Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on June 1st, 2007 at 4:05 pm
It’s been almost ten months since I first mentioned bakfiets on this site. Back in August, I spotted one on NE Broadway and I was blown away by the simple, elegant utility of it.
That story sparked a lot of interest and it was clear Portland was ready for the Dutch bike revolution. Now I’m happy to report that today is the first day of business for Portland’s very own Dutch city bike and bakfiets dealer; Clever Cycles.
The shop is located just south of Hawthorne Blvd on SE 9th and I stopped in today to check things out.
Co-owners Todd Fahrner and Dean Mullin were inside talking about bikes and giving test rides to customers. From the looks of their faces it’s obvious they’ve put a lot of hard work into making this shop a reality.
They said they wanted to keep today as a “soft opening” so they could work out any kinks and make sure they’ve got everything figured out.
I didn’t have the heart to grill them with questions and do a full interview, so for now, the slide show below will have to do. Check it out to see some of their offerings which include: the brand new “Old Dutch” Batavus; “Oma” and “Opa” city bikes, bakfiets, and folders from Brompton and Bike Friday):
Before I left I gave Todd and Dean a firm handshake to congratulate them on their vision becoming a reality. Way to go guys (and gals, their partners Martina and Rachel are also co-owners). Thank you for bringing the best of Europe to Portland.
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