BTA promotes the Bikes, Beers, & Bands: The Handmade Bike & Beer Festival

ti cyclesOregon 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.

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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.

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OBCA Member Injured In Crash, Dark:30 Sports Starts Medical Fund



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OBCA member Rob English suffered serious injuries from a crash last week while riding in the Tour of Aufderheide.  Rob is an A-list frame builder and bicycle racer with a rich history of involvement in the cycling community.

Rob’s road to recovery will be a long one and our hearts go out to him and his family.  Ride organizer Dark:30 Sports has set up a recovery fund to help with Rob’s medical expenses.  Please consider making a donation by clicking this link.

We at OBCA wish you a speedy recovery, Rob, and hope to see you out and about, doing what you love again soon.


OBCA Announces 2014 Handmade Bike & Beer Festival


The Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association (OBCA), in partnership with Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), is pleased to announce the 2014 Oregon Handmade Bike and Beer Festival.  This year’s festival combines two of Portland’s most thrilling fall events: the OBCA Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show and HUB’s Biketobeerfest.

The event will take place on September 27th & 28th at HUB, 2944 SE Powell Blvd.  The weekend features custom frame builders showing handmade bicycles, local brewers pouring hand crafted, limited edition, bike themed beers, and live music from area artists.

Admission to the handmade bicycle display is $10 with proceeds benefiting OBCA and beer tickets are available for purchase at the event.  Vendor booth registration is now open.  Space is limited and vendors are encouraged to apply early.  Visit the OBCA registration site to reserve your spot today.

Founded in 2006, OBCA is a non-profit industry group that exists to promote and support hand crafted bicycle builders.   OBCA has staged the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show annually since 2007.  The show attracts frame builders, industry representatives and thousands of bicycle enthusiasts.

With two bike themed brewpub locations and a focus on sustainable operations, HUB is a champion of the Portland microbrew and cycling communities.  HUB sponsors dozens of bicycling events and has hosted Biketobeerfest, the world’s only bike-in Oktoberfest party, annually since 2007.

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Dates Set for 2014 Show – Builder Registration Now Open

2014 Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show to be held at Hopworks Urban Brewery

 Show Dates:

Saturday & Sunday, September 27-28, 2014

Builder/Exhibitor Registration is now open –  Register today!

If you are a frame builder, sponsor, or media member and have any questions about the show, please email:

Oregon Manifest’14 – PDX Team to Build Best Commuter Bike

A great read on the 2014 Oregon Manifest and the Portland team competing in this year Design Challenge.  OBCA President, Dave Levy of Ti Cycles will be part of the Portland team and build the final design. – Read More Here

Oregon Builders win NAHBS’14 Awards

Congratulations to Argonaut, Breadwinner, Co-Motion, and English Cycles for taking home awards at the 2014 NAHBS in Charlotte, NC.

See all the NAHBS winners here – Click Here

2014 SEMI-ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (Re-scheduled)- February 20th at 5:30pm

OBCA meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 20th, 2014 starting at 5:30 pm at the Strawberry Garage, 1535 S.W. 17th. Ave. at SW Market St. Goose Hollow, Portland.  HUB keg and pizza for all.

Please RSVP Tel. 503-224-1215.

All Constructor Members, Industry Members and prospective members are cordially invited.

Thanks kindly,

OBCA Board

Organic Transit – ELF Solar/Pedal Trike Test drives in Portland, Oregon Jan 25, 26 and 28th

OBCA would like to share the following press release from Organic Transit:

PORTLAND, OREGON /January 20/ – Organic Transit is inviting

the public and press to test drive the ELF solar/pedal

trike on January 25th, 26th and 28th in greater Portland,

Oregon, where the company is considering opening an

assembly plant.

According to Rob Cotter, founder and CEO of Organic

Transit and inventor of the ELF, “Because the ELF promotes

healthier commuters, more livable cities and a cleaner

planet, Portland is a perfect place for creating jobs in

the Green Economy.”


The most efficient vehicle on the planet.

Organic Transit is on a mission to get more cars off the

road, and more people in an ELF all across America. The

company’s visionary, Rob Cotter, has decades of experience

in solar and human powered vehicles which is evident in the

ELF’s refined and patented technology.

Cotter calls the ELF the most energy efficient vehicle on

the planet. The ELF gets the equivalent of 1800 mpg and

can prevent as much as 6 tons of Co2 from entering the

atmosphere each year.

The vehicle is highly refined and well appointed with

mirrors, LED lights, storage, and a protective enclosure

that is lightweight and durable. The batteries are charged

by the solar panels or via any outlet. It is the height of

a car allowing easy travel in traffic, country roads or on

bike paths. (see Features)

The ELF revolution – thinking outside the car.

Since the first ELF hit the streets in early 2013, it has

quickly become the media darling of clean technology and a

new mode of transportation for commuters, seniors, delivery

services, college campuses, athletes and the disabled

across America. (ELF owner stories here)

Plans to grow with new assembly plants.

To date, the company has one assembly plant in Durham,

North Carolina headquarters, and a satellite plant in

San Jose, California, that provides job training for the


During his visit to Portland this month, Rob Cotter will

meet with city officials, investors and business leaders to

explore opportunities for setting up a local manufacturing

operation in the area.

“Portland is the mecca of the bicycle community and is

environmentally conscious,” says Cotter. “Building vehicles

locally, creating local jobs and using no fossil fuels

that damage the atmosphere, it’s a “virtuous cycle. We are

looking to Portland to support our mission.”

Organic Transit is expanding ELF accessories including

apps, jump seats and cargo expansion for business fleets.

This is more than an urban solution but also plays a

significant role for humanitarian relief in developing


“It’s a very exciting time, and we’re looking for

partnerships to help us meet growing demand. Organic

Transit moves us beyond sustainability an into

environmental prosperity.”


Invitation to test drive an ELF test drive on January 25th,

26th and 28th.


The public and press are invited to test drive an ELF:

January 25th and 26th from 10 am to 4 pm at McMenamins

Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060. (Map)

January 28th from 11 am to 2 pm at 35 SE Main St, Portland,

OR 97214. (map)

To schedule a test drive, email and write “Portland” in the

subject line and please indicate date and preference for

morning, noon or afternoon.

Contact 919-908-1599 or

Media contact: (212)933-1391


Reynolds Technology Ltd. First Customer for OBCA/CEN Fork Testing Machine

GOOSE HOLLOW/PORTLAND, Oregon —  Reynolds Technology is the first company to request fork testing from the OBCA.  Reynolds has developed a new range of stainless steel cycle tube, denominated 921, which is a cold worked tube with a tensile strength of over 1000MPa (145,100psi) and is suitable for use in lugged and TIG welded frames.  The 921 material is fatigue resistant, weldable and ductile and the first UK-made road frame has already passed the EN14781 frame fatigue test.  Reynolds has now developed fork blades in stainless 921 and requested the OBCA to perform fatigue tests to the CEN standard.  Reynolds shipped a pair of 921 fork blades to Eric Estlund of Winter Bicycles in Springfield, Oregon to be brazed into a fork crown/steerer brazed by Andy Newlands of Strawberry Bicycle.  Once completed the fork will be tested on the OBCA/CEN fork testing machine and results forwarded to Reynolds in Birmingham, England.

For Sale: Marchetti Lange Frame Jig

A Marchetti Lange frame jig that I am taking bids on. It worked well the last time we used it back in 2002. It is missing the coolant pump, but we never needed to use the pump at our production volume. I have attached some pictures. Please email any bids or questions you may have to
Patrick O’Farrell