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Pedal Rolls Out Portland Pot Tour

A new form of tourism is sparking up in Oregon, and Pedal Bike Tours is leading the way – marijuana tours.

Guests purchasing pot on October 1st.

Guests purchasing pot on October 1st.

With recreational marijuana now legal in the state, Pedal Bike Tours is giving guests the chance to pull back the curtain on Oregon’s thriving marijuana industry with the launch of the state’s first cannabis-centered tour, the Portland Pot Tour.

Did you know hemp was one of the Willamette Valley’s first commercial crops? The Portland Pot Tour covers how Oregon’s fortunes have long been tied to the cannabis plant, bringing us up to legalization today. So in addition to the fascinating history, riders on the tour will learn the current laws for purchasing and consuming cannabis products, as well as get direct access to some of the finest pot available – and we’ll do it all by bike!

“People are curious about legal weed, and we’re excited to show them what’s happening,” says Pedal Bike Tours owner Todd Roll. “Who knows if this will be the state’s newest tourism draw, but either way, this ride will be pure fun.”

The relaxed 9-mile ride takes riders to some favorite dispensaries, like Canabliss and Gras, as well as legendary head shops like Third Eye Shoppe and Mellow Mood. Guests can browse and shop for the finest locally-grown and organic strains, hand-blown art glass and carved wooden pipes. The tour also includes delicious “pairings” with a couple munchy stops, including ice cream (yes: vegan options are available).

A stop at Canabliss dispensary in SE Portland.

A stop at Canabliss dispensary in SE Portland.

Prices include a bike, helmet, guided tour, food and a joint of local marijuana at the end of the tour ($69). Riders will not consume marijuana on the tour itself, but are welcome to purchase products for later.

Date: Daily
Time: 3:00PM to 6:00PM
Where: starting at Pedal Bike Tours, 133 SW 2nd Avenue

We hope you can join us for this one-of-a-kind bike tour!

Pedal's new limited edition Portland Pot Tour t-shirt. Get 'em while you can!

Pedal’s new limited edition Portland Pot Tour t-shirt, available at our shop.

BikeCraft Fair To Feature Local Artisans’ Handmade Cycling Crafts

BikeCraft Fair To Feature Local Artisans’ Handmade Cycling Crafts
December 4-5, 2010 – Portland, Oregon

Portland, Ore. (11/23/10) – BikeCraft, held each year since 2005, is a bike-lover’s holiday gift bazaar that showcases local, handmade, bike-themed arts, crafts, fashion and accessories. This sixth edition is free to the public and will take place at the new home of local bicycle accessory design firm, Portland Design Works located at 15 NE Hancock St. Portland, OR 97212.


The family friendly fair will run both Saturday and Sunday, December 4-5, 2010 from 10am-6pm. Guests can browse and purchase offerings by more than 50 local artisans from cycling caps to screen prints and bike bags to jewelry and pet collars fashioned from upcycled bike parts.  Food and beverages will be available from bike-based businesses and door prize giveaways are planned. BikeCraft is a production of BikePortland.org and is sponsored by Pedal Bike Tours, Portland’s year-round home for local bike crafts, and Leatherman Tool Group.

For additional information including artists attending and a history of BikeCraft, visit: http://bikeportland.org/bikecraft

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About BikePortland.org
BikePortland.org is a daily, interactive news source that covers the Portland bike scene. BikePortland’s mission is to inform the community and to inspire productive dialogue about bicycling through the production of thoughtful, independent journalism. For more information: http://bikeportland.org

About Pedal Bike Tours
Pedal offers sightseeing tours by bicycle of Portland and the surrounding region from their shop in the heart of downtown Portland. Pedal also offers local bike crafts, urban fashion and commuter accessories.

Contact:

Jonathan Reed
Business Manager
BikePortland.org
phone: 971-285-6286
info@bikeportland.org

We Rode, We Donuted, We Pinballed!

