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Industry Ticker: Islabikes steps up youth bike offerings with new ‘Pro Series’

Posted on May 25th, 2016 at 9:39 am.

Serious bikes for kids who are ready to go fast.(Photos: Islabikes)

Serious bikes for kids who are ready to go fast.
(Photos: Islabikes)

Islabikes has just taken kids bikes to a whole new level.

The UK-based company that opened their North American headquarters in southeast Portland three years ago has just launched the new ‘Pro Series’ range. They call it “the pinnacle of performance for youth that really want to push limits in regards to stealth and handling.”

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What I learned at the Portland Electric Bike Expo

Posted on May 23rd, 2016 at 10:22 am.

Keola Munos with A2B's heavy-duty lineup.(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Keola Munos with A2B’s heavy-duty lineup.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

As Jonathan wrote on Friday, this weekend’s Electric Bike Expo has been a milestone for Portland, a metro area that offers a rich bike-friendly culture but also has enough hills that many people are effectively shut out of it.

Enter e-bikes. And enter the expo, a free event outside the Lloyd Center movie theater that brought in vendors from around the country. As an e-bike newbie — I’ve written about them plenty but only ridden one before — I spent a few hours there on Saturday to see some of the products and talk to the customers and sellers. Here’s a quick tour of what I found.

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OHSU’s Go By Bike Valet has doubled its users in three years

Posted on May 20th, 2016 at 10:12 am.

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The valet in 2012. It’s co-funded by OHSU and the private bike shop that operates nearby.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

One of Portland’s most unusual experiments in privately funded bike promotion keeps growing and growing.

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Industry Ticker: Cyclone Bicycle hires Mark Mollenkopf as national sales director

Posted on May 16th, 2016 at 2:47 pm.

Mark Mollenkopf.(Photo: Cyclone Bicycle Supply)

Mark Mollenkopf.
(Photo: Cyclone Bicycle Supply)


Portland, OR – May 14, 2016 – For immediate release
In another sign of growth, Portland-based bicycle parts distributor Cyclone Bicycle Supply has hired a national sales director. Check out the details in the press release below:

Cyclone Bicycle has hired Mark Mollenkopf as national sales director. Mollenkopf will help direct sales team expansion for the company.

Mollenkopf comes to Cyclone with nearly 10 years of experience in the cycling industry. He also has sales experience in the golf industry.

“As Cyclone expands into larger markets, it presents an exciting opportunity for me to focus on building relationships with loyal, long-time customers as well as new dealers,“ said Mollenkopf. “I’ll be supporting the sales team by providing a stronger focus and structured approach as we expand our presence, particularly in California and on the East Coast.”

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Portland’s biggest, baddest bike parking facility is about to open

Posted on May 13th, 2016 at 10:16 am.

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Inside the Lloyd Cycle Station, where you can catch a game on the tube while you chill after a ride.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland unless noted)

Generally speaking, Portland does bike parking better than any city in North America. And one of the continent’s biggest bike parking projects is about to open in the middle of it.

The Lloyd Cycle Station, which opens to the public next month in the basement of the Lloyd 700 Building at 700 NE Multnomah Street, will offer half of the record-breaking 1,200 indoor bike parking spaces constructed as part of Hassalo on Eighth in the Lloyd District. But unlike most residential bike parking projects, this facility will also be open to people who work or shop in the area.

The 24-hour facility will offer service from on-site mechanics, paid lockers, showers, a bike-repair stand, extra-large cargo bike parking, a bike wash and free “commute consultations.”

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Stumptown Coffee employees can now check out a bike from the company fleet

Posted on May 12th, 2016 at 2:07 pm.

The new Stumptown Coffee employee bike fleet — complete with helmets and backpacks.(Photos: Stumptown Coffee)

The new Stumptown Coffee employee bike fleet — complete with helmets and backpacks.
(Photos: Stumptown Coffee Roasters)

Stumptown Coffee has grown into a national brand since its first cafe opened on SE Division back in 1999; but the company just did something that centers it firmly back onto its Portland roots. They’ve purchased a fleet of four bikes that any employee can check out and use to pedal around the city.

