To best prepare their students for the unexpected, the NRA- and DPSST-certified instructors at RazorSix Tactical fuse modern mixed martial arts techniques with operational training based on historical units such as the WWII Office of Strategic Services and the U.S. Navy Seals. Within a controlled environment at either the client’s home or the business’s gym, they create combat scenarios based on actual street fights and demonstrate basic survival techniques. Outside the gym, the staff’s passion is in creating equipment based on its signature design theory.
Run by a team of Portland fanatics and passionate cyclists, Pedal Bike Tours shares their enthusiasm for the city through entertaining and accessible tours. The routes take advantage of Portland’s extensive network of bike lanes to meander through downtown, along the Willamette River, and through lush Forest Park. Each guide’s expertise comes in handy on food tours and microbrewery tours, as riders stop for bites or pints and soak up info about each of their stops. A few tours take riders beyond Rose City limits, and include van trips to explore Oregon’s coast or wine country. Pedal Bike Tours keeps tours as safe and comfortable as possible by providing helmets, locks, and lights, as well as rain jackets and jousting lances if necessary.
When Jimmy DeBatty isn't racing downhill trails or learning new BMX tricks, the bike specialist can be found in the workshop of Fat Tire Farm, keeping his customers’ cycles in shape. Along with the rest of the Fat Tire Farm team, Jimmy has been turning wrenches and testing gears for more than 10 years.
In addition to performing tune-ups, overhauls, and routine bike physicals, the Fat Tire Farm team stocks a range of bikes and necessities from makers including Ibis, Specialized, Giant, Santa Cruz, Dainese, Fox, and Dakine. Though they specialize in mountain bikes, they’re also able to equip riders with gear for cross-country cycling, free riding, urban riding, and downhill racing.
Easily accessible by public transportation and with plentiful parking, Western Bikeworks' new 10,000-square-foot shop stocks an array of velocipede-friendly gear and perks up patrons with cups of coffee from the indoor café. Prospective riders can find a fitting frame for their metal steed or outfit themselves with cruising apparel, and accessories from brands such as Axiom, Cannondale, and Felt. Guard heads and vulnerable cantaloupe passengers with the proper helmet, or upgrade a two-wheeler with Avid disk-brake pads ($18.99). The Blackburn Voyager Mars' high-powered LED lights aid riders who prefer to ride under the cover of darkness ($22.99), and a pair of Ryders jolt sunglasses ($38.99 each) guard peepers from wildly whipping wind and meddling sunshine.