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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.
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A teaser peek at new bikes from Breadwinner Cycles

Friday, February 28th, 2014
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A long-travel hardtail mountain bike dubbed “Bad Otis” is one of two new models from Breadwinner Cycles.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Handmade Bicycle Show this weekend will showcase Oregon’s finest

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
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Immerse yourself in beautiful bicycles this weekend.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The sixth annual Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show (OHBS) is this weekend and if you love fine bicycles, this is an event you won’t want to miss. The OHBS promises to be a fantastic showcase of expertly executed designs, meticulous builds, and a chance to meet and hang out with the builders behind the headbadges.

The OHBS is put on by the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association, a member-supported non-profit organization formed in 2006 with the aim to promote Oregon bike builders. The bike show is their largest annual event and its a great way to support the industry.

Organizers of this weekend’s event say we can expect about 30 exhibitors. Along with some of the local builders you’ve come to expect at this show, there are a few new ones that will make their OHBS debut on Saturday: (more…)

First look: The new NTS Works ’2×4′ e-bike brings cargo up a notch

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Neal Saiki sits on the waist-high cargo bed of the new 2×4 cargo bike.
(Photos © M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Some cargo bikes, built for personal freight and boxes, are low and light. Others, built for kids and errands, are deep and sturdy.

The cargo bike Neal Saiki is about to bring to market has a new formula. It’s built to operate at the height that most of the world’s work actually gets done: approximately three feet in the air.

But for the 2×4 cargo e-bike, which Saiki showed off in Portland this week, a waist-high cargo bed is just the beginning.

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Velo Cult to launch in-house frame building studio

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Local frame builders Travis Cooper (left) and Joshua Bryant will
share their craft with the public at Velo Cult.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Breadwinner Cycles launch draws huge crowd

Monday, April 8th, 2013
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The launch of Breadwinner Cycles drew a huge crowd.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Breadwinner Cycles drew a huge crowd to Velo Cult on Friday night. The event marked the official launch of the company which was started by noted bike builders Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan (we profiled Breadwinner back in February).

At Friday night’s event, the highlight for me was the assemblage of locally owned Ira Ryan Cycles and Pereira Cycles bikes. Tony and Ira invited all their local customers to display their bikes as a way to demonstrate the lineages that produced Breadwinner. It was really cool to see all these custom bikes, banged up and dirty from being ridden on local streets by local riders. There were touring bikes, racing bikes, mountain and city ramblers, and everything in between. I was especially keen to meet the owners Ira and Tony’s first bikes sold in Portland…
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Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira team up to launch ‘Breadwinner Cycles’

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
Breadwinner Cycles sneak peek-2
Introducing Breadwinner Cycles.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira, two of Portland’s most well known bicycle builders, are going all-in on a new company. The duo plan to formally launch Breadwinner Cycles at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Denver this weekend.

“We’re coming together to build more bikes for more people,” is how Pereira explained it when I got a sneak peek at the new line of bikes last week.

Breadwinner is more than just a new bike company, it’s the beginning of a new adventure for Pereira and Ryan. After spending over seven years (each) building up their own brands — Pereira Cycles and Ira Ryan Cycles both started in 2006 — the launch of Breadwinner as a standalone bike company marks a significant step in a new direction.

“This is definitely a huge leap for us,” Pereira said, as he and Ryan bantered over final details prior to loading up their new bikes in a truck and driving to Denver for the Big Show.

Far from just another custom bike brand, Pereira says their five-year plan is to establish a factory, hire welders, and make 1,000 bikes per year. (more…)

Bicycle builders share space, dreams on SE Ankeny

Thursday, February 14th, 2013
The framebuilders of 1515 SE Ankeny-16
Four builders share a shop space at 1515 SE Ankeny. L to R: Travis Cooper (Cycles Cooper), Joshua Bryant (Cycles J. Bryant), Bob Kazmelski (Bantam Cycle Works), Tess Velo (Telos Cycles).
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Argonaut, Cielo toasted at River City Bicycles

Friday, January 25th, 2013
Cielo and Argonaut at River City Bicycles-6
Fine bicycles and fine wine at River City
Bicycles last night.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last night River City Bicycles hosted a launch event for a new bike brand and toasted the ongoing success of an old one. Attendees were treated to fine wine, cheese, and nice nibbles from the in-house kitchen at Chris King Precision Components.

The focus of the event was for River City to announce they are the first bike dealer anywhere to represent Argonaut, a new custom carbon fiber bike brand developed by local builder Ben Farver. River City is also a dealer for Cielo, another fine local bicycle company that sprung from the hands of Mr. Chris King himself.
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Tonight’s event pick: A First Date with Argonaut and Cielo Cycles

Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Cielo at NAHBS-9
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(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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