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Backpedal Cycleworks opens in Mt. Scott neighborhood

Posted by on November 18th, 2009 at 8:05 am

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Backpedal Cycleworks now open for biz!
(Photos: Adams Carroll for BikePortland)

Story and photos by BikePortland news intern Adams Carroll

Rick Shaputis, owner of SE Portland’s newest bike shop, Backpedal Cycleworks, knew it was crazy to open a bike store in the middle of a recession. He knew it was even crazier to open up his shop in winter, the traditional slow season for new bike sales. Still, when he found out about a vacancy in the SE Harold storefront which he now occupies, he couldn’t resist.

Shaputis founded Backpedal Cycleworks in his home several years ago, spending most of his time on repairs and vintage bike sales. Now, with his new location in the heart of the Mt. Scott neighborhood, he hopes to shift his focus to commuter bikes and strengthen his ties to the community.

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Rick Shaputis plans to engage
with his community.

In an interview on Monday, Shaputis said he’s expecting a shipment of 2010 transportation bikes from Canadian manufacturers Norco and Brodie to arrive soon. In the meantime, the three-week old shop is stocked with a line of practical ’09 hybrids and all of the accessories and services you would expect from a local bike shop.

Shaputis said he wants to connect with commuters from outer southeast, and that he sees his shop as a great resource for anybody who splits their commute between a bike and TriMet’s new MAX green line. He also plans to encourage bicycle commuting in his neighborhood with a series of maintenance and safety courses at the neighboring Mt. Scott Community Center in the spring.

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Shaputis is a graduate of United Bicycle Institute with 8 years of experience repairing bikes. A Portland native, he said he has watched the city change over the years and thinks the market is ripe for a store catering to the needs of people who use their bikes for transportation. Shaputis hopes to soon have loaner bikes available for anybody who brings their ride in for repairs but needs a bike to get around. In addition to commuter bikes, Backpedal Cycleworks will stock entry-level road and cyclocross bikes.

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In the coming weeks, work crews will install two staple racks for parking in front of the store, but Shaputis said he’d love to see a bicycle corral too. With other popular local establishments nearby like the Arleta Library Bakery Cafe, the Mt. Scott Community Center, and Space Monkey Coffee, a bike corral sounds like a good bet. Rumors of a new brew pub moving in around the corner further illustrate how this neighborhood is growing up, and it’s good to know that a new local bike shop will be a cornerstone of that growth.

Check out Backpedal Cycleworks’ website or give Rick a visit at 7126 SE Harold Street.

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  • unotache November 18, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Welcome to the neighborhood.

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  • jacque November 18, 2009 at 9:14 am

    What a positive story to wake up to.
    Best of luck.. to the owner, the shop, and the neighborhood.

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  • chelsea November 18, 2009 at 9:31 am

    The loaner bikes idea is brilliant! Best of luck.

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  • MeghanH November 18, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Rick’s the best — already bought some supplies for my commuter bike and I plan to use his shop for all my bike-related needs from here on out! So glad to have a bike shop in walking distance of my house…

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  • St0p Cycles November 18, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Stoked to have you in the neighborhood! St0p Cycles will have to partner up with you at some point.

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  • metropoliscycles November 18, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I think winter is the best time to open a bike shop. I can’t imagine starting in May or June and being super busy before the paint is even dry. Anyway, best of luck, Rick. It’s a great business to be in!

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  • Craig Giffen November 18, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Nice to see cool things coming to my neighborhood!. I feel like the most popular girl in school is suddenly talking to me now, and not because she wants test answers either!

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  • lothar November 18, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I happened on this bike shop the week it opened. I live in the neighborhood and I’m excited to now be in between 2 shops. But to put credit where credit is due, I think the renovation of Mt.Scott Community Center is more appropriately the corner stone of positive growth in that area.

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  • RWL1776 November 18, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Adams: nice work and welcome to Bikeportland, and the same to Backpedal, welcome to the SE!

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  • bikieboy November 18, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    great addition to the area!

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  • nealzgirl November 18, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Awesome shop. We’re so proud of you Rick!

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  • Adrian January 22, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Looks like a wonderful shop.

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