industry roundup

Industry Roundup: Ride with GPS mobile upgrade, Ottolock u-lock, Anthm delivery and more

Avatar by on January 10th, 2020 at 3:53 pm

While bike shop closures have dominated headlines of late, there are other parts of the local cycling industry that deserve our attention. Below is a roundup of news from Portland-based bike businesses.[Read more…]

Industry News Roundup: Vanilla’s ‘Build-Off’, PDW’s new bar bag, a bigger Beinn, and more

Avatar by on June 8th, 2018 at 9:41 am

Welcome to our latest roundup of local bike industry news. This column used to be called “Industry Ticker” but I don’t think anyone really understood the “ticker” part, so I changed it.

If you’re new to town (or to BikePortland), you might not realize that in addition to a lot of cool bike events and people riding bikes all over the place, we have a ton of bike-related businesses here. We have companies that make bikes, some that sell them, others that design cool things to attach to them, and much more.

Get to know a few of these companies in the roundup below…
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Industry Roundup: New digs for Nomad, Stoic Wheels’ new product, retailer wins award, and more

Avatar by on August 8th, 2017 at 12:17 pm

Here’s the latest news from our local bike industry and the people who make it so great…

Portland retailer wins industry award

Leah Benson (right) accepting her Londonderry Award.
(Photo: Chuck Hood/Quality Bicycle Products)

Leah Benson, owner of Gladys Bikes on Northeast Alberta, is the winner of the 2017 Londonderry Award (named after the first woman to ride around the world). Benson was honored in a ceremony hosted by leading bike industry distributor Quality Bicycle Products at their Saddle Drive dealer event last weekend.

Benson was recognized for her work in creating a welcoming space for women, transgender and femme customers (aka WTF).

From when she first opened her women-focused shop in 2013, Benson has challenged the bike shop orthodoxy in both how she runs the business and what she does outside of it.

Among the initiatives she’s created and supported include: a bike saddle library card to help ease the sometimes awkward conversations that come with the process of finding a saddle that fits; a transgender cycling club, the “Cross Curious Club“, and more.

Here’s a snip from Benson’s acceptance speech:[Read more…]

Industry Ticker Roundup: Rawlands at Velo Cult, New Nutcase CEO, and Walnut’s new workshop

Avatar by on February 1st, 2016 at 12:35 pm

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Newest Nutcase Scott Montgomery.
(Photo: Nutcase)

Portland’s bike industry is always in flux. Here at BikePortland we try to stay on top of it because a signficant part our region’s economic development, jobs market, and talent pool is tied in some way to bicycles.

Today we’ve got three tidbits to share…

Nutcase hires a new CEO

This is big. Portland-based helmet company Nutcase has just hired a big-name CEO. It marks a giant step for the company that had been run by its founders — Michael Morrow and Miriam Berman — since 2006. Not only that, but the new CEO, Scott Montgomery is kind of a big deal. Montgomery comes to Nutcase after being CEO of cycling apparel company Club Ride. Before that he spent over 30 years at Cannondale before leaving in 2003 as its vice president to become the general manager of another bike manufacturer, Scott.

With Montgomery’s experience, Nutcase is sure to hasten its growth and expansion. Next on the company’s radar? “Lifestyle products.”
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Industry Roundup: Ecospeed, Vanilla, Renovo, Circa, North St and some Zen

Avatar by on October 3rd, 2014 at 3:02 pm

In the shop with North St. Bags-3

North St. Bags owner Curtis Williams hopes to take out a “community sourced to keep his expansion on track.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

I’ve been gathering news tidbits about local bike companies for several weeks now and since today is National Manufacturing Day, I decided it was time to put it all together into a roundup.

So get comfortable and read the latest news about Portland’s always-changing bike-related industry…
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Industry Roundup: Moves, expansions, hires, and more

Avatar by on February 5th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Portland-based Sage Cycles now has
its titanium frames made in Tennessee.

Portland’s local bike industry is alive and well. How do we know? Companies are launching, moving, expanding, hiring, and generally taking the bike world by storm in a number of exciting ways.

But don’t just take my word for it. Check out list below of local industry news we’ve been collecting over the past month or so…

Major move and expansion for Portland Bicycle Studio[Read more…]

Local industry news roundup: King, Zen, Rapha, Dalton, Murphy and Kinn

Avatar by on September 24th, 2013 at 11:00 am

Greg Hudson is featured in a promo shot for
Chris King’s new wheelset offerings.

With the big bicycle industry trade show (Interbike) just wrapping up, and with lots of local bike industry news piling up on my desk in the past few weeks, I figured it was time for another roundup…

Chris King Precision Components now offers complete wheelsets
Northwest Portland-based component manufacturer Chris King made a big announcement before Interbike: They now have a full-fledged wheel building program. The new line of wheels is built in-house and they offer models for road, cyclocross, and mountain bikes (ranging from $1,000 to $3,300 a set). They come with Chris King hubs (obviously) and are built up with an “intentionally selected” and “pedigreed list” of parts from respected industry brands. King’s wheel program is being overseen by Greg Hudson, formerly of Corsa Concepts. Get pricing info and learn more at ChrisKing.com.[Read more…]

Industry roundup: Circulus, Cyclone, Rapha, and manufacturing potential

Avatar by on July 26th, 2011 at 11:30 am

Circulus track and scene

Circulus will go from a Portland
warehouse to the international gaze
of Interbike in Las Vegas.

Lots of news on the bike industry front of late. Not only are local companies continuing to make waves nationally, but there’s quite a bit of buzz and attention for bumping up manufacturing of bikes and parts in Portland. I’ve got a lot more to report on this; but for now, I’ve got a roundup of industry news, followed by links to a podcast of a bike manufacturing discussion and an article on bike manufacturing published today by Neighborhood Notes.

Circulus to take center stage at Interbike
Interbike is the largest bike industry show in America. Held in Las Vegas, it’s the place where the entire bike world converges to hammer out deals and see the latest products and trends. At the center of attention this year will be the Circulus mini-velodrome. Circulus is a 45-degree banked, circular wooden track that was purchased by North Portland based Portland Design Works earlier this year.[Read more…]