Clevercycles Blog

  • What's new at Clever?

    It's been cold out there, huh? Are your hands cold? We always love your visits, but love them just a little bit more when you don't let the weather keep you off your bike!

    Holiday shopping offers

    Visit us between now and 24 December, and you'll save between 10 and 40% on your entire purchase. When you arrive, mention this offer to grab a discount card from our goodie basket. Check-in to Facebook while in the store, and we'll let you take a second card. You get the higher of the two discounts. Each card expires at the end of the day. Limit one card per customer, redeemable for in-stock items and in-store purchases only. Not applicable to gift cards or Brompton products, nor to be combined with other offers and non-transferable.

    Can't decide what to give? How about a Clever Cycles gift card? We'll throw in a free $5 card with each $50 gift card purchase until 24 December, available in store or online. All cards expire one year after purchase. Not to be combined with any other offer or discount.

    Custom Brompton tool updates

    We've added a bunch of new options to our Brompton builder tool, including new bright-as-cars lighting options, custom fenders, grips and saddles. In 2014 we plan to float a pretty huge stock of Bromptons, so we can deliver a wide range of specifications much faster than placing custom orders with the factory in London. We continue to be deeply grateful for the steadily advancing excellence of Brompton folding bikes, and their well-deserved rocketing popularity. Incidentally, Brompton celebrated 25 years of full-time production recently: huzzah!

    How do you like our new Brompton display?

    Surly Stragglers

    Right this minute we have 9 of the hotly-awaited Surly Stragglers in stock, plenty of sizes, both colors. This is the new disc-braked version of Surly's iconic Cross-Check. It's hard to imagine any bike so light, fun and sporty that also plays so hard and well as a year-round Portland commuter. If you're hooked on modern road bike ergonomics and zip, but need something you can beat on in most any weather and surface conditions daily for years and years, this is your bike.
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    Linus Dutchi 8's

    The single most popular Linus variant at Clever, the Dutchi 8, has been out of stock everywhere for months. We just came into a small stock of them in Sage Green. Many are spoken for. But not all. Last chance before Spring.

    Xtracycle EdgeRunners

    For the first time in over a year, Xtracycle EdgeRunner bikes are just barely balancing in supply and demand, meaning that we have some on the floor right now that nobody's already bought. Three! There's no more fun, easy, soul-satisfying way to haul your family and your stuff around town.

    Babboe City cargo bikes

    We're coming up on 7 years of selling the Bakfiets.nl Cargobike, in premium specifications as supplied by WorkCycles in Amsterdam. There's nothing like it in sheer bombproof capability and feature completeness. They're also kind of expensive, and frankly not always easy for us to keep in stock, since they come only by the container to us. So we've always kept an eye out for a somewhat more affordable, easier-to-get alternative that doesn't suck. We think we've found it in the Babboe City, at more than $1000 less than its closest competitor. The Babboe is quite a bit lighter than a Bakfiets.nl Cargobike, possibly even more relaxed and comfortable, and it has arguably a better weather cover. Load up your kids and give it a spin!

    Yuba

    Yuba's light, affordable Boda Boda midtail cargo bike had been in short supply following a factory fire! But we've now got three varieties in stock, including one with BionX electric assist. That goes for the flagship heavy-duty Mundo model, too!

    LED lights above and below

    LED lighting for bikes is better than ever, and we have stock of the latest-greatest 2014 models including the new Eyc, Cyo Premium, and Edelux II, shown here on distributor Peter White's site in great geeky ardor. But we've made a change in the store, too, having retired all our pretty but wasteful overhead halogen lighting for LEDs. It used to be that LED lighting was either pretty ugly in quality, not very bright, or else too expensive. We tried 4 different vendors before settling on the fantastic Vivid series of MR16s by Soraa. We've cut our lighting bills way more than half while increasing the brightness at least a third. Dark will no longer be part of the Clever look in the cold months, we hope!
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  • 2013 rental fleet on sale Black Friday

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    It has become a tradition that we sell our rental bike fleet each November, the only time we sell used bikes. We select our rental bikes for toughness, so after only a year of use, they're merely broken in instead of worn out. It's a rare opportunity to acquire Brompton, WorkCycles, Breezer and other distinctive bikes, all completely equipped with generator lighting, fenders, racks, stands etc., at well under retail.

    The fleet goes on sale Friday, Black, at 11am. First come, first serve. We will provide a sign-up sheet the morning of so you don't have to actually stand in line. Local sales only; you must ride to decide. If that doesn't whip you all into a frenzy of craven holiday commerce, we will have several new Surly and Breezer bikes marked down for the occasion.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Portland. We're thankful to you for our best business year since 2007, and to powers unknown for this gentle descent into Winter.

  • Ibex store-in-store grand opening celebration! 14 November, 5-8pm

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    The initial cost of fine wool clothing is often higher than other fibers, but its anti-stink qualities mean you wash it less, and the good stuff remains colorfast with good drape and no pilling for years and years: it’s good value -- even more so during this event. Combining the warmth of Ibex wool with the dryness and breathability of Showers Pass rain gear is the most comfortable way to ride year-round in Portland.

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    Why come to this event?

    • People from Ibex and Showers Pass will help you choose the right products for you.
    • One night only! This is your chance to save 20% off Ibex & Showers Pass (both in-stock & special orders)
    • Free gifts with purchase (hint: rhymes with cat)
    • All sales from this event will be entered to win a free Dutchtub rental ($400 value; restrictions apply)
    • Free beer and other refreshments to help make your purchasing decisions easier.
    • Get a few holiday gifts out of the way?
    • It'll be even darker than it is now that evening. Our shop will be warm & bright, plus you'll probably run into someone you know.

      So Step Right Up and put November 14 at 5pm on your calendar.

      Discounts may not be combined; for example, no coupons on top of the one-night pricing.

  • Fall News

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    One of our favorite pleasures of the season is breaking out the warmer layers of wool from years past. Another is buying more. Clever Cycles now stocks more Ibex wool clothing than any other store in Portland. So much so that we're now considered an Ibex "Store in Store"! We like Ibex better than some other brands because the quality is unmatched, and the cuts tend to work better both on and off a bike, regardless of body type, than some of the sportier marks. Ibex also sews most of their clothing in California, from ethically-sourced New Zealand wool, and is even introducing Rambouillet wool from Montana into their lines.

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    Visit us or shop online to see our Ibex line-up for Fall. We don't stock Ibex's cycling specific items, such as bibs and legwarmers, but we'd be happy to order them for you if you want to save on shipping.

    Merino wool clothing, next to skin and on top, is the just the best for biking year round. Off the bike too. Unlike synthetics, it doesn't stink when you sweat in it. It keeps you warm even when it's wet, and it dries fast. Finer weaves keep you cool. Layer it, and you're ready for anything. It's comfortable, beautiful, and stays looking good for years with reasonable care.

    Order & receive your custom Brompton before the new year and save!

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    Order before 5pm October 28th and pick up your custom Brompton before the new year*. All Brompton orders placed after October 28th will arrive after the new year and reflect the 2014 price increases. There are no changes to the Brompton for 2014 other than higher pricing!

    Brompton folding bicycles are hand-built to order in London, in nearly a million possible specifications. Our Brompton configuration tool allows you to easily go through all the options, see color combinations, get a price, and save the configuration as a url to retrieve at a later date. Don't waste too much time though!

    Brompton recently added new fender, grips and saddle colors to the mix. We'll add these to our configuration tool soon so you can further customize your Brompton.

    * While we expect to have all orders ready for pick-up on December 20th, delays due to inclement weather, production issues, damage or shipping errors can happen. We can not guarantee that your order will arrive before a specific date.

    Yuba

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    Back at Clever Cycles after a 5-year hiatus, Yuba bikes have come a long way! Long a bang-for-buck winner with heavier loads, the flagship Mundo series of longtail cargo bikes have lost weight and gained refinement, offering great value in a burly yet friendly package now encompassing electric assist, dynamo lighting, and internal hub gearing options. The new Boda Boda midtail is a much lighter, more versatile, even more accessible cargo bike with inimitable style.

