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Bike repair shop at Cartlandia looking for new owner

Posted by on August 30th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

(Photos: Lee Hansen)

The Bike Rack, a bike repair shop located in a food cart pod right off the Springwater Corridor path, is up for sale or rent.

The Bike Rack opened in July 2011 when owner Lee Hansen set up shop at “bicycle-centric” Cartlandia, a fledgling food cart pod along SE 82nd Avenue and the Springwater (near SE Harney). Hansen has another full-time job and doesn’t have time to run the shop anymore says Cartlandia co-owner Carol Otis.

Otis says the shop is in great working order, with employees at the ready and a steady stream of customers. “He is sorry to not be able to keep going.” Otis adds that there’s another building on the property that could be added to the bike shop.

Hansen has listed his 8 x 18 foot trailer and full complement of bike repair tools on Craigslist for $8,000. Here’s the listing:

For Sale or Rent: Bike Repair shop in a CART! The owners of The Bike Rack, are selling their business – a full service Bike repair and sales shop in a 8 x 18 foot trailer. It is currently located at the bicycle centric food cart pod Cartlandia. The Bike Rack has been open for a year and servicing cyclists from alongside the Springwater Corridor bike trail. It is open and operating and is ready to be sold to a new owner or rented to one or two people. All bike repair tools and more are being sold along with the Cart The exterior has been custom painted by Jen Smith with a whimsical mural bike in PortlandIdeally the cart will stay @Cartlandia. Serious inquires to: Roger @503-358-7873

I hope someone snaps it up and keeps this shop going.

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  • Chris A. August 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    With employees “at the ready” you would think he would work out a contract with them to keep it open. Especially with a low sale price like that. I wonder if the space rental cost is a bit excessive?

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  • Kiel Johnson
    Kiel Johnson August 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Hmmm… Maybe it is time for Go By Bike to franchise šŸ™‚

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    • Eric August 31, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      I was thinking the same thing. I totally love the GBB trailer at the Tram.

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  • Ryan Marquardt August 31, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Iā€™m disappointed to hear the news. It would be great if the shop could stay at Cartlandia. The Springwater is a pretty busy commute route and it gets really busy on weekends during nice weather. Seems like someone should be able to make a go of bike parts and repair shop in that location. I would have stopped by more often if they were open during the normal evening commute time.

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  • NF August 31, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I love how Cartlandia has given people a reason to ride the Springwater farther out. When guests would come to portland, we used to just ride to Oaks park, or maybe to the Johnson Creek area. But now, we’ve got a destination ahead with food and beer!

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  • jim August 31, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Do you get a free hot dog with that bike repair?

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