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Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) Post Archive

Jobs of the Week: LifeCycle, Vanilla, Bike Clark County, WashCo BTC, Cycle Oregon, Western Bikeworks

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Looking for a new opportunity in the local bike biz? We’ve got six great job listings that just went up this week.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Office Manager – – Cycle Oregon

–> Bike Shop Manager – WashCo BTC Community Bike Center

–> Mechanic FT – Western Bikeworks

–> Bike to Leadership (B2L) Program Manager – Bike Clark County

–> Fabrication Department – The Vanilla Workshop

–> Cycle Tour Guide – LifeCycle Adventures


Job: Cycle Tour Guide – LifeCycle Adventures

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Job Title *
Cycle Tour Guide

Company/Organization *
LifeCycle Adventures

Job Description *
Lifecycle Adventures has over ten years of experience running self-guided trips in California, Hawaii, Oregon, the San Juan Islands, and Tuscany. We also operate Guided tours in Oregon.

We are seeking Cycle Tour Guides to help fill support needs for a very busy tour schedule in our Oregon Operations. We tour Willamette Valley, Mt Hood and Columbia River Gorge.

• Strong communication skills
• Patient, yet upbeat, attitude
• Enthusiastic cyclist
• Capable bike mechanic
• Prior tour guiding or related experience preferable
• Knowledge of local history, culture, and nature
• Clean driving record and proper licensing
• Current First Aid/CPR Certification
• Capable of lifting bikes and luggage
• Must be available to lead trips during peak seasons July to September
• Diligence, firm with commitments and good team ethics

CERTIFICATIONS/OTHER QUALIFICATIONS – a plus, yet not all required:
• Preferably resident of Portland area or immediate vicinity
• Prior tour guiding or related experience preferable
• Commercial driving license a plus
• Able to drive multi-passenger van with a trailer (hitch) a plus
• Fluency in a foreign language a plus
• Culinary and wine expertise a plus

• Start, manage and end, multi-day self-guided, inn-to-inn cycling vacations for couples & small groups.
• Provide personal and responsive service throughout trip in a safe and responsible way including:
o Initial transfer and briefings
o Guest and luggage transfers
o End-of day contact and 24 hour telephone support
o Coordinate with Operations Manager for days off or hours away for trips you are running
o Support van response for help requests
o End of trip pick-up and transfer
• Drive 8-passenger support van with roof racks
• Learn prescribed routes and historical information
• Maintain a good working relationship our partners – innkeepers, restaurant owners, bike rental companies and our office staff
• Communicate with sales and operations managers any questions, problems, feedback
• Report any accidents or injuries per the operation manual protocol

• Guide week-long, inn-to-inn cycling vacations for groups of up to 16 adults, with overnight stay.
• Drive 9 to 15-passenger support van with roof racks or trailer system
• Lead Guests as an on-bike guide when necessary
• Learn prescribed routes and historic information and give daily briefings
• Facilitate social interaction between guests of varied ages and backgrounds
• Manage prescribed tour logistics in a safe and responsible way
• Maintain a good working relationship our partners – innkeepers, restaurant owners, bike rental companies, and our office staff
• Communicate with sales and operations managers any questions, problems, feedback
• Report any accidents or injuries per the operation manual protocol
• Be available for on-call support 24 hours a day when trips are running
• Coordinate with Lead Guide for days off or hours away during the day when trips are running.

• Capable of cycling 40 to 60 miles along varied terrain
• Capable of lifting items of up to 60 to 80 pounds and lifting 35 pound bikes overhead
• Capable of sitting (mostly while driving) or standing for periods of 1 to 3 hours

• This is a contract, part-time, seasonal job.
• Tour schedules are variable; Assignments can range from one day to seven consecutive days.

• Day Rate and Gratuities as applicable– to be discussed at interview

How to Apply *
1. EMAIL resume’ and list of references with contact information to: laura@lifecycleadventures.com

Qualified candidates will be contacted by email accordingly.

