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Bike shop news: Driver crashes into Cat Six Cycles, Crank Bicycles closing

Ugh. Drivers. (Photo: Cat Six Cycles)


It’s been a rough few days for the Cat Six crew.
(Photo: Cat Six Cycles)

I’ve got two bits of bike shop news to share…

Cat Six suffers damage from reckless driver

Late Monday night our friends at Cat Six Cycles on Northeast 42nd Avenue in the Concordia neighborhood survived a scare. According to shop co-owner Tim Wesolowski, someone driving a car crashed into the front wall of their building. He hasn’t been able to piece together what exactly happened but apparently the person driving the car was, “trying to run a person over with their car.” (I’ve asked the Portland Police for details but have yet to hear back.)

The driver was arrested; but not before doing serious damage to the shop’s front wall and door. And thankfully no one was hurt. Wesolowski says they’re in the process of assessing the damage and getting bids from contractors to fix things up. “In the meantime, we are semi-open for service pickup but not taking in any new work or promising service while we sort through this mess,” he added.

The shop has insurance to cover the cost of damages, but open hours might be spotty the next few weeks. Stay tuned to the shop’s Instagram account for the latest. And if you need something, call first (503-282-1178) to make sure the shop is open and there will be someone to help you. If you want to help the shop rebound from this tough break, join them at the shop on September 21st for a group bike ride to Intergalactic Surly Day!

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Crank takes final turn

A beloved neighborhood bike shop on the Southeast Ankeny bicycle boulevard will close its doors for good at the end of September. We heard from Justin Tutor last week that he’s decided to end his run at Crank Bicycles (2717 SE Ankeny). The shop carried bikes from Public, Felt, Masi, Benno, and Soma as well as a large selection of touring and adventure riding gear.

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Crank opened in 2010 at their original location on SE Ash Street. In 2016 they moved one block north to their Ankeny location and doubled in size.

“It’s time for me to do new things and the shop can’t stay,” Tutor shared with us via email. It was a tough decision for Tutor but he sounded optimistic about “really cool things on the horizon.”

Right now, moving all the shop’s inventory is the top priority. And you know what that means: a big sale. Roll over to wish Tutor and his crew well, thank them for their service, and consider relieving them of their current stock of products. Everything in the shop will have closeout pricing through September 30th. Parts and accessories are 25% off and in-stock bikes are 35% off. “Everything else (bolted down or not) is negotiable.”

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Portland’s bike shop ecosystem is constantly evolving. In the last year or so we’ve seen several shops close including: Velo Cult, Performance (all three locations), and A Better Cycle.

On the other hand, several new shops have taken flight: Golden Pliers, Rock Creek Cyclery (in Hillsboro), and Retrogression.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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