Archive for February, 2013

Blue Schwinn unknown 1980s

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Year: 1980s
Brand: Schwinn
Model: unknown
Photo: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3758649878707&set=a.3616548366258.2148591.1050323141&type=3&theater
Stolen in Portland, OR
Stolen From: Stolen from bike racks outside Pacific Northwest College of Art at Johnson & 12th
Neighborhood: Pearl District
Owner: Emma Allen
OwnerEmail: eallen( atsign )pnca.edu
Description: an older blue Schwinn, wide leather seat with red sticker on it. loose rear light.5 speed with double hand brakes. old phone number scratched in the frame.
This registrant does not have proof of ownership of this bike

48cm (small) Bridgestone Mile 112 1986

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Year: 1986
Brand: Bridgestone
Model: Mile 112
Color:48cm (small)
Size:White w/light blue & yellow accents
Stolen in Portland, OR 97215
Stolen From: Mt tabor neighborhood, on SE Lincoln between SE 54th and SE 55th.
Neighborhood: SE, Mt Tabor
Owner: Alexis Hlavaty
OwnerEmail: ahlavaty( atsign )pdx.edu
Reward: $200.00
Description: This I a small old Bridgestone, mostly white with minor scratches on frame. Has two water bottle holders attached and a bell on the handlebar tube. Old black saddle with scratches on sides, says “lady turbo” on it.
This registrant does not have proof of ownership of this bike

Police recover 16 stolen bikes in downtown Portland

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
See your bike?
(Photo: Portland Police Bureau)

The Portland police uncovered over a dozen stolen bicycles in northwest Portland today. According to a police statement, they received a call from the Biltmore Hotel (310 NW 6th Ave) after cleaning staff found that the room of an evicted tenant, “was filled with bicycles and associated parts.”

Here’s more from the statement:

Officers identified 16 bicycles that were suspected stolen and seized all the bicycles, frames, and boxes of parts. While processing the evidence, the evicted man returned to the hotel and was arrested without incident. He has been identified as 27-year-old Steven Sherman.


orange Salsa Las Cruces 2006

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Year: 2006
Brand: Salsa
Model: Las Cruces
Stolen in Portland, OR 97205-1103
Stolen From: Washington Park Condo, corner of SW St. Claire and Park Place.
Neighborhood: Goose Hollow/Kings Hill
Owner: Richard Potestio
OwnerEmail: rick(AT)potestiostudio.com
Description: Orange frame with lime green handle bar tape. Black seat. Shimano SPD pedals. Has Cross Crusade sticker and decal of Rick James on frame. Last seen on SE 6th and Hawthorne.
Police record with: Portland PD
Police reference#: t13001926
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

City reveals plans for $6 million downtown ‘multimodal safety improvements’

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
Green bike lanes Stark and Oak-9
A grant will bring major new bike access
improvements to downtown Portland.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

As I’ve hinted at twice since January, the Bureau of Transportation has been working on a grant application that, when funded, will significantly improve downtown bicycle access. Today, they’ve finally shared more information about how the effort is shaping up.

PBOT released a memo today (PDF) with their nominations of eight projects to be funded through two different sources of Metro-administered funds. One of the projects, dubbed Central City Multimodal Safety Improvements, would pump $6 million into planning and implementation of better bikeways. The reason it’s being called “multimodal” illustrates an evolution in Portland bike planning. According to PBOT’s Active Transportation Division Manager Dan Bower, along with developing high-quality bikeways, the project will take a holistic look at the system to see how the bike access improvements might happen alongside improved freight and transit access.


As CRC rumbles forward, major advocacy groups sit on the sidelines

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

“I heard from a number of people who have expressed concerns about their [legislative] priorities if they were to speak against the bill.”
— Mara Gross, interim director of Coalition for a Livable Future

The Columbia River Crossing project took a big step forward when HB 2800 easily passed the Oregon House this week. But while the project has made a lot of noise lately, major environmental and transportation advocacy groups have stayed quiet.

The bill will likely be voted on by the Senate next week (March 4th) and then Governor Kitzhaber is expected to sign it into law (unless he gets nostalgic and has a change of heart).

As this snowball has gathered size and speed, I have become intrigued by the deafening silence about it from our region’s major environmental, land-use, and transportation advocacy groups. Groups like the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, the Oregon Environmental Council, and the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Meanwhile, the relatively small opposition has been led by volunteer grassroots activists with little to no budget and a few organizations pulled together by Coalition for a Livable Future, an umbrella group that has just two policy-related staff. At a house party on Tuesday hosted by CLF and the Facebook-based group Shut Down the CRC, they celebrated a paltry $1,000 fundraising goal to help pay someone to work the halls of Salem to stop the bill.


Job: Bicycle Service Technician – Bike Gallery

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Job Title
Bicycle Service Technician

Bike Gallery

Job Description
Bike Gallery Job Description

Department: Service
Position: Service Technician
Supervisor: Service Department Manager and Company Service Manager

Service Technicians, also known as bike mechanics, represent the link between customers and our service department. Being able to comfortably interact with customers is a basic expectation of all service personnel. This includes being able to respond to telephone inquiries, and customers in the store who have questions, want to buy parts, drop off a bike for service, or pick up a completed service job. When not responding to customer needs, technicians will spend the balance of their shift building or repairing bicycles, installing parts, or calling customers who have completed repairs waiting to be picked up. Service technicians must be highly skilled in the maintenance and repair of a wide variety of bicycle makes, models, and component parts. It is also an expectation that service technicians will keep current with new technology and changes in equipment design.



