Hey! Remember how much fun this past 4th of July was? We do too! Our good friends Amanda and Colin took Independence Day weekend by the rack and pedaled some pavement with our recommended touring bags. Here's their Route report!
Day 1: Overnight at Champoeg State Park.
Champoeg features historic acres of forest, fields, and wetlands. It is the site where Oregon's first provisional government was formed by a historical vote in 1843. (FUN FACTS!)
Day 2: Overnight at Willamette Mission State Park
Day two was treated with free wine tastings at scenic valley vineyards in Gervais, OR (just outside of Willamette Mission State Park). All white wines. While there we met was a nice Labrador retriever named Cindy, who had a mole on her face and was decidedly named after Cindy Crawford.
Day 3: Overnight at Corvallis KOA
Day three was also greeted with more scenic vineyards. Before headed towards Corvallis, we biked to Willamette Valley Vineyards, right off of I-5 in Turner, Oregon. We stopped on top of a huge hill for a photo op. The hill was large enough that we had to push our loaded bikes up it. However, with mid 90's weather and gorgeous views, it was well worth it!
Day 4: Took the train back to Portland.
Here's a map of our 12.5 hour route!
Overall the terrain was hilly but mostly flat on the way to Eugene. Nothing like spending Independence weekend with Pete's mountain, swimming holes, scenic views, local vineyards, sturdy gear, and good friends.
Thanks for sharing, Amanda and Colin!
Hope you enjoyed the Route!
Saturday July 12th, 10AM - 5PM
North St. Bags is stoked to have a booth in junction with one of the cities best street fairs. This Saturday we'll be posted up in the Designer Flea at Lot 13 at the intersection of Mississippi and Shaver. Stop by, say HI, check out our merch and enjoy some sunshine. We'll bring the Discount Trunk, you bring the good vibes!
If you've never been before, this should be your year. The 13th annual Mississippi Street Fair is a community driven event that highlights local business, bands, and residents in the North/ Northeast Portland community.
Proceeds from the day are going to Boise-Eliot Elementary, the Boise Business Youth Unity Project, and Self Enhancement, Inc. Brought to you by the Historic Mississippi Ave Business Association (HMBA)
For more information about the days events, click the link below.
What more could you ask for? Before you reply with the obvious answer of "sandwich," let's discuss. Good friends, riding along with the quest to find the best handmade beer in Europe sounds like a daunting task, so let's go ahead and leave it to the quasi-professionals. I mean, let's support qualified travelers and beer snobs to take a journey and report back to us, so we can check them out the next time we're visiting over there.
Our pals, at Escaping the Void are doing the unthinkably awesome. Pals since grade school, life travelers, bartenders and adventure seekers are exploring the best of Europe this summer. Chase and I met when I hired him as a youth program instructor at a community bike shop in Chicago. He recently moved to the Netherlands with his wife and finds himself with itchy feet and a lot of free time! His best friend from grade school, Ben, lives in Berlin and loves to travel.
They had planned a bike tour to South America when they were living in Seattle in 2007, and then life happened. Nearly a decade later, they found themselves neighbors again, and they are anxious to get rolling! They launched an Indie GoGo campaign and are ready to get moving. Thanks to their sponsors, Ozon Bikes for donating custom bamboo bicycle frame and full touring bag kits from us at North St. Bags they'll be heading out soon!
They are "planning a bike tour around central Europe, but not just any bike tour. Loving bikes not just as a means of transport, and appreciating beer for more than its alcoholic content, led to birth the idea of a Beer & Bikes tour. We are looking for the best and most unique cultures surrounding handbuilt bikes (and bike accessories) and handmade beer (and beer accessories) on our very own handmade bikes made with, well, our own hands."
You can follow their journey at EscapingTheVoid.com; an online magazine, tour journal, and adventure blog which is focused on getting away from the monotony and finding people and experiences that build community and create a movement with bikes and beer.
Safe travels and keep the rubber side down!
Join us this Saturday!
