Bike of the Week

In celebration of Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design, the Museum will feature extraordinary bikes from local designers and collectors. Each week during the summer, we will present bicycles with local connections in our lobbies. The Bike of the Week changes every Friday.

Featured This Week

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JUMP TO: JUN 5-14 | JUN 14-21 | JUN 21-28 | JUN 28 - JUL 5 | JUL 5-12 | JUL 12-19 | JUL 19-26 | JUL 26 - AUG 2 | AUG 2-9 | AUG 9-16 | AUG 16-23 | AUG 23-30 | AUG 30 - SEP 8

June 5-14

Trek Domane 6.9 - 2012

Provided by the Bike Gallery

  • Frame: Carbon fiber
  • Wheels:  700c x 25
  • Weight: 17 lbs.

This Trek Domane OCLV Carbon Fiber bicycle was ridden by Swiss cyclist Gregory Rast for team Radio Shack-Leopard in the Paris-Roubaix bicycle race in 2012. It still carries the race number along with dust from the cobbles of Roubaix.

The bike has an innovative IsoSpeed decoupler, a pivot point at the seat tube and top tube junction that allows the seat tube to flex independently from the rest of the frame.

Renovo R5 Road Bike - 2013

Provided by Renovo

  • Frame: Birch, Wenge, Santos Mahogany
  • Wheels: 700c x 25
  • Weight: 18 lbs.

Renovo Hardwood Bikes

Introduced in 2008 and handmade in Portland, Renovo hollow hardwood frames were the first significant material innovation since carbon in 1975. Comparing a utility-grade 2x4 stud against two of their woods, Satiné and Bubinga, reveals a differenc: Satiné is nearly six times as hard, and Bubinga is five times as stiff. Because of these and other properties, special techniques and cutting tools are required to work with many of the woods.

Renovo Elwood Commuter Bike

Provided by Renovo

  • Frame: Curley Maple, Padauk and Wenge
  • Wheels: 700c x 25
  • Weight: 26 lbs.

Renovo Hardwood Bikes

Introduced in 2008 and handmade in Portland, Renovo hollow hardwood frames were the first significant material innovation since carbon in 1975. Comparing a utility-grade 2x4 stud against two of their woods, Satiné and Bubinga, reveals a differenc: Satiné is nearly six times as hard, and Bubinga is five times as stiff. Because of these and other properties, special techniques and cutting tools are required to work with many of the woods.

June 14-21

Colnago Ferrari - 2008

Provided by Robert Ames

  • Frame: Carbon
  • Wheels: 700c x 25
  • Weight: 15.2 lbs.

Colnago, one of Italy's premier bicycle makers, has a long and close relationship with the Ferrari automobile company. Its Ferrari-branded model is built annually in limited numbers, traditionally 500, with design input from the legendary builder of some of the world's fastest and most sophisticated sports and racing cars. This example was purchased from an authorized dealer in Ferrari's home, Maranello, Italy, on the occasion of its introduction.

Breadwinner Arbor Lodge - 2013

Provided by Tony Perera and Ira Ryan/Breadwinner Cycles

  • Frame: Steel
  • Wheels: 650b x 42
  • Weight: 28 lbs.

Designed and made in Portland, this classic porteur is fully integrated with all the features and load-carrying capacity you need for commuting and daily transportation. This city bike comes with a large front platform rack, fenders, disk brakes and dynamo lights, making it ready for year-round commuting in any weather.

Breadwinner Continental – 2013

Provided by Tony Perera and Ira Ryan/Breadwinner Cycles

  • Frame and Fork: Steel
  • Wheels: 700c x 25
  • Weight: 20 lbs.

Designed and made in Portland, this all-weather road bike was designed with a beautiful lugged steel fork, level top tube and a mix of the most dependable and best-looking components available. Effortless, predictable handling and full-coverage fenders keep the rider comfortable on epic rides any time of year and on any road.

June 21-28

Calfee Design – Bamboo Bike 2008

Provided by West End Bikes

  • Frame: Bamboo, carbon fork
  • Wheels: 700c x 25
  • Weight: 19.8 lbs.

This bike’s frame is made of bamboo that has been smoked and treated to prevent splitting. The frame is then finished with satin polyurethane that functions as a vapor seal and allows the owner to maintain the bamboo frame as they would any metal frame. The lugs are made from hemp fiber with plant-based, high-performance ecoresin. It is guaranteed by Calfee for 10 years.

Clunker – 1978

Provided by Velo Cult

  • Frame: Steel
  • Wheels: 26-inch
  • Weight: 35 lbs.

