Archive for February, 2014

Women’s Marin 2011

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Year: 2011
Brand: Marin
Stolen in Portland, OR
Stolen From: Outside killer burger
Owner: Mary Arndt
OwnerEmail: Mchrystalene07(A T)
Reward: 100
Description: White bike with blue detailing and light fixture but no light
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

green Salsa Spearfish 2011

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Year: 2011
Brand: Salsa
Model: Spearfish
Serial:EN 14766
Stolen in Portland, OR 97212
Stolen From: 2311 NE Regetns Dr (One block North of Freemont between 23rd and 24th)
Neighborhood: Alameda
Owner: brad peterson
Reward: $200
Description: – Custom ‘one of a kind’ bright green pinstriped flames
– SRAM X7/X9 group
– Stubby cut down bar ends with red athletic tape
– Kenda Karma tires
– Rock Shock Reba front/Monarch rear
– Stan’s ARCH wheels
Police record with: portland police
Police reference#: 1416613
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

The Friday Profile: Jeffrey Cramer, Portland’s stolen-bike good Samaritan

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Jeffrey Cramer, who says he can support himself indefinitely as long as he spends just $500 a month, talked to us about bikes, bike theft and living outdoors in Portland.
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

When Jeffrey Cramer bought what he now calls “Sarah’s bike” for $10 last Friday night, he wasn’t planning to track down its owner, he said. He just needed a way to get home, because someone had stolen his own bike a week before.

“At that time of night, $10 for a bike ride home was a good deal — you can’t get a cab back to where I live for $10,” he said. “It wasn’t ’til I got home that I realized I was riding a gem.”

Cramer, 48, doesn’t want to say exactly where he lives, except that it’s “way the fucking hell out there.” But five days after he turned down most of a $100 reward for tracking down the owner of the bike he’d bought from the man who stole it, this self-described “vagabond” was willing to have a candid conversation about his decision to live outdoors, the importance of bikes in his life and his own thoughts about Portland’s underground economy of stolen bicycles.

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What I learned at the Bikepacking 101 seminar

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Bikepacking 101 event at Chris King HQ-3

A big crowd absorbed knowledge from
a trio of experienced bike adventurers.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

A much larger than expected turnout at last night’s Bikepacking 101 Seminar confirmed that interest in backroads and adventure bicycling is at an all-time high. Either that, or people just jumped at the chance for some great free beer, catch up with friends (and make new ones) and a peek inside the headquarters of Chris King Precision Components.

In all seriousness, the 200+ people that packed the King Cafe was yet another reminder that we’ve hit a tipping point in this type of riding. From “gravel grinding” on beefed up road bikes to multi-day trips on fully decked-out fat-bikes, it seems like everyone is getting excited for two-wheeled adventures these days.

How big was the crowd? It took me a few shots with a wide angle to get it all…[Read more…]

Special report: How Portland stopped building neighborhood greenways

Friday, February 28th, 2014
A family ride from NoPo to Sellwood-18

Portland’s construction of low-traffic, low-stress neighborhood streets for biking, walking and recreation has slowed to a crawl. What happened?
(Photos by J.Maus and M.Andersen/BikePortland)

If Portland has contributed any innovations of its own to the craft of designing great streets, it’s this two-word idea: neighborhood greenways.

A remix of ideas from Utrecht and Vancouver BC, these low-cost retrofits of low-traffic side streets — adding speed humps, sharrow markings, traffic diverters and signalized crossings of big arterials — have taken the national bike world by storm since Portland’s Greg Raisman and Mark Lear developed the concept in 2008 or so. In 2010, a citywide network of greenways became the first priority to emerge from Portland’s landmark 25-year bike plan.

The concept went viral.

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Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge elevator woes continue

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Nice elevator when it’s working.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The opening of the Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge in July 2012 came amid much fanfare. The $13.6 million span over Interstate 5 provided a much-needed connection between the Lair Hill neighborhood and the burgeoning South Waterfront.

While it’s a beautiful bridge to walk and bike on, it has one major flaw. There’s no ramp to make bicycling easy and smooth at the transition to the South Waterfront side.

Once you get to the east side of the bridge, the design requires people to: carry and/or push their bikes on six flights of stairs with only a narrow and hard-to-reach wheel gutter to ease the task; or use an elevator.

And unfortunately, the elevator — which is by far the preferred option if you are biking, especially with kids and/or with a large bike — has proven to be unreliable.[Read more…]

A teaser peek at new bikes from Breadwinner Cycles

Friday, February 28th, 2014
Sneak peek at Breadwinner Cycles new bikes-9

A long-travel hardtail mountain bike dubbed “Bad Otis” is one of two new models from Breadwinner Cycles.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Brown Schwinn Varsity 1970

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Year: 1970
Brand: Schwinn
Model: Varsity
Stolen in Portland, OR 97211
Stolen From: NE Dekum Area
Neighborhood: Woodlawn
Owner: Chad Lanning
OwnerEmail: thefirstthefifth(AT)
Description: FOUND: Schwinn Varsity along NE Dekum. Missing tires (but not rims), but otherwise complete and in fair condition.
This registrant does not have proof of ownership of this bike

Weekend Event Guide: Sales, Bike Expo, Jump Jam, MTB racing and more

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Puppet parade bike move

Moving by bike is more fun than you think!
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Black Kona Jake 2012

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Year: 2012
Brand: Kona
Model: Jake
Serial: H2FZ15790
Stolen in Portland, OR 97209
Stolen From: Storage unit of apartments in between NW 19th/20th and Northrup st. In NW Portland
Neighborhood: NW portland – alphabet district
Owner: Collin Bailey
OwnerEmail: collinbailey2( atsign )
Description: Sellwood cycle repair logo/metal piece above forks.
Missing endcap on handlebar
Police record with: Portland PD
Police reference#: 14162664
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike