River City Bicycles from Portland takes another look at the recent Cross Crusade in Cascade Locks. I don’t know about you, but I love these videos!
I can’t help it. I love touring bikes with big, fat, high volume tires and funky stances. This project in particular was born from the mind and abilities of three important individuals, residing in the Portland area under the Velo Cult Customs umbrella.
This Ahearne Dirt Tourer is a collaboration between three people: Sky from Velo Cult, Chris Igleheart and Ahearne. We’ll start with the most obvious hand: Chris Igleheart‘s segmented fork, which is complimented by the Ahearne rack and frameset. These bikes are 100% custom, can be built with 26″ or 27.5″ wheels, have an optional upgrade of Honjo 90mm Fenders and are rugged enough for even the toughest dirt touring and bikepacking expeditions. One of my favorite details are the braze-ons hidden below the top tube for a strapless bag install.
This is the first in a series of Velo Cult Customs, the line will grow to include road, randonneur, cross and a gravel racer in the coming months.
Contact Velo Cult for pricing and availability.
Last weekend, I made the short flight up to Portland, Oregon to attend the Bike and Beer festival at HopWorks Urban Brewery. While there, I was greeted with that I found to be a really pleasant and easy to digest show. There was just about anything a bike nerd could hope for: around 20-30 vendors, food, cheap beer, entertainment and lovely weather. Part of the draw for me to attend this show was to see builders who might not go to NAHBS and might not be right inside the Portland Metro area. We’ve already seen many of the bikes on display, so lets check out the show itself in a quick gallery…
Don’t worry, there’s more to come!
This was an interesting experience. It wasn’t part of the festival and it didn’t look like anything special at first. Matt’s commuter has the #4 serial from Kris at 44 Bikes. It’s a singlespeed made for zipping around town with three unique details: a Mike Flanigan fork with a custom 44 Bikes rack and a special cable hanger Kris machined and mounted to the Thomson stem.
My favorite thing about bikes like this is the amount of use it has seen…
I’m here in Portland, Oregon attending the Bike and Beer festival at HopWorks Urban Brewery. While I’ll be documenting many of the frames, I’ll also be capturing the general vibes. For now, let’s just check out some bikes!
When I first saw this bike, two things came to mind: Cannondale’s track bikes from the 90’s and Makino’s NJS bikes. This thing is a rocket with tight clearances and just the right amount of nuances you’d expect from a custom build. AJ from Muirandessi has a great eye and his client Gavin knew exactly what he wanted: a track bike that he could race and also spin around Portland on.
I know I don’t say this often, but keep that rubber side DOWN, dude. That is one nice machine!
Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th I’ll be in Portland attending the Hopworks Handmade Bike and Beer Festival. If you’re looking for something to do that weekend, roll through. Got a Portland-made bicycle frame, be sure to bring it along.
See ya there and if you can’t make it, I’ll be covering it on Instagram @TheRadavist.
If you’ve never witnessed this spectacle, you really should. This season. Go!
If you’re going to be in Portland this weekend, make sure you swing through the Bike Industry Insider Sale going on at the Vanilla Workshop this Sunday from 12-6pm.
If you’re in Portland, swing through Velo Cult this Saturday for the screening of Comes with Baggage between 7-10 PM.
There will be a raffle from Velo Cult and Blackburn Design along with a bikepacking Q&A from Limberlost.
For 25 years straight, these were some of the noises coming from the shop at Ti Cycles.