oregon handmade bicycle show
It’s been 10 years since the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show burst onto the scene. I can still recall the buzz and optimism in that room. There was a collective realization that we had something special here. Today the show is stronger than ever and organizers have announced a new location, new vendors, and a lot of new reasons to check it out.
A big rain storm cancelled many events around Portland today, but not the sixth annual Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show. Inside the Sandbox Studio on NE 9th, dozens of exhibitors showed off their finest creations to an appreciative crowd.
While the show seemed a bit smaller than past years (both in the amount of bikes on display and the amount of people looking at them), there was still plenty to see and a few very nice surprises.
The first thing that caught my eye was the “CarGoAway” by Ti Cycles. This cargo bike has already been in the local news thanks in part to its second place showing at the recent Disaster Relief Trials competition; but I hadn’t seen it in person yet.[Read more…]
The sixth annual Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show (OHBS) is this weekend and if you love fine bicycles, this is an event you won’t want to miss. The OHBS promises to be a fantastic showcase of expertly executed designs, meticulous builds, and a chance to meet and hang out with the builders behind the headbadges.
The OHBS is put on by the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association, a member-supported non-profit organization formed in 2006 with the aim to promote Oregon bike builders. The bike show is their largest annual event and its a great way to support the industry.
Organizers of this weekend’s event say we can expect about 30 exhibitors. Along with some of the local builders you’ve come to expect at this show, there are a few new ones that will make their OHBS debut on Saturday:[Read more…]
The fifth annual Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show kicked off Saturday at the Vigor Industries shipyard on Swan Island. The industrial setting served as the perfect backdrop for a showcase of talented welders and makers brought together by the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association. As hail and rain pounded outside, the exhibitors enjoyed a solid turnout of handmade bike fans eager to see their latest creations.
The first bike that caught my eye was a new model in the growing Cielo Cycles line. The “Cross Classic” is a flat-bar cyclocross rig that comes with fender eyelets, making it the perfect bike to “Ride to work all week and then race on the weekends,” said marketing guy Dylan Van Weelden…[Read more…]
After a stop in Bend last year, the Oregon Bicycle Constructor’s Association is bringing their annual show back to Portland.
This weekend on Swan Island some of Oregon’s finest frame builders will come together for the annual Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show. With 18 builders and 36 total exhibitors lined up, this is an excellent chance to see the latest creations from both well-known and up-and-coming bike makers. In addition to framebuilders, the show will include the legendary, made-in-Portland parts from Chris King Precision Components (fresh of their trip to the White House), handmade wooden helmets from Dan Coyle, the latest light creations from Beaverton resident Brian Engelen of Light On! Lights, and lots more.
(Photos © J. Maus)
Below are my notes from conversations I had with builders who displayed at the show…
Tony Pereira / Pereira Cycles
Tony staffed his booth, proudly wearing the fantastic new suit that he won as a prize for winning the Constructor’s Design Challenge at the Oregon Manifest. Pereira sold the bike that won that competition (to help finance a move and setting up a new shop) and the centerpiece to his booth at the OHBS was its replacement.
The Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show has once again shown that the bicycle building industry and craft is alive and thriving in Oregon. Despite steady rain, the aisles were full of people interested in meeting the hands behind their favorite bikes and getting up close and personal with some of the finest bikes in the world.
I caught up with many of the builders and have a lot of notes to share; but for now, sit back and watch the slideshow below. Check back later for an updated post with more details about the builders and their bikes… If you were there, leave a comment with your feedback about the show, your favorite bikes, etc…