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Create your own custom bag at Chrome’s downtown store

Friday, May 30th, 2014
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Lara Kessler, a full-time seamstress at the
Chrome retail store, walks a customer through
the ordering process.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

In a town where so many people get around by bike or transit, having a good (and waterproof) bag is essential. That’s probably one reason why Chrome opened up a retail store here two years ago (to go along with existing stores in Chicago, New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco (their hometown).

Now the company, known for its iconic messenger bags and roots in courier culture, is touting their ability to offer custom bags sewn and stitched as customers watch.

Chrome spokesman Billy Sinkford said Chrome has offered custom bags in the past via their online store, but they’ve only beefed up the custom program at the retail level in the past two years. Sinkford said the in-store custom option is a way for Chrome to strengthen their connection to local customers. “It’s about integrating deeper into the community… We want people using bags they’re stoked to use.”
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Showers Pass unveils ‘waterproof breathable’ socks

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Showers Pass is expanding their product line once again with the new “Crosspoint” sock which they say is waterproof and breathable. Check out the photo and press release below and stay tuned for our review once we get a pair to try out…

NEW: Waterproof Breathable Socks from Showers Pass
Three-Layer Bonded Construction Provides Truly Innovative Wet Weather Protection for
Cycling, Running, Nordic Skiing, and Other Outdoor Activities

Portland, Ore., December 3, 2013 – Showers Pass, the Portland, Oregon-based leader in wet and inclement weather protection for cyclists has introduced a first-ever, multi-sport waterproof-breathable sock for cycling, running, skiing and other outdoor activities.

Reflecting Showers Pass’ trademark attention to detail and commitment to solving the problems of cyclists and other outdoor athletes, the new Crosspoint WP sock provides fast, reliable moisture control for even the toughest outdoor sports – while still feeling like a normal sock.

Thanks to a three-layer bonded construction, the new Crosspoint sock provides reliable moisture control and full submersion protection for even the toughest outdoor sports. An Artex waterproof-breathable membrane is sandwiched between the knit outer layer and moisture-wicking Coolmax FX nylon lining for total protection and optimal comfort. A touch of Spandex ensures a snug fit.

“When you’re talking about outdoor sports in winter, it is critical to protect your feet and keep them dry,” says Kyle Ranson, president, Showers Pass. “Being miles from home in harsh conditions with wet feet can get you in serious trouble very quickly. But that’s no reason to be stuck in clammy, uncomfortable footwear. That’s why we’ve taken everything we know about temperature and moisture control in outerwear and poured it into the fabrication of these new socks.”

The Showers Pass Crosspoint Mid-Calf WP sock retails at an MSRP of $35, and is available from cycling and sports outerwear retailers worldwide. For more information on this and other Showers Pass products, visit www.showerspass.com.

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About Showers Pass (www.showerspass.com)
Portland, Ore. based Showers Pass designs and markets technically innovative cycling outerwear and bicycle accessories to top independent bicycle dealers, specialty retailers and a strong, loyal consumer base across the United States and abroad. Showers Pass gear is engineered for bicycle racers, commuters, and everyday cycling enthusiasts. The company is focused on designing performance products so innovative that they inspire more people to ride in any and every weather condition.

Detroit-made, low-priced city bike set for Portland debut

Friday, November 1st, 2013
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The “A-Type” from Detroit Bikes is made in Detroit and retails for $550.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

A new bike company based in Detroit says they’ve cracked one of the toughest nuts in the bicycle industry: A full-fledged city bike made in the USA that retails for just $550. The “A-Type” from Detroit Bikes is made in the company’s 50,000 square foot factory and it’s about to invade Portland. With a free concert and launch party set for Saturday night, and a local dealer already set up to sell them, I figured it was time to give these bikes a closer look. (more…)

Local product designer raises over $90,000 for bike horn on Kickstarter

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Remember the “Orp”? The quirky creation of local product/industrial design firm FUSE has just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign. We heard from Orp’s creator and FUSE owner Toren Orzek that they’ve raised over $96,000, easily surpassing their goal of $90,000 with five days still to go.

