Gallery: Bike parts maker Chris King a cornerstone of Portland's bike economy

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  • Chris King head sets are the product that launched the company back in 1976.

  • Chris Scuglia works on a Cielo bike frame at Chris King Precision Components. 

  • Much of the polishing work on Chris King frames and components is done by hand. 

  • Bike frames sold through Chris King's Cielo brand account for about 5 percent of revenue.

  • Christopher Igelheart builds a Cielo brand bike frame.

  • Aluminum scrap pucks are collected to be recycled. 

  • About 98 percent of the soy-based oil used in the manufacturing process is squeezed out of the aluminum scrap pucks. 

  • Metal scraps are stored in aluminum drums so that the soy-based oil can leach out. 

  • Having an in-house maintenance shop and crew and using higher-grade, non-petrol-based oil help keep Chris King machines running for 15 to 20 years.

  • Some Chris King employees, including Fred Mitchell, have been with the company through more than 30 years and relocations from Santa Barbara, Redding, Calif., and finally Portland. 

  • Chris King's patented hubs are the bearing systems that bike wheels spin on.

  • The unique manufacturing process Chris King employs for its bearing races couples precision with durability.  

  • Laser etching the Chris King name on components is one of the final steps in the manufacturing process.

  • Chris King components are stored in egg crates before being shipped.