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Industry Roundup: Ecospeed, Vanilla, Renovo, Circa, North St and some Zen

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. … Read more


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A special Vanilla for a special girl

Sacha White built this mixte as a birthday gift for his 8 year-old daughter.(Photos © J. Maus) Everyone in the handmade bike industry must wonder where framebuilding phenom Sacha White gets the inspiration for his always impressive bicycles. Judging from his famous tricycle that won Best of Show at the 2006 NAHBS (and is currently … Read more


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Vanilla tricycle chosen for ‘West Coast Design’ museum exhibit

The Vanilla tricycle on display atthe 2006 Made in Portland Bike Show.(Photo © Jonathan Maus) An upcoming exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design will feature a custom tricycle designed by Portland-based bike builder Sacha White. According to an article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, the exhibit, “New West Coast Design: Contemporary … Read more


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Vanilla to unveil new 'cross bike, poster at builder's show

[This is the final installment in a series of four interviews with local bike builders who are exhibiting at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show next weekend (March 2-4) in San Jose, California. Read previous interviews with Ira Ryan, Tony Pereira, and Joseph Ahearne.] – – – – – – [Sacha White (L) shows some … Read more