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Bike Business Briefs

Posted by on August 17th, 2010 at 10:51 am

Portland’s crop of bike businesses continues to flourish. Below are a few business updates that have come across my desk in recent weeks.

Pedal Bike Tours (133 SW 3rd Ave)

Pedal Bike Tours continues to grow as they approach two successful years in business. Owner Todd Roll used to share a space in his brother Nathan’s bike shop (Metropolis Cycle Repair) on N. Williams, but Todd recently completed a big move to 133 SW 2nd Avenue. The new location is just blocks away from Waterfront Park in the heart of downtown. Roll has been so busy he just had to buy 10 more bikes for his fleet, which brings his total up to 55.

Rad Finishes (8206 N. Fessenden)

Rad Finishes is a bicycle painting and restoration shop located in St. Johns. Owner Gene Powell got his start as a teenager working at Cycle Craft, a shop his dad owned in downtown Portland. Powell went on to get a degree in auto body and refinishing and also attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Rad Finishes is open by appointment only. Email radfinishes[at]me[dot]com or call (971) 219-5307 to get your project started.

C-Velo Performance – Fitness Cycling Studio (2726 SW 28th Ct.)

C-Velo Performance is a small training studio that just opened up in the West Hills. Owner Rick Cady is an exercise physiologist, certified Cycleops Power Instructor, and Level 3 USA Cycling coach. Cady says he’s using technology previously only available to elite cyclists in an effort to “bring a scientific approach to training in an indoor environment.” His approach is to take the guess-work out of your training. While he’s serious about science, Cady says the studio sessions — complete with state of the art sound system and a projection screen that adds a virtual reality element — are fun and high-energy. Check out for more info.

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Bike Commuter of Sellwood is moving into a larger shop on the corner of it’s current location. The corner is at a major bike artery along the Springwater trail. Congrats and good luck to Dave on the move!