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Western Bikeworks absorbs Athletes Lounge to expand into triathlon market

Western Bikeworks absorbs Athletes Lounge to expand into triathlon market

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Six weeks after closing its doors for good, Portland’s only triathlon shop has found new life in an unexpected place: Another bike shop.

Early Saturday morning Western Bikeworks announced an agreement with Athletes Lounge. Western Bikeworks has locations in northwest Portland and Tigard and is one of the city’s largest bike shops. In addition to their two retail locations Western Bikeworks does a robust online business as one of four e-commerce bike brands owned by Portland-based Velotech Inc (they also run Cyclocross.com, UrbanCyclist.com and BikeTiresDirect.com).

According to a statement, Athletes Lounge owner Gary Wallesen and an undisclosed number of his former staff will now be employed by Western Bikeworks in order to, “expand the areas of expertise” into trisports. Wallesen has also been hired to spearhead a new e-commerce site at AthletesLounge.com in the coming months.









Here’s more from Western’s statement:

“In our effort to help people have great experiences on a bike, we are constantly re-evaluating our existing expertise and community involvement,” said Western Bikeworks General Manager Colin Ross. “This addition allows us to better serve triathletes by tapping into the wealth of knowledge that Gary and his crew bring along. We look forward to further expanding our growing customer base and community investment.”

“I am very excited to be part of the Western Bikeworks team of professionals. The addition of triathlon will be great news for the large and active multi-sport community,” added Gary Wallesen, former owner of Athletes Lounge.

Western Bikeworks will incorporate Wallesen’s expertise and extensive experience in this community to provide an excellent selection of both triathlon-specific bikes and swim products. He will also work closely with the existing management team, and 3 Dots Design, on a remodel of our flagship Portland store to provide a world-class shopping experience for multi-sport athletes, and anyone else who wants to have the best experience possible riding a bike.

As we reported in August Wallesen decided to close his shop due to a lack of business. He also blamed online shopping and local shops who offer deep discounts as part of what made it hard to turn a profit.

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Industry Ticker: New bikes from Islabikes, new bag from North St

Industry Ticker: New bikes from Islabikes, new bag from North St

North St. Bags' new Morrison backpack/pannier and the new Cnoc 20 from Islabikes.

North St. Bags’ new Morrison backpack/pannier and the new Cnoc 20 from Islabikes.

Portland is full of seriously top-notch bike companies. Two of our faves are North St. Bags and Islabikes. They’ve both released new products and we’ve got the scoop and photos below…

North St. sews, designs, and sells their bags out of a storefront just off inner Southeast Clinton. You’ll also find their growing product line at hundreds of retailers nationwide. This week they introduced a new waterproof bag called the Morrison. It’s combo backpack and pannier that retails for $189 and comes with loads of great features. Below are a few more pics and more info from North St.:

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Take it off your rack and use it as a backpack too.

Take it off your rack and use it as a backpack too.

Morrison bag is equally capable as a pannier.

Morrison bag is equally capable as a pannier.

The Morrison backpack and bike pannier is designed to protect the essentials against the foul weather and integrate with the bike rack seamlessly while also having the benefit of being worn as a backpack when off the bike. The waterproof pannier integrates a classic hook and simple bungee cord mounting system to secure the bag on the bike. Easily stow the lightweight shoulder straps safe and out of the way for a hassle-free ride. Once the cyclists parks their bike, simply detach the hook and wear as a backpack. Made from fully waterproof nylon, this waterproof bike pannier also features a drawstring closure, waterproof flap and padded laptop sleeve to store and protect all of your necessities.
The Morrison Backpack Pannier Features:

● Waterproof
● Converts from backpack to bicycle pannier in mere seconds by tucking straps inside pocket and connecting the bungee hook mount
● Easy access external zipper compartment and side sleeves for quick access items
● Internal Velcro mounts enable adding or swapping out pockets as needed
● Bright lining makes finding items fast and easy
● Internal padded laptop sleeve
● Built with 1000 denier CORDURA® nylon shell fabric
● X-Pac™ VX21 waterproof ripstop nylon drop-in liner
● Dimensions: 5″ x 11″ x 17.5″ – 1100 cubic inches /18 liters
● Weight: 27.3 oz / 773 g
● MSRP: $189









And Islabikes is a UK-based company that has its USA headquarters on SE 7th near Division. They are children’s bike specialists and they’ve just come out with two new models to fit their ever-expanding range of little customers. Check out the company press release and photos below:

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The Rothan balance bike.

