Portland Pedal Power is Looking for Interns!

April 17th, 2014 by Jon

Calling all Portland Area students! Portland Pedal Power is looking for two summertime interns wanting to further their knowledge in the wonderful world of marketing and event planning! We’re looking for hard working individuals who value local, sustainable business practices. Of course, learning is a two way street, and we’re looking forward to finding out what you can teach us during your time here!

The first internship we’re planning is focused on marketing. We would like someone to look at our current marketing plan, help in our use of social media, set some long-term goals, and help us record some relevant data.

The second internship we’re planning is focused on events in the PDX area. We make a lot of appearances around the PDX area, and we’re interested in what else is out there! This project would analyze and record attendance at local Portland events, from the Rose Festival to the Naked Bike Ride.

A willingness to ride a bicycle is always a plus! Both internships will last for the duration of the summer(three to four months) and have a monthly face to face check-in. After the duration of the project, we’ll have a big celebration and the intern can give a presentation on their findings.

As someone who took advantage of this opportunity last year, I highly recommend you consider taking us up on the chance! I learned more during my 3-month internship than I ever did in a classroom, and its a great opportunity to learn from real-world situations.

Feel like learning a bit this summer? Visit the Oregon Entrepreneurial Network website for more information and sign-up for a chance to meet with us! We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Meet Brook, One of the People Behind the Pedals!

April 15th, 2014 by Jon

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about meeting the People Behind the Pedals and wrote a bit about Alex, one of the great minds at Portland Pedal Power. I really enjoyed learning a little bit about our team, so once more I set out to get to know the people powering the pedals and give you, our customers, some insight on who is delivering your vegetarian pizza, organic sushi, or hand made pie.

Say hi to Brook, our dispatching, cycle-riding savant! Brook hails from the far east, from the exotic land of Baltimore. Brooks earliest memories of being on a bike date back to a childhood summer, where he and friends would ride bikes for hours at a time. During one ride, he found himself brutally attacked by a marauding boat trailer, barely getting away with a mauled back tire and a vendetta against any form of marine travel that dare cross his path.

…Ok, I might have used a little artistic license there, but a good story nevertheless. Today, when he’s not delivering from Pacific Pie Company, Brunch Box, or Gonzo Falafel (all of which he admits are some of his favorites) Brook rides a Kona Lanai.

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The ENOkio! Proof that good things DO come in small packages!

April 8th, 2014 by Jon

Size isn’t everything, you know. Sometimes the best things in life come in small boxes. Nowhere is that sentiment expressed better than with the newest model in the Portland Pedal Power cycling fleet, which we have dubbed the ENOkio!

As you may have read in our monthly newsletter, we recently introduced the ENOkio, a smaller, lightweight model of the Pyxis! This new model of enclosed delivery bike was meant to reduce our fabrication costs by switching out our typical aluminum frame with a birch one. The unintended result has been a lighter, nimbler, super practical cycle capable of performing the Kessel Run in less than 12 Parsecs. How’s that for bending space-time? Because you get some great cargo space without sacrificing the freedom of a bicycle, we’re calling it the Pyxis for everyone.

So when did it all start? ENOkio was born in February 15, 2014, and  was our smoothest build to date. Our in-home engineer Alex did a fantastic job with the pre-build phase, and the assembly went off without a single hitch (which might have been a first in our building process). Of course, as we prepare for growth to meet our market expansion goals, our manufacturing process is consistently getting smoother and more efficient.

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We’re Looking for a Surly Big Dummy!

April 1st, 2014 by Jon

Ok, so it’s not quite what the title may sound like, but it’s true! Portland Pedal Power is looking for a proud owner of a Surly Big Dummy cargo bike. We’re looking to finalize the mounting process and hardware to ensure super easy attachment of the Pyxis to the Big Dummy frame.

We would keep you abreast of what we’re doing with your Big Dummy, keep the bike safe and secure, and of course if you need your ride back for a day or two to grab some groceries or help a friend move some boxes across town, we can always accommodate your needs.

We know letting someone borrow your cycle may be a little stressful. If you let us borrow your bike for a couple of weeks, we would be happy to pay back the favor! We can offer you a free lunch delivered to you within our delivery zone each day of the work week, a stylin’ PPP t-shirt, and a family/friend discount for the entire time you let us use your bike.

Do you happen to have a Big Dummy? Interested in taking us up on the offer? Shoot us an email at info@portlandpedalpower.com, or let us know through Facebook and Twitter, and we can give you some more information!

Roasting Only the Best at Trailhead Coffee Roasters!

March 27th, 2014 by Jon

Any coffee consumer knows the caffeinated drink, be it cappuccino, espresso, or your standard cup of joe, is a fickle creation. There are so many ways to brew coffee, and not all strategies are created equal. That’s why we are very excited to announce we now carry Trailhead Coffee!

Trailhead roasts award-winning coffee for grocers, cafes, and restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. Their coffees are roasted to highlight the nuances of their country of origin, all while bringing out the nice caramelization that occurs in a medium-roasted coffee.

To make sure the flavor is just right, Trailhead does extensive taste testing, spends a lot of time with different brewing methods, and drinks a ton of espresso. All of this is in the name of research!

Their dedication to the science of brewing the perfect cup of coffee shows! Trailhead Coffee won “Best Little Bean” with their limited edition Nekisse Ethiopian coffee. Trailhead loves to cup their coffees next to the very best, proving that they can stand toe-to-toe with with any java out there.

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Meet Alex, One of the People Behind the Pedals!

