• Introducing Circe Cycles: Helios and Morpheus tandems

    New to our showroom floor are two bikes from England's Circe Cycles (SEER-seh), each so versatile we could call them new platforms. Both are tandems that convert to cargo bikes. Both fit an adult as captain, with stoker sizing from childhood through adulthood: forever bikes. Both are very lightweight relative to their capability, fit with top-shelf, adventure-ready components. Ride on over with a friend to test!



    Maybe you've never seen a bike like Morpheus, or maybe you know it's been done before with the Bilenky Viewpoint and the Hase Pino, perhaps others too. The front rider is recumbent, while the rear is traditionally upright. This puts your heads close together for relaxed conversation, and nobody has to stare at the other's butt. A freewheeling mechanism means that while the captain must pedal in synch with the stoker, the stoker may pedal or coast at will. We can't think of a more compelling way for a bike lover to take a less seasoned or fit companion on longer rides, even transcontinental. In the cargo bike configuration, the front seat is replaced by a very large flatbed rack. Relative to other examples of this basic design, Morpheus shines with a more accessible price and the same strong zippy 20" wheels fore and aft.



    Helios almost looks normal, right? Except that super-long rear seatpost can be positioned to fit stokers from somewhere around 4 years old all the way through adulthood. Notice how the rear seat tubes of both Morpheus and Helios hit the down tube a few inches ahead of the bottom bracket? That means that the virtual seat tube angle gets more relaxed as you raise the saddle, lengthening the cockpit in addition to making it taller: one size fits most. In cargo mode, you can carry 2 non-pedaling little people back there. There's a version that breaks down to fit a compact case for travel. But maybe our favorite detail is that Helios accepts Brompton front luggage, fixed unmovingly to the frame rather than fork: smart.

    Our Circe page lists current stock and prices. If you don't see something Circe offers, just ask!

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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.

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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.

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About us

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.