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Always there for you

Here’s a neat post from our Bike Friday Dealer in Redwood City, CA, Mike J

Yep, your Bike Friday is always there for you …

Raz had the chance to visit him a few weeks ago. Beautiful place. Great remodel.

The Bike Fridays on display.

Add comment October 26, 2012

Oregon Craftmanship

What says Oregon better than a wooden bicycle helmet, part of the unique cycling culture of the Northwest shown off by Coyle Helmets?

By Raz

Roll down Lagoon Avenue on Swan Island in Portland’s Industrial valley, past the Daimler Factory to the end of the road, and the towering cranes reach toward the hazy skies over Vigor Industries behind chain link fences and security gates.

First thought is obvious: This just might be a little bit too far off the beaten path, even for stout Northwest cyclists in search of the unique.

But as you roll down the road past the Vigor parking lot, you see a connection you wouldn’t imagine. Bicycles. Everywhere. Hundreds of them.

Once through the security gate, it becomes obvious. This place is huge. And what better way to have workers in hard hats get around the massive complex than bicycles? They are everywhere. Every way shape and form.

Parked in groups of 20-30, bicycles outside the huge factory work bays with door openings large enough to roll in, well, a ship, catch your eye. The bicycles distract me enough that I realize I’ve rolled past a huge “10″ painted on the side of the building, so I pull a U-turn.

Decked out in his Vigor Industries hard hat, in soiled heavy-duty gray work pants and hearty jacket as if he walked off the set of Flashdance, a worker waves me down.

“You’re looking for BUILDING 10,” he said, pointing farther down the road. “This is Building 4, Bin 10.”

I smile and wave, and head down to building 10. Inside the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show slowly emerges from an empty factory floor. Show director Aaron McBride tells me this show is the fourth in a series of Art Shows in the venue.

Ahearne Cycles headbadge, the signature of builder Joseph Ahearne of Portland.

It all fits together. The raw and gritty atmosphere of the shipyard reflects the simple beginnings of bike building that eventually gives way to true art.

Joseph Ahearne’s handiwork.

Our fellow Eugene bicycle builder, Co-Motion.

Bike Friday’s Super Pro felt right at home, and was a big hit with anyone who enjoys giggling at ridiculously light bicycles.

Littleford Bicycles combines some woodworking with stylish metal works on its sweet rear rack. Yes, it even locks closed.

Metrofiets Cargo Bikes are a collaboration between James Nichols and Phillip Ross.

Speaking of wood, Renovo Hardwood Bicycles can aptly be described as a true showstopper.

More Renovo.

So imagine going all out on the wood theme. Bike plus helmet.

Hold on, don’t forget your wooden rims from Sacro Bosco Bicycle Works.

The Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show is presented by the Oregon Bicycle Construction Association, so while a lot of these guys are homegrown frame builders, what they dress their bikes up with are quality components from some of the world’s best.

And some of the best begin right in Oregon, with Portland’s Chris King.

Portland’s Chris King would do a show all on its own …

To paraphrase Homer Simpson, Ahhhh, Headsets … And, of course, our 20th Anniversary New World Tourist that celebrates the best of Made in USA bike components has a Chris King headset.

 

The 20th Anniversary New World Tourist also has nifty brakes, and shifters, from Paul Components.

The wheels that grab attention on the Super Pro? Made right here in Eugene by Rolf Prima.

Suffice to say, there was plenty of bike stuff everywhere to catch your eye, and make for a fun weekend all about bikes.

Arakawa Hanging Systems donated the manpower to launch a couple of bikes into the heavens, and we jumped at the opportunity.

The Bike Friday Aerospoke Llama brought a few folks back around for a second lap to ask about the wheels.

Vendetta Cycleswith an award-winning finish.

Stites Design has a heavy-duty hauler.

 

Ti Cycles with some nifty stuff on display.

Full Speed Ahead shows off a lot of nice components, and was the crank of choice on many of our 2012 Select bikes, although not this one shown.

Of course, a lot of what you see begins with Reynolds Technology tubing.

Add comment October 26, 2012

40 Bike Fridays stolen from 4J Schools

Over the weekend the trailer that holds 40 Bike Fridays owned by the Eugene 4J School District was stolen.

The bikes were OSATAs, designed to be an adjustable bike to fit anyone from 4-foot-6 to 6-foot-4.

Read more.

 

1 comment October 22, 2012

OSATAs Hitting the Pavement for Safety

A class at Kelly Middle School in Eugene, OR, took their Bike Friday OSATAs for a ride as their safety classes drew to a close.

Bike Friday is proud of be a part of the Eugene Bicycle Safety Education Program.

According to Shane MacRhodes, who runs the program, it is growing thanks to the Jane Higdon Foundation and support from many local partners. We got to see the fleet of Bike Friday OSATAs out on the road recently with a group of students from Kelly Middle School.

For over a decade some local students have received a 10-hour bike safety education class at their school through the Portland based Bicycle Transportation Alliance “Safe Routes for Kids” program.  Over the past two years a coalition of partners has worked to expand and build upon that program to reach even more students.

With the support of a grant from the Jane Higdon Foundation the Eugene Bicycle Safety Education program curriculum is being expanded by the local School Districts and the City of Eugene Recreation Division’s River House Outdoor Program.

This fall and spring, city recreation staff will use three fleets of bikes owned by the school districts to teach at eight middle schools in the region, reaching more than 700 kids .

The 100 bikes and three trailers (used to store and move the fleets) were purchased locally through various grants and sponsorships. One fleet was even specially built for the program by local bike manufacturer Bike Friday and adjusts to fit kids and adults.

 

Shane MacRhodes escorts a rider at Kelly Middle School.

 

Students learn to ride safely [they all made the turn signal soon after the photo was taken -- honestly!]

 

Each bike was designated with a state name so the students know which one was sized to fit them.

 

Add comment October 15, 2012


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