You didn’t think Velo Cult would go quietly, did you?
The legendary shop, tavern, and community event space sadly announced the closure of its brick-and-mortar retail operations last month.
If you missed the farewell party and still need one last fix of the bike-loving vibes this place was famous for, there are two events you should put on your calendar right now: A used bike sale this Friday through Sunday and a big bike show on August 18th.
“The OBCA is forever indebted to Sky and the Velo Cult team for what they have brought to the Portland bicycle scene and the bicycle industry as a whole.”
— Dave Levy, OBCA president
The 5,000 square-foot basement at Velo Cult was full of bikes. I’m not sure where they all came from, but I assume it was a mix of repairs with AWOL owners, donations, oddities collected by owner Sky Boyer and other employees and friends, and various other sources. None of that matters now. What does matter is that Mr. Boyer has decided to sell them all.
Starting this Friday (8/10) at 12 noon, all the used bikes will be displayed on the showroom at liquidation sale prices. The sale will last through the weekend until Sunday at 6:00 pm.
And you might have heard that the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association recently pulled the plug on their annual Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show. Combined with the closure of Velo Cult, that news has caused bummer feelings for many local bike enthusiasts — some of whom think it’s a sign of major shifts in what Portland is today, versus what it used to be before the Great Influx of wealth and new residents we’ve had in recent years.
Put those feelings aside for a day and rejoice because the OBCA has decided to host A Framebuilder’s Goodbye to Velo Cult. Custom bike makers know that Velo Cult was a stalwart supporter of their work. The shop created the Velo Cirque bike show, once planned to launch an in-house frame-building studio, and VC even has its own custom bike label.
The OBCA has put together a stellar list of 15 local bike makers who will be ready to share their insights and creations with you on the 18th. Here’s the list:
In a statement about the event, OBCA President David Levy said, “The OBCA is forever indebted to Sky and the Velo Cult team for what they have brought to the Portland bicycle scene and the bicycle industry as a whole.”
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