“Cut in 2 seconds!” Is the Ottolock really that easy to snip?

Posted on December 12th, 2018 at 11:05 am.

Screen shot of LockPickingLawyer video. Watch it below.

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Review: The Silca Ypsilon “Y” wrench

Posted on November 7th, 2018 at 1:15 pm.

Quality tools encourage you to do learn about your bike and work on it yourself more often.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

As with many of Silca’s products, their latest tool called Ypsilon Wrench caught my eye and I could not resist. This is a quality tool that looks the part.

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Portland entrepreneurs (and sisters) aim to produce “The Bike Dress”

Posted on May 18th, 2018 at 11:34 am.

Still from promo video.

Portlanders Amber and Beth Bogdewiecz want to make biking in a dress easier. The sisters are the entrepreneurial duo behind The Bike Dress and they’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to help get their first production run off the ground.

Here’s more from their website:

“Being a couple of stylish ladies, we always have the desire to look good no matter what we’re doing. However, our passion for fashion is conflicted. We also want to be comfortable at all times since we are very active gals!

After years of wearing shorts under our dresses, searching for creative ways to carry all of our stuff, and trying to coordinate everything into a fashionable outfit, we decided it was time to create something new. And thus, The Bike Dress was born!”

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Keep it waterproof: A guide to getting more out of your gear

Posted on March 9th, 2018 at 9:20 am.

You know the feeling: It’s nice when it beads, but it doesn’t last forever.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland and James Buckroyd/BuckyRides.com)

James Buckroyd is our Product Geek. See his previous stories here and delve deeper via his website BuckyRides.com.

We spend a lot of time choosing our gear carefully and as we know cycling gear is expensive! Especially when it comes to all-weather wear. But do you know how to keep your Rapha softshell going strong? Your Castelli Gabba still stretchy, or your favorite Showers Pass shedding through the spring? With a little investment in care you can keep your gear performing well.
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With wheels rolling, HiFi Components is on track for success

Posted on March 5th, 2018 at 3:04 pm.

Joshua Liberles and Bre Rue have put HiFi in a groove.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Southeast Portland-based HiFi Components is nearly five years into its journey as a bike company. And 2018 might be the year we can no longer call them a “start-up”.
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Product Geek reviews the Chrome Kadet sling bag

Posted on February 21st, 2018 at 1:58 pm.

The Kadet by Chrome, a company based in northwest Portland.
(Photos: James Buckroyd/BuckyRides.com)

James Buckroyd is our resident product geek. See his past reviews here.

I have been slinging this guy around the city for a while now. Mainly on small in-city runs to and from meetings where I needed a few essentials but not a massive bag full. Here’s what I found:[Read more…]

Product Geek: PDW’s Daybot is a locally designed, consciously crafted tail light

Posted on December 27th, 2017 at 10:01 am.

The new Daybot from Portland Design Works.
(Photos by James Buckroyd)

— JBucky (James Buckroyd) is an avid cyclist and “product geek,” — he blogs at buckyrides.com which he set up to document interesting routes, but also houses product tech reviews. Read his past BikePortland contributions here.
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Industry Ticker: Chrome’s knife roll, PDW’s smart taillight, Breadwinner Cafe, and waterproof gloves from Showers Pass

Posted on December 18th, 2017 at 10:53 am.

Here’s our latest peek into the ever-changing landscape of people, places and products that make up Portland’s local bike industry…
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Product review: The Sport Series long sleeve jersey from Wabi Woolens

Posted on November 27th, 2017 at 4:39 pm.

Testing Wabi Woolens jersey -5.jpg

(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

I’m picky when it comes to jerseys these days. It’s probably because I’ve been riding and racing long enough that I’ve become a curmudgeon and I don’t have patience for second-rate stuff. And being “in the industry” means I’ve come across some of the best kit available.
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Product Review: Cool weather, USA made kit from Ornot

Posted on October 24th, 2017 at 3:54 pm.

Socks, Bib shorts and jersey colourways sync up for a put together look.
(Photos: James Buckroyd)

Pretty psyched for a change of season, I ordered up some new gear.

I needed some new colder weather kit and wanted to try something different, so I grabbed a few things from Ornot, a smaller San Fransisco company that has been around for about four years. Ornot’s brand stuck in my mind from the play on words in their clever marketing campaign: “You can be a rolling billboard, Ornot.” The whole point being that their kit has no logos, no sponsors, no massive branding. In the cycling world we’ve all been subjected to logos everywhere on cycling kit — some tastefully done, some not. Browsing through the website you see an array of products all with minimal branding and really nice patterns and designs.

I ordered up some winter bib shorts, a winter jersey and socks for the full matchy-match look.

Here are my impressions…
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