Clunkers were off-road bikes before the term “mountain bike” had been coined. The bikes were as unique as the sport: usually highly modified old Schwinns, five- or ten-speeds with front and rear drum brakes, motorcycle brake levers, motocross bars, and the biggest knobby tires available. These machines were referred to as Clunkers, Bombers or Cruisers, depending on the owner, and there were probably not more than a few hundred of the advanced models in California.

Skinner Descender – 1985

Provided by Velo Cult

  • Frame: Chrome-moly steel
  • Wheels: 26-inch front, 24-inch rear
  • Weight: 33.5 lbs.

Brian Skinner helped lead the way in early mountain bike design. There were new two new concepts in the design of the Descender: rear suspension with six inches of rear travel; and a larger 26-inch wheel in front with a stiffer 24-inch wheel in back to handle the extra load from the suspension and the lateral load.

June 28 - July 5

Splendid Bullitt

Provided by Splendid Cycles

  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Wheels: 20-inch front, 26-inch rear
  • Weight: 73 lbs.

Superb Danish engineering and ingenuity combine to give the Larry vs. Harry-designed Bullitt cargo bike a modern twist on an older, time-tested design. The resulting lightweight aluminum frame has the versatility to function as a family wagon or to haul heavy loads up to 400 pounds, plus rider.

Sweetpea A-Line – 2013

Provided by Sweetpea Bicycles

  • Frame: 4130 chrome-moly steel
  • Wheels: 700c
  • Weight: 23 lbs.

The step-through frame suggests pedaling in skirts. The A-Line takes that starting point and is designed to fit more like an upright version of a road bike, allowing the rider to make the most of efficient geometry and modern road components. Designed by Natalie Ramsland. Hand-built in Oregon.

July 5-12

Ritchey Annapurna – 1987

Provided by Velo Cult

  • Frame: Chrome-moly steel
  • Wheels: 26-inch
  • Weight: 27.6 lbs.
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The Annapurna is the rarest and most valuable of Ritchey models. Many consider these to be among the most beautiful mountain bike frames ever made. Tom Ritchey did the faux lugs and fillet brazing. Parts are all original except for the tires. This bike cost $4,500 in 1987.

Schwinn Beach Cruiser – Men's 1952

Provided by Monte Shelton

  • Frame: Steel
  • Wheels: 26-inch
  • Weight: 38 lbs.

Matching set of fully restored his-and-hers Deluxe Schwinn bicycles. Men’s bike (pictured) is a 1952 model with a “springer” front fork and heavy-duty spokes so it could be fitted with a “whizzer” motor. Women’s bike is a 1949 deluxe model with a “springer” front fork.

Schwinn Beach Cruiser – Women's 1949

Provided by Monte Shelton

  • Frame: Steel
  • Wheels: 26-inch
  • Weight: 38 lbs.

Matching set of fully restored his-and-hers Deluxe Schwinn bicycles. Men’s bike is a 1952 model with a “springer” front fork and heavy-duty spokes so it could be fitted with a “whizzer” motor. Women’s bike (pictured) is a 1949 deluxe model with a “springer” front fork.

July 12-19

Strawberry – 2012

Provided by Andy Newlands/Strawberry Bicycle

  • Frame: Reynolds 631 steel
  • Wheels: 700c x 25
  • Weight: 20 lbs.
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Strawberry road bicycles has been making hand-brazed, steel-constructed bikes in Portland since 1971. Modern metallurgy allows for larger sections and thinner steel tubes to be used for increased rigidity and resilience. Unique features include the Strawberry-designed wishbone rear triangle, and an integral topstay/seatpost binder completes a simple but elegant aesthetic.

DiNucci – c. 1985

Provided by Jay Graves, courtesy of the Bike Gallery

  • Frame: Reynolds 531 steel
  • Wheels: 700c x 25
  • Weight: 20 lbs.

Mark DiNucci was one of Portland’s first modern bike builders—he brazed together his first frame in his mom’s backyard in 1971. This bike was built for Bike Gallery founder Bob Graves and was never ridden. Unique features include the intricate lugs and internal cable routing; the handlebars, pump and rims were painted to match the frame.

Santa Cruz Bicycles – Bronson 2012

Provided by Fat Tire Farm

  • Frame: Carbon
  • Wheels: 27.5-inch
  • Weight: 26.7 lbs.
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Santa Cruz Bicycles was founded in 1993. The model name refers to Bronson Street in Santa Cruz, Calif., where the company’s offices had been located for 20 years. The Bronson is designed for all-mountain and enduro races. It is a remarkable descender — the frame is stiff and the geometry well sorted. The suspension delivers cutting-edge performance from the unique VPP system.

July 19-26

Contes Quad – 2013

Provided by Contes Engineering

  • Frame: 7005 Aluminum
  • Wheels: 26-inch
  • Weight: 75 lbs.