2. PLEASE DO NOT CALL OUR OFFICE FOR JOB ENQUIRIES . Our Sales staff will not be able to assist you with job questions.

3. Visit our website to learn more about us:

Job: Fabrication Department – The Vanilla Workshop

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Job Title *
Fabrication Department

Company/Organization *
The Vanilla Workshop

Job Description *
Custom bicycle makers, The Vanilla Workshop are hiring for fabrication. We’ve been right here in Portland since we started building almost 20 years ago. We are a small operation with a family dynamic, a low/no drama workplace with people who want to be here and love what they do. At the core of what we do is innovation and refinement of bicycles we make from scratch for our customers. We are not motivated by bringing more “stuff” into the world, as the world already has more than enough stuff. What motivates us is bringing greatness to the world both in the bikes we make and in the business that we build. Through in-house design, fabrication, paint, final assembly, customer service, and fittings, we are able to push the envelope and bring a level of detail and completeness that isn’t found in many other places.

Our ideal candidates come with a collaborative mindset, like working hard, and have super high standards. Both expert and entry level positions available. Sound like you, or someone you know? See our employment page for full job descriptions.

How to Apply *
If you feel that you’re a good fit, please apply by email. In the body of the email, state the length of your last two jobs and your highest level of education completed. Also attach a one-page resume and a one-page cover letter describing your life experience as it applies to this job, including three work references and any experience with bicycles or the making of things to: hiring@vanillabicycles.com

Job: Bike to Leadership (B2L) Program Manager – Bike Clark County

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Job Title *
Bike to Leadership (B2L) Program Manager

Company/Organization *
Bike Clark County

Job Description *
Bike Clark County is a not for profit bicycle advocacy, safety and education organization located in Vancouver WA. We are seeking a dynamic, self starter with good social and communication skills to represent our organization and help launch our High School B2L Program. The Job is part time and begins immediately – the actual H.S. program will begin in the fall.

The B2L program is an after school mentoring and leadership program designed around bicycle maintenance and community service.

The Program is still under development. The Manager is responsible for working with our board of directors and other partners to finish program development. When the program launches in the fall, the Manager will be responsible for smooth workflow and ensuring students and subject matter experts are scheduled correctly and administrative requirements are met. Basic Bicycle knowledge is helpful but not required.

Program Managers must be reliable, pass a thorough background check, have solid administrative skills and work well with our students. Current pay rate is 15-18 per hour based on experience. Required hours are approximately 10-15 flexible hours per month currently, but will likely increase. This is a funded position for 3 years with big potential to evolve into full time work for the right person.

How to Apply *
Send resume with applicable skills to: info@bikeclarkcounty.org

Candidates will be contacted for preliminary phone interview then scheduled for an in person panel interview. Closing date is 30 June.

Job: Mechanic FT – Western Bikeworks

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Job Title *
Mechanic- FT

Company/Organization *
Western Bikeworks

Job Description *
Western Bikeworks is looking for a full-time Mechanic. We offer excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits, generous PTO accrual, 401k, and paid holidays.

JOB OVERVIEW: The Mechanic position is often a key component in “Empowering people to achieve their bike-related goals in whatever form they may take.” This role is literally the barrier for many of our customers in getting back on the road, and as such must be prepared to fully investigate the customer’s needs, find efficient solutions to their problems, and own the customer experience from the moment a repair is checked-in until the moment the customer is back on the road.

• Provide higher than expected (by the customer) customer service including but not limited to assisting with removal of bicycles from their vehicle, searching all possible avenues for special order or out of stock product, expediting all service and transactions as much as possible, and able to refrain from offering an opinion on the quality of the customer’s bike
• Operate store Point of Sale equipment
• Assess customer’s bikes for indicated problems and generate an accurate financial and time estimate for repairing the issue to the customer’s satisfaction
• Familiar with all aspects of bicycle technologies, including but not limited to
o Di2
o Campagnolo
o SRAM Red eTap
o Hydraulic Disk Brakes
o Front and rear suspension
• Able to troubleshoot appropriate solutions for systems that do not have readily available replacement parts
• Willing to have service quality held to a checklist of required services for completion of a given type of service
• Prepare the service area for normal operations at opening time and handle End of Day procedures including cleaning up work station and ensuring all continuing work is communicated appropriately
• Answer incoming phone calls and respond to incoming customer email

