Archive for Author: Britt

Shop tip: oil, grease, and solvents, what to use where

By Patrick Loftus, Service Manager The most common question we get in the shop is, “What do I use to oil my chain?”  This month’s shop tip covers different oils, greases, and solvents and their best uses. Light Oil – TriFlow ($5), Phil Wood’s Bio Lube ($10), and Prolink are just a few examples of […]


Meet Lale!

Lale Santelices is by far our cheeriest staff member. Over the years she has done a little bit of absolutely everything. She recently signed on as a permanent employee, and we want to celebrate by shining our staff spotlight on her. Meet Lale! You have been with the Community Cycling Center for a while. What […]


Reviews of the PDW Spaceship™ 3 and Cosmic Dreadnought

Review #1 of the Spaceship™ 3 By Gwen Koon, Service Mechanic I picked up PDW’s Spaceship™ 3 a couple of months ago, an emotional separation from my old CatEye Opti-Cube from waay back in 2009 (may it rest in peace). The most important factor for me when it comes to headlights is (surprisingly) visibility.  I […]


Our newest social venture

By Jonnie Ling, Director of Operations “What’s your favorite program at the Community Cycling Center?” I’m often asked in interviews and conversations alike. Our community collaborations with New Columbia and Hacienda usually take the #1 spot, but I may soon have a new favorite. Late in 2012, I was asked to lead a truly innovative […]


Pack-a-Pannier – 25% off extended through October

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist We have decided to extend the popular Pack-a-Pannier promotion through the end of October. This means another month of big savings. If this is your first time hearing about Pack-a-Pannier, or you need a refresher, here are the details: Through the end of October, buy a bag or pannier, […]


Want to win a bike?

Giant Bicycles and Cross Crusade are partnering to support the Community Cycling Center at the 2013 River City Bicycles Cross Crusade with a raffle. Raffle tickets will be sold at the October 6th, 13th, and 20th CycleCross events. Tickets are $5*. Winner will choose from a TCX SLR 2 or Brava SLR in his or […]


Bike Club is back! Meet Nur, a former Bike Club participant

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager This fall, Bike Club is back. This after-school, bike safety education and earn-a-bike program for 9-12 year olds will return to Harvey Scott School next week. We’re also extremely excited to offer our very first Bike Club at Rosa Parks Elementary School this season. Rosa Parks is located […]


Get to know our new CEO, Mychal Tetteh

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Mychal Tetteh showed up to work on Monday morning ready for his new role as our Chief Executive Officer. We sat down with Mychal to find out about his plans for the future of the Community Cycling Center and what he learned while working at the Village Market […]


Product Review: Iris Water Bottle Cages

By David Kurushima, Retail Manager This month, rather than promoting the outstanding merits of a singular product manufactured by a particular company, I would rather recommend to you a type of product, which you may not have ever used – specifically a type of water bottle cage. This type of cage has no universal name, […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Jimmy Villafranca

By Randi Orth, Volunteer and Outreach Manager It is my very great pleasure to introduce you to our September Volunteer Spotlight: Jimmy! Jimmy consistently brings a community-minded, gentle blend of teaching to our shop and outreach program. Always with a mind for empowering the individuals he works alongside, Jimmy uses his toolset of hands-on, explanation-based […]


Pack a pannier and save 25%

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist During the month of September, buy a bag or pannier, fill your new bag with any new parts and accessories, and we will give you 25% off everything inside the bag. Also, pro tip, you can put a bag inside a bag, which means you can buy one bag […]


New Bike Skills Park brings neighbors together

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager The Bike Skills Park at New Columbia is now a popular gathering spot for families, friends, and neighbors, bringing more people and attention to the once vacant lot that resides on the corner of N. Trenton Street and N. Woolsey Avenue. “When I go to the garden, I […]


Overnight Bike Camp Adventures at Stub Stewart State Park

By Bonnie Harvey, Bike Camp Instructor The week started like all other Bike Camps: practicing rules of the road, turn signals, and mapping day trips around Portland.  This was only the beginning, however, as the overnight Bike Campers were eager to fulfill the “overnight” portion of their name. It was all a matter of training […]


