It was the River City Bicycles vending machine that first caught my eye.
Not the run-of-the-mill inner tube vending machines many of you have already seen (there’s one at Green Zebra Grocery in north Portland) — I’m talking about a real vending machine with lots of selection and cool products: like hats, bottle cages, stylish water bottles, high-quality chain lube, bells, and more.
After seeing the machine in my social media feeds, I had to swing by the new Modera Belmont apartments on Southeast 6th and Belmont to get a closer look.
Assistant Community Manager Daunte Francis welcomed me at the door and humored my strange request to see the machine and snap a few photos.
I had no idea it lived inside a “Bike Lounge.”[Read more…]