About Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor )


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Jonathan Maus is the publisher and editor-in-chief of BikePortland.org.

You can reach him via email at jonathan [at] bikeportland [dot] org. If you have an urgent matter, please use our 24HR Tipline - (503) 706-8804.

Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) Post Archive

Guest article: Biking on the cheap

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
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Reuben Deumling.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This article was written by Reuben Deumling, a Portland resident, active participant in the local cargo biking scene, and frequent commenter who some of you may know as “9watts.” You might also recall the cool, DIY wooden child seat he shared with us back in 2010.


I often read here on BikePortland about $5,000 singlespeeds and $6,000 cargo bikes, and I think about a lifetime of used or discarded bikes I’ve fixed up and ridden or resold. I enjoy the lines of a Vanilla or Ahearne or Bullitt as much as the next person, but choosing to live lower on the pecuniary totem pole, that is just not my market.

I’d like to share what the economics of bicycling looks like from my perspective.

Part of the fun of not owning a car is that you avoid all the bills — gas, oil, insurance, parking, and repairs, (not to mention buying the car itself and eventually replacing it) — that come with it. For me, that statistic you read about that suggests the average car-owning household spends around $9,000 per year in car-related expenses, is inconceivable given how our household has chosen to spend money.
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Collision involving FedEx truck kills man riding on Cornell Road in Cedar Mill

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Scene of the collision. View is looking northwest from the middle of NW Barnes.
(Photo: Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

A man riding a bike died Thursday in a collision with a FedEx truck near the corner of Northwest Barnes Road and Cornell Road (map).

Details from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are scarce at the moment but according to KGW-TV, “both the truck and bicyclist were eastbound on Cornell Road when the truck driver made a southbound turn onto Barnes Road and hit the bicyclist.”

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From Sprockettes to singletrack: A guide to bikey summer camps for kids

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
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Has your little girl ever dreamed of hanging out and dancing with the Sprockettes
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you’ve got kids in your care, then there’s always a big question come summertime: What the heck will they do all day? For many people, the answer is some type of camp. Camps are a great way to keep the daily schedule in tact while allowing kids to gain new friends and new skills.
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The Ride: The Beaver Falls Loop in Columbia County

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
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Glen Crinklaw glances at the view from the crest of Clatskanie Mountain Road between Mist and Clatskanie.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

There’s much more to riding in Columbia County than the marquee Banks-Vernonia Trail and Highway 30.

During my weekend stay at the Coastal Mountain Sporth Haus, I was lucky to have a knowledgeable local guide along for my journeys. Glen Crinklaw is co-proprietor at the Sport Haus and he also works as head of the parks department for Columbia County. On Saturday he shared his favorite ride: The Beaver Falls Loop.[Read more…]

Larch Mountain Road now open for the season

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

For those of you who like the beautiful challenge of climbing to the top of Larch Mountain Road east of Troutdale, you will be happy to know that Multnomah County has just announced it is now open. It closes each year during winter and usually stays closed until mid-June… But we’ve just gotten word that it is open as of today, Tuesday, May 27th. Below is the official statement:

Upper Larch Mountain Road to reopen afternoon of May 27
Thursday, 5/22/14 – 11:01 am

Multnomah County will reopen the upper section of Larch Mountain Road on Tuesday, May 27 at 2 p.m.

Larch Mountain Road is the highest road in Multnomah County’s jurisdiction, reaching an altitude of 4055 feet in east county. Each winter, the county closes public access to recreation areas off upper Larch Mountain Road by installing a snow gate near milepost 10. Opening the mountain road for recreational users happens when snow levels decline. Reopening the gate provides vehicle access all the way to the view parking lot at milepost 14.5 and the walking trail to Sherrard Point.

The Coastal Mountain Sport Haus in Vernonia: a bicycling haven

Monday, May 26th, 2014
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Nestled between the forest and the Nehalem River, the Coastal Mountain Sport Haus awaits bike-loving guests.
(Photos by J Maus/BikePortland)

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Weekend Event Guide: Aftermass premiere, pump track, and sales galore

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
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Local filmmaker, activist, and publisher Joe Biel
will screen his latest documentary, Aftermass,
at the Clinton St Theater tonight.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. If you are a fan of bike films, it’s going to be a great weekend. Two documentaries will screen in Portland, each of them from a completely different part of the cycling spectrum.

As for the forecast, we might have a bit of rain here and there, but not enough to cancel anyone’s plans (hopefully). And it’s a long weekend for some of you (Memorial Day), so we’re sure there are some big adventures being planned. If you haven’t already set your course, perhaps the suggestions below will help you fill out your weekend calendar….
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Jobs of the Week

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Looking for work? Need a change of scenery? Welcome to our weekly rundown of the best new bike jobs in Portland. We had four new positions posted to the Job Listings this week. Check them all out via the links below…

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Job: PT Morning Valet Attendant – Go By Bike – FILLED

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Sorry, this job has been filled. Browse more great jobs here.

Job Title
PT Morning Valet Attendant

Go By Bike

Job Description
Go By Bike Valet under the Aerial Tram in South Waterfront seeks a part-time morning valet attendant. We park an average of 180 bicycles a day mon-fri year-round in the largest commuter bike parking area in North America. gobybikepdx.com

The morning attendant is responsible for opening and setting up the valet at 6am and helping run the valet until 10am. We are also looking for someone to help expand our weekend bike valet service to events in Portland this summer. Benefits include OHSU gym membership and 12 paid sick/vacation days per year and discounted TriMet pass.

The ideal candidate will have basic knowledge of bicycle maintenance, an appreciation for bicycling, be friendly, reliable, and a morning person.

How to Apply
email kielij@gmail.com a resume and paragraph description why you would want to work at the valet.

Job: Mechanic – Sales Associate – Renovo Bicycles

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Job Title
Mechanic – Sales associate

Renovo Bicycles

Job Description
Renovo (renovobikes.com) is accepting applications for part time and full time positions. We are a manufacturer (you know, we actually make our bikes scratch) of bicycles here in Portland, and ship them worldwide. We are looking for people with the level of detail consciousness that reflects the quality of our frames. We build our bikes to order with Di2, Alfine, Rohloff, Campy and all other high-end drivetrains and components. We do not repair or work on any brand but our own.

*************This is not a simple wrenching job.***********

There is as much ordering components and working with customers as there is bike assembly. As a growing company, there are opportunities for personal growth in many areas, we prefer to promote from within.
Job description:
• Prepping and building bikes
• Packing and shipping bikes
• Ordering components
• Maintaining stock levels
• Working with customers to determine optimum component selections
• Some customer fitting
• Maintaining the build schedule
• Preparing customer quotes
• Occasionally working in sales
• Maintaining the service area at a professional level

You will need:
• A minimum of two years in direct customer service positions and two years as a bike mechanic.
• Computer skills; MS Word, Excel
• An outgoing, confident and personable demeanor
• Great communication skills, written and verbal
• Very detail oriented
• Very organized
• A sense of humor
• Minimum of two years of college
• Willingness to travel and participate in trade shows

No weekends! Ok, maybe a few…but not regularly scheduled. We offer very competitive wages, a generous employee discount and a free Renovo frame after one year.

How to Apply
Please send a cover letter explaining why you’re a great fit, a resume and salary history in Word or PDF to: info@renovobikes.com

We’re an equal opportunity employer.
• Please, no phone calls, no visits.
• Only successful applicants will be contacted.
• Principals only, no recruiters or agencies.