Our programs and admin team’s favorite places to ride

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist RANDI. Volunteer and Outreach Manager. Randi will ride anywhere as long as she is with a group of people on bikes. She’ll even climb hills or go down them quickly if her peers are involved. Her main solo route is the Alameda ridge with its twisty, turny roads, great […]


Our Mechanics’ favorite places to ride in Portland

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist EVAN. Holiday Bike Drive Production Coordinator/Service Coordinator/Mechanic. Evan, a jokester, says he’s lived here too long to ride his bike. Truthfully, he prefers to stay in his neighborhood, Northeast. But, like everyone else, he loves a good Zoobomb.       CARL. Mechanic. Carl is adventurous. He loves Zoobombing […]


Marineusa on earning her bike, “Black Beauty”

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist Marinuesa earned a bike at a Create a Commuter workshop in February and wasted no time making it her own. She named her KHS “Black Beauty” and attached a basket to the rear rack draped with a Brazilian flag. Marinuesa grew up in Brazil on a farm. “We all […]


Breaking ground on New Columbia’s Bike Skills Park

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager This week, we’re putting the finishing touches on New Columbia’s Bike Skills Park, located adjacent to the Bike Repair Hub on the corner of N. Trenton Street and N. Woolsey Avenue. The park, opening in July, will offer a safe riding area for neighbors of all ages. Participants […]


Mount Doom, Columbia Park, derailleurs – oh my! Bike Camp is here

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Our summer Bike Camps launched last week with 48 campers convening at our bike shop at 9am on Monday morning. On Friday, we caught up with Lucia, daughter of Susana Pacheco, a member of Andando en Bicicletas en Cully at Hacienda. You may remember Lucia, as she is […]


Shop tip: helmets – style and fit

Patrick Loftus; Service Manager This month’s shop tip will cover different styles of helmets, how to properly fit your helmet, and accessories that go well with helmets. General notes on bike helmets: All bike helmets meet the same minimum federal safety standards.  They will deteriorate over time due to UV and sweat exposure. It’s good […]


Reviews of the PDW Radbot™ 1000

By Gwen Koon, Service Mechanic The Radbot™ 1000 has absolutely knocked my socks off for one simple reason: in the two months I’ve had it, the Radbot has yet to spontaneously turn itself on while floating around in my messenger bag. This is huge, folks!  And, unlike most of its competition, the Radbot’s light continues to operate at […]


In his own words: Dan on earning a bike

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist On December 12, 2010, Dan earned a bicycle through a Create a Commuter workshop at Central City Concern. Since then he started working at Salvation Army, and became an avid bike commuter. Dan takes a lot of pride in his bike. He bought a trip meter so that he […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Maggie Russell

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager Maggie is a delight to work with both inside our shop, during community events and in our earn-a-bike workshops. She is a smart, flexible, and fun volunteer, and certainly knows how to have a good time while teaching community members about their bikes. Maggie is a very dedicated […]


Bicycles are a tool for empowerment in the classroom

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist Jon Erickson is doing something incredible with bicycles. As a middle school teacher at Metro Montessori, he is using bikes to teach math and science to his students, helping them run their own business and become a mobile classroom. Jon heard about the Community Cycling Center through friends when […]


From an empty lot, to an active space – New Columbia’s Bike Repair Hub

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist I arrived at the Bike Repair Hub in New Columbia on Saturday, April 6th, not knowing what to expect. I hadn’t been to the Hub since the ribbon cutting ceremony back in September, and I was eager to see it in action. Forrest, one of our mechanics, was bent […]


Shop tip: locking your bike

By Patrick Loftus, Service Manager Properly locking your bike is the best way to keep it for a long time. Quality bike locks can be expensive, but they last for years and are much cheaper than buying a new bike. I recommend locking your bike at home, even if it is parked in a locked […]


In his own words: Juan on earning a Create a Commuter bike

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist On December 12, 2010, Juan earned a bicycle through a Create a Commuter workshop at Central City Concern. Two and a half years later, he is still riding. I met up with Juan and his former employment specialist, Christina, last week to talk about his experience and what it […]


