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Bike shop news roundup: Two moves, one stays, Breadwinner’s new cafe, and a heartwarming story

by on April 12th, 2017 at 11:58 am

Kenton Cycle Repair’s new location off Denver Ave.
(Photo: Kenton Cycle Repair)

Lots of news to get to so let’s jump right in shall we?

There’s been a lot of shuffling of bike shops in Portland in the past few years. There are several reasons we see bike shops move or go out of business. There’s always a pendulum swing and shake-out in a city whose enthusiasm for cycling sometimes outpaces its actual support of it. Rent increases are another major culprit. Bike shops aren’t exactly cash cows and most owners operate on very thin margins. Finding the right space with the right size at the right price is not easy — especially in a city where landlords and developers would rather own multi-story residential buildings.

With that, here are the updates we’ve got for you (scroll down to get all the details):

  • Upcycles moves out of Woodlawn
  • Kenton Cycle Repair moves into much larger space
  • Metropolis Cycles changes plans
  • Announcing the Breadwinner Cafe!
  • East Portland shops step up to help

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A trio of treat stops beckon on tomorrow’s commute

by on December 11th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

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Santa Lucia surrounded by admirers.
(Photos © J. Maus)

If you commute by bike from North/Northeast Portland across the Steel Bridge (or if you don’t mind going out of your way for a bit of fun), you’ll be happy to know that tomorrow, there are several places you can stop and partake in the proud Portland tradition of free donuts.[Read more…]

Opening party for new bike shop, tour company on N. Williams

by on December 11th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Just got this notice from the guys at Metropolis Cycles and Pedal Bike Tours (we did a little profile of them when they opened last month):

On Friday, December 12, come help us celebrate the opening of our shop at 2249 N Williams with prizes, food, drinks and lots of bike talk.

Grab a donut on your ride to work at our mobile donut dispenser (a cardboard table loaded with pink boxes) at N Flint and N Page from 7:30-9:00 AM.
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