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Velo Cult raises some eyebrows with 24-hour tuneup guarantee

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Many Velo Cult repairs already happen late.
(Photo by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Velo Cult, the two-year-old bike shop, bar and bike-culture hub in Portland’s Hollywood neighborhood, is attracting some attention in the local repair scene for an unusual campaign announced this month: guaranteed walk-in tuneups within 24 hours, all year long.

“If you bring your bike in on any weekday we will have it done and ready to be picked up the next day at the same time,” owner Sky Boyer wrote on the shop’s website Jan. 1.

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Outside Magazine names Velo Cult one of best bike shops in America

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
Not your ordinary bike shop.
(Photo: Jeff Strange)

Sky Boyer’s big bet that Portland’s Hollywood neighborhood could support a 10,000-square-foot headquarters for bike culture is looking smarter every month.

In June, Outside Magazine named the shop Boyer owns, Velo Cult, one of the top 10 bike shops in the country. The joint “stands out as a beacon of cycling culture,” the magazine wrote:

The shop is known just as much as a gathering place as for the product they sell, a reputation they have embraced with a stage for live bands (built from an old drawbridge), a theater space with frequent cycling screenings, the de rigueur coffee roaster, plenty of picnic table seating, and an open invitation for all cyclists to come and hang.

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Velo Cult to launch in-house frame building studio

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Local frame builders Travis Cooper (left) and Joshua Bryant will
share their craft with the public at Velo Cult.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Goldsprints competition series starts at Velo Cult this Friday

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
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Goldsprints at the 2009
Hopworks Biketobeerfest.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Velo Cult Bike Shop (1969 NE 42nd Ave) has announced a weekly goldsprints competition that will start this Friday (2/1). Goldsprints — also known as roller races — are a spectator-friendly competition that pits two riders against each other in an all-out sprint to victory. The competitors pedal bicycles that are attached to a stationary fork up front and the rear wheels turn in a set of rollers in the back. Both bikes are attached to an electronic timing system and their riders’ progress is displayed on a projection screen behind them so fans can see their progress and root them on.

Back in 2009, 42Below, a vodka brand owned by Bacardi, purchased 22 goldsprints set-ups (the bikes, computers, rollers, timing equipment, and so on) with the goal of setting them up at local bars throughout the country. One of the cities they selected was Portland. After there initial promotion of the events, they gave the systems to local bike clubs. We were approached by Bacardi and eventually connected them with Team Beer, a local club that was interested in taking over the goldsprints equipment. (more…)

Recap and photos from inaugural ‘Open Bike Night’ at Velo Cult

Thursday, January 17th, 2013
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The bike vibe is strong at Velo Cult,
which makes it the perfect venue.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last night at Velo Cult something sort of amazing happened. It was the inaugural Open Bike Night, a new event thought up by Sellwood resident Dan Kaufman. While only a handful of people showed up, Kaufman and his CrankMyChain crew put together an entertaining variety show that had a strong thread of bike love woven through it.

Open Bike Night is a play on open mic night, and the idea is the same. VeloCult Bike Shop and Tavern on NE 42nd Ave in Hollywood provides the venue and the stage, and CrankMyChain brings sound equipment and keeps the show lively. There’s time for socializing and sharing propaganda (I grabbed some cool spokecards, got a free Filmed by Bike DVD (thanks Ayleen!), a button, and some other cool stuff), and of course sampling Velo Cult’s fine (and growing) selection of beer and cider.
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‘Hop in the Saddle’ party launches book with a bang

Friday, November 16th, 2012
Hop in the Saddle book launch party-4
Goldsprints were a hit.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Velo Cult bike shop hosted a hoppin’ party last night as a huge crowd turned out to help launch the bike book: Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by Bike.

There was a huge spread of food, the beer was flowing, the goldsprints were a hoot, and all sorts of fun people showed up. It’s exciting how Velo Cult has lived up to their promises of becoming so much more than a bike shop. Sky Boyer and his crew are really committed to the community and the space is much more than just a place to fix and buy bikes (watch for a full Velo Cult profile soon).

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It’s Monday Night Cyclocross at Velo Cult Bike Shop

Monday, October 1st, 2012

If Monday Night Football isn’t your thing, roll over to Velo Cult Bike Shop (1969 NE 42nd Ave) to watch cyclocross films on the big screen. See the info below…

It’s that time of year! Come out and watch Cyclocross films with like minded people every Monday of this month starting TODAY.

October 1 (Today): Transitions 2
October 8 :Cyclofile 1
October 15: Cyclofile 2
October 22: Cyclofile 3
October 29: Anyone have a suggestion for this one??

All films start at 7pm. We have a full beer and wine bar with soda’s. We have chips and candy but no food so feel free to bring food in with you if you like. We have a 100″ screen with full surround sound and seating for about 45.


Sky Boyer
Velo Cult Bike Shop

Community welcomes Velo Cult at grand opening party

Monday, March 26th, 2012
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The Velo Cult grand opening party.

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Velo Cult opening party set for Saturday in Hollywood District

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
The bar at Velo Cult.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Velo Cult Bike Shop will celebrate its grand opening with a party this Saturday. The shop’s owner Sky Boyer and his close-knit crew of employees, have worked tirelessly since January to transform a former antique mall on NE 42nd Avenue in the Hollywood District into what is poised to be one of Portland most engaging and welcoming bike shops.

At a special sneak peek party last Friday, it was clear that my hunches about these guys were right: Velo Cult is not your average bike shop. The first thing you’ll likely notice is that when you walk in the front doors there’s nothing to buy. That’s because Boyer sees his business mission as evenly split between selling bikes/parts and creating community/sharing bike culture.

Instead of racks of clothes and bikes, when you enter Velo Cult you’ll step onto spacious wooden floors and a window-seating area, wooden bar with local beer on tap, and Mexican food to go with it. Near the front window there’s a free photo booth where customers can pose with friends and have the images automatically sent to the shop’s Flickr page. In the service area, there are no walls between employees and customers. In fact, Boyer has set up each workstand with a bench and table for customers to sit at so they can chat with mechanics. (more…)

‘Velo Cult’ bike shop set to open in Hollywood

Friday, January 27th, 2012
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Velo Cult is moving into this
former antique mall on NE
42nd Ave in Hollywood.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortlanD)

Velo Cult Bike Shop is moving into the Hollywood neighborhood. I swung by the space on NE 42nd Avenue yesterday to meet owner Sky Boyer, and Portland, I’m happy to say, we’re in for a big treat.

For a city that prides itself on great bike shops, what Boyer has planned will be something even Portland doesn’t have yet — a shop where the art and culture of bicycling gets just as much priority as the bikes themselves.

Boyer spent eight months looking for just the right building to house his shop. “I’m picky,” he said, and added that, for the type of space he wants to create, “It’s gotta have that feel.”

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