Women Bike: November 2017 Recap

Bad weather? Not a problem! Women Bike spent the month of November holding bike-related workshops and activities in warm, dry spaces. Rain or shine, there are always plenty of things to do in the cycling community. Find out how we stay involved during the cold, wet season:

Ask A Bike Mechanic!

At our Ask A Bike Mechanic event, we got some valuable one-on-one time with Momoko Saunders, one of Bike Farm’s awesome co-founders! We covered some basic bike mechanics and dove into the sticky details of derailer adjustment. After we conquered that (easy-peasy!) we discussed how to determine when you need a new chain. As it turns out, I didn’t even know chains needed to be replaced, so mine is not in its prime, to put it lightly. We also discussed brake swapping, gear shifts, and appropriate cargo/rack options per bike frame — there are so many options!

Bike Farm is a fully volunteer-run collective which provides a space where people can familiarize themselves with bikes and build a community around promoting sustainable transportation. The first and third Tuesdays of each month are women and trans nights, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.  For non-members, Bike Farm charges $5 an hour to use its stands, tools, and mechanic expertise. Read more about Bike Farm and their membership options on their website.


Bike ride to see SPIN

On November 10, Women Bike rode to Triangle Productions to see Evalyn Parry’s SPIN, a tribute to the bicycle as a muse and tool in women’s liberation! Through song, storytelling, and spoken word, Parry guided the audience through the journey of Annie Londonderry, the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle. We strongly urge you to see this wonderfully entertaining and educational show if you ever have the chance to. We even got a bonus pre-show performance by the Sprokettes, Portland’s legendary all-female bicycle dance troupe, just down the street at Voodoo Donuts Too. Check out Evalyn Parry’s work on her website.


First Friday Eastside Art Ride

This month’s Art Ride took us to several new galleries to explore the latest exhibits. We started off on the Clinton Street Greenway, at Night Light Lounge, a popular destination for cyclists who stop for happy hour on their commute home. They feature art exhibits by rotating local artists and are a great starting or ending point for your First Friday Art Walk experience. Galleries visited this month were Pushdot Studio, BrassWorks Gallery, Jailhouse Studio, Stephanie Chefas Projects, and True Measure Gallery.

Click here for more information on First Friday PDX, Portland’s Eastisde Artwalk.


Get connected!

Sign up for our Women Bike E-Newsletter, and stay up to date on all Women Bike events and happenings. Join our Facebook group to get the most current Women Bike events and stay in touch with the Women Bike community. You can also check our events calendar for Women Bike events and all other events organized by The Street Trust.


Join us at an upcoming event!

Monthly Coffee Club – Wednesday,  December 20 (8:00 to 9:00 a.m.) at Ristretto Roasters, 3808 N. Williams Ave., Portland, OR

Monthly Happy Hour – Thursday, December 28 (5:00 to 6:30 p.m.) at Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, OR

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