    • Mundo's super stiff frame handles the heaviest loads with confidence.
    • Mundo's center stand is best-in-class, included in the base price.
    • One size fits most.
    • Boda Boda fits bus racks!
    • Loads of accessories to adapt for special purposes.

    Sketchbook Bags

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    Sometimes customers are our best source of new product lines. This time, it's Sketchbook Bags. We knew we needed to carry these the first time we saw them. There just isn't much out there to compare these bags to. If your looking for a stylish waterproof bag that will last a lifetime, then you need to own a Sketchbook Bag. Made in Eugene, Oregon (soon to be an East Coast operation), the attention to detail on these bags is second to none. We stock the Camper Satchel, Indigo Rucksack backpack, Panniers, and the Musette in a couple of colors.

    Portland's one and only Hot Tub by Bike delivery service


    It's that time of year. Our calendar is filling up fast with bookings for the Dutchtub. If you've been planning to have one of our Clever tubbists deliver a tub to your place this Fall, get your calendar out now and give us a call!

    The rate is $400 for 3 nights, plus a $50 deposit refundable upon clean return. This fee includes the following:

    • The tub, complete with cover, fire coil shield, ash tray, wok, fill and drain hose with fittings and bung, leveling shims, stir paddle, custom bicycle trailer doubling as a hand cart
    • Delivery and pickup by Clever-certified bicycle tubbist within our delivery area
    • Setup at your site, with instruction, tips for a successful first heating
      ~60lbs dry wood for 1 heating; additional 60lbs @ $15
    • Approved cleaning products

    While we can arrange shorter rental periods, the minimum rental cost is always $400. Please see our rental page for more information.

  • Why rain capes are awesome

    Capes are probably the most primal garments, unless maybe loincloths: a hide or blanket sewn into a cone with hole for head. In water-repellent materials, they provide pretty complete rain protection in a single piece, with complete freedom of movement whether you are fat or skinny, tall or short, and whether you wear a suit, a dress, Carhartts and a backpack, or a loincloth. Being completely open at the bottom, they don't trap your body heat and sweat the way waterproof-breathable fabrics sewn into jackets and pants all inevitably do. A couple layers of wool beneath a rain cape on a bike, with waterproof boots or gaiters optional, is likely the best all-around Portland weather solution on a bike between October and May. It should go without saying that you must use fenders, as there's no protection against muck flying up from below. (I think we've sold maybe 0.02% of bikes without full fenders since 2007, if that.)

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    Capes specific to bicycling have a few key features not common in PVC ponchos from Freddie's or Andy & Bax. A cape is a fitted garment, roughly conical, while a poncho is a rectangle with a head-hole in it. Bicycle capes are long enough in front to drape over the handlebars: this is crucial to protecting your legs. Swept bars call for the longest fronts to reach over the bars. And short enough in back to stay out of your wheel. All have some way to keep the front from flying up or back, dumping rain into your lap: usually loops sewn into the inside fronts to place either your palms or thumbs through, or to loop over some part of the bars. Some have ties to keep the backs from flying up as well. Most have reflectivity or high-vis colors or both, since wet and darkness tend to coincide: a cape puffed up and billowy commands a lot of visual field, especially when reflective.

    There are some issues, which may or may not apply in your case. One is that capes on a bike increase wind resistance, so if you regularly face stiff headwinds or like to ride faster than about 15mph, capes provide more exercise. The flip side is that tailwinds make you faster than a flying squirrel in a vacuum. One of my funnest moments on a bike ever was over a decade ago, riding at night in an electrical storm with a stiff 6-o'clock tailwind, wearing a Carradice cape. As my speed approached the wind speed of about 35mph, effortlessly, the rain stopped pelting my face, and all noise of air rushing ceased as the lightning and thunder continued. (I survived, regretting nothing.)

