Industry Ticker

Welcome to the Industry Ticker, our new column that shares the latest news from Portland-based bicycle companies. If you have industry news to share, we’d love to hear about it.

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Industry Ticker: Islabikes steps up youth bike offerings with new ‘Pro Series’

Posted on May 25th, 2016 at 9:39 am.

Serious bikes for kids who are ready to go fast.(Photos: Islabikes)

Serious bikes for kids who are ready to go fast.
(Photos: Islabikes)

Islabikes has just taken kids bikes to a whole new level.

The UK-based company that opened their North American headquarters in southeast Portland three years ago has just launched the new ‘Pro Series’ range. They call it “the pinnacle of performance for youth that really want to push limits in regards to stealth and handling.”
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Industry Ticker: Cyclone Bicycle hires Mark Mollenkopf as national sales director

Posted on May 16th, 2016 at 2:47 pm.

Mark Mollenkopf.(Photo: Cyclone Bicycle Supply)

Mark Mollenkopf.
(Photo: Cyclone Bicycle Supply)


Portland, OR – May 14, 2016 – For immediate release
In another sign of growth, Portland-based bicycle parts distributor Cyclone Bicycle Supply has hired a national sales director. Check out the details in the press release below:

Cyclone Bicycle has hired Mark Mollenkopf as national sales director. Mollenkopf will help direct sales team expansion for the company.

Mollenkopf comes to Cyclone with nearly 10 years of experience in the cycling industry. He also has sales experience in the golf industry.

“As Cyclone expands into larger markets, it presents an exciting opportunity for me to focus on building relationships with loyal, long-time customers as well as new dealers,“ said Mollenkopf. “I’ll be supporting the sales team by providing a stronger focus and structured approach as we expand our presence, particularly in California and on the East Coast.”
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Industry Ticker: The Vanilla Workshop unveils ‘Ready-Made’ OG1 Speedvagen

Posted on April 12th, 2016 at 9:00 am.

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The OG1 from The Vanilla Workshop in southeast Portland is the biggest move company founder Sacha White has made yet.
(Photos: The Vanilla Workshop)

Now you can a bike designed, developed, and made in Portland from the legendary Vanilla Workshop in two weeks or less. It’s called the “OG1” and it’ll come fully-built for just over $5,000.

That’s huge news. Here’s why:
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Industry Ticker: First-ever Fat Bike Festival coming to Mt. Hood this Friday

Posted on February 8th, 2016 at 2:31 pm.

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Flyer for the event.

In case you hadn’t realized it yet fat bikes are not just a passing fad. Their popularity has spread all over the country, and the Portland region — with its proximity to lots of sand and snow — is well-poised to be a hotbed (if it isn’t already).

Confirming the trend locally is a new event at Mt. Hood Meadows that just popped into my inbox: a Fat Bike Festival.
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Industry Ticker Roundup: Rawlands at Velo Cult, New Nutcase CEO, and Walnut’s new workshop

Posted on February 1st, 2016 at 12:35 pm.

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Newest Nutcase Scott Montgomery.
(Photo: Nutcase)

Portland’s bike industry is always in flux. Here at BikePortland we try to stay on top of it because a signficant part our region’s economic development, jobs market, and talent pool is tied in some way to bicycles.

Today we’ve got three tidbits to share…

Nutcase hires a new CEO

This is big. Portland-based helmet company Nutcase has just hired a big-name CEO. It marks a giant step for the company that had been run by its founders — Michael Morrow and Miriam Berman — since 2006. Not only that, but the new CEO, Scott Montgomery is kind of a big deal. Montgomery comes to Nutcase after being CEO of cycling apparel company Club Ride. Before that he spent over 30 years at Cannondale before leaving in 2003 as its vice president to become the general manager of another bike manufacturer, Scott.

With Montgomery’s experience, Nutcase is sure to hasten its growth and expansion. Next on the company’s radar? “Lifestyle products.”
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Industry Ticker: Velofix mobile bike shop now open for business in Portland

Posted on January 14th, 2016 at 8:36 am.

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The mobile bike shop wars are heating up.

Velofix, a Vancouver, B.C.-based company that launched in 2013, is now open for business in Portland.

Back in June we reported that another mobile bike shop company Beeline Bikes was looking for a Portland outlet. They’re still looking. Beeline Marketing Director Peter Small shared with us last week that they’re hoping to have their first Portland shop up and running before this spring.

Meanwhile, Velofix says their first van in Portland has been open for business since January 11th. Customers can book appointments on-line then sit back and wait for the big red van to show up. Will these bike shops on wheels disrupt Portland’s existing bike shop biz? That remains to be seen.

Check out the Velofix press release below for more info:[Read more…]

Industry Ticker: Path Less Pedaled seeks talent for paid bikepacking photo shoot

Posted on January 12th, 2016 at 12:10 pm.

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Did you know Portland is home to a premier cycling videography and photography company? Path Less Pedaled, which specializes in bike tourism advocacy and has worked for clients including Travel Oregon and Ortlieb panniers, has another project and they’re looking for subjects to help make it happen.

Here’s the info they just sent us:
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Industry Ticker: Velo Cult launches custom program

Posted on January 11th, 2016 at 3:56 pm.

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The Velo Cult Rando, built by Mark Nobilette.
(Photos: Velo Cult)

Our friends at Velo Cult — the famous bike/coffee shop, event space and tavern — are always up to something interesting. Their latest is the Custom Program.

Tapping into his connections to some of the best builders in the business, Velo Cult owner Sky Boyer has set up special partnerships that allow his customers to order custom, tailor-fit handmade bikes with extra-custom Velo Cult stylings and features.

Check out a few more pics and a description of the first two offerings below…
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Industry Ticker: The Lumberyard inks deal with Timberline Ski Area

Posted on December 29th, 2015 at 11:36 am.

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(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

No matter where you like to shred, The Lumberyard has you covered.

Portland’s beloved indoor bike park has inked a deal with Timberline Ski Area to give season pass holders discounts at both facilities. It goes both ways: If you’re a member of the Lumberyard you can now get 15 percent off your midweek lift tickets at Timberline; and if you are a season or annual pass member at Timberline, you can get a 15 percent off admission and bike rentals at The Lumberyard

If you’ve followed our coverage of The Lumberyard since they opened back in 2012, this news won’t come as a surprise. The company’s founders, Will Heiberg and Michael Whitesel, have modeled their ticketing plans on ski areas since the beginning.
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Industry Ticker: Party tonight (12/10) for new Portland Design Works pop-up shop

Posted on December 10th, 2015 at 10:12 am.

Is this a new trend? Just a month after we shared news of a bike shop in Tigard that’s stocking all 68 products made by Portland-based Showers Pass, another local company has announced a pop-up shop inside a bike shop.
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