Category Archives: Portland
West Coast Best Coast Day 02 – Portland
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Look, I didn’t want day two to be more Portland photos. I know this city is awesome and I have a lot of rad friends here but come on. I need some nature. Alas, yesterday was our last day in PDX, before we head out of town, along the Nestucca River to the PCH.

It’s been 12 years since I owned a vehicle and I was quickly reminded at the cost of maintenance. New tires? Yeah, expensive. Funny how you can rationalize $80 tires for your bike, but $200 tires for a car or truck? Dammit!

After running some errands, I swung by to see my friends at Rapha North America to see their expanded offices and drink all their coffee before heading out to do much of the same – try to meet as many friends as I could before we headed out of town in the morning…

Aug 5, 2014 13 comments
West Coast Best Coast Day 01 – Portland
Wow.

Vacations, holidays, or just plain breaks. We all need them and regardless to how fun you may think this job is, it’s a lot of work. Like, I’ve worked for 8 years in architecture and I thought that was a lot of work. No way. Traveling, shooting photos, maintaining this site, is all work and once a year, I like to take a break.

Granted, the very fact that I’m writing a post today, on the first day of our West Coast Best Coast trip, contradicts the notion of a true “holiday”, but hey, I can’t just leave the site alone for a week!

Lauren and I have been apart a lot this year, she’s been kicking ass in Myanmar doing design research and I’ve been jet-setting around the globe attending various events. So when we had a week or two open in our schedules, I planned a trip.

The general idea was fly into Portland, spend a few days there and then dip down to LA along the Pacific Coast Highway, aka PCH.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this route, I rode it a few years back on my touring bike, albeit a bit later in the year. In August, it’s a haven for people in the US and around the world, leaving camp sites, hotels, everything booked out for months, making it difficult to plan anything.

Luckily, I’m not a big fan of plans and I have a pretty good idea of where to go, what to see and how long to spend in each place.

The only planning I did was our vehicle. I’ve been wanting either a mid 80′s – mid 90′s Toyota 4×4 4 cylinder pickup since moving to Texas and getting back into mountain biking. Trucks in Texas are crazy expensive and so I extended my search to the west coast, where I found a pretty good deal on a ’96 Tacoma.

It’s red, has a 3″ lift, camper shell and it needs a name. More on that later. Best news is, it runs and will be our vehicle for this trip and hopefully many others.

Yesterday, we did the tourist thing in Portland. Went to a few shops, met friends and took it easy.

It was a perfect day to begin our West Coast Best Coast trip!

Aug 4, 2014 11 comments
A Look at Industry and Ti Cycle’s Solid Bike Design Project Concept
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With the Oregon Manifest’s Bike Design Project going on this week, Industry and Ti Cycle‘s entry is probably the most high-tech in terms of construction technique. All other bikes were brazed by traditional frame building techniques, yet had a design language that spoke of a far more modern assemblage process.

While I was really stoked on the Teague x Sizemore bike, the Ti Cycle’s construction process is truly innovative, boasting a connected, 3-d printed titanium manufacturing method. The parts for the frame that are titanium are printed and then welded together, a process that piqued my interest when I first saw it… Especially with all the integration built right into the frame and cockpit.

The team at Industry sent over their studio shots, as well as other information, but I really just want to focus on the bike itself, because to me, it is the most unique frame in the competition.

There’s still time to vote on your favorite design at the Bike Design Project and see more photos of the process and the bike below.

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Jul 31, 2014 12 comments
Men of Steel & Natalie
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The photos within this essay are by no means recent, but they offer a very intimate look into Portland’s framebuilding culture. I love the old portraits of Ira Ryan and Jordan Hufnagel.

See the full story at Storehouse.

Jul 5, 2014 Comments are OFF
Ari’s Bike: A Story about a US Army Vet, PTSD and Cycling

Today’s videos are so amazing…

“This profile film follows US Army Veteran, Ari Sonnenberg throughout the streets of Portland, OR as he describes his 15 years in combat, his transition into civilian life and his struggle with the Veterans Affairs system. Throughout everything in Ari’s life, cycling has been a constant source of therapy and joy.

To view the entire story, please visit Juliet Zulu.”

Thanks for sharing this video, Brenton!

Jun 24, 2014 2 comments
Blaq Packs Grand Opening is Today in Portland!
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Hey Portland, if you’re looking for something to do today, swing through Blaq Packs’ new store grand opening. There are details over at Blaq and check out the sale flier posted above.

Jun 14, 2014 Comments are OFF
Ruckus Composites Frame Raffle To Benefit Female Cycling
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This is making the rounds today and for good reason!

Ruckus Composites is a Portland Oregon based Carbon Fiber repair business, repairing thousands of bikes a year for customers, bike shops and frame manufacturers. Every so often a bike never gets picked up, and ends up in the dead pile. For several years we have been wondering what to do with these lost souls, this year we cracked the code. Working with local and national non profit organizations as well as grass roots cycling teams, Ruckus will repair and custom paint these bikes and raffle/auction them off to raise money and awareness for causes that we believe in. The proceeds from these frames will go directly to organizations in need, the bikes will go to the lucky winners of the raffles.

The first two frames will be raffled in support of Presented By Let’s Race Bikes (PBLRB). PBLRB is a Oregon based project dedicated to supporting and enabling elite female cyclists to compete on a national level. They are breaking down the financial barriers associated with professional cycling by offering support to female athletes through crowd sourced initiatives. PBLRB has raised money to date with support from The Athletic and Sellwood Cycles in Portland OR. We are excited to work with them and proud to support their efforts in cycling. ”

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Jun 10, 2014 1 comment
Nahanni and Sparrow’s Signal Cycles and TykeToter Seat
Nahanni and Sparrow's Signal Cycles and TykeToter Seat

The city of Portland and its bike-friendly streets need no introduction. People there have adapted their blocks to child-friendly play zones, their streets are lined with green bike lanes and there are even designated bicycle avenues.

Spending the day with your family, on bikes is a fairly common weekend activity. Especially for Benji from Poler and his wife Nahanni, who take their two daughters, Olive and Sparrow out for rides frequently.

While Olive is old enough for her own bike, Sparrow catches a ride with Nahanni on her Signal Cycles step through commuter via a contraption called the TykeToter.

I’ve never seen this product before, but it’s genius. The TykeToter goes on in seconds, can be used on any bike and gives the child an early introduction into balancing a bicycle.

These two women looked so happy scooting around the neighborhood that I had to shoot some photos!

May 28, 2014 24 comments