The Rothan balance bike.

Leading children’s bicycle brand, Islabikes, introduces new models, Cnoc 14 Small and Cnoc 20 as well as a host of updates that include new colors, graphics and Islabikes’ own custom designed tires.

Whether learning to ride a bike or competing in a children’s cross race, Islabikes are made withthe young biker in mind. The first of two new models includes the Cnoc 14 Small which is specifically designed for the tyke who’s confident enough to start riding but isn’t quite big enough for the Cnoc 14 large. The Cnoc 20 on the other hand, is targeted at riders around the age of 5 who are physically taller than average but benefit from not having the added complication of gears.

The development of the Pro Series led to enhanced specs among all models of the standard range, with the Creig and Luath receiving noteworthy updates. The Creig now comes with a new narrow/wide aluminum chain ring paired to Islabikes’ low Q Factor chainring. This works in conjunction with SRAM’s GX 10 speed rear derailleur, providing reliable, simple shifting. The Luath, like the Creig, now goes 1 x 10, offering a lightweight feel as well as 11-36 cassettes to maintain an excellent range of gears.

The Luath 24 and 26 have also been upgraded with smaller diameter handlebars, designed to improve grip and provide shorter reach to the brake levers. Islabikes have retained fender compatibility on the Luath by developing a new stealth fender mount in the rear of the seat tube, which is not only easier to fit, but also looks cleaner. Islabikes also renovated their frames across the board such as the new low Q Factor chainring, first unveiled on the Pro Series. The new lower bottom bracket heights are superior to already low stand over heights, making pedaling more comfortable and efficient for the child.

In addition to their detailed construction, Islabikes now feature their own newly developed tire featured in the Rothan, Cnoc and Beinn models. Designed with the same multi purpose tread pattern seen in the Pro Series, these upgraded tires are designed to grip well on grass and light tracks but also offer low rolling resistance to aid smaller riders. Each tire is sized proportionally to the dimension of the bike and has 72tpi casing, which delivers a more comfortable ride. Reflective sidewalls provide additional safety and remove the need for spoke reflectors, while puncture protection keeps children rolling trouble free.

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Industry Ticker: Showers Pass debuts “Cloudcover” waterproof bag line

Industry Ticker: Showers Pass debuts “Cloudcover” waterproof bag line

Two of the three models in the new Cloudcover line.(Photos: Showers Pass)

Two of the three models in the new Cloudcover line.
(Photos: Showers Pass)

First it was rain jackets, then a hydration system, then came gloves, device covers, baselayers, and an apparel line.

Now southeast Portland-based Showers Pass is rolling into the bag market with the release of the Cloudcover line.

The line includes three models: the Utility Backpack ($214), Transit Backpack ($264) and Refuge Duffel ($189). As you’d expect the bags keep water out thanks to a special fabric coating, fully welded seams and waterproof zippers. Another cool feature are the integrated and removable LED lights that slip into the sides and back of the bags to help you be seen by other road users.

Here are a few more images of the bags followed by the company’s press release:

The Duffel.

The Refuge Duffel.

The lights are removable.

The lights are removable.

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Utility Backpack.







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Transit Backpack

Transit Backpack

Showers Pass announces new line of Cloudcover Waterproof Bags designed to withstand the elements and provide unique functionality for year round cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts. The Cloudcover line includes the Utility Backpack, the Transit Backpack and the Refuge Duffel, all made with durable waterproof construction, self-supporting design, and featuring integrated/removable red LED Beacon Lights for safety. The bags are made with 840 denier ballistic strength Nylon with a waterproof TPU coating, fully welded seams, and waterproof zippers for durability and exceptional weather protection. All three styles of bags are equipped with reflective trims for improved night visibility and your choice of green, gold or silver colored anodized aluminum hardware to provide a lightweight yet durable alternative to plastic with an added pop of color.

