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Product review: The Islabikes Beinn 20 children’s bike

Product review: The Islabikes Beinn 20 children’s bike

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When a kid has the confidence to do little tricks, it’s a good sign they trust their bike.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

When he was finally ready, his bike was more than up to the task. That’s how I think about my five-year-old son Everett’s evolution to becoming a confident bike rider.

It wasn’t easy. He first learned to ride a regular pedal-bike (after learning on a balance bike) over two years ago. But for some reason he didn’t keep it up. He parked the bike and seemed afraid or nervous about it whenever we urged him to get back on the saddle. Even getting a shiny new red bike didn’t inspire him! I was completely at a loss. I was so frustrated that I just stepped back and stopped even talking about riding (absent dropping a few hints here and there).

Then one day while I was out of town, I got a text from Juli. It was a video of Everett riding his bike. “This just happened,” she wrote.

He got his bike out and just started riding it. All on his own. I guess he was finally ready.

And thankfully, his bike was too.

Since that day Everett has fallen in love with riding. And with his bike — a Beinn 20 model made by Islabikes.

Islabikes is a UK-based company with its US headquarters in southeast Portland that specializes in children’s bikes. That doesn’t mean they put cartoonish stickers and crappy plastic bits all over their bikes — that would be the children’s equivalent of the “shrink it and pink it” approach some bike companies have taken towards “women’s bikes”. Instead, Islabikes creates bikes for kids from the ground up. Their entire approach, from fitting to making their own components, is based around customers who have smaller-sized hands, legs, muscles and brains.

So, how does that approach translate into a good cycling experience for kids?

One of my issues with crappy kids bikes (the ones sold in toy stores and big box retailers across America, which are the only option for many people due to their price and availability) is because they often fail to deliver on the promise of cycling. To get someone hooked on biking, regardless of their age, their experience needs to be as simple and fun as possible, right from the get-go. That thrill of balancing on two wheels that only you control, while coasting effortlessly with the wind in your face: That’s the feeling that creates a lifelong love affair with cycling.

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Everett’s Islabike weighs just under 18 pounds. That means it has nimble handling and doesn’t take big muscles to speed up and slow down. It also has components that are easy for him to use and easy for us to adjust and service as needed. We’ve had a lot of kids bikes come through our household (I also have two older kids aged 11 and 13) and the cheap ones are nearly impossible to keep running smoothly. When I need to put my hands on the Beinn it feels like a mini version of one of my own bikes.

Over the weekend I installed a new set of fenders and it took me about five minutes. Everything was in the right place and they went on flawlessly. To me, that’s a sign of a quality bike.

It’s worth noting that the Beinn from Islabike costs $499.00. That’s about five times as much as a bike from Wal-Mart or Fred Meyer. Is it worth it? That’s up to each person to decide for themselves.

Our experience with Islabikes has value beyond the product. To get one, we went direct to the Portland showroom. (Islabikes are only sold direct, so if you can’t make it to Portland, you call and talk to a sales person to make sure you get the right bike for your kid.) After sizing up Everett, we decided on the 20-inch-wheeled Beinn. It’s got flat bars, an aluminum frame, and a 7-speed grip-shifter that’s easy to twist.

The company behind the bike is also first-rate. Not only are they local, they support our community in more ways than one. Islabikes is also behind an inspiring new initiative called the Imagine Project that aims to reduce waste and change the bike-buying paradigm.

But enough about all that: Everett loves this bike! He’s not old enough to really describe what he likes about it; but it’s easy to tell that being on it makes him happy. Whether it’s our daily ride to school (where there are half a dozen other Islabikes in the racks!) or weekend adventures, his bike is growing with him.

Everett’s not the daredevil type by any stretch; but I watch him gain confidence every time he goes out. We’ve been watching videos of the Red Bull Rampage (a famous downhill MTB event) lately and the other day while riding during his sister’s soccer game he came to a steep hill. Nervous, he paused at the top. Then he rolled forward, yelled, “Red Bull riding!!” at the top of his lungs and took the plunge.

