News: PDW donating 100% of sales to ACLU

Between February 7-14th, Portland Design Works (PDW) will be donating 100% of its sales to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

As PDW states, “The bicycle is a simple tool—a couple of circles and triangles that enable self propulsion. But those of us that ride them know that they’re more powerful than their design suggests. We know that the bicycle can power revolutions—those in our legs, in our hearts and minds and in our communities. We’ve witnessed their positive impact in the past and are hopeful for the change they will bring to our future. Bicycles are machines of freedom.

The American Civil Liberties Union is also a machine of freedom, a non-partisan organization that works to protect and defend the rights and liberties which have been guaranteed to us in our country’s Constitution. In support of the important work the ACLU is doing we’re donating 100% of our sales to the ACLU for the next week—Tuesday, February 7th thru Tuesday, February 14th.”

PDW co-founder Erik Olson says, “Normally our charitable contributions are aimed at efforts to get more people out there riding bikes, but these aren’t normal times. We have to do what we can to ensure, like we recited in grade school, ‘liberty and justice for all.”

What can you do? Just buy something from PDW, and they’ll donate that money to the ACLU. It’s a win-win. Or, you can choose to donate directly to the ACLU Foundation.




Portland Design Works unveils portable pump for fat bikes

If you’ve ever tried to inflate a fat bike tire with a mini pump, you know how awful the experience can be. While there are a few high volume pumps for mountain bikes on the market, there is clearly a demand for something designed for fat bikes that is still portable.


Now Portland Design Works is finalizing its new Fat Stevens pump and hopes to put it into production through a crowdfunding campaign. Essentially a mini floor pump, it has a high volume aluminum barrel that can move a lot of air. The hose and foot peg design means you can place it on the ground and stabilize it, while the oversized nozzle and pommel handle are designed to operate easily with gloved hands. (Note: See the update below.)

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If you order a Fat Stevens pump through the Kickstarter campaign you’ll also get a carrying case made by Blaq Packs in Portland. It will keep the pump secure with additional storage for other tools and is available in camo or blue. You can order one through the campaign for $45 with the bag included. If the campaign is funded, units will ship in October.




We got word today that PDW has modified its design for the pump head based on feedback from fans and Kickstarter backers. First, the pump head will now work with both Presta and Schrader valves and it will use a simple flip lock lever to seal to the valve rather than a thread-on design. PDW cited users’ preference for such a change based on operating the pump with gloved hands.


The brand is also touting the pump’s versatility with any sort of high volume tire, including mountain bikes and the new 29plus and 27plus bikes—basically anything up to 30 psi. According to their tests, the Fat Stevens inflated a Surly Nate tire to 5.5 psi with less than half as many strokes as the competition’s pump.

The crowdfunding campaign for the Fat Stevens pump runs through June 18.



Portland Design Works releases new USB-rechargable lights

This time of year the days are getting shorter quickly, but with the advances in LED lighting and their ever-falling cost, there’s no reason your rides have to end at dusk.

Portland Design Works just launched its latest LED lights, the Lars Rover, in 450 lumen ($85) and 650 lumen ($110) flavors. They’ve got all the features you’d expect, like CREE LEDs, Li-Ion batteries, and an aluminum body.

Where are you riding tonight?

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