“When we branch out into new categories we aim to solve problems for the end user. On one side of the industry there are many functional non-waterproof backpacks and duffel bags, while on the other side there are many great roll-top waterproof bags that don’t provide much organizational utility” says Kyle Ranson, Showers Pass president. “We designed a line of bags that combined functional design for better organization with waterproof construction, and with many innovative features.”

Providing superior comfort both on and off the bike, the Transit and Utility Backpacks feature ergonomic padded shoulder straps that are kept in place with a new low profile sternum strap clipping mechanism. 3-D mesh spacer panels on the back provide cushion and airflow. The padded waist strap features two zippered pockets, and can be worn around the waist, buckled to the front of the bag or removed completely and worn alone as a hip pack. The Utility and Transit Packs also feature suspended laptop sleeves that keep computers or tablets secure and off the ground during sudden drops.

The Transit and Utility Backpacks stand out from the crowd with 4 points of integrated removable LED lighting. Each bag also includes four red LED Beacon lights which snap into metal grommets. The small, silicone-clad LED’s run on watch batteries, and offer a solid mode, as well as 2 flashing modes. With a 200 hour run time, these lights are programmed with an automatic shut-off feature to conserve battery life (auto shut-off after an hour on flashing mode).

The Transit Backpack is designed for urban commuters seeking a spacious, and comfortable pack that will keep their gear protected and well organized. Its self-supporting and lightweight design makes packing and unpacking a breeze. Weighing only 4lbs with a 42 Liter capacity, this bag is the ultimate travel companion.

The Utility Backpack is designed for the outdoor enthusiast who seeks extra room for essentials and plenty of space for hydration. Equipped with a separate hydration bladder pocket, and nylon webbing on the front, this rugged bag provides ample space for clip on accessories. At just 3.4 lbs with a 26.8 Liter capacity, the Utility Backpack provides space without the added weight.

The Refuge Duffel Bag is an essential all-in-one bag for athletes and outdoor adventurers. Easily separate clean clothes from dirty items with 3 separate waterproof compartments. This duffel bag also comes with a fold-out waterproof changing mat, providing a dry place to stand during kit changes. Weighing only 2.81 lbs with a 51.3 Liter capacity, this bag lets you do it all.

Learn more at ShowersPass.com.

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Industry Ticker: Kleppinger in at Cyclone, Powell leaves Portland Design Works

Industry Ticker: Kleppinger in at Cyclone, Powell leaves Portland Design Works

Uma Kleppinger.(Photo: Cyclone Bicycle)

Uma Kleppinger.
(Photo: Cyclone Bicycle)

One hire and one big change at the top are the latest stories from our local bike industry.

Cyclone Bicycle, a Portland based bike parts and accessory distributor, has hired Üma Kleppinger as its marketing content manager. And Dan Powell, co-founder of Portland Design Works is leaving the company.

Check out the press release below for more details on the Cyclone Bicycle news:

Kleppinger comes to Cyclone with 15 years of content creation and creative services experience, working in numerous markets. She has 6 years of experience in the cycling industry working as a copywriter, branding specialist and marketing consultant. She is a freelance editorial writer for national cycling publications, and has served as Editor-in-Chief on Specialized’s digital magazine, Your Ride, Your Rules.

“I’ve been looking for an opportunity to get on board with a growing bike brand where the diversity of my branding and content experience will directly contribute to that growth,“ said Kleppinger. “Working with big brands is exciting, but I especially enjoy helping to elevate emerging brands.”

Cyclone has enjoyed a growth spurt lately, with the recent acquisition of Action Bicycle USA and signing several new brands.The company has also restructured and expanded its Portland headquarters, underscoring the need to expand the marketing department.

“We’re pumped to have a veteran content creator like Üma onboard. As well as her vibrant personality, Üma brings the skills and a high level of professionalism that Cyclone needs to propel our marketing efforts to the next level” said Tyler Robertson, Marketing Director at Cyclone.

A bike commuter and dedicated mountain biker, Üma started her affair with bikes as a messenger in New York City during college. When not writing about bikes, she can be found either out on the trail or at the Lumberyard, casing jumps.

The addition of Kleppinger comes just a few weeks after Cycling hired their first-ever national sales director.