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That’s all the evidence I need that this is the right bike for him.

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Disclaimer: Islabikes provided me with a bike for Everett at no charge and with no expectation of editorial coverage.

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

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Reform school: PSU will host a free ‘Summer Transportation Institute’ for girls

Reform school: PSU will host a free ‘Summer Transportation Institute’ for girls

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It’ll be an introduction to transportation careers.
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If you’re a female high schooler with a yen for understanding how cities work and how to help them evolve, Portland State Unviersity has a deal for you.

PSU’s Transportation Research and Education Center is offering its first-ever Summer Transportation Institute, a two-week course designed to introduce young women (rising into grades 9-12) to the possibilities of a career in shaping streets. It’ll be divided between (a) guest lectures from prominent women in Portland’s transportation world and (b) “field tours of Portland’s transportation infrastructure and public spaces.”

Here’s how the course description puts it:

The transportation work force needs all types of personalities: analytical thinkers, social movers, and creative dreamers. …

The majority of the program will be taught by women working in transportation in the academic, public and private sectors. The objective is not only to expose high school girls to academic and career opportunities in transportation but also to provide them with a narrative of the road to success from each of the professional women.

Portland provides a living laboratory for the students to experience and study multiple modes of transportation in the field. Portland is unique in the United States for its breadth of high quality transportation facilities such as the light rail, streetcar and bicycle and pedestrian network.








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The course runs from Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 21. If you’d like to see whether it might be a good fit for you, PSU has prepared a transportation quiz to help test your “transportation aptitude.” (Note: after a couple trial runs, I strongly suspect that it is not actually possible to fail this quiz.)

If that’s not enough, the program is literally administered by a rock star.

Sarah Dougher (also a singer and rock musician whose day job happens to be at PSU) said in an interview Wednesday that the school hopes to make this the first of an annual tradition.

“There are these camps all over the country,” she said. “Depending on where it takes place, it looks very different in different communities. Ours is going to have a lot on biking and walking, though not exclusively that. Also, we’re interested in thinking about social justice in relation to transportation.”

Though the official deadline for the course is May 27, Dougher said they’re being processed on a rolling basis. So it may be OK to keep applying past the deadline, but the longer you wait the more competition you’ll be facing.

“As girls become interested and apply, then we’ll get back to them once their application is complete,” Dougher said.

— Michael Andersen, (503) 333-7824 – michael@bikeportland.org

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Driving to school hits a new low in Portland after 15 years of ‘Safe Routes’

Driving to school hits a new low in Portland after 15 years of ‘Safe Routes’

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Portland pupils keep riding cars to school less, and walking and biking more.

Survey data released by the city Wednesday show a continuing upward climb in active transportation to school. Among Portlanders in kindergarten through fifth grade, walking, biking and otherwise rolling to school became more common than traveling in the family vehicle sometime around 2010 and has more or less kept climbing since.

If the trend continues, more than half the city’s primary schoolers will be walking, biking, skating or scootering to school by 2025 or so.





It’s worth noting that riding in a car isn’t the only thing becoming less common; riding a school bus has been, too. Here’s the detailed trend. (Note that unlike the chart at the top, the last few data points include students from grades 6-8 as well as younger ones.)

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The city breaks out survey data by school. If a school you care about has been surveyed, the latest data is here.

Coincidentally, the news comes just as the For Every Kid Coalition delivers a big bundle of testimony to Metro in favor of creating a regional Safe Routes program. The coalition’s $15 million ask would include a bit for instructional classes (that the Bicycle Transportation Alliance might teach), but mostly for biking and walking-friendly infrastructure improvements to the streets immediately surrounding Portland-area schools.

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Portland voters will also have an option to give their own booster shot to these efforts in May when they consider a 10-cent gas tax hike that would send a large share of its proceeds to biking and walking upgrades to streets near Portland schools.

Learn more at SafeRoutesPortland.org.

