• Faraday: Clever's first "normal" electric bikes

    We now have 2 models and 3 sizes of Faraday's fantastic Porteur line of electric bikes.

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    We've sold cargo bikes with electric assist for 8 years now, and used them for over a dozen. Moving car-size loads without cars, especially in hills, is the best rationale ever for having an electric helper motor on your bike. But what about motors for regular bikes that carry only their riders and a little more, like groceries and a laptop?

    We've been pretty cool on the idea, for reasons we won't digress to explain. We've now come around to embrace electric assist even for non-cargo applications, and Faraday's Porteur is largely responsible.

    In the broad and diverse field of electric bikes, these are as far as possible from scooters with vestigial pedals. They are attractive, visually and physically much lighter than most other electric bikes. The chromoly steel tubing is notably thin walled, giving a lively, smooth ride. It takes more skill and care to build a light supple steel frame than a clunker, but you can't tell by looking. It's a care you feel upon riding. These are nice bikes even without assist, well balanced and comfortable.

    Then there's the assist itself. It's meant to be stealthy, superlatively well integrated, with battery concealed in frame and front hub motor not too big: no electro-clutter. There's no throttle: you just pedal, with a selector switch for full power, half, and none. The motor is very quiet, with internal nylon reduction gearing. The stealth ends with the ease you'll be humming along at 20 mph while sitting nearly bolt upright. A charge lasts 20-25mi according to most users, and then it's not too hard to pedal without help.

    There are 2 models separated by $700. The fancier one comes with an 8-speed internal rear hub, belt drive, and bamboo fenders at $3500. The S model at $2800 has a 5-speed internal hub, chain drive, and metal fenders. Aesthetics aside, the metal fenders work better than the bamboo, there's nothing wrong with chains after you slap a guard on, and 5 speeds are likely enough when you have a motor helping.

    Please come try one. We've got a medium-sized one in our rental fleet, even!

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Part of our purpose in offering rentals is to let prospective buyers try our unusual bikes over longer periods. If you buy a bike similar to your rental within a week of return, we refund up to a week's rental fee toward the purchase.

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We are Portland’s first and largest bicycle shop devoted entirely to bicycles as primary transportation, serving urban households like ours seeking to avoid dependence on cars with practical, stylish bikes for everyday use: not just “commuting” bikes, but family transport, cargo, and folding bikes, all equipped for comfort, safety, and reliability. We also sell street clothing and accessories that support a practical biking lifestyle in all seasons.

We are not motivated by the rising costs of motoring, ecological guilt, or a body-sculpting regimen. Bicycling is not a sacrifice or a statement. We ride instead of drive because it is pleasurable and convenient, simply the best way to get around Portland. We do not sell sporting goods or fitness equipment: fitness happens by riding your bike right past the gym in the course of your normal errands.

We opened in June 2007, after our two families became partners to help make Portland an even better place to live and work, slow down in, ride every day. In a town with 70 other bike shops, we expanded our family-friendly shop three times through the recession to 7000 square feet, and in 2012 were named Best Urban Bike Shop in the United States by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.