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Powell at Portland Design Works’ former headquarters on NE Hancock in 2012.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

And Dan Powell, the co-founder of Portland Design Works, has decided to move on. Powell opened PDW in 2009 with his friend and partner Erik Olson after they worked together in Wisconsin at Planet Bike. PDW has grown by leaps-and-bounds since then and the company is currently settling into a new warehouse space in southeast Portland after moving from their space on NE Hancock a few months ago. An avid outdoorsman, Powell is going to take some time off and explore other adventures. Good luck Dan!

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Industry Ticker: Islabikes steps up youth bike offerings with new ‘Pro Series’

Industry Ticker: Islabikes steps up youth bike offerings with new ‘Pro Series’

Serious bikes for kids who are ready to go fast.(Photos: Islabikes)

Serious bikes for kids who are ready to go fast.
(Photos: Islabikes)

Islabikes has just taken kids bikes to a whole new level.

The UK-based company that opened their North American headquarters in southeast Portland three years ago has just launched the new ‘Pro Series’ range. They call it “the pinnacle of performance for youth that really want to push limits in regards to stealth and handling.”

Islabikes has been very successful in the last three years in providing real children’s bikes with components made specifically for smaller hands and an attention to detail often not available from the major brands. Unlike other companies, Islabike is a children’s bike specialist: It’s all they do and their expertise shines through like never before with these new Pro models.

I got a sneak peek at these last week from Islabikes GM Tim Goddall. He said the project started out of frustration over seeing kids at races using adult-sized bikes modified for their smaller bodies. As youth bike racing has grown (in both the UK and the US), so too has the market for higher-performance bikes that fit them perfectly.







The Pro Series features four new bikes for kids ages four to eight (and over). Check out the details and photos below:

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Luath Pro Series

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MSRP: $2399.99
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Ideal for the cyclocross enthusiast and budding racer, the Luath Pro Series is optimized in both fit and performance. The Luath inspires confidence thanks to a long wheel base and slightly slack head angle which helps keep the bike stable. The geometry of the frame has been optimized to keep the smaller rider centered, in control, and efficient. This includes a steeper seat tube angle to further assist with reach for smaller arms. The Luath Pro Series is designed with child specific drop handlebars that measure just 22.2mm in diameter.

Specs:

Steep seat tube angle for keep weight central
Super low Q-Factor Islabikes cranks
Child specific drop handlebars (22.2mm diameter on Luath 24 and 26)
In house designed tires proportional to each model and meet all UCI regulations when paired with Stans rims.
Tubeless compatible
185TPI construction

Creig Pro Series

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MSRP: $2299.99
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The Creig Pro Series is a lightweight MTB that is ready to tackle even the most advanced single track. Built with smaller riders in mind, both the geometry and component choices maximize the ride quality for the young shredder. With Rockshox 30 Gold TK forks, the Creig Pro Series comes with Stans NoTube Rims in all wheel sizes meaning these bikes can be run tubeless with the Schwalbe Rocket Ron tires.

Specs:

Rockshox 30 Gold TK Forks
24 and 26 inch Wheel sizes
Stans NoTube Rims
Cross Country Geometry
Proprietary Low Q-Factor cranks for pedaling ergonomics & efficiency
Low Bottom Bracket

Beinn Pro Series

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MSRP: $1499.99
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Smaller riders get their shot at the mountain with the Beinn Pro Series. The Beinn 20 Pro Series features an in-house designed full carbon fiber fork, a custom 9-speed SRAM cassette to help manage all terrains with even-spaced gearing and optimized chain line.

Specs:

Islabike proprietary full carbon fiber fork
Low spoke count / aluminum nipples reduce rotating weight
Wide ratio SRAM cassette to manage all terrain and reduce chain wear and improve alignment.
Avid DB5 Hydraulic Disk Brakes
Proprietary tires
Stans Rims

Cnoc Pro Series

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MSRP: $1199.99
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The Cnoc Pro Series perfectly illustrates Islabikes’ approach to holistic design. With the exception of chain, bottom bracket and hubs, every element of this bike has been custom designed and manufactured by Islabikes. A 7005 aluminum frame and proprietary full carbon fork keeps weight low while offering excellent steering agility. Further weight savings come from Islabikes’ custom tires which feature a very supple 185TPI construction. Customized tread pattern provides fast and grippy performance for lighter riders. The Cnoc 16 Pro Series is intended for sanctioned racing only.