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15 years later, woman reunites with her first wheels thanks to Hillsboro student bike club

15 years later, woman reunites with her first wheels thanks to Hillsboro student bike club

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A Hillsboro woman will get a chance to pass her childhood bicycle on to her daughter after a chance reunion made possible by Poynter Middle School’s bike club.

Hillsboro School District posted the one-chance-in-10,000 story on its website Monday.

It begins from the perspective of John Sarrazin, an adult leader in the Poynter Middle School after-school bike repair program, who was promoting the program at the Proud to be HSD Festival in downtown Hillsboro on May 30:

He was suddenly faced with a woman asking him: “where did you get that bike?” and pointing to a faded, JC Penney “Country Girl” bicycle with a blue banana seat and multi-colored plastic beads on the spokes. “That was my bike when I was a little girl,” she said, with tears streaming down her face. “I put all those beads on the spokes.”

The bike was one her father had purchased at a garage sale when she was eight. The bike was old then, with its retro styling and 1970s-era seat, and didn’t look like the bicycles her friends had, but she soon grew to love it and did things to make it her own. “The grips hurt my hands, so I changed them to the ones in the picture,” she explained, as she ran her hand over the current grips.

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She rode the bike religiously along the country roads where she grew up and even to school, but eventually she outgrew it and stopped riding. One day while cleaning out the garage, her father—unbeknownst to her—moved the bike to the side of the road with a “free” sign on it.

That was on the outskirts of Salem, Ore., more than 15 years ago.

Somehow, the bike made its way to Poynter’s after-school Bike Club two years ago. It was brown with rust and virtually useless, but seventh-grade club member Sean Hagebusch took it on as his project. He tore the bike apart, basically taking it down to just parts, and began cleaning and rebuilding it. He removed the rust and realized the bike was blue, which was a surprise. He then wet-sanded and clear-coated the frame, forks, and plastic pieces; he also greased the bearings and lubed the chain. Although the bike was refurbished last year, Mr. Sarrazin kept it in his collection rather than giving it away. And, on the day of the Festival, he decided to take it with him as an example of the work students do in his club.

The woman who approached him about the bike was Layton Fishback, language arts teacher at Glencoe High School. Seeing her long-lost bike was extra meaningful because her father passed away about five years ago, and she now has a daughter, Jubilee, who will be of bike-riding age in a few years.

Fishback brought Jubilee with her last Thursday when she was officially presented with the old bike at Poynter. She also met Hagebusch, who is now in eighth grade.

I definitely wouldn’t be able to spot my own childhood bicycle in a lineup. Fishback’s clearly meant a lot to her, so it’s great that Jubilee will have the chance to have it in her life, too.


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Comment of the Week: The real cost of having unsafe streets

Comment of the Week: The real cost of having unsafe streets

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Portland is, thankfully, a relatively safe city to get around. Even the United States in general, with our 30,000 road deaths every year, is full of hundreds of millions of people who aren’t getting physically hurt.

But the real cost of Vision 30,000 (as I saw a local transportation planner put it the other day) isn’t broken bodies. And it doesn’t have anything to do with biking in particular. It’s the fact that almost all of us spend our entire lives in a constant, low-level fear of losing our daughter, our son, our spouse, our best friend, to traffic.

How does that perfectly reasonable fear shape our lives? How does it lead us to shape theirs?

That’s the haunting argument that BikePortland reader SD made in a comment Monday, responding to another reader’s argument that the BikePortland community is hateful toward people who drive.

Emphasis added:

I can see where you are coming from tnash and can see how this article in this context looks like a way for cyclists to take revenge on motorists. But, we can also look at this in a manner that leaves cyclists out of the equation.

I feel fairly confident that the biggest danger almost every Portlander faces each day is being in proximity to motorized vehicles. We have gone to great lengths to reduce the risk and harm done by cars and trucks because of the benefits that they provide, but irresponsible use of and overuse of motorized transport continues to create a significant threat and we all live in its shadow.

