vanilla bicycles

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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 1st, 2007 at 8:16 am

[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.]
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City Hall Bike Show and Art Exhibition

[Sacha White (L) shows some
love to fellow builder Ira Ryan.]

In the last few years, Sacha White, the man behind southeast Portland-based Vanilla Bicycles, has earned a place in the pantheon of the world’s best custom bike builders, past or present.

He has an impeccable eye for design, a passion for high-performance and a deep respect for the craftsman ethic of the great builders before him.

Before he turned his eye to bikes, Sacha applied himself to restoring Vespas; hand-shaping fenders, buffing chrome, and choosing parts and colors that achieved the same magical mix of beauty and function that his bikes are so well known for today.
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Vanilla goes long with new Xtracycle frame

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 4th, 2006 at 2:59 pm

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.
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Vanilla Bicycles unveils limited edition print

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 24th, 2006 at 11:30 am

[Art Nouveau, Vanilla-style.]

Back in November, I posted about a poster that Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles was creating with local artist Dan Gillsdorf. Now that the print is finally done, I’ve been waiting for Sacha’s permission to publish more details. After first offering it to Vanilla owners, he has given me the green light to share it with you.

According to Sacha, the print was inspired by his affinity for the work of French artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939). Here’s more about the original work from Sacha:
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Vanilla Bicycles adds to cross roster

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 26th, 2006 at 3:10 pm

[Kevin Hulick.
Photo: Doug O.]

Kevin Hulick will be sponsored by Vanilla Bicycles for the 2006 cyclocross season. Hulick, who won the “A” category in the prestigious Cross Crusade series last year, will join accomplished racers Shannon Skerritt, Molly Cameron, and Rhonda Mazza aboard a swanky new Vanilla cross bike this fall.

Hulick, who went to school and raced bikes at Chico State University in California, now splits his time between Corvallis and Portland. He’s “pretty excited to be riding bikes built by Sacha,” and who wouldn’t be?

Sacha White, the former Portland bike messenger behind the southeast Portland based company, has become one of the most sought after custom bike builders in the world.
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Catching up with Sacha White

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 11th, 2005 at 10:55 pm

Vanilla Bicycles shop sign
[Sacha’s new sign]

Met with Sacha (the man behind Vanilla Bicycles) today to talk about a project we’re working on and he mentioned some very cool news.

First, he’s commissioned Dan Gillsdorf of Atlas Tattoo to design the first-ever, limited edition Vanilla Bicycles poster. I didn’t see the sketches, but Sacha says it will be in the style of a vintage, art-nouveau advertisement and will feature his wife and daughter riding on their Vanilla stepthrough city bike with the cityscape in the background and something about a flock of swallows flying around. Sounded very cool.
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