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Guest Article: A ‘Simple’ bicycle: Made under one roof

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
A trio of Portland bike businesses came together
to build this bike, and it all happened under one roof.
(Photos and story by David Boerner)

This story and photos are by local freelance writer David Boerner.

I work under the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland’s Central Eastside or “Industrial Inner SE” – a jumble of worn out concrete, “freelance creatives,” hip eateries, and homeless people, sloping down the banks of the Willamette River from MLK to the water. Most people see only the warehouse rooftops, blasting over the neighborhood on the Hawthorne, Morrison, or Burnside bridges to get across the river. But underneath those bridges are some of the most interesting businesses in Portland, including a whole bunch of bike industry.

There are four bike companies in my building at the corner of Madison and 3rd Ave: Simple Bicycle Company/Arctos Jigs, Ruckus Composites*, and L’Ecu Bicycles.


‘Bike boys of Portland’ pose for water project fundraiser

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
One of a series of “Bike Boys of Portland” postcards being used to raise money for a local cause. A calendar is in the works too.


Two great local places to watch the Giro

Thursday, May 12th, 2011
The Italians know how to do bike racing.
(Photo: Gazzetta.it)

The Giro D’Italia, Italy’s grand tour stage race, continues on after the tragic, fatal crash of Belgian racer Wouter Weylandt during Stage Three.

Being such a bike-race-crazy town, local cafes and pubs are showing the race on the big screen. With the race starting to heat up, it’s definitely worth grabbing a drink and tuning in.


Alpenrose Velodrome cleaned up, ready for business

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
OBRA volunteer Stewart Campbell
helped pressure wash Alpenrose
(Photos: David Boerner)

The word is in from Alpenrose Velodrome Director Mike Murray: track racing will start this week at the popular track nestled in Portland’s southwest hills (weather permitting, of course).

The announcement comes after a week and a half of weeding, scraping, patching, sanding, and sweeping Portland’s beloved concrete bowl to perfection (or close enough, anyway). The track cleanup effort was a labor of love by a crack team of volunteers.