Ruckus Composites

Guest Article: A ‘Simple’ bicycle: Made under one roof

by on March 20th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

A trio of Portland bike businesses came together
to build this bike, and it all happened under one roof.
(Photos and story by David Boerner)

This story and photos are by local freelance writer David Boerner.

I work under the Hawthorne Bridge in Portland’s Central Eastside or “Industrial Inner SE” – a jumble of worn out concrete, “freelance creatives,” hip eateries, and homeless people, sloping down the banks of the Willamette River from MLK to the water. Most people see only the warehouse rooftops, blasting over the neighborhood on the Hawthorne, Morrison, or Burnside bridges to get across the river. But underneath those bridges are some of the most interesting businesses in Portland, including a whole bunch of bike industry.

There are four bike companies in my building at the corner of Madison and 3rd Ave: Simple Bicycle Company/Arctos Jigs, Ruckus Composites*, and L’Ecu Bicycles.

Local bike industry roundup: Moves, expansions, hires, and more

by on February 5th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Portland-based Sage Cycles now has
its titanium frames made in Tennessee.

Portland’s local bike industry is alive and well. How do we know? Companies are launching, moving, expanding, hiring, and generally taking the bike world by storm in a number of exciting ways.

But don’t just take my word for it. Check out list below of local industry news we’ve been collecting over the past month or so…

Major move and expansion for Portland Bicycle Studio (more…)

Bike Science: Machismo and your ‘gain ratio’

by on November 24th, 2010 at 9:44 am

Tony Pereira's new singlespeeds-15.jpg
(Photo © J. Maus)

[This is our latest Bike Science column by Shawn Small. Read previous entries here.]

In the world of singlespeeds and fixed gears you often hear people talking about each other’s “gear-inches”. This is an easy way to prove your machismo and is also a way to get useful data about your riding style. Today on Bike Science, I’ll take a closer look at gear-inches and explain why I prefer to use the concept of “gain ratio” to out-macho my friends.

Introducing our new column: Bike Science with Shawn Small

by on September 10th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Our Bike Science superhero
Shawn Small will rescue you from
the sea of bike jargon and myths.
(Photo © J. Maus)

It’s with great excitement that I introduce our latest project here at BikePortland, a new column we call Bike Science with Shawn Small.

Shawn is the man and the mind behind Portland-based carbon fiber research lab and manufacturing company Ruckus Components (a business we profiled last year). He’s smart, he’s passionate about bikes, and he’s a mad scientist (I mean that in the best way possible) — all of which make him perfect for the job! (more…)

Ruckus Components weaves a business out of carbon fiber

by on September 24th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Shawn Small, owner of Ruckus Components, stands in his machine shop located in the Brooklyn neighborhood.
(Photos © J. Maus)