    Another issue can be lighting. The most common kinds of bike lights in the US attach to handlebars, which a rain cape covers. To use a cape at night or in Portland's nine darkish wetter months you need lights that mount on your fork crown or lower, like most dynamo setups, or else on your head. We have hardware that lets you mount handlebar-style lights on a fork blade, and usually head/helmet mount types too.

    We're stocking three makes of cape this year just in time for the relentless soul-soddening rain separating us from July 2014. Here's a mini-review of them:

    Carradice Duxback

    This is old school, beautiful in waxed cotton with brass zipper, leather tab, plaid liner at collar and hood. Sewn in Nelson, Lancashire, northwest England, each piece signed. (Thanks Janet for mine!) Aesthetically striking, if Lord of the Rings is a look you can swing. Water rolls off like a duck's back (get it?). Waxed cotton is the original waterproof breathable performance fabric. Where the fabric begins to get wet, the fibers swell to close the gaps in the weave, while dryer parts remain highly vapor permeable. This wettening also makes the fabric somewhat stiff and heavier, helping it lay in place on the bars and around your body in spite of gusts. While the open design of a cape makes the breathable part superfluous, the self-sealing nature of waxed cotton seams makes it perform better than most laminates, notorious for leaky seams. Waxed cotton unlike plastics is also noiseless, and can be re-proofed indefinitely to restore original resilience; our first is 16 years old and still in service with only 1 small rip. Available in 2 sizes, the larger of which is suitable for very tall people on very upright bikes, uniquely so.

    Cleverhood

    No relation to Clever Cycles except in sensibility, these timelessly fashionable lightweight rain capes come in lots of fabrics, 3 of which we stock. One's called Electric Houndstooth, as it's got a grid of blazing reflectivity hidden in Cord-Dog-Prov kC9Gzs_xxpadZLToA30kYXWYeYvlxAAsrJUa3eVknLg-1 the plaid, until illumined directly, and POW! Another is Mr Fox Point corduroy, which you might not associate with waterproofness, but this is. Surface moisture evaporates rapidly from corduroy's fuzzy face: all those little fibers sticking up increase the surface area massively. Definitely the most cuddly raingear going. Last is TF Green, which is a quietly dignified Glen plaid with sharp reflective piping. We don't know what TF stands for but it's attractive. All Cleverhood capes feature nifty magnet-closed slits in front, a chest pocket with waterproof zipper, a brimmed hood that doesn't block your peripheral vision, and more. Designed and sewn in Providence, Rhode Island of imported synthetic (PVC-free, very nice) fabrics.

    Brooks

    We carry both the premium Oxford and the basic Cambridge variants, with the main difference being materials used, resulting in both the most and least expensive of capes we stock. image004_w800_h600_vamiddle_jc95The Oxford is in cotton with a (polyurethane?) coating inside for waterproofness, which looks like a classic waxed garment but without the weight, faint smell and oily feel of proofing wax. This is accented with a 360-degree broad beautiful worsted wool strip, and patch on the back, into which reflective fibers are woven. Then there are the leather straps for rolling it up when not in use: this is a very elegant package. Sewn in England. The basic Cambridge is in honest coated nylon with reflective piping and leather roll-up straps, sewn in Italy.

    Both Brooks models feature, instead of internal loops to attach to thumbs or hands, gathered cuffs leading to the outside, for your hands. Instead of relying on the internal attachment of your hands to keep the cape from flying up, there are clever magnetic straps that secure the front to the bars. These will break free with any meaningful effort. The benefit is that your hands remain visible outside the cape, say for ease of signaling, and so you can see the controls of your bike. The downside is that your hands need separate waterproof protection when it's cold, while wool liners alone beneath other capes are usually sufficient.

  • Game changer: Magnic Light

    Springtime a year ago we were pleased to contribute to a Kickstarter campaign for a new kind of bike light called Magnic Light. There was a lot of speculation voiced in various forums whether it was a hoax, because the physics involved defied most peoples' understanding. If this very simple invention was for real, why hadn't it already been invented? "Everybody said 'that's impossible.' Then somebody came who didn't know that, and did it."

