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Introducing the Bicycle Showcase: A place to promote and learn about great bikes

Posted by on May 16th, 2018 at 4:33 pm

We have so many great local bike shops and builders in Portland, and one of our main goals has always been to support them by spreading the word about their business and products.

Today we’re launching a new tool that will take that one step further. We call it the Bicycle Showcase. It’s a paid listing service ($150 per bike) and it’s a simple way for local bike builders and bike shops to spread the word about bikes they have for sale. Similar to our Job Listings, the idea is to get that triple-win we always strive for around here: Help local businesses thrive, support our work, and provide a helpful resource the community.

I personally love visiting bike shops and checking out the latest-and-greatest bikes. My hope is that this new service gives you the information you need to make a good choice about your next bike and/or just gives you an opportunity to ogle something cool during your lunch hour.

Our friends at Joe Bike (SE Lincoln and Cesar Chavez Blvd) jumped at the chance to create the first listing.

Ready to list a bike? The form awaits you. You can view the entire showcase here.

If you have ideas on how we can make this service better, please let me know. I’m here to help.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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maxD
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maxD

This is a great new feature, and that is an amazing looking bike! I have a similar commuter with belt drive and generator hub. This bike has all the upgrades I wish I had.

Joe Doebele
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Thanks, John! The Source 11 was a strong competitor. Check out the Marin Fairfax SC6 DLX, too. Very similar specs and mission.

Toadslick
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I remember the first time I walked into Joe Bike and looked at one of their belt-driven, dynamo-equipped commuters. I was awed. I’ve been wanting one ever since. One day!

sven
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sven

“and [sic} of our main goals has always been to support them by spreading the word about their business and products.”

LoL.

Lester Burnham
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Lester Burnham

This is refreshing. BikePortland actually talking about bikes! How about more articles like these and fewer policy-related stories dominated by a few **INSULT DELETED BY MODERATOR** posters?

Justin
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Justin

$150 per bike sounds like a lot that going to get added on for cost to customer, great idea though

bikeninja
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bikeninja

Not necessarily, this showcase of 1 bike could bring many other customers in that liked this bike but ended up buying a different one. So for a store like Joe Bike showcasing a single bike could lead to multiple sales. Also, for those of us old timers who remember the days before craigslist, it was not uncommon to spend $150 on a classified add in the newspaper to sell an old car or something like that. And that was back in the day when you could get a new car for $5000 and beers at the Rajneesh nightclub were 10 cents.

John Liu
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John Liu

I thought the reason for adjustable chainstay length on this sort of frame was to tension the belt.

Joe Doebele
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John, the ability to tension the belt via the sliding dropout eliminates the need for an eccentric bottom bracket. That saves a lot of time and energy whenever it’s time to, say, fix a flat. A lot of belt-drive bikes used to come with an EBB as several manufacturers went that not-so-great route. Soma and Marin are two of the brands that got it right. The adjustable dropouts do allow you to choose your chainstay length, to an extent, and thus to tune your ride.

Joe Doebele
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Correction: The Marin has an eccentric bottom bracket, but the belt is tensioned independently of it (at the dropout), thus making the world a better place.

Jim Lee
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Jim Lee

Rumor has it that the Bagwhan is back with really cheap beer.

Al
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Al

This is great! Love bike talk and I’ve been meaning to stop by Joe Bike as I go by it quite a bit but just haven’t found the time. This gives me the motivation to do so. Unfortunately, I just refurbed my daily grinder, more like rainy grinder and don’t have room in the stable for a 5th bike at this time but I am looking to sell some equipment this summer so maybe there will be room for one later this year. Thanks!

Adam
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Adam

I really like this. Will this receive a tab a the top of the page just like the job postings list? This could become a very fun collection of Portland’s bikes.