It all started in 2010 in the basement of Alistair Williamson’s Portland home, which as it turns out was almost exactly a year before he knew what he was doing.
Alistair was frustrated that Natalie, Max and Dylan were growing too big to fit on the back of his regular bike. He could get a longtail bike, but they were too big to fit up the stairs to his house. What to do.
Unable to buy a bike to fit his needs Alistair was still determined not to strap the grand-kids in the back of the car for every errand run. At the time it seemed reasonable therefore to just build the bike he needed. With the help of hacksaw, a file and couple of Portland frame builders, two bikes were built and it snowballed from there. In early 2012 Kinn Bikes was formed with the intention of building a small batch of these bikes in Portland.
So that’s what we are doing, and the first 30 bikes will be available in September. Check them out, and we hope you can be part of the rest of the story.
Cheers, The Kinn Crew.
P.S. There a great story on Bike Portland about developing the Kinn bike. It’s worth a read.