Portland’s latest biking surge seems real, local bike shops say

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Commuter-related sales are generally up across the city.
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After a few uneasy years for many local bike shops, the people whose businesses are built around Portland’s core of daily bike commuters say they’re feeling the boom.

One week after a new Census estimate that Portland added 5,000 net new bike commuters in 2014 to reach a total of 23,000 citywide, we called a few of the city’s biggest bike sellers to see if that seemed right.

Yep. And what’s more, they said the boom got bigger in 2015.

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Final days in business for The Missing Link bike shop

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PLEASE NOTE: The Missing Link was bought by a new owner and the shop is open and going strong! Same location at 7215 NE Sandy. Check them out at MissingLinkPDX.com.

Final days at The Missing Link bike shop-22

Shop owner Joe Rettke behind the counter.
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The Missing Link bike shop on NE Sandy and 72nd will close at the end of this month. After nine years owning a shop (4 1/2 at this location), owner Joe Rettke is ready to move on.

Rettke had hoped to sell the business and keep a bike shop in the Roseway neighborhood, but he says potential buyers had a hard time lining up funding. “We tried to sell it,” Rettke shared with me during a visit to his shop on Friday, “It would have been great to keep it going… But the banks won’t loan anything.”

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