Name & Age: Tony Pereira, 42
Hometown: Simsbury, Connecticut
Current Neighborhood: Arbor Lodge
How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? Bicycle Framebuilder/dad/maker
What do you create? Handcrafted bicycles
How did you land in Portland? I followed my then girlfriend (now wife) who wanted to go to grad school at PSU.
What is the last book you read? The Beach by Alex Garland
Name your favorite tattoo. No tattoos for me.
What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? I’m a huge fan of Portland’s food carts. The last one I visited was Nong’s Khao Man Gai, which is a simple Thai steamed chicken dish. It’s probably my current favorite cart.
Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Willamette Week
What is your favorite bridge and why? I love the Steel bridge for how many modes it accommodates and it’s raw, functional appearance. On the other hand I love the graceful form of the St. John’s bridge. Hard to choose between the two.
Stumptown Coffee or _________? I’m a Stumptown fan, but I love the microroasters in town too. Coava, Ristretto and Heart top my list.
Coast or Mountains? Mountains, for sure. I’m not much of a water person.
Only in Portland moment? This morning I saw a guy transporting his christmas tree on a bike trailer. “Only in Portland” was exactly what I thought.
A favorite local business? Winks Hardware. In this era of big box stores, most small hardware stores have gone out of business. Winks is wonderfully old-school. You go in and take a number, then a very knowledgeable person helps you find exactly what you need. I’m regularly amazed by the depth of their inventory and you can’t beat the exceptional customer service.
Are you a car person or a bike person? I ride a bike for everyday transportation, but I’m a bit of a gearhead and have loved cars since I was a kid.
If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? Easy: Allow mountain biking on the trails in Forest Park. Portland is the only place I’ve ever lived where I couldn’t ride my bike to the trails. Forest Park has some ideal mountain biking terrain, but the people in charge of the park are unwilling to share.
And finally, where can we find you on the web? www.pereiracycles.com