The founders of Jorg & Olif, a company that was around at the inception of the Dutch Bike Invasion in America, have announced that they’ll sell off the company if they don’t find an investor. In a statement posted to their website on September 16th, co-founders Rob MacDonald and Jane Cox wrote that their company, … Read more
(Photos © Jonathan Maus) Thanks to good folks at Seattle Bike Supply, for the past several months I’ve been the lucky caretaker of a Batavus “Old Dutch”. I hoped the Portland sales rep who loaned it to me would have forgotten about it, but unfortunately, last Friday it was time to give it back.
I usually don’t share product news, but you know I have a weak spot for all things Dutch. Here’s an exclusive look at Vancouver BC-based Jorg&Olif’s brand new “Scout” (it’s not set for full public release until August 10th):
Clever Cycles is now open.View gallery(File photo) It’s been almost ten months since I first mentioned bakfiets on this site. Back in August, I spotted one on NE Broadway and I was blown away by the simple, elegant utility of it. That story sparked a lot of interest and it was clear Portland was ready … Read more
[File photo] Northeast Portland native Jamie Nichols “totally flipped” when he saw his first Dutch bakfiets cargo bike. He sees them as the perfect way to replace the family car for short neighborhood trips and even sees them as an answer for what he calls “a looming fuel crisis”.
Well I had my doubts whether or not it would ever happen, but after some ads popped up recently it was just a matter of time… And now it’s official, the Batavus “Old Dutch” bikes have landed in America.
Scott Mizee aboard a bakfiets.File photo The Oregonian’s inPortland secion has a nice story today that will give a big boost to Portland’s awareness of and interest in bakfietsen (Dutch for “box bikes”). The story focuses on how great the bikes are for kids and families, and even mentions a woman who uses one as … Read more
Can you spot the bakfiets?Photo: Clever Cycles on Flickr Clever Cycles, Portland’s soon-to-be-opening retail shop that will carry bakfiets cargo bikes and “a complete line of resoundingly practical biking gear” is showing signs of life at their location on SE 9th Ave., just south of Hawthorne Blvd. Part of a Dutch bike invasion sweeping North … Read more
I first brought you the news about original, Dutch Batavus bikes potentially coming to the U.S. market back in October. I had received spy photos of them from my correspondents at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas.
[Clever Cycles’ Todd Fahrner in San Jose.] Cleverchimp founder and Clever Cycles co-owner Todd Fahrner is here at the Handmade Bicycle Show and he just gave me an update on his plans to open up a new bike shop in Portland. Todd and his partners in the business (his wife Martina Fahrner and Rachel and … Read more