• Able to assist on the sales floor when required
• Comfortable transitioning a customer to other appropriate staff members when needed
• Interested in providing gratis repair or safety checks at community-support events

• No specific formal education is required
• Two years of professional shop experience
• Must be computer literate

• Excellent communication and organizational skills
• Solid knowledge of cycling products
• Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication
• Ability to be an advocate for cycling in the local community
• Ability to work independently or with others to manage multiple task with minimal supervision.
• Ability to spend time talking to people about bicycles.

How to Apply *
Please apply by clicking on link below:


Job: Bike Shop Manager – WashCo BTC Community Bike Center

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Job Title *
Bike Shop Manager

Company/Organization *
WashCo BTC’s Community Bike Center

Job Description *
The non-profit Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition (WashCo BTC) operates the Community Bike Center (CBC) in downtown Hillsboro to sell refurbished bikes and related parts and accessories, as well as full bike service. We’re seeking an experienced Shop Manager to run the business including:
• Supervise shop employees.
• Recruit, schedule and supervise volunteers (Intel groups, individual bike mechanics, etc.).
• Sell bikes and related merchandise at retail.
• Order parts, accessories, tools and supplies, as needed.
• Receive, sort and store donated bikes and prioritize them for refurbishment.
• Manage all shop inventory and shop-owned tools and equipment.
• Promote the business by advertising bikes and services, as appropriate.
• Develop and implement processes to assure safety, productivity, and to support the business.
• Manage income and expenses to meet annual profit goals.
• Manage the point of sale system including cash on hand.
• Provide reports to the Executive Director and/or Board of Directors, as requested.
• Support WashCo BTC programs (loaner bikes, mechanic services at events, etc.).
• Perform basic bike repairs, when needed.

Ideal candidates will have at least 2 years related experience, excellent verbal and written communications, basic PC skills including familiarity with websites and social media. This is a permanent, part time position (approx., 30 hours per week). Salary depends experience and includes profit sharing.

Please send your qualified resume with cover letter to info@washcobtc.org.

How to Apply *
Contact Nancy at info@washcobtc.org
Please send us your resume. This will be reviewed by our executive team and you will then be contacted.
Please include the best way to contact you.

Job: Office Manager – Cycle Oregon

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Job Title *
Office Manager

Company/Organization *

Cycle Oregon

Job Description *
Position Type: Part-time, 15-20 hours per week. Requires flexibility season to season to accommodate the needs of Cycle Oregon events.

Mission statement:
Cycle Oregon is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming individuals and communities through bicycling. Proceeds from the ride go to the Cycle Oregon Fund, which helps preserve and protect the special places of Oregon and supports community development projects in the regions through which we ride.

Position Details:
Cycle Oregon is seeking an experienced Office Manager with at least 3 years of experience in non-profit finance to support the financial and administrative operations. This position also provides on-event support and requires some over-night travel.

The Office Manager reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the financial records; performs accounting duties of simple to moderate complexity; provides administrative duties in the areas of human resources and information technology as follows:

Finance and administration responsibilities
• Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, performs accounting to ensure accurate processing of accounts payable and accounts receivable.
• Maintains, reconciles, and analyzes the general ledger on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and prepares financial statements.
• Classify payments by program and write checks; ensure that invoices are collected and follow up on outstanding receivables in a timely manner
• Review and monitor credit card expenses and reconcile bank accounts
• Assists in preparing annual budget
• Compile and organize information for annual audit of financial statements; implement changes recommended by BOD, Finance Committee, auditor, etc.
• Manage vendor contracts. Respond to inquiries from vendors and resolve issues
• Manage the communication of financial results to the Executive Director including explanation and analysis of results
• Ensure that receipt, safeguarding, disbursement, and recording of funds comply with generally accepted accounting practices.
• Assist with inventory management; purchase and replace inventory under the supervision of the Executive Director; conduct periodic inventory on fixed assets.
• Provide administrative support and general clerical duties for Cycle Oregon team including duties related to vendors and donors.
• Provide meeting support to the Board of Directors

Human Resources
• Legal compliance with federal, state and local requirements
• Maintain human resources records; on-board new hires
• Train internal staff on office protocols and processes
• Provide benefits administration in the areas of open enrollment, employee eligibility, etc.

