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Torch and File

1535 SW 17th Avenue
Portland, OR US

(503) 224-1215
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Torch and File is an offshoot of Strawberry Bicycle founded in 1971 by Andy Newlands and Mark DiNucci with the purpose of constructing road and track racing bicycles. After graduating from Civil Engineering School at the University of Washington in 1970 Andy took a year off to tour and race his bicycle around England. He caught the bicycle framebuilding bug after visiting several English bicycle framebuilding shops including Hetchins in London.
 
Starting from scratch without the bicycle framebuilding suppliers in existence today in the US and around the world was slow, especially without the internet! Andy's friend Gary McKenzie had started McKenzie Tool Grinding Service in Portland, OR and the collaboration between Strawberry and McKenzie began. Tube mitre cutters for bicycle production were the first tools to be produced and then a lug vise, bottom bracket tappers, head tube mills, etc. were added.

Both Strawberry bicycle frame fabrication and Torch and File framebuilding tools and supplies are now located in a 1948 poured concrete warehouse in Goose Hollow, Portland, Oregon USA which Kelley and Andy purchased in 2002. The one man - two dog corporation, Terra Nova Cycles LLC (Newlands in Latin and backwards) produces a very limited number of Strawberry bicycles every year.  Andy is head machinist, brazer and order taker/box packer.  Winnie, our Lab/Newfy mix is Chief Negotiator and Alba, our Spinone Italiano is Minister of Enthusiasm.
 
Today a complete range of Italian tools and framebuilding supplies from the renowned firm, SILVA, are imported and distributed throughout USA. In addition to framebuilding tools, Reynolds tubing, and supplies, T&F distributes Strawberry designed investment cast fork crowns, rear triangle wishbones and other castings from the Taiwanese firm Long Shen. The passion for cycling by the T&F owner, Andy Newlands, ensures quality service and attention to the numerous requests of the most demanding customers. Hope you enjoy browsing. 

Please contact us if you need help or don't like placing orders over the Internet.

Thanks for shopping with us!
                                                                         

                
Yours truly 1965 on Shoreline Highway 1. Photo Taken by Peter Stoel 

         
Shop view of the Torch and File/ Strawberry world headquarters, Portland OR