Why you should play with adult Legos and build your own bike

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist You don’t need to know how to build a bike to build a bike. If you want to learn, Gram Shipley, our Used Inventory Coordinator and resident bike-building expert, believes in you. As Gram says, “It’s not rocket science. It’s only wrenches and there’s a lot of free info. […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Marbry Walker

By Randi Orth, Volunteer and Outreach Manager Marbry makes us look good. Literally. For over five years, she’s supported us by lending her design expertise to our fundraising and communications teams. Thanks to Marbry’s patient, talented design abilities, we published our Understanding Barriers to Bicycling report and have created engaging and beautiful fundraising collateral that […]


Youth tell us what’s up at the 2013 Youth Bike Summit

By Kelly Hansen, Program Manager A hip hop symphony. A Colombian politician. The Community Cycling Center’s program manager. This is no dream – this is the 2013 Youth Bike Summit. For the third year in a row, New York City’s community based bike shop and bike education leader, Recycle a Bicycle (RAB), hosted the Youth […]


Build a bike and save 20%!

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist We have a lot of great bikes for sale. We have refurbished bikes that are all fixed up and ready to go. We have as-is bikes that need a little love to be road-ready. But that is not all – we have hundreds of bike frames, and thousands of […]


Product review: BLAQ Reflective Sticker Kit

By David Kurushima, Retail Manager As with almost any product review, this one is not for every rider and certainly not every bike, but hear me out—reflective stickers, locally made reflective stickers from BLAQ, are worth your consideration. Now I know many of you wince at the thought of adhering anything to your beautiful carbon steed, […]


Mobility, safety, and comfort: how one man’s life changed in an instant after earning a bike

By Lale Santelices, Create a Commuter Instructor In February, Rafael participated in our Create a Commuter program in partnership with Easter Seals, a nonprofit organization that provides services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. During the workshop, Rafael and a group of […]


Keeping kids safe: protecting the eggheads

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager “Last year, a car hit my grandson as he rode his bike,” Rosie explained. Rosie’s 8-year old grandson wore a helmet and escaped with a few minor bumps and bruises, but this incident made an impression on her. “I hate wearing a helmet. It’s hot and sweaty, and […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Melissa Sweet

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager Melissa made a big splash when they joined our Volunteer Program. With a knack for creating inclusive and inviting learning spaces, and an excitement for sharing knowledge, Melissa is a strong presence in our shop and programs. In less than a year, Melissa excelled in our bike shop, […]


Flossing the cogs, limit screws, and drive trains, oh my!

An inside look at the Basic Bike Maintenance class By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Before joining the Community Cycling Center, my bike maintenance skills were limited. I knew the importance of keeping my tires full of air, my chain clean and lubed, and I could do some minor brake adjustments, but for the […]


Shop tips: Rim brake pads

By Patrick Loftus, Service Manager If you’ve been riding your bike all winter, it might be time to replace your brake pads.  With all the water and grit on the roads, brake pads wear a lot faster in winter. If you let them go too far, you risk damaging your rims. In this month’s shop […]


Transportation Trivia Night: Start forming alliances

By: Noel Mickelberry Back by popular demand! This isn’t just any trivia night. It’s Transportation Trivia Night – a fundraiser for the Community Cycling Center! Last August we held our first ever transportation-themed trivia night fundraiser  at the Radio Room – and were blown away by the turn out, and how much fun the entire […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Charles Edelson

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager Since his start as a volunteer over a year ago, Charles enhances our weekly volunteer program of wrenching on tiny bikes with his casual, upbeat personality and meticulous attention to detail. He has a knack for teaching with patience and articulates the complexities of bike maintenance with the […]


New Columbia residents help design a bike skills park

By Omar Casillas, Community Collaborations Manager On Tuesday, January 29th, New Columbia residents gathered to take part in a design workshop for a new bike skills park in their neighborhood. Landscape architects and planners from MIG, Inc. facilitated the event and worked with community members to come up with creative bike skills park designs. Members […]


