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Industry Ticker: Kleppinger in at Cyclone, Powell leaves Portland Design Works

by on June 6th, 2016 at 2:02 pm

Uma Kleppinger.(Photo: Cyclone Bicycle)

Uma Kleppinger.
(Photo: Cyclone Bicycle)

One hire and one big change at the top are the latest stories from our local bike industry.

Cyclone Bicycle, a Portland based bike parts and accessory distributor, has hired Üma Kleppinger as its marketing content manager. And Dan Powell, co-founder of Portland Design Works is leaving the company.

Check out the press release below for more details on the Cyclone Bicycle news:

Kleppinger comes to Cyclone with 15 years of content creation and creative services experience, working in numerous markets. She has 6 years of experience in the cycling industry working as a copywriter, branding specialist and marketing consultant. She is a freelance editorial writer for national cycling publications, and has served as Editor-in-Chief on Specialized’s digital magazine, Your Ride, Your Rules.

“I’ve been looking for an opportunity to get on board with a growing bike brand where the diversity of my branding and content experience will directly contribute to that growth,“ said Kleppinger. “Working with big brands is exciting, but I especially enjoy helping to elevate emerging brands.”

Cyclone has enjoyed a growth spurt lately, with the recent acquisition of Action Bicycle USA and signing several new brands.The company has also restructured and expanded its Portland headquarters, underscoring the need to expand the marketing department.
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Industry Ticker: New products from Portland Design Works and North St. Bags

by on November 9th, 2015 at 2:52 pm

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Portland Design Works’ new City Rover and the “Scout” from North St. Bags.

Two of our favorite local companies have just announced new products: Portland Design Works has a new headlight and North St. Bags just went big with a whole new line of duffel bags.
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Industry Ticker: Portland Design Works will crowdfund new fat bike pump

by on May 19th, 2015 at 3:16 pm

PDW’s Kickstarter video for the new pump.

There are many reasons we love Portland Design Works. They’re based right here in Portland, they give back to the community through sponsorship of events like trail work parties and Rider Appreciation Day on Williams Avenue, they make our Ride Alongs possible, and they happen to make very functional and well-designed products for cycling.
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Meet the three winners of our Ride Along contest

by on April 8th, 2015 at 11:23 am

We’re excited to announce the winners of our Ride Along contest!
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Announcing our Ride Along with Portland Design Works contest

by on March 19th, 2015 at 2:08 pm

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We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Portland Designs Works. And we’re kicking it off with a contest that will win three lucky readers $300 worth of PDW gear.

This fantastic local company first sprung into our hearts back in 2009 and has really hit their stride in the last few years thanks to a line of smartly designed products, creative spirit and authentic commitment to our community.

Now, PDW has stepped up to be the official sponsor of our Ride Along series! That’s the regular feature we’ve been doing for just over three years now where I meet up with a reader at their house and join them for their ride into work. Along the way, we get to know the person and we see their ride — the good, the bad, and the ugly parts — from their perspective. (more…)

Light and warmth: New Portland Design Works Lars Rover and Showers Pass baselayer

by on November 26th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Two new products from Portland-based bike companies deserve your attention — especially as evening commutes get darker and rides get colder.

Body-Mapped Baselayer from Showers Pass

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Male version shown. It also comes in a female version.

Showers Pass rain jackets are sort of an unofficial uniform for Portland bike riders. Given how many of them dot the streetscape when weather turns wet and cold, you’d think they were handed out at the border.
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‘Rider Appreciation Day’ shows business support for cycling on Williams Ave

by on July 31st, 2014 at 11:38 am

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Wine Up, a wine bar on Williams Ave, gave away free snacks and drinks to bicycle riders yesterday.
(Photos by J Maus/BikePortland)

What often gets lots in emotional planning meetings and divisive media headlines is that, in reality, many business owners in Portland not only support bicycling, they embrace and encourage it. Nowhere was that more evident than last night’s Rider Appreciation Day on N Williams Ave. (more…)

Light review: Portland Design Works’ Aether Demon and Spaceship/RADBOT combo

by on February 19th, 2014 at 10:03 am

Just part of PDW’s large family of lights.

— Note from the Publisher: Please join me in welcoming Nicholas Von Pless and Alana Harris to the BikePortland team. Regular readers know that this site does not review products very often. That’s something I’ve been wanting to change for a long time, and Nicholas and Alana are going to help finally make it happen. Stay tuned as we post more reviews and fine-tune the format to make these as readable and useful as possible. Email feedback to jonathan@bikeportland.org. Thanks for reading. — Jonathan
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Portland Design Works hires new Sales Manager

by on February 4th, 2014 at 11:41 am

In case you missed it on the Job Listings this morning, Portland Design Works is hiring a Marketing Manager. And, in yet another sign that the local company continues to grow and mature, they’ve just hired a new Sales Manager. Check the announcement below…

PDW Hires National Sales Manager (more…)

Today: Islabikes Open House and Rider Appreciation Day on Williams

by on July 17th, 2013 at 9:09 am

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Get an inside look at Islabikes at their open house today.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

There are two events today you won’t want to miss (actually three, but we’ll share the third one in a separate post later today).

Islabikes, the UK-based purveyor of fine children’s bicycles is hosting an Open House event at their new store in southeast Portland (which we visited back in May). Islabikes established their North American headquarters at SE 7th and Lincoln in March and they’ve found a healthy business niche so far.

Islabikes North American GM Tim Goodall will open up his shop for a day of fun (a unicycling juggler), sweet treats (“farm fresh ice cream” from Salt & Straw) and test rides. The founder of the company, noted bicycle designer Isla Rowntree, will also be in attendance. (more…)