Protect Your Wheels This Summer: Get A Lock!

August 19th, 2014 by Jon

Portland tends to have a reputation of being a friendly place, but there will always be people who try to take advantage of our situation.

Unfortunately, the Portland Business Journal reported bike theft is on the rise this summer, with an increase of nearly 5.3% since 2007. Our northern neighbor Vancouver has already seen more than 40 stolen bike reports since June 1st. And of course, lets not forget the six year old who wrote a note shaming the people who made off with her bike.

Some may sigh and think “this is why we can’t have nice things!” but bad stuff happens in life. We can’t avoid it! That’s why it’s always a good idea to prepare for the worst, but still expect the best. Check out a few ideas we have posted in prior blogs about how you can keep your set of wheels safe:

Bike Locks: Fairly obvious, but it must be said. Bike locks are the first defense against bike theft, and it’s important to remember that not all bike locks are created equal. According to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, nearly all locked bikes stolen in 2008 in the Portland area were locked with a typical cable lock, which can be clipped with a good set of cutters. Consider a high-quality U-lock, such as this Kryptonite model which can be found on Amazon.

Lock the Important Things: Should you not lock up the important parts of your bike, you might find yourself with the beginnings of a unicycle. Make sure when you’re using your bike lock, you include a wheel and the frame in its loving embrace.

Quick Release Wheels: If you’re consistently taking off your front wheel or your seat post, then you may have one of those quick release levers allowing quick removal. Of course, having these quick release levers means quick removal for just about anyone. You can of course just switch to your typical nut and bolt, but if we do that, aren’t we letting the bad guys win? In all seriousness, consider the Pitlock, which allows for quick and easy removal, but doesn’t sacrifice security.

Serial Number: Do yourself a favor, Right Now. Get yourself a pen and some paper, find your bicycle, and write down the serial number along with the make and model. Put this on your fridge, email it to yourself, have it tattooed on your arm… but make sure you don’t lose the info. If unfortunately the worst occurs and you find yourself lacking a set of wheels, it will be nigh impossible to retrieve your bike without this information.

Do you take precautions with your bicycle? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter what you do to keep your bicycle secure. Send us a picture of how you keep your set of wheels safe!

 

Get a Taste of Northern India at Mayura Indian Grill and Bar!

August 14th, 2014 by Jon

The phrase “Lets get Indian food tonight” likely brought a distinct memory to your mind. Whether it be the curry that perfectly accentuates your order of Ochra, the heat that reminds you of India’s gift of working with peppers, or that garlic naan that simply ties the whole meal together, suffice it to say that an Indian meal is not something you will want to try just once.

That’s why we are very excited to deliver for Mayura Indian Grill & Bar! Mayura offers excellent Indian food from their location on Northwest 23rd, whose repertoire consists mainly of Northern Indian dishes. Because of this, you can expect plenty of yogurt, tandoor cooked meats, breads, lentils and kebabs!

The quest for quality Indian cuisine augmented with superior customer service prompted the founders of Mayura Indian Grill and Bar to start this venture. Since its inception, Mayura Indian Grill and Bar has won accolades from its loyal customers and the print media alike.The founders of Mayura Indian Grill and Bar are constantly striving for perfection and innovation. Impeccable management has resulted in placing Mayura Indian Grill and Bar among the very best Indian restaurants in the Portland area.

Swing by our Order Page, and you will find some delicious cuisine hailing from Northern India, such as:

Dosa - Savory Rice & Lentil Thin Crepe, All Served with Fresh Coconut & Lentil Soup.

Navaratan Kurma – Seasonal Vegetables In A Cashew Sauce with Fresh Fruits, Nuts & Raisins.

Andhra Chicken - Chicken Cooked with Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions & Spices In Southern Indian Style.

Lamb Saagwala - Cubes Of Lamb Cooked W/ Fresh Spinach, Onions, Tomatoes & Fresh Ground Spices.

Mayura Botti Kebab – Spring Lamb, Marinated In Mildly Spiced Sauce with Grilled Onions & Lemon.

