Archive for July 2009

Showers Pass Photo Contest

July 29, 2009


 Showers Pass is currently accepting photos of you and your SP gear for publishing in our 2010 catalog and website.   We are looking for photos in all weather conditions that represent how you use the product.

Women's Elite 2.0 Jacket

Women's Elite 2.0 Jacket









Please include a brief description of how you ride: recreational, commuter, road,  mountain, etc. and any other comments on the gear.
Winners will receive 30% off your next purchase from Showers Pass, 5 copies of the catalog (featuring your photo) and infinite bragging rights.

To enter, email your photos and contact information to:    
before August 6th 2009   


Cycling Rx: healthier people, healthier planet

July 17, 2009


Here in Portland we have the luxury of living in one of the most bike friendly cities in America.  With 8-12% of all commuters riding bikes daily it’s hard to ignore the fact that cycling is becoming a more acceptable, safe and accessible form of transportation.  I am fairly new to the cycling community.   In fact I’ve only been riding a bike regularly for a little over a year now.  I’m a native Portlander and partly due to our already fabulous transportation system I never got around to getting my driver’s license (I’m 25 – yeah it’s crazy).   So last Spring it made perfect sense to me to take the bike commute challenge ( as a way to gain confidence on my bike, get to work faster and get a little exercise in the mix.  I grew to love my 9 mile commute each day and managed to ride to work almost every day for 2 months.   I got the job at Showers Pass last November and have been commuting 11 miles daily through the rain, wind, and 30-90 degree temperatures.  It’s been amazing. 

I talk to customers from around the country every day who are minority cyclists (my definition: cyclist that are biking in areas where biking is considered a recreational activity, not an widely acceptable mode of transportation).  They are the few that bike all through the rainy wet season and need the gear we offer to protect them from the elements.  Unfortunately since Portland is atop the list of bike friendly cities most people I talk to do not enjoy the benefits of city bike paths, bike boulevards and the hundreds if not thousands of bike related events Portland offers. 

With the economic crisis and an increasingly unhealthy American lifestyle the policy makers are starting to take notice of the benefits of cycling as a way to reduce carbon emissions and increase health benefits for the cyclist and the environment.   Neal Peirce details how Portland reaps the benefits of investing in bike infrastructure in his article ‘Biking and Walking: Our Secret Weapon?’ published in the Washington Post:

 “It’s time, argues Keith Laughlin, president of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (, for a mega-federal step forward–toward “active transportation.” What would that mean? A quick answer: Walking and biking accepted as legitimate, viable and healthy transportation modes, worthy of priority, not last-and-maybe federal support.

Cities that have already invested seriously in walking and biking access are demonstrating solid results, Laughlin claims. The lead example: Portland, Ore., where $57 million has been spent on in a 300-mile bikeway/pedestrian network since 1991. Portland bicycling has lately increased up to 15-20 percent a year, and another $100 million trail investment is planned. By 2040, Rails to Trails calculates, Portland’s net benefit from better health and reduced fuel savings will be $1.2 billion, representing an eye-catching 8-to-1 return-on-investment ratio.”

Read the full article here:

It would be great to see the Portland Bike Bubble explode and influence transportation development around the country.  Spread your bike love to someone new today!

Sunday Parkways!

July 8, 2009

Sunday Parkways 09 -93, originally uploaded by

Now that every superhero and their trusty sidekicks are well rested up from North Portland’s Sunday Parkways, get ready for July 19th – Northeast’s very own Sunday Parkways! From 9am to 4pm, 6.6 miles of sweet, sweet streets will be closed to motorized vehicles for your Sunday Parkways pleasure. Throw on a pair of walking shoes, lace up those hot little roller skates, click into some fancy bike pedals, jump on your skateboard deck, hijack the back of an xtracycle, and enjoy what The City of Portland does for our communities! Once again, Thank you Portland!

Product Development

July 1, 2009

Ed and Kevin-ZooBomb Pyle
Ed, in the center, is working “closely” with his pals on some new design ideas for the company. I think we might have to put him on Double Secret Probation if keeps this up.

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