My, how far Tori Bortman has come. Tori, the proprietor of Gracie’s Wrench, is basking in the glow of a full, 2-page spread in the current issue of America’s most widely distributed bike magazine, Bicycling.
Tori (who has shared her expert bike tips with us in the past) started offering private lessons in bike maintenance in her basement way back in January of 2006. Since then she has matured as a businesswomen, refined her brand, and has managed to accomplish her dream job — working full time teaching others how to care for their bicycles. I took one of Tori’s classes back in 2007 and found out she’s not only a great technician, she’s a gifted instructor with a fine bike-side manner as well.
It sure is great to watch someone from Portland’s vibrant crop of bike-related businesses flourish. Congratulations Tori, we wish you continued success!