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

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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 Since the existing National Bike Registry charges a fee and uses outdated technology, few people actually use it.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

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
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

Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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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

Friday, January 4th, 2013

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

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
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

Friday, August 24th, 2012
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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.

A week of great events coming to the Lumberyard

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Just got an email from our friends at the Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park with three awesome events coming up starting Monday, August 6th. A yoga class, and two women’s focused events. See the details below…

Ladies MTB Maintenance Class: Monday Aug. 6th
Yoga at the Yard: Wednesday Aug. 8th
Women’s Beginner MTB Workshop: Monday Aug. 13th

It’s official: West Coast’s first indoor bike park open for business in Portland

Friday, May 25th, 2012
A great sign for local biking and business.
(Photos by The Lumberyard and Josh Harvey)

The Lumberyard, an indoor bike park on NE 82nd Avenue in Portland, is now open for business. The new, privately-owned riding area swung open its doors to the public earlier this month. It’s the first facility of its kind west of the Mississippi and will provide a much-needed riding opportunity for both Portlanders and visitors alike.

Lumberyard co-founders Will Heiberg and Michael Whitesel began renovating a former bowling alley across the street from Madison High School last fall. $3.5 million of redevelopment and countless hours of hard work later, they’ve transformed the space into a 48,000 square foot cycling Shangri-La. The facility includes jump lines, pump tracks, skill sections, and a “cross-country style” trail loop that winds between it all. Riders of all abilities will find something to love about the place, says Heiberg.

Off-road and indoors: Two exciting updates from outer northeast Portland

Friday, May 11th, 2012
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Just one mile away from each other, Gateway Green (L) and The Lumberyard will offer
fun new options for riding in outer northeast Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Trying to get caught up on emails after my 10-day break and I’ve come across two exciting project updates — both of which are located east of 82nd Ave. (more…)

‘Cross Up’ a fun mix of riding, crowds

Monday, February 6th, 2012
An amped up cheers a racer during the ‘Cross Up’ event held at a former bowling alley on SE 82nd Ave on Saturday.
(Photo Gallery/Slideshow)