Celebrations and cheers at the 2013 Volunteer Appreciation Night

By Randi Orth, Volunteer and Outreach Manager Our volunteers know how to have a good time and Volunteer Appreciation Night on January 29th was no exception. The shop was abuzz with friendly conversations and laughter as volunteers caught up with old friends and made new ones. The passion and sense of community volunteers bring to […]


Alison’s next big adventure

Dear Friends, Today I am writing to announce that after seven incredible years as a Community Cycling Center staff member — three years as Executive Director — I am embarking on a new adventure. I’m leaving because I have an opportunity of a lifetime. As you may know, my husband, Jay Graves, recently retired after […]


The Community Cycling Center Board of Directors thanks Executive Director Alison Graves for outstanding years of service and leadership

The search for a new director will commence by March 1 Feb. 1, 2013 – Portland, Ore. – The Community Cycling Center board of directors announces that Executive Director Alison Hill Graves is departing the organization. She and her husband Jay Graves, who recently retired after 39 years at Bike Gallery, a business that he and […]


Get to know Yvette from New Columbia’s We All Can Ride

By Omar Casillas, Community Collaborations Manager Yvette Maranowski joined We All Can Ride, New Columbia’s bike committee, in April of 2012. She is a regular volunteer at the Bike Repair Hub, which opened in October. How did you get involved with We All Can Ride? I got involved because a colleague, one of the two […]


Product Review: Mammoth Muffs

By David Kurushima, Retail Manager So if you read our past three product reviews I can only assume that you are now thoroughly enjoying your fully winter-ized bicycle complete with rugged tires, grippy pedals, and some locally-made water-proof panniers. Well, now that your bike is set, what about you? As a content winter cyclist or […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Pamela Marks

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager Pam is a regular on the Tuesday Drop-In scene at our bike shop after volunteering at the Holiday Bike Drive in 2011. Never one to hesitate, Pam jumps into any bike project and is a wonderful teacher to those who are learning alongside her. In addition to bringing […]


Donors dig deep during the winter fundraising campaign

By Breesa Culver, Development Manager A hearty thank you to everyone who contributed during our winter fundraising campaign! Thanks to those who rounded up their bills at the bike shop, attended the Sneak Peek, donated online, and mailed in checks, we are within spitting distance of our $130,000 goal. The winter campaign is one of […]


Ready to ride – ABC leaders earn bikes through Create a Commuter

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist On November 30th we conducted our second Create a Commuter workshop in Spanish at Hacienda CDC. Several committee members from Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) not only earned bikes, but they also led portions of the workshop – a Create a Commuter first. Yeni discussed the importance of […]


Staff Spotlight: Jonnie Ling, Director of Operations

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist I sat down with Jonnie Ling, our Director of Operations, for a little Q&A session. Jonnie began working at the Community Cycling Center in 2008, and has contributed greatly to the success of our organization through various roles and capacities over the years. Lets discover the mystery behind this […]


Shop Tips: picking the right pedals

By Patrick Loftus; Service Manager How you contact your bike is crucial to your comfort, safety, and control. The three main contact points are the handlebars, seat, and pedals. This month’s shop tip will cover different types of pedals, their best use, pros/cons of each, and, for the true bike shop experience, my completely biased […]


Stories and photos from the 17th annual Holiday Bike Drive

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist On Sunday, December 9th, 440 children lit up the atrium of Legacy Emanuel Hospital with huge smiles. Before choosing their new bikes, they learned how to be safe on the road, how to safely fit and snap on their new helmets, and many other hands-on lessons designed to make […]


Check out these great Holiday Gift Pack ideas

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist Our Holiday Gift Pack special is a fantastic way to score great deals and great gifts this season. Through the end of December, shop for items in either the DIY Pack, the Upgrade Pack, or the Commuter Pack and save up to 30%. We’ve put together some sample packs […]


Product Review: Redline Pedals

By David Kurushima, Retail Manager Well it’s fair to say that the care-free days of summer have long passed out of sight from the scope of your helmet mirror. No more Sunday Parkways in your Birkenstocks. No more putting off buying those fenders, and that sweet bike you picked-up at a yard sale and rode […]


