Archive for January, 2006

Ode to a recovered bike

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

[Reverend Phil] Renowned bike funnist Reverend Phil recently found his beloved “Duff#5” (full story here) and was moved to write this touching ode: She has returned to me. Let it ring from the depths of the Shanghai Tunnels to the heights of Council Crest. Let it ring from every bridge, from the Freemont “bikelane” to Read More »

Specialized, Mountain Cycle disagree on “Stumptown”

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

[Not to be confused with Stumpjumper] [UPDATES: A reader has posted the cease and desist letter from Specialized. See it here. (PDF) *Specialized responds.] North Portland based Mountain Cycle and global bike giant Specialized Bicycle Components of Morgan Hill, California are locked in a disagreement that neither side is backing down from. At issue is Read More »

Bike Gallery bash to launch Platinum

Monday, January 30th, 2006

[The new Trek “Portland”] The City of Portland Office of Transportation has just announced that the official launch of their “Portland Go Platinum” campaign (website) will happen Thursday night at Bike Gallery‘s downtown location. The announcement will piggyback on the “Ride Portland” event being planned by Bike Gallery to celebrate the arrival of the new Read More »

Local mechanic offers private lessons

Monday, January 30th, 2006

[Tori Bortman] Here’s something I could really use…Tori Bortman has started a mechanic school in her basement. An experienced mechanic (most recently at North Portland Bikeworks) and teacher, Tori is offering both structured courses and one-on-one tutoring. According to Tori: “…there seems to be a need for folks who are looking to learn how to Read More »

Links you’ll love

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

[5 squirrels = 1 hat] Shaun Deller (Portland’s hipster cycling hat maker) has just unveiled his latest, the squirrel hat. Shaun says, “Don’t tell me you were never out for a ride and passed by a freshly roadkilled animal and thought ‘maybe I could make a hat from that hide?”

Bike Summit fund drive update

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far to help pay my way to DC for the National Bike Summit. I’m looking forward to joining my friends at the BTA and spreading the word about how an independent advocate can use the web to build, nurture, and connect a bike community. Jessica at the BTA Read More »

Sharing donuts, sharing the road

Friday, January 27th, 2006

It was an amazing morning of bike love here in Portland. We had a great turnout at both Breakfast on the Bridges: Driver Donut Edition (photos), and the “I Share the Road” rally (photos). The sun even came out to lend its endorsement to the proceedings. And I’m sure it didn’t hurt that the events Read More »

TriMet passenger talks to the Tribune

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Someone just emailed me a link to Phil Stanford’s column in the Portland Tribune. They got an interview with the guy that beat up Randy. Turns out his nickname is “Gater” and he’s an ex-boxer! Here’s an excerpt: “Gater says he was on his way to work that morning when this guy – who’d been Read More »

City calls for civility and unveils new campaign

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

The City of Portland will hold a rally tomorrow morning to “recommit community support for all modes of transportation” and officially launch the “I Share the Road” campaign. According to the official statement (PDF here) from the Office of Transportation, the joint effort has brought together a diverse group including; the Mayor of Portland, and Read More »

Questions for Kryptonite?

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Just a quick note…one of Kryptonite‘s top tech guys is in town and I’m meeting him for dinner tonight. Do you have any questions you’d like me to ask him? I plan to touch base about the latest in bike security and hear what they’ve learned about lock design since the Bic Pen Fiasco. It Read More »