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