Amsterdam, bakfiets and Dutch bike story archives

Clever Cycles signs lease on new shop

Posted on March 3rd, 2007 at 5:52 pm.

NAHBS Day 2 (second half)

[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 Dean Mullin) have signed a lease on a space at 1516 SE 9th (just off Hawthorne, across from the Lucky Lab Brew Pub).

Todd says the 1800 square-foot shop should be ready for a grand opening this spring.
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Alice invite reveals Amsterdam influence

Posted on January 31st, 2007 at 7:50 am.

[Scan of BTA’s Alice Awards party invitation.]

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Bakfiets shipment arrives, sightings begin

Posted on January 30th, 2007 at 8:17 am.

[Bakfietsen. They’re here.]
Photo: Clever Cycles

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A Clever cargo bike gallery

Posted on January 7th, 2007 at 11:51 pm.

[A truck full of Dutch cargo
bikes bound for Portland!]

Todd “Cleverchimp” Fahrner and Dean “Bakfiets” Mullin have just returned from a top secret European foray where they did some business networking and researched the inside dope on city and cargo bikes.

They’re gaining steam for their Clever Cycles business and they’re anxiously awaiting their first big shipment of Dutch bikes (see photo).

So far they don’t have a physical retail location, but I suspect we’ll be hearing about one soon enough. According to their website, they plan to offer,
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My impression of the Electra Amsterdam

Posted on December 19th, 2006 at 2:53 pm.

On test: The Electra Amsterdam

All photos by Jonathan Maus,
unless otherwise noted.

When I first saw the Electra Amsterdam in an ad in Bicycling Magazine I was stunned. Not just by the bike’s drop-dead gorgeous looks, but because of what the bike signified to the U.S. bike industry and American cycling in general.

U.S. companies have long offered various city and commuter bikes, but none of them has ever captured the design elegance, romance, and simple functionality of the archetypal Dutch city bikes ridden for decades in the most bike-friendly cities on earth.
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BTA brings Amsterdam to Alice Awards party

Posted on December 15th, 2006 at 11:46 am.

Alice Awards party

[Former Mayor Bud Clark and
Congressman Earl Blumenauer
at 2006 Alice Awards.]

The BTA is busily working on plans for their big Alice B. Toeclips Awards party and auction. Last year, the formal event — which is the BTA’s big annual fundraiser — packed the Oregon Convention with a who’s-who of Portland’s bike scene.

This year’s event will have an Amsterdam theme and they’ve already secured a bakfiets cargo bike as one of the auction items (courtesy of Clever Cycles). Here’s more from the BTA blog:[Read more…]

Bike move spirit conquers rain, cold, and heavy loads

Posted on December 14th, 2006 at 2:00 pm.

Bike Move for Ernie

[Overloaded? No such thing!]

What do I love most about Portland’s bike community? That’s impossible to answer, but very high on the list would have to be bike moves.

Last night, amid dark and drizzly skies, a cheery group of people showed up to help Ernie Wisner move from his place near SE Belmont and 34th to his new digs in North Portland.

We packed, strapped, and tarped our loads and the journey was made without incident. There were all manner of trailers and bikes including an XtraCycle, a Bikes at Work trailer (that carried a bed and a dresser), and even a “bakfiets” (Dutch cargo bike) I’ve got on loan from Dean at Clever Cycles.
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The Amsterdams have landed…

Posted on December 8th, 2006 at 4:36 pm.

[Photo: Ethan Jewett/Stickeen Photography]

The long-awaited, Dutch-inspired Electra Amsterdams have hit U.S. bike shops, and it just so happens there’s one in my basement right now ;-).

Unfortunately I have to give it back after the weekend so stay tuned for a review on Monday…


UPDATE: Read my review and see more photos of the Electra Amsterdam.

New hotel will have Dutch bike fleet

Posted on December 5th, 2006 at 5:00 pm.

[The Ace Hotel is coming and
they’re bringing Dutch bikes
with them.]

The Ace Hotel — Seattle’s “leading design hotel” — is set to open in Portland on January 30th of next year.

I confirmed today with jorg&olif CEO Rob MacDonald that he is partnering up with the hotel to have a standing fleet of 6-10 Dutch city bikes and possibly even a cargo bike for use by employees and guests.

The company currently offers this service at their Seattle location and they’re hoping to have an even larger presence in Portland. Several Ace employees have already been outfitted with jorg&olif bikes and they’re excited for the partnership.
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Would you sign up for a Flexbike?

Posted on November 28th, 2006 at 2:28 pm.

[The Aerorider]
Photo: Ready to Ride

Flexcars are everywhere in Portland. So are bikes. So why not have Flexbikes?

I’m not talking about a snazzy, European style bike-rental program (like the one being discussed by Commissioner Sam’s office), I’m talking about pedal-powered vehicles that you’d rent when your regular, everyday bike just won’t cut it.

Portland cyclist and journalist David Rowe — the man behind the Ready to Ride website — might have found the perfect “bike” for this application.
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