World Naked Bike Ride

I did this ride last year and vowed to make it a Meetup this year... so that's what i'm doing.

June 8 is Portland's annual version of the World Naked Bike Ride. This year it starts at the Art Museum and lasts just under 2 hours. If you've done it before (or watched), you know how much fun it is. If you haven't, let me try to answer a few questions...

1. Would i have to be naked?

No. Many will be, but many will be wearing underwear, body paint, etc. You're welcome to wear whatever fits your comfort level... though if you're gonna be mostly clothed you'll stand out. Even if you're naked, you'll most likely have shoes, a helmet, and a backpack for your clothes.

2. Who'll be there?

Thousands of people... of every gender, size, age, shape (as long as they can safely ride a bike for a couple of hours).

3. That's gotta hurt!

Really? What do you wear that makes it not hurt normally? But ask anyone who's done it before (like me), and you'll never hear them say that. And seriously... it's cool if you don't wanna do it... but this is a very positive and fun event and there's no room for negativity.

A few other details...

The ride starts at 10, but it gets really crowded and if we're gonna meet we should meet around 9. I'll update this with a place a block or two away... so we can find each other and ride together. If you don't start out together... finding each other during the ride is pretty much impossible.

From 8-10, the Art Museum is having an exhibit called Cyclepedia - showing weird and innovative bikes. The cost is $1 for every piece of clothing you're wearing (so yes, it can be free). I might go at 8, and then head over to the agreed-upon meeting spot. So please say if you wanna do this part too.

You can read more about the whole thing in this Oregonian story.

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  • Jess S.

    Matthew, great photos!

    June 14, 2013

  • Matthew

    Barry, Thanks for putting on this event, it was fun. It was also enjoyable speaking with you. Some of the photos I have posted include the Body Painting station located within a fenced off area on the grounds of the Portland Art Museum.

    June 11, 2013

  • barry

    Hey everyone... a possibly helpful correction... i just read that the last Max leaves Pioneer Courthouse Square at 1:20 am... making Max more of a viable option than i previously thought. But if you're planning on Maxing it... please verify that for yourself.

    June 8, 2013

  • Jessica

    Hey lvg now - will take me a few to get there

    June 8, 2013

    • barry

      Ok we'll wait if you're late since we know you're coming. Be safe

      June 8, 2013

  • barry

    Its early but im here. I forgot a meetup sign but im wearing a tie-dyed shirt that says Keep Austin Weird. I swear you cant miss me

    June 8, 2013

    • Jessica

      K I'm lvg 23 Hoyt now

      June 8, 2013

  • Teresa Fugate O.

    hope everyone has fun and enjoys the ride.

    1 · June 8, 2013

  • barry


    Also.. if you plan on driving... parking will be tight. Leave extra time. If you're considering Max, keep in mind that it probably won't be running by the time the ride ends.

    June 7, 2013

  • Hok

    I have been on this and a smaller day version in the past... It's fun and since soooo many people show of all ages and body types... The only ones who stand out are clothed. So let your inner kid out and ride.

    I might be able to offer body painting services to those interested...
    See my samples at

    May 31, 2013

    • LaNae

      Nice work

      1 · June 4, 2013

    • Hok


      June 7, 2013

  • valerie

    I'm modest. I wear a thong and two band-aids. lol

    2 · June 1, 2013

    • Hok

      I think that will make you stand out even more :-)

      June 7, 2013

  • barry

    Hey everyone... it's getting closer... and i found what seems like a good place to find each other right behind the Museum... close but off the park blocks where the throngs will gather.

    It's the corner of 10th and Jefferson... in front of the Umpqua Bank and right across from Safeway.

    I'll plan on being there with a Meetup sign from 9 till about 9:20. If you're running late or can't find us, you can reach my communicator at 510:862:6700.

    June 6, 2013

  • Andrea

    Love number 3!

    May 30, 2013

    • David P.

      You should give it a try!

      June 5, 2013

  • Matthew P.

    There is a smaller less crowded nude ride earlier in the day called the Sunny Nude Ride. For info check the calendar of

    If I were not partially blind, I'd be riding in one or both rides. If anyone has a tandem bike and an open seat, I'd be happy to fill it. It is not safe for me to drive/ride a bike on my own.

    I am a member of ht Hidden Springs Nudist Club here in Portland, I like to get out to the local nude beaches as often as i can find a ride,and am always looking to make/meet more naturist/nudist friends who are also interested in platonic nude recreational activities.

    June 5, 2013

  • Roseanne A.

    I'm sorry! I have a play to usher for at the Gerding. Won't get out in time to join the group! Drat! :-)

    June 4, 2013

  • Rick W.

    Rode this last year with a friend. We had soooooooo much fun! Somehow, it's completely legal. Is Portland a great place or what?

    2 · June 2, 2013

  • Alexandra

    Ouch. As endowed as I am up top, I can't even imagine how going over bumps would feel with no bra! ;-)

    1 · May 30, 2013

    • barry

      so wear a bra. no excuses!

      June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ive fallen from a bike with my clothes on and it hurts alot , i don't know if i'm keen on riding one naked

    May 31, 2013

    • barry

      Ryan... riding a bike naked is a whole lot better than falling from one with clothes on.

      1 · June 1, 2013

  • Nancy J

    I may be wrong, does this event take place after dark? The time posted at top is 9 "post meridian"? Please clarify for sure.
    Has anyone been arrested for biking naked at this event?

    May 31, 2013

    • Dave

      Barry I really hope you meant to say 'organizing'..­. lol

      May 31, 2013

    • barry

      I've been in Texas the past few days for my son's graduation from Air Force Basic Training... so who knows what i meant.

      June 1, 2013

  • Belinda

    Ive been wanting to do this for years! Im going to try to bring a friend...

    May 31, 2013

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