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Three new Portland bike shops so small you might have missed them

Posted on December 18th, 2015 at 3:49 pm.

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Small is the new big when it comes to bike shops in Portland. Over the past few years we’ve seen a clear trend in what type of shops are opening up. They are small and service-oriented, tucked away in places that often only a loyal stable of local customers know about.

In the past few months three new small bike shops have opened up in Portland. Here’s what you need to know about each one of them…

Tuite Bicycle Repair – 2234 N Lombard (Google Map)

Tommy Tuite opened up his shop back in September. With over 10 years of experience at local stalwarts like Veloshop (now Portland Bicycle Studio), Western Bikeworks, and Velotech.com, Tuite offers a little something for everyone. He and his (growing) family live just a few blocks from the store, so it’s truly a neighborhood place where you’re certain to feel welcome. “We aim to add a positive space for the community to discover bicycles for racing, health and transportation,” Tommy said in an email to us a few months back.

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Local shop builds up limited edition ‘Eddy 70’ road bikes valued at $17,500 a piece

Posted on November 6th, 2015 at 1:45 pm.

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Marc Vanselow, Burlingame Bikes co-owner, presents a
new “Eddy 70” to Jim Dillard of Sequim, Washington.
(Photo: Burlingame Bikes)

Road racing legend Eddy “The Cannibal” Merckx turned 70 this year. To mark the occasion he had 70 very special bikes made and offered them to his worldwide fan base at the cool price of $17,500 a piece.

Only 10 “Eddy 70” bikes have been sold in the United States and two of them ended up at Burlingame Bikes in southwest Portland.

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Industry Ticker: Bike N Hike stores up for sale as owner preps to retire

Posted on October 5th, 2015 at 2:47 pm.

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Bike N Hike owner Kevin Chudy
(Photo: Linkedin)

According to a story last week in Bicycle Retailer & Industry Magazine (BRAIN), three bike shops in our region could close if a seller doesn’t step up.

Kevin Chudy, the owner of three Portland-area Bike N Hike stores, plans to retire at the end of this year after 31 years in the business. As part of that transition he’s looking to sell his stories in Milwaukie, Beaverton and Hillsboro.

Chudy, who won an Alice Award from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in 2007, closed his 7,500 square-foot Portland location back in July 2014 because of declining sales.

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Portland’s latest biking surge seems real, local bike shops say

Posted on September 25th, 2015 at 4:41 pm.

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Commuter-related sales are generally up across the city.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

After a few uneasy years for many local bike shops, the people whose businesses are built around Portland’s core of daily bike commuters say they’re feeling the boom.

One week after a new Census estimate that Portland added 5,000 net new bike commuters in 2014 to reach a total of 23,000 citywide, we called a few of the city’s biggest bike sellers to see if that seemed right.

Yep. And what’s more, they said the boom got bigger in 2015.

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The four roles of bike shops: new PSU thesis breaks it down

Posted on August 21st, 2015 at 11:29 am.

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Brandon Fite at the Outer Rim bike shop in Gateway.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Bike shops matter. And like so many brick-and-mortar retailers across this country, many American bike shops have been failing.

How scared should we be about this? And if we’re scared, what’s to be done?

A newly minted Portland State University graduate and employee of the (perfectly healthy) Northwest Portland institution 21st Avenue Cycles is advancing that conversation with a senior thesis he published this year. In it, he proposes a typology (“four types of local bike shops”) and interviews five Portland bike shop professionals about the roles bike shops play and how they interact with a bike-friendly city.

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Industry Ticker: Western Bikeworks opens new 8,500 square foot store in Tigard

Posted on June 10th, 2015 at 10:30 am.

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Western Bikeworks’ gleaming new store in Tigard aims to boost the area’s bike culture.
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Portland-based bike retailer Western Bikeworks (part of the Velotech stable of brands) has opened a large new store in Tigard at 7295 SW Dartmouth Street. This comes just over four years after their first store in the Pearl District opened in 2011.

Scroll down for more about the store via an official statement and several photos of the interior…

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Industry Ticker: Burlingame Bikes expands in southwest Portland

Posted on May 26th, 2015 at 2:26 pm.

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A good sign.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In a great sign that bicycling is growing and healthy in southwest Portland (despite the area’s challenges), Burlingame Bikes has completed an expansion.

It’s just the second anniversary of the shop that was opened by father-son duo Glenn and Marc Vanselow back in May 2013.

“We appreciate our neighborhood and the Portland cycling community,” Marc shared with us in an email last week, “They have driven this expansion.”

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First look at Rivelo, Portland’s new independent Rivendell dealer (and record store)

Posted on May 26th, 2015 at 12:16 pm.

Rivendell Bicycle Works now has a home in Portland. Rivelo is a new bike shop in inner southeast that’s set to fully open next month as a dealer of the famous brand’s bikes, bags, apparel and other accessories.

Long-time BikePortland friend and reader (and big Rivendell fan) Beth Hamon rolled by the shop yesterday and shared a few photos…

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All photos by Beth Hamon/bikelovejones

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Let’s thank River City Bicycles for 20 years of service

Posted on March 20th, 2015 at 12:14 pm.

River City 20th Anniversary promo video narrated by owner Dave Guettler.

What makes a great bike shop?

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Rare, $20,000 Specialized-McLaren road bike sold at local shop

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 at 1:11 pm.

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The lean and mean S-Works McLaren in southeast Portland last week.
(Photo: River City Bicycles)

It’s not every day that a local shop builds up a $20,000 bike that was made in collaboration with a legendary auto racing company.

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