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Getting paid to bike: 'They ride green, they should earn green'

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- He didn't have to look to far for inspiration, the busy Springwater Corridor, with it's trail full of bikers, is right across the street from Gary Courter's auto shop.

Courter started Bike Commuter Ads, a system he says will pay bike riders $100 a month to do what they are already doing. You bring your bike to his shop and a few hours later special signs are mounted over your front tires.

He charges anyone who wants to advertise $150 a month to put their logos on his signs, and the riders get to keep $100 of that. 

"They ride green, they should earn green," said Courter.

You must be at least 18, have a full-time job or be a full-time student, and be willing to ride year-round. 

Courter admits things have gotten off to a slow start so far, he only has nine riders and no advertisers yet. But he says the big advantage to advertisers is they can target specific sections of town by reviewing the routes his riders normally take. 

"You just go in and do a local search, say Southeast Portland, and then those bikers that ride through that area come up. Then punch in their bike number and go into a bio page," Courter said.

Then there's the safety aspect. Courter says the signs are reflective at night, helping riders stand out when biking in the dark.

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Stumptown Startups: Untangle those ear buds

Stumptown Startups: Untangle those ear buds »Play Video
John Friess demonstrates his tangle-free Snap Buds.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Apple is known for its cool designs and easy-to-use products. But some say they haven't been able to perfect one aspect of their technology -- their ear buds.

Stumptown Startups: Finding free birthday fun

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If it's your birthday, you could setup a whole day full of fun, free activities, thanks to a new app called bdayfreeday.

A free drink, a round of mini golf on the house, or how about learning Jiu Jitsu without paying a dime? 

Stumptown Startups: A brotherly business fashions wooden glasses

Stumptown Startups: A brotherly business fashions wooden glasses »Play Video
Josh Cooksey, of McMinnville, Oregon, cuts out a pair of glasses from wood using a scroll saw. He and his 15-year-old brother, Matt, have created their own line of wooden glasses.

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. -- Most kids their age might spend their free time playing video games or hanging out with friends.

Stumptown Startups: 'Power to the people' kind of investing

Stumptown Startups: 'Power to the people' kind of investing »Play Video
Nick Lambert's company, Machine Studios, was one of the first companies featured on Chroma Fund's website.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- They are just starting out. There're only two companies you can invest in so far, but Chroma Fund CEO Marcus Estes says thanks to the booming tech industry in Portland, that number could eventually be in the hundreds.