Metropolis Cycles x PDW - Urban Ramble 2023

Metropolis Cycles x PDW - Urban Ramble 2023


Portland Design Works has a long history of hosting lively, bike-focused events in our backyard. From Circulus to the All City x PDW shindig, we've made many excellent memories over the years. After a few years of social distancing and solo rides we were feeling a bit overdue for some good times, so we made up our minds that 2023 would be the year that PDW rides (in a group) again! (Once the rainy season subsided, of course.) 

A longtime partner of PDW, Metropolis Cycles is known in our community for their support of cyclocross racing, local trail maintenance, and just generally being welcoming and inclusive to all riders. We wanted to host an event together to raise funds for a good cause AND host a ride that would be accessible to a wide variety of riders, so we came up with the Urban Ramble Ride and Raffle!

On June 23, we gathered at Metropolis for our evening of fun.
First up was a raffle to raise money for the NW Trail Sisters, a branch of the Northwest Trail Alliance dedicated to creating an inclusive mountain bike community in Oregon. We gave away sweet prizes provided by our friends at Surly Bikes and All-City Cycles and, of course, some PDW and Metropolis Cycles goodies. The grand prizes were two complete bikes!
 Stoke was high, and we raised a whopping $980 for NW Trail Sisters! This will help them host maintenance clinics, trail work days, and generally do all kinds of rad stuff. 
After the raffle wrapped up, it was time to get our pedal on.
Our final destination for the evening was a chill beach spot on the banks of the Willamette. Some mixed terrain kept things interesting, and the party pace, tunes from our bike-mounted speakers, and ice-cold beverages made for the perfect summer journey with friends new and old.

Thanks again to everyone who joined us, and a special thanks once again to our awesome hosts at Metropolis - Brad, Archie, Shawn, Matt, Dillon, Ty and Sara! We’re already looking forward to next time.



Words: Kate Echols Moore 

Photos: Tim Wesolowski