Clevercycles Blog Clevercycles Blog 2014-11-24T09:03:45+00:00 http://fishpig.co.uk/magento/wordpress-integration/?v=3.1.1.18 http://clevercycles.com/blog/ <![CDATA[Who says poetry doesn't pay?]]> Poetry

If you write a haiku on a theme of autumnal/wintry Portland bikey love, put it on the social media of your choice tagging us, and then come tell us about it, we will let you take a scratch card giving you 10-40% off everything, capped at $1000 off! Who says poetry doesn't pay? One per customer. In-stock items only. Expires at close of business that day, until 24 December. Non-transferable, not to be combined with other offers or literary forms. NO LIMERICKS! Some inspiration is here on the Cycles of Life blog.

Rental fleet sale

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Only once a year, every year, we sell used bikes on Black Friday. Each of our rental bikes have made many dozens of Portland visitors happy in 2014's warmer months. Instead of putting them into hibernation, we tune them up and sell them. Our rental fleet includes Bromptons, very rarely found used in good shape much below retail. For this reason mainly, there's always a line outside our door when we open that day. First come, first serve, in-store sales only. Prices will be set only the day before, and disclosed only in person.

In addition to Bromptons (M and H type, 6-speed, dynamo lights!), our fleet includes the last beloved Bakfiets.nl Cargobike we may ever sell, as our supply chain pivots to the WorkCycles Kr8 as current best-in-class. There's a Yuba Mundo equipped with Nuvinci hub and dynamo lights, a couple WorkCycles Omas, and several Breezer Uptown 8s at rock-bottom prices, outstanding value for no-nonsense transportation.

Staff bikes on the block

In addition to our rental fleet, Clever staff are selling off some of our excess personal bikes. Don't think kickstands and fenders and bells up the wazoo: We weren't always the way we are now, bike-wise. Same loves, different lives! A gallery of most of these bikes is below.

How about Todd's 1997 Waterford-built Rivendell Road, 57cm with funky-functional parts mix including drillium triple crank? How about a full custom 1999 fillet-brazed Sycip all-rounder with S&S couplings and Schmidt dyno, Campy cranks, Phil and King and Nitto and Paul and eccentric BB and ... currently set up as a flip-flop? 90's Specialized Stumpjumper Comp frameset in Tange Prestige, hot pink and 22"?

Eva's offering up her Cannondale Synapse Carbon Feminine 5, 54cm, 2009. Fast and light: does not accept kickstand or full fenders, but rides like a thoroughbred out the gate. Just tuned with new cables, housing and bar tape. She's also selling her single speed steel road machine, reliable and fun, suited up with fenders, kickstand, bell, front basket, tasteful pink bling and one gear for extra freedom.

Dean's polishing up his Surly Karate Monkey Xtracycle kid/cargo machine, purpose built and ready to ride. Spec'd to the gills with dynamo lights, 11-sp Alfine internal gear hub, and kiddo-ready stoker bar. Todd recalls that Dean was carrying his daughter on the back in 2006 when we spotted a For Lease sign in the 900 Hawthorne building. That same daughter later enjoyed a Batavus kid's bike, full-featured Dutch in 20" wheel size: dynamo lights, 3-speed internal, chaincase, rear rack, hand and coaster brakes. Finally there's a Specialized Epic Marathon full suspension mountain bike, so squishy. Please, take me to the mountains!

Free with gift card purchase

We've got lots of gift options, but if you can't decide, just purchase a Clever Cycles gift card and we'll give you a free gift to give in addition to the gift card.Check out these packagesgrowler we've put together.

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<![CDATA[Introducing Vanmoof]]> We remember the first time we saw a Vanmoof, in 2009. But then, everybody remembers seeing one the first time: they are strikingly different, with a massive top tube that extends beyond head and seat tubes, the ends then plugged with head and taillight. They must be on to something 5 years early, because 3 of the 5 entrants in 2014's Oregon Manifest design competition for the "Ultimate Urban Utility Bike" also play with this visual and functional design element. We believe that a distinctive look in bikes is as naturally desirable as in shoes, but the early Vanmoofs were a little too spare in function to hold our interest. This has changed completely now with the current, third-generation product line.

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The Vanmoofs we stock now feature:

  • 8-speed Alfine gearhubs: all the range a Portlander needs in town, super smooth and sealed away from weather
  • Disk brakes: keep your rims pretty, stop consistently wet or not
  • Powerful LED lighting, hub dynamo powered: no need ever to turn them off
  • Full chaincases: who needs a belt, really, when your chain stays clean and off your clothes?
  • Anodized aluminum frames: no paint to scratch, no rust, just honest passivated metal
  • Clever, attractive front and rear carriers
  • Full metal fenders, kickstand, brass bell, OF COURSE.

We could go on. All of the above come in right over the $1K mark, which is pretty great value. A little less gets you a 3-speed. A little more, a nifty ABUS chain lock integrated into that top tube. A lot more gets you the Vanmoof Electrified, which is the freshest, cleanest, almost even pure electric assist bike we've yet seen:

The battery is in the top tube. (See, it's not so massive just for looks!) It's a 2-speed automatic, 2 speeds proving surprisingly adequate when a motor is added. It has no throttle. What these things mean together is an unprecedented ergonomic simplicity. While other electric bikes add complexity in operation, Vanmoof takes away: you can even ride no-hands uphill with no restriction of function except braking. While it's extra clean in operation, it packs a lot of technology inside, including bottom-bracket torque sensing, remote keyfob power switch and GPS anti-theft tracking! Super lightweight for an electric bike, too.

