Amsterdam, bakfiets and Dutch bike story archives
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, “faces some financial obstacles that need immediate attention” and that “Without new capital injection, the partners are considering new paths.” [Read more…]
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.[Read more…]
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 for the Dutch bike revolution. Now I’m happy to report that today is the first day of business for Portland’s very own Dutch city bike and bakfiets dealer; Clever Cycles.
The shop is located just south of Hawthorne Blvd on SE 9th and I stopped in today to check things out.
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”.
The story focuses on how great the bikes are for kids and families, and even mentions a woman who uses one as a way to lose her post-pregnancy pounds,[Read more…]
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 America, this shop will complete a triangle of two-wheeled revelry; it’s just a block away from the Lucky Lab and their Bike Route Rye, and The Recyclery bike shop.