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Posted on July 24th, 2017 at 2:11 pm.
Renovo’s Aerowood is made in their shop in inner southeast Portland.
While there’s been a bit of a shakeout since the artisan bike maker heyday of years past, Portland is still home to many great builders. One of them is hardwood bike specialist Renovo. Under the tutelage of Ken Wheeler, the company (celebrating their 10th anniversary this year) has found a solid niche.
Their latest is the Aerowood endurance bike. Learn more in the press release below:
Posted on June 22nd, 2017 at 10:49 am.
In Portland’s local bike industry, change is a constant. Companies come and go, they grow and scale back, they release new products and refine existing ones.
In our latest Industry Ticker we’ve got a bit of news on three companies: One has released something new, one has made its first acquisition, and the other has added a women’s version of a popular item.
Posted on April 28th, 2017 at 9:40 am.
The latest from Norther, Western Bikeworks, and Breadwinner.
(Photos by Anthony Bareno (left), Western Bikeworks (middle), Breadwinner Cycles (right).
Portland’s local bike industry is always in flux: coming, going, making it, and breaking it. Because business is a key part of our local scene, we try to keep an eye on it all. Here are three bits of news from local makers and sellers that you should know about.
Posted on April 17th, 2017 at 1:44 pm.
New fork made in north Portland.
(Photos courtesy Echos Communications)
Portland-based builder Chris Igleheart has teamed up with another bike industry legend on an old fork design made new again. The Yo Eddy! Road Fork is based on the 1995 version first released by Chris Chance of Fat Chance. Now the two bike-making veterans have updated its design to modern standards.
Igleheart works out of his shop on Page Street in North Portland where he specializes in frames and forks. Check out the official release below:
Posted on March 21st, 2017 at 10:26 am.
Made in Portland.
(Photos: Renovo Hardwood Bicycles)
Renovo Hardwood Bicycles has come a very long way since we first profiled them nine years ago. The company has added staff, inked major partnerships, and significantly expanded their offerings.
Posted on March 14th, 2017 at 9:25 am.
Nutcase’s offerings keep growing.
Portland’s bike culture goes way beyond bike lane activism and group rides. Our city is also a magnet for bike-related industry — from manufacturing to design and everything in between.
Here’s an update on the people, products, and places that make up Portland’s ever-changing bike industry landscape…
Ruckus moves into larger space
Ruckus’ new digs.
(Photo: Ruckus Composites)
Continuing the growth we reported on last fall, Ruckus Composites has just completed a move into a new space. Here’s more from a company statement:
“The new building that houses their carbon fiber repair shop is at 3380 SE 20th Ave “The new building provides space for increased department separation and growth opportunity, further optimizing its repair workflow. An improved structural repair area allows the company to begin to fully utilize their investment in NDT (non-destructive testing) technology using ultrasound, infrared and fluorescing penetrant dye to fully form a holistic image about how and why carbon fiber frames are damaged. Two immediate improvements include an independent, paint facility and a carbon fiber lay-up clean room, further bolstering the company’s “better service through science” model.”
Posted on January 5th, 2017 at 9:32 am.
The Chrome retail store at 420 SW 10th Ave in downtown Portland.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)
We just gained another iconic cycling brand: Chrome Industries announced this morning that they plan to relocate to Portland in early April.
Chrome is well-known in the bike world for its messenger bags, shoes and apparel. Closely tied to the messenger scene since its start in Denver, Colorado in 1995. Chrome had been based in San Francisco since 2002 and the company opened a retail store in downtown Portland in 2012. The company makes custom bags in its retail stores and they make about 60 percent of all their products in the USA (bags are made in Chico and apparel is cut and sewn in San Francisco). A rep for the company said there are no immediate plans to bring production jobs to Portland.
In a press release, Chrome explained why they decided to move their head office here:[Read more…]
Posted on November 14th, 2016 at 3:30 pm.
A storied name in the cycling world now has a local home. Portland-based bicycle parts and accessory distributor Cyclone Bicycle Supply announced today that they’re the exclusive distributor of Cinelli USA.
For more, check out the press release below:
Cyclone Bicycle Partners with Cinelli US to Become Exclusive Distributor
PORTLAND, OR.—August 15, 2016 — Cyclone Bicycle has partnered with Cinelli to manage the exclusive distribution for Cinelli USA.
As one of the first Italian brands with a US presence, Cinelli has enjoyed a strong presence in the US market with handlebars, tapes, and the iconic Laser and Supercorsa bike models. “The recent growth of the urban market and Cinelli’s position in the fixed gear scene has grown significantly, thanks to our collaboration with BTI,” said Fabrizio Aghito, Vice President of Cinelli’s parent company, Gruppo SRL.
Posted on October 10th, 2016 at 10:27 am.
Six weeks after closing its doors for good, Portland’s only triathlon shop has found new life in an unexpected place: Another bike shop.
Early Saturday morning Western Bikeworks announced an agreement with Athletes Lounge. Western Bikeworks has locations in northwest Portland and Tigard and is one of the city’s largest bike shops. In addition to their two retail locations Western Bikeworks does a robust online business as one of four e-commerce bike brands owned by Portland-based Velotech Inc (they also run Cyclocross.com, UrbanCyclist.com and BikeTiresDirect.com).
According to a statement, Athletes Lounge owner Gary Wallesen and an undisclosed number of his former staff will now be employed by Western Bikeworks in order to, “expand the areas of expertise” into trisports. Wallesen has also been hired to spearhead a new e-commerce site at AthletesLounge.com in the coming months.
Posted on October 6th, 2016 at 11:02 am.
North St. Bags’ new Morrison backpack/pannier and the new Cnoc 20 from Islabikes.
Portland is full of seriously top-notch bike companies. Two of our faves are North St. Bags and Islabikes. They’ve both released new products and we’ve got the scoop and photos below…