Growing demand, sales push bike shop expansions

Posted on August 19th, 2011 at 4:12 pm.

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Sellwood Cycle Repair owner
Erik Tonkin in front of his
new location on SE 13th Ave.
(Photos © J. Maus)

A strong indication of bicycling’s health in Portland is the success and number of local bike shops. In the last year, there seems to be not just more bike shops, but expansions by existing ones too. Below I’ll share a report about two local shops that have experienced growth and have had to relocate to accomodate it.

Sellwood Cycle Repair and North Portland Bike Works might be on opposite sides of town, but they have a lot in common. Both shops have been around for a while (in Portland terms at least) — Sellwood for 15 years and Bike Works for nine. Both shops are independently owned and have built a strong loyal following of customers. True “mom and pop” shops, owners of both stores are still highly involved in daily operations and still turn wrenches and help customers on a daily basis.

Another thing Sellwood and Bike Works have in common: a recent move to a much larger location due to growth that had them bursting at the seams.


Shop launches ‘The Ambassadors’; a team for urban riders

Posted on August 3rd, 2011 at 9:09 am.

Ambassadors logo

Sponsoring race teams and events has been a standard way for bike shops to “support the community” for years. But what about people who don’t race? What about people who just ride in the city to get from A to B?

Yesterday, a shop based in Northwest Portland, 21st Avenue Bicycles, launched The 21 Ambassadors program, “to directly support the urban cyclist.”


Portland bike shop boom continues with openings, expansions

Posted on May 24th, 2011 at 2:34 pm.

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New storefront for Western Bike Works
at NW Lovejoy and 17th.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Even in a down economy, Portland’s bike business boom shows no signs of letting up, especially when it comes to bike shops. Throughout the city — from Northwest to East Portland — shops large and small are expanding or opening their doors for the first time.

On the corner of NW Lovejoy and 17th, Western Bike Works plans to open their gleaming new, 10,000 square foot shop this weekend (ironically, the former tenant was a car dealership). I stopped by yesterday for a chat with co-owner and GM Jay Torborg.


Bike shop’s new ramp helps thwart assault

Posted on May 17th, 2011 at 10:04 am.

Ramp outside River City Bicycles.
(Photo: Dave Guettler)

About a week ago, River City Bicycles built a concrete quarter-pipe in their parking lot outside their store on SE Martin Luther King Blvd just north of the Morrison Bridge. Shop owner Dave Guettler installed the ramp so employees and customers could practice tricks and have a bit of fun.

Guettler had no idea that it might help save a woman’s life.

According to Guettler, the ramp has become an instant hit with local skateboarders. “They were out there last night for several hours trying to nail a trick.” Then, around 6:00 pm (during shop hours), the skateboarders heard a woman screaming inside a car that was parked in the shop’s parking lot.


BicyclingHub.com Grand Opening party this Friday

Posted on April 11th, 2011 at 11:57 am.

Our friends at BicyclingHub.com have moved their retail store and they’re inviting everyone to a big party this Friday to help celebrate. See details below:

BicyclingHub.com’s Grand Opening Celebration of its new Portland retail space in Inner SE Portland on Friday, April 15th is planned with a decidedly bike-themed flavor in mind. With free beer from Hopworks Urban Brewery and delicious treats courtesy of Portland Pedal Power (delivered by bike, of course!), special discounts and one-day sales on cycling apparel and accessories (including locally based manufacturers Castelli, Retro Image Apparel and Showers Pass), and the great Classic Paris Roubaix 2011 race aired on our new showroom floor, it’s going to a be a great way to GEAR UP for Spring.

BicyclingHub.com recently received a Bicycle Friendly Business Award for its efforts to promote and encourage bicycling from the League of American Bicyclists at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. It proudly joins other Oregon-based Bicycle Friendly Businesses, including Bike Gallery, Alta Planning + Design, Community Cycling Center, King Cycle Group, Travel Oregon and The Standard, who are committed to creating a more Bicycle-Friendly America.

With the opening of our new retail space at 642 SE Stark St., located near two main corridors for bicycle commuters in the city’s well-mapped bicycle route network, walk-in business is expected to increase significantly during the 2011 cycling season, as well as online traffic from across the nation.

The Grand Opening Celebration is open to everyone in the larger Portland-area bicycling community and will provide an opportunity for those passionate about making their community a safer and more enjoyable place to ride, work and play to come together and connect. Please join us!

Inside the new River City Bicycles Outlet store

Posted on January 31st, 2011 at 11:23 am.

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Open for business
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New logo and wooden sign.
(Photos © J. Maus)


A sneak peek inside West End Bikes

Posted on January 24th, 2011 at 9:24 am.

West End Bikes co-owner Mark Ontiveros stands outside his shop on SW 11th and Stark.
(Photos © J. Maus)


River City Bicycles to open outlet store

Posted on January 18th, 2011 at 2:56 pm.

This corner building at SE 6th and Belmont
will soon be the River City Bicycles Outlet store.

River City Bicycles has purchased a new, 5,000 square foot building that will soon become a new outlet store selling discounted bikes and clothing just a few blocks from their existing location. The River City Bicycles Outlet is set to open for business in the next few weeks at 534 SE Belmont (the southwest corner of 6th and Belmont).


Beaverton Bike Gallery to hold special “Women’s Night” event

Posted on January 7th, 2011 at 1:57 pm.

The Beaverton Bike Gallery is hosting a big Women’s Night event this coming Tuesday (1/11). On their website, the shop says the event is, “The perfect opportunity to talk with knowledgeable staff, industry reps, and other female cyclists about women’s clothing and bikes, family riding, and more.”

I was curious about the event, so Beaverton store staffer Lana Pressey answered a few questions for us. Read her replies below:


West End Bikes to open doors for First Thursday

Posted on January 5th, 2011 at 10:05 am.

A shot of West End Bikes last night.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Portlanders will get a sneak peek at a major new bike shop in downtown Portland this Thursday. West End Bikes (which we reported on in more detail back in October) at the corner of 11th and Stark will host a party in their shop as part of First Thursday.

According to shop co-owner Mark Ontiveros, they’ll host the unveiling of the 2010 Bike Photo Contest winners. The photo contest is sponsored by Pro Photo Supply and Canon and is managed by Bicycling Northwest. The event will feature a slideshow of the photos submitted to the contest and an award presentation for the lucky winners. There will also be drinks and snacks.