I just got home from vacation (been gone since Saturday) and on my way into town I noticed fresh paint on an old building at the corner of Killingsworth and Vancouver.
Upon further inspection I noticed this sign in the window, “Coming Soon: Cycling Center”
Turns out the owner is Ben Bartlett, a 50 year-old retiree who lives down the street. He decided to open the Cycling Center because he noticed many older riders’ needs weren’t being addressed at existing shops.
He mentioned on the phone that he’ll be selling the Biria brand, a cool line of European city bikes that are known for their low “EZ Boarding” design. He’ll also focus on cargo and utility/commuter bikes since he’s just a block or two away from Portland Community College.
Ben also hopes to sell some electric bikes as well as a few trikes, which are the preferred bike of seniors and others who aren’t comfortable on standard two-wheelers.
Good luck with the renovations Ben and welcome to the neighborhood!