Interacting with customers
All service technicians are expected to be skilled and confident in assisting customers at the service counter; on occasion this may require stepping out from behind the service counter to assist with a bike, part, or accessory question. These responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
• Greeting customers who are picking up or dropping off bikes for service
• Provide estimates for service and repairs based upon customer interaction and an evaluation of the bike in question
• Write service tickets that are clear and legible
• Provide customers with an estimated time for completion of the work; remind customers of our service hours and that they will be called when the work is done
• Investigate and capitalize on opportunities to sell customers upgrades in repair or replacement parts
• Investigate and capitalize on opportunities to sell customers replacement rubber
• Be able to answer customer questions about accessory compatibility and installation with confidence
• Initiate contact with customers when service work is completed
• Respond with confidence to opportunities to demonstrate features, advantages, and benefits for parts of other products customers may inquire about
• Always respond to phone inquiries with professionalism, courtesy, and enthusiasm

Perform service and repairs on customer bicycles
When not interacting with customers, service technicians are expected to occupy their time in servicing and repairing scheduled or ‘while you wait’ repairs. Bike Gallery service technicians are required to have in their possession the tools necessary to perform all routine mechanical services; supplies will be provided by the shop service manager on an as needed basis.

• Be able to diagnose and service a wide range of performance complaints for a wide range of equipment types
• Be able to diagnose and service a wide range of noise complaints for a wide range of equipment types
• Be able to complete a bicycle assembly for any product carried, to the established quality standard, and within the established time parameters for the product in question
• Be able to identify and perform all aspects of replacement part installation to the established time and quality standards
• Be able to deliver established service packages (tune-ups, overhauls, etc.) to the established time and quality standards
• Be able to recognize and respond to changes in the work priorities of the service department as indicated by volume or other circumstances
• Test ride all completed service work to verify performance
• Be able to recognize and respond to opportunities to build customer loyalty through the delivery of prompt, accurate service
• Be prepared to demonstrate the value of the service menu pricing and as well as all work performed
• Stay current with equipment manufacturer specifications and product developments that affect service procedures or compatibility issues

General retail skills
Working in a professional retail environment requires that an individual stay informed of developments in order to retain a high caliber of skill at performing everyday functions; these responsibilities include but are not necessarily limited to the following:
• Be competent and confident in point of sale terminal transactions; creating and tendering an invoice, save and hold, inventory search functions, layaways, special orders procedures, (if approved by manager) and creating new customer records
• Take initiative to learn about developments in our product lines; vendor, style, or model year changes as they occur
• Be familiar with the most recent policy and procedural updates and how they affect your job
• Be familiar with informational resources such as bike-a-log, the company intranet site, the company web sight, and the websites of key vendors and competitive retailers. Be able to anticipate where customers are likely getting their information, and what expectations they may have as a result.
• Seek to develop an awareness of regional and national industry trends
• Read the shop rag and the company newsletter

Professional conduct
All members of the service staff are expected to demonstrate a high level of professionalism in all activities and interactions. The quality of the customer experience and the work environment will be determined by the attitudes and actions of the staff.
• Consistently set the example for professional behavior, leadership, and support of company policies
• Treat all customers and vendors with professional courtesy; even in the face of what you may interpret as rude behavior, seek to retain professional objectivity
• Support and participate in employee training and development when appropriate
• Support and participate in the development of a cooperative, team oriented work environment
• Support and participate in the maintenance of a clean, organized, and professional looking work environment
• Manage all resources for the highest possible return on investment
• Base all decisions on the best information obtainable
• Seek management support when additional resources are required to solve a problem
• Represent the interests of the Bike Gallery in all transactions and business dealings
• Arrive five minutes early for all scheduled shifts ready to work
• Wear approved clothing that is clean and in good repair
• Analyze and avoid any potential safety risks associated with the performance of a particular task; report hazards to your manager
• Conduct all communications in a results oriented manner
• Treat all co-workers with respect and professional courtesy

How to Apply
Send Cover letter and resume listing qualifications to Resumes@bikegallery.com

New bike shop coming to downtown St. Johns

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Downtown St. Johns has been without a bike shop for a few months since Weir’s Cyclery moved out of the neighborhood at at the end of last year (they’re now located on N Lombard at Portsmouth) That didn’t seem right to resident Ben Helgren, so he’s decided to take matters into his own hands. Ben plans to open a new bike shop, Block Bikes, on March 9th that he hopes will become the go-to place for bike riders in St. Johns. The new store will open up at the corner of N Burlington and Philadelphia (right off the St. Johns Bridge, map).

Ben, 35, has worked in non-profits for the past nine years (on programs promoting financial literacy and home-buying skills) but he has wanted a job in the bike industry for a while now. He became a certified bicycle mechanic through the United Bicycle Institute last fall and he and his wife planned to move to Billings, Montana where she planned to go to school and Ben planned to work at a bike shop. But plans changed, explained Ben during a phone call this morning.


The case for a better bikeway on Broadway in three pictures

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
Bike traffic yesterday morning on SW Broadway at Oak. (Now imagine what it would be like this summer.)
(Photo: Peter Koonce)


Blue Specialized Hardrock Comp 2003

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Year: 2003
Brand: Specialized
Model: Hardrock Comp
Serial: P2IH72266
Stolen in Portland, OR 97214
Stolen From: Shalimar apts, SE 14th and Salmon
Neighborhood: Buckman
Owner: Christopher French
OwnerEmail: frenchcg( atsign )gmail.com
Description: Bar ends, front shocks, shitty u-lock locked through cables on handlebars, front wheel newer than the rear. V-breaks.
Police record with: Portland PD
Police reference#: 13-16308
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike