• Portland Winter Light Festival Illuminated Bike Ride

    Love Letter Bikes
    Break out the battery powered lights, decorate your bike and yourself, and join in for a ride that is truly Portland!

    No tickets needed, show up ready to bike parade in this 2nd annual Illuminated Bike Ride – Friday, February 3rd. This affiliated event put on by Clever Cycles starts at 8pm. We’ll meet at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) campus where the three mile loop will start, and illuminate down the Eastbank Esplanade, across the Hawthorne Bridge, through the downtown waterfront and over Tilikum Crossing, back to OMSI.

    Bring your bicycle head lights, tail lights and your illuminated imagination – add glow sticks, LEDs, Electroluminescent (EL) wire, wheel lights, etc. Come decked out in lights during the darkest part of winter -- and as alwa...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.

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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. Schedule online or call for an appointment.

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.