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Blood Road wins Emmy

Bike Hugger - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 19:41

I need to catch up with Rebecca Rusch about the Blood Road Emmy… like we’ve hung out and stuff, ridden together, got chased by wolves, but I didn’t see that coming.

It’s awesome.

Rebecca and Huyen Nguyen pedal 1,200 miles along the Ho Chi Minh Trail to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot who was shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier.

Last night, Rusch took home the prize (in Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction) for the 2017 documentary. It was produced by Red Bull Media.

VIDEO: The Emmy for Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction goes to @RedBullTV "Blood Road." #NewsEmmys

— News & Doc Emmys (@newsemmys) October 2, 2018

Here she is celebrating.

Blood Road screenings are happening now and you can rent or buy the film from iTunes, Google Play, Vimeo, and Amazon.

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Islabikes to close US headquarters office and warehouse in Portland

Bike Portland - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 17:28

The busy warehouse as seen in June 2017.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Portland will no longer be the U.S. headquarters of Islabikes. In an announcement made this afternoon, the children’s bike company said they will close their southeast Portland office, showroom and warehouse.

(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Here’s the official statement:

Islabikes has decided to close the US office in Portland, Oregon to focus energy on the UK and EU markets. During this voluntary liquidation we will sell all remaining stock of bikes, accessories and parts in the US. It’s bittersweet, but there are great discounts to be had before closing this fall. At this time we have not set a closing date.

If you are considering ordering for the Holidays, order now, as once they’re gone, they’re gone!

We really appreciate the support from our customers over the past 5 years. Thank you for all the photos and videos of your kids enjoying their Islabikes and the emails and phone calls describing family vacations and adventures; we have so enjoyed getting to be included in those experiences.



To the kiddos: thank you for being brave, confident, sometimes scared, hilarious, charismatic, and eager to ride your bike! Thank you for asking so many questions about your bikes. Thank you for coming out to race at Kids Cross and to try out bikes in our showroom. Your excitement for riding bikes is contagious.

If you have questions, please contact us at or on 503 954 2410 between 9am – 5pm PT, Monday through Friday.

Happy riding,

Arielle, Ben, Carrie, Dan, Mollie and Tim.

This is a big surprise to us. Islabikes opened here in 2013 and appeared to be doing well. They have been huge supporters of the local racing scene by sponsoring kiddie cross and a number of other events. The company helped establish the market for high-quality children’s bikes.

Their absence will definitely be felt. Stay tuned for further developments. We’ll update this post if/when we hear more about what led to this news.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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Friday: SNG hosts evening presentation about Dutch cycling culture

Seattle Bike Blog - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:57

“… but Seattle isn’t Amsterdam.”

You’ve probably heard this argument at some point as an excuse for why your town shouldn’t even try to build quality bike infrastructure. But half a century ago, death in traffic was rampant in the Netherlands just like the United States. Now they are among the safest in the world. How did they do it?

Well, there is a lot to unpack in that question, which is why Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is hosting Vancouver’s Melissa and Chris Bruntlett Friday evening for a presentation and discussion called “Building the Cycling City: Dutch Lessons for Seattle” (Seattle Bike Blog is a sponsor). Tickets are sliding scale and benefit Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Buy them online.

If you can’t make the Friday event, you can catch Melissa and Chris Saturday morning during Bainbridge Island’s Open Streets Festival (stay tuned for more on that).

More details from SNG:

Building the Cycling City: Dutch Lessons for Seattle
An evening with Melissa & Chris Bruntlett

Please join us for a very special keynote presentation and community panel:

Friday, October 5, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Impact Hub Seattle
220 2nd Ave S, Main Event Space (1st floor, ADA accessible, bike storage available)


Tickets are sliding scale, $5 – $100, and on sale now:

Proceeds benefit nonprofit Seattle Neighborhood Greenways. Please consider a solidarity ticket of $10 or more to support Seattle Neighborhood Greenways’ critically needed work in support of safe and healthy streets citywide.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Around the world, countries marvel at Dutch cycling culture and infrastructure while an unfortunate “that would never work here” attitude prevents real change from happening in most U.S. cities, including our own. But the Dutch overcame many of the same challenges as other car-clogged cities like Seattle, and their story is an important model for moving us toward a more human-scale, bike-friendly future.

