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Join Us For Bike Industry Night May

Join us Thursday night 5/7/15 for the Cycle Portland Bike Industry Night. This monthly event is FREE, open to the public and highlights a different Bike themed Business. This month we are proud to be hosting Red Bat Press. Join us for a First Thursday celebration of bike business and bike culture with a happy hour style event of conversations related to the Portland Bike Industry.

Red Bat Press’s release of “Hidden Portland’s 2015 Museums & Collections guide” will kick off the evening from 4:30-7:00PM.

Purchase $5 or more from Red Bat Press, AND GET A FREE BEER!               4:30-7pm. 117 NW 2nd Ave. Portland, Ore.

Thanks to Hopworks Brewing- Oregon’s first all organic brewery – for sponsoring Cycle Portland.

Red Bat Press

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Cycle Portland wins Best Deal for Bike Rental 2015

Thanks to our friends over at The Johnston Law firm for putting this infographic together. Cycle Portland comes out on top for Portland’s cheapest all day bike rental. We strive to provide the best value in Portland when it comes to the bike business so stop on by!

2015 Portland Bicycle Rental Infographic

Anyone living in Portland knows how popular bicycle riding has become for commuting to work, sight seeing  or just getting around town. Join in on the fun for any reason, or no reason at all!

If you don’t have a bicycle, you can rent a wide variety of bikes for just about any duration. Since most find the common “city bike” perfectly suitable for getting from point A to B, we set out to find the cheapest full day rental for a city bike this season and here’s what we found.

Portland Bike Rental Infographic

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Join us for Bike Industry Night Tomorrow- featuring Walnut Studios

Join us tomorrow night 4/2/15 for the Cycle Portland Bike Industry Night. This monthly event is FREE, open to the public and highlights a different Bike themed Business. This month we are proud to be hosting Walnut Studios. Join us for a First Thursday celebration of bike business and bike culture with a happy hour style event of conversations related to the Portland Bike Industry.

Walnut Studios creates some of the most finely crafted leather bike attachments, and accessories. Once you see these in person, you can’t help but want to equip your ride. Make your bike a piece of art!

Buy an item from Walnut, AND GET A FREE BEER!               4-7pm. 117 NW 2nd Ave. Portland, Ore.

Thanks to Hopworks Brewing- Oregon’s first all organic brewery – for sponsoring Cycle Portland.

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Cycle Portland now hiring for Tour Guides/ Rental Shop

Job Title
Bike Tour Guide/ Rental Shop Position

Company/Organization
Cycle Portland

Job Description
Cycle Portland is a Bike Tour and Rental company located in Old Town. We provide guided rides around the city and also out to the Columbia Gorge and Oregon Wine Country. These tours focus on different themes, including Portland History, Local Microbreweries, Food Carts, and Bike Culture. We have a full service and repair shop where we rent bikes out and lead the tours from on NW 2nd Ave.

This position includes greeting customers, preparing bikes for them to ride, leading them around the city on prepared routes while stopping occasionally to share information about Portland. This position also includes renting bikes to visitors from all over the world to explore on their own and outfitting them with maps, bike route advice, and a sweet whip to cruise the city with. We also sell bike parts and accessories, so helping patrons select what they need and ringing them up at the register is part of the job duties.

Some bike mechanical know how is required because you have to be able to adjust bikes to fit people and fix a flat if you were to get one while out on the ride.
Other requirements include Customer Service skills, retail experience, a genuine desire to work with the public, and a strong outgoing personality.

Do you like to host visiting friends by taking them around the city? Are you passionate about cycling in Portland? Are you knowledgeable about Portland enough to give directions and willing to learn more about the city? Do you have Guiding experience or a knack for storytelling/ improv?

This position is seasonal with a possibility of staying on year round.

How to Apply
If interested please send a resume to portlandbicycle@gmail.com with a paragraph about why you would a be good fit for the position. Thank you.

