Powered by leg muscles and fire, the SaunaVelo is the manifestation of many passions for southeast Portland resident Simon Lyle. At its core, the cedar wood structure that sits atop a bicycle trailer is simply a place to warm up. But it’s also a mobile community builder. After all, it’d be difficult to enjoy its warmth — usually done wearing only your skivvies — without getting to know the people huddled next to you.
For Lyle, the 37-year old builder who grew up near the Buckman neighborhood of inner southeast Portland, the SaunaVelo is a fun side-project.
As he began to draw up plans and gather the parts and materials for the subframe, ribbing, and wood stove, Lyle began to realize that a small structure with heat could have other uses.
A product of Portland Public Schools, Lyle got into the building trades and was mentored by local housing developer (and Portland Planning Commissioner) Eli Spevak of Orange Splot LLC. Now co-owner of Born and Raised Construction (along with his brother Rion), Lyle specializes in residential projects, tiny homes and accessory dwelling units (ADUs).
(This about page was taken from BikePortland.org – Johnathan Maus)