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: Showers Pass debuts “Cloudcover” waterproof bag line

Posted on July 20th, 2016 at 10:40 am.

Two of the three models in the new Cloudcover line.(Photos: Showers Pass)

Two of the three models in the new Cloudcover line.
(Photos: Showers Pass)

First it was rain jackets, then a hydration system, then came gloves, device covers, baselayers, and an apparel line.

Now southeast Portland-based Showers Pass is rolling into the bag market with the release of the Cloudcover line.

The line includes three models: the Utility Backpack ($214), Transit Backpack ($264) and Refuge Duffel ($189). As you’d expect the bags keep water out thanks to a special fabric coating, fully welded seams and waterproof zippers. Another cool feature are the integrated and removable LED lights that slip into the sides and back of the bags to help you be seen by other road users.

Here are a few more images of the bags followed by the company’s press release:[Read more…]

Industry Ticker: Kleppinger in at Cyclone, Powell leaves Portland Design Works

Posted on June 6th, 2016 at 2:02 pm.

Uma Kleppinger.(Photo: Cyclone Bicycle)

Uma Kleppinger.
(Photo: Cyclone Bicycle)

One hire and one big change at the top are the latest stories from our local bike industry.

Cyclone Bicycle, a Portland based bike parts and accessory distributor, has hired Üma Kleppinger as its marketing content manager. And Dan Powell, co-founder of Portland Design Works is leaving the company.

Check out the press release below for more details on the Cyclone Bicycle news:

Kleppinger comes to Cyclone with 15 years of content creation and creative services experience, working in numerous markets. She has 6 years of experience in the cycling industry working as a copywriter, branding specialist and marketing consultant. She is a freelance editorial writer for national cycling publications, and has served as Editor-in-Chief on Specialized’s digital magazine, Your Ride, Your Rules.

“I’ve been looking for an opportunity to get on board with a growing bike brand where the diversity of my branding and content experience will directly contribute to that growth,“ said Kleppinger. “Working with big brands is exciting, but I especially enjoy helping to elevate emerging brands.”

Cyclone has enjoyed a growth spurt lately, with the recent acquisition of Action Bicycle USA and signing several new brands.The company has also restructured and expanded its Portland headquarters, underscoring the need to expand the marketing department.
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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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