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.