Join us at Mt. Tabor for the best dressed Bike Ride in town. Route is under 10 miles and includes prizes for the most dapper!
TWEED RIDE PORTLAND 2013
Sunday April 7
Mount Tabor Park, SE 69th Ave and Yamhill Take Trimet (Meet at pavilion at north side of park, near basketball courts.)
After party at Velo Cult.
Cycle Portland expands again, moves to new Old Town storefront
on March 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM, updated March 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM
Five years and three locations — if you count his basement — later, Cycle Portland Bike Tours has 45 bikes to rent, five employees, and offers 12 tours, a bar with coffee, tea and microbrews as well as bike repair and supplies.
The bike rental and guided tour business last month moved around the corner from its previous Northwest Everett location to a space three times the size at 117 N.W. Second Ave. The television show “Grimm” used the vacant storefront as a location to film scenes of the show’s Exotic Spice & Tea Shop.
“This is a really important location for me,” Ross says, as he looks at expanding his customer base of tourists and regulars. A big marquee sign is visible from the MAX red line advertises “Cycle PDX.”
“A lot of people rent bikes instead of cars when they visit,” Ross says. They’ll take the red line in from the airport and grab their ride on the way to lodging.
The new store is also close to college students — University of Oregon and Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, both on Northwest Couch — who need rentals or bike maintenance, and famous tourist attractions like the waterfront, Voodoo Doughnuts, and Portland Saturday Market.
More surrounding attractions also mean more partnerships with mutual product pushing. Ross notes the pile of fliers on the bar for attractions like The Faux Museum, at 139 N.W. Second — “the world’s oldest museum,” reads the slogan. And “so Portland,” Ross says, for his customers.
Ross’ business strategies seem to be working: Every year since 2008, when the business became official, it has grown 40 to 50 percent. Granted, it started at zero, Ross says. But higher oil prices, more interest in eco-tourism, and concern with obesity created a perfect storm to boost the business from two bikes in 2007 to 30 in 2008. About half his tourist clientele comes from out of country and half from the U.S.
Ross, 29, conceived Cycle Portland Bike Tours — originally Portland Bicycle Tours and now undergoing rebranding — after taking bike tours as he traveled around the world. He returned to Portland and saw a gaping hole in the tourism offerings: No bike tours in the (now) most bike friendly city in the country.
He started with bike rentals, and, relying on his tour guide education from Evergreen State College, expanded to bike tours of Portland’s many unique offerings – breweries, parks, bridges, green buildings, food.
“The thing about Portland bike culture is once you dip your toe in, it’s all or nothing,” Ross says
He hunted for bikes at garage sales, teaching himself how to maintain them through the season. He then sold them each winter to buy more and better products for the next spring touring season.
Now he has enough bikes in different sizes for tourists, wedding parties, executive retreats, or city planners interested in Portland’s infrastructure, another of his self-taught specialties.
And last year he organized and led a ride with Gary Fisher, a member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, for the Filmed By Bike Festival, a film festival of bike-themed short movies.
“I was riding downtown with a couple hundred people behind me and the sun in my face,” Ross says, “and I thought, ‘Yeah, this is what I’m doing.’”
Nutcase Helmet Design Contest
Have you ever wanted to take a stab at designing your very own style of Nutcase Helmet? (Yeah, that is right, create and design a helmet on your own with the chance of it being produced in 2014!)
Now we’re counting on YOU to put your talents to the test and design the next great Nutcase Helmet. So express yourself. Push the envelope. Show us what you got!
Create a striking design for a Helmet. Your design must be submitted on the Blank Nutcase Helmet Template. Be bold. Be creative.
General Category – Open to Adults & Young Adults that are Age 13 and over
Childrens Category – Open to Children that are Age 12 and under.
Contestant Eligibility & Dates
Everyone is invited to participate in the contest and submit a unique design. All Online Designs must be submitted by March 18th! After March 18th, additional submissions will be accepted at the show on March 23 and 24th!
Contestants may submit up to Two (2) Designs using the Blank Nutcase Helmet Template below.
Design Ideas & Suggestions
Think BIG, BOLD, CARTOONY imagery and design as opposed to photo-realistic imagery. Use up to 3 colors as opposed to the entire rainbow. For inspiration, check out some of Nutcase Helmets best sellers – Click Here.
How Winners are Selected
Final selection of the top 3 designs in each category will be done at the PDX Bicycle Show on March 24, 2013!
A team of judges from Nutcase will determine which top designs make the initial cut. From there, designs will be “shared” on our website and Facebook for “public voting”.
The following cash prizes will be awarded for each category:
Grand Prize – $300
Second Prize – $150
Third Prize – $50
Check out Pedal Nation for more info and to download the Blank Helmet Template.
Passing this along from the Shift List here in Portland, enjoy!
Biking About Architecture: Alberta Concordia
Sat 23 March 2013
Food Carts, 23rd & NE Alberta
Meet 1 PM/depart 1:30 sharp/2 h approx
Ready for more awesome architecture? Meet up Saturday 23 March at ~1 PM at the food carts at 23rd & NE Alberta and we’ll check out fabulous edifices in Alberta and Concordia: a tiny home, the Sabin Green cohousing, a hacienda infill, a platinum LEED and a hand-made modern, plus the world-famous Stump House (as seen in Dwell!)–PLUS alley2alley cruising! This easy, slow, laid-back ride (~ 8 miles max) covers three loops: choose your distance & hill preference (or hang out at the food carts). More fun than educational; ends at the Mash Tun for beer and nosh (bring some cash).
See you there–
Some homes we’ll see:
- First in the Country Oregon Scenic Bikeways Program Reaches New Milestone May 18, 2013
- Portland’s Tweed Ride this Sunday http://bit.ly/17fjxQK April 4, 2013
- Check out this Oregonian article about our new shop! March 15, 2013
- Nutcase Helmet Design Contest! March 14, 2013
- For a Good Time, Travel Oregon September 9, 2012
- Romantic couple leaves on ride, returns engaged! June 17, 2012
- Fall Bike Sale Going on Now September 19, 2011
- Join us on a PDX Bridge Tour Thursday September 20, 2011