the lumberyard

Can you get air on a Biketown bike?

by on August 30th, 2016 at 12:37 pm

Yes, apparently you can.(Photo: The Lumberyard)

Yes, apparently you can.
(Photo: The Lumberyard)

Our friends at the Lumberyard Bike Park are doing great things and their indoor (and outdoor) riding facilities are getting better and better.

They just capped of a summer season that saw a record number of kids participate in their camps. Now they’re ramping up the fall after-school program schedule.

And while the business hums along, they still know how to have fun.

Case in point is the video they just released. They put a helmet-camera on one of their riders and had him check out a Biketown bike, ride it out to their location on SE 82nd Avenue and put it through the paces. (more…)

Portland Auto Show entertains their customers with… Bikes!

by on January 29th, 2016 at 9:50 am

Custom-built bike ramps at the Portland Auto Show.
(Photos: The Lumberyard Bike Park)

When the biking-est city in America hosts a big auto show, it should come as no surprise that bikes find their way into the mix. Such is the case with the Portland Auto Show, the big motoring to-do happening now through Sunday at the Oregon Convention Center — a location bordered by a streetcar line, a light rail line, and bike paths.

Industry Ticker: The Lumberyard inks deal with Timberline Ski Area

by on December 29th, 2015 at 11:36 am

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(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

No matter where you like to shred, The Lumberyard has you covered.

Portland’s beloved indoor bike park has inked a deal with Timberline Ski Area to give season pass holders discounts at both facilities. It goes both ways: If you’re a member of the Lumberyard you can now get 15 percent off your midweek lift tickets at Timberline; and if you are a season or annual pass member at Timberline, you can get a 15 percent off admission and bike rentals at The Lumberyard

If you’ve followed our coverage of The Lumberyard since they opened back in 2012, this news won’t come as a surprise. The company’s founders, Will Heiberg and Michael Whitesel, have modeled their ticketing plans on ski areas since the beginning.

The Lumberyard is donating $10,000 in bikes to the Community Cycling Center

by on November 5th, 2015 at 11:52 am

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Lumberyard co-founder Will Heiberg.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s way too early for us to start talking about Christmas, but we’ll make an exception for this story.

Today in east Portland the non-profit Community Cycling Center will pick up $10,000 worth of new bikes from The Lumberyard. The CCC’s Melinda Musser says the donation will include 32 “high quality” BMX bikes.

Musser says the “unprecedented” donation will help kick-start the organization’s annual Holiday Bike Drive and provide a new fleet of bikes to use in their kids programs next year. The CCC runs summer camps and bike safety programs in neighborhoods where some families can’t afford to buy bikes. And in December the CCC will give away about 300 bikes at their 20th annual Holiday Bike Drive.

Tonight: Register your bike in the ‘Bike Index’ at The Lumberyard

by on November 22nd, 2013 at 11:29 am

After raising over $50,000 in a successful Kickstarter campaign last month, the folks behind the Bike Index are wrapping up a five-city West Coast tour tonight in Portland. To celebrate the launch of their new national bike registry, they’re hosting a party tonight at The Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park (2700 NE 82nd Ave).

If you haven’t heard about the Bike Index, it’s humbly described as “an open source bike registry to fight bike theft and save the world.” The site is based in Chicago and its goal is to get more people to register their bikes before they’re stolen. Since the existing National Bike Registry charges a fee and uses outdated technology, few people actually use it. To encourage more widespread registration, the Bike Index crew has made their tool open-source, free to use and mobile-friendly. They also partner up with bike shops and other bike organizations to get bikes registered at the point of sale.

Here’s their promo vid: (more…)

MTB roundup: Helltrack, River View planning, Sandy Ridge award, and more

by on October 29th, 2013 at 10:37 am

Helltrack is coming!

Just because Portland isn’t known as a mountain biking mecca (yet), doesn’t mean we don’t have our share of mountain bike news. Check out the updates on several fronts below…

Helltrack at The Lumberyard
The Lumberyard has partnered up with PlusSizeBMX on an interesting event next month: They call it “Helltrack.” According to The Lumberyard’s event coordinator Amy Hardesty, Helltrack is a “multi-lap obstacle race with nine riders going head-to-head that combines indoor and outdoor features, a cereal bowl, pallets, bikes, beer, jumps, UCI Bro Barriers, Carnage, and good times.” There are racing categories for all types of riders (even kids!) and everyone is welcome. The course runs inside and outside The Lumberyard and there’s an after-party sponsored by Red Bull. Event dates are November 23-24th and registration is $20-25 per race. More info at LumberyardMTB.com or follow updates on the Facebook event page.