Specs:

Proprietary Full Carbon Fork
7005 aluminum frame
Nearly all components designed and manufactured by Islabikes (Excluding chain, bottom bracket, and hubs)
Proprietary 25.4 full carbon seatpost
Islabikes custom tires featuring 185TPI construction
Hollow titanium bottom bracket
Sealed cartridge bearings in bottom bracket

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Industry Ticker: The Vanilla Workshop unveils ‘Ready-Made’ OG1 Speedvagen

Industry Ticker: The Vanilla Workshop unveils ‘Ready-Made’ OG1 Speedvagen

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The OG1 from The Vanilla Workshop in southeast Portland is the biggest move company founder Sacha White has made yet.
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Now you can a bike designed, developed, and made in Portland from the legendary Vanilla Workshop in two weeks or less. It’s called the “OG1” and it’ll come fully-built for just over $5,000.

That’s huge news. Here’s why:

When southeast Portlander Sacha White burst onto the American framebuilding scene 16 years ago his Vanilla Bicycles were among the most coveted bikes in the world. But they were also hard to get. Because White never cut corners and believes deeply in his craft, the size of his waiting list ballooned along with his popularity. At its peak the waiting list for one of this bikes was about four years.

That inaccessibility bothered White. He’s in business to make superlative bicycles not just for the global cycling elite, but for his local friends and fellow racers. He started the Speedvagen line 10 years ago to create a more production, small-batch approach alongside his one-of-a-kind creations. He has since built Vanilla from a one-man shop to a team of builders and painters.

Now comes the OG1, built under what The Vanilla Workshop calls “the Speedvagen Ready-Made” program. Check the release below for all the details:

The Vanilla Workshop is proud to introduce the OG1 road machine, the first model in the Speedvagen Ready-Made program. With the Speedvagen Ready-Made program, you get our very best workhorse race machine – designed, built, painted and assembled in The Vanilla Workshop. Bringing a new definition of handbuilt bicycle to the market.

Speedvagen was born from a desire to keep handbuilt bikes accessible to friends and fellow racers. And with all Speedvagen up to this point being custom with a longer wait, this marks a return to the company’s roots with a bike that represents the core of the Speedvagen ethos of attainability. The OG1 (Original Gangster) is a beautiful, minimalist, bombproof race machine with a great ride. Each OG1 is meticulously built by hand at the Vanilla Workshop in Portland, OR.

OG1 frames are produced in small batches, keeping the cost down, while offering riders a truly hand built experience without waiting months or even years for a bike. Our goal is to have a bikes delivered within 2 weeks of ordering.

Highlights:

  • 5 standard sizes ranging from 50 to 58 (50,52,54,56,58).
  • 2 iconic color options – Matte Army & Matte Lavender.
  • Painted in house, utilizing Speedvagen Ghost graphics.
  • Berzerker dropouts.
  • Integrated seatmast.
  • Super light custom drawn steel tubing. (Columbus and True Temper)
  • Strategically placed stainless steel reinforcements.







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The OG1 component package has been selected for great function, shredability and longevity. You’ll notice a mix of Dura Ace and Ultegra – an old racer’s secret (performance where it matters and economy where it counts) as well as a nice lightweight year-round set of Mavic wheels. Here’s the full spec:

  • Shimano Dura Ace mechanical shifters and rear derailleur.
  • Shimano Ultegra front derailleur, cranks and brakes.
  • Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels & tires.
  • Fizik Antares saddle.
  • PRO handlebar wrapped in Cinelli cork tape.
  • Ritchey seatpost head & painted PRO PLT stem.
  • Painted ENVE 2.0 road fork.

To deliver a bike of this quality within two weeks is a absolutely huge accomplishment. Congrats and good luck with the OG1 to Sacha and the entire Workshop crew!

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Industry Ticker: First-ever Fat Bike Festival coming to Mt. Hood this Friday

Industry Ticker: First-ever Fat Bike Festival coming to Mt. Hood this Friday

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Flyer for the event.

In case you hadn’t realized it yet fat bikes are not just a passing fad. Their popularity has spread all over the country, and the Portland region — with its proximity to lots of sand and snow — is well-poised to be a hotbed (if it isn’t already).

