A Wooden Bike for a Wooden Building


November 29, 2016

Portland has been undergoing a revolution in the years since Renovo was founded, and our inner Eastside neighborhood has been a particular focus for change. In 2015, local developer Killian Pacific began construction on a new building a few blocks from Renovo.  The LEED-certified six-story building took shape from a slightly unusual material- wood. 

Mass-timber construction is a growing trend, and the main tenant is also representative of a growing trend. Simple Bank is a Portland-based online-only bank which has recently experienced huge growth, and needed a better home. 

So where does Renovo fit in? As a sort of housewarming gift in this case. Killian Pacific commissioned this Renovo bike for Simple Bank as a reminder of the power of modern technology combined with traditional products. Kind of like a bank built solely on a great user interface, or a six-story building made from one of humanity's oldest building materials. So we made a bike that's "Simple" to use, but packed with technology.

We put together a modern city bike based on our original Elwood all-rounder. It features a hollow wooden frame equipped with an internal hub belt-driven drivetrain, hydraulic brakes, dynamo powered LED lighting and of course, a rack and fenders. We hope it inspires Simple Bank employees to appreciate their surroundings and maybe even to ride their bikes more often. 

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