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Portland cargo bike celeb Emily Finch gets a new bike

Posted by on August 1st, 2014 at 6:53 am

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Emily Finch standing outside Velo Cult with her new family vehicle.

Emily Finch, the southeast Portland woman whose family-biking exploits made her a media sensation in 2012, is back on the road again.

Finch rode her bike — and her six children — into the hearts and minds of many, only to have her famous bike stolen from the side yard of her home in Ladd’s Addition late last year.

Without her beloved family bike, Finch had been toting kids and cargo around Portland streets on various bikes (a Brompton folder and a cargo trike) borrowed from Clever Cycles. As it looked less and less likely that her stolen bike would ever be recovered, she decided to have a custom bike built just for her by Metrofiets, a local builder.

Last night, Finch gathered with friends and family at Velo Cult to see her new bike for the first time. Metrofiets co-owner Phillip Ross had the bike placed on the stage under blankets until the big reveal. When they were lifted, Finch let out a shriek of delight. It was her first time seeing the bike fully built up.

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Philip Ross with Metrofiets built up anticipation by covering it up before the big reveal.
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The bright yellow bike is a wonderfully executed family-mobile built by Metrofiets’ Jamie Nichols (he was at the event last night). It features a 14-speed internal Rohloff hub with a belt drive; an extra-large, wooden cargo bin; and a custom rear-end with an extended rack to carry Finch’s trademark amp on the very back. We estimated the kid-carrying capacity of the bike to be about eight at one time (likely even more if Finch is feeling frisky).

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On her first test-ride on the roads outside Velo Cult, Finch wobbled a bit as she got used to the new ride, but after about a dozen loops around the shop she was pedaling smoothly and smiling as always. “You are the best Jamie! I love this bike!” she exclaimed as Nichols watched her pedal around.

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That’s builder Jamie Nichols watching his creation ridden for the first time. (And isn’t the new Velo Cult mural amazing!)
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Emily’s daughter is following in her footsteps.
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It wasn’t really her bike until the music started thumping.
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After she was out of sight Nichols turned to a few of us and said, “I really hope the city is big enough for that bike.”

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Jim Lee
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Jim Lee

Belt drive

Rohloff

Should be good for 50,000 miles.

Joseph E
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Correction: Emily owns that cargo trike, and she had it before her Bakfiets was stolen. Mitch rode it with Kidical Mass PDX before.

Mark
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Mark

So Jamie’s actually building these now, they aren’t sub-contracted out as they have been in the past? I like the specially designed rear rack, that’s awesome!

METROFIETS
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Hey Mark. Yep! Jamie has been building from day one. We now have three other folks helping too. In the past we had help from Tony over at Tonic Fabrication as well as Wade at Vulture Cycles. Many hands make light work. 🙂

Mark P.
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Mark P.

Great news! I’m glad to hear Emily is back on the road with an amazing cargo bike for the family.

Buzz
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Buzz

Sorry, but this really isn’t front page news.

A.K.
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A.K.

I’ve never noticed that “8-bit” mural on the back side of the building before, that looks awesome!

Alan Love
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Alan Love

Question for both the builders and recipient: was e-assist considered? Personally, I would not fault Mrs. Finch one tiny bit for installing a turbo boost kit for the hills and stops. On my Big Dummy longtail with a single 4 year old and some groceries, my relatively fit legs are sometimes complaining.

Editz
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Editz

I have to ask…what kind of security measures are included with this bike?

Kevin
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Kevin

Oh, the jealousy, it burns within me.

(except that I’m a wimp and I’d also want electric assist)

jeff
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jeff

I think with 6 kids, she’s been “frisky” enough. Tell me no one else picked up on that.

joel
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joel

sakiko and I saw her last night with that bike on 28th.

aram
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aram

that bike is dope

John Liu
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John Liu

That amp is dope!

Rob
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I still say she needs to wear a helmet. How is she being a good role model for her kids?

Paul
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Paul

What’s with the boombox? There was a guy at the SE Sunday Parkways with a be-speakered bike, and it was pretty annoying.

Opus the Poet
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I love locally-sourced cargo bikes. I will be glad when mine gets back out of the shop from replacing the IGH. Note: Sturmey Archer 8sp hubs and monster quads are not compatible, even when your quads are more Godzilla Jr. than your standard kaiju quads.

Zaphod
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Nice read. Congrats to all parties

Justin
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Justin

I’ve been looking for kids seats like the ones on the back of this bike. What are those called?

Ali N
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Ali N

Does anyone know what the towing rig Emily had on her old bike was? It lifted the front wheel of a 20+ inch bike up and towed it. I’m looking for something that doesn’t mount on a bike post to hook up to my recumbent trike to allow my kids to tag along or ride independently as needed.

Acrophile
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jeff
I think with 6 kids, she’s been “frisky” enough. Tell me no one else picked up on that.
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I think that … that’s nobody’s business! How dare anyone judge someone else’s family?