Had a change of plans while I’ll be hitting the Parkways event later right now I’m over at the street fair doing free repairs! Got the whole little portable mechanic setup going. If you’d like some free bike fixing come on down! There is also lots of other vendors and music and food…. good times! I’m Foster and the 205 bike path with the bike parking area. The main part of the Fair is at 92nd and Ramona.
This Sunday (July 18th) is the east side parkways tour, another installment this summer series. The streets will be shut down for a route made up of a 4.5-mile loop, connecting Ed Benedict (and the East Portland Exposition), Bloomington and Lents Parks. Food, music and activities are located in the parks and along the route. 10am-3pm, come on out to walk, ride, stroll, skate and schmooze. The weather report is looking good, so we hope to see you there.
for a map of the route, and more info: click here.
A while back you may have noticed that collection we participated in to send unwanted bikes to school children in South Africa. It didn’t go as quickly as hoped, but Jenny the organizer did daily collections for a week. The container was nearly full by the time it shipped out.
A dozen of the bikes came from our part of town through the neighborhood clean up event. If you dropped off a at bike at the cleanup you might be interested to know that didn’t go to a scrap yard…. it went to South Africa! Go here for pics of their arrival
New routes through the neighborhood are being implemented or at least planned for the near future.
East – West
Center Street. A lot of bike/ped improvements to this street have already happened. Many speed bumps, stop signs and sidewalk improvements have been installed. Good stuff.
North – South
52nd? 50th? This is just in the planning/committee stage. Going north or south in Portland by bike is pretty restricted in some areas. This route will be a welcome addition once completed. I have the privilege of being part of some of this planning and will update with info as I get it.
Now that the good weather is finally here we are expanding the hours at Meticon.
Starting next week we will be open Monday 10-2, Tuesday thru Friday 10-8, and Saturday 10-5. Still closed Sunday… Can’t work Seven days a week!
Sable (Simba ) has an infection in his mouth. One side of his face is swollen. Of course it’s July 4th so can’t take him to vet today. He’ll be going first thing in the morning. For those who know and love our 60th Avenue mascot I will update after he visits the vet.
UPDATE July 6th
He is ok! Like most older animals he has some pretty bad dental problems. They drained some of the infection and he is on antibiotics and pain meds. He is already looking and feeling much better.
In a couple weeks he will have to go back for a consultation with the pet dentist. Dental work isn’t cheap and we will probably need to “pass the hat” around for donations towards his health.
We will see how it goes.
If you want to come say hello he is sitting on the shop counter right now making it difficult for me to type by rubbing on my hands…
Tomorrow is that last day of pedalpalooza ;( while this makes us sad, the MCBF is a great way to celebrate another awesome year of pedalpalooza.
The fair will be at SE Alder Street between 12th and 14th (the southern end of the Washington High School lot. We at Meticon will be riding down early to catch all the fun events: stuff like unicycle jousting, foot-down derbys, and much more), good food, “kickass entertainment” (lots of bands) and all manner of vendors selling bike-related goods.
we hope to see you there!
Veer the local movie about four prominent members of local bike culture has officially come out on DVD. We have copies in stock.
(had a little technical trouble this post was supposed to be up on Monday… oops.)
Went to the Joustdown. Here’s a video of the trophies we made.Good natured carnage! A brief appearance by the Sunny Nekkid Ride. It was hard to not stare in an impolite fashion! Had to get back to the shop and didn’t get to see who won.
Sunday I did the Zoobomb Century. Since I was a sponsor for the race I wasn’t officially competing but I did my full 100 miles! Exhausting but exhilarating.
Had a blast at the Foster ride Thursday night. A small but fun group of neighborhood folks crashed through several local bars. Good times I’ll be sure to make next years as well.
Today at 2pm is bike jousting down at Col. Sumners park. Meticon has the honor of providing the trophies for the event. We’ll be there to witness the carnage.
Tomorrow is the grueling Zoobomb Century ride. I did it last year but didn’t actually track my mileage (I definitely quit before the full 100). This year I’ll see if I can do a proper 100 miles. Meticon is providing some sweet prizes for the winners and some swag for all the racers. We might be able to provide a ride to the park and or a loaner bike and helmet for any last minute folks who want to pit themselves against the slog….
It’s here! The official kickoff ride is tonight. I can’t make that ride myself. Gotta work… but I will be attending the later Foster bar cruise! If you like bikes and bars come on down to Smokey’s at 10pm. Mayhem may ensue!
Local artist Frost brought in a selection of his work today. Made mostly from recycled tubes and tires they range from notebook covers to belts, wallets, and more… I think I’ll have to grab one of those sweet notepad covers for myself! I’m already using one of his excellent cell phone packs.
We are about half way through at the bike fix it fair. The morning started pretty gloomy but mother nature couldn’t run us out with her rainy day. A ton of people have been showing up and its great to see kids excited about their fixed bikes. There are constant Raffles for lights, locks and helmuts.
Saturday the bike fix it fair mentioned below is happening, rain or shine! There will be plenty of canopies and if it’s really nasty I believe there is a back up indoor location of some sort. Maybe at the nearby school? As long as you dress accordingly it’ll be fun!
See you tomorrow!
I was just looking over the Shift2bikes.org Pedalpalooza calender and noticed amongst all the many fun events planned a “3rd annual Foster Road Night Ride Tavern Tour” I had no idea such a thing has been going on!
I was actually thinking of doing some sort of similar thing myself…
Instead I’ll just help promote this existing event! First night of Pedalpaooza (Thursday, June 10th) at 10pm meeting at 56th and Foster in Smokey’s Bar.
This Saturday from 9am to 1pm at Harrison Park there will be a free bike fix it fair! Organized by the Marshall SUN Center with several shops including Meticon and CCC and other volunteers providing parts, tools, expertise, and more. Focused mainly on kids of all ages, it’s about making sure their rides are in good repair so they can utilize those bikes for health and transportation. Also lots of helmets, locks, and lights will be given away so come on down!
Today is our three year anniversary!
I won’t get too sappy but we’ve been beaten the small business failure odds, while even in the midst of a terrible economy! How?
I’ll tell ya:
The support of you the customer! You’ve come out and spent your money here, you’ve been patient as we have learned and grown, and just in general made it pleasant and fulfilling to be your local bike shop!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I was down at 14th and Alder helping load bikes into the container. A lot of nice people donated their old bikes, but unfortunately by the end of the day we only had around one hundred bikes. The shipping container can hold up to 400! So an emergency second pickup is now scheduled for tomorrow. Same place from 1pm to 4pm. Shipping a large container like this costs a lot of money. Sending it over 2/3 empty is a huge waste!!
Spread the word!!
If it still isn’t full after tomorrow there may be another pickup on Monday but that would blow the planned schedule so clean out the garage and bring in your extra bikes this Sunday. Even small kids bikes are needed, anything with a fat tire! Even just bike parts, tubes, tires, etc.
A little note from Jenny who is organizing the Bicycles for Humanity collection:
Bike collection for South African schoolchildren at Washington High School TOMORROW 10AM! Look for the pretty blue shipping container on SE 14th and Alder. Pass the word along!
more info at blog.travelwithbread.com
I’ll be there as well helping load or whatever is needed. Come down say hello and bring an unwanted bike to donate!
Manning the register is Simba (aka Sable aka Simble ) . Actually he is more the neighborhood mascot but he does spend a lot of time in the shop just hanging out.