IT and Risk Management
• Keep informed about technology improvements that will increase efficiency
• Ensure smooth operations of information technology and systems designed to support Cycle Oregon events and staff
• Ensure Cycle Oregon has a full range of adequate insurance that mitigates risk of losses
• Maintain information about emergency preparedness for the office; train staff in procedures
• Records retention

• Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business administration, finance or related field. Minimum of 3 years of nonprofit work experience in a non-profit accounting, bookkeeping/finance environment
• High proficiency with QuickBooks, Xero or other online accounting system and Microsoft Excel
• Suggest efficiencies in processes and procedures, and implement those that are approved
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills to interact with staff and external partners
• Flexible and a self-starter; highly detail-oriented
• Team player who is enthusiastic about organization and team success
• Ability and comfort in working in a varied and fast-paced environment

Salary and Status: This is a non-exempt, part-time position. Hourly rate: $17-18.

How to Apply *
To apply please send your cover letter, resume, three references and responses to the following questions:
• Describe your preferred communication and work style.
• How do you demonstrate commitment to a small team environment where everyone wears several hats?
To apply send your materials to annelee@theportablecoo.com.

Banks-Vernonia nominated for Rail-Trail Hall of Fame

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Family trip to Stub Stewart State Park-5-55
The Banks-Vernonia has been a runaway success.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

We all know it’s an amazing place to ride, now let’s make it official: The Banks-Vernonia Trail has been nominated for the 2016 Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.


New path from Sellwood Bridge to Willamette Park opens Tuesday

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Patch connection (white) just north of the bridge.(Graphics: Multnomah County)

Patch connection (white) just north of the bridge.
(Graphics: Multnomah County)

Multnomah County announced today that the new multi-use path being built as part of the Sellwood Bridge project would open on Tuesday, June 14th.

The new path on the west side of the bridge will be 14-feet wide and head north to connect with SW Miles Place and Willamette Park. This will come as very welcome news to everyone who has experienced the detour that put bicycle riders on a narrow sidewalk of SW Macadam.

The new path currently connects only to the north side of the Sellwood Bridge. A connection to the southern path of the bridge remains closed until the County finishes a new bridge that will take riders and walkers up to the deck.

Here’s more from the County:

Signs will direct trail users to access the trail from SW Miles Place. At first, some southbound trail users may access the trail from SW Macadam via the Macadam Bay driveway, because the current path is on the SW Macadam sidewalk, which will now end at the driveway. Eventually, trail users will get used to the new alignment from Willamette Park to the bridge.


7 things to know for a great Bowie Vs Prince ride

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Ride co-leaders Lillian Karabaic and Tim Nakayama at last year’s Bowie Vs Prince.
(Photos: Lillian Karabaic)

The recent deaths of rock titans David Bowie and Prince have had a unique impact on Portland because of the beloved tradition of the Bowie Vs Prince ride. The woman who created the ride, Lillian Karabaic, sent us a few last-minute reminders before it rolls for the last time this Saturday (6/11) at 7:00 pm.

For the 9th and final time, Bowie Vs Prince will ride tomorrow through the streets of Portland. For some folks, they’ve never missed this ride, and for others, it will be their first time. Below are a few things to keep in mind before you roll out on Saturday night…

1. Best things to Bring for Dancing in The Streets

Bring snacks, water, lights, a bike lock, your ID and your dancing shoes. If you can, bring a candle for a memorial. If you usually hit bed early, I’d recommend a disco nap in the evening, as this ride will go late.