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BikeCraft: Photos and highlights from day one

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
BikeCraft saw healthy crowds at its opening day. The event continues tomorrow with doors opening at 11:00 am.

Day One of BikeCraft 2011 is in the books. There was a great turnout today and many many fine things to browse and buy.

Below are some of the things that caught my eye. Remember, if you’re just waking up on Sunday morning, you’ve got plenty of time to get down to 420 NE 9th and do some shopping. BikeCraft is open from 11 – 6pm and there’s lots of good stuff left!

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BikeCraft: Come for the handmade gifts; stay for the other stuff

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Dezy Walls - the Pianobike kid-14
Come meet Dezy and hear him
play his amazing Piano Bike at
BikeCraft on Saturday.
(Photos © J. Maus)

If you haven’t figured it out by now, BikeCraft isn’t just a holiday gift bazaar: It’s a place where folks come out of the winter cold, catch up with friends, and enjoy that special, bike-infused flavor of Portland holiday cheer.

And to make it even better this year, the folks putting on the event have lined up some splendid diversions that will make for a perfect break from all the shopping.

Here’s a full rundown of the live music and other attractions coming to BikeCraft this weekend: (more…)

BikeCraft not just for Portland makers anymore

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
This weekend!
(Photo: Adams Carroll)

When I first held BikeCraft on that snowy evening way back in December 2005, besides an excuse to bring people together and hang out with friends, my main goal was prove the following point: “Look at all this amazing bike stuff that’s made by hand right here in Portland!”

In subsequent years I stayed mostly true to that, only allowing Portland-based vendors to participate (although last year we welcomed several from out-of-town). In the six years that have followed, I think we’ve proved the point quite well.

This year, my friends Aaron and Amos (who have taken the reins of the BikeCraft event) have lined up an impressive list of vendors from out of town. Here’s a closer look at them… (more…)

Who’s coming to BikeCraft?

Friday, November 11th, 2011
There will be lots to see and do at BikeCraft. Start doing your homework now by perusing the current vendor list below.
(All photos © J. Maus unless otherwise noted)

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BikeCraft 2011: Dates, venue set and a big announcement

Monday, October 10th, 2011
Check out the new BikeCraft website.

BikeCraft is getting bigger and better this year in more ways than one.

But before I announce the dates and venue (scroll down if you can’t wait), I want to let you all know that I’ve officially handed over the event to someone else.

Since that magical snow night in January 2005, BikeCraft has had a special place in my heart. It still does; but this year, with some recent staffing changes (as in, I’m working solo at the moment), there was no way I could pull it all together.
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Full wrap-up from BikeCraft: Thanks for another great show!

Monday, December 6th, 2010
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BikeCraft is over (sniff, sniff).
(Photos © J. Maus)

I realize I’m slightly biased, but I think our sixth annual BikeCraft went extremely well. We had a steady flow of pleasant crowds all weekend, new vendors that raised eyebrows, lots of sales, and most importantly everyone seemed to have a great time (even if it they did so while wearing gloves, scarves, jackets and hats — it was cold!).

Before I get into some vendor and product highlights, I want to thank everyone that helped us make it possible:

  • BikePortland sales and business manager Jonathan “JR” Reed (once again) did a stellar job putting it all together. (Seriously, I wasn’t really much help at all.)
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More photos from Day One of BikeCraft

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
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Jess and Kronda scored new
belts from Cycle Dog.
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Day one of BikeCraft is in the books. Below are the rest of the photos from the show floor. If you missed the action today — or if you didn’t get to see everything and need to come back — we’ll be open tomorrow (Sunday, 12/5) from 10:00 to 6:00 at 15 NE Hancock. You can see the second batch of photos in the gallery or in the slideshow below… (more…)

Video: The BTA Carolers with “O Come All Ye Bicyclists”

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
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BTA members and staff singing
“O Come All Ye Bicyclists.”
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One of the many treats at Day One of BikeCraft was a performance by the BTA Carolers. Our friends from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (with help from Steph Routh of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition), warmed up the venue with a performance of holiday songs. I snapped a quick video of their very fun rendition of “O Come all ye Faithful.” Listen to the lyrics to see how they added a bit of bikey flair…

Stay tuned for more photos and coverage from BikeCraft. We’re very excited for another day of vendors, music, treats, and holiday cheer. Join us tomorrow (Sunday) from 10:00 – 6:00 at 15 NE Hancock (one block north of Broadway/Williams). Stay tuned for full photo gallery from today and be sure to check our Twitter updates for snapshots from the vendor action today (and more tomorrow!).

BikeCraft is on: Here’s what you’re missing

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
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It’s huge! It’s fun! It’s happening
right now!
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(Photos © J. Maus)

The 6th annual BikeCraft holiday gift fair is up and running. Below is a sampling of the amazing arts, crafts, and gifts that are on display. We are here all weekend (15 NE Hancock, north of Broadway off of N. Williams) from 10am to 6pm. In addition to lots of cool goods and people and holiday cheer, we also have beer from Hopworks, kettle corn from Pedal Kettle, soup from Soupcycle, treats and eats from Whole Foods, and much more… (more…)

A few last-minute notes about BikeCraft

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
Nice huh? See more from Portland-based
Truce Designs at BikeCraft (Sunday only).

I’m about to head down to 15 NE Hancock to help JR and a crew of volunteers put the finishing touches on the BikeCraft venue (the big event starts tomorrow at 10:00 am). Before I sign off for the day, I wanted to share a few final notes…

New Vendors!
— Local bag maker Truce Designs. Luke’s bags are made from recycled materials (like old sails) and they have a waterproof “floating drop liner” which make them great for biking in Portland. NOTE: Truce will only be vending on Sunday.

— Also coming out to share his skills is John “Dutch” Paglia of Body by Bike (Facebook link). Dutch is a chiropractor who makes house calls and offers mobile bodycare from his tall bike. He’ll be giving free, 10 minute massages throughout the day. (more…)

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