

Track stand @ Multnomah Bike Fair

You had to be balanced on your bike without putting your feet on the ground while people threw water balloons and if you made it longer than 60 seconds, you won a prize.

Sprockette track stand @ Multnomah Bike Fair

A sprockette got in on the action too!

cool dudes @ Multnomah Bike Fair

I got to see a lot of people yesterday too and I thought it would be fun to chronicle the cycling style that's all Portland. It's definitely different than Copenhagen or London. I am not sure I will purposely stake out to take pictures of people, but if I happen to take interesting pictures, I will report.


  1. I got the paper mache bike and it's so cute! I have it on my office desk and will put a pic up soon.

  2. I'm glad it got there safely. I look forward to seeing the picture!