I desperately want to see safer driving practices partially as a cyclist but primarily as a parent. We can measure the harm from bad driving by counting the morbid events that happen daily and focus on them as a marker of failures of our system. However, the far greater impact of irresponsible driving is more insidious. It is the fear of our children or our friends being hit by a car. It keeps us from walking, riding our bikes, or letting kids play outside and have autonomy in our neighborhoods.

Restricting active transportation weakens our neighborhoods and our communities. Many people live inside their houses or inside their cars with brief moments spent at the places they traveled to in their cars. This type of living undermines the social cohesiveness of communities. Being outside, seeing each other, talking to each other is very valuable and much harder to do when you are inside your car.

We are all very lucky that there are so many people in Portland who want to walk and bike on public streets. Although there is risk, there is also the realization that our streets are not only for cars and that a culture that normalizes irresponsible and inattentive driving is not acceptable.

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With traffic, there is a risk, and there is a tendency to escalate precautions in a manner that also escalates risk. Many places in the US, the conversation about traffic safety isn’t about how it is unsafe to ride a bike, it is about how it is unsafe to drive a small fuel efficient vehicle. The argument is often made that if you are driving a small car and are hit by an SUV then you are partly responsible for the harm caused to you because you weren’t driving an SUV. It is frustrating to see this same logic applied reflexively to cyclists. Essentially, the argument is if you do anything that makes you vulnerable you are responsible for the harm done to you by others, even if the harm was caused by someone acting illegally or with malice.

This argument undermines our liberties and our quality of life and it normalizes and empowers bad actors, in this case irresponsible and inattentive drivers. Cycling safely is very important and something that we should all embrace, but it is not a solution to dealing with bad drivers and poor infrastructure. As far as I am concerned, it is a separate conversation and it is disingenuous to tout it as an antidote to the 3 left hooks and red light incident over the past 3 weeks. It is similar to blaming people who are physically or sexually assaulted for the way that they dress or for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. It is also an argument to maintain the status quo.

There will always be vulnerable road users who may be operating legally but not perfectly on infrastructure that sometimes can be confusing. I make every effort to drive in a way that allows people not to be perfect, but still safe. I had to learn how to drive like this after moving to Portland and I was highly motivated because I cycle and I have children living in a dense urban area. The more productive safety conversations are those that imagine everything the operator of a deadly force could do to prevent harm instead of normalizing the deadly force and focusing on its victims.

If we want Portland to be the city we all know that it can be, we have to deescalate the danger that surrounds us. This doesn’t mean staying inside our houses or our cars. This means more active transportation and creating a culture of thoughtful driving, that is cooperative instead of selfish and honors the people on our roads who chose to leave their cars at home; that respects the fact that we are driving where people and their children live and play.

Fortunately for all of us in Portland, there is no going back and there are fantastic dedicated people who believe in community and quality of life. We should all be them/help them.

P.S. I would be concerned about the lack of due process in the “shaming” approach and that it could ultimately cause more problems than it solves. But, I would also love to hear suggestions on how to stop cars from speeding and running the stop signs next to my house that is on a low traffic, residential road with lots of families.

Thoughtfully and powerfully said.

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Comment of the Week: The joy of discovering bikes as a kid in Portland

Comment of the Week: The joy of discovering bikes as a kid in Portland

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As someone who didn’t really come to appreciate biking until I was in high school, my mind is sometimes blown by thinking about people born into biking life here in modern Portland.

A comment Wednesday morning from BikePortland reader Katherine, beneath Jonathan’s ride-along with a dad and his four-year-old daughter, conveys it better than I ever could.

My son and I ride to school from SE to NW 8th and Couch on the north park blocks (through Old Town) every day. He used to ride on the back of my XtraCycle but at age 7, when he started second grade last fall, he began riding his own bike every day, back and forth. I have so much to say on this topic, all of it positive.