    We're happy to have received our first shipment straight from inventor Dirk Strothmann in Germany, for sale right now. Wait, it's August, not even dark until late? More about that in a bit. I've got them on the only bike I own without built-in lights, a Brompton. Everybody who likes playing with magnets, magic tricks, or seeing and being seen on a bike smiles, and some even laugh in amazement to see Magnic Lights work. Come by for a demo.

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    Magnic Lights are very bright, lightweight, incredibly efficient bike lights that use no batteries, are self-contained, and don't require building a wheel around a dynamo hub. This makes them a game-changer, I dare say historic because I think someday most bike lights are bound to work similarly. All you do is position the small light units in proximity to any normal metal bike rim, and they work. Unlike superficially similar "be seen" products like Reelights, these don't require mounting magnets in your wheel, and are plenty bright enough to be your only lights. This is the jaw-dropping part: just the motion of the metal rim itself, not magnetic or even necessarily ferrous, is enough to power the lights. No contact or noise, no external parts or wiring, lighter weight and an order of magnitude less drag than the very most expensive dynamo hubs. There's no such thing as free energy, but any resistance created by Magnic Lights is utterly negligible, even with a wheel turning free in a stand, for minutes. They boast the brightest dynamo taillight on the market (aim carefully please!), and while the headlights don't measure up in brightness or beam shaping to the best available, they aren't too shabby either.

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    They run about $250 for a set of 3: 2 headlights and a taillight. That's more than most battery systems, but less than most dynamo systems not built in at the factory. And if you are really focused on high efficiency and light weight, whether for practical, aesthetic or obsessive reasons, Magnic Light is simply the best bicycle lighting system there is.

    This concept could not previously have been realized practically because only recently have rare earth magnets become powerful enough, and LEDs efficient enough, for supply and demand to meet, so to speak. It turns out that any conductive material such as an aluminum rim - not just magnetic or ferrous - will produce so-called eddy currents when moving through a magnetic field. This invention harnesses these currents to turn a tiny generator without contact.

    There are some issues. The biggest for people like us who use bikes to carry stuff is that since the lights and the generator units are integrated, they can be mounted only in locations that provide the correct small rim clearance and good light placement simultaneously. The provided mounting hardware doesn't have an answer for rear racks, whose mounted luggage will block the light. If you don't have either a skinny-tire fenderless road bike (Portland?!), or a bike with cantilever brake studs, there are only somewhat compromised mounting options. What's more there's no standlight, so you go dark when not moving. We'll make sure you understand all these issues before selling you a set: please bring your bike if at all possible.

    We're pretty sure it's just a matter of time before the technology makes its way into more form factors, with broader feature sets. How about a stand-alone generator you connect to fork blade or seatstay that has power out for standard lights and other electronics? For now, for many, being an early adopter of the first, purest expression of the idea is part of the appeal.

    What's wrong with cheap simple battery lights, anyway? No matter how much better they are than, say, 10 years ago, the inescapable reality is that the more you use them, and the brighter they are, the faster they burn out. The bigger the battery, the heavier and more fragile the light when dropped. Nobody would accept this dynamic in any other form of transportation. Battery lights are essentially disposables, at odds with the sustainable elegance of bicycles that can serve for decades.

    What dynamo lights bring to the table, that battery lights never will, is liberty to run them IN THE DAYTIME. All the time, without a care in the world. With no bulbs to burn out and no resistance perceptible, why not? Tipped up just a bit, today's brighter LED lights are conspicuous a mile away in broad daylight! No battery light is bright enough to be useful in daytime without committing the user to a really onerous recharging scheme all the time. To my thinking, that's a better single safety investment than a wardrobe full of day-glo plastic garments and even a crash helmet for non-sport biking, because it can ward off rather than mitigate collisions. Our experience running bright daytime lights supports the conclusion of studies conducted with motorcycles, that they draw significant notice from other road users, preventing right-of-way violations in particular.

