Catching up with Portland’s original bike-based coffeeshop

Avatar by on September 15th, 2009 at 10:43 am

Editor’s note: Please welcome new BikePortland news intern Michelle Lopez. This is her first story for us — thanks, Michelle!

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Café Vélo serving hot and cold drinks at Sunday Parkways in North Portland this June.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Northeast Portlander Rick Wilson, a former chef with a love for Dutch cargo bikes (bakfietsen), had long fantasized about ways to combine his two passions. [Read more…]

Eco-friendly cleaning business goes by bike

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 16th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

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Off to another “greening”.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Local cleaning business, Q19 Greening, is looking to buy a fleet of Dutch cargo bikes to make good on their eco-friendly mission. I met up with their first bike-enabled employee the other day to see how things were going.

Greg Davis calls himself a Q19 “greener” (instead of cleaner, get it?) and he’s the company’s first employee to get to roll around with a customized Dutch “bakfiets” cargo bike. Davis’ territory is lower Northeast and parts of Southeast.[Read more…]

New Haven: Brompton love, and signs of the Dutch Bike Invasion

Avatar by on December 30th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

Sam, Caleb, Finn, the Brompton, and me. (Photo by Sarah Armstrong)

I just wheeled the Brompton into the Publick Cup, a downtown New Haven coffeeshop, and found myself surrounded by a crowd of wide eyed young people.

“Is that a bike? It folds? It’s a folding bike? Can you unfold it for us?” The kids were really excited. They raptly watched each step, asking smart questions about how all the parts work, and making guesses about what came next.

I folded the bike back up. “Can you do it again?” asked one. As I complied, several of the kids were ushered away, leaving only three. Their mom came over to see what was going on.

“Oh, look, it’s from Clever Cycles!” she exclaimed — “I’m ordering a Bakfiets from them!”
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Utility, cargo bike importer opens retail shop on Hawthorne

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 11th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

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Joe Doebele’s new retail shop (not the building
in this photo) is now open
for business on SE Hawthorne.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Joe Bike, a new retail shop that sells imported (and then modified) utility and cargo bikes, is open for business on Hawthorne Blvd.

We reported on owner Joe Doebele’s business back in October when he announced he’d import the legendary Flying Pigeon brand bikes from China. [Read more…]

A mini-review and an update on Metrofiets

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 24th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

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Behind the bars of a Metrofiets,
with Phillip Ross, my 250-pound load.
(Photos J. Maus)

Phillip Ross from Metrofiets stopped by my office yesterday. I never got a chance to ride his Portland-made, bakfiets-inspired bike at the Oregon Manifest show, so wanted me to give it a whirl.

Before I took it around the block a few times (including once with 250 pound Phillip in the cargo box) I asked Phillip how things were going with the business. He said they were very busy at the Manifest show and that they’ve already got a few orders on the books. Right now, his partner (and builder of the bikes) Jamie Nichols, is working through an eight-bike run.[Read more…]

Bakfiets on Broadway

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 18th, 2006 at 7:27 am

Bakfiets on Broadway

A few weeks ago I was on NE Broadway and 15th when I looked up and saw this woman and her peculiar bike. After a moment or two I realized it was an authentic “bakfiets” (Dutch for container bicycle) straight from Holland…and so was the rider, given her strong, confident, blond, helmetless style.

Not surprisingly, she told me she imported the bike from her former home town in Amsterdam.

Bakfiets are common in Holland for cargo, family, pets, whatever. I think they’d do very well in Portland and I have a hunch we’ll be seeing more of these around town in the future.
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