I know your mouth is watering just like mine was when writing this, so make sure you get yourself to our order page and find yourself something for lunch! Once you try it, shoot us a message on Facebook and Twitter, or tag us in an image on Instagram! We want to know what you think!

We’re Celebrating 5 Years! Join Us!

August 8th, 2014 by Jon

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Five years is a big achievement, don’t you think? It’s longer than a president’s term, longer than getting an education at a University and much longer than a standard year on Mars (two Earth years, for the Martian curious).

That’s why the Portland Pedal Power team is very excited to host our Five Year Anniversary Extravaganza on Wednesday, August 13th from 4:30 – 7:30 PM. We’re ready to celebrate, and we hope you can join us!

It seems like yesterday that the business consisted of just four like-minded individuals. Today we’ve grown into quite an operation, with nine additional employees working to provide delivery and active advertising to dozens of clients throughout inner Portland.  From humble beginnings with one delivery bike running out of a garage behind Zupan’s on Burnside, we’re now a fleet of 11, delivering from more than 50 vendors while displaying ads for 10 local companies.

If you so much as signed up for one of our newsletters or read our blog, you helped us on our way to success, and we want to thank you for your contribution! That’s why we want to invite you to our Five Year Anniversary Extravaganza, where we’ll kick back and relax with good food and drinks.

If you’ve ever wanted to try something delicious from Bowery Bagels, Pacific Pie Company, Seres Organic Chinese, Brunch Box, Thai Peacok or Theo’s Restaurant, this is your chance. These vendors, and many more, will be supplying a wide variety of the tastes of PDX. And of course, we’ll be supplying drinks on the house, so how could you say no?

We’re hoping to see you next week!

Portland Pedal Power 5th Anniversary
738 SE Washington Street
Portland, OR 97214
Wednesday, August 13th, 4:30-7:30 PM

Please RSVP by August 11 to stacy@portlandpedalpower.com if you are planning to join us.

Join Us at 2014 Providence Bridge Pedal!

August 5th, 2014 by Jon

Bridge Pedal ColinEach year on the second Sunday in August, Providence Bridge Pedal closes Portland’s Willamette River bridges to car traffic so they can be fully enjoyed by bike! From Sellwood to St. John’s, and even on the Fremont and Marquam highway bridges, it’s once-a-year opportunity to enjoy the views of Portland and the beautiful surrounding area without worrying about getting sideswiped by a minivan.

This year, the Portland Pedal Power team will be riding Bridge Pedal in full force, with nine riders hitting the Willamette River bridges on our delivery bikes decked out with active advertising for Bowery Bagels, Walz Caps, Point West Credit Union and more! We’re going to be offering all kinds of swag, so when you see our fleet, make sure you take a minute to say hello and we’ll make sure to send you on your way with something awesome.

If you need a quick carb recharge before the ride, we’ve got you covered. Our Bowery Bagels bike is going to be packed full of free bagel samples to fill you up at the starting line for the 6 Bridge Ride. We’ll also have free coffee cards from Bowery, who stock their shelves with some of Portland’s favorite grounds from Stumptown Coffee.

If you’re looking for some swag, ask us about our Walz Caps. We have some awesome caps we are itching to hand out, and you might find yourself with a custom designed PPP hat that can keep your head cool as you sweat on the Burnside.

We’ll also be promoting our partnership with Point West Credit Union and the Community Cycling Center, giving you a perfect opportunity to support the CCC and a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card from Point West! Check our previous blog and the Point West Facebook Page for more details and be sure to snap of a photo of yourself with a PPP rider at the top of the Fremont Bridge. Can you think of a better opportunity to capture the perfect Portland cycling shot? We’ll have the Point West Bikes riding up and down the bridges, and can you think of a better photo opportunity than at the top of the Fremont Bridge?

So make sure you look for us on the bridges at Bridge Pedal – our team of Pyxis-enabled cargo bikes should be easy to spot! We’ll be rocking Bridge Pedal with passion, chatting with everyone about Bowery, Walz and Point West, while enjoying rare, bridge-top views of our beautiful city. Get yourself some cool stuff and talk with some cool people! What more could you ask for?