    One last thing: one reason that battery operated lights have remained popular, apart from their lower initial expense, is that they can easily be transferred from bike to bike. If you care enough about safety and convenience to value the benefits of generator lighting, there's a good chance you own more than one bike. But then, equipping multiple bikes with generator lighting can be prohibitively expensive. Magnic Lights can be moved from one bike to another in seconds with no tools: only the inexpensive mounts need installation in advance.

    One of the better early reviews: http://bike.duque.net/review-the-magnic-lights.htm

  • Visit Portland to check out Brompton folding bikes

    When we opened in 2007, we were Oregon's first Brompton dealer. In a product lineup heavy on very big bikes, the little tiny Brompton seemed an outlier. They fit in some of our bigger bikes' front racks, and on planes, as carry-on luggage. P1010593 We carried Brompton because our personal experience of them going back to 2000 made us believers. It's a good thing we had that personal commitment as a bolster, because for the first few years we didn't turn much of a profit, especially relative to conventional bikes requiring less suspension of disbelief to buy, or even try.

    A small number of early adopters told their friends, who told theirs, and so on. A very healthy number of people who rented Bromptons went on to buy them. Every year the product got even better, especially in 2009 with the rollout of wide-range gearing. Some inspirational Brompton stories appeared.

    And then something happened. In about 2011, the sales curve of Bromptons came to resemble a hockey stick. BOOM! It seemed like one day to the next, Bromptons stopped being something we had to sell with actual salesmanship, testimony and demonstration, and became something customers walked in announcing they had come to buy. We began to struggle to keep stocks up. We still do. Fine problems to have! Bromptons have since become absolutely crucial to the continued growth of our business, a nice validation of the "do what you love; the money will follow" chestnut.

    These days we ship quite a few Bromptons outside Portland. They ship easily and cheaply. While that helps us out especially in the slow months, we miss out on meeting our customers, and you miss out on the level of service that we can provide only in person, wrench in hand, with you riding. It still amazes us how profoundly a few fit adjustments and part swaps can make to the feel of Bromptons. Sure there's only one frame size, but the things adjust in saddle heights over a range of almost 18", with cockpit lengths varying over 11"! When we ship a Brompton without benefit of fitting, we just have to hope customers explore the relevant parts of these ranges on their own.

    Out-of-towners: we invite you to Portland to check out Bromptons (or any bike you're thinking of having us ship). It's is a great place to visit, anytime but especially between May and October. We've partnered with the fantastic RiverPlace Hotel, an easy walk and easier pedal over the Hawthorne Bridge from us, to offer 20% off their best normal rate for your room. Just book online and enter the code "RPC" when making your reservations. Don't rent a car: rent a Brompton while you're here, and if you proceed to buy one we'll comp the cost of the rental, up to a week's worth. Appease your husband's or girlfriend's objections to your bike junket with a romantic dinner or three; we don't have a discount on that lined up, but we can make recommendations.
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  • What a long strange trip it's been to our new website

    At long last, today we flipped the switch on a major revision to our website. For the first time in over a year, our product listings reflect actual inventory and prices. Online ordering: yes. We know there are still a lot of loose ends. Please bear with us as we scramble to tie them down. Be sure to let us know if you love or hate the new direction, too!

    As always, we are first and foremost a full-service Portland, Oregon local bike shop. We list only a fraction of our products online. Please do not assume that because something is not on our website, we don’t have it!

    Our site is meant more as encouragement to Portlanders to visit our shop than as a competitive response to online discounters (who will often beat our prices on commodity items) or to dealers of similar specialty products local to you, who can likely support your purchase best. We offer many hard-to-find products, but the main value we offer Portlanders is expertise, advice, hands-on problem solving, same-day convenience, and the opportunity to try out many things before buying.

    While we will ship bikes (when permitted by our agreement with the supplier), we believe strongly that you should ride any bike you are considering before purchase. Similarly, several of the unusual-for-America bicycle components and accessories we stock require careful measurement and consultation to assure compatibility. To avoid unnecessary risk of disappointment and return, we may contact you to discuss these points before fulfilling your order.

