Today: Women get down to bike business

In class with Gracie's Wrench

Tori Bortman of Gracie’s Wrench
offers private bike maintenance
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)
Sweetpea Bicycles

Framebuilder Natalie Ramsland
of Sweetpea Bicycles
is one of very few women
in the business.

Today in the auditorium of the Portland Building, PDOT’s monthly bicycle brown bag series discussion focuses on women, bikes and business.

Here’s the info:

    Women for Bikes and Business:


    Beth Hamon is a buyer for Citybikes.

    Our multi-faceted panel will include women whose passion for cycling led them to become bike entrepreneurs. Come hear their perspectives about working, riding & building community in a field not (yet) known for gender parity.

    Presenters include:
    Tori Bortman, Ayleen Crotty, Beth Hamon, Susan Otcenas, Natalie Ramsland

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    Thursday, October 18th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

    Portland Building auditorium
    1120 SW 5th Avenue, 2d floor
    (bring your lunch!)

    Timo Forsberg
    Transportation Options
    Direct: (503) 823-7699
    Fax: (503) 823-7371

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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Jason S.
Jason S.
16 years ago

Jen, co-owner of Bike central, should also be mentioned!

P Finn
16 years ago

Jen has always been kind and helpful to me…big ups y\’self Jen!

16 years ago

so sad i missed it!!

and yes, Jen from Bike Central is just as rad as the rest of these amazing women.

16 years ago

And what about Molly Cameron from Veloshop? She has a very welcoming shop.

Adams Carroll (News Intern)
16 years ago

I just got back from this presentation.

All the ladies shared very interesting stories from their personal and professional lives.

It was an inspiring and informational session. Thanks Timo, Janis, and Alison for putting this together.

I just wish I had taken my audio recorder!

Karen Stiles
16 years ago

Each panelist brought a unique story and with a passion for women in cycling that was a true inspiration! I enjoyed this and learnd so much from these women.
I plan on attending the monthly meeting! Portland women can truly inspire and support each other as we enter into the bike market.
Thanks go out to all involved!

16 years ago

Hi there, yes, the panel was fantastic – such great stories! It is also wonderful to hear about other women-owned bikey businesses!

So our next Women for Bikes event actually happens next week –
Oct. 24th 6:30-8 (doors lock at 6:40)
at the Portland Building – 1120 SW 5th Ave., 2nd floor, Auditorium.

Here\’s a description:
Are you looking for tips on how to stay visible, dry, and safe while riding on Portland\’s streets this rainy season? Come learn from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance\’s bicycling commuting expert, Michelle Poyourow, about how to dial up your visibility, waterproofness and warmth in these winter months. This event will be a hands-on demonstration, so bring your questions. We will have time for Q&A, show-and-tell and sharing ideas with others about how to ride safely. For riders of all levels!

Feel free to join us (and everyone is welcome – the group is not limited to women but invites anyone that wants to support women and cycling).

See and be seen out there! Janis

Dan (teknotus)
Dan (teknotus)
16 years ago

I found the whole presentation inspiring, and especially Natalie\’s story.