Join Melissa and Chris Bruntlett for a fun, visual, and interactive discussion. They’ll share the triumphs and challenges of the Dutch cycling story, show how some of the ideas are already being adopted in global cities, and draw out concrete lessons for Seattle to follow their lead.

Following the Bruntletts’ inspiring, photo-rich presentation of what other cities are doing, a lively, solution-focused panel will bring the ideas home to Seattle and ask, “What will it really take to get there?”

The event is scheduled for Friday, October 5th, 5:00-7:00pm at the main event space in Impact Hub Seattle. Thanks to our amazing food and beverage sponsors, we’ll have fantastic beer from Peddler Brewing, fine wine from Eleven Winery, substantive appetizers, delicious coffee & desserts from Convoy Coffee, and time for socializing!

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Tualatin-Valley Hwy claimed two more lives yesterday

Bike Portland - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 13:52

Photo from crash scene where a man was hit by an SUV operator as he tried to walk across TV Highway yesterday.
(Beaverton PD)

One of our region’s most dangerous urban highways claimed two more victims in separate crashes yesterday.

At 3:28 am, the Beaverton Police Department says 28-year-old Uriel Santiago-Sarabia tried to walk southbound across Tualatin-Valley Highway west of 160th when he was involved in a collision with someone driving a Cadillac Escalade. After the initial collision, Mr. Santiago-Sarabia was then hit by two other drivers. The initial person who made contact with him stayed at the scene to help and police are still looking for drivers of the other two vehicles, thought to be a large truck and a sedan.

Photo of crash scene where Jim McGauvran was hit and killed.

Then at 9:15 pm, 28-year-old Jim McGauvran was hit while biking on TV Highway just east of SW 331st Avenue. According to a Washington County Sheriff statement, McGauvran was, “riding a BMX bicycle in the middle of the roadway” prior to being struck by a 55-year-old man who was driving a Jeep. The Sheriff’s office also states that McGauvran wasn’t wearing a helmet and that his bicycle was not equipped with lights (note: Oregon law does not require adults to wear helmets). McGauvran was transported to the hospital in critical condition and he died several hours later.

No citations were issued in either of these collisions.



Wide and straight: the classic profile of a deadly highway.

TV Highway (Oregon Route 8) is owned and managed by the Oregon Department of Transportation and serves as a critical link to everyday destinations for people who live and work in the 16-mile stretch between Beaverton and Forest Grove. Unfortunately it’s also a well-known to safety advocates and planners as a danger zone. According to ODOT crash data (reported in Metro’s 2018 Regional Transportation Safety Strategy) there were 55 serious crashes on the eight-mile section between Cedar Hills Blvd and Canyon Road between 2010 and 2014, making it one of the top “High Injury Corridors” in the region.

In 2014 The Street Trust (then the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) made a safer TV Highway one of their five top priorities. They hired a Washington County-based staffer, Lisa Frank, who organized residents along the corridor to speak up for a project that would bring combination of protected bike lanes or off-street trail segments.

The Street Trust’s campaign for TV Highway seems to have ended in June 2016 when Frank left the organization (the link goes to a 404 error page). According to a blog post, Frank said their campaign resulted in, “multiple pedestrian crossings throughout the corridor, better bikeways, and sidewalk improvements.” Progress has also been made on a future rails-to-trails project that parallels the highway between Hillsboro, Cornelius, Forest Grove, and Banks.

Reached today for comment, The Street Trust Executive Director Jillian Detweiler said, “These are terrible tragedies. We strongly believe these deaths were not inevitable and TV Highway must be redesigned to protect vulnerable road users.” Detweiler also directed me to Washington County’s latest effort dubbed, Moving Forward TV Highway, which she says has several goals that The Street Trust helped elevate. It’s also no coincidence that The Street Trust’s new 501(c)4 “action fund” chose to endorse a candidate for Washington County Chair — a move Detweiler said came as a direct result of their experience with advocacy in the area.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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Family Biking: It’s bike-to-pumpkins season! Here’s where to go

Bike Portland - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:32

Pumpkins on a bike!
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles.

