Locked Up

Welcome to Locked Up, a semi-regular column that showcases the weird and wonderful bikes of Portland. Browse past stories below and click the headlines for more photos.

Locked Up: A vintage Peugeot mixte with tasteful upgrades

by on February 13th, 2014 at 10:04 am

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This old Peugeot, parked in front of the Multnomah County Health building on SE Stark, is a feast for bike nerds and a testament to its owner’s eye for beautiful and functional upgrades.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome back to Locked Up. It’s been two years since we last shared a beautiful and/or interesting bike we found parked in a Portland bike rack.

Today’s subject is a gorgeous, green, single-speed Peugeot mixte that caught my eye as I rolled into my office this morning. I love the classic and simple lines of these bikes and this one in particular has some very nice custom touches that made me loop back and take a closer look.

Locked Up: Lugged steel Trek downtown

by on January 3rd, 2012 at 9:53 am

Finding lugged steel frames built by Trek and other large manufacturers is uncommon. It’s even more rare to find them in good condition.
(Photos: Will Vanlue)


Locked Up: Santa’s sleigh bike on N Mississippi

by on December 23rd, 2011 at 9:00 am

A santa hat, garland, wreath, tree, and even a flag with a snowball attached!


Locked Up: Colorful, quirky touring bike at NoPo Library

by on December 12th, 2011 at 1:12 pm

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Worth a closer look.
(Photos © J. Maus)

I don’t know about you, but every so often I come across a parked bike that makes me stop in my tracks for a closer look. Whether it’s a vintage steed worthy of a museum collection, or a quirky customized freak bike that’s truly one-of-a-kind, these bikes deserve to be shared.

That’s the inspiration behind Locked Up, a new column that will showcase interesting bikes we see parked throughout Portland.

Gas-powered wheelchair bike spotted in Old Town

by on September 22nd, 2011 at 1:37 pm

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Yes that’s a gas tank.
See more photos below.
(Photos © J. Maus)

With the Oregon Manifest set to start tomorrow, I’ve been thinking a lot about just what exactly is the “ultimate modern utility bike.”

I’ve also been thinking about the many people in our community who make bikes. From the visionary ‘velocipedes’ of Neal Fegan, the ‘rejuiced’ functionality of Johnnie Olivan, the large-scale production of the folks at Chris King, and of course the independent artisan craftsmen and craftswomen pursuing perfection for hours on end. (more…)