He loves the ride–we love the ride. He has become a confident and aware cyclist. He participated in a bike camp at the Community Cycling Center last summer which was a bonus. We have found a route we like and he has distinct preferences of which bridges we cross and I honor those. He actually loves the Burnside bridge even though the bike lane isn’t separated form cars. There is a strong cycling community at The Emerson School, where he goes so there are always a kids and their parents arriving at school by bike, from all over town. Some have much longer commutes that we do (ours is only 3 miles one way). And some kids have started biking on their own in first grade, at age 6.

The people we’ve met, smells we smell, birds we see, conversations we have are all thanks to biking. He also always seems ready for school when we arrive (worked out an cranky’s he might have had) and same on the way home–any school angst or exhaustion seems gone by the time we get home. We never have to look for a parking spot (though the bike racks are full up these days:) and just yesterday he said: “I love biking in the rain–it’s not bad at all!”

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How many young Portlanders will grow up like Katherine’s son? What will they ride? What will they value? How many things will they have a chance to enjoy?

I can’t think of any better illustration of the multi-decade promise of Safe Routes to School programs, or of the need to make our city’s bike-friendly neighborhoods affordable to as many young families as possible.

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Student energy will soon help power Glencoe Elementary, literally

Student energy will soon help power Glencoe Elementary, literally

Two plug-in electric bikes donated this month to Southeast Portland’s Glencoe Elementary will introduce students to the concept of pedal-powered energy.

“We, like all schools, have some students who need extra time each day expending their energy just to allow them to focus in class,” teacher Lisa Davidson explained in her project description on the fundraising website DonorsChoose.org. “The UpCycles will provide a unique opportunity for those students as well as the other students who will be excited to give the bike a whirl and help power the school.”

The stationary generators will put out a negligible amount of actual energy, of course. The goal is mostly just to blow students’ minds.

“The connection that I want them to make is that I am a power plant, that I can make electricity using my muscle,” bike creator Adam Boesel says in the video above. “When you eat food, you’re a battery, and you store that energy. And when you get on this, you’re a power plant.”

Two bikes, provided by The Green Microgym, were purchased for $2,500 along with five solar panels designed to charge iPads and Chromebooks. With labor and processing fees, the cost came to $3,618, half of it from 12 donors and the other half from the Paul G. Allen Foundation.

Glencoe is a K-5 school located at 50th and Belmont in the heart of Southeast Portland’s grid, and as of last fall, 60 percent of the students were already walking, biking or rolling to school. So it’s no surprise that a neat demo project like this might connect with them.

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Kidical Mass PDX invites biking parents to join family ride planning for 2015

Kidical Mass PDX invites biking parents to join family ride planning for 2015

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From Portland’s first Kidical Mass in 2008.
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Kidical Mass PDX, the tradition of family bike rides each month exploring neighborhoods around Portland, will hold its annual planning meeting one week from Saturday and is inviting anyone who might have ideas to join in.

“We’ve had a pretty stable leadership the last few years, and that’s been great,” said Katie Proctor, who took the handlebars of Kidical Mass in 2010. “But we also are feeling a little set in our ways, so we’re looking for new blood to come in and shake things up.”

The rides, which vary from 20 or so people in the rainy months to as many as 100 in the summer, are aimed at parents with children from preschool through older elementary age. Kids are welcome to ride on their own bikes or as passengers.

The group’s official motto: “Kids are traffic too.”

“The rides tend to be about three miles,” Proctor said. “They are loops, and they are in different parts of the city every month and tend to explore bike boulevards and greenways and other sorts of comfortable family infrastructure so that young kids can ride along.”

Proctor described the typical speed of a Kidical Mass ride as “slow.”

For three years, Portland’s chapter has also held a monthly camping trip. Proctor said last year’s, to Stub Stewart State Park north of Hillsboro, drew 14 families.

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The 2014 Kidical Mass camping trip.
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Kidical Mass originated in Eugene in 2008 and quickly spread to Portland. The name is a pun on Critical Mass, the somewhat more advocacy-oriented bike fun tradition that began in San Francisco in 1992.