➤ Read past entries here.

Fall has arrived! That means we’re replacing outgrown rain gear, changing our minds about Halloween costumes every five minutes, and planning bike rides to pumpkins.

I was overjoyed to discover we could bike to a real live farm in nearby Boring, Oregon last October and that remains one of my favorite things we did all year. But that’s just one of many options in the area I’ll share in this week’s column and I’d love to hear your go-to pumpkins places, both near and far, simple and elaborate.

Our visit to Liepold Farms last year.

Liepold Farms in Boring, Oregon is just half a mile off the end of the Springwater Corridor Trail…granted that last half mile is pretty unpleasant: Richey Road starts at 35 mph and goes up to 45 mph and has a very small gravel-strewn shoulder. Did I mention it’s also slightly uphill? I consider it crappy, but worth it. And the multi-use trail part is terrific, 14 miles of trail from Cartlandia food cart pod. Here’s my Ride with GPS Cartlandia to Liepold Farms route with points of interest and bathrooms along the way marked.

Liepold Farms didn’t seem to have any bike parking during our visit last year, but it’s a huge space so we were welcome to make a bike pile near the info booth. The farm has it all with a hay ride, corn maze, oodles of pumpkins and apples for purchase, a plethora of food options at the weekend barbecue, and pet dogs are welcome! The 2018 Liepold Farms Fall Festival opened September 23rd and runs all October from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. most days.

The Portland Nursery kid activities are in a cozy rain-proof tent.

Portland Nursery. Nurseries are terrific non-farms places to get pumpkins. The Stark Street location of Portland Nursery has a terrific Apple Tasting Festival with tons of kid activities:

Portland Nursery Annual Apple Tasting Event

1st Weekend Kids Tent
Friday October 12, 10:00am – 5:00pm

  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Games
  • Coloring

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 13-14, 10:00am – 5:00pm

  • Face Painting
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Games
  • Coloring

2nd Weekend Kids Tent
Friday October 19: Field Trip Day, 9:30am – 1:30pm

  • Ms. Pearl’s Variety Show
  • Penny’s Puppet Show
  • Olive & Dingo Musical story time

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 20-21, 10:00am – 5:00pm

  • Face Painting
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Games
  • Coloring

We visited on a disgustingly rainy day last year and even still had a great time choosing big pumpkins and painting little pumpkins. I was very impressed by the amount of bike parking, but I hear it doesn’t accommodate all the bikes when the weather is nicer.

Portland Nursery caboose-adjacent bike racks had plenty of room on a rainy day last year.

You heard it here first: I’ll be leading a Kidical Mass family bike ride to the festival on Saturday, October 20th. Details available on the BikePortland Calendar soon.

Rossi Farms has a paint-buffered bike lane and a gorgeous view of Mt. Hood when you visit once the sun has moved west (not pictured, I visited too early in the day).

Rossi Farms. Rossi Farms is primarily a special event venue, but usually hosts a pumpkin patch in October. They’re not decided on whether or not they’ll do pumpkins this year so I’m keeping an eye on their Facebook page. The farm is conveniently close to the I-205 Bike Trail, though there are a few busy streets to cross.



Bushue’s Family Farm. This farm, like Liepold, is in Boring, but it’s a bit farther off the Springwater Corridor trail, requiring four miles of country road riding. I’ve heard wonderful things about the farm, though it doesn’t permit pet dogs.

Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch. Sauvie Island seems to be the most popular pumpkin patch in the area and some people bike to it, but most people drive there. I have never biked on highway 30 and may never make it to Sauvie Island. However, TriMet line 16 gets one to within 2 miles of the pumpkin patch, which I find intriguing.

Claustrophobic, subterranean grocery store pumpkins.

➤ Grocery stores. I’d love to hear in the comments if you have a favorite grocery store pumpkin patch. When we lived in Seattle we liked getting pumpkins from our closest Whole Foods Market, in a make-shift hay bale patch in the underground parking garage.

Have I missed any other fun pumpkin places? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading.

