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North Portland’s Revolver Bikes has closed its doors for good

Posted on February 19th, 2020 at 8:56 am.

A bike shop no more.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

I never thought I’d write this: Portland has lost another bike business to Arkansas.[Read more…]

Rapha will relocate North American HQ from Portland to Bentonville, Arkansas

Posted on February 11th, 2020 at 2:19 pm.

(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Another piece of Portland’s vaunted local cycling industry is soon to be gone: High-end cycling apparel and lifestyle brand Rapha Racing LLC is moving its North American operations from Portland to Bentonville Arkansas.

According to North America Marketing Director Jake Rosenbloum, the move will be finalized by March 1st. “Portland has been an incredible home for the Rapha brand over the last 10-plus years,” he said in an email today. “Throughout our time here, the Portland-based team have helped to inform and define what Rapha is and means not just to the US, but around the world.”

Rapha made Portland for its U.S. headquarters in February 2008. Back then I asked company co-founder Luke Scheybeler why the London-based apparel brand chose Portland, he said, “Portland is so obviously a center of cycling, there’s an amazing bike culture here and a real appreciation for it. It just feels right.”[Read more…]

Golden Pliers charges into 2020 with new bikes, food and drink upgrades

Posted on February 7th, 2020 at 12:25 pm.

We’ll be seeing more Rivendell builds from Golden Pliers, like this pleasing Hunqapillar.
(Photo: Golden Pliers)

With all the doom-and-gloom news about local retail lately, I’m eager to share good news from the bike shop front.

Golden Pliers on North Skidmore and Interstate has been a bright spot ever since they opened two years ago. For a very small shop where the owners still put in most of the hours, Golden Pliers seems to have found a workable niche.

This week they announced news that will help expand that niche a bit: Golden Pliers is now an authorized Rivendell Bicycle Works (adding to their current offerings from Crust, All-City, Velo Orange, and Surly) dealer. Rivendell is a small but mighty brand from northern California that has retained its culture and values through many changes in the bike industry. Their steel bikes offer ride qualities and designs you can’t find from any other company, are wonderful for unpaved adventures and urban rambling, and they have a devoted Portland fan base. Their previous Portland area dealer, Rivelo, passed along the business when owner John Bennett decided to retire late last year.[Read more…]

Portland company launches ‘Roselandia’ e-bike

Posted on January 31st, 2020 at 2:40 pm.

Behold the Roselandia!
(Photos: Rose City Recumbents)


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Western Bikeworks’ parent company to unveil new retail showroom at warehouse location

Posted on January 15th, 2020 at 10:36 am.

Warehouse retail showroom in 2014.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

When Velotech announced the closure of their 10,000 square foot Western Bikeworks retail store in the Pearl District in September, gears were already turning to expand the company’s showroom at their warehouse location near the Portland Airport.

Tucked into an industrial park just north of Columbia Boulevard at 87th, the warehouse had always had a walk-up counter to represent their three brands – BikeTiresDirect.com, Western Bikeworks, and TriSports.com. For years there wasn’t much of a display and the space served primarily as Velotech’s offices, product warehouse, and bike assembly facility.

On Saturday (1/18) that will officially change as a new retail showroom is unveiled after significant renovations. [Read more…]

Industry Roundup: Ride with GPS mobile upgrade, Ottolock u-lock, Anthm delivery and more

Posted on January 10th, 2020 at 3:53 pm.

While bike shop closures have dominated headlines of late, there are other parts of the local cycling industry that deserve our attention. Below is a roundup of news from Portland-based bike businesses.[Read more…]

Universal Cycles will close Portland retail location and move to Beaverton

Posted on January 6th, 2020 at 8:30 am.

Universal’s Portland warehouse and retail showroom.
(Photos: Universal Cycles)

Another major Portland retail bike shop is leaving town. [Read more…]

Rivelo, Breadwinner Cafe, and Norther Cycles are all closing

Posted on January 2nd, 2020 at 8:06 pm.

Portland’s local bike culture and retail landscape has taken a few more hits. [Read more…]

Oregon bike tax revenue ticks up, but still short of expectations

Posted on December 17th, 2019 at 2:14 pm.

New bikes at Willamette Mountain Mercantile in Oakridge. (Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The latest receipts from Oregon’s bicycle excise tax show that revenue is still lower than lawmakers hoped for.

The $15 tax on new bicycles was one of several taxes passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2017 to raise revenue for transportation projects and programs. It went into effect on January 1st, 2018 and is collected at retail shops at the point of sale. It applies to all bicycles with a value of $200 and over. As part of the law, retailers must file quarterly returns with the Department of Revenue (DOR).

According to DOR, they collected about $500,000 in bike tax revenue during the 2018 calendar year. As of October 2019, they report payments so far this year of about $724,000.

These numbers show an uptick, but the totals fall short of the $1.2 million per year figure lawmakers were given prior to voting on the tax.
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Cyclone Bicycle Supply is leaving Portland

Posted on December 3rd, 2019 at 10:19 am.

Another cycling company has decided to pull up its Portland roots.

Parts and accessories distributor Cyclone Bicycle Supply will close its warehouse in Clackamas and offices in southwest Portland before the end of this year. The company is planning a warehouse liquidation sale December 13th and 14th.

Cyclone launched in Portland in 2003 as a small distributor serving bike dealers in the Pacific Northwest. By 2015 the company had grown to 3,000 dealers nationwide thanks to the rise of online sales and their purchase of an east coast distributor. Around that same time Cyclone doubled its Clackamas warehouse space from 50,000 to 100,000 square feet.
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