May 18, 2016
Through most of my 30s and 40s, I (Todd) owned and rode many bikes, up to a dozen any given month. Every morning I would pick a bike like other people pick shoes or a tie. I found that when I rode the same bike every day, it became invisible: I stopped noticing much of what made it great. I loved constantly mixing it up, feeling like I had a “new” bike every few days. Most of what I know about bikes comes from these decades, buying, building, tweaking, maintaining, and of course riding them.
I bought my first folding bike in Spring 2001, a Brompton. I was being sent on business to Manhattan for three weeks, and the idea of no bike for that long was intolerable. Hearing that Bromptons were best, I delib...Continue reading...
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.