Oregon is home to many great things. Great coffee. Great beer. Great food. Great outdoors. And, of course, great bikes. Did you know that Oregon has over 40 custom bike builders? Breadwinner. Vanilla. Co-Motion. Bike Friday. Strawberry. Metrofiets. Ahearne Cycles. Ti Cycles. Cielo. Sweetpea. And many more. All made here in Oregon.
Unfortunately, many Oregonians aren’t aware of the wealth of locally-made, handmade bikes Oregon has to offer. Which is where Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association comes in. Founded in 2007, OBCA is a non-profit trade organization working to promote Oregon’s handmade bike framebuilders and bicycle manufacturing companies.
One way they do this is through the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show. The only West Coast handmade bicycle show of it’s kind, it showcases the amazing bikes that Northwest builders are crafting. This bicycle show is pretty sweet in and of itself, but this year they are upping the ante. OBCA and Hopworks Urban Brewery have decided to collaborate. Instead of hosting two separate events (i.e. Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show and BiketoBeerFest), they are uniting for one mega event: the Oregon Handmade Bike & Beer Festival on September 27th & 28th. 2 days. 1 event. Complete with local brewers pouring hand-crafted beers and custom frame builders showing handmade bicycles. There will be music and tasty eats too. “[It’s an] intangibility of high quality craft. Craft beer AND craft bikes,” shared Dave Levy, President of OBCA and owner of Ti Cycles.