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Out of cash and employees, Renovo calls it quits

Avatar by on October 4th, 2018 at 5:11 pm

Renovo founder Ken Wheeler in his booth at the 2012 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Sacramento.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

The ride for Renovo Hardwood Bicycles is over.

The website is gone. No one responds to emails. The building at SE 8th and Ash that has housed its factory since 2008 is for lease. And there’s a lien notice posted to the front door.

According to the notice, Kenneth Wheeler of Renovo Designs LLC owes $34,864.53 in rent that hasn’t been paid since May.

This is a sad ending to a company that was once one of the bike industry’s shining stars.

Wheeler launched Renovo at the 2008 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) in Portland. With experience and success making hardwood lighting fixtures and airplanes, Wheeler figured out how to make bicycle frames with a CNC machine. When I first visited his shop in February 2008 he proudly watched his CNC machine at work and said it would be done with the frame in five minutes. Not only were the frames beautiful and relatively easy to produce (or so it seemed), Wheeler said they tested stronger than high-grade aluminum.

He was clearly on to something.
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Industry Ticker: SE Portland’s Renovo launches ‘Aerowood’ road bike

Avatar 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: Renovo launches ‘Ready-To-Ride’ line

Avatar by on February 3rd, 2015 at 11:20 am

Stepped up production means you can get a Renovo in just a few weeks, instead of a few months.
(Photos: Renovo Bicycles)

Welcome to Industry Ticker, a new column where we’ll share news from the local bike industry.

Southeast Portland based hardwood bicycle makers Renovo are moving beyond custom frames with their new “Ready to Ride” line. Now you can get one of their bikes with just a few weeks wait.
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Local bike 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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Local builder roundup: The OBCA Show, A-Line, Renovo, and Cielo

Avatar by on September 29th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

This tri-bike from Portland-based Renovo Hardwood Bicycles is bound for the Ironman World Championships in Kona.
(Photo: Renovo)

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