Clevercycles Blog

  • Hot enough? Cool July deals

    Normally we offer interest-free financing for 6 months on any purchase over $1500, and for 12 on $3000. But this month only, we're bringing the threshold down: a full year of no interest for any purchase over $1500. Spread your payments out over a year and get the bike you want now! If you do not pay it down to zero, interest will be assessed from the purchase date at 29.99% APR; frankly, that's pretty steep, so we encourage you to apply for financing only if you are confident you can pay it off in within the promotional period. Learn more or apply online.

    Is that not cool enough? How about, instead, we give you a free $75 or $150 Clever Cycles Gift Card with any purchase over $1500 or $3000, respectively? Redeem on accessories for you or a friend. You must mention this offer at time of purchase, not afterward!

    11143727_10153314275574826_4952932542365466769_n Offers expire July 31st, 2015, valid for in-stock items only, not to be combined with any other discount. Gift cards will be sent by regular mail to the address on record thirty days from the original date of sale. Gift cards can not be redeemed for cash.

  • Very Clever, Douze!

    This week we received 4 new specimens of what we see as a landmark product: Douze cargo bikes. They're from France (say DOOZE!). Dean's been riding our first Douze as his own near daily since Winter. He's in love.

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    Ever since we brought the Bakfiets.nl Cargobike to Portland in 2007, our best and biggest car-replacement family bike offerings have fallen in the category one reviewer called "land yachts." Upright. Plush. Plain-clothes friendly. Overbuilt, like rolling playground structures, often heavy. We still love these kinds of bikes, in part for how they challenge local sensibilities of what makes a bike good. It's not always about low weight and zip and sporty handling, especially when your family is aboard.

    But sometimes those things are important. Say you live in a hilly area, or are accustomed already to top-end sport bikes. Douze cargo bikes look, feel, and ride like modern high-performance recreational bikes, not Dutch utility bikes. Their novel quad-cable steering mechanism DOUZE_Cycles-CABLE_STEERING provides remarkably stable, consistent, precise handling at both low and high speeds: long an elusive goal for designers of bikes in this format. The cable steering also provides a much tighter turning radius than any other bike in its class, exceptionally easy to manage even walking alongside in tight spaces.

    Douze bikes split into 2 parts, front and rear, very easily in under 5 minutes. DOUZE_Cycles_MESSENGER-STANDARD-SPLIT This makes transporting them in other vehicles not so challenging. It also means they ship more economically. But most of all, it means that we can mix and match front and rear ends freely to assemble just the bike you want. Prefer a step-through to a step-over frame? Both are available. There are long, standard, and short front ends, with a growing assortment of child seating and cargo carriage options for all.

    Electric assist? As you wish. Chain or belt drive? Either. Derailleur or internal hub gearing: uh-huh. Hydraulic disk brakes. Dynamo lighting. All these things are standard options available at modest prices, not special projects to be worked out over months in a flurry of quotations for custom work, or orphaning original parts.

    Test rides are convincing, more than thousands of words. Ride on over with the kids or your sweetie or your dog or all three. Prices for fully-equipped Douzes start around $4,000, with premium electric assist models starting around $6,000.

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  • Ride with Ross (Founder & CEO of Xtracycle)

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    Help Ross haul party accoutrements from New Seasons back to Clever Cycles and then celebrate the release of the new Electric Edgerunner.

    Watch Ross shop, ask Ross questions, help Ross pick out beer, wine, food and other refreshments and then load-up the bikes and haul everything back to Clever Cycles on a fleet of demo Electric Edgerunners. We'll be celebrating the release of Xtracycles's latest offering and our partnership over the years that has helped get so many cargo bikes rolling around Portland, Oregon and beyond.

    When: Sunday June 28th 2015 12-5pm

    Where: Clever Cycles SE 9th & Hawthorne

    We'll have a fleet of the new Bosch Edgerunners to test ride

    Free swag from Clever Cycles & Xtracycle

    Bring the kids and decorate your bike with goodies from the Xtracycle Sprinter van

    Snacks & refreshments between 4-5

    Let us know you're coming on the Facebook Event page

  • New Brompton Bicycle configuration tool

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    Your feedback could land you a $500 gift card!

    Our new configuration tool lets you customize a Brompton more powerfully than ever before: electric assist, Rohloff gearing, disc brakes, upgraded lighting, bags, grips and saddles. We need people to test the tool, and make comments on how we can improve it. Submit your configuration along with a helpful comment/feedback and you could win a $500 Clever Cycles gift card! (You don’t have to use it to buy a Brompton). We’ll notify you by email if you are selected as the winner. Click here to check it out!

  • Brompton Bocce & Libations folding bike ride to Filmed by Bike 2015

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    Join us! We'll slowly zigzag our way through quiet SE Portland streets with an eventual pit stop for a game of Bocce and Pimm's. Final destination is the 2015 Filmed by Bike event, hosted by the Hollywood Theater. Brompton folding bikes are encouraged, but we won't hold it against you if your bike doesn't fold.

    Don't own a Brompton? You can now book your rental Brompton online. The first six customers who book online using the code "cheers" get a free Brompton rental for the event. Rental bikes must be returned by noon the next day.

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    Details:
    Ride departs Clever Cycles at 2:30 PM Saturday May 23
    Arrive at Filmed by Bike around 4:00 PM
    Ride is free, but you will need to purchase tickets to Filmed by Bike
    Distance: Approximately 5 miles
    Ride ends at Hollywood Theater, you will be on your own once we arrive at Filmed by Bike
    Don't forget lights for the ride home (our rental Bromptons include dynamo lighting)

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