Confirming the trend locally is a new event at Mt. Hood Meadows that just popped into my inbox: a Fat Bike Festival.

Check out the press release for more info:

Fat Bike Festival Features FREE Demos – Friday February 12 at Mt. Hood Meadows

MT. HOOD, OR (Immediate Release) – Fat bikes are all the rage and in a state like Oregon they should be! These modified mountain bikes sport tires that are twice as wide to provide traction on otherwise unrideable surfaces – like SNOW! They also make beach riding not only possible but fun.

Bike enthusiasts are looking at adding a fat bike to their arsenal, but recreational bike riders should consider making the fat bike their ride of choice. They’re versatile and a lot of fun!

Avid biker and Meadows Director of Mountain Operations Tom Scully says Fat Bikes make a great family activity. “They are easy to ride and the increased traction allows all abilities to enjoy dirt, snow, sand, mud and pavement. They are not at all limiting for a family that wants to ride in all kinds of different places and conditions. We’ll have a single track course and a great place to try out Fat Bikes at our demo. We encourage the entire family to come up and enjoy it.”

Meadows will provide the opportunity to try it Friday, February 12 with free Fat Bike demos provided by Mountain View Cycles of Hood River. With a riding area set up in Yellow Meadow (conveniently located near the North Lodge) and with a course to take some laps on a Fat Bike. You can also bring your own Fat Bike to ride on the snow course.

Preregistration is recommended (though not required) to assure a chance to demo a Fat Bike for free. There is no charge and you can preregister at www.SkiHood.com/FatBike signed waivers are required so parents must accompany those under 18.

Meadows will make a party of it, thanks to sponsors, Mountain View Cycles, Trek Bikes, Craft Cycling Apparel and Hammer Nutrition showing off product and sampling. Experts will be on hand to talk about Fat Bikes and there will be some fun competitions as well. The event is scheduled from 11 AM – 3 PM Friday, February 12 (weather permitting).

For more details visit SkiHood.com.

One crazy thing about fat bikes is that ski resorts like Meadows can cater to them year-round. These bikes make snow-biking not just possible – it’s super fun. And in summer, I have a hunch more and more people will show up to the dried-out slopes on fat bikes instead of over-complicated and expensive “downhill” bikes. I’ve yet to spend quality time on a fat bike… But I have a hunch that might change in 2016.

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Industry Ticker Roundup: Rawlands at Velo Cult, New Nutcase CEO, and Walnut’s new workshop

Industry Ticker Roundup: Rawlands at Velo Cult, New Nutcase CEO, and Walnut’s new workshop

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Newest Nutcase Scott Montgomery.
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Portland’s bike industry is always in flux. Here at BikePortland we try to stay on top of it because a signficant part our region’s economic development, jobs market, and talent pool is tied in some way to bicycles.

Today we’ve got three tidbits to share…

Nutcase hires a new CEO

This is big. Portland-based helmet company Nutcase has just hired a big-name CEO. It marks a giant step for the company that had been run by its founders — Michael Morrow and Miriam Berman — since 2006. Not only that, but the new CEO, Scott Montgomery is kind of a big deal. Montgomery comes to Nutcase after being CEO of cycling apparel company Club Ride. Before that he spent over 30 years at Cannondale before leaving in 2003 as its vice president to become the general manager of another bike manufacturer, Scott.

With Montgomery’s experience, Nutcase is sure to hasten its growth and expansion. Next on the company’s radar? “Lifestyle products.”


Walnut Studiolo opens new workshop on the Oregon Coast

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Walnut is like the little engine that could. Ever since I first met owners Geoff and Valerie Franklin at BikeCraft in 2009, I had a feeling they were destined for great things. In the past seven years they’ve introduced one amazing, handmade leather product after another: from their famous six-pack holders to their sew-on leather handlebar tape.

As their business blossomed they outgrew their southeast Portland garage and decided to look for a new workshop. They found it on the edge of Nehalem Bay on the Oregon Coast. “The Oregon Coast is rugged and gorgeous, and it now inspires everything we do,” they wrote in a recent customer email. We’re sorry to see Geoff and Valerie leave our city, but it’s exciting to see them grow and follow their dreams! Good luck guys! We can’t wait to see how your new location inspires your amazing offerings.

