Archive for November, 2010

White Cannondale

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Brand: Cannondale
Stolen in Portland, OR 97202
Stolen From: My front Porch. At 17th and Knapp
Owner: Michael DePaul
Description: It’s a white cannondale. It has two different tires. one is black and new, the other has green stripes and is older. there are half clips on the pedals.

It has blue handlebar tape
This registrant does not have proof of ownership of this bike

Oregon legislative proposal would overhaul citation fines, procedures

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

On December 8th, a committee of the Oregon State Legislature will hold a public hearing on a new legislative concept* that would make significant changes in the fees and legal procedures enacted when you receive a traffic citation (or any other type of citation).

Legislative Concept 364 (LC 364, PDF here) has been in the works for over a year in the Joint Interim Committee on State Justice System Revenues. LC 364 would make changes to the fine structures used by courts and police officers, it would eliminate the guilty plea option from traffic citations, it would significantly increase maximum fine amounts, and more. [Read more…]

A few late, great additions to BikeCraft

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

BikeCraft just keeps getting better and better. We’re very excited for this weekend as the venue (former Dept. of Skateboarding indoor skatepark at 15 NE Hancock), the vendors, and all the other details are coming together beautifully.

I’ll be posting more about BikeCraft throughout the week, but right now I want to update on what will likely be our final batch of new vendors… [Read more…]

Pushing the boundaries: Oregon Manifest will team with top design firms

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

New for 2011, Oregon Manifest
will team with Core77 on
‘Creative Collaborations’.

What if you paired a small, custom bike builder with a world-class product design firm? That’s the experiment that organizers of the Oregon Manifest event plan to carry out during their event next year. Details of the 2011 Oregon Manifest were unveiled yesterday and if all goes according to plan, transportation bike design will go to places it’s never been before.

As part of their effort to push the boundaries of design and create the “ultimate utility bike for modern living”, Manifest organizers will link builders up with teams from three of the worlds’ top product design firms (not yet public). These ‘Creative Collaborations’ will be chronicled step-by-step by the widely read and respected design magazine Core77 (which has been named as the official media partner).

According to Manifest organizers, “These three teams will be tasked with re-framing the conversation about bikes as tools for modern living, pursuing design solutions that are effective, practical and truly innovative.”[Read more…]

BTA will use 2011 legislative session as chance to “rebuild support”

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

“We are coming out of a legislative session that really hurt us, so we need to rebuild our core support and rebuild our base in order to be able to pass something… particularly fighting the backlash and hatred that some folks feel about bicycles.”
— Rob Sadowsky, BTA Executive Director

With the 2011 Oregon legislative session nearly underway (committee meetings begin mid-December), the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) has decided on their course of action; and it’s a lot less ambitious than the wish list they unveiled back in March. Coming off a 2009 session without any significant new bike laws being passed and with a new leader coming to the helm in June, the BTA will use the 2011 session to as a building block that will (hopefully) set them up for larger gains in 2012.

“It’s clearly a building year,” BTA Executive Director Rob Sadowsky commented during a phone interview this morning. “Starting [his position with the BTA] in June made it difficult to build a consensus around an agenda.” In addition to not having adequate time to prepare major legislative initiatives, Sadowsky says the BTA (and biking in general) is still stinging from an acrimonious and largely unsuccessful 2009 session:[Read more…]

Fiberglass manufacturing facility on Springwater Trail will be subject of DEQ hearing

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The Springwater Corridor Trail with
McClure Industries in the background.
(Photo: Howie Oakes)

A fiberglass product manufacturing facility that emits a hazardous air pollutant and is located adjacent to the Springwater Corridor Trail in Southeast Portland will be the subject of a public hearing on Wednesday. At issue is renewal of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) air pollutant permit for McClure Industries, a company that some nearby residents think needs to do more to contain the level of odors emitted from their facility.
[Read more…]

Pedal People: Jude Kirstein of Epic Wheel Works

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Jude Kirstein in her shop.
(Photo © Russ Roca)

The latest episode of our ongoing Pedal People series features Jude Kirstein of Epic Wheel Works. Jude launched her custom wheel building business back in March of 2009. Since then, her business — which she runs out of a small shop in Southeast Portland — has flourished. Jude now makes wheels for several local custom bike builders and bike shops as well as maintaining a client list that includes adventurers, racers, and other high quality wheel enthusiasts all over the world.[Read more…]

Cyclocross Tip: Hire your own pit mechanic

Monday, November 29th, 2010

The big US Gran Prix of Cyclocross comes to Portland this weekend and local mechanic Jason Pfeifer wants to be your mechanic. Pfeifer — the man behind, a service we mentioned back in August — is now offering professional pit mechanic services to anyone who’s competing.

Pfeifer has extensive experience wrenching in cyclocross races. He’s worked neutral support for Shimano for ten years, including three years at ‘Cross National Championships.

As your very own mechanic on race day, Pfeifer will make sure your bike is in tip-top shape, he’ll offer starting line support (encouragement, umbrella, hold your jacket, etc…), will handle your bike changes during the race, and more.

Sounds like a great idea. For more details, see Pfeifer’s posting to the OBRA email list and get info on booking him at

The Monday Roundup

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Touring on a Brompton; a must-read
travelogue from a local bike shop owner.
(Photo: Todd Fahrner)

Here’s the news that caught our eye this week:

– Pittsburgh has announced that the city’s transit service will be cut by a whopping 35%, eliminating 47 routes and leaving 15,000 riders without a bus to catch; an estimated 9,000 more cars are expected to be driven into the city daily.

– Researchers in Melbourne found that in the course of a study using helmet cameras in city traffic, the person in the car was at fault for 87% of the collisions and near-misses they observed.

– Don’t be jealous, but in Copenhagen they’re experiencing so much traffic congestion on their famous bikeways that they’re planning to heavily invest in bicycle superhighways.[Read more…]

Maroon 21.5 Univega Activa Hybrid

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Brand: Univega
Model: Activa Hybrid
Color:Maroon 21.5
Stolen in Portland, OR 97214
Stolen From: 3308 E Burnside
Neighborhood: Near East Portland
Owner: Patrick Short
Reward: yes
Description: Hybrid. Shimano brakes. 21 speed. Decals from Community Cycling Center and a bike store from Iowa on the frame.

Thief left a purple women’s mountain bike; police have that.
Police record with: Portland PD
Police reference#: 10-98171
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike