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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

General contractor builds business by bike [Bike Portland]


Ready for the job. Without a big truck (he uses a cargo bike and a large trailer), Chris Sanderson is finding a niche with his construction business.
(Photo: Courtesy Chris Sanderson)
Chris Sanderson, the man behind new bike-based business 'Builder by Bike', is a licensed general contractor who wants to show it's possible to be a home remodeler, deck builder, and painter, without owning a big truck.
Builder by Bike - Chris Sanderson-2
"There's a real macho thing in this business with trucks," he said during a brief stop at my office last week, "But I'll see them drive away from the hardware store with 2-3 two-by-fours!"
That size of load is nothing for Sanderson, who has a massive Bikes at Work trailer and a sturdy Yuba Mundo cargo bike in his work fleet. Both set ups can carry up to 400-450 pounds of materials and equipment.

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