Monthly Archives: November 2010

This is what you get with the $125 winter overhaul special

Bicycle Overhaul: $200.00 (winter special: $125)

An overhaul will leave you with a bike that is in top notch condition, with every bearing serviced or replaced if needed, wheels trued, cables replaced as necessary, shifting and braking to the best of the equipment’s ability. Includes labor to upgrade or convert in various ways. Parts are additional, and assume an average of $80-$100 for replacement parts, possibly including ball bearings and cones, brake pads, chains/cassettes/chainrings, bottom brackets, cables, grips/tape, or others. The mechanic performing the work will inspect all parts for wear or damage and make appropriate decisions as to whether the part is safe. No work will be performed or parts replaced that exceed the initial estimate given except by approval of the bike’s owner. Can be done by appointment or as an unscheduled drop off. It takes the better part of a day to do an overhaul, so please call ahead (503 232-1107).

Bags, backpacks, and the Mini You from Blaq Design

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The guys from Blaq Design got to Portland in typical fashion: they packed up everything they owned in a van and drove pretty much nonstop across the country. In their case, from Kent, Ohio, just a couple of months ago. They set up their workshop in the same hangar-like building where we and other mostly Midwestern transplants have our fabrication studios–it’s a former Caterpillar factory a mile down the tracks from what was once a Ford Model T factory. Before they’d finished moving in, before they’d found places to live, and before they realized the Shed was totally unheated, we had them making tough-as-messenger-bags fabric skins for our ShuttleBugs.

Joe Bike is not really a messenger bag sort of shop, and we like to believe we don’t actually know what the phrase “courier system” means. But Blaq’s lineup keeps expanding into stuff that  most commuters would want, and yesterday they showed up at Joe Bike’s retail store with a broad selection of their goods. Check out the hip pouch, the Mini-You pouch (a min-U-lock holder, which will soon have a counterpart for full-sized U-locks), and the BlaqPack (shown at bottom). Next up, among other things: they’re making us a vertically expanding bag for our Porteur racks. Blaqdesign.com.

Here is an article about them in Bikerumor.

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Again with this guy doing wheelies on a 40-lb-when-sopping-wet cargobike

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This is staff mechanic ‘Bama, and he’s wrenching at the shop this Friday, which is Customer Mulled Wine Take Advantage Day. Stop in and ask him what it was like to wheelie a cargobike for 40 yards. He will act all modest and tell you, in his gentle Southern twang, that the Joe-Bike-made ShuttleBug weighs no more than 40 lbs. when sopping wet, minus the cabin and accessories.

Which gives the ShuttleBug a world-leading weight-to-payload ratio that screams “MADE IN PORTLAND, OREGON, USA.”

The photo was taken as Bama warmed up for a shoot for Oregon Manifest’s 2011 poster, by Wieden+Kennedy. Photo by Geoff Rogers.

Happy Thanksgiving, America!

Why we sound increasingly like saxophone

When our mechanic Joey purchased a new saxophone to revive an old passion, he had no idea that  his apartment’s walk-in closet shared a wall with his neighbor’s living room.  Now he does. Needless to say, Joey will be practicing the sax at Joe Bike during his off hours. That won’t explain a lot of things, and it won’t change the fact that the cello is and always will be the official musical instrument of Joe Bike, but it will explain why we’re going to be sounding so good so quickly, at such odd moments.

Of Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher, and Marin County’s first ShuttleBug

Marin County, California, is credited as the birthplace of the mountain bike. The sport’s founders, back in the 1960s and ’70s, include Joe Breeze (Breezer bicycles), Gary Fisher, Tom Ritchie, Keith Bontrager, and many others in that area. It even has a mountain-bike brand named after it. We were happy to get this dispatch from a new ShuttleBug owner in Marin, who wrote:

“On my way home this morning, guess who rode alongside me, asking all about your masterpiece? Fellow bike builder/advocate/MTB legend Joe Breeze himself! He was of course very curious and excited. (One of my best friends is Gary Fisher’s ex and she is crazy about the Shuttlebug) We may not be Portland, but Marin has its bike roots…”

We would say Portland may not be Marin…yet. And here’s to many more ad hoc rides with bike legends.

Buglets about to meet Joe Breeze right after they fly down this hill.

Showers Pass raingear: We wear it. Now we sell it.

Portland-based Showers Pass designs breathable, rainproof men’s and women’s bike clothing for commuters and other bike enthusiasts. It’s the brand of choice among Joe Bike employees and their loved ones. Because it’s absolutely perfect for Portland’s rainy season, we’re now a Showers Pass dealer.

Showers Pass bike clothing has won raves for its superior fit and performance from cyclists, independent bike shop owners and the media. Outside Magazine calls the Showers Pass Elite 2.0 “a wet-weather cyclist’s best friend.” We like Showers Pass also because it looks more like street clothing, should you ever need to interrupt your life by getting off your bike and heading indoors.

Showers Pass bike jackets, rain pant, vests, and caps are also popular with winter hikers, Nordic skiers and runners who seek light weight, good ventilation and protection from rain and wind.

A ShuttleBug born in autumn

A production ShuttleBug equipped with the new n360 hub, destined for New Mexico. A Gates belt kit for this hub will be available in several weeks. We’re on it.

Nuvinci n360-equipped production ShuttleBug, made by Joe Bike in Portland.

Mellowing the yellow: adding vibration-dampening material as a final touch in assembly.