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 Roundup: Rawlands at Velo Cult, New Nutcase CEO, and Walnut’s new workshop

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


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.


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.


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.


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.

Visit to the Lumberyard MTB Park -11

(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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Industry Ticker: All 68 Showers Pass products now available at Tigard bike shop

Posted on November 11th, 2015 at 12:43 pm.

Western Bikeworks Showers Pass Display

The display.
(Photo: Showers Pass)

Portland-based Showers Pass is doing something cool this weekend. They’re celebrating the opening of a shop-within-a-shop at the huge new Western Bikeworks location in Tigard.
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Industry Ticker: New products from Portland Design Works and North St. Bags

Posted on November 9th, 2015 at 2:52 pm.


Portland Design Works’ new City Rover and the “Scout” from North St. Bags.

Two of our favorite local companies have just announced new products: Portland Design Works has a new headlight and North St. Bags just went big with a whole new line of duffel bags.
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Industry Ticker: Parts distributor Cyclone Bicycle Supply growing locally and nationally

Posted on November 6th, 2015 at 12:32 pm.


Portland-based bicycle parts distributor Cyclone Bicycle Supply is experiencing a major growth spurt. The company just finalized the purchase of Action Bicycle USA, a distributor based in New Jersey. The acquisition will significantly expand Cyclone’s dealer network both in terms of volume and geographic coverage.

Cyclone currently has about 2,000 dealers with most of them west of the Rockies. Add that to the 1,000 dealers on the east coast they just took over as owners of Action Bicycle and Cyclone now has over 3,000 dealers nationwide.

In addition to growing their dealer network, Cyclone is also doubling their Portland warehouse space from 50,000 to 100,000 square feet and hiring new sales reps.[Read more…]

Industry Ticker: Portlander Adam Newman now editor-in-chief of Bicycle Times Magazine

Posted on September 22nd, 2015 at 12:41 pm.


Adam Newman in July 2014.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The current issue of Bicycle Times Magazine has special significance for one Portland resident. Issue #37 of the magazine (brought to you by Pennsylvania-based Rotating Mass Media, the same folks who do the venerable MTB mag Dirt Rag) is the first one put together by Adam Newman.

Newman, who moved to Portland last summer, was named editor-in-chief of Bicycle Times back in July.

If you go to local bike events and various rides in the city and region, you have probably already rubbed shoulders with Mr. Newman. He did some stellar coverage of the Riverview Natural Area trails debate and he most recently joined Travel Oregon for a tour of the coast on fat bikes (which you can read about in the current issue).

Congrats Adam! We’re lucky to have you here in Portland.

Read the official news release below:
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