All Work and All Play: Oregon Bicycle Builders
We live in a DIY culture and Oregon is at the forefront—this is no more evident than with the bicycle. It’s no secret that this state’s got a prevalent biking community (Portland’s reputation alone puts us on the international map), so it should come as no surprise that Oregon has generated its fare share of handmade bike builders, some who’ve been around long before building bike frames was en vogue. Peppered around the state are builders, designers, even a school dedicated to the art of bikes. Proving, once again, that Oregon runs on two wheels.
Some say that Mark Dinucci is the OG when it comes to frame building. Based in Central Oregon, Dinucci built his first frame in the 1971 but recently reemerged on the scene this past February when he won “Best Lugged Bicycle” at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Dinucci’s vast experience not only as a fabricator for companies such as Specialized Bicycles, but also as a former bicycle racer, makes him an expert and gives him a distinction all his own.
Handmade bikes are so popular here we even have our own show celebrating our feat: Oregon Manifest. Last October, Tony Pereira of Pereira Cycles in Portland, took home an award for his well-crafted machine that gracefully walks the line between form and function. Tony is an expert builder because he’s an expert rider. As a team member and bike builder for Rapha Continental, he rides through Oregon’s most picturesque mountains and valleys, check out their routes and images.
Keith Anderson Cycles
While also building bicycles that bare his name on the tubes, Keith Anderson is well know throughout the bike world for his vivid paint jobs. Perhaps its his homebase in Southern Oregon‘s Grants Pass that provides the inspiration for his bold colors and distinctive designs. A looming physical figure and boisterous personality— not to mention a resume that boasts bicycles from all over the country—make Anderson a sought-after personality in the world of handmade bikes.
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Jeremy Dunn came to Oregon from Boston for greener pastures and better bike paths. He spends his days not only riding bicycles, but writing about them as well. A few years ago he created Embrocation Cycling Journal about the artsy side of bike racing culture and now works for UK based Rapha Performace Roadwear at their North American HQ in Portland.
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