It’s always a photogenic crowd. We’ve caught up with a few Kidical Mass rides over the years:

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The group’s 2015 planning meeting (Facebook event) will be 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Caldera Public House, 6031 SE Stark St.

“It’s a good opportunity for folks who are not sure how to integrate their bike love and their parenting love,” Proctor said.

I asked if that was something Proctor, a mother of two who gets around mostly by bicycle, had ever struggled with personally.

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Katie Proctor with her son Jasper, on the Kidical Mass Halloween ride in 2010.

“Me personally?” said Proctor, laughing. “Nah.”

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This is what happens when you ask Portlanders to build balance bikes

This is what happens when you ask Portlanders to build balance bikes

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Balance bikes for bid. See more photos below.
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From the Bike Mechanic Challenge back in June to their successful Transportation Trivia Nights, the northeast Portland based Community Cycling Center has a knack for dreaming up great ways to support their cause.

But this one might take the cake.

In the spirit of the season when little kids dream of their first bike, the CCC challenged five of its staffers to compete in a “Balance Bike Build-Off”. For the uninitiated, a balance bike is a tiny bike for toddlers without pedals or gears and a seat so low it can be powered by running instead of pedaling. They’re simply the best way to learn to how to balance, and ultimately ride, a bike.

In the Build-Off, the five entrants were given three weeks to design and build, “unique, handcrafted, and totally awesome balance bikes.”

The results are fantastic. Check out more photos of the bikes and a learn more about each one below (descriptions from the CCC, photos by Charles Edelson):

‘Pearl’s Bike’ by Timothy “TimTim” Weeks

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In making Pearl’s Bike, TimTim tried to work from things that inspired him about frame building. In particular, he looked to the work of Claude Butler – a renowned builder in the 30s – mid 50s. He was an early adopter of bi-laminate construction methods. This method allowed for strong joinery, while at the same time being very pretty. Both of these qualities attracted TimTim when it came time to build his balance bike.

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‘Ollie’ by James Keating

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This bike is made completely out of skateboards. Even the steering bearings are made from skateboard wheels and bearings. James carefully shaped the rest of the bike from whole and partial skateboards using a band saw. No other kid on the block will have an Ollie like this one.

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‘Lil’ Schwinner’ by Evan Burgad

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Deconstructing a full sized Schwinn down to it’s bare components, Evan preserved much of the original Chicago Schwinn joinery in this balance bike. In reconstruction, Evan kept with Schwinn style, keeping all his new joints seamless and creating a miniature one-of-a-kind Ratrod. Original Schwinn parts include kickstand, handle bars, headset, and frame. The saddle is made from a cut down from a person’s banana seat – also from a Schwinn.

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‘Bird’s Nest’ by Forrest Scott

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Fascinated by the idea of using a non-traditional frame material and keeping things as natural as possible, Forrest built the body of his frame from bamboo while wrapping all of his joints with manilla rope fibers (from banana leaves) unwound one by one from the original rope. The result is semi-organic joinery that is way beyond cool, and, as far as we know, found on no other Balance Bike.

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‘MicroFat’ by Gram Shipley*

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The MicroFat has fully functional suspension, disc brakes, and 3 inch tires. Made from all up-cycled materials, the MicroFat’s wheels came off of a wrecked Schwinn electric scooter, the saddle is a carved down Brooks, and the suspension fork off of a bike that was too far gone for use in Holiday Bike Drive. The wheels proved as much of a challenge as inspiration; in order to make the wheel fit, he had to cut the fork up and make it wider.

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(*Shipley is one of my favorite local builders. I’ve previously profiled his scraper bike and his 4-x-4 urban hauler)

The best part is that all money raised from bids on all five bikes will go toward the CCC’s Holiday Bike Drive and other programs. Swing by the CCC retail shop at 1700 NE Alberta to take a closer look at the bikes. You can place a bid at the shop, by calling (503) 287-8786, or via email at balance.bike@communitycyclingcenter.org.

