April 16, 2017
We're excited to bring the new Benno Bikes to Portland. We're stocking the Ballooners, a line of supremely comfortable, practical, extremely handsome bikes at great prices, as well as a new mid-tail cargo bike called the Carry On, with a Bosch-assisted variant called the Boost. These midtails are by far the cleanest design we've seen, stout and purposeful, with an impressive spread of modular accessories out of the gate and in the pipe.
Benno Baenziger is a Berlin-raised, California-made man of Swiss heritage. Benno might not be a household name, unless it's a very bikey household. Then you might know him as the cruiser guy, a moniker he rejects. Benno co-founded the Electra Bicycle Company in 1993, where he essentially resurrected the beach cruiser from nostalgic low expectations into an object of modern desire, drastically lowering weight while incorporating technologies like ... gears.
Benno's single biggest dent in the universe to date, though, has been the Townie. It's been the best selling bike in the US for some time now, responsible for re-introducing more adults to the pleasures of pedaling than any other. Like most disruptive technologies, Townies are polarizing culturally. Too many "avid cyclists" want to protect civilians from Townies, seeing as they make sporty posture and spandex and water bottles and clicky shoes seem superfluous. Or maybe they are gateway drug to recumbents. They're hard to peg.
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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. Schedule online or call for an appointment.
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.