Inspired by BMX, Freesyle, Downhill and Motocross, The Contes Engineering Athos Sand Snow Quad replicates the upright riding posture and geometry of a typical bicycle but allows four-wheel stability with fully independent suspension, two-wheel drive capability, disk brakes, air suspension and eight-speed internal gearing. Contes Engineering designs and builds in Portland.

Cielo Sportif Classic – 2013

Provided by Chris King Precision Components

  • Frame: Steel
  • Wheels: 700c x 28
  • Weight: 19.1 lbs.

This road bicycle is TIG-welded and constructed with a specially selected blend of tubing. It exemplifies the heart of Cielo’s design ideals, drawing insight from time-tested classic steel road racing bicycles of the ‘70s and ‘80s, with an inspired modern geometry. A handmade Cielo fork featuring Chris King-machined fork crown complements the Sportif Classic’s ride. The rear wheel is anchored to Chris King-made semi-horizontal Cielo dropouts, building in a range of utility and ride options. Designed around long-reach 57-mm brake calipers, the frame and fork also include fender braze-ons to easily accommodate a range of tires and fenders.

July 26 - August 2

Waterford Precision Cycles – The Fender Bender 2006

Provided by River City Bicycles

  • Frame: Steel
  • Wheels: 700c x 28
  • Weight: 20.5 lbs.
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The "Fender Bender" is a celebration of music and cycling. Built with custom Waterford OS heat-treated air-hardening steel main tubes and Reynolds 953 stays, the "bender" demonstrates frame-building virtuosity from axle to axle. Seatstay caps mimic the classic Fender guitar headstock — out of stainless steel. Topping it off are the first five notes to John Coltrane's masterpiece "Giant Steps."

Naked Bikes – Hors 2006

Provided by River City Bicycles

  • Frame: Steel
  • Wheels: 700c x 28
  • Weight: 25.5 lbs.

Hors — French for “beyond category” — is the category for bikes that are built far beyond normal standards. Naked has won Best in Show, President’s Choice and People’s Choice awards a record three times at the North American Handmade Bike Show.

Islabikes Cnoc 16 – 2013

Provided by Islabikes

  • Frame: 7005 T6 aluminum
  • Wheels: 16-inch
  • Weight: 13.27 lbs.

Children’s bicycle specialist Islabikes was founded by British bicycle designer Isla Rowntree and has recently opened a store in Portland. The Cnoc 16 is designed for 4- to 5-year-olds. It is extremely lightweight and features many tiny unique parts to make cycling as easy as possible.

August 2-9

Nijland Cargo Trike – 2012

Provided by Clever Cycles

  • Frame: Steel
  • Wheels: 24-inch
  • Weight: 275 lbs.

Cargo bicycles and tricycles are human-powered vehicles designed and constructed specifically for transporting loads. The first cargo bicycles were used by tradesmen. Aside from the huge, sealed bearings, stainless hardware and modern finishes, they've hardly changed for 100 years. The Nijland features a huge mahogany cargo bed with a load capacity of 660 pounds.

Vanilla Bicycles Tricycle – 2006

Provided by Vanilla Bicycles

  • Frame: Stainless steel
  • Wheels: Front 20-inch, rear 10-inch
  • Weight: 33 lbs.

The Vanilla tricycle was winner of the Best of Show award from the world’s premier handmade bicycle show as well as a showpiece in the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco. Nearly every piece of the tricycle was fabricated from scratch, from the cherry wood/polished aluminum handlebar grips, to the wheels that were machined from a solid 10-inch billet of aluminum, to the stainless-steel front end that, despite looking like it's one piece, was made and blended from nearly 20 separate pieces.

August 9-16

Ti Cycles "Gunther" Titanium Fat Bike – 2013

Provided by Ti Cycles

  • Frame: Titanium
  • Wheels: 26-inch
  • Weight: 33 lbs.

Crafted for the 2013 North American Handmade Bike Show, Gunther is designed to tackle snow fields, sand dunes, talus slopes and other terrain atypical to cycling. With its handbuilt 3AL 2.5V titanium frame, pivotless suspension and custom components, Gunther is one of the lightest full-suspension "fat bikes" in the world.

Co-Motion Cycles Java Rohloff Co-Pilot Tandem – 2013

Provided by Co-Motion Cycles

  • Frame: Zonally butted, heat-treated chrome-moly steel
  • Wheels: 700c x 55mm
  • Weight: 39 lbs.

From tandems to touring bikes, Co-motion's approach to building bicycles draws from traditional elements, yet the Eugene builder has discarded anything that doesn't serve the purpose of making a better bicycle. From designing new bicycle tubing to fine-tuning their own CNC machining, Co-Motion never stops questioning the way things have always been done. This tandem features S+S couplings that allow the frame to separate and pack into airline-checkable luggage; Rohloff 14-speed internal transmission rear hub; a Co-Motion–made, handlebar-mounted Rohloff shifter; and a Schmidt SON dynamo front hub that powers not only the headlight but also a USB charging port for the riders' devices. To top it off, there are no chains—Gates Carbon Drive Centertrack timing and final drive belts deliver power from both riders to the transmission.

