Bike shop news roundup: Two moves and a big donation

Familiar sign, new location.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

We’ve got three bits of local bike shop news to share this morning…

New Digs for No Po Bike Works

Stalwart nonprofit neighborhood bike shop North Portland Bike Works has left its longtime home on North Mississippi. The shop had done business on the corner of Shaver in the bustling Mississippi District for many years and decided to pack up and move a bit further north. Their new location is on the corner of North Killingsworth and Borthwick (700 N Killingsworth), right across the street from Portland Community College Cascade campus. The shop’s proximity to the college should be a perfect fit for this utility and family-focused shop.

TriTech Leaves Montavilla

TriTech owner Dylan Carrico-Rogers in front of his shop on Glisan in April 2020.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

According to Montavilla News, TriTech Bikes has completed a move from NE Glisan (near 72nd on the 70s Bikeway) to the Richmond neighborhood. “A relentless series of break-ins, vandalization, and assaults pushed this business out of the neighborhood,” the story says, “Its departure could become the first in a wave of area shops relocating to better parts of Portland or closing down permanently.”

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TriTech has been in business for about three years and is known for their love of the color teal and for top-notch support of everything from city commuters to high-end racing machines.

Here’s a bit more from the Montavilla News story:

TriTech Bikes owner Dylan Carrico-Rogers grew up around NE Glisan and wanted to be part of its revival. His shop, formerly located at 7323 NE Glisan Street, occupied a transitioning section of Glisan across from the Candlelight Restaurant and Lounge. Before the pandemic, despite challenges, the area was on its way to becoming a walkable business corridor.

Within the last 18 months, Carrico-Rogers experience three break-ins, two nearby shootings, property destruction, and biohazardous waste all over the property. After losing $25,000 to theft, TriTech Bikes’ insurance premium increased by 150%, with the insurer threatening to terminate coverage if it happened again.

TriTech’s new location is 2622 SE 25th Avenue, Suite A, which is right next door to Pedal PT, a bike-oriented physical therapy and fitting business.

Trek Portland Boosts NW Trail Alliance Off-Road Endeavors

Juntu Oberg from NWTA and Trek Portland’s Sterling Hill.
(Photo: NWTA)

Trek’s Portland location has gifted nonprofit Northwest Trail Alliance a load of bikes and accessories valued at over $9,000. According to NWTA, Trek Portland has donated eight Trek Marlin 6 bicycles, Rally Wave cell helmets, Bontrager hip packs, multi-tools, pumps, tire levers, and water bottle cages that will go to support the group’s Community Based Mountain Bike Programming.

“This project is very close to my heart. Growing up in a large working-class family in Portland, recreating outdoors wasn’t easily attainable,” said NWTA President Juntu Oberg. “We look forward to working with the community in east Portland and our partners to get this program off the ground.”

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Clem Fandango
Clem Fandango
10 months ago

“biohazardous waste” = needles and human poop. If you don’t want to live like this anymore, end one party government in Oregon.

J_R
J_R
10 months ago
Reply to  Clem Fandango

I will be glad to vote for leaders that have solutions to the problems you cite regardless of party. However, I don’t see the currently out-of-power party offering anything meaningful by way of solutions to anything. The latest email I received from a state representative from southern Oregon was all about fighting the governor’s mask mandates in spite of the COVID cases skyrocketing in his district.

Clem Fandango
Clem Fandango
10 months ago
Reply to  J_R

Well… looks like my response questioning the “science” of mask mandates has been black holed. So I’ll just say this- your argument is classic “whataboutism”. I’d argue that it doesn’t matter what the other party thinks, it only matters that you have to engage with them.

Bikeninja
Bikeninja
10 months ago

I noticed that North Portland Bike Works store on Mississippi was empty, and I am sure glad they just moved a bit further out in the neighborhood. The move of TriTech in to the old video store ( I am guessing) in the Clinton neighborhood is also a good one. I certainly hope things in PDX can stabilise so that the ( high insurance rate) neighborhoods don’t keep creeping further and further in.

Champs
Champs
10 months ago
Reply to  Bikeninja

I live further in. It’s too late for that.

Human waste? Yep. Shootings? Three at the park down the street, along the city’s busiest bikeway, in September alone. I even got them in combination on one of those occasions.

EP
EP
10 months ago

There was some discussion of that Montavilla News article on the neighborhood FB page. It seemed a bit sensationalist in painting TriTech leaving as an indicator of the future direction of the entire street. I think the bigger issues were problems with building security, and the landlord not caring about it or wanting to invest in it. Glisan street is a whole lot nicer now than it was pre road diet, and buildings are being developed and stores are still opening. Obviously the pandemic hasn’t helped anything.

Steve C
Steve C
10 months ago
Reply to  EP

Why no link to the Montavilla News article Bikeportland?

After reading the article, I agree it was a bit doom and gloom. I feel like Glisan has a lot of potential (bike lanes please!)and some great businesses have moved in in the last few years. But most of the sensationalist aspects were attributed to the TriTech owner.

Though there were no direct quotes, I think the article attempted to convey the personal sentiments of the TriTech owner about the location, community and business association, not just his landlord. Anytime a small local business leaves some people worry about why and whether it is a larger trend. I don’t totally agree with the reasoning given for his business struggles at the location. Certainly it is frustrating to not have support or buy-in from your landlord. But I think there may have been other factors at play (a history of high car speeds and near zero bike traffic on Glisan, the failure of a planned 70s bikeway to yet or ever materialize, Covid rules affecting the indoor cycling/gym studio portion of the business, and the decline in Tri events/industry in the last 2 years). But it’s hard to argue that the owner’s perception of the issues weren’t the reason they left.

“Carrico-Rogers felt ignored by a local business association that he saw as focuses on Stark Street. By his assessment, the community is mishandling Portland’s problems and unwilling to voice a collective outcry for help.

He pointed to the community’s excessive empathy for the houseless as contributing to open drug use, public defecation, and increased larceny. He admits he reached a breaking point but cautions the neighborhood that he is not alone.”

Seems rather disparaging to the community to be honest. That he relocated where he did says a lot about the level of “empathy for the houseless” that he expects from his new neighbors.

X
X
10 months ago

“Its departure could become the first in a wave of area shops relocating to better parts of Portland or closing down permanently.”

Oof.

local shredder
local shredder
10 months ago

Just to clear some things n TriTech, Dylan didnt want to leave, The landlord got tired of the break-in’s and pushed Dylan out of the old TriTech shop. The new shop is really nice and seems to be doing good so far.

FDUP
FDUP
10 months ago

TriTech’s new location is in Hosford-Abernathy, and not the Richmond neighborhood, The boundary between the two neighborhoods is SE 29th.

one
10 months ago

I seriously love North Portland Bike Works. AND they are a nonprofit community bike shop. Please consider buying something from this treasured community resource!

Douglas Kelso
Douglas Kelso
10 months ago

I live just a few blocks from TriTech’s Montavilla location, so they were my bike shop for the past couple of years. I was really disappointed to see them go.

JG
JG
10 months ago

Feeling spoiled by the number of quality bike shops in North Portland. How to choose!

Century Rider
Century Rider
10 months ago

Look’n good Sterling. Miss ya!!!

EP
EP
10 months ago

So it turns out the Tri Tech building on Glisan was listed for sale on 10/5. No wonder the owners didn’t want to do anything.

“ County records show this property last sold to its current owners less than a year ago, in November 2020.”
https://montavilla.net/2021/10/05/large-glisan-property-for-sale/