so much going on...


We are showing bikes this weekend at the OBCA show in Northwest Portland. The show is the second for the Oregon Bike Constructors Association. We didn't show the last time they had a show (2007), but feel really good about supporting the organization. The OBCA is a collective of Bike builders in the Northwest, trying to pool our resources to make things easier for everyone. It is a bit of a bummer that the show happens to fall on the same weekend as the big cyclocross crusade Halloween weekend, but we decided to stick with the plan and show bikes instead of going to Astoria.

Tonight we had a pre-opening party with lots of beer from HUB, wine from Grochau Cellers and food catered by Higgins. Higgins is the place to go in Portland if you want to experience the best of northwest cuisine. If my typing seems a little irregular, I blame it on the HUB beer. I love HUB's IPA. I think it's my new favorite...

At the show I talked to some people that I haven't had the pleasure of talking to yet. As a builder, it's really great to talk to and hear from other builders about what's going on in their world. We all have different takes on the same basic idea, but everyone manages to bring their own aesthetic to the table. It's cool. So far the bikes that have been standing out to me are the beauties that Mitch puts together (MAP cycles), his space mate Joseph Ahearne's unique take on bikes is very well done, The road bike that 333 has is sweet, Co-motion has a belt drive Rholoff bike that is pretty cool, Keith Anderson brought his kid's bike that was at NAHBS last year and it looks amazing, those Renovo wood bikes are technically astounding. All and all there are more amazing bikes under this roof than should be legally allowable. It's worth the 8 bucks to check it out. Come on down tomorrow. Unless you are at the cross crusade. Having fun. In the mud.