August 16-23

Igleheart Bicycles Trail Poacher – 2013

Provided by Igleheart Bicycles

  • Frame: Steel
  • Wheels: 700c x 50
  • Weight: 26.5 lbs.

Christopher Igleheart hand-builds bikes in Portland. He calls the single-speed Trail Poacher a fat tire bike for riders who like drop handlebars. It is a cyclecross bike frame with clearance for wider tires and disc brakes. Notice the Chimay beer bottle caps used as bar end plugs.

Metrofiets Beer Bike – 2010

Provided by Metrofiets

  • Frame: Steel
  • Wheels: Front 24-inch, rear 26-inch
  • Weight: 282 lbs. (with a full keg)

Inspired by the classic styling of bicycles from the 1930s and ‘40s, James Nichols and Phillip Ross began producing Metrofiets in 2007. Their frames can carry up to 400 pounds and accommodate a wide range of interchangeable cargo beds, boxes or vending modules, like the Beer Bike. The bike is a “self contained party machine”: It has two taps, a CO2 system, 100 feet of cooling coils, drip tray, bar, towel holder, electric assist, rear rack, and a battery-powered stereo system.

August 23-30

Ahearne Cycles Touring Bike – 2013

Provided by Joseph Ahearne/Ahearne Cycles

  • Frame: Stainless steel
  • Wheels: 26-inch
  • Weight: 29 lbs. with racks

A unique meeting of traditional design with modern features, this touring bicycle from Portland builder Ahearne Cycles is made with all stainless steel and has two top tubes to stabilize the ride while carrying weight. It features a custom frame bag, generator lighting, and custom made racks, and the frame breaks down to make it easier to pack and ship.

Ahearne Cycles Urban Transport Bike – 2013

Provided by Joseph Ahearne/Ahearne Cycles

  • Frame: Steel
  • Wheels: Front 24-inch, rear 28-inch
  • Weight: 40 lbs.

This urban transport bike is built to carry up to 60 pounds on the front rack. The 24-inch front wheel allows a lower center of gravity for the front basket, which is fixed to the main frame rather than the front wheel, adding stability to the handling when the bike is loaded. This bike was custom-built for a 6-foot-4-inch rider.

Faraday Porteur – 2013

Provided by Faraday Bikes

  • Frame: Chrome-moly steel
  • Wheels: 26-inch
  • Weight: 39 lbs.

This Faraday electric bike was conceived through Oregon Manifest — a design competition that pairs the world’s top design firms with accomplished bike builders. The Faraday was the product of IDEO and Rock Lobster Cycles and won the People’s Choice Award. Faraday Bicycles was then founded and launched via Kickstarter to bring the world’s most sophisticated electric bicycles to market. It features a 350W brushless DC electric motor and will provide up to 20 miles of assisted riding.

August 30 - September 8

Argonaut

Provided by Argonaut Cycles

  • Frame: Carbon
  • Wheels: 700c x 28
  • Weight: 15.5 lbs.

Argonaut uses advanced monococque molding technology to create finely tuned custom carbon road bikes. Manufactured entirely in the Northwest with an engineered ride quality rooted in custom steel, Argonaut’s custom carbon-fiber bicycles are the most innovative available. The Portland builder makes its own adjustable frame molds, enabling Argonaut to create custom frame geometries and deliver a perfect and unique ride quality to every customer.

Vanilla Bicycles Randonnee – 2012

Provided by Vanilla Bicycles

  • Frame: Steel and stainless steel
  • Wheels: 700c
  • Weight: 18 lbs.

Randonnee bikes are what happens when you make a dependable and well-equipped touring bike as fast as the fastest road bike, without compromises. The bike is fast and light like a race bike but can be equipped with generators, fenders, and a handlebar bag. A Vanilla randonnee bike offers the perfect blend of self-sufficiency and speed with a balanced fit and finish.

Speedvagen Road Machine – 2013

Provided by Vanilla Bicycles

  • Frame: Steel and stainless steel
  • Wheels: 700c
  • Weight: 15.5 lbs.

Speedvagen road machines are designed to be great stage race bikes, comfortable for long days in the saddle and very stable at high speeds. They are nimble and well balanced while climbing, with a lower bottom bracket to give the rider more stability while cornering. The Vanilla Workshop has worked collaboratively to develop Speedvagen into this internationally renowned, highly innovative and visually striking purpose-built race machine.

 

Photography by Bernhard Angerer

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