Dropping in at The Lumberyard

by on March 22nd, 2013 at 11:15 am

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Business partners Michael Whitesel (L) and
Will Heiberg (with his dog Sarah) have created something special
at The Lumberyard.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Before this week, it’d been over a year since I last set foot in The Lumberyard, an indoor mountain bike park on NE 82nd Avenue in the Madison South neighborhood. Since then, business partners Will Heiberg and Michael Whitesel have been very busy. They’ve transformed a barren former bowling alley into a biking playground complete with a pub, full bar, retail and repair shop, event space, and much more.

‘Women’s Weekend’ coming to The Lumberyard

by on January 4th, 2013 at 10:04 am

2013 is shaping up to be a huge year for The Lumberyard indoor bike park. Yesterday I shared news about two clinics/events this month and today they’ve just shared news of yet another big event. Check out full details below…

Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park will host Sugar Showdown Woman’s Weekend

The Lumberyard MTB, Portland’s unique indoor bike park at 2700 NE 82nd Ave, will host our first ever Sugar Showdown Women’s Weekend January 25-27, 2013. All skill levels are welcome. Groups will be split into beginner, intermediate and advanced. Women riders will learn riding techniques, pumping, jumping, drops, wheel lifts, cornering, railing and berms.

Sweetlines U.S. and Canadian pro-instructors Kat Sweet, Tammy Donahugh, Angi Weston, Lindsey Vories, Cortney Knudson, Gale Dahlager, and Lorraine Blancher will provide top-notch mountain biking instruction tailored to women. Sweetlines mission is to build confidence, create community, and promote stewardship through educational mountain biking programs that empower women and youth.

“We are building the Sisterhood of Shred with this event,” said Kat Sweet, founder of Sweetlines and a 25-year mountain biking veteran. “By providing a super supportive environment with the best coaches in North America, women are able to push their own personal boundaries while having tons of fun.”

On Friday evening riders will have an opportunity to meet the instructors and other women taking the clinic. On Saturday, the team of coaches will offer workshops and classes concentrated on jumps, drops, wall rides and berms. On Sunday, riders can show off what they learned by competing for different prizes during the pump and jump competition. Judging will be based on style, skill, and trickery. Spectators are welcome to come watch Sunday’s event. The Lumberyard will be closed to all other riders from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for the Women’s Weekend.

The event sponsors include Shimano, Teva, Race Face, Diety, Nutcase, and Pivot Cycles.

The Clinic costs $150 and is limited to 60 women. The competition is an additional $30.

“BikeKwonDo” (and more) coming to The Lumberyard this month

by on January 3rd, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Ride, Daniel-son.

The Lumberyard, Portland’s indoor bike park, has quickly gained a loyal following. But while most people think of it as a place to ride the berms, ramps, and other fun features, The Lumberyard is also beginning to fulfill its potential as a prime location for industry gatherings, product debuts, and skills clinics.

Case in point are two events this month that will help make you a better all-around rider whether you’re a roadie, a mountain-biker, a ‘cross racer, or whatever.

On Tuesday of next week (1/8), professional mountain biker Sonya Looney (Topeak Ergon) will lead a guided Q & A about all things mountain biking. She’ll be handing out tips about everything from technique to equipment, clothing and nutrition. The free session is from 6:30 to 7:30 and all attendees will get a pass to ride in The Lumberyard following the clinic. The next night (1/9), Sonya will host an Ergon product clinic at Universal Cycles (2202 E Burnside) where she’ll talk with Ergon fans about equipment, trails, and more while handing out some free schwag. (more…)

The Lumberyard bike park launches high school scholarship program

by on August 24th, 2012 at 11:22 am

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Good clean fun.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Lumberyard Bike Park has announced a new partnership with the Madison South Neighborhood Association to fund free passes for local high school students.

The Lumberyard is located on NE 82nd Ave, right across the street from Madison High School. At the suggestion of people in the neighborhood, The Lumberyard has set up a special fund that anyone can contribute to. As the fund fills up, The Lumberyard will set aside park passes and admission to after school programs at no cost for selected Madison High School students. The Lumberyard says they’ll match all the funds raised by the community, and Madison High administrators and teachers will choose students based on factors including attendance and academic performance.