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Portland coverage in Momentum Magazine

Posted by on August 10th, 2007 at 11:38 am

Illustration by Portland artist
Shawn Granton and story by
Portlander Mykle Hansen.

The current issue of the always excellent Vancouver BC-based Momentum Magazine has some notable Portland coverage.

There’s a great story titled Bicycle Dream Date by local writer (and much more) Mykle Hansen. Its a great account of a full day on a bike and Hansen manages to weave in much of what makes life on a bike in Portland so, well, dreamy.

My favorite line is, “Biking in Portland is like being gay in San Francisco: it’s just normal.”

Hansen’s article is partnered with a full-page illustration by well-known Portland artist Shawn Granton.

Then, just a few pages later is a nice profile of some guy who does a bike blog. The well-written story is by Justin Berger and the photo is by Portlander Dat Nguyen.

You can check out the entire issue online at MomentumPlanet.ca.

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  • Vanessa Renwick August 10, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    And Momentum has a profile on Toronto mad bike stencil artist Janet Attard who will be coming here next year and doing an art show of her work.
    See some examples here:
    and a stencil of Major Taylor in my backyard\”

    And her partner Martin Heath of Cinecyle will be bringing some AWESOME vintage bike racing films as well thru Cinema Project.
    more on Martin here:

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  • Tasha August 10, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    That\’s so cool. I love seeing things like this. Nice picture, Jonathan. Well done for being written up. Everyone have a good weekend. I\’m off the bike and putting the backpack on for some mountain love this weekend.

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  • toddistic August 10, 2007 at 1:39 pm


    You should make some shirts that say \”Biking in Portland is like being gay in San Francisco: it’s just normal.”

    I\’d definately buy one!

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  • Matt Picio August 10, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    Awesome article, though someone along the way misspelled Milwaukie, twice.

    \”Milwaukee\” is in Wisconsin, and was originally spelled \”Milwaukie\”, which is the current name of the Portland suburb.

    Sorry to nitpick – it really is a stellar article, well-written and witty.

    Oh, and way to go Shawn – great artwork! I really enjoy all the places Shawn\’s art shows up.

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  • Matt Picio August 10, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Ditto on the shirt – I\’d definitely buy one, and wear it in Detroit when I see the relatives.

    Nothing says \”I love the Motor City\” more than a pro-bicycle T-shirt. πŸ˜‰

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  • Tasha August 10, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    I would buy that T-shirt and distribute among my friends. That is a great idea!

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  • Todd Boulanger August 11, 2007 at 8:52 am

    And Mykle another great quote: \”Bike Fun is the secret weapon of our pedal revolution.\”

    Thanks SHIFT for adding the fun.

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  • beth h August 11, 2007 at 10:07 am

    What if you ride a bike AND you\’re gay? = )

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  • SKiDmark August 11, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    A lot of people in Portland are bike-curious or bike-sexual.

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  • Matt Picio August 12, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    \”bike-sexual\” – sex with a bike, on a bike, or just with a bike present?

    and does that cover trikes and unis, or is there a separate category for that?

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  • rixtir August 12, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    What if you\’re just sleeping with your bike?

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  • joeb August 12, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    Well Beth, I think both are normal for Portland. And now that conservatives have something new to worry about… πŸ™‚

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