oregon handmade bicycle show

Show puts Oregon’s thriving bike industry on display

by on November 2nd, 2009 at 5:27 pm

People came from far and wide to take in the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show last weekend.
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(Photos © J. Maus)

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In-Depth: Tracing the roots of the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show

by on October 28th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

[This story was written by Mark Reber]

Andy Newlands of Strawberry Cycles

Andy Newlands, a pioneer of
Portland’s framebuilding industry.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland’s emergence as a hub of bike manufacturing seems new and shiny like the paint on the bikes at this week’s upcoming Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show. But the area’s provenance as a leading force in the bike business has its roots, just like the roots of the builders themselves, in its early pioneers.

No one understands this better than Andy Newlands of Terra Nova Cycles (a.k.a. Strawberry Cyclesport). He started building bikes when leather was the preferred material for helmets. I talked with Newlands recently about those early years.

“I graduated from the University of Washington with a Civil Engineering degree in 1970,” he explained. “It wasn’t exactly the best economy for finding a job in Seattle, so I started looking at what I might do to earn a living. Somehow, building bikes came into view.”
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Oregon framebuilders will bring their bike show to town this Halloween

by on August 31st, 2009 at 8:00 am


Crowds were thick at the 2007 OHBS
(Photo © J Maus)

The Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association, a nonprofit group that unites and promotes the booming local handmade bicycle frame industry, has announced that they will host the 2009 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show this October in Northwest Portland.

The show will be held over Halloween weekend, Saturday October 31st and November 1st, 2009, in the Staver Locomotive Building at 2537 NW 29th Ave in Portland.[Read more…]

Oregon builders announce handmade bike show plans

by on February 17th, 2009 at 3:35 pm


A scene from the OBCA’s 2007 show.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association (OBCA) has announced preliminary details for their 2009 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show.

According to Andy Newlands of the OBCA, their show will happen on Halloween weekend, October 31st – November 1st. The two day show will be open to the public and will feature handmade bikes from around Oregon and beyond. Newlands says “selected bicycle businesses will also be displaying their wares.”
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Builders, crowds impress at handmade bicycle show

by on November 12th, 2007 at 12:58 pm


Crowds were thick all day.
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(Photos © Jonathan Maus)

I still can’t decide what was more impressive at yesterday’s Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show; the crowds or the builders.

One of the event organizers, Austin Ramsland, says that over 1,800 people attended the show. They were treated to an unprecedented display of building prowess from well over 20 Oregon-based builders. It was a show of talent and enthusiasm for bikes that many of us knew existed, but to see and feel it all in one room was simply breathtaking.
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An appetizer of Oregon made bicycles

by on November 10th, 2007 at 1:08 am

Sunday is the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show. That’s the main course.

For now, I’m serving up an appetizer. I dug through my photo archives to bring you a taste of just a few of the talented builders you can see at the show…

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Handmade bike show will feature Oregon’s finest

by on November 6th, 2007 at 4:16 pm

In the shop with Joseph Ahearne

From the shop of local builder
Joseph Ahearne.
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(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

Many people have heard about Portland’s large and talented crop of custom bike builders, but not everyone knows that this burgeoning industry reaches statewide.

Much like our state’s heralded craft brewing industry, Oregon has become a hotbed for builders of handcrafted bicycles. [Read more…]

Freak bikes, minis will take part in Oregon Handmade Bike Show

by on September 27th, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Zoobomb Century

Tackling the hill on a freaky mini.
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

Coming up in November is the first-ever Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show. Among the 25 vendors are some of Oregon’s most talented bicycle craftsmen.

Several well-known custom bike makers from Portland will be exhibiting. But in addition to the usual suspects, and in a nod to Portland’s distinct brand of bike building, the show will also feature builders known for a different kind of custom bike; minis and freak bikes.

Yes, alongside $3,000, meticulously crafted frames made to exacting tolerances will be bike creations culled from local dumpsters, then welded and bolted together by the DIY genius of Zoobombers and members of the Dropout Bike Club.
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New date, venue for Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show

by on June 18th, 2007 at 12:36 pm

Organizers of the first ever Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show have nailed down 18 exhibitors and they’ve got a new date and venue.

The Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association — a new industry group formed by local builder Andy Newlandsoriginally planned for the Multnomah Athletic Club, the show will now be held on November 11 at Miller Hall, in the World Forestry Center atop Washington Park.

So far, the list of confirmed builders includes:
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Oregon Handmade Bike Show coming in November

by on April 16th, 2007 at 8:27 am

Andy Newlands, the man behind the recently founded Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association has announced the first annual Oregon Handmade Bike Show.

The event will be invitation-only and is set for November 10, 2007 and it will be held at the Multnomah Athletic Club in the Goose Hollow area of southwest Portland. Newlands says he pitched the idea to the MAC’s Cycling Committee and it was, “well received”. He hopes to get framebuilders from around the state to exhibit their work at the show.
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