Archives for April 2011

Terra Nova Cycles, LLC (Strawberry Cycles Engineering & Fabrication)

Terra Nova Cycles, LLC (Strawberry Cycles Engineering & Fabrication)
Year Founded:  1971
Owner:  Andy Newlands
Shop visits possible:  Yes
Retail sales at shop:  Yes

Shop description:
Goose Hollow, an 1845 neighborhood in southwest Portland is the location of the Strawberry bicycle frame fabrication facility since 2002.  The company founded in Portland in 1971, has the goal of producing handcrafted bicycle frames and tube processing tooling and equipment.  The unique frame designs and an absolute personal (one man – two dog) working method assure a style steeped in elegance, if you will, that found its sublime “promised land” in Goose Hollow.

Dedicated, passionate design work, but low-keyed and always sensitive to the human side of every equation in the bicycle framebuilding craft, Strawberry incarnated a distinctive way of thinking and working in the very concrete terms of bicycle frame fabrication.  Trained in engineering with over forty years of machining and oxy/propane brazing experience, Strawberry has a conception of bicycle framebuilding which springs from skills learned over time but is neither artificial nor intellectualistic, rather one that is striking for the depth of consideration behind it as well as for the simplicity of its operation.

Strawberry trademarked frames are completely hand built in the Goose Hollow shop from Reynolds steel tubing and investment cast lugs and are designed for road sport/racing, track racing and city/commuting.  The oxy/propane brass brazed lugged steel framesets feature hand-cut lug work, Strawberry designed investment cast wishbone and integrated topstay/seatpost binder.  The company is also the US sales agent for Marchetti SRL, Bergamo, Italy which engineers and manufactures testing equipment, wheelbuilding machines, tube processing machinery, welding fixtures/robots, frame and fork alignment tools as well as turnkey engineering.

2011 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show Announcement

(Bend, OR): Handmade bicycles and bicycle related crafts, the artisans that build them and professionals representing the craft and culture of bicycling will converge at the 4th Annual Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show October 29-30, 2011 at Noble Brewing in Bend, Oregon. Bicycle frame building companies throughout the United States & abroad are all invited and welcome to showcase their wares alongside the best frame builders in Oregon.

2011 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show - Bend

In 2010, the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show included 40 builders and welcomed over 2,500 attendees for the two day event. The 2011 show promises to again feature the country’s finest bicycles and related artisanal bicycle products. This year, the show is excited to be accepting the invitation to be a part of the 2011 Day of the Dead Cyclocross Festival in Bend, Oregon. Halloween Cross Crusade is a huge weekend of festivities including cyclocross races on Saturday & Sunday which welcome over 1,000 racers from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“OBCA is very excited about the opportunity to bring the Oregon Handmade Bike Show to Bend,” said David Levy, President of the OBCA. “This is a great opportunity to showcase the talents of Oregon’s bicycle builders in a new region of the state and we’re confident our partnership with Visit Bend and the Cyclocross Crusade will increase the attendance of our biggest fundraiser of the year.”

“Visit Bend is honored and thrilled to host the Oregon Handmade Bike Show,” said Doug La Placa, President of Visit Bend. “In conjunction with the Halloween Cross Crusades, Bend will be hosting two of the largest and most prestigious cycling events in the Pacific Northwest over the Halloween weekend. The events will provide a timely boost to Bend’s tourism industry and will be a ton of fun for the local community.”

The 2011 OR Handmade Bicycle Show will include the two-day frame builder exhibition, plus seminars, local entertainment and socializing.

Full details for this year’s show are available at Exhibitor applications, sponsorship opportunities and ticket information will be available in Spring 2011. For immediate inquiries, contact Aaron McBride at

The Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association, is a non-profit 501(c)(6) mutual benefit organization that promotes the Oregon handmade bicycle through support of Oregon-based bicycle frame builders.

O.B.C.A., 1535 SW 17th Ave., Portland, OR, 97201

OBCA at The Pedal Nation Show!

The PedalNation bicycle show was good fun and great exposure for our members. For the second year in a row the OBCA was fortunate enough to showcase examples of Oregon frame craft to an enthusiastic Portland audience. Ahearne Cycles was showing his popular cycle truck, Ceilo Cycles had a couple of TIG welded offerings, English Cycles displayed his take on a feathery looking 29’er, Millholland Cycles was represented by Greg Morris and classic styled road and mountain designs, Metrofiets and Joe Bike had examples of their individual takes on cargo bikes with Phil giving rides to all takers on his demo Metrofiets. Rolf Prima was present with their line of amazing wheels, Wade from Vulture Cycles showed his elegant city bike(and tall bike …as always!), Ti Cycles rounded out the group with a number of titanium bikes, fresh from the NAHBS show in Austin. A few beers we shared, stories swapped and in the end, a Gold Sprints showdown, hard fought between Millholland, Vulture, Rolf Prima and Ti Cycles. As sometimes happens, youth triumphed and young Greg Morris took the honors for Millholland Cycles, Brooke from Rolf Prima has already started training to crush all comers next year!

Thanks to Aaron for the great show and support, keep cycling and see you next year!

Top Honors at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show

This year the OBCA and it’s members had a strong prense at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show- including taking top honors in the awards ceremony!

Signal Cycles brought home “Best City Bike”

DiNuci Cycles hooked the ring with “Best in Show”

In addition to top honors the OBCA has a strong presence with some of the best bike in North America

Builders in attendance were:

Co-Motion Cycles
DiNucci Cycles
Ira Ryan Cycles
Signal Cycles
Strawberry/ Terra Nova Cycles
Ti Cycles Fabrication
United Bicycle Institute
Vendetta Cycles
Vertigo Cycles
Vulture Cycles
Winter Bicycles
Littleford Cycles

We were also supported by industry members:
Arctos Jigs
Chris King
Full Speed Ahead
Reynolds Technology LTD
Rolf Prima

The OBCA would like to thank the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, the sponsors, Austin, other exhibitors and all of the fantastic attendees that made the weekend!

Oregon frame builders at the San Diego Custom Bicycle Show!

The OBCA had a strong showing down at the San Diego Custom Bicycle Show!

In attendance were:

MAP Bicycles
Winter Bicycles
Wolfhound Cycles
Ahearne Cycles
Vendetta Cycles
Renovo Hardwood Bicycles
Co-Motion Cycles
The Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association

It was a great showing with solid and impressive work all around.  The show took place in down town San Diego at the historic Goldenhall: The Grateful Dead, Led Zepplin,The Clash and the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association have all rocked in San Diego.

The OBCA would like to thank the SDCBS, San Diego and all the exhibitors and attendees for a great weekend!