Industry News Roundup

Welcome to the Industry News Roundup, a that shares the latest news from Portland-based bicycle companies. If you have industry news to share, we’d love to hear about it.

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

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 Ticker: Blaq’s strapless backpack and a titanium hot dog skewer from Ruckus

by on March 30th, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Ruckus is pivoting to hot dog cooking tools to capitalize on the #hotdogsoutside trend.
(Photo: Ruckus Composites)

Portland is home to bike companies known for pushing the envelope of product design.

Cases in point are BlaqPaks and Ruckus Composites. Their new offerings — available April 1st — are sure to get people talking…
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Industry Ticker: Chrome’s knife roll, PDW’s smart taillight, Breadwinner Cafe, and waterproof gloves from Showers Pass

by on December 18th, 2017 at 10:53 am

Here’s our latest peek into the ever-changing landscape of people, places and products that make up Portland’s local bike industry…
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Industry news: Urban Arrow in Portland, Framebuilder Supply’s grant, Velotech expands, Left Coast makes house calls

by on November 14th, 2017 at 2:39 pm

Who’s ready for some local industry news?

Here are the latest tidbits we’ve come across from Portland’s ever-changing bike business landscape.
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Industry Ticker: SE Portland’s Renovo launches ‘Aerowood’ road bike

by on July 24th, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Renovo’s Aerowood is made in their shop in inner southeast Portland.

While there’s been a bit of a shakeout since the artisan bike maker heyday of years past, Portland is still home to many great builders. One of them is hardwood bike specialist Renovo. Under the tutelage of Ken Wheeler, the company (celebrating their 10th anniversary this year) has found a solid niche.

Their latest is the Aerowood endurance bike. Learn more in the press release below:
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Industry Ticker: ‘Lucky Cat’ bottle cage, Framebuilder Supply acquisition, and a new jacket from Showers Pass

by on June 22nd, 2017 at 10:49 am

In Portland’s local bike industry, change is a constant. Companies come and go, they grow and scale back, they release new products and refine existing ones.

In our latest Industry Ticker we’ve got a bit of news on three companies: One has released something new, one has made its first acquisition, and the other has added a women’s version of a popular item.
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Industry Ticker: Norther’s Klickitat, limited edition Breadwinner, and Western Bikeworks big remodel

by on April 28th, 2017 at 9:40 am

The latest from Norther, Western Bikeworks, and Breadwinner.
(Photos by Anthony Bareno (left), Western Bikeworks (middle), Breadwinner Cycles (right).

Portland’s local bike industry is always in flux: coming, going, making it, and breaking it. Because business is a key part of our local scene, we try to keep an eye on it all. Here are three bits of news from local makers and sellers that you should know about.
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Industry Ticker: Igleheart/Chris Chance collab yields re-issue of Yo Eddy! Road Fork

by on April 17th, 2017 at 1:44 pm

New fork made in north Portland.
(Photos courtesy Echos Communications)

Portland-based builder Chris Igleheart has teamed up with another bike industry legend on an old fork design made new again. The Yo Eddy! Road Fork is based on the 1995 version first released by Chris Chance of Fat Chance. Now the two bike-making veterans have updated its design to modern standards.

Igleheart works out of his shop on Page Street in North Portland where he specializes in frames and forks. Check out the official release below:
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Industry Ticker: Renovo’s ‘John Day’ gravel bike

by on March 21st, 2017 at 10:26 am

Made in Portland.
(Photos: Renovo Hardwood Bicycles)

Renovo Hardwood Bicycles has come a very long way since we first profiled them nine years ago. The company has added staff, inked major partnerships, and significantly expanded their offerings.
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Industry Ticker: New Nutcases, big Ruckus move, Breadwinners, and more

by on March 14th, 2017 at 9:25 am

Nutcase’s offerings keep growing.
(Photo: Nutcase)

Portland’s bike culture goes way beyond bike lane activism and group rides. Our city is also a magnet for bike-related industry — from manufacturing to design and everything in between.

Here’s an update on the people, products, and places that make up Portland’s ever-changing bike industry landscape…

Ruckus moves into larger space

Ruckus’ new digs.
(Photo: Ruckus Composites)

Continuing the growth we reported on last fall, Ruckus Composites has just completed a move into a new space. Here’s more from a company statement:

“The new building that houses their carbon fiber repair shop is at 3380 SE 20th Ave “The new building provides space for increased department separation and growth opportunity, further optimizing its repair workflow. An improved structural repair area allows the company to begin to fully utilize their investment in NDT (non-destructive testing) technology using ultrasound, infrared and fluorescing penetrant dye to fully form a holistic image about how and why carbon fiber frames are damaged. Two immediate improvements include an independent, paint facility and a carbon fiber lay-up clean room, further bolstering the company’s “better service through science” model.”

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