(Photo: Kiel Johnson)
(Photo: Kiel Johnson)
Downtown St. Johns has been without a bike shop for a few months since Weir's Cyclery moved out of the neighborhood at at the end of last year (they're now located on N Lombard at Portsmouth) That didn't seem right to resident Ben Helgren, so he's decided to take matters into his own hands. Ben plans to open a new bike shop, Block Bikes, on March 9th that he hopes will become the go-to place for bike riders in St. Johns. The new store will open up at the corner of N Burlington and Philadelphia (right off the St. Johns Bridge, map).
Ben, 35, has worked in non-profits for the past nine years (on programs promoting financial literacy and home-buying skills) but he has wanted a job in the bike industry for a while now. He became a certified bicycle mechanic through the United Bicycle Institute last fall and he and his wife planned to move to Billings, Montana where she planned to go to school and Ben planned to work at a bike shop. But plans changed, explained Ben during a phone call this morning.
It sure was nice to see the beaming smile back on Coventry Cycle Works' owner Marilyn Hayward's face this morning. That smile — and the spirit behind it — was a far cry from where she was just six months ago. On August 6th Marilyn was involved in a collision while riding her recumbent that sent her flying twenty feet in the air. Her fall was stopped when her head slammed against a curb.
Marilyn, 63, suffered a traumatic brain injury. She was unconscious for over a day and spent a month in the hospital. Thankfully, her brain injury was not severe and she's made a nearly full recovery. "I was very fortunate," she told me today. "The doctors said if I wasn't wearing my helmet it's for certain I would be dead." (more...)
and president of Bike Gallery, as seen yesterday.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)
Jay Graves announced his retirement as owner and operator of the six-store Bike Gallery chain this morning.
Graves has passed on management duties to longtime Bike Gallery employee Kelly Aicher. Aicher now has an ownership stake in the company and he'll also be the general manager of the six stores. Bike Gallery has been acquired by Mike Olson of San Diego, California-based Trek Bicycle Superstore, which is the number one Trek retailer in America.
This marks the end of an era for bicycling in Portland. (more...)
Division store will be December 4th.
(Photo: Bike Gallery)
With so many bike shops in the Portland region (70 or so at last count), it can be tough keeping track of them all. Lucky for you, I happen to cover this beat full-time and it's sort of my job to know this stuff. On that note, read the updates below for the latest bike shop news I've heard about...
Joe Bike to open second store
Joe Bike, a commuter/utility and cargo bike specialty store, is opening a second location. Joe Bike owner Joe Doebele has outgrown his small, 600 square-foot storefront on SE Hawthorne Blvd (at 39th) that first opened back in late 2008. The new store will be just a 1/2 mile south of the Hawthorne store at 2039 SE 39th (at Lincoln). The original store will remain, but only for repairs, accessories and clothing sales.
The new store is a former corner grocery market. Check out the street view image of the new location below...
Our friends at Sunset Cycles have just announced the closure of their Beaverton store. They plan to consolidate into their Bethany Village location. Full details below...
Portland's Premier West Side Bicycle Shop Consolidates Stores, Renews Focus
November 20, 2012--Beaverton, Oregon--Citing economic concerns and challenging lease terms, Sunset Cycles owner Roger Colwell has announced his intention to close the doors of his Beaverton location.
"A change in ownership of the space we rented left us in a tough spot," said Colwell. "We had to choose between signing a lease that wasn't in our best interests, or consolidating our resources and focusing on our Bethany Village store."
As the premier bicycle store on Portland's West side, Sunset Cycles offers bikes and accessories for every rider, from elite-level racers to weekend neighborhood enthusiasts and their families. Shuttering their Beaverton store, according to Colwell, helps his staff better serve their core customer and attract new business.
"The bottom line is we now will be able to concentrate on doing what we do best…that is, giving all of our customers a better all-around bicycle experience," he said. "I'm as optimistic as ever for the future of the bike business and for Sunset Cycles."
Shoppers looking for a bargain will benefit from the Beaverton store closing, where deep discounts of up to 60% can be found on bikes and accessories until January 31st, 2013.
The small, north Portland neighborhood of Kenton now has a bike shop to call its own. Kenton Cycle Repair has been open for about a month and I finally stopped in to take a peek yesterday.
Located on McClellan Street, right off Kenton's main drag of Denver Ave, the shop is a nuts-and-bolts operation where you'll find friendly service and a limited selection of new parts and accessories. The shop is owned by Starmichael Bowman and Rich Walker, both of whom have strong connections to Portland's non-profit, community bike shop scene. Starmichael is a former volunteer at the Bike Farm and Rich worked at the Community Cycling Center for eight years. (more...)
The Bike Rack, a bike repair shop located in a food cart pod right off the Springwater Corridor path, is up for sale or rent.
The Bike Rack opened in July 2011 when owner Lee Hansen set up shop at "bicycle-centric" Cartlandia, a fledgling food cart pod along SE 82nd Avenue and the Springwater (near SE Harney). Hansen has another full-time job and doesn't have time to run the shop anymore says Cartlandia co-owner Carol Otis. (more...)
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)
In a city with something like 70 bike shops, change is the only constant. With a few noteworthy happenings bouncing around my head recently, I figured it was time to round them all up into one post. If I miss anything, feel free to drop me a line and I'll add it to a future roundup. Here goes...
A small move for Green Garage (now featuring billiards while you wait)
Green Garage (FB) is a small, one-man service shop on N. Interstate at Mississippi (across from Widmer Brewery). The other day I noticed his signs moved one door over so I peeked in to find out what was going on. Owner Bill Fasano says he moved into the space next door to get more room and get better organized (his previous space also got rented out by a medical marijuana business). The space he's in now was a former bar and lounge so it has some interesting qualities. Besides the bar (which comes in handy for after-hours hanging out and events), Green Garage is now the only bike shop in Portland where you can play a few games of pool while your bike gets serviced. (more...)
Another bike-based business has set up shop on the streets of Portland. Rolling Wrench, "Portland's bike shop on wheels," is a mobile bicycle repair business and brainchild of Tim Ennis. Tim is a veteran of several bike shops whose independent streak left him wanting to go out on his own.
"I've worked for various bike shops over the years, and finally got fed up with trying to do something I love on someone else's terms," he told me via email this morning.
Tim opened Rolling Wrench in Boston last May and says it was a huge success. He moved to Portland over the winter (to be closer to family), and hoped to open a similar business in the spring. It took a bit longer than he planned to get things rolling; but he opened for business this week and says things are going great so far. (more...)