Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 11th, 2010 at 1:36 am
Here are some of the bikes from the Pedal Nation Bicycle Show that caught my eye...
Below is the Proletariat from Stop Cycles. Stop Cycles is a new brand of urban bikes from the mountain bike and downhill specialists at OneGhost Industries. The bikes are designed in Portland by David Meredith (who also works at Bike Gallery in Lake Oswego) and made in Taiwan. This model is an "aggressive commuter" with belt drive, internal hub, flat bars and dual discs:
Retail price is $779 for frame/fork and belt drive kit. You can find Stop Cycles at Joe Bike (3953 SE Hawthorne Blvd).
North Portland resident Alan Gunn had one of the baddest entries into the Pimp'd Bike contest. His highly customized Surly Pugsley has a lot of nifty touches including homemade coroplast fenders and an Old Man Mountain rear rack. The most amazing thing about this bike are the lights Alan made himself. He spent hours roving obscure web forums to figure out how to make them and they came out gorgeous:
This is the Orange Dream Cycle. It was built up by Tom Daly from WTF Bikes for Roger Mallette (owner of Retro apparel). A great mix of old and new, it's got a classic steel lugged frame with the NuVinci N360 hub and wooden fenders from Portland-based Sykes:
Early Rider is a London-based company that makes wooden balance bikes for the little ones. Balance bikes are all-the-rage these days and Early Rider is looking to expand into North America. The owners are friends with with Nutcase Helmets owner Michael Morrow and the two companies partnered up on the Nutty Riders Zone at the show. Take a look at the Early Rider:
The Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association (OBCA) had a joint space with several members represented. Here are a few of them:
The Trucker Trike is the latest from Portland designer Bill Stites. Stites has long specialized in quad-cycles and this is his most ambitious project yet. It's electric-assisted, built like a tank, and made from the ground up to be a viable hauler that can carry up to 800 pounds of freight. The first one is already sold to B-line PDX, a local pedal-powered delivery company. Stay tuned for a full report next week:
And last but not least, check out the TriPod from Columbia Cycle Works. This Portland-based company just launched a few months ago and they've really come up with something special. Owner Phil Rush says he was inspired by Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth and figured that more people would ride if they could enjoy the comfort of an enclosed vehicle.
As you can see, there was quite an interesting range of bikes at this show. Definitely not your average bike show (or your average bike city for that matter).