WITH FEWER THAN 30 days left to find the perfect trinket to place under the tree or menorah, Portland’s boutique rows are packed with intrepid present-seekers. Nothing will deter these dauntless shoppers from their quest—neither rain nor sleet nor blistered feet. And this is where pedicabs roll in. For years, Portland had only one such service, Portland Rose Pedals Pedicab, owned by Casey Martell. But in May, Jonathan Magnus launched PDX Pedicab. Of course, in a city as cycle-centric as ours, there’s plenty of room for two taxi outfits, but in the spirit of friendly competition we asked Martell and Magnus to tell us what it takes to captain the three-wheeled contraptions. So who’s the baddest biker? Take a look at their answers, and you be the judge.





JONATHAN MAGNUS

Number of pedicabs owned
Six

Hours logged on a pedicab
400

Price per ride
Whatever patrons deem appropriate

Biggest tip
$50

Most passengers at one time
Six first-graders (in one carriage)

Avg. distance ridden in a day
30 to 40 miles

Tires replaced each year (per bike)
About three

Number of traffic tickets
One, for not stopping properly at a stop sign

Celebrity riders
Miss Gay USA, Miss Oregon and the Duck from the University of Oregon. Magnus jokes that the Duck didn’t tip well because he didn’t have deep pockets.



 
















CASEY MARTELL


Number of pedicabs owned
One


Hours logged on a pedicab
3,200


Price per ride
$10 to $20, but it’s negotiable


Biggest tip
$140


Most passengers at one time
A bachelorette party of 13 (in two carriages)


Avg. distance ridden in a day
20 miles


Tires replaced each year (per bike)
At least five


Number of traffic tickets
One, for improper lane use on SE Division St


Celebrity riders
A prince whose bodyguard ran beside the cab during the ride. Martell was also the "getaway cab" for a photographer and his nude models who posed all over the city.