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

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
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

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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...

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Today: Islabikes Open House and Rider Appreciation Day on Williams

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013
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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...)

With new products, Portland Design Works is hitting their stride

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
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Company founder Erik Olson.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland,
unless noted otherwise)

After just four years in business, Portland Design Works has made a solid name for itself in the bike industry. It was September 2008 when we first shared that a young, former general manager at Planet Bike, Erik Olson, was leaving Wisconsin to start up a new company here in Portland. Olson came here specifically to allow his endeavor to feed off our rich and vibrant bike culture. A few months later he joined forces with fellow Planet Bike co-worker Dan Powell. And the rest, as they say, is history.

From their headquarters just off the busy bikeway of N. Williams Ave, Portland Design Works has built a distinctive brand on a shoestring marketing budget. They've done it by doing creative projects (Circulus anyone?), by becoming part of the community, and of course by designing some very cool, distinctive and functional products.

Earlier this month I spent some time with Powell, Olson, and Sales Manager Kevin Murphy to chat about how business is going and to get a peek at their latest offerings. (more...)

In new video, Portland Design Works shows 'Community Works'

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
Screen grab from 'Community Works'.
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It's rare that I'll give Front Page space to a company's in-house promo video; but I love the latest one from Portland Design Works.

The new video by talented filmmaker James Wilson (who has done loads of great work for local bike causes and companies), documents a few of PDW's recent forays into community service. As you might recall from coverage here on BikePortland, PDW gave the new Ventura Pump Track a big financial boost and they also funded and hosted the very fun Rider Appreciation Day (RAD) on North Williams Avenue. The video also features company co-owner Dan Powell making PB&Js for participants in the weekly MTB Short Track races out at Portland International Raceway.
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Circulus thrills in public debut

Monday, July 25th, 2011
The race was held in the warehouse of Portland Design Works.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Get ready to race on 'Circulus' mini-velodrome

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
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Head-to-head racing this weekend.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Remember the Circulus mini-velodrome? It's the 132-foot circumference wooden track and former art project that was purchased by local bike company Portland Design Works.

Since PDW bought the track earlier this year and then set it up in their warehouse just off N Williams Avenue, it has become quite popular. (more...)

'Circulus' mini-drome all set up in Portland: Now what?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
The 'Circulus' mini velodrome is currently set up in the Portland Design Works warehouse just off N. Williams Avenue on Hancock.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Portland Design Works supports bike advocacy through 1% for the Planet

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Just got this from local bike company Portland Design Works:

PDW kicks off year with donations to BTA and Northwest Trail Alliance

Portland, OR- Portland Design Works (PDW) is proud to announce it is kicking off 2011 by making matching donations of $2,400 to its local advocacy groups; the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and the Northwest Trail Alliance. The $4,800 total donation represents is PDWs 1% for the Planet donation for 2010.

“We see the value of what these outstanding grass roots organizations are doing for cyclists in our region,” said Daniel Powell of PDW about the BTA and the Northwest Trail Alliance. “We’re lucky to be able to take advantage of the work they do a daily basis, and we’re happy to support them”

As life-long mountain bikers, Powell and business partner Erik Olson have been blown away by the quality of the work that the Northwest Trail Alliance has done in recent projects at Sandy Ridge and Stub Steward State Park.

“We’re stoked by the announcement and the generous commitment from PD,” said Tom Archer, President of the Northwest Trail Alliance.  “We have a number of projects and initiatives on the board for 2011 and this work would not be possible without the support of a growing number local businesses like PDW who share our vision.”

As daily commuters, Olson and Powell regularly see the benefits of the initiatives the BTA works towards. Last fall, PDW also partnered with the BTA, donating $9,000 worth of tail lights to be used as membership premiums and to reinforce the message of the importance of staying visible on the roadway.

"PDW embodies Portland's bicycle culture in both their prodcuts, and through their commitment to local nonprofits like the BTA through 1% for the Planet, “ said the BTA’s Tom Rousculp, Membership Development Manager. “We’re proud to be a partner of Portland Design Works."

PDW is a cycling accessory company based in Portland, Oregon. The company is a member of 1% For the Planet, a global group of over one thousand companies that donate 1% of their sales to nearly two thousand environmental and advocacy organizations.

'Circulus' mini-velodrome finds a home in Portland

Monday, January 10th, 2011
The Circulus is moving to Portland.
(Photos: Emily Lace - More images here)

The Circulus, a 132-foot circumference wooden velodrome made as a senior thesis project by an art student in California, will get a second life thanks to a Portland-based bike company.

Artist Samuel Starr is a graduate of Pomona College who created the unique track as a senior capstone project last year. When Dan Powell, one of the founders of Portland Design Works saw a video of the track online this past summer, it left a lasting impression. When he heard it was for sale, he got in touch with Starr and the rest is history.

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