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Cartlandia gets Portland’s first bike shop cart

Posted by on July 25th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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‘Cartlandia,’ the food cart pod along the Springwater Corridor Trail that opened in May now boasts Portland’s first-ever bike shop cart.

The Bike Rack is a full-service repair shop in a trailer, and a welcome addition to a cart pod that’s adjacent to a popular bicycling route.

(Photo: Lee Hansen)

Owner Lee Hansen just opened the doors and is already excited about the future. “Our first week has been successful,” he said via email. “We’ve had a steady stream of cyclists with a variety of needs stop by.” Hansen says people are giving him a lot of positive feedback about the shop and the location.

Look for the roof-top sculptures
and you’re almost there.

The Bike Rack offers a full line of accessories and can do everything from small jobs to a major overhaul and wheel-building.

Here’s a ride idea: Bike out to Cartlandia and enjoy food and drinks from one of the seven food carts (Cascade Burger, London Pasty Company, and others) while your bike gets a tune-up! Roger Goldingay, the owner of Cartlandia is also hosting Portland Timbers viewing parties on their covered, outdoor big-screen.

For a limited time, The Bike Rack is even offering a free chain and cable lube job for anyone who rolls in. The Bike Rack is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm. Learn more on their website or Facebook page.

Good luck Lee (and Steve Nelson, the mechanic) and thanks for bringing a bike shop to the Springwater!

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  • Scott Mizée July 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    file this under “why hasn’t somebody done this before?” Great idea and I wish them success!

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  • Ted Buehler July 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Looks like a great business idea. I hope it becomes a trend. It’s an easy way to fill in gaps on the “bike shop within a 15 minute walk of anywhere” map.

    Ted Buehler

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  • Ted Buehler July 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Cartopia was in a “bike shop desert.” This “bike cart shop” fits neatly into the void between Backpedal in Woodstock, and Cycle World near the Clackamas Mall.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=bicycle+shop+8200+se+82nd+ave+portland+or&hl=en&ll=45.46308,-122.576094&spn=0.058032,0.104628&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=65.645551,107.138672&fll=45.475841,-122.59223&fspn=0.058019,0.104628&z=14

    Bike shops within walking distance is an important element of a car-free-friendly neighborhood.

    Ted Buehler

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    • q`Tzal July 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm

      So is the “Friendly Bike Guru on a Cart” ™ to wander the hoods bringing cheap fixit advice to the auto enslaved.
      Granted, a toy bike isn’t a good investment but, with some skill and the proper tools, that old Ba`al-Mart beater can ride farely well for a while.

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  • grimm July 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    It would be great if this cart could be hauled out to cross races… Im sure there would be some people who would love a little pre-race tune up.

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  • Chezz July 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Hasn’t there been a bike-shop cart for years around SE Belmont and 9th? And also the guy who fixes bikes on a N Williams corner? This sounds like a good business but hardly “Portland’s first-ever.”

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  • JA July 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Welcome to the neighborhood! As someone who lives close by and is mechanically inept, I’m sure I’ll have plenty of reasons to visit on my way to and from work.

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  • Julien D July 26, 2011 at 8:28 am

    It’s funny; this past weekend I rode the entire length and back of the Springwater Trail as it was something I’d only recently heard of. I had such a fun time doing it that I totally want to do it again this coming weekend. While about midway to the end of the trail; I saw this little bike stand as well as the food carts. Everyone and their mother was on the trail last weekend so I could easily see them raking in the dough! Great idea.!!

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  • Otto July 26, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I think this is great. Hopefully it holds up during the winter, but this is the sort of thing that would encourage me to ride more often during winter. I wish there were places like this on the west side.

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  • Kristen July 26, 2011 at 9:18 am

    That’s so cool!! I’m with Otto, we need something like this out on the west side.

    It would be cool to have a Springwater Corridor out here on the westside, too– the Fanno Creek Trail is a different beast altogether from the Springwater.

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  • Jay July 26, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Speaking of Fanno Creek; I will be attending those meetings starting with the next one from now on– (the one dealing with the dangerous Hall Blvd crossing). I use this daily and would really like to see it improved!

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  • Bikesalot July 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    @Jay When/where are the meetings for Fanno? I do not recall hearing about any.

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