Monthly Archives: August 2011

0% depreciation on a Boxbike

Boxbike with stress balls at Nuvinci booth, PDX Bicycle Show

Because we sold our Boxbikes at first for $1200 before raising the price gradually to $1700 (love us: we kept improving them), a number of our bikes have actually appreciated when sold second-hand. Here’s one, though, that a customer of ours is selling for just exactly what they paid. SIGH. It couldn’t go on forever. 

http://redding.craigslist.org/bik/2554167226.html

What do we appreciate most about this ad?

“We use this bike almost every single day and have only had to change 1 flat tire. It has been far more reliable and easy to use than any car for me.”

(The photo above is  not the one the ad refers to. And the Nuvinci hub is an option.)

Who’s Streets? They’re Streets! Grammatical challenges and the coming marginalization of cars

Making up the rules, grammatical and otherwise

Armed with a can of spraypaint, a stencil shaped playfully like the state of Oregon, and the surge of adrenaline that happens when passion meets DIY gumption, somebody in our Southeast Portland neighborhood has decided to revise the Oregon statutes about bike riding in the street. That’s right. Lately we’ve been rolling our 23s, 28s, 35s, Big Apples, and Nobby Nics over dozens of iterations of the same exact, by-now mind-numbing message, which appears on both quiet residential streets and commercial strips such as Hawthorne, and even on designated bike routes. Even on leafy designated bike routes! The message, always placed just where cyclists tend to ride (you know, on the edge of the door zone): “Vehicle’s Only!”

Of course, legally a bicycle is a vehicle, although we industry veterans prefer to call a bicycle a veehickle, while child-carrying cargo bikes are weehickles, a little change-up we do just because it’s enjoyable to confuse the Germans. Of whom we are several. So really we’re all in agreement with whoever drove around the neighborhood on many a fine summer night to spraypaint proof of their lack of grammatical skills all over they’re streets. To those lovelies we say, “Remain in your hickle’s, please. If the Portland Police don’t get you, the grammar police surely will.”

Splashy! Introducing the @SpotBikes Ajax with drop bars

Spot Bikes Ajax 8-speed w/drop bars, $1799

The new 8-speed Ajax and 11-speed Acme from Spot Bikes are the lightest, quickest internally geared/Carbon Drive bikes we’ve seen. The riding position with the stock stem and handlebars is refreshingly upright, reflecting Spot’s intent to distinguish itself in the city-bike market. But for those who prefer drop bars to make the most of the Ajax’s and Acme’s cyclocross geometry and potential as fast, weatherproof commuters, we introduce our own version of the Ajax with drop bars, J-Tek bar-end shifter, and Tektro levers.

Ajax and Acme share the same aluminum frame and carbon fork; Acme comes with hydraulic disc brakes, while Ajax has mechanical. Both are equipped with the new CenterTrack system from Gates. Both are ready for fenders, front and rear racks, and bottle cages. Both are flat-fix-friendly and as low-maintenance as a geared bike can get. The drop-bar Ajax 8-speed is $1699 with mechanical disc brakes.. 11-speed with drop bars and new J-Tek 11-speed shifter coming soon. See our Ajax page.

Spot Bikes Ajax 8-speed w/drop bars, $1799

The American Cargo Bike Revolution, captured by a ShuttleBug owner

Liz's ShuttleBug

We’ve noticed a pattern: our cargobike customers across North America buy a bike for their daily transportation and, within weeks or months, find themselves becoming cargobike activists in their cities. Outside of Portland, it’s happened in Denver, Indianapolis, Louisville, Charleston, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Now Liz Canning (above), a ShuttleBug owner in Marin County, California, is filming a documentary on the emergence of this movement. Last month she sent a video team to interview cargobike builders and riders at the Cargo Bike Roll Call in Portland. In the past few weeks she’s been traveling to interview framebuilders on both coasts and is coming to Oregon Manifest next month, where dozens of framebuilders (including Joe Bike and Antload) will compete in the nation’s first focused utility-bike design and construction challenge. Today she established an online cargobike network. She also wants to interview cargobike riders who’ve changed their lives by changing how they get around day to day. If you’re one of those people and you’d like to talk with her and possibly contribute to this documentary, please get in touch at:

 http://www.lizcanning.com/Liz_Canning_Creative/Cargo_Bike_Documentary.html