Show Us Your Love for Patagonia, We’ll Make Delivery That Much Easier

August 1st, 2014 by Jon

Have you ordered that hiking gear from Patagonia yet? Well here’s your chance! Portland Pedal Power is still delivering for Patagonia in time for their Summer Sale, which offers discounts of up to 40% on in-store items!

Portland has always loved the outdoors, and we need to be prepared to enjoy it to the fullest.

We want to hear about how much you like Patagonia! Tell us on Facebook, Twitter, and show us on Instagram why you like Patagonia gear! Tag Portland Pedal Power (@pdxpedpow) and Patagonia (@PatagoniaOregon) in your post, and we can offer a free delivery for your next Patagonia Order.

It’s that easy. Tell us why you love Patagonia, we deliver.

As long as Patagonia has your item in-stock, we can get it delivered within 4 hours of your order as long as you make the order within 10AM and 4PM. In addition, we are offering free same day deliveries on orders of $150 or more!

Faster than the USPS. Faster than those brown trucks you sometimes see scooting around the city. Portland Pedal Power will get you that great Patagonia product that you absolutely need in record time.

Five Years: What a Ride.

July 31st, 2014 by Jon

Time certainly flies when you’re having fun, and believe me when I say the last five years have flown by like the wind.

It’s amazing to think that Portland Pedal Power has grown from an idea shared by four like minded individuals into a thriving, recognizable Portland enterprise. Of course, it couldn’t have been done without all of you!

Did you sign up for a corporate account recently? Order a lunch last Wednesday? Take a picture and share it with us? If you so much as signed up for our monthly newsletter, we owe a part of our success to you (yes, you!). And for that, we thank you.

To show our gratitude, we are hosting an extravaganza to celebrate this awesome achievement on August 13th, and you are invited!  From 4:30-7:30 PM, we’re going to be kicking back at PPP Headquarters and celebrating with everyone who made it possible.

Come enjoy some live music, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks! We’ll be offering some spontaneous prize drawings throughout the evening, so be sure to stick around for some swag!

Remember to Save The Date:

Portland Pedal Power 5th Anniversary
738 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97214
Wednesday, August 13th, 4:30-7:30 PM

Please RSVP by August 11 to stacy@portlandpedalpower.com if you are planning to join us.

Looking to Revitalize Your Lunch? We Can Help.

July 29th, 2014 by Jon

There’s nothing like a good lunch break. Whether you get to sit in your favorite park, the office break room, or that quiet corner of the stairwell you discovered last week, it’s a chance to decompress from a long morning and enjoy some “you” time.

You get to focus on yourself for a while, treating yourself to some funny cat videos on Youtube, catch up on the latest news to pass through the office and, of course, enjoy that meal you’ve been looking forward to ever since you heard Pete in accounting talking about that Perfect Pizza he’s planning on having.

Portland Pedal Power knows the power a good lunch can have, turning even the most turgid mornings into a productive afternoon. We want to make sure your lunch is hitting its high marks, so we’ve got a great menu that will make your mouth water. Check out some of the lunches we can drop off at the office today, and help you enjoy your lunch hour to its fullest:

KOI Fusion serves an innovative & funky fusion of Mexican and Korean street snacks — served up with a twist. Enjoy your meal with Bulgolgi BBQ Beef, Kalbi Short Ribs, or if meat isn’t your style, Spicy Tofu and Kimchi!

Tangier is a warm and welcoming family restaurant conveniently located in downtown Portland, quite close to the waterfront. Tangier has a casually elegant atmosphere, catering to the exquisitely prepared cuisine that will enhance any dining or celebration experience. Check our our blog about Tangier for some more info.

The Dump Truck serves a menu that mixes the traditional with the funky to bring you Portland’s best dumplings. Reid and Julia, owners of The Dump Truck, wanted to bring to Portland the amazing flavors they had experienced at the hands of Mr Ma, a Beijing dumpling master.

