Archive for June, 2006

More ingenuity spotted around town

Friday, June 30th, 2006
sandle fender
[The flip-flop fender.]

A couple more ingenius bike modifications I’d like to share.

This first one I saw parked in the bike rack at Providence Medical Center the other day. It’s a fender made out of duct tape and a flip-flop sandal.

There are tons of interesting fender modifications in this town, but I’ve never seen this method before.

And then this morning at Breakfast on the Bridges I ran into a neat guy with a thick southern accent sporting this very nifty cargo trailer and hitch combo.


Group helps kids with disabilities learn to ride

Friday, June 30th, 2006
Lose the Training Wheels camp

Today in Southeast Portland there will be a special graduation ceremony.

For the last four days a group called Lose the Training Wheels has been holding a camp to teach 35 physically challenged kids how to ride a bike.

Kris Schamp of the Bike Gallery was there as a sponsor and a volunteer and sent in these great photos (thanks Kris!).


Permit granted for new Forest Park trail

Friday, June 30th, 2006
Portland Bike Summit
[PUMP’s Roger Louton]

With a major assist from The Friends of Forest Park, mountain bikers are set to begin the process of planning and building a brand new piece of trail in Forest Park.

According to PUMP board member Roger Louton, the new trail will be an addition to the existing Firelane 5 fire access road. The new trail is between Wildwood Trail and Leif Erikson Road and will be approximately four feet wide.

Work on the trail is set to begin in August.

The money for the trail comes from a grant applied for by The Friends of Forest Park. PUMP will be involved in planning the trail and the building will be completed by volunteers, trail-building experts and an Americorps crew.

Stolen: Giant Sedona

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

[Submitted by Dennis]

My Giant Sedona DX 2001 – Pewter- 21 Speed bike was stolen from a parking garage on 1701 SW Columbia on June 22 2006. It is a mens medium in pewter/silver and the left gear shifter is not working (needs to be replaced). I have the receipt and serial number. If you have any information please contact Dennis at 503.307.7027. Thanks.

More details on future of Mountain Cycle

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
[Mountain Cycle’s new owners.]

Following up on my post from Tuesday, I just got off the phone with Kinesis USA President Michael Chen. He called to give me more details about last week’s sale of Mountain Cycle.

Mountain Cycle has been sold to a Taiwanese company called Ideation Industrial. They’re a huge bicycle manufacturer established in 1977 with offices and factories across China. They sell bikes and electric scooters primarily in the European market.


Trail plan adopted by City Council

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Trail Plan at City Hall
[Commissioners listen
to presentation.]

Yesterday the Parks Department presented their Regional Recreational Trails Strategy to the Portland City Council. In attendance was a who’s who list of Portland’s trail advocates including; Scott Bricker from the BTA, Gail Snyder from Friends of Forest Park, Bob Akers, Barbara Walker and Walter Valenta from the 40-mile Loop Land Trust, Don Baack from Southwest Trails, Pam Arden of North Portland Greenway, Roger Louton of PUMP and many others.

In her opening remarks to City Commissioners, Parks Director Zari Santner expressed her hopes that this plan would lead to a more organized approached to funding and building trails:


Update on City Hall bike show and art exhibition

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
Tiago's bike art
[By Tiago Denczuk.]

The Made in Portland: Bicycle Show and Art Exhibition is really shaping up (download event flyer).

In addition to nine Portland-based independent bike builders, I just confirmed that Chris King Precision Components will attend. Chris King (based in Northwest Portland) makes the world’s best hubs and headsets (they were used by a guy named Lance in the Tour de France). Their components are a revered combination of beauty, function and reliability…and they’re made entirely in Portland.

Joining this stellar line-up of bicycle craftsmen and women is an exciting gathering of bike artists. Recent additions include Shaun Deller and Tiago Denczuk.


Resolution makes bicycles official target industry

Thursday, June 29th, 2006
bike rack at City Hall

In an ongoing push to legitimize and foster Portland’s nascent bicycle industry, Commissioner Sam Adams is backing a resolution that is expected to be adopted as official City policy at the next City Council meeting on July 5th.

The resolution was prepared by City of Portland Office of Transportation employee Linda Ginenthal, mastermind behind the recent Portland Bike Summit and program manager for Transportation Options.


Stolen: Silver Scattante

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

[Submitted by thechief247]

Silver Scattante 60cm Scattante 650 My 3 month old beauty was stolen on Thursday, June 22nd from the MAX blue line headed towards Hillsboro. I have the receipt with the serial # for verification. Please let me know if you have seen it! Thanks.

The Recyclery re-locates near popular pub

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Thanks to a tipster, I just found out that The Recyclery, a used bike shop formerly located at SE 46th and Hawthorne, is moving to SE 9th and Madison. This new location is much larger and is right across the street from The Lucky Lab Brewpub.