ABC leads bike safety workshops for kids in Cully

By Omar Casillas, Community Collaborations Manager Abdullahi stood on a chair and raised a helmet high above his head as the other kids counted down. 5…4…3… Even before the group finished counting, the helmet hit the ground…hard. I had my doubts about whether the egg that Abdullahi and his two buddies had carefully wrapped in […]


Why Bike Club matters

By Stasia Honnold, Instructor When Richard leaned his bike against his fence and hurried into his house, my co-instructor Joseph and I weren’t sure what to think. But before we could even look at each other and shrug, he burst out the front door again carrying his tiny Chihuahua, which he proceeded to give every […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Sam Payne

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sam is a regular at our Tuesday Drop-In nights, supporting us in many ways like wrenching bikes as a Holiday Bike Drive Certified Mechanic, and truing wheels in the Guest Mechanic program. He is keen to soak up any knowledge about bike part compatibility and recently finished a […]


Ready, set, go! We’re in the Give!Guide

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator This fall, the 9th annual Willamette Week Give!Guide will feature 110 local nonprofits in an effort to encourage people under the age of 36 to become involved philanthropically in the Portland area. We are incredibly honored to be included in this year’s fund drive. During its first eight years, the […]


Building confidence in Bike Club at Harvey Scott Elementary

By Stasia Honnold, Instructor From atop a shiny green Raleigh, Troy smiles nervously. “That was scary,” he says, slowly breaking into a huge grin, “but awesome!” Troy, a 6th grader at Harvey Scott School, has just finished leading our line of Bike Club participants, eleven 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. He has been in charge […]


Next Tuesday at 15th Ave Hophouse: Raise a glass and help us out

By Breesa Culver, Development Manager It’s that time of year when comfort food is called for and what better way to enjoy it than when proceeds from your meal support a cause you believe in? On October 30th, Fifteenth Avenue Hophouse will donate 15% of their sales between the hours of 6 and 9 pm to […]


Opening the Bike Repair Hub

By Jonnie Ling, Bike Shop General Manager The neighborhood was quiet when we first arrived at the Hub. “The Hub” is what we call the 200 square foot building we constructed at New Columbia to teach basic bike maintenance and safe riding skills. I was there with two fellow staff members, four Community Cycling Center […]


Shop tip – riding in the rain

By Patrick Loftus, Service Manager Just because the rain is around the corner doesn’t mean you have to put the bike away. Riding in the rain can be a pleasant experience, if you’re prepared. Wool, water proof/resistant shoes, and wearing multiple layers are great places to start. Today we’ll cover various strategies to keep you comfortable […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Community Connections Committee

By Randi Orth, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator In this month’s Volunteer Spotlight we’re highlighting the stellar volunteers who join us, behind the scenes, as members of the Community Connections Committee. The Community Connections Committee puts the fun in FUNdraising. They help us in all of our grassroots fundraising efforts – from organizing bake sales to […]


Fall brings new beginnings at Create a Commuter

By Joseph Rosevear, Instructor On the 1st of October, we partnered with Portland Youth Builders for the first Create a Commuter workshop of the season. It was a fantastic event with ten participants ages 18 – 24. Portland Youth Builders focuses on supporting young men and women who are committed to changing their lives to […]


Where to Bike Portland Rides Around

Anne Lee, our Deputy Director, just launched her first book, Where to Bike Portland. The book is aimed at the recreational cyclist, and offers rides from 3 miles to 70 miles. There really is something for everyone. Anne is leading two rides that are featured in her book and you are invited to join her. […]


October special – save 10% at the shop when it’s raining!

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist Fall is officially here, and with it comes the rain, the darkness, and the cold. It would be very easy to feel gloomy, but before you do that, check out our new shop special for October: 10% off new and used parts and accessories (including frames) when it’s raining. […]


Product review: Town and Country tires

By David Kurushima, Retail Manager Portland is home to 59 miles of unpaved roads. For some cyclists, these irregularities in our city streets might make for some challenging, if not dicey, moments in their daily commutes. For others, they can be a delightful detour opportunity. Regardless of one’s particular disposition towards these urban country roads, […]


Cycle Oregon 2012 – and we’re back!

