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World Naked Bike Ride (and skate) Chicago

Welcome to the ChainLink group in support of Chicago's annual running of the World Naked Bike Ride: "Celebrating the end of the oil and the beauty of people."

The 11th annual ride will be the evening of Saturday June 14th 2014.
TheChainLink event posting / Facebook Group

The following is excerpted from (go there for much more info)

Interested in the amazing World Naked Bike Ride Chicago?
JOIN the mailing list right now!

World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is an international clothing-optional bike (or other person powered) event where participants ride en masse for the dual purpose of bringing attention to people powered transport and promoting positive body image. For a great overview see WikiPedia.

The event is bare-as-you-dare; anything from body paint to underwear to fanciful costumes are encouraged. Due to legal restrictions in Chicago, full frontal nudity is at your own risk, but large numbers of participants do go all out. Large-scale body painting is typically available pre-ride, and personal expression is encouraged. Cyclists familiar with Critical Mass (which is massive in Chicago) can simply see this as a special clothing optional additional June mass.

Chicago's past events included many hundreds of cyclist and numerous inline skaters, and covered over a dozen miles of high visibility city areas. In 2008 the 5th annual event drew a staggering 1700 riders! Blessed by decent summer weather in a great cycling city, the event has grown into a fantastic rolling celebration, with similarities to other major alternative parades world-wide. Participants often describe it as a transcendent group experience, personally transforming, and beyond superlative.

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Comment by Andrew Bedno on March 6, 2014 at 12:32pm

World Naked Bike Ride Chicago is proud to announce that DONATIONS ARE NOW TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
We're partnered with Break The Gridlock (a Chicago NFP org promoting appropriate transportation) as our "fiscal agent" making our PayPal buttons and T-Shirt orders now go directly to a subaccount under their 501.c3, a step I recommend to any local cycling advocate groups and projects.
We've actually been a member org for at least a year, but only just now finished the bank account move. Finally the debit card is out of my hands. Internally this complicates things in that expenses must be documented and qualified for reimbursement, and all affairs are handled by BtG's treasurer and board. But I felt it important not just for the non-profit perk, but pursuant to transparency and trust to take myself off being the sole accounting contact.
So DONATE AWAY PLEASE! Or order T-Shirts. Details about the tax exempt status are online, or if you're donating big and really want a confirming letter, just ask.

Comment by Andrew Bedno on September 26, 2013 at 9:28pm

I got interviewed about the naked ride on WGN radio yesterday by Scott Miller and Pete McMurray.  They were going for jokes about burning the seat and dangly bits, but I think we went pretty darn fun and positive.  A good ten minutes that's been called "Entertaining and informative!"

Comment by Andrew Bedno on June 7, 2013 at 2:10am


For a decade we've shown the world how beautiful life is with less oil. Through wars and ecocides and climate change and costs, we show that peace and wellness, joy and freedom are just a pedal away. Oil culture is brain-washed slow suicide, and you're better than that. LIVE it, and spread the word.

Join us this Saturday in our tenth recommitment to START UTOPIA NOW! THIS IS THE YEAR YOU'LL DO IT! Bring great attitude and courage, your bike and shoes, waterbottle, money/id/phone/towel, etc.

Repeat riders, help others be safe and awesome. No being creepy, no littering, and save heavy drinking for after (or face huge new public urination fines).

Weather could be low 60s with chance of rain. Carry clothes on the ride, think stockings, fun scarf, cap/gloves just in case.

Unparalleled photog GlitterGuts will be on-scene Saturday!
Schuba's Bike Bash is beforehand:
Also the Bobby Cann memorial:


Keep yer pants on, check-in and gawking are yet to be announced.

World Naked Bike Ride Chicago / 10th annual!
Celebrating freedom from oil and the beauty of people.
Saturday June 8th 2013, 6pm gather 8pm ride.

Comment by Andrew Bedno on June 4, 2013 at 4:44pm

I _______________________ do solemny vow to PROTEST OIL ADDICTION and to BEHAVE BEAUTIFULLY on the ride.

If you're coming by car or creepy or wasted or take pics or sell stuff, please spare yourself the hassle of our security and the police changing your life. But if you're SUPER DUPER nice and ONE with our cause, we may let you stick around after.

Important reading from

*** RULEZ ***

Celebrating freedom from oil and the beauty of people!
Less gas more ass! Burns fat not oil! Nude not crude!

DRUGS / BOOZE on the ride = arrest.

Sometimes bystanders get grabby :(
SHY? Stay towards center, out of reach.
CHIVALROUS? Guard our flanks.

Be prepared, stay alert, take care, help others.

Obey police and thank them for their help.
Goodies may target ticketing. Bare at your risk.
National Lawyers Guild monitors: 312-913-0039.