After seeing the bikes pop up on Twitter we asked a bit more about them and Stumptown Vice President Matt Lounsbury gave us the details.

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Breadwinner rolling with new model and ‘Editor’s Choice’ award

Posted on May 10th, 2016 at 2:53 pm.

One of the best says Bicycling Magazine.(Photos: Breadwinner Cycles)

One of the best says Bicycling Magazine.
(Photos: Breadwinner Cycles)

Three years after two of Portland’s most well-known bicycle builders joined forces the duo is starting to hit their stride.

Breadwinner Cycles, the company founded by Portlanders Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan in 2013 are coming off a huge month. In April their speedy “Lolo” road bike was named an “Editor’s Choice” by Bicycling Magazine and they launched a new mountain bike model.

The editors at Bicycling test all the best bikes in the world but they gave only 20 of them Editor’s Choice honors. They considered 100 bikes in all and whittled that down to 75 before deciding on 41 bikes (21 mountain bikes and 20 road bikes) that “rose above ‘great’.”

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Next week’s ‘Better Broadway’ trial aims for better shopping environment

Posted on May 6th, 2016 at 9:12 am.

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(Images: Broadway-Weidler Alliance)

Nine months ago, one of the city’s top experts on the Lloyd District predicted to us that any changes to inner Northeast Portland’s main east-west arterial were 10 years away.

“I think people need to realize that Broadway doesn’t know what they want to do yet,” said Rick Williams, the founding director of the Go Lloyd business association, in an interview. “Broadway is kind of where we were 10 years ago: in the planning phase.”

But if an on-street trial next week of improved crosswalks and a protected bike lane do well, the planning phase could move pretty quickly.

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Chris DiStefano hired for new marketing and public affairs position at River City Bicycles

Posted on May 4th, 2016 at 4:44 pm.

Dave Guettler (L) and Chris DiStefano outside River City's central eastside location. (Photo: River City Bicycles)

Dave Guettler (L) and Chris DiStefano outside River City’s central eastside location.
(Photo: River City Bicycles)

Bicycle industry veteran Chris DiStefano has accepted a position as marketing and public affairs director for River City Bicycles.

DiStefano’s career in the bike world spans over two decades and he has held high profile roles with Shimano, Chris King Precision Components, and most recently Rapha, where he was communications director for North America. River City Bicycles was founded by Dave Guettler in 1995 and is one of the most successful independently-owned bike shops in America. Put together, these two powerhouses of business and advocacy are very likely to make huge waves in Portland and beyond.

In past positions DiStefano has embraced his role as a lobbyist for bike product makers and has proven to be an effective advocate. He’s been a loud voice pushing for mountain bike trails, he helped ferry the data-sharing relationship, between Strava and the Oregon Department of Transportation, and was picked by ODOT to serve on their Bike and Pedestrian Plan update committee. While at Chris King he made several trips to the National Bike Summit and even accepted invitations to the White House where he forged a working relationship with Secretary of Commercie Penny Pritzker.

Check out the official press release below:

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Car-sharing service Turo builds slowly, nears 50 cars in metro area

Posted on May 2nd, 2016 at 3:55 pm.

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Turo’s website lists just under 50 cars for rental.

If you own a car but don’t use it much, or if you don’t own a car but want one occasionally, your options keep getting better.

First came CarSharing Portland (the company that reintroduced car-sharing to the country in 1998) and its corporate successors Flexcar and Zipcar. Later came car2go, which was like Zipcar but you could return it anywhere inside the service area. And Getaround, which let people make money by essentially turning their personal car into a Zipcar.

Now, Turo is making a bid to increase its usage in the Portland area. The company essentially lets people turn their personal car into a Hertz: it’s like Getaround but it’s optimized for car rentals that last one or more days at a time.

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