Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show

Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show

The Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show was a celebration of finely crafted bicycles. With natural overhead light in a former industrial building, the bicycles were displayed well. Tony Pereira (above) showed a replica of his Oregon Manifest-winning commuter machine with its integrated lock.  We hope to get this one for a test soon.
About 2 dozen builders showed interesting bikes. It was nice to see Mark DiNucci active again, with the most finely thinned lugs I have seen on a bike. The paint motif on this 1970s (?) frame caught our attention.

Show organizer Andy Newlands of Strawberry Bicycles asked us to bring an “interesting classic bike.” We were able to bring a 1952 Rene Herse (below). Riding this bike years ago persuaded us of the virtues of the “constructeur” approach to building bicycles that combine the speed of a racing bike with the versatility of wide tires, fenders, racks and lights. It’s a bike Bicycle Quarterly readers rarely have seen in its entirety, but its geometry, its integrated rack, the way the chainstays bend around the wide 650B tires and fenders, and many other features have been shown in the magazine to illustrate technical articles. One could say that there is a direct lineage from the old Herse to many of the bikes on display, including Mitch Pryor’s MAP which we tested for the current issue of Bicycle Quarterly. Seeing that MAP at the show was like greeting an old friend – I rode this bike more than any other BQ test bike to date.

Most of all, BQ contributor Hahn Rossman and I enjoyed seeing old friends, meeting many BQ readers, as well as discussing bicycles with fellow cyclists.

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  • beth h

    It was nice to see you, too Jan. Glad things are going well for BQ.
    Actually, my favorite at the show was the booth from Philosophy Bags of Camas, WA. They aren’t QUITE up and running yet — our shop is waiting on a price list from them — but OMG! Their bags are GORGEOUS! Their approach to craft is unpretentious and refreshingly honest: Make good stuff and keep it simple, functional, durable AND elegant. We will definitely br bringing some of these bags into Citybikes when they become available. YUM.

    October 12, 2010 at 12:59 pm
  • Dan Plaster

    The phto of Tony Pereira’s replica of his Oregon Manifest-winning commuter machine, two questions. 1) Do you get any more photos of the integral locking? That sounds interesting. 2) That is a relative attractive fork for disc brakes, I presume he made it? It seems most, if not all, disc brake forks are big and beefy to prevent twist of the caliper, do you know how well this worked?

    October 12, 2010 at 2:03 pm
    • Jan Heine, Editor, Bicycle Quarterly

      The locking mechanism on the Pereira is a U-lock… The locking portion is inside the steerer tube, and there is a hole in the top tube for the other end of the U. There was a photo in the Winter 2009 issue of Bicycle Quarterly, but you probably can google “Oregon Manifest” and find some photos as well. Beyond that, I won’t know how the bike or its fork work on the road until I have ridden them…

      October 13, 2010 at 8:58 am
  • Steve Palincsar

    It would be nice if you could bring that Herse to the Cirque next June.

    October 13, 2010 at 3:38 pm
  • eriq

    What were the tires on the lovely Rene Herse bike you had at your table? Is this the new 36b GB tire? Do you have more info and photos?

    October 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm

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