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As cargo bike business booms, Splendid Cycles will move to larger space

Monday, December 9th, 2013
Splendid Cycles opening party-13
Splendid Cycles needs more room.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Cargo bike-focused shop Splendid Cycles has just announced they will move locations later this month in order to double in size and keep up with growing demand.

Splendid opened in May 2010 after co-owners Joel and Barb Grover (both former employees of Bike Gallery) were bitten by the cargo bike bug. The small (1,100 square foot) shop at SE 14th and Belmont differentiated itself by focusing solely on the bikes that can carry stuff. Since then, Splendid has become the destination for the popular "Bullitt" cargo bike (imported from Danish company Larry vs Harry). Much of their business comes from assembling and shipping complete bikes throughout the country.

Barb tells us they are now the largest Bullitt dealer in the United States (they handle both wholesale and retail sales of the brand) and one of the largest Xtracycle dealers as well. “California, Florida, Connecticut, and even Alaska are a few of the cities where we have customers,“ says Barb. (more...)

From e-bikes to recumbents, Portland's niche bike shops find success

Monday, July 1st, 2013
Coventry Cycle Works-1
Coventry Cycles has found a comfortable
niche with recumbents.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

With (at least) 69 bike shops in Portland — that's one for every two square miles, in case you're keeping track — we're often asked how they can all survive. The bike shop business isn't easy; but one way to stand out in the crowd and be successful is to find a niche (or create a new one) and then develop it into a healthy market. Several Portland bike shop owners have done precisely that. And they've done it well.

Powered by high-touch marketing and nurtured by Portland's seemingly bottomless love of interesting bikes, a handful of small-scale entrepreneurs have taken big risks on bike shops that fit both their personal passions and market niches that bigger companies either couldn't serve or didn't even know existed.

Here's a quick take on each of three specialized Portland bike shops whose bets are paying off.
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Photos and mini-recap of Splendid Cycles Grand Opening party

Friday, June 11th, 2010
Splendid Cycles opening party-13
Splendid Cycles owner Joel Grover
(bottom left), talks up a Cycle Truck.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Southeast Portlanders and well-wishers from all over town helped welcome a new bike shop to the neighborhood last night. Splendid Cycles, a new shop on SE Belmont at 14th that specializes in cargo bikes, held its opening night bash.

The HUB Beer Bike by Metrofiets was on hand to provide music and cold beer and a crowd that included owner Joel Grover's dad, friends of Joel and his wife Barb, and cargo bike enthusiasts, took a closer look at what Splendid has to offer. (more...)

New shop, 'Splendid Cycles' focuses on cargo bikes

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Spendid Cycles storefront.
(Photo: Splendid Cycles)

In the latest sign that the cargo bike movement is flourishing in Portland, Joel and Barb Grover (both former employees of Bike Gallery) have opened Splendid Cycles on SE 14th and Belmont.

The store specializes in hard-to-find cargo bikes. Currently in the line-up are bikes from Copenhagen-based Larry vs Harry and from local builders Metrofiets and Joseph Ahearne. (more...)

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