It seems like ages have passed since we sold the last of our Flying Pigeons, so it was a nice surprise to find this photo today at BikePortland.org of reporter Will Vanlue’s own Pigeon roadster decked out with Christmas lights. We had the frame and fenders powdercoated candy-apple red with a silver undercoat, then built it up with 28″ wheels, Schwalbe Delta Cruiser creme tires, Brooks saddle, and a Shimano 3-speed hub. Thanks to Will (The Prudent Cyclist on Flickr) for letting us post this photo.
Here’s one of our photos of almost the same bike from way back when.
This year, Be the Santa.
Here’s the idea:
Anybody who rides a cargobike (or who has a trailer) is invited to take part in our first annual SantaHaul (here in Portland–but you can organize your own event anywhere). On a day or evening to be determined, we’ll meet up at a central location, divvy out delivery manifests to all the Santas, and load up our cargo bikes. Each Santa will head off to whatever neighborhood is on their manifest, and make their deliveries, either directly to families in need or to participating churches, shelters, or other places. We’d like to spread far and wide all over town. At the end we will, it goes without saying, meet again for some glo:g and stories to share.
Where will the gifts (food, toys, etc.) come from? We don’t know yet. We’re going to put out a call for donations from the community, so that people can drop off their gifts at any participating local bike shop. And generally spread the word. And even if you can’t take part in this, we’re going to ask you to spread the word in any way you can.
If you’re interested, in any capacity, or just have ideas or input to share, please email us at joebikeportland.