Orp News

Orp dating a princess in Thailand?

Our friends at Gadget Bike in Thailand sent us an awesome Orp sighting with the Princess of Thailand. That’s right, Princess Bajrakitiyabha affectionately known as Princess Pa or Princess Patty (for us mono-linguistic Americans) is riding her Canondale with an Orp at the giant Bike For Mom event. We don’t know if they’re dating  or the pair is going by “OrpPa” or really anything – she might even be married in which case I’m sure the two are just friends.  No matter what the real story is, over 146,000 riders across Thailand participated. Below are a couple of photos.
Also, all of us at Orp were saddened to hear about the bombing in Bangkok and our best wishes go out to anyone affected by this tragedy.
Thanks to Art at Gadget Bike for the images!


Orp is in MoMA!

The Museum of Modern Art in NYC,  better known as MoMA , has selected  Orp for inclusion in its store. This is an incredible honor and Orp will do its best to not be too obnoxious while in the store.  That said, if you are visiting MoMA , please make sure to to  try one out in the store. Let that Calder Mobile or Eames Lounge know who’s boss.

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If you  do go to MoMA, you’ll only be able to find Red and Black Orps – like their signature colors.

Orp Attends 20th Annual Bridge Pedal

Yesterday, Orp attended the the 20th annual Portland Bridge Pedal. This events closes down the 11 bridges that cross the Willamette River to cars here in Portland and opens them to only cyclists and walkers. The event draws around 30,000 participants. The weather was perfect in the high 70’s-low 80s. This year, the highlight besides Orp, was Portland’s newest bridge, the Tillicum Crossing (yeah the name blows- one of  of our former colleagues had offered Willam-A-Span  which was much better).

We  had  a gazillion new Orp adoptions. Ok, not really a gazillion, but a whole lot of new Orps went out to riders. Below are some images of the new some of the real event’s Orps , riders and the new bridge. Thanks to  Portland , the sponsors and everyone who attended( did that sound corporate enough?}.

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Popular Mechanics Reruns its Orp Love

Orp HQ just got word that the new, new thing must  be doing reruns on the internet. Just like reruns of your favorite TV show. Who doesn’t love reliving  the Breaking Bad Episode in Season 4 where Walter  blows up Gus?

Popular Mechanics had originally published a story  they called  “10 Ingenious Bike Hacks” (Orp is hardly a hack, but PM is maybe new to the  word and wanted to seem cool) back in 2013 and then they just released the same story a couple of days ago.

Maybe its possible  Orp and its other 9 brethren were part of a golden era of innovation that still glows  bright so  repeating this story is all good.  All of us at Orp are certainly appreciative of the notice. Of course, a new story on Orp with its REMORP buddy would be good as well and it would be, well, new.

In any case, thanks Popular Mechanics!

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Orp gets Schooled by Wonderland

Wonderland is a blog out of the Netherlands that picks out cool stuff from the interwebs and packs it into one convenient place. Orpland.com and Orp got put into the latest issue, #22. Thanks Wonderland!


Orp Makes the Cut at GQ!

Ever influencing proper behavior of it’s male reader population, GQ chose Orp as the proper alert device to have whilst riding one’s bike.  Certainly a gentleman can yell, but the risk of  overly mucussed saliva errantly spewing over ones  attire and spoiling it (especially in the morning phlegm hours) is too high.

Certainly GQ does not need to gush over Orp’s handsomeness as it is clearly apparent in the full page picture. I’m kidding about the full page part. Actually, they were much less “metrosexual” in their article – I added that too.


Orp at STP 2015 / Rhabdo or better, Rhabdon’t

Orp showed up at the finish of the 200 mile Seattle to Portland ride to congratulate riders and provide Orps to the Orpless. Sure, many of you think this ride is all downhill, but as much as it makes perfect sense, I can assure this is not the case. This was a two day event with the hardest core riders doing the 200 miles in one day. Sure, there is an increased chance of Rhabdo*, but one day-ers received a more exclusive medal at the finish and a better shirt.

The event drew 10,000+ riders and  their support staff (families and friends) to take them back to Seattle where they live or  drag them home to Portland or wherever they came from. Seriously, like 30,000 people in a NE Portland Park. One of the highlights was one rider, or maybe it was just a guy in the park, had  a cockatoo that came over to perch on the Orp display bar. Amazingly, he did not poop on our table- nor did the bird.

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*Ok, for those of you that want the scoop on Rhabdo- Rhabdo is short for Rhabdomyolysis and it’s the breakdown of muscle tissue that leads to the release of muscle fiber contents into the blood. These substances are harmful to the kidney (read: frying your kidneys) and will pour blood into your urine.It’s nature’s way of telling you,  you kind of over did it. Below is a bag of bloody urine. You’re welcome.


Hey, I can See your Cloaca!

We just received  a very interesting email from David Glunter from New York City.  David tells us he’s a soon to be 7th grader at the Anderson School. David is likely on the path to medical school and sent us a piece of one of his latest projects, this one on Comparative Anatomy. He wrote saying he was also a big fan of Orp and got his Dad one  for Father’s Day.  What a great kid- but how is he earning Orp money?

Anyway, he  made a clever observation in noting the similarity between a chicken (an Orpington , he points out) and the Orp  Smart Horn. Below is the image he sent me.

I just want to point out he grabbed an old Kickstarter image of Orp, I love chickens as well and I’m older so I liked chickens first. Pretty cool though, he put our logo on the page. Thanks David.


Get Cleaned Orp for June 27th!

The World Naked Bike ride is coming up in less than a week and its time to get your Fluffs and Yambags dealt with so the event goes off smoothly – literally.  Or, who cares? Go natural. In either case, it’s probably a good idea to have your Orp ready for the ride because it is  happening at night and we definitely want to keep the incidents of scrambled eggs and ketchup down. This year the Portland ride will start at Colonel Summers Park in SE Portland at 9pm. Just look for the massive group of naked people with bikes. Be There and Be Bare!

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A bike shop out of Michigan produced  a multi episode mini series about Orp. Directed by The Wonder Years star, Fred Savage, and starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, the story is honest , funny and a bit of a public service announcement.

Ok, I’m fibbing about  the multi episode thing and the A list talent involved, but it’s pretty cool a shop would be so enthusiastic about Orp to make a video. You can see it hear, I mean, here. Thanks guys.

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Brian Walker Lee takes pictures for Orp site!

Super awesome action sports  and lifestyle photographer Brian Walker Lee shot the images on the Orp site. Brian is hilarious and

a great creative director as well. Thanks Brian!


This is Brian  when he was a  college student. He worked on the engineering team that

did that  bike powered plane, the ICARUS that crossed the English Channel several years ago.

Now he raises Bees and harvests  honey that he  mixes  with urethane to make his  own Skateboard wheels. I think

he calls them HoneySlicks.

Chile Con Carnival

Our distributors in Chile, Maria and Andres, brought Orp to the Mountain Bike Fest in Santiago.

Looks like it was a super fun event and they sent us several images.

Here are a couple:


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