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Pick up your holiday tree by bike and join the #christmasfeats

Posted by on December 4th, 2012 at 11:26 am

Carl Larson proves you don’t need a car
— or cargo bike — to pick up your tree.
(Photo: Carl Larson)

Portland not only has more people who use their bikes for transportation than any other major U.S. city, we are also the epicenter of cargo bike construction, sales, and appreciation. Given those two things, it’s not surprising that a lot of Portlanders pick up their Christmas trees by bike.

I’ve noticed several of you posting photos of your tree pick-ups to various social media sites with the hashtag #christmasfeats. To encourage more of this behavior, I figured I’d share some of those photos…

Here’s Travis Wittwer and his boys in front of their home in North Portland:

(Photo: Wittwer family)

And Brian Davis opted for a small tree that fit nicely on his rear rack:

(Photo: Brian Davis)

And then there’s none other than Emily Finch (not shown: 2 kids, 3 dozen eggs, 4 lbs butter, baker’s sugar, 5 boxes tree lights, birthday candles, construction paper):

(Photo: Emily Finch)

Give it a try for yourself and if you’d like, upload a photo with the hashtag #christmasfeats for all to enjoy.

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  • ladyfleur December 4, 2012 at 11:34 am

    If available where you buy your tree, I recommend using the tree netting. Made transporting our tree last night easier. instagr.am/p/SzYocRH482/

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    • Allan Folz December 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Tell that to her. 🙂

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  • Allan Folz December 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Shouldn’t it be #Christmasfiets?

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    • KYouell December 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      People associate that with bakfiets; I’m pretty sure that Travis (@wittco) was trying to be inclusive of other bikes in the twitter convo where a tag was picked.

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  • TWittwer December 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    And Yuba Bicycles is having a holidays by bike photo contest where the winner gets a Yuba Bread Basket and Timbuk2 bag. Check out their website.

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  • Allan Folz December 4, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Oh, and been doin’ it for years.

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  • Brian Davis December 4, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Well after seeing some of the other photos here, I’m almost embarassed I didn’t go for a bigger tree!

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    • Rol December 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      No dude I like your setup the best. Actually I think you should keep the tree on there permanently and decorate it with some battery-powered lights.

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  • BURR December 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I’m pretty sure that photo of Carl is of him transporting a used tree to a post-Xmas bonfire.

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    • Carl December 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      I neither confirm nor deny that claim.

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      • bunbun December 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

        yeah, that was an awesome one!

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  • Spiffy December 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I hope Travis Wittwer didn’t ride around with a tree blocking his view…

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    • Allan Folz December 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      It’s cool. He had a spotter.

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  • Ted Buehler December 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Nice. If anyone in N/NE wants to borrow an Adam Bamboo Trailer to haul a tree drop me a line. ted101@gmail.com

    Ted Buehler

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  • Skid December 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I think Carl’s vintage Moulton with built-in racks qualifies as a cargo bike.

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  • Sunny December 4, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I once raced PIR with a christmas tree stuck on my rack. It may have been a twig I found on the side of the road, but it was a tree to me!

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  • TheCowabungaDude December 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Carl, what is that rad bike?

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    • Sunny December 4, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      about two post above you…moulton

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  • Niko December 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    This does not seem very safe- but I love it! Lets see more pictures…

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