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Facing financial calamity after fateful collision, Marilyn Hayward forges ahead

Friday, December 13th, 2013
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Coventry Cycle Works owner Marilyn Hayward outside her shop on SE Hawthorne Blvd.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

On August 8th of last year, Marilyn Hayward was riding her bike westbound on North Adair Street in Cornelius (a small town about 20 miles west of downtown Portland). As she approached the intersection of 10th Avenue, she was involved in a collision with Garold Howe, who was driving his car (a Toyota Prius) southbound on 10th. Hayward hit the left front quarter-panel of Howe's car, then according to the police report, "made one or two flips" before landing back on the road.

The impact broke Hayward's collarbone and knocked her unconscious. She was rushed to the intensive care unit at Legacy Emanuel Hospital where she spent 30 days before being released. Hayward racked up $160,000 in medical bills. And to "add insult to injury" as she says, Howe's insurance company sent her a bill for $4,600 to pay for the dent her body made in his car.

Hayward, who turns 65 in January, is the owner of Coventry Cycle Works, a recumbent and specialty bike dealer in southeast Portland. She bought that store in 2009 and then expanded with a second store in Beaverton back in February.

You'd think that a successful business owner who's well known in the community could rebound from an unfortunate situation like this; but there's more to this story than you've heard. Yes, friends and family raised $40,000 for Hayward in a fundraising campaign right after the collision, but it wasn't nearly enough. (more...)

Back from injury, Marilyn Hayward to open new Coventry Cycles in Beaverton

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
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Marilyn Hayward, owner of
Coventry Cycle Works East (and West!).
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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...)

Shop Focus: Recumbents for everyone at Coventry Cycle Works

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
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Coventry Cycle Works is a Portland gem.
(Photos © J. Maus)

With over 25 years of service, Coventry Cycle Works at 2025 SE Hawthorne is one of Portland's oldest bike shops. Last year, Marilyn Hayward took the reins from a retiring Sherman Coventry and has brought a renewed energy to the business. I dropped by a few days ago to meet Marilyn and learn more about this little gem of a bike shop.
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