Inside Portland’s smallest bike shop

Visit to PSU Bike Co-op

The Portland State University Bike Co-op is a tiny, self-service shop located in a parking garage in downtown Portland. It opened up in October 2004 and it serves the estimated 1500-2000 daily bike riders at PSU. I stopped by yesterday to check it out…all 136 square feet of it. Yes, that’s small. In this picture I’m standing on one side of the shop and Ian (the manager) is at the other. Pretty hard to believe you can run a bike shop from a space like this, but Ian pulls it off with flying colors.

Part of his secret is keeping the place impeccably clean. He has also found a space-saving way to display sale items, and he takes full advantage of “the cage,” a fenced-in space adjacent to the shop that stores old bikes, parts, and other projects. Among them is a fledgling fleet of polo bikes Ian hopes to use in an upcoming class, a bunch of bikes recovered from racks that were recently removed, and this dusty pile of abandoned U-locks.

A visit to PSU Bike co-op

The co-op is slated for a big upgrade in about 2 years with the planned construction of a new student recreation center across the street (corner of SW Harrison and 5th). It will get a prime corner location, 10 times more space, and a 1300 square foot, state-of-the-art indoor bike parking facility. Can’t wait to see that.

So if you’re in the neighborhood, pop your head in and say “hi”. In the meantime, check out the rest of my photos.

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Ayleen
16 years ago

Sure Ian pulls it off with flying colors because Ian is a rock star! He has done an amazing job with the shop and it’s really impressive. I’ve talked to a lot of people who have utilized the services of the shop and they are so grateful to have a shop on campus. Way to go, Ian!

Jeff
Jeff
16 years ago

Ian worked with me before he was hired at PSU, to start the Bike Shop. He is a very hard worker and always showed up on time. PSU is very lucky to have Ian guiding PSU’s Bike Shop into the future, for the future.

Jordan
Jordan
16 years ago

That looks pretty cool. It is great to see that PSU has a bike shop. Having a bike shop on campus is a great addition to bicycling at college. I went to Western Washington University where we had a great shop. It was a bike shop and general outdoor store. Check it out at: http://outdoor.as.wwu.edu/

revphil
revphil
16 years ago

aha, but when will the polo bikes see action? could his PSU team be ready for some mini bike winter action in Feb?