March 25th, 2014 by Jon

Portland Pedal Power is very lucky to have some of the best human resources in residence. Our riders are smart, friendly, and have legs of steel from riding far and wide across Portland. While you may get the chance to see us on the streets from time to time, how often do you get to sit down and get to know your delivery team?

With that in mind, I set out to find out a little bit about the people powering the pedals, to give you, our customers, some insight on who is delivering your vegetarian pizza, organic sushi, or hand made pie.

Meet Alex, a PPP cycling extraordinaire. Alex came up from San Pedro, California, and has lived in the Portland area for a little more than two years.

When he’s not running morning deliveries from Bowery Bagels, Delicious Donuts and Gluten Free Gem, Alex likes to ride his own Motiv bicycle around town. One of his early memories of being on a bike was riding solo next to a stucco wall. His shoelace got stuck on the gear, and Alex got to meet the wall a little bit quicker than he had planned. Maybe not the most graceful start to a life of cycling, but certainly a memorable one.

During his free time, Alex likes to do things that, in hindsight, weren’t good ideas (Lets be honest, who doesn’t?). When pressed for an example, I couldn’t get one out of him, so I moved on to an easier question. Alex’s favorite restaurant in Portland? Nong’s Khao Man Gai, which just happens to be on our order page.

Keeping with PPP tradition, I asked Alex what kind of animal he would be if he had the choice to change his species. To this, he responded “A Cormorant,” a species of bird known for its diving ability. After all, “If you have to downgrade, you might as well have superpowers.” That’s a good answer!

Here’s to you Alex! Thanks for doing what you do at Portland Pedal Power!

Bowery Bagels: Advertising the Right Way

March 20th, 2014 by Jon

There’s something beautiful about symbiotic relationship. Whether it be the honeybee and the flower, the Clownfish and the Sea Anemone, or the Shark and Remora, partnerships between two parties can bring about some wonderful results. At Portland Pedal Power, we are very lucky to have quite a few partnerships that would even make a honeybee jealous.

Take for example our great relationship with Bowery Bagels! Bowery has been serving Portland since March of 2012, with with delicious bagels and schmears for sale at more than 80 retail locations. Once they opened their own storefront, Bowery reached out to PPP to fulfill their delivery needs and, as they say, the rest is history.

Why Bowery Bagels Advertises with PPP! from Portland Pedal Power on Vimeo.

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Bike Share Alternatives: Developing the Future of Cycling

March 18th, 2014 by Jon

A couple weeks ago, we wrote about how New York is taking advantage of the Citi Bike program and replacing yellow taxis with blue bikes. The big apple fell in love with the idea, and now everyone who is anyone seems to ride the two-wheeled advertisements across the city.

For a while, it looked like this same kind of program was headed for Portland, and on paper, that might be a good idea, right? More bikes on the street, frequent stations for said bikes, reasonable rates. And it’s not just New York, there are many cities across the globe who are turning to bike sharing programs. All in all, its appears to be something like a bike version of Zipcar… So where’s the problem?

Unfortunately Bixi, the Montreal-based company who picked up the contract to install the $4 million investment, recently filed for bankruptcy and put to rest any chance of a bike sharing system for Portland in the near future. To keep from placing all of our free-range eggs in one basket, City Hall is putting a hold on its sharing system until another financially stable company gives us a better plan.

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Take a Walk for MS!

March 13th, 2014 by Jon

It never hurts to go for a stroll around the block. Why not take a walk for a good cause? This April, the National MS Society is hosting a walk to raise money and awareness for those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

In case you’re unfamiliar with the walk or the organization, Walk MS connects people living with MS and those who care about them. It is an experience unlike any other – a day to come together, to celebrate the progress we’ve made and to show the power of our connections. When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 7,700 people living with MS in our community. The dollars raised support life-changing programs and cutting-edge research. Every connection counts.

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PPP Now Delivers Masu Sushi!

March 11th, 2014 by Jon

Look out, Sushi lovers! We’re very excited to announce Portland Pedal Power is teaming up with Masu Sushi!

Masu has been serving some of the finest Japanese food in Portland for the last decade. The restaurant is family owned and operated, and found on the second floor of their location on SW 13th Ave in Downtown Portland. Masu offers some fresh, creative specialty items, such as:

The Holladay Roll – Hamachi, green onions, mint, cilantro and serrano pepper wrapped in mamenori served with special dipping sauce topped with peanuts

The Japanista – Spicy crab, spicy tuna and kawaire with seared hamachi,
cilantro and red jalapeno on top served with our hana and 
sweet chili sauce

Death by Sushi – Salmon, unagi, crab, avocado and cream cheese rolled and fried then topped with masago, green onion, fantasy and eel sauce

Of course, those who don’t want to eat seafood need not worry: there are plenty of other dishes available as well! Check out their menu to see what they have to offer.

Masu Sushi isn’t just a restaurant either; they cater! Masu will create a unique platter available for pickup on your way to the party, and if you’re looking for the location for your next celebration, Masu also enjoys hosting events. Their main restaurant can hold up to 175 people (for your friends who invite friends), or you can grab one of their private rooms, seating 22. You can choose a theme, host a DJ, get some live music or even a karaoke bar. What else could you need?

Of course, you don’t need to take our word for it. Masu Sushi currently holds a solid four star rating on Yelp, with nearly 300 reviews.

If you’ve been to Masu Sushi before, swing by our Facebook and Twitter page to let us know what you think of their sushi rolls. And if you’re in the mood for sushi for lunch today, click here to place your order through PPP and one of our friendly delivery riders will bring it to your home or office!