Rawlands launch at Velo Cult

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Rawlands Cycles is an up-and-coming niche bike brand that will debut its two new models at Velo Cult this Saturday. The bikes are sure to be hits in Portland, given the love many of us have for adventurous riding that often goes beyond the pavement.

Roll over to Velo Cult from 7:00 to 10:00 pm on Saturday night for a sneak peek at the new “Ravn” rando gravel racer and the “Ulv” adventure bike. Velo Cult is Rawlands’ flagship dealer so there’s bound to be some good swag in addition to the excellent beer, coffee, sandwiches and music you’ve come to expect.

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Industry Ticker: Velofix mobile bike shop now open for business in Portland

Industry Ticker: Velofix mobile bike shop now open for business in Portland

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The mobile bike shop wars are heating up.

Velofix, a Vancouver, B.C.-based company that launched in 2013, is now open for business in Portland.

Back in June we reported that another mobile bike shop company Beeline Bikes was looking for a Portland outlet. They’re still looking. Beeline Marketing Director Peter Small shared with us last week that they’re hoping to have their first Portland shop up and running before this spring.

Meanwhile, Velofix says their first van in Portland has been open for business since January 11th. Customers can book appointments on-line then sit back and wait for the big red van to show up. Will these bike shops on wheels disrupt Portland’s existing bike shop biz? That remains to be seen.

Check out the Velofix press release below for more info:

Mobile Bike Service Comes to Portland

Portland, OR The typical bicycle repair scenario goes like this: find your bike rack, install it on your car, load your bike up, drive it to your local bike shop, check it in and watch it get wheeled into the black hole that is the back room for up to two weeks. For some, this system simply doesn’t work.

As of January 11, cyclists have a more convenient option for bike repair with Velofix mobile bicycle repair service. Customers simply book an appointment online at Velofix.com and the van comes to their home or office, offering on-site service or pickup/drop-off options. The van houses a full service bike repair shop equipped for all levels of service, from installing chains to hydraulic brake bleeds.


Velofix’s Portland franchise is owned and operated by co-founders Bill Fuller and Brandon Bruins and head mechanic Brian Link. Link boasts over 15 years of bicycle fitting and service experience at major Trek retailers in Portland and Virginia. Bruins and Fuller are lifetime cyclists with over 10 years of Portland bike shop management experience.

Velofix was founded in Vancouver, B.C. by University of Portland graduate David Xausa, triathlete and marathoner Chris Guillemet, and mechanic and three-time Canadian national track champion Boris Martin. Velofix launched its first Mercedes Sprinter van in January 2013. It has since expanded to over 30 vans in over 20 markets.

For more information contact Brandon Bruins via brandon@velofix.com.

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— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org


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Industry Ticker: Path Less Pedaled seeks talent for paid bikepacking photo shoot

Industry Ticker: Path Less Pedaled seeks talent for paid bikepacking photo shoot

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Did you know Portland is home to a premier cycling videography and photography company? Path Less Pedaled, which specializes in bike tourism advocacy and has worked for clients including Travel Oregon and Ortlieb panniers, has another project and they’re looking for subjects to help make it happen.

Here’s the info they just sent us:

Marketing Photo Shoot for International Bicycle Bag Manufacturer (February 2016)

What: The Path Less Pedaled will be photographing still images of new bikepacking bags for a major bicycle bag manufacturer (bags are not public yet, hence the embargo). The photos will show the talent riding bicycles which are outfitted with the manufacturer’s bags.

When: 2 full days of shooting, between February 8­-18, 2016 (final dates TBD with all parties’ input). Shoot will involve multiple locations across Central Oregon, which will dictate leaving Portland very early on the morning of Day 1, and returning to Portland after dark on Day 2.

Talent Needs: Ideally, one man and one woman, roughly 25­-35 years of age, athletic appearance. Talent must be capable of and comfortable riding a bicycle off­road, including gravel roads and singletrack (bikes and gear will be provided). Professional modeling experience not necessary.

Compensation: Talent will be paid $200­-250/day. All transportation will be provided during the shoot, as well as meals and out­of­town lodging.
To Be Considered: Submit 1 headshot and 1 action shot of yourself to Laura Crawford at: pathlesspedaled@gmail.com.

Submissions Due By: January 29, 2016.

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