The Orp was inspired by the tragic right-hook collisions that took the lives of Tracey Sparling and Brett Jarolimek back in 2007. As designers and engineers often do, Toren and the crew at his central eastside studio went to work to create a loud bicycle horn that could be heard inside the cabin of a car. The 96 decibel horn is also a bright LED light and it’s much smaller than other loud bicycle horns on the market. When we wrote about the Orp back in December, it had a sound that resembled a fire alarm. After hearing feedback that a more vehicle-like sound would be better, FUSE changed the sound to sound more like the “beep-beep” of a moped. (more…)

Showers Pass to launch new glove line

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
New gloves from Showers Pass
(Photo: Showers Pass)

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Meet the “Orp” a new bike horn (and light) created in Portland

Thursday, December 13th, 2012
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Portland-based industrial designer
Toren Orzeck and his “Orp” bike horn/light.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Many people ride with bike bells; but the truth is, in the midst of traffic they are not nearly loud enough to be heard inside the cabin of a car or truck. That’s a problem that Toren Orzeck of Fuse, a product design firm located in southeast Portland, wanted to fix. “I’m not the best biker,” he said when I met him at his shop back in September, “but I love to solve problems.”

The “Orp” — which went live on Kickstarter today — is Orzeck’s solution. Orzeck is a former designer for GE Plastics and Nike whose brain seems to never stop working. He started thinking about the bike horn idea after the tragic, right-hook deaths of Tracey Sparling and Brett Jarolimek in October 2007. He felt an even greater urgency to solve this problem when, in summer of 2008, the gas-price induced bike boom got him and his employees on their bikes.

“I thought, there’s got to be a way to make bikes more visible — or maybe more hearable.” (more…)

Faraday e-bike funded on Kickstarter, in Portland this weekend

Thursday, July 26th, 2012
See it in Portland this weekend.

One of the most anticipated new bikes in years, the Faraday Porteur, is headed to Portland this weekend. The bike, which was discovered here on BikePortland when it debuted at the Oregon Manifest Design Challenge competition back in September, boasts a gorgeous design, detachable front rack, hub-powered lights, and a smartly integrated battery for electric assist.

Earlier this month the man behind the bike, Portland native and MIT grad Adam Vollmer announced he planned to mass-produce the bike. Vollmer went to Kickstarter in hopes of raising the $100,000 needed to get the production started. The project quickly reached that goal and now Vollmer and his crew have left the San Francisco Bay Area where the company was founded and are headed up to Portland.

I caught up with Vollmer via email to learn more about his Portland roots, the rise of Faraday, e-bike evangelism, and more…
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Portland bike parts distributor launches “PDX Lox” brand

Thursday, July 5th, 2012
New from Cyclone.

Portland might have lost its namesake bike; but there are still plenty of products that owe their inspiration to our great city. Local parts distributor Cyclone Bicycle Supply recently launched a new line of locks under the PDX Lox brand name.

Cyclone’s Inside Sales Manager Matt Case says there are four lock models (two u-locks, two cable locks) under the new label. The locks were developed in partnership with Kryptonite and they come with all the same theft protection warranties that company offers on their own popular line of locks. (Just like Kryptonite locks, Case says, once you’ve registered your bike and lock online, you can file a claim in the event of a theft and get up to $1,000 if your bike gets stolen.)

The PDX Lox u-locks come in two styles, the “Hood” ($32 MSRP) and the smaller “St. Helens” ($30)
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The ‘Bikesuit’: Perfect for Portland?

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
A one-piece, rain-proof bike suit.
(Photo: Bikesuit)

I don’t do a lot of product coverage here on BikePortland; but a reader sent me a link to something the other day that really got my attention. It’s called the “Bikesuit” and in a place like Portland where riding in the rain is a way of life, I thought it deserved your attention too.

The Bikesuit is a one-piece, head-to-toe bit of rainwear is meant to protect you from all the elements. It’s made by The Smart Products Company, which is based in The Netherlands (same folks that brought us those Rainlegs chaps).

Here’s more from the company: (more…)

Look out Portland, here come ‘Dutchtubs’

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Southeast Portland bike shop (and long-time BikePortland supporter!) Clever Cycles is no stranger to introducing innovative products from Europe to local bike lovers. But their latest idea might be their most awesome yet.

Perusing their latest email newsletter I came across this…

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