Bike Business Briefs: New locations, expansions, and national accolades

Sugar Wheel Works and Sweetpea
Bicycles will soon share a storefront
on N. Williams.
(Photo: Sweetpea Bicycles)

Portland’s bicycle industrial complex continues to flourish even in these slow economic times. Bike businesses are hiring employees, expanding their reach, moving to new locations, and more.

Scroll down for several bits of news from local bike businesses, all wrapped up into one post for your reading convenience…

Black Star Bags moves to Hawthorne

The new Black Star/Double Darn storefront
on Hawthorne.
(Photo: Black Star Bags)

Dave Stoops’ Black Star Bags has moved from Alberta Street in Northeast to Hawthorne Blvd. Stoops has made quite a name for himself by making bomb-proof, custom, and highly functional messenger bags, hip pouches, backpacks, and more. Previously located at NE 10th and Alberta, Black Star’s new location is 2033 SE Hawthorne. The space is shared with another handmade bike accessory and apparel maker, Double Darn Clothing. Check out the Black Star Bags blog for more.

Veloce Bicycles sold, owner opens Europa Velo

Screen grab of new Europa Velo site.

Veloce Bicycles owner Demetri Macrigeanis has sold his well-known shop on SE Hawthorne Blvd and has opened a new bicycle fitting business called Europa Velo. I heard some rumors about this and then read a story about it in The Oregonian on Tuesday.
Europa Velo is located at 1836 NW Overton and will focus on one-on-one bicycle buying consultations and fittings.

Ruckus Components hires new employee, expands service
Ruckus Components is a thriving business that has carved a strong niche for their expertise in carbon fiber repairs and products. Owner Shawn Small (who’s also our Bike Science columnist), says they’ve expanded their repair services nationally and have a lot of interesting projects in the works (including a bike modified for a Paralympic athlete). Ruckus is also now the official, authorized factory repair center for SCOTT, a major bike brand. nabs “Silver” Bicycle Friendly Business award
Online and bricks-and-mortar bike apparel retailer has earned a Silver designation from the League of American Bicyclists for its bike-friendly business practices. The award was announced at the recent National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. For 2011, says they plan to launch a mini-grant program for community groups that promote bicycling and sponsor a cyclocross team in the coming Cross Crusade series.

Sugar Wheel Works and Sweetpea Bicycles set to open new retail storefront
Custom wheel-builder Sugar Wheel Works (formerly Epic Wheel Works) and local framebuilder Sweetpea Bicycles are joining forces and plan to open a new storefront in the Hub Building at 3808 N. Williams Ave (same building as Tasty N’ Sons, Lincoln, etc…). We’ll have more details on this big move later, but Sweetpea’s Natalie Ramsland tells us she’ll use the space to do personal consultation and bicycle fitting for her customers.

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One Ghost Industries
11 years ago

cool deal on the expansion of these businesses. now I just need to convince Portland to buy our mountain bikes and our St0p Cycles commuting bikes so we can afford to expand!

David Haines
11 years ago

Another upcoming change is Universal Cycles – currently in NW Portland, but headed to the eastside within a few weeks. E Burn at 22nd if I’m not mistaken.

Nick V
Nick V
11 years ago

I was saddened when I learned that Demetri sold Veloce Bicycles. I think it actually happened some time around Christmas. He gave me an awesome deal on a Felt F4 a few years ago and it’s the best bike I’ll ever want. The new owner seems like a nice guy though.

Good luck to both of them!

11 years ago

The Community Cycling Center also just expanded! We added 1250 square feet next to our shop on NE Alberta Street so we can build more bikes for programs. We are developing a workforce/worksite program in our new space to create employment pathways for young people. While we were at it we remodeled our bike shop to make it more welcoming. Come see what our shop staff and a cadre of volunteers did (it took five days).

Or check out this video…

Come by and see the progress!

11 years ago

I don’t think it’s any coincidence that bike stores are doing better. With a large portion of people realizing that 1 – it’s absolutely ludicrous to be paying the fuel prices we do and 2 – bikes are a great method of short range transportation that keeps you healthy and provide great exercise it’s really a no brainer to at least use a bicycle for some methods of transportation. And here’s to more of it! Cheers from Canada.

11 years ago

Wow..weird to see big players moving down to S.E. from North Port-Francisco instead of the other way around. Can it be Hawthorn property is on the cheap now that the gentrification is almost complete in our northern neighborhoods?

11 years ago

As a son of Tasty I was very excited to see that Sugar and Sweetpea are moving into the HUB building.

11 years ago
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11 years ago

Rumor has it that “A Better Cycle” PDX’s most user-friendly worker-owned bike collective (2324 SE Division) might be expanding their space as well. Check their blog

Disclaimer: I’m just a satisfied customer of these hardworking fellows.

11 years ago

River City Bicycles Outlet has been open for just about 2 months now. 534 SE Belmont St. Just 3 blocks from the flagship store at 706 SE MLK Jr Blvd.
14 different brand, so far, under one roof.