Pastini Pastaria offers classic and contemporary Italian dishes, featuring fresh, local ingredients. Gluten Free (spaghetti or penne) and Whole Wheat (penne) pastas are available for most menu items. Check our blog for more details!

Whiffie’s Fried Pies has stormed across the Portland food cart scene introducing  scores of new people to their American style empinadas.  They’ve been featured on Food Network, Travel Channel, Rachel Ray Magazine, Sunset Magazine, and Cooking Light Magazine.

Ready to turn your dream of a good lunch into a reality? Visit our order page and see what strikes your fancy! Shoot us Tweet or Facebook post about what you’re hungry for!

Come Meet the Best Local Credit Union at Sunday Parkways!

July 24th, 2014 by Jon

Bridge Pedal FitzLiving in Portland, we are very lucky to live in a cycling friendly environment. That’s one of the reasons we are very excited when Portland Sunday Parkways comes around!

Portland Pedal Power will be there representing Point West Credit Union with our Point West Bike, so be sure to swing by and say hello! Point West is proud to support Portland’s favorite means of alternative transportation as it recognizes our city’s growing bicycle community. In support, Point West offers bicycle loans with rates as low as 4.49% so you can finance that amazing piece of pedal powered machinery that you’ve been drooling over.

Be sure and take this chance to enter the Pedal Power Photo Contest with our Point West Bike! Come in costume, with props, family members, anything you think will help you stand out from the crowd. We will be happy to strike a pose along with you, getting you maximum votes on the Point West Facebook Page!

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PPP is Delivering For Patagonia!

July 22nd, 2014 by Jon

Being a part of the west coast, especially the Pacific Northwest, requires a kind of zeal not found in the rest of the country. We are never out of sight of an evergreen. You can still find some wilderness outside the city limits. We can see the monolithic Cascades from our backyard. We not only live with rain for nine months of the year, we thrive in it!

As resilient as we are, sometimes we need help to keep us thriving in the moisture. Enter Patagonia, the perfect outfitter for our outdoor needs. Started in 1973, Patagonia offers apparel for whatever it is you may enjoy doing outside. Be it hiking, skiing, rock climbing, surfing, Patagonia can get you the gear you need to fully enjoy your day outdoors.

On top of that, Patagonia takes environmental activism to a whole new level. Patagonia is famous for starting several environmental movements, like 1% For The Planet, The World Trout Initiative, and The Footprint Chronicles. Every year, Patagonia donates either 1% of their total sales or 10% of their total profit, whichever is larger.

Just the kind of company we like here at Portland Pedal Power! We are happy to announce that we are now delivering for Patagonia starting this Wednesday, just in time for their Summer Sale, which offers discounts of up to 40% on in-store items!

Need those hiking boots you’ve had your eye on? How about that fleece jacket you’ve been thinking about? As long as Patagonia has your item in-stock, we can get it delivered within 4 hours of your order as long as you make the order within 10AM and 4PM, Monday through Friday. In addition, we are offering free same day deliveries on orders of $150 or more!

Faster than the USPS. Faster than those brown trucks you sometimes see scooting around the city. Portland Pedal Power will get you that great Patagonia product that you absolutely need in record time.

Bike MS Willamette Valley is Celebrating its 30th Anniversary!

July 21st, 2014 by Jon

Portland Pedal Power is a proud supporter of Bike MS, a program dedicated to raising money to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. The coming 2014 Bike MS Willamette Valley takes you through an incredible two-day recreational ride for cyclists of all abilities. Feast your eyes on wineries, waterfalls, rolling hills and farmlands.

To make your ride a safe and memorable one, Bike MS is fully supported with SAG vehicles, bike mechanics, and rest stops. After the ride, we invite all of our registered cyclists to celebrate and enjoy great food and festivities at Rider Village.

Bike MS is for every kind of rider: casual, commuter, the “I only ride once a year” and on the rare occasion, bionic. People who work hard, raise families, enjoy good music and watch TV. And surprisingly, very few are big-time cyclists. In fact, most of our riders are pretty casual. Which is perfect, because Bike MS Willamette Valley is a great weekend escape.

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