By Breesa Culver, Development Manager Last week, four Community Cycling Center staff members, 14 volunteers, and one very talented event planner headed south to join the traveling circus that is Cycle Oregon to raise money for our community programs. We arrived back in Portland last Saturday with sunburns, hoarse voices, so much dirt and bike […]


A season of epic bike adventures

By Lara Sheets, Program Support Specialist This summer, 8 instructors educated 445 youth on rules of the road and basic bike maintenance. They empowered campers, encouraging them to take on new and exciting challenges, like riding out to Rocky Butte and Sauvie Island. As one parent shared: “My eight year old loved Bike Camp. It […]


Pack a Pannier special extended through September

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist The Pack a Pannier special was so successful (and so fun) in August that we’re extending it to September. If you’re thinking about gearing up to go back to school, or to commute in the rainy season, now’s the time! Here’s the deal: Visit the shop on a Wednesday […]


Advanced Girls Camp meets with Nissy Cobb

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist On August 22nd, the Advanced Girls Bike Camp rode to the track in Fernhill Park to meet with Nissy Cobb, our New Inventory Specialist at the Community Cycling Center. Nissy is also a highly skilled track bike racer. She competes weekly, and trains up to 6 hours a day […]


Meet Michelle, a We All Can Ride superstar

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist Michelle Hanna is a great example of what can happen when you make biking accessible to everyone. A few years ago she earned a bike through our Create a Commuter program, and has since become very involved with We All Can Ride, a resident-led bike committee at New Columbia. […]


Shop tip: tools to carry with you

By Patrick Loftus, Service Manager Carrying a few of the right tools will help you get out of a jam, and might keep you from walking home or taking the bus. Beyond a helmet, lights, and a lock, here’s a list of recommended items to carry with you on your commute, in order of importance: […]


Transportation + Trivia: the hottest combo in Portland since bike lanes on bridges

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Who knew so many people in this city love transportation AND trivia? Over 80 people joined us at the Radio Room last night to partake in the battle of obscure transportation trivia, and a battle it was. We had tie-breakers at the end of each round and some heavily contested […]


Staff Spotlight: David Kurushima, Retail Supervisor

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist David Kurushima has been promoted since we last checked in with him. He is now our Retail Manager. From what we sell to creating a welcoming environment in the bike shop, David is the guy making sure you have a top notch experience. He is also very involved with […]


Young adults empowering youth

By Lara Sheets, Program Support Specialist Every summer, our Bike Camp program works with Self Enhancement, Inc. interns to help lead our youth safely on the road. SEI is a nonprofit organization that helps “at-risk African-American urban youth realize their potential.” This season, we’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with Kiara Berry who joined […]


Pack a Pannier and save 20% at the shop!

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist The Pack a Pannier special was so successful (and so fun) in August that we’re extending it to September. If you’re thinking about gearing up to go back to school, or to commute in the rainy season, now’s the time! We sell three different kinds of panniers in our […]


Pre-register for Cycle Oregon bike detailing and electronics charging

Did you nab a ticket to Cycle Oregon this year? We did too! Sort of. For the past twelve years, we’ve helped riders roll smoothly over breathtaking rural roads by offering bike detailing and electronics charging while out on the road. We’d love to see you there and get your bikes spiffed up during this […]


Journey to Freedom

By Jonnie Ling, Shop General Manager On Saturday August 4th, the hottest day of the summer so far, the Community Cycling Center and Journey to Freedom co-hosted an African American Heritage ride in N and NE Portland. Young people participating in Journey to Freedom’s “Book and Boot Camp” geared up at 11:00 AM after a […]


Product Review: North St. Panniers

By David Kurushima, Retail Supervisor We’re having a Pack-a-Pannier special in the shop! That means every Wednesday and Thursday in August, pack a pannier with accessories and take 20% off the bag and everything in it. If you’re reading this, I can bet we have two things in common: 1) You ride a bike, and […]