Pedalpalooza is here and North St. is excited to share a ride with some of our favorite local manufacturing companies. We have partnered up with Toast, Made Walnut Studiolo, Mudshark Studios/Portland Growler Co., Black Star Bags, for a leisurely 10 mile ride around SE Portland.
We're meeting at 2pm at Mudshark Studio - 1930 NE Oregon St
The ride will finish up here at North St. Bags for a BBQ with grillables and treats from local companies Salt & Straw, Skout Bars and Masala Pop.
Donations will be accepted for food!
View the Facebook event page here.
Summer is almost here, and that means it's time to go Bike Camping. For those wrapping up the school term, the end is in sight with finals approaching next week. Itchy feet are running rampant and eyes are setting sights on the open road. My schedule is always crazy, and have practiced with artful precision the 24 hour road trip. This one was much the same, only this time I did it on a bicycle.
As you can guess, bike camping is just a foot-powered alternative to car camping. It's super easy to grab a tent, something tasty for dinner and three good friends and hit the open road.
Team North St. Bags recently hit the bricks with a few pals and rode out to Champoeg State Park, just west of Wilsonville. The ride from SE Portland took us up Terwilliger Blvd and out to Lake Oswego throu Tryon State Park. After lunch we Pete's Mountain, the meanest climb I've ever encountered! Keep in mind, I'm from Central Illinois and consider the Williamsburg Bridge to be a mountain. We rode through Canby and took the ferrry across to Wilsonville.
We stopped for provisions outside of the park and arrived before dark to set up camp. The bike camping area was closed due to wet weather, but there was a nice spot near the trail for us. We unpacked, made dinner, told stories and sang loudly to the radio until exhaustion kicked in. No bugs, no creeps, no going hungry. What is this kind of camping? I can get used to the west coast style, and I'm looking forward to learning more about it!
The ride back was quieter, and we chose an alternate route to that horrible mountain. We found our way back to the city down the massive hill from Taylor's Ferry down to the Sellwood Bridge. I was back home in time to do laundry and plan out another trip. I can't wait to get outta town again.
Free stuff rules! Sponsoring events and programs that encourage human-powered transportation are a priority at NSB, especially when we get invited to celebrate the event with a pizza party!
The Bike to PSU Challenge was a month long effort to get more Portland State University staff, students and faculty commuting by bike.
Additionally, I'm a part-time-returning-non-traditional-adult-undergraduate student at PSU. If you get the chance to stop by the beautiful campus, check out the PSU Bike Hub. Dan, the lead mechanic, is from the same central Illinois hometown. Not only that, he worked at the shop where she bought her first bicycle. WHOA.
The awards ceremony was an Oprah moment for sure! Prizes were awarded for best team name, longest commute, and most miles pedaled in the month of May. The shop was packed! I am a night student, and don't have the opportunity to see many other cyclists on campus.
The stats came out this week, and the bike program let me know that "The Bike to PSU Challenge saw 936 riders, on 63 teams, & 26% of those were new commuters. The prize donations available during the Challenge helped to motivate these people to ride more, therefore drive less, relying less on fossil fuels." Heck yeah!
As a part of our SWITCH program partnership, I've been reaching out to the community for opportunities to host a bag collection. My first location was at the Laurelhurst Whole Foods. Partnered up with friendly Bicycle Transportation Alliance staff and volunteers, we celebrated biking in our neighborhood with bike-powered smoothies and gave high fives for bikes!
It was great event, with music provided by local teens and snacks from WFM.
Special thanks to Helen for organizing the event, and we look forward to partnering in the future!
Do you love working with machines? Are you detail-oriented? Pumped on kaizen practice? Were you a line cook, Starbucks partner or bike mechanic?
Portland-born North St. Bags is currently seeking a production stitcher! We are a tight-knit team producing high quality bicycle bags in small batches. This is not a creative or design-based position, but rather a machine operator position. You will play an integral role in the production, quality assurance, and shipment of bag orders for retail and wholesale customers.
Read the full job description here.
No phone calls, please.