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Portlanders celebran ‘Dia de los Muertos’ con paseo en bicicleta

Portlanders celebran ‘Dia de los Muertos’ con paseo en bicicleta

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Líder del paseo, Elizabeth Quiroz de Mujeres en Movimiento y Bicycle Transportation Alliance.
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Con la cantante oaxaqueña Lila Downs canturreando desde un equipo de música de remolque, 35 Portlanders de varias edades se reunieron domingo en Cully para un viaje para celebrar el Día de los Muertos.

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El viaje de tres millas de la vecindad Cully a Concordia fue el primer paseo orientado a la familia organizado por Mujeres en Movimiento, un club Latina centrado que se organizó paseos regulares este verano.

Los participantes más jóvenes estaban en remolques, pero varios pilotos completaron toda la caminata en las ruedas de entrenamiento.

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Verla bucle sobrinas de cinco años de edad, alrededor y alrededor de la zona de juegos de Scott Harvey Escuela en sus ruedas de entrenamiento antes de la carrera, Olivia Quiroz dijo que el par había conseguido sus primeras bicicletas el pasado verano.

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Estamos publicando en dos idiomas porque el español fue el primer idioma del evento, y el inglés fue el segundo.

Elizabeth Quiroz de Mujeres en Movimiento y Carl Larson, empleados de Bicycle Transportation Alliance, examinaron ​​una ruta. Mujeres fundadores Quiroz, Lale Santelices de Community Cycling Center y Carolina Iraheta Gonzales del Ciudad de Portland llevaron el paseo.

holding chain

Susana Pacheco y varios familias fueron algunos de los participantes de Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, un grupo de la diversión en bicicleta y la promoción. Se asocia con Hacienda CDC, un desarrollo de vivienda asequible.

trailer prep

helmet fit

Lourdes Moyola dijo que su hijo Benjamin había tomado una clase de bicicleta el año pasado. Un amigo le había enviado el evento en Facebook para el paseo del domingo.

De pie al lado de su bicicleta, Benjamin Moyola, 11, dijo gruñonamente que no estaba seguro de por qué había venido. “Mi madre,” dijo.

“Cualquier otra cosa además de quedarse en casa”, dijo su madre con una sonrisa.

adults on hill

gals on hill

smiling kid

Usted puede aprender más sobre Mujeres en Movimiento y Andando en Bicicletas en Cully en Facebook.

En inglés: Portlanders celebrate “Day of the Dead” with a bike ride

With Oaxacan singer Lila Downs crooning from a trailer-mounted stereo among them, 35 Portlanders of many ages gathered in the Cully neighborhood Sunday for a ride to celebrate this weekend’s Day of the Dead holiday.

The three-mile trip from the Cully neighborhood to Concordia was the first family-oriented ride organized by Mujeres en Movimiento, a Latina-focused bike club that began holding regular rides this summer.

The youngest participants were in trailers, but several riders completed the whole trek on training wheels.

Watching her five-year-old nieces loop around and around the Harvey Scott School playground on their training wheels before the ride, Olivia Quiroz said the pair had gotten their first bikes last summer.

We are posting in two languages because Spanish was the main language of the event, while English was the second.

Elizabeth Quiroz of Mujeres en Movimiento and Carl Larson, both Bicycle Transportation Alliance employees, reviewed the route. Mujeres founders Quiroz, Lale Santelices of the Community Cycling Center and Carolina Iraheta Gonzales of the City of Portland led the ride.

Susana Pachecho and various families were among the participants who came from the bike fun and advocacy group Andando en Bicicletas en Cully. The group is associated with affordable housing development Hacienda CDC.

Lourdes Moyola said her son Benjamin had taken a bike safety class last year. A friend had sent her the Facebook event for Sunday’s ride.

Standing next to his own bike, Benjamin Moyola, 11, said grumpily that he wasn’t sure why he had come. “My mom,” he said.

“Anything else besides stay at home,” his mother said with a smile.

You can learn more about Mujeres en Movimiento and Andando en Bicicletas en Cully on Facebook.

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