What we can't convey in words is the ride, very distinctively Dutch in relaxed, smooth, even stately uprightness. One key is the exceptionally low bottom bracket, meaning that it's easy to get a foot down at stops without needing to lean the bike.

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<![CDATA[Faraday Bicycles]]> Faraday Porteur Electric Bike

Come on in and test ride the Faraday Porteur so we'll have an excuse to stop riding it ourselves!

You can now reserve a bicycle from Faraday's second production run (shipping late 2014). Simply contact Clever Cycles to save your place in line and guarantee the earliest delivery possible.

We know that they are onto something, because all our our staff keep wanting to ride it everywhere. This is the electric bike that you'll want to ride too.

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<![CDATA[Big clearance sale]]> It's like a yard sale, only it's 100% new bikes that are starting to feel in the way of other stuff we'd like to stock more of. See something you like? Come on in to the store or give us a call. We want to help you find the best bike to match your needs.

Surly Straggler

It's like the beloved Cross Check, except disc brakes, extra tough undercoat, a tiny bit longer wheelbase, and brifters instead of old-school bar-end shifters. Also way cool purple glitter paint. This is the first drop-bar bike we've ever carried whose drop bars and shifters are too expensive to replace right away with swept city bars. Which goes a long way toward explaining why we're clearing them: we are an urban transportation shop, not a sporting goods shop. Of course, anybody who tells you you can't commute on a cyclocross bike, especially an awesome one like this, is totally lying. (The following colors/sizes are in stock: Glitter Dream: 46, 50, 54cm; Black: 58, 62cm) Regularly $1775, now $1525.

Breezer Greenway

Quality and performance in an affordable package. Greenways are light, their hydroformed aluminum frames will never rust, and their wide-range gearing mean they are ready for anything. Dynamo lighting, rack and fenders included. (The following sizes/colors are in stock: Satin Blue XL) Regularly $849, now $750.

Breezer Liberty

Wide-range 27-speed drivetrain can handle any terrain you throw at it. The Liberty is fully equipped with dynamo lighting, rack, fenders, and a rear mount kickstand. (The following sizes/colors are in stock: Blue Grey 48, 52cm). Regularly $1100, now $750.

Linus Libertine

Linus makes a road bike? Yes, and it's a looker, straight out of 1979 through a gauzy lens. Light butted chromoly, downtube shifters, leather tape, match-finish metal fenders... (The following sizes/colors are in stock: Steel Blue, 51, 55, 59cm). Regularly $939, now $800.

Breezer Uptown Infinity, step-through frame

Nuvinci continuously variable internal wide range gearing, dynamo lighting, full chaincase, wheel lock, fenders, rear rack and fenders. In Extra Small only, black/copper. Regularly $1220, now $800.

Pilen Lyx Portlandia

Tough, beautiful, full-service Swedish city bike suits riders above 5ft 7in. 8-speed Shimano internal gearing, LED dynamo lighting, fenders, Brooks saddle, huge rear rack, wheel lock. (The following sizes/colors are in stock: Diamond frame 56cm: Red, Blue; Step-thru frame 56cm: Blue). Regularly $1649, now $1400.

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2014-07-23T00:31:11+00:00 http://clevercycles.com/blog/2014/07/23/big-clearance-sale/ admin info@clevercycles.com
<![CDATA[What's new at Clever Cycles?]]> Lots!

IMG_0255Urban Arrow is here! At this moment we've assembled only two, the Family model, and we're putting them through paces to learn what only riding teaches. First impressions: MEGA FUN, SUPER SEXY, SLICK AND SOLID! The company calls these the first true urban car replacement, and while we think any bike or pair of shoes or maybe even a bus pass can be that for many, if you need to go anyplace in town at a good clip with a passenger or two and stuff, in comfort, safety, and style, this is it: the smart Bosch mid-drive means you can work as little or as much as you want. Look for a more detailed review with video soon, or better yet, come on down with the kids and try it yourself. Guaranteed big smile.

Loads of Xtracycle Edgerunners in stock. These have been hard for us to keep in stock: a huge hit as a family bike. In addition to the accessibly-priced 24D specification, we have the first 2014 EdgeRunners factory-built with the popular NuVinci N360 continuously variable transmission. Either are well matched to our Stokemonkey electric assist.

Babboe Curve trike (and City bike): with the beloved Christiania trikes sold out and future supply uncertain, we ordered a trike from Babboe called the Curve. It seats 4! First impressions: heavier, but more stable at speed than Christiania, very solid, handsome, and a good value with smart specification.
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Simcoe Bikes. simcoe-web-greystsideWe brought these in to complement our popular Linus bikes. Both Simcoe and Linus are clean, stylish revivals of mid-century town bikes at attractive prices. At the moment we have only 2 3-speed step-throughs to check out, but we'll build up the even nicer 7-speeds we received today real soon now. First impressions: a solid step nicer than already-nice Linuses in most ways, but also a bit more expensive. Essentially, both are marvels of cost engineering, and you get what you pay for. If you've evaluated Linus or Public bikes before and thought "almost but not quite!", check out Simcoe.

Thanks Martina!

March was Clever Cycles co-founder Martina's last month working in the shop. We wish her success and happiness in her new endeavors, among them Forge Portland and the COG Space.

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