Jim Milne: from volunteer to Community Cycling Center mechanic

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist Jim Milne began volunteering with the Community Cycling Center in February of 2011. He quickly racked up over 400 volunteer hours, participating in everything from Salvage Sundays to the Holiday Bike Drive and the Guest Mechanic program. “Jim has a fair amount of knowledge about a lot of things,” […]


Shop tip: flat fix (patching a tube)

By Patrick Loftus, Service Manager Last month we covered how to replace a flat tube with a new one. This month we’ll show you how to patch the tube. To patch a punctured tube, you will need a patch kit containing patches, glue, and emery cloth or sandpaper. Traditional patches tend to give a more […]


On two wheels – new opportunities for a young adult to explore

By Heidi Beierle, Volunteer Storyteller On April 21, 2012, the Community Cycling Center engaged a group of young adults at Open Meadow in a Create a Commuter  workshop. We followed up with one of those participants nearly two months and many sunny days later to learn how the gift of a bicycle and some cycling […]


Create a Commuter at IRCO reunites with past workshop participant

By Zan Gibbs, Adult Programs Manager On Thursday, June 7th, we offered our third Create a Commuter workshop to the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). IRCO is the leading refugee organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington, empowering refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient, long-term contributors to the economic vitality of the community. We had […]


Build a bike in June and save big!

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist We would love to help you build the bike of your dreams! For the month of June, buy a bike frame and you not only save 20% on the frame, but we’ll also take 20% off all used parts. We have more than 40 bike frames, everything from mountain […]


Why I Ride: No More Car Payment, Far More Fun

By Omar Martinez This article is re-posted with full permission from the League of American Bicyclists. I’ve been interested in cycling all of my life, since I was a kid. But growing up and in college, cycling was about racing. Living in Arkansas, riding to work wasn’t a safe or comfortable option. It wasn’t until […]


Shop tips: flat fix (replacing the tube)

By Patrick Loftus, Service Manager Being able to fix your own flat will save you time, money, and frustration. To replace a tube, you will need a tire lever, a pump, and, if you don’t have a quick release wheel, you will need a wrench to get your wheel off. Step 1: remove the wheel […]


Last chance to get 20% off new and used products at the bike shop!

Monday is the last chance to score our Monday MAYhem deal on new and used parts and accessories on our bike shop. (Remember: say “narwhal” at the register to get the 20% discount.) Check out some of our great new products: Come visit our bike shop to see our complete selection of gear, and don’t […]


Special volunteer projects – more than cleaning bikes!

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Last week, I attended my first volunteer orientation on Tuesday night. Along with getting to see the great new faces interested in joining our volunteer team, I got to chat with several current volunteers about some of the special projects they are tackling in our bike shop. It is because […]


Volunteer spotlight: Jerome Funchess

By Randi Orth, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Jerome brightens our days with his boisterous, energetic personality ever since he joined our volunteer program last Fall. He has become a mainstay at both Sunday Recycling and Tuesday Drop-in nights and a strong addition to our growing Outreach Educator volunteer team, supporting community outreach events around the […]


Tackling hills and enjoying treats – Bike Camp is right around the corner

By Lara Sheets, Program Support Specialist and Kim Whitney, Youth Programs Manager The warm and sunny days are upon us, which means Bike Camp is right around the corner. Our Cruisers and Urban Riders Bike Camps for kids ages 11 and older are a unique and fun way to build skills and knowledge while exploring […]


Building momentum with a little help from our friends

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Mini-pies, donated bikes, a hula hoop covered in bike lights and our awesome supporters – who could ask for a better fundraising campaign kick-off? Last Friday, the bike shop was packed with people munching on tasty food, bobbing their heads to sweet soul tunes, and chatting away happily. They had […]


Too sunny for fenders: Create a Commuter at Open Meadow

By Zan Gibbs, Adult Programs Manager On what was probably the best weather day yet for 2012, Saturday, April 21st, we held our 3rd annual Create a Commuter workshop with Open Meadow in North Portland. Eleven excited young adults received KHS bicycles, fully outfitted for all weather commuting! They were SUPER excited about the quality […]