Gathered For The Ride

Gathered For The Ride

Woo hoo!  Last Saturday approximately 15 pinball/bike riding fans rolled out of the shop and hit the streets to go in search of some fun.  Led by our staff pinball wizard Miles, we hit the road en-masse on our way to four stops around the city.

Outside Red Flag

Outside Red Flag

We left the shop and headed east, through the quiet streets and mansions of Irvington, our longest ride of the tour.  On the edge of the Laurelhurst neighborhood we found our first stop, Red Flag.  The fact that’s it’s a relatively new bar with four pinball machines goes to show how popular pinball still is.

Keeping right on schedule we hopped back on our steel steeds and shot the short distance to our next stop, The Standard.  Another newish bar, The Standard is tucked cozily away off the main drag of Burnside.  Once you pass through the patio into the bar you’re greeted by five gleaming machines of pinball beautaceausness!

Working It

Working It

After several quarters worth of ‘balling we tackled the deepening gloom with one thought in our heads, donuts!  Past the former headquarters of Jantzen swimwear we pedaled at top speed to reach the second incarnation of that purveyor of deep fried delights, Voodoo II.  The line was so long we had to take turns standing in line and playing games.  A few pinheads even decided to try their skills at the bubble hockey table.  Lucky, lucky Laura (she of the “Bile” t-shirt) actually got the VERY LAST Bacon Maple Bar!  Now that’s some good ju-ju!

mmm, Bile

mmm, Bile

Stomachs fortified by dough and heads buzzing from sugar we rode through the Lloyd district back to our own dear neighborhood and into our last stop Billy Ray’s Neighborhood Dive.  When was the last time you visited a bar set in an old house with the entire second floor devoted to pinball?  That’s right, we moved in, took over and ‘balled until we were spent.  (Bonus, the Blazers beat the Mavericks on the tv behind us).

In time, some pinners moved reluctantly on to other pursuits while others were still pounding the flippers way into the wee hours.

Great tour everyone thanks for coming!

See more photos here.

You Must Concentrate, Grasshopper

You Must Concentrate, Grasshopper

New Record- 77 Years Old!

Congratulations to 77 year old Tom Hunter of Denver on being the oldest person to join us on a Pedal Bike tour!  Tom was joined by his wife Jo Ella, (she’s only 71) on our Historic Downtown tour.  This was after they had already walked several miles!  Tom and Jo Ella even braved a few raindrops at the beginning of our tour and ended up having a wonderful time.  Along the way they entertained with stories of out-skiing their teenaged grandkids.

After the tour we sent them to our favorite local microbrewery, Amnesia where hopefully they celebrated with a pint and a bratwurst!  The next day they came back to check in on us and told us about the several more miles they had walked.  I thought the fountain of youth was in Florida, not Colorado!   Jo Ella’s parting advice to me was “Don’t be afraid to get old.”  I won’t Jo Ella, not if I can stay as active as you two!

Who’s going to break the record next?  I know you’re out there!

Rails To Trails- Banks Vernonia State Trail

Wow, had a great day riding on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail on Friday.  It’s a project of the Rails to Trails Conservancy, a truly awesome non-profit organization dedicated to turning our nation’s unused railroad tracks to non-motorized multi-use paths.  The Banks-Vernonia trail is only 30 miles outside of Portland and over its 21 miles goes from the farmland of the valley to the thick undergrowth of the coastal mountains.  The highlight is definitely the 600′ long Buxton trestle, 80 feet above the valley floor.  It’s sheer joy to roll across this bridge, marveling at the wide open views of the thick forest all around and the grassy valley beneath.

We stayed the night in a cute little one room cabin in Stub Stewart State Park which the trail runs right through.  This placed us perfectly for hitting the trail first thing the next morning (after driving to the nearest town for a serious logger’s breakfast of course!)

One thing I didn’t realize was that the trail runs almost exclusively downhill in one direction.  We hardly pedaled all one direction.  Thankfully, it was a gentle grade, which is exactly why railroads make great bike trails. 

Oregon Tours

1 (503) 243-2453 info@pedalbiketours.com
133 sw 2nd avenue portland, or, 97204