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Oregon Bicycle Racing Association will allow e-bike events in 2021

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

A Class 1 “Talon” e-MTB from Giant.

It’s been one year and one day since Portland hosted its last sanctioned, competitive cycling event. In many ways, 2020 was a lost season for local racers, but 2021 will look a lot different — not only because we are likely to emerge from the Covid cocoon, but because electric bikes will be welcomed into the racing scene for the first time.

In a statement today, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association Executive Director Chuck Kenlan announced that the 2021 season is already coming into focus. Weekly racing is slated to re-start in April and May’s schedule is filling up. “We are approaching the race season with caution and expect the earlier races to run using modified formats that follow the state guidance for outdoor recreation,” Kenlan shared. “Our plan is to work with promoters to help them make their races as safe as possible and still allow for a fun competition.”

Kenlan also said OBRA’s new liability insurance policy will cover events that include a category for “Class 1” electric bikes. [Read more…]

New bike parking and repair station along Trolley Trail in Oak Grove

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Always nice to see have a respectable place to park.
(Photos: North Clackamas Parks & Recreation)

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Climate commitment looms over Oregon Transportation Commission’s $2.24 billion funding decision

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

The Oregon Transportation Commission has a choice to make.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Job: Customer Service Rep – Stages Cycling

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Job Title

Customer Service Rep

Company / Organization

Stages Cycling

Job Description

Stages offers you the opportunity to work within the bike industry in an environment of like-minded people. We are looking for great people to join our team who are committed to living out our core values – Agile, Listen, Passion, Creative, Intelligence – in an innovative environment.

To learn more about our companies visit:

www.stagescycling.com

www.foundationfitness.net

www.stagesindoorcycling.com

Apply through our Career Portal at www.stagescycling.com/careers.

Role and Responsibilities

Provide pre- and post- sales technical support for Stages Cycling, Stages Indoor Cycling, and/or Stages Indoor Home Cycling products to domestic consumers, dealer accounts, and independent sales representatives.

Provide timely and accurate sales support to our domestic consumers, dealer accounts, and assigned outside sales reps by entering orders, answering questions, and providing guidance on sales programs.
Provide timely and accurate technical support to our domestic consumers, dealer accounts, and outside sales reps by answering questions, walking them through troubleshooting processes, and processing warranties as needed.
Support consumers, dealer accounts, and assigned outside sales reps with technical and sales related questions with both pre- and post- sales of Stages products.
Support pre-sale and post-sale technical support on our indoor cycles, power meters, StagesFlight, and any other SIC products
Direct new dealer accounts to the sales representative in their region
Communicate with customers via inbound and outbound phone calls
Communicate with customers via internet contact
Interact with other departments in Portland and Boulder office through appropriate channels
Work directly with warranty team to achieve timely resolution as needed
Respond to customer service “tickets” submitted via email, the website, and occasionally social media
Maintain accurate customer data and product issue data in ticketing system
Provide exceptional customer experience in all communications with customers
Stay up to date on internal communication regarding our product updates, relevant competitor products, industry developments, internal processes, customer facing processes, warranty and other technical support processes, trouble-shooting techniques, and other relevant information
Participate in Customer Service team meetings and trainings
Other tasks and projects as assigned
Order Entry

Respond to warranty needs as directed by SIC Customer Service Manager
Issue parts orders for warranty replacements
Place orders for parts as directed by SIC Customer Service Manager
Troubleshooting for international distributors
Field Technician Support

Provide technical support to field technicians with any questions related to installation, maintenance, trouble-shooting and any other questions related to the Stages Indoor Cycling bike, power meter, StagesFlight system, and any other future Stages Indoor Cycling products.
Create work orders and purchase orders for third party field service technicians and work with accounting to ensure payments are completed in a timely manner
Maintain files with contracts and insurance documents for third party service provider contracts
Maintain google document with information on current third party service providers and the regions they cover
Place orders for parts as requested by the Service Technicians and approved by the Service Director.
Other tasks and projects as assigned
*Designates non-essential job responsibilities

Qualifications and Education Requirements

Knowledge of and experience with common bicycle drivetrains and components, especially in regard to bottom bracket standards.
Able to walk customers through mechanical troubleshooting processes in manner that enables them to perform troubleshooting effectively.
Able to empathize with frustrated or emotional customers in a manner that calms them down and works towards a productive solution.
High level of organizational skills.
High level of flexibility and creative problem solving.
Ability to work independently and self-manage duties and tasks.
Ability to use customer management and order processing systems, with training.
High level of communication and interpersonal skills, including high-volume telephone and written correspondence.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively with customers or employees of Foundation Fitness/Stages Cycling.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts and percentages. Ability to apply concepts of basic math.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Employment will be contingent upon the results of background checks. See below for additional details
Preferred Skills

Experience with Customer Service communicating via phone and email, Knowledge of bikes and bike parts, Experience with word, Spreadsheet, and inventory software.

Additional Notes

We offer a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k) matching, Flexible Spending Account, Paid vacation and holidays, free access to our fitness center, and product discounts.

We encourage all interested applicants to apply and welcome applicants of any race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. We are committed to evaluating candidates based on job qualifications. We will make reasonable accommodations as requested.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position does not have any supervisory responsibility

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Foundation Fitness will make reasonable accommodations requested.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit or stand; use hands to finger or handle objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear; read and see near objects. The employee must occasionally lift or move office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time in-office position. Core office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This position may require overtime.

Travel

Travel is not required for this role.

Background Checks

Offers of employment will be contingent upon the results of a background check. Background checks will be completed only after a contingent offer of employment has been accepted. Background checks include social security verification, prior employment verification, personal and professional reference verification, criminal history check, and potentially additional searches. Searches related to criminal history will take into consideration the nature of the crime and its relation to the position, the time since the conviction, the number of convictions, and relevant risk to the business and related parties.

Additional Notes

We offer a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k) matching, Flexible Spending Account, Paid vacation and holidays, free access to our fitness center, and product discounts.

Equal Opportunity Employment

We encourage all interested applicants to apply and welcome applicants of any race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics. We are committed to evaluating candidates based on job qualifications. We will make reasonable accommodations as requested.

How to Apply

Apply through the Stages Cycling Career Portal at www.stagescycling.com/careers.

First look at new bike lanes on NW/SW Broadway

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

New parking-protected bike lane southbound on Broadway near Everett.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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The Monday Roundup: Giant sales, Gladys’ gifts, kids on bikes

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

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Exploring Vancouver’s riverfront by bike

Friday, November 20th, 2020

I-5 bridge from Vancouver’s River Renaissance Trail.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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14-foot wide buffered bike lanes planned for 162nd Avenue

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Plans for SE 162nd at Mill, looking south.
(Source: PBOT)

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The carfree Flanders Bridge will be installed next month

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

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In case you forgot, ODOT plans to widen Highway 217 too

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Not big enough.

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