Shop tip: cleaning your rims

By Patrick Loftus, Retail Service Manager Cleaning your rims is the least glamorous bike maintenance task, but will improve braking quality, prolong the life of your rims and brake pads, and keep your bike looking great, especially during the rainy season. It’s also a great opportunity to inspect the rims and brake pads for wear […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Lucas Balzer

By Randi Orth, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator We know Lucas is in the building because somewhere nearby there is laughter. Wherever we find him, he is all energy and enthusiasm; his positivity is infectious. Over the years, Lucas has helped on Tuesday Drop-in Nights, as a Certified Holiday Bike Drive Mechanic. But that is just […]


From Community Cycling Center volunteer to professional mechanic…in Texas!

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist In January we wrote about one of our volunteers, Ashley Haire. When we met Ashley she was new to fixing bikes. She said in the Volunteer Spotlight that she could “sort of change a bike tire.” Ashley threw herself into our volunteer program and before long she became a […]


What a difference an overhaul makes (with photos)

We just wrapped up our Overhaul Special at our bike shop. We thought we’d celebrate by sharing some pictures of a bike before and after its complete overhaul – what a difference it has made! Our mechanics do such excellent work refurbishing bicycles. Thank you to everyone who participated in our shop special! Your dollars […]


Community Calendar: April

Here are some events happening in April: Tweed Ride April 1, 1pm Kenilworth Park, SE Holgate and SE 34th Read more Walk to Work Day April 6th Check the website for meetup locations Read more Race Talks Occupy Oregon: a coalition of color Tuesday April 10th, 7pm McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Read more […]


An afternoon with The Climate Trust

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist One of the many ways you can volunteer with the Community Cycling Center is by organizing a volunteer group with your coworkers and coming to our bike shop to clean bikes. When a bike is donated, it is usually in a pretty rough state.  A thorough cleaning is the […]


Q&A with Claire Fitzgerald, Bike Camper and Volunteer

By Kim Whitney, Youth Program Manager For the last two years, Claire Fitzgerald rode with us in our Urban Riders and Advanced Riders bike camps, learning how to ride up and down hills safely, while exploring destinations far beyond NE Portland. When she wasn’t climbing multiple hills in a day with other teens, she spent […]


Volunteer Spotlight: Derek Burns

By Randi Orth, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Derek joined us as a volunteer less than a year ago and he’s made a big impact on our programs in that short time. He started as a Tuesday Drop-in volunteer, quickly moved through the Holiday Bike Drive certification process to become a Guest Mechanic and can now […]


Campus Commuters: PCC’s exciting new bike rental program

By Britt Appleton, Social Media Specialist In November, we were contacted by members of the Portland Community College’s Cascade campus community who were interested in developing a bike rental program. It was Julie Davenport, the Communications Coordinator for ASPCC (Associated Students of Portland Community College) who had the idea. She got it, she says, from […]


Community Calendar: March

Here are some events happening in March:
Women’s History Month Ride
March 10th, 11am,
2129 SE Ladd
Read more
Why Aren’t There More Black Peo…


Volunteer Spotlight: Puanani and Pau

By Randi Orth, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Puanani and Pau are a mother-son power duo that started volunteering with us in June of 2011. …


2012 Volunteer Appreciation Night

By Brian Benson, Community Engagement Director

On Tuesday, January 31st, over 60 volunteers and staff came together in the bike shop to celebrat…


Hands on Portland

Last Friday, 13 volunteers from Hands on Greater Portland scrubbed, "flossed" and polished 17 kids bikes, while laughing, smiling and marveling at …


Volunteer Spotlight: Ashley Haire

Ashley began volunteering with us just six months ago, but it seems like she’s been around forever. She quickly and enthusiastically learned how to…


Volunteer spotlight: Eli and Dave Wuollet

The orange Huffy may not have been noticed amidst the sea of kids bikes in the atrium of Legacy Emanuel Hospital at the 2011 Holiday Bike Drive, bu…


Bike Club – Vernon

The last meeting of the Vernon Bike Club was a happy one. We are so proud of the students and their hard work over the past 12 sessions, and we wer…