Monthly Archives: June 2011

Introducing the world’s first longtail-based longjohn, only from Joe Bike

Ever since Joe Bike invented the utility bicycle in 2008, innovation has run rampant in Southeast Portland. Some would call it irrational exuberance, a creativity bubble. Today we unveil the world’s first longtail-based longjohn, called the ShuttleDummy. On its maiden voyage, we rode it from The Shed, an old Caterpillar factory that’s the site of our former framebuilding facility, up to the Holgate Bridge for some wind-tunnel testing, and then on to the retail store on Hawthorne. Our conclusion: Our work for Oregon Manifest is done.

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The Spot Acme petite: a 42 cm stepthrough

Spot’s first stepthrough frame has arrived on the warm sandy beaches of Joe Bike. This is a 42 cm Acme that fits riders from 4’9″ up to 5’5″ or so. Aluminum frame, carbon fork, Alfine 11-speed hub, Gates CenterTrack Carbon Drive, hydraulic disc brakes. Ready for racks, fenders, adventures. $1999. Please see our lovely Acme page.

Spot Bicycles Acme step-through

Spot Acme step-through

How has a cargobike changed your life? Be part of a documentary.

Peter's ShuttleBug 5

When we shipped a ShuttleBug last year to a customer in Marin County, California, birthplace of the mountain bike, we were just starting to understand we were part of a phenomenon that’s changing our country for the better: new cargobike riders tend to become cargobike advocates and family-cycling advocates generally. Two-car families become two-cargobike families, and it changes and enriches their lives. At first they start blogs, then they organize events, set an example, create their own local family-cycling movements. We’ve seen this happen from coast to coast, in the south, Midwest, and northeast, in big cities and suburbs and college towns. Portland, the new world capital of cargobike development just as Marin was with mountain bikes, is changing the way Americans move.

Now our ShuttleBug customer down in Marin, who shares the road with the likes of Joe Breezer, is making a documentary about this phenomenon. And one step in the shooting is happening this Friday, June 25th, at 5 pm at the Cargo Bike Roll Call in Portland. This is our long-winded way of saying the Roll Call is now a casting call. COME OUT TO THIS EVENT. WITH YOUR BIKE! HAVE A BEER. GET YOURSELF IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. Tell the world how your bike has changed your family and your community.

Thanks to Metrofiets for sponsoring this Pedalpalooza event and helping Liz with the film crew.

For more information, contact Liz at lizcanning.com.

Casting call for a cargobike documentary this Friday

Peter's ShuttleBug 5

When we shipped a ShuttleBug last year to a customer in Marin County, California, birthplace of the mountain bike, we were just starting to understand we were part of a phenomenon that’s changing our country for the better: new cargobike riders tend to become cargobike advocates and family-cycling advocates generally. Two-car families become two-cargobike families, and it changes and enriches their lives. At first they start blogs, then they organize events, set an example, create their own local family-cycling movements. We’ve seen this happen from coast to coast, in the south, Midwest, and northeast, in big cities and suburbs and college towns. Portland, the new world capital of cargobike development just as Marin was with mountain bikes, is changing the way Americans move.

Now our ShuttleBug customer down in Marin, who shares the road with the likes of Joe Breezer, is making a documentary about this phenomenon. And one step in the shooting is happening this Friday, June 25th, at 5 pm at the Cargo Bike Roll Call in Portland. This is our long-winded way of saying the Roll Call is now a casting call. COME OUT TO THIS EVENT. WITH YOUR BIKE! HAVE A BEER. GET YOURSELF IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. Tell the world how your bike has changed your family and your community.

Thanks to Metrofiets for sponsoring this Pedalpalooza event and helping Liz with the film crew.

For more information, contact Liz at lizcanning.com.

The world won’t let us be a local bike shop.

In the past week we’ve shipped our bikes to customers in:

Melbourne, Australia

Singapore by way of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Exeter, New Hampshire

San Antonio, Texas, for a soldier in Afghanistan

Houston, Texas

Minneapolis, Minnesota

To the rest of the planet: Bring it!

Joe Bike competes in tomorrow’s cargobike race!

One-fourth of Joe Bike’s vaunted 2009 cyclocross team is reprised for one more race: the first Cirque du Cycling cargobike race, Sunday on N. Mississippi Avenue, to be held around 230 or before the first category of the criterium starts. Our service manager, Mike Cobb, competes in a field of 10 elite racers. He’s won or placed in international cargobike races in Asia and Europe, but the competition in Portland is going to be absolutely pro.

Read all about these characters and their race in this BikePortland story. Good luck, Mike!

It’s a date bike. It’s a designated-rider bike. It’s Buddy Bike.

 

Buddy Bike is a short tandem with wraparound handlebars that was designed to let kids with autism, Down syndrome, Aspberger’s, or impaired hearing or vision to experience the joy of riding a bike. Joe Bike is the world’s largest Buddy Bike dealer. Here, store manager Tess and service manager Mike show how easy it is to ride one of these. They also demonstrate that two adults can ride it…and that’s why it makes a unique date bike. Or even a designated rider bike. The rider in front can be up to about 5’11” to ride comfortably. Riders shorter than that can pedal along and help steer, or put their feet up on foot pegs and enjoy the ride.

The Spot bikes have arrived! Take a look.

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A big bunch of Spot Bikes Acme and Ajax models showed up today. Here’s our shop manager finessing a 57 cm Acme for our first Spot customer. Acme: aluminum frame, carbon fork, Gates Carbon Drive with CenterTrack, Alfine 11 speed, Alfine hydraulic disc brakes, plenty of mounting points for racks, fenders, and whatnot. It’s the perfect, nearly maintenance-free, all-weather commuter ($1999). This our fastest, lightest Gates Carbon Drive bike. 

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Spot Acme dropouts

We also have the Spot Bikes Ajax (below), same idea but at a lower price point ($1499 belt drive, $1399 chain drive; the chain-drive version is available only by special order): Alfine 8, mechanical disc brakes, a sexy flat-black finish with white rims.

Spot Ajax