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Bicycle Music Festival PORTLAND

Here’s the schedule for this Sunday, August 16:

City Bikes at 1914 Ankeny st.

On The Stairs         12pm-12:25pm
Mere Mention         12:30pm-12:55pm
Grace Tea              1:00pm-1:25pm
Catherine Feeny    1:30pm-2pm
Cello Joe                2:05-2:35pm

Hawthorne Street Fair cruise 2:45pm-3:30pm

Laurelhurst park
The Helping Hands          4pm-4:30pm
James Kennedy  if time– 4:35-5:00pm

Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Stitchcraft                          6pm-6:30pm
Spider & fly/Fast Rattler    6:35pm-7:05pm

Vanilla Bicycles 717 SE 35th ave.
Bear Dyken 8:00pm-8:30pm
Slideshow 8:35pm-9:05pm
Ginger Ninjas 9:15pm-10:45pm
Acoustic jam, chill, chat, love session 11:00-12:00pm

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• Friday, August 14th, 2009

This year our pedal power system is built on powerful hub generators rather than tire-rubbing generators.

Two-bike pedal power system.

The two-bike pedal power system shown above was our trusty backup system at Maker Faire this past weekend. Both bikes use powerful hub generators rated at far higher wattages than a human can generate. This means that we’re using them in a range at which they run cool, calm, and collected. They feel very smooth because there’s no friction involved. Just magnets and ball bearings.

Not shown this photo is the Biker Bar, Rock The Bike’s newest pedal power system. It’s got tremendous potential, but has had mechanicals at its first two outings. The plan is to fix the mechanical issues in the next 3 days, test it out at the Youth Unity Summit this Saturday, our last outing before BMF.

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• Wednesday, June 03rd, 2009

How does it feel to pedal power live music?

Video from Rock the Bike’s Pedal Power stage at Maker Faire this year. The sound system we’ll be using at Saturday’s BMF is even better.

Nice clips of SHAKE YOUR PEACE! performing.

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• Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Ginger Ninjas host Human Power stage at Harmony Festival — another successful BMF shakedown.


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

The Ginger Ninjas, just back from an epic 5000 mile bicycle tour to Mexico, got yet another chance to test out their sound system and rock festival-goers at this weekend’s Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa. With 4 pedal-power generating bicycles, there was enough clean, clear audio power to get over 100 people dancing. Musical highlights included Cipes and the People, and Los Ginger Ninjas.

The weekend was a good chance to work out any last kinks in the human power system before the Bicycle Music Festival. While there was a little troubleshooting to do on Sunday morning after Saturday night’s jam session, the system didn’t let fans down and was loud enough to have 8-piece bands rock out with a full drum set. You really don’t want to have to ask a drummer to play softly because the mains don’t have enough power to bring other instruments and vocals up to their level. It’s much better when a drummer can play out, and you can adjust the other instruments accordingly.

Fortunately the Ginger Ninjas’ sound system has that much power and more! We are psyched and grateful that they’ll be setting up the Human Power at this year’s BMF!

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• Monday, June 09th, 2008

Rock the Bike's Pedal Power Stage at Maker Faire a cool BMF shakedown

Guitarist from Lee Maverick band pedal powers his own guitar solo.

We had 11 bands over two days at last weekend’s Maker Faire. We had three pedal power bikes powering two 400-watt JBL powered speakers. Unlike the ones the Ginger Ninjas took to Mexico, these speakers were powered by traditional amplifiers, not digital amps. So the three pedal power bikes were barely enough. We couldn’t really have kids pedal one of the three, because they just didn’t put out enough power. And you really can’t kick a kid off a bicycle and feel good about yourself at the end of the night. So we said “adults only.” Fortunately for this year’s BMF, it’s looking like we’ll have the Ginger Ninjas in effect, with their Pleasant Revolution sound system, road-tested after 5 months through Mexico.

Anyway, there are some great shots from the Faire on Flickr. Hope you dig it.

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• Sunday, May 11th, 2008