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Top Picks: Bike-able Patio's in Inner SE PDX

We hope you're enjoying summer just as much as we are! One of the best parts of bike commuting around this lovely city is all the stops you get to make along the way. In PDX, you could throw a rock and hit multiple watering holes in any given neighborhood, but why throw rocks when you can just take our word for it. Our shop is located in Inner SE (23rd Ave & Clinton St.) and since we want you to get the most out of biking this summer, we've complied a handy guide for your Portland Summer Patio tour starting in Inner SE.

In no particular order, here is a list of 5 Inner SE Patio's we suggest to pedaling to.

 

APEX

1216 SE Division St., PDX, OR 97202

Apex is a neighborhood legend when it comes to their enormous patio. Their open door policy to dogs, food, and bike parking make enjoying their beers that much more rad. With a rotation of over 50 taps at any given time, it'd be a summer bummer not to U-lock up with them.

Apex Bike Score: 91

 

WHITE OWL SOCIAL CLUB

1305 SE 8th Ave, PDX, OR 97214

White Owl Social Club, where quality food & drink meets nightlife & one of Portland's largest outdoor fire pits. Their patio is consistently being voted in the top-notch of local rankings and we couldn't agree more. Check out their events calendar, grab a grip of your friends, hop on your rides, and enjoy the rest of your evening at one of the coolest spots in town.

White Owl Social Club Bike Score: 100

 

ROADSIDE ATTRACTION

1000 SE 12th Ave, PDX, OR 97214

Roadside Attraction is one of those 'blink and you'll miss it' type of places. With large vines covering tall shed like patio walls, it's hard to tell from the outside if this is a hoarder's home or a magical bar. It's the latter. Lock your bike under some fairytale vines, grab the cash out of your pack and enter Roadside's trinket ridden saw dusted patio, you'll be there for a while.

Roadside Attraction Bike Score: 98

 

CASCADE BREWING BARREL HOUSE

939 SE Belmont St., PDX, OR 97214

Cascade Brewing Barrel House isn't your average brewery. CBBH is putting it's stamp on tart, barrel- aged beers in the NW and doing a pretty darn good job at it! "Our brewery currently houses more than 750 French oak, Kentucky Bourbon and Northwest wine barrels filled with wheats, blonds, quads, reds, browns and porters..." blah blah, what!? Amazing! If you enjoy unique provisions (including 18 rotating sour taps) pedal on down! With a cute 'lil patio located directly across from the infamous goat lot, how could you deny yourself this treat?

Cascade Brewing Barrel House Bike Score: 100

 

CARTOPIA FOOD CARTS

12th and Hawthrone Blvd., PDX, OR 97214

What's that saying, "All good things must come to an end" or is it "urban sprawl"? Either way you cut it Portland, you have until October 2014 to enjoy this community staple of late night cheap eats. Food cart culture has put this city on the map, GRAB YOUR BIKE AND GO TO CARTOPIA FOR A BURRITO, PULLBOY, PIZZA, OR ANYTHING FROM POTATO CHAMPION, NOW, BEFORE YOU CAN'T. After October, instead of a late night social gathering spot where at any given night you can spot famous musicians, artists, comedians, or local hula-hooping friends sitting patio style with delicious eats... you'll find super hip brick and mortar apartments. *sigh*

Cartopia Food Carts Bike Score: 97

So there it is! Our top picks. Go fourth and please always enjoy this city responsibly!
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Portland Monthly Magazine Likes Our Gear!

Thanks Portland Monthly Magazine for including our Woodward Convertible in this list of amazing locally designed bags! How cool. Stop by our production shop & show room anytime Tuesday- Saturday 2pm-6pm to see our panniers in person!

 

ROUTE REPORT: Destination Willamette Valley Vineyards

 

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!

Mississippi Street Fair - Designer Flea

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!

We'll be sharing the space with some of our favorite local brands and designers, Make It Good, Nell and Mary Housewares, and Mag-Big.

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.

http://mississippiave.com/streetfair/

 

 

 

 

Happy Independence Day!

North St. Bags will be closed on July 4th & July 5th in honor of our nation's independence. Please note that any purchases being made today and throughout the weekend will start their production on Tuesday July 8th.

If you're in the Portland area, here is a list of bike-able places with the best view to enjoy the fireworks!
  •  Hawthorne Bridge - Downtown Waterfront
  •  Mount Tabor
  • Top of PSU parking garage on 6th and Harrison
  •  Sellwood Park: you can see both Oaks Park and downtown from here
  • West Hills: Terwilliger near OHSU has many spots
The weather forecast looks great, please enjoy the holiday responsibly!

Handmade Beer, Bikes and Bags: The European Tour

 

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!

 

 

June 11, 2014

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SE Manufacturing Pedalpalooza Ride

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Bike Camping - Champoeg State Park - Get Outta Town!

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.

May 24, 2014

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Bike to PSU Challenge

 

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! 

 

SWITCH Bag Collection Event - Whole Foods

 

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!

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