  • Dutchtub Video

    We hired Russ Roca from PathLessPedaled to make an instructional video so our customers could get the best experience possible when they rent our Dutchtub. He also put together this fun video.

  • Wide Slow Hot Wet Load: rent a Dutchtub

    It's been nine months since BikePortland.org outed our plan to rent Dutchtubs by bike, but we've finally gotten an insurance company to cover our crazy scheme, and the trailer is dialed in. BikePortland.org just finished up the inaugural rental (Valentine's Day!), and ran a story.

    A Dutchtub is a portable wood-fired hot tub for four. Portable enough to deliver by bicycle. Do you see where this is going? Portland's bikey people deal with more than the usual amount of cold water most of the year. So collect it in a big beautiful tub, add 2 wheels and a bicycle hitch, brilliant Dutch design, friends or family, a hot fire, a meal cooked over flame, and it's all good. Slip in and soothe your bones under the stars or spiteful rainy clouds, no chemicals or motors necessary. You can now rent a Dutchtub, reservations being accepted starting 1 March. The rate is $400 for 3 nights, plus a $50 deposit refundable upon clean return. This fee includes the following:

    • The tub, complete with cover, fire coil shield, ash tray, wok, fill and drain hose with fittings and bung, leveling shims, stir paddle, custom bicycle trailer doubling as a hand cart
    • Delivery and pickup by Clever-certified bicycle tubbist* within our delivery area
    • Setup at your site, with instruction, tips for a successful first heating
    • ~60lbs dry wood for 1 heating; additional 60lbs @ $15
    • Approved cleaning products

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    The delivery area


    View Clever Cycles Dutchtub rental bicycle delivery area in a larger map

    What you need

    • A firm, level ground surface (no roofs, most decks, balconies) for the tub within 50 feet of a hose-ready water source, unless you can fill the tub by means of your own device. The tub cannot be moved full.
    • The site must be safe for an open wood fire (open to the sky!), with no low-hanging vegetation or other nearby fire hazards. Please consider your neighbors' tolerance for possible smoky drift, party noise, etc.
    • Access to this space must be open from the street to a width of 5'6" (66"). If there is a narrower gate, steps or other impediments, you or a friend capable of lifting about 100 lbs will need to be present at delivery and pickup times to help move the tub safely. There is no way to get a tub through a passage narrower than 34".
    • Our really long waiver, signed by you, indicating that you understand and accept full responsibility for all the hazards that open flames and almost one ton of hot water can present, especially combined with common party behaviors among adults, children, pets, etc. Your responsibility extends to the public if you site the tub in a public place such as a park, street party, cyclocross race, communal water-birth-athon, mass baptism, etc. You're also responsible for any damage to the tub while in your possession. And to clean it when done; we'll return your cleaning deposit upon return of the clean tub.

    Since there is a learning curve getting the tub up to temperature in good time, you can arrange to have the tubbist stay as long as necessary to fill the tub, start and tend the fire, and otherwise assure that your event is care-free. This time will be billed at $75/hr. Depending on source water and ambient temperature, it takes 2-5 hours from strike of the match to get the tub full and hot, with fire tending and stirring required every 20 minutes or so.

    If you want the tub outside the delivery area, you must transport it in a truck with suitable lashing and scratch protection. A tubbist will coordinate pickup and dropoff of the tub, helping you lift it into your truck, load wood and accessories, etc., but will not provide on-site support unless by special arrangement at $75/hr.

    Email or call us to book with your desired dates and address. Program starts 1 March. We'll connect you with an available tubbist to work out details and billing.

    * Tubbists are Clever Cycles staff who take the lane to deliver these expensive oversize items safely by bicycle in Portland. Sorry, our insurance won't cover civilians biking the tubs home. Yet. Tubbists have demonstrated competence in heating the tubs quickly, solving many common beginner problems. Some tubbists can cook. Some look good in bathing suits; others bathe fully clothed.

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