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Broken glasses? Local shop owner grabs a bike chain link

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
"Geeks use tape," Fahrner wrote. "I use chain links."
(Photo: Martina Fahrner.)

Martina Fahrner of Clever Cycles on Southeast Hawthorne lived up to her bike shop's name Tuesday after the bridge of her glasses broke.

"They just snapped in the middle," the shop owner and Bicycle Transportation Alliance board member said in a phone interview Wednesday. "The next morning I went to work, and they snapped again. So I had to find something to stabilize them."

The problem was that, even glued together, the glasses didn't pinch her nose properly. So she started looking around the shop for "something flat and decorative."

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Local shop now offers hot tub rentals, delivered by bike

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Trying out the Dutchtub-4
Wood-fired hot tub delivered by bike
and now available to rent.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland

The folks at Clever Cycles, those blessed souls that never fear a bold step into a new market, announced their Dutchtub rental program today. Remember Dutchtubs? Nine months ago when we broke the news that Clever Cycles was bringing these portable, wood-fired hot tubs to Portland, the story caused quite a buzz.

Now, after using the product for several months themselves and ironing out all the details with an insurance company, Clever Cycles is finally ready to launch a rental program. Starting today, you can order a Dutchtub and sit back and wait for a Clever Cycles "tubbist" to pedal one to your front door. (more...)

Family biking skills on display at 'Fiets of Parenthood'

Monday, September 17th, 2012
Fiets of Parenthood
At the Fiets of Parenthood event, Emily Finch and her seven kids of cargo, hit the teeter-totter ramp with gusto.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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A promising new cargo bike, made in Eugene

Monday, January 26th, 2009
The CETMA cargo bike during a preview/test-ride session at Clever Cycles earlier this month.
(Photo: cleverchimp on Flickr)

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Break-in attempt at Clever Cycles; reward offered

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Last night around midnight, two would-be thieves tried to break into Clever Cycles on SE Hawthorne Blvd. Here's a photo of the scene taken a few hours ago: (more...)

Slip slidin' away? Check out these tips and free workshops

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
This woman stays dry and
visible with a poncho.
(Photos J. Maus)

Monsoon season is upon us in Portland. When you jump on your bike these days, you never know what awaits you; wind, rain, leaf-strewn (and slippery) bike lanes, or all of the above (no ice yet, but that's coming too).

This time of year presents challenging conditions for two-wheeled travelers. The good news is that there are others willing to share tips to help make your riding safe and enjoyable throughout fall and winter.

We've recently focused on keeping kids happy on the bike, and PDOT has offered a nice set of winter riding tips. (more...)

Clever Cycles opens for business

Friday, June 1st, 2007
Opening Day at Clever Cycles
Clever Cycles is now open.
View gallery
(File photo)

It's been almost ten months since I first mentioned bakfiets on this site. Back in August, I spotted one on NE Broadway and I was blown away by the simple, elegant utility of it.

That story sparked a lot of interest and it was clear Portland was ready for the Dutch bike revolution. Now I'm happy to report that today is the first day of business for Portland's very own Dutch city bike and bakfiets dealer; Clever Cycles.

The shop is located just south of Hawthorne Blvd on SE 9th and I stopped in today to check things out.
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Signs of life from Clever Cycles

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007
Can you spot the bakfiets?
Photo: Clever Cycles on Flickr

Clever Cycles, Portland's soon-to-be-opening retail shop that will carry bakfiets cargo bikes and "a complete line of resoundingly practical biking gear" is showing signs of life at their location on SE 9th Ave., just south of Hawthorne Blvd.

Part of a Dutch bike invasion sweeping North America, this shop will complete a triangle of two-wheeled revelry; it's just a block away from the Lucky Lab and their Bike Route Rye, and The Recyclery bike shop.
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Clever Cycles signs lease on new shop

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
NAHBS Day 2 (second half)
[Clever Cycles' Todd Fahrner
in San Jose.]

Cleverchimp founder and Clever Cycles co-owner Todd Fahrner is here at the Handmade Bicycle Show and he just gave me an update on his plans to open up a new bike shop in Portland.

Todd and his partners in the business (his wife Martina Fahrner and Rachel and Dean Mullin) have signed a lease on a space at 1516 SE 9th (just off Hawthorne, across from the Lucky Lab Brew Pub).

Todd says the 1800 square-foot shop should be ready for a grand opening this spring.
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It's official: Portland gets Dutch bike distributor

Thursday, November 9th, 2006
People's Ride
[Dean Mullin of Clever
Cycles demonstrates
his bakfiets.]

I have just confirmed that the Dutch Bicycle Company -- a Florida-based importer of bakfiets and Dutch city bikes -- has named a Portland distributor.

According to Dutch Bicycle Company owner Dan Sorger, Northeast Portland resident Dean Mullin will represent the complete range of Dutch city bikes offered by his company through his newly established business, Clever Cycles.

On a side note, I can't help but notice that Clever Cycles is similar to Cleverchimp, the local business of Todd Fahrner and his Stokemonkey electric assist product.

Todd and Dean recently collaborated on an Stokemonkey-equipped bakfiets and I have a feeling that we'll be hearing more out of their partnership soon.
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