Two notable industry announcements were made at the North American Handmade Bicycel Show this past weekend. Bicycle industry veteran Michael Golinski has become a co-owner of Dekerf Cycle Innovations, based in Richmond, British Columbia, and Rapha has moved its US operations to Portland, Oregon.
“Michael will handle all sales and marketing for Dekerf, allowing me to spend more time on the shop floor,” Chris Dekerf said. The Canadian company was founded in 1990, offering the Dekerf brand since 1993.
According to Dekerf, production is nearly split down the middle between titanium and steel.
Golinski has an extensive background in the bicycle industry as former co-owner of Spot Brand Components, as well as having worked at Paul Components, Syncros and Rocky Mountain Bicycles.
Rapha moves US operations to Portland
Iconic UK clothing brand Rapha is setting up its US headquarters in Portland, Oregon, it was announced at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show last weekend.
“The U.S. is massively important to us, and Portland is so obviously a center of cycling,” Rapha co-founder Luke Scheybeler said on bikeportland.org. “There’s an amazing bike culture here and a real appreciation for it. It just feels right.”
Lead by former Nike veteran Slate Olson, the Portland office manage all U.S. operations, including customer service and marketing. Trystan Cobbett opened Rapha’s US office in Los Angeles in late 2006.
Olson told bikeportland.org that the company also considered San Francisco as its US base, but Olson, a former Bay Area resident, convinced them that “there’s no better place for Rapha than in Portland.”