OBCA Members Meeting, Sunday 11/24 at Strawberry

We’ve got an OBCA members’ meeting coming up this weekend – 4pm on Sunday, 11/24 at Strawberry Cycle Sport in SW Portland. We’ll discuss the group insurance issue we’ve been talking about for the last couple months, as well as Rep. Blumenauer’s interest in an Oregon bicycle industry alliance. We’ll also have the fork tester there, smashing forks. See you there!

Location: 535 SW 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

 

 

A new Reynolds video from the producers of Bespoked, the UK Handmade Bicycle Show

Here’s a nice HD video about Reynolds tubing – company history, technology, and a factory tour. Enjoy!

Bespoked Reynolds video on Vimeo

i Heart IGLE – November 22, 2013

Fellow framebuilder Christopher Igleheart (Igleheart Custom Frames & Forks) was hit by a motor vehicle while riding his bicycle home. His leg was broken and he spent two nights in the hospital.  He has no insurance to cover his medical expenses.

Please visit www.iheartigle.org and make a donation today.  

Additionally, a fundraiser has been organized to raise funds.

Fundraiser details:

Location: Rapha US HQ

Entry: $20 donation at the door gets you free Widmer Brothers Brewing beer and an entry into the Breadwinner Cycles frame and fork raffle!

Date: November 22, 2013 at 6:00pm

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/559261647480859

 

 

 

Bespoked 2014 – The UK Handmade Bicycle Show – April 11-13th

Bespoked is Europe’s leading Handmade Bicycle Show, celebrating the craft of beautiful bicycles. Bespoked is primarily a celebration of handmade bicycles and those who make them. Alongside the bicycles, makers of fine components, apparel and accessories are also at Bespoked.

Bespoked is the event for bicycle makers and customers to come together to discuss and share ideas.

Due to the overwhelming success of this year’s show, Bespoked 2014 will move to a new venue at the Lee Valley VeloPark, home of the track cycling, BMX and Paralympic track cycling during the London 2012 Olympic games.

 This iconic cycling venue, in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will allow us to accommodate significantly larger numbers of exhibitors and visitors. The show will take place during the first few weeks of it being open to the public after the Olympic games, and for three days will serve as the perfect backdrop for some the world’s finest bicycles.  We are confidently expecting our best show ever!

Bespoked Bristol 2013 was once again the centre of the bespoke bicycle world. It attracted in the region of 6000 vistors, which was near capacity for the duration of the show. Over 80 exhibitors showcased handmade bikes from across the world. Shinichi Konno of Cherubim from Japan, Marco Bertoletti of Legend from Italy, Eric Estlund of Winter Bicycles and Paul Price of Paul Components from the USA joined the best UK framebuilders.

See award winners and full list of exhibitors 

Bespoked is now open for applications for 2014. Please complete your application online http://www.bespoked.cc/apply.html

 For further information, please contact Phil Taylor – Phil@bespoked.cc 07984 717442

Carlton Fun Days and Bike Expo 2013

Carlton Fun Days

Don’t miss the 2013 Carlton Fun Days in Carlton, Oregon, June 22nd.  There will be a pancake breakfast (Cub Scout fundraiser) and the town parade from 10am to 11am followed by a get together complete with vendors, food and games and such in Wennerberg Park.  Carlton is located in the heart of Yamhill County wine country on Hwy 47 just north of McMinnville and south of the town of Yamhill.

For more info please contact Kathie Oriet, Mayor of the City of Carlton:  koriet@ci.carlton.or.us  Here is the link for the application for vendor booth:  Click Here

 

BBC News: How to Build a Bike

How to build a bike: The revival of a British craft

By Catherine WynneBusiness reporter, BBC News

See rest of article from BBC News by clicking here:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22160187

2012 O.H.B.S. Builder Survey

As the year comes to a close, the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association would like to solicit your feedback on the 2012 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show.  To help us help you going forward, we want to make certain we understand what will be of most value to you in future shows.  Please take a moment to complete the  following survey questions.  This should only take a few minutes of your time and your responses will remain confidential.

 

Please complete this short survey – Click Here

 

Thank you for your time and feedback.  Happy New Year!

-O.B.C.A.

Survey: Economic Impact of Bicycle Recreation & Travel in Oregon

Take the Survey: Make Cycling in Oregon Even Better!
Travel Oregon, in partnership with bicycle and tourism partners throughout the state, is sponsoring a survey on the economic impact of bicycle related tourism to Oregon’s economy.  Information gathered from this survey will aid our understanding of the spending and travel patterns of bicycling visitors on Oregon’s economy. The results will also help us distinguish bicycle related opportunities in Oregon.
As a traveler in Oregon during 2011 and/or 2012, your insight is pivotal to our success and will enable us to deliver a richer experience in the future.  Please help us by providing information about your experience in Oregon, including times that included riding or attending a bicycle related event.  The survey should take approximately 10 minutes. The answers you supply will be used for statistical purposes only and will be kept strictly confidential.

The link to the survey is provided below:

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22GJ7L35WX6

There is more information here if you would like to learn more about the survey.

Travel Oregon and Oregon Tourism Commission

OBCA and Winter Bicycles at Bespoked: Bristol, UK

OBCA VP and Winter Bicycles builder, Eric Estlund, is headed to this year’s Bespoked:Bristol show. In addition to showing his bikes, Eric will be representing the OBCA and leading a discussion on independent frame building in the US. See you in Bristol!
www.bespokedbristol.co.uk
www.oregonframebuilders.com
www.WinterBicycles.com

Newlands and Houser collaborate on new fork crown

Portland based designer and machinist, Spencer Houser, recently provided three dimensional CAD services to Strawberry Bicycle for the design of a new bicycle fork crown. Andy Newlands, owner/builder of Strawberry road, track and lightweight touring bicycles since 1971 had sketches of a “new old fashioned” fork crown but lacked the 3d CAD skills that Spencer has honed over the past several years. Houser and Newlands got together over beers and hashed out a double plate fork crown for oval fork blades and are now working on another fork crown utilizing 25.4mm. round fork blades for lightweight touring bicycles. Once the designs are finalized and rapid prototype solid models are printed the CAD files will go to the casting company where the fork crowns will be investment cast. Newlands commented, “It was a pleasure working with Spencer. He is a master machinist and a pro designer in three dimensional surface modeling.” In addition to design services, Houser is co-owner of Speedy Moto Company located in Portland which designs and manufactures aftermarket Ducati motorcycle parts.