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June 7: Pedalpalooza Event at SITM HQ!

Sock It To Me Pedalpalooza Event PortlandIt’s that time of year again, Portland-area sockies – PEDALPALOOZA!

For the past 5 years, we’ve teamed up with Sock Dreams to help host an event during Pedalpalooza called the Hott Sock Ride. Sock Dreams will host part of the ride on Saturday, June 7 with some refreshments and fun, then will lead the bikers to our Sock It To Me headquarters for more fun times (and the chance to win some funky socks)!

Below are all the details you’ll need to participate this year in the Hott Sock Ride:
Where to Meet to Start: SE Salmon St + Eastbank Esplanade Take Trimet
When: Saturday, June 7 at 5:00pm
What Should You Do: Deck your calves, throw on those over-the-knees, or bare your ankles if you dare and join the sockies for a ride with great fashion and festivities thanks to local bike-loving retailers. Bring sock-funds for sock-fun (keep your legs warm on the WNBR!), pack a lock + lights, and join us at Vera (statue) at 5ish, leave at 5:15. We’ll revel with the fine crew of Sock Dreams in Sellwood, take our kicks over to Sock It To Me, and have other ped(al)-based fun along the way. See you at Vera! (Easy pace, loop-ish, mostly flat, SE to Sellwood.)

Come hang out with us & have a great time this Saturday!

Pedalpalooza!

As some of you may know, and for those of you that don’t… Portland (our beloved city) is a land of DIY bicyclists. Since 2002, the city has hosted a bike event that has morphed into an all out Pedalpalooza! It’s a 2+ week long bikey fun extravaganza! Almost all the events are run by volunteers, and most of them are completely FREE! There are yoga rides, solar panel rides, tutu rides, and the ever popular World Naked Bike ride.

This year there were over 250 events, and here is a peek at 2 of our faves: At the Epic Pizza Ride about 30 – 40 riders meet up at a park, but only the leader knows where the ride is going. You follow the leader around town to 5 surprise pizza shops that have prepared sample-size pizza pies for you to munch on! Biking and pizza? Yes, please! Another one of our faves is the Bowie vs Prince Ride. For this mystery ride, everyone dresses up as either Bowie or Prince. On the way to your final destination, you make frequent stops to dance. The bike ride ends at a huge dance party in a cemetery with amazing tunes and a disco ball! Biking and 80’s Glam Rockers? We want more! Pedalpalooza literally has something for every biker out there…

For the second year in a row, Sock It To Me was in on the action! We LOVE to ride bikes, and we were counting down the days before the Hott Sock 2011 Prime Time ride. A fantastic crew of well heeled fashion and bike enthusiasts met up with the fine crew of Sock Dreams and then pedaled on over to the new, centrally located Sock It To Me headquarters for a rockin good time! About 100 new and old members of our sock “family” gathered for games, snacks, and (of course) good beer! Sounds fun, and oh, it was!

Some party goers participated in a relay race where teams had to do goofy things really fast. They had to crab walk, stack boxes, catch marshmallows, hopscotch, and 2 team members had to put on 25 individual socks. This was all in the name of the mighty coveted and always popular prize: FREE SOCKS! Check out our video coverage of relay race:

If the relay race wasn’t for you, there was always the artsy option. Our party people used their imaginations to dream up these AMAZING sock monsters!

The party lasted well into the night – ok, until well after the keg was tapped out! Needless to say, we had lots of fun celebrating our city and one of its favorite pastimes! If you’re in Portland for Pedalpalooza next year, you gotta come by!!!

Portland Pedalpalooza – Hott Sock II Ride

If you read my last post, you know that we here at Sock It to Me are avid bike fans,which is why we thought it essential to partake in the events surrounding Portland’s annual Pedalpalooza event. Calling it an “event”, however, strips it of its grandiosity, for this pedal-fest stretches for two long weeks in June, with dozens of themed bike rides per day.

Sounds fun, right? Oh it is. All you do is show up with your bike, your helmet, and your wallet, with the intent of uniting with strangers and friends over your shared afinity for something random. Be it donuts or sunsets, cowboys or knee-highs, it’s especially fun when there is a dress-code, from prom-wear to no-wear to footwear.

We can’t take credit for organizing this year’s ride for the footwear folk. In fact, we again thank Argyle Amanda for including us in the second annual Hott Sock ride, which met up in downtown Portland and traveled first to Sock Dreams and then to the SITM headquarters. We ordered up a keg of local, organic brew from Hopworks and threw together a hilarious relay race, crafty sock design table, and tons of sock prizes. It was a blast. Check out this video Kisa put together for us. It’s just a lil snapshot of all the action:

Here, also, is the Flickr photo stream of pics taken at the event by BikePortland.org: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bikeportland/tags/hotsockride2010/

Can’t wait for next year’s ride. We’re so ready. Mark your calendars!