PARTICIPANTS must show Person-Powered Wheels.
FANS follow us on and

NO PHOTOS in our before/after space (xcpt auth'd)
Assume that you will be photographed on ride.

Arrive CLOTHED&SHOED and carry weather options.
NO GLASS! RECYCLE cans. Bring refillables.
OBEY security or be ejected.



*** BASICS ***

The TENTH World Naked Bike Ride (and skate) Chicago (WNBRCX) will be the evening of Saturday June 8th 2013 somewhere in Chicago IL.

*** BE CLEAR ON WHAT THIS ISN'T *** WNBR IS a people powered happening bringing radical attention against oil addiction; It's NOT primarily a naturist party. It IS a big fun ride for able area cyclists; It's NOT for the frail nor fliers/drivers. It IS an extreme free speech exercise trying to save the planet; It's NOT MardisGras. If you are distant or uncertain please read more details.

Location is not disclosed until days before based on experience to limit crowding of the creepy variety. Furthermore the announced location is only a check point where next directions are given to verifiable participants on bikes. If you plan to come just to look and hope to bluff your way in, make other plans.

Gathering is 6-8pm at undisclosed location. Body painting may be available, but line so long that coming pre-decorated is recommended. Read details. If you show up there without bike/skates, or with a camera, and say you didn't know or that someone said you could or feign language trouble, you will be laughed off premises.
Ride is about 8pm-11pm. Route is not announced in advance, and maps are not guaranteed. Expect to follow guides, assume round trip. You MUST be capable of over a dozen miles of chilly urban biking. Check your tires, pack minimally, bring water+snack, CardsCashPhoneKeys, etc.

Recommended viewing point(s) for fans and spectators: Suggested viewing points+times and the ride's progress live will be on and on ride day. Also on as @ChiNakedRide and #WNBRC
KEEP THE COURSE CLEAR!!! Wave and cheer and applaud from the sides and joy will be multiplied.

WANT MORE? Go browse

Comment by Andrew Bedno on June 3, 2013 at 1:40am

World Naked Bike Ride #10 is THIS SATURDAY!!!

NEWBIES - UNDERSTAND what you're getting into.
See our videos:
Wondering? When (evening of Saturday June 8th), where (TBA/west loop), can I
take photos (no), parking (at home), bike rental (Bobby's), how naked (bare as
you dare) ...

LAST CHANCE to PREPARE YOUR BIKE AND SELF! You and it must be capable of over 15
miles in under three hours.
Finalize costume plans now. Consider accessories such as cape, gloves, boa,
scarf, long socks for options in case of chill.

Pedi-cabs are available this year. Contact me for details.

Today is your LAST CHANCE to get a t-shirt before ride:

~ Andrew

Comment by Andrew Bedno on May 22, 2013 at 4:40pm


Dear past participants WE NEED YOUR HELP with site prep, body painting, support, cleanup, stay-behinds, flyering, performers, ...

Or, too shy to ride naked? Join the clothed SECURITY team.

Go see
or simply reply to this email.



We will NOT be selling shirts on site so order yours now:

* GET YOUR BIKE READY! With just TWO WEEKENDS to go NOW's the time for you infrequent riders to get your tires and bolts and brakes and gears and seat and thighs and such checked and serviced.
For bike rentals see

* NEWBIES - Read every word:

Comment by Andrew Bedno on May 20, 2013 at 11:48am

First 2013 bulletin just published to emailing list:

Not on the e-mailing list?!?  Join now at

=== World Naked Bike Ride Chicago is SATURDAY JUNE 8th ===

Celebrating freedom from oil, and the beauty of people.

Sorry we're behind this year; Mercury retrograde yadayada.
Tons to communicate soon, but let's just start with
DONATIONS URGENTLY NEEDED!!! We're actually at zero and
So ~~~~PULEEZ HALP~~~~ DONATE or buy a t-shirt RIGHT NOW!

Givers get your names in pixels:



==== ALSOs ====


Flyer PDF is posted:
If you love life, print and distribute now.

Links to social sites:

Now come help:


Comment by Mathew DeGutes on June 10, 2012 at 9:49pm

Fellow Chainlinkers.  I need some help.  I had some chain issues along the route and ended up dropping out along the way.  The thing is I was a bit inebriated and not sure at all where exactly it was and where I locked up.  I was riding an 86 Blue Schwinn Traveler single speed conversion.  It is a tall bike 63cm about and the bar tape was falling off.  I was wearing a black cowboy hat and boots on the ride.  Any way to put a message out to see if anyone has an idea of where I might have locked it?

Comment by S on June 10, 2012 at 2:05pm

Is there a count for the turnout last night?

Comment by igz on June 9, 2012 at 7:27am

naked?  i was BORN naked!  lets do this!


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