Remember, we’re always looking for people to profile. Get in touch if it sounds like fun to you. I’d especially like to feature families of color so please get in touch or ask friends of color who bike with their kids if they’re interested in sharing their stories. And as always, feel free ask questions in the comments below or email me your story ideas and insights at madidotcom [at] gmail [dot] com.

— Madi Carlson, @familyride on Instagram and Twitter

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Component maker Chris King will open its doors for builders and fans next week

Bike Portland - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:02

King employees 75 people at their factory and headquarters in northwest industrial.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s largest bike industry company plans to throw open its factory doors next week.

“We’re not anti-innovation, but how many times do you want to slam a consumer with something new every year? We’re trying to see if we can be better stewards to the industry and the consumer as a whole.”
— Jay SyCip, Chris King Precision Components

The Chris King Open House and Builder Showcase began in 2016 as a way to mark the component maker’s 40th anniversary and highlight industry partners. This year the event has grown into a mini trade show that will feature 18 of the nation’s top custom builders and nine major brands. It starts on Thursday October 11th with an industry panel discussion, then a builder’s summit on Friday the 12th, followed by a public open house Saturday the 13th.

Chris King Precision Components Design Manager Jay SyCip says the growth of the event — from 350 people in 2016 to over 1,000 who attended last year — is a testament not only to the popularity of Chris King products but also to Portland itself. “The goal is to create something like a Portland Bike Week,” he shared with me in a phone interview last week. “Portland is an important part of the bike universe as a city.” SyCip hopes other local bike companies will follow their lead in future years and host open houses of their own in the same week.

The event follows an industry-wide trend of brands eschewing the large Interbike trade show and hosting their own, more intimate gatherings. A chance to hob-nob with the builders and vendors who buy their famous headsets and hubs will be valuable for Chris King; but SyCip wants the event to be about more than just doing business. Thursday’s panel discussion will focus on the health of the industry at large and how bike shops can stay relevant to bike-lovers.



From new axle and wheel sizes, to frames that only fit a specially sized headset or bottom bracket — Chris King is concerned about the seemingly non-stop stream of changes that confuse customers and create headaches for bike shops. SyCip believes bike shops are a “barometer of the industry.” “We’re not anti-innovation,” he said, “But how many times do you want to slam a consumer with something new every year? Can we make a progression plan? Can we be more future-proof? We’re trying to see if we can be better stewards to the industry and the consumer as a whole.”

Since Chris King is one of the rare companies that still makes their own parts, they have a vested interest in seeing a more sane rate of change. “All we do is chase people’s tales,” says Sycip. “Every switch in the industry puts us back on our heels.” King also offers important perspective, given that their customers include people who still want the classic, 1-inch, threaded headset (similar to the model that launched the company in 1976); to some of the fastest professional bike racers in the world.

The idea of getting so many builders and brands in the same room is to encourage more collaboration and make sure that the “Innovate or die” mantra isn’t killing off customers.

1,500 people are expected at the Saturday open house which will run from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at their headquarters in the northwest industrial district (2801 NW Nela St). The event will include a bike show, free coffee and beer, food from Verde Cocina and Grand Army Tavern, and factory tours. The industry panel and builder’s summit on Thursday and Friday are by RSVP only (press is welcome to attend both events, email if you’d like more info).

Here’s the list of builders and brands that will participate:

– Allied Cycle Works
– Argonaut Cycles
– Breadwinner Cycles
– Caletti Cycles
– Co-Motion Cycles
– DeSalvo Custom Cycles
– English Cycles LLC
– Moots
– Mosaic Cycles
– Retrotec & Inglis Cycles
– Sage Titanium Bicycles
– Sklar Bikes
– Speedvagen
– Spooky Cycles
– Stinner Frameworks
– SyCip Bicycles
– Ti Cycles Fabrication
– Black Cat

– Santa Cruz Bicycles
– ENVE Composites
– Stages Cycling
– QBP (Quality Bicycle Products)
– SimWorks USA
– Smith
– Fox Racing
– Alchemy Bicycle Company

For more details, check the BikePortland Calendar listing or the Facebook event page.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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