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
One of the perks of living in a great bike town is great bike shopping. This weekend you’ve got two opportunities to find major scores from two very cool bike companies: The Vanilla Workshop and Vespertine. Vanilla needs no introduction. This is the brand developed by southeast Portlander Sacha White and it includes his world-famous … Read more
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
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
Painter Jason Varney in the Coat shop.(Photos © Jonathan Maus) For small, independent framebuilders, each bike that rolls out of the shop takes months to create. From getting to know the customer and purchasing and prepping the frame tubes, to welding and laboring over all the details. Then, at the end of that process, the … Read more
Marko MuellnerPhoto: Marko Muellner Last Christmas, Marko Muellner’s wife bought him a 10-week course in documentary filmmaking. Long before that, he was walking down NE Alberta Street when a locked-up bike caught his eye, “When I started to look more closely I was amazed, it was beautiful, and the details were really really interesting.” The … Read more
[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
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about Xtracycle, the company that sells kits to convert bikes into longtail, cargo-hauling machines. Besides besides a great company with a solid product, much of the recent excitement has revolved around the news from Interbike that Surly now makes the first Xtracycle-equipped bike, their new Big Dummy model.