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Moulton Small Wheeled Delivery Bike Proves to Be Challenging and Interesting

Here at Cycle PDX we recently had the opportunity to work on an early Moulton small wheeled bicycle. After one week of grueling searches for parts, it became obvious that this was one of the most interesting bicycles ever made with an even more interesting history.

Guthrie taking a spin on the Moulton we worked on here at Cycle PDX

Guthrie taking a spin on the Moulton we worked on here at Cycle PDX

Alex Moulton was an engineer in the European aviation/auto industry. His grandfather was one of the first rubber pioneers, bringing vulcanized rubber to the UK. The family ran a large rubber company that at the time specialized in developing rubber suspensions for the european auto industry.

Moulton had multiple qualms with conventional bicycles being produced during the late 50’s and early 60’s. Thus, he decided to come up with his own unique design. He thought that the conventional diamond (triangular) frame design made it difficult to size correctly as well as mount and dismount. Storage was also an issue because larger bikes require more space. Comfort was also an essential concern. In order to make bicycles more comfortable, people would mount larger, lower pressure tires, which resulted in more rolling resistance that potentially made the bikes less efficient. Moulton sought out to design a frame that would quell most of these issues and his frame design allowed ease of use for both sexes without compromising the integrity of the bike. Smaller wheels measuring 16 1-⅜” made a bike that accelerated quickly and the fitting of high pressure tires brought rolling resistance down. The high pressure tires did increase the efficiency of the bike, however, they did make it arguably more uncomfortable.

Moulton small wheeled bicycle posing outside Cycle PDX

Moulton small wheeled bicycle posing outside Cycle PDX

This is where Moulton’s suspension knowledge came into play. He designed a front and rear suspension in the form of a single shock integrated into the steerertube/crown of the fork, and used a solid rectangular bumpstop where the rear triangle meets the frame. By doing so, Moulton was one of the first to incorporate suspension into bikes 30 years before they became an industry standard! Moulton wanted to create a bike that could be used for multiple purposes. It was with that thinking that he fitted the bikes with large front and rear porteur style racks.

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Front porteur style rack on the Moulton small wheeled bicycle

The Moulton we worked on here at Cycle PDX spent its early days as a delivery bike for a bakery in Portland. An employee inherited the bicycle from said bakery and really wanted to breathe new life into it, which is why it ended up in our hands here at Cycle PDX. Some of the parts used on Moultons are very rare, which is why this particular bike was a challenge at times. It was, specifically, very difficult for us to find 16-1 3/8″ wheels to match the old ones brought it by the Moulton’s new owner. Regardless of difficulty, this bike was extremely rewarding to work on and is an absolute gem in its own right. A very unique addition to this particular Moulton as well was the very rare 4-speed Sturmy Archer hub on the rear.

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The drivetrain on the Moulton, including the 4-speed Sturmy Archer hub

The Moulton’s smaller wheels tend to have less spoke flex, this allows the rider to carry heavier loads without the worry of spoke failure. The smaller wheels also aid in lowering the overall center of gravity, an excellent attribute to take account of especially when carrying heavy loads. It is a common misconception that Moultons are folding bikes, they do make some folding models, but all of the original models were non-folding frames.

Front view of the Moulton bicycle

Front view of the Moulton bicycle

Moulton bicycles have been around for quite a while. The company itself has changed hands a few times, but the design has stayed relatively the same. Hence, their success and build quality have allowed for a cult following status. They call themselves “Moultoneers”. This unique group of individuals take advantage of the many positive attributes the Moulton has to offer. The Moultoneers generally embark on long distance touring trips centered around one primary goal, having fun while enjoying the freedom only achieved by bicycle.

55 years have gone by since Alex Moulton designed his first bike and the brand still remains strong. The company makes many different styles of bikes now, but the original model (AM designation) can still be purchased today.

For more information go to: http://www.moultonbicycles.co.uk/index.html

Or, check out what our friend Sheldon Brown had to say about his sweet Moulton!

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