November 17, 2015
Brompton folding bikes remain among our most popular products. With soaring sales worldwide, the London manufacturer's iconic bikes virtually never go on sale anywhere, with eBay listings for used Bromptons often selling at or near full retail prices. That's why our annual Black Friday Brompton rental fleet sale has become such a hot date, the only day we see people form a line at our door before we open. It's a very rare time you can get Bromptons for less than full price. In addition to the discounts, the first 17 people through the door to purchase a bike will receive a free gift.
This year's fleet sale is bigger than ever: 14 bikes, many colors, all types, all freshly tuned up. Nearly all are 6-speed with hub dynamo lighting and tough Marathon tires. Hover over images below for details. Prices? We won't tell you until you appear on Friday. We set the price of each bike as we tune it up based on condition: no phone or email quotes, and no remote sales.
In addition to the rental fleet, we're deeply discounting a handful of new bikes — even 2 new Bromptons with modest specs (it seems most people want fully-loaded fancy Bromptons!) — and some city and even cargo bikes (see below).
Updated Saturday, 28 November: the following are still available:
We rent Brompton folding bikes, and sometimes a few other kinds. Bikes come complete with lights, locks, fenders, ample luggage options, etc. Bells are mandatory, no exceptions.
Part of our purpose in offering rentals is to let prospective buyers try our unusual bikes over longer periods. If you buy a bike similar to your rental within a week of return, we refund up to a week's rental fee toward the purchase.
Expert mechanics service what we sell in our four-stand workshop, and also offer general tune-ups, repair, and consultation on all kinds of bicycles.
We specialize in modern internal hub gearing, generator lighting, and modifications for greater comfort and utility.
We are Portland’s first and largest bicycle shop devoted entirely to bicycles as primary transportation, serving urban households like ours seeking to avoid dependence on cars with practical, stylish bikes for everyday use: not just “commuting” bikes, but family transport, cargo, and folding bikes, all equipped for comfort, safety, and reliability. We also sell street clothing and accessories that support a practical biking lifestyle in all seasons.
We are not motivated by the rising costs of motoring, ecological guilt, or a body-sculpting regimen. Bicycling is not a sacrifice or a statement. We ride instead of drive because it is pleasurable and convenient, simply the best way to get around Portland. We do not sell sporting goods or fitness equipment: fitness happens by riding your bike right past the gym in the course of your normal errands.
We opened in June 2007, after our two families became partners to help make Portland an even better place to live and work, slow down in, ride every day. In a town with 70 other bike shops, we expanded our family-friendly shop three times through the recession to 7000 square feet, and in 2012 were named Best Urban Bike Shop in the United States by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.