Entrepreneurship

  • Who says poetry doesn't pay?

    Poetry

    If you write a haiku on a theme of autumnal/wintry Portland bikey love, put it on the social media of your choice tagging us, and then come tell us about it, we will let you take a scratch card giving you 10-40% off everything, capped at $1000 off! Who says poetry doesn't pay? One per customer. In-stock items only. Expires at close of business that day, until 24 December. Non-transferable, not to be combined with other offers or literary forms. NO LIMERICKS! Some inspiration is here on the Cycles of Life blog.

    Rental fleet sale

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    Only once a year, every year, we sell used bikes on Black Friday. Each of our rental bikes have made many dozens of Portland visitors happy in 2014's warmer months. Instead of putting them into hibernation, we tune them up and sell them. Our rental fleet includes Bromptons, very rarely found used in good shape much below retail. For this reason mainly, there's always a line outside our door when we open that day. First come, first serve, in-store sales only. Prices will be set only the day before, and disclosed only in person.

    In addition to Bromptons (M and H type, 6-speed, dynamo lights!), our fleet includes the last beloved Bakfiets.nl Cargobike we may ever sell, as our supply chain pivots to the WorkCycles Kr8 as current best-in-class. There's a Yuba Mundo equipped with Nuvinci hub and dynamo lights, a couple WorkCycles Omas, and several Breezer Uptown 8s at rock-bottom prices, outstanding value for no-nonsense transportation.

    Staff bikes on the block

    In addition to our rental fleet, Clever staff are selling off some of our excess personal bikes. Don't think kickstands and fenders and bells up the wazoo: We weren't always the way we are now, bike-wise. Same loves, different lives! A gallery of most of these bikes is below.

    How about Todd's 1997 Waterford-built Rivendell Road, 57cm with funky-functional parts mix including drillium triple crank? How about a full custom 1999 fillet-brazed Sycip all-rounder with S&S couplings and Schmidt dyno, Campy cranks, Phil and King and Nitto and Paul and eccentric BB and ... currently set up as a flip-flop? 90's Specialized Stumpjumper Comp frameset in Tange Prestige, hot pink and 22"?

    Eva's offering up her Cannondale Synapse Carbon Feminine 5, 54cm, 2009. Fast and light: does not accept kickstand or full fenders, but rides like a thoroughbred out the gate. Just tuned with new cables, housing and bar tape. She's also selling her single speed steel road machine, reliable and fun, suited up with fenders, kickstand, bell, front basket, tasteful pink bling and one gear for extra freedom.

    Dean's polishing up his Surly Karate Monkey Xtracycle kid/cargo machine, purpose built and ready to ride. Spec'd to the gills with dynamo lights, 11-sp Alfine internal gear hub, and kiddo-ready stoker bar. Todd recalls that Dean was carrying his daughter on the back in 2006 when we spotted a For Lease sign in the 900 Hawthorne building. That same daughter later enjoyed a Batavus kid's bike, full-featured Dutch in 20" wheel size: dynamo lights, 3-speed internal, chaincase, rear rack, hand and coaster brakes. Finally there's a Specialized Epic Marathon full suspension mountain bike, so squishy. Please, take me to the mountains!

    Free with gift card purchase

    We've got lots of gift options, but if you can't decide, just purchase a Clever Cycles gift card and we'll give you a free gift to give in addition to the gift card.Check out these packagesgrowler we've put together.

  • Big clearance sale

    It's like a yard sale, only it's 100% new bikes that are starting to feel in the way of other stuff we'd like to stock more of. See something you like? Come on in to the store or give us a call. We want to help you find the best bike to match your needs.

    Surly Straggler

    It's like the beloved Cross Check, except disc brakes, extra tough undercoat, a tiny bit longer wheelbase, and brifters instead of old-school bar-end shifters. Also way cool purple glitter paint. This is the first drop-bar bike we've ever carried whose drop bars and shifters are too expensive to replace right away with swept city bars. Which goes a long way toward explaining why we're clearing them: we are an urban transportation shop, not a sporting goods shop. Of course, anybody who tells you you can't commute on a cyclocross bike, especially an awesome one like this, is totally lying. (The following colors/sizes are in stock: Glitter Dream: 46, 50, 54cm; Black: 58, 62cm) Regularly $1775, now $1525.

    Breezer Greenway

    Quality and performance in an affordable package. Greenways are light, their hydroformed aluminum frames will never rust, and their wide-range gearing mean they are ready for anything. Dynamo lighting, rack and fenders included. (The following sizes/colors are in stock: Satin Blue XL) Regularly $849, now $750.
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  • What's new at Clever Cycles?

    Lots!

    IMG_0255Urban Arrow is here! At this moment we've assembled only two, the Family model, and we're putting them through paces to learn what only riding teaches. First impressions: MEGA FUN, SUPER SEXY, SLICK AND SOLID! The company calls these the first true urban car replacement, and while we think any bike or pair of shoes or maybe even a bus pass can be that for many, if you need to go anyplace in town at a good clip with a passenger or two and stuff, in comfort, safety, and style, this is it: the smart Bosch mid-drive means you can work as little or as much as you want. Look for a more detailed review with video soon, or better yet, come on down with the kids and try it yourself. Guaranteed big smile.

    Loads of Xtracycle Edgerunners in stock. These have been hard for us to keep in stock: a huge hit as a family bike. In addition to the accessibly-priced 24D specification, we have the first 2014 EdgeRunners factory-built with the popular NuVinci N360 continuously variable transmission. Either are well matched to our Stokemonkey electric assist.

    Babboe Curve trike (and City bike): with the beloved Christiania trikes sold out and future supply uncertain, we ordered a trike from Babboe called the Curve. It seats 4! First impressions: heavier, but more stable at speed than Christiania, very solid, handsome, and a good value with smart specification.
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    Simcoe Bikes. simcoe-web-greystsideWe brought these in to complement our popular Linus bikes. Both Simcoe and Linus are clean, stylish revivals of mid-century town bikes at attractive prices. At the moment we have only 2 3-speed step-throughs to check out, but we'll build up the even nicer 7-speeds we received today real soon now. First impressions: a solid step nicer than already-nice Linuses in most ways, but also a bit more expensive. Essentially, both are marvels of cost engineering, and you get what you pay for. If you've evaluated Linus or Public bikes before and thought "almost but not quite!", check out Simcoe.

    Thanks Martina!

    March was Clever Cycles co-founder Martina's last month working in the shop. We wish her success and happiness in her new endeavors, among them Forge Portland and the COG Space.

  • Brooks Saddles: 20% off with 1-year happiness guarantee

    Brooks saddles are 20% off through Sunday, 20 April. Limited to (ample) items in stock. This applies also to the new vegan-flavored Cambium models, made from rubber and cotton instead of leather. If you don't like your purchase for any reason, return it and we'll offer a refund for 30 days, and store credit for a full year!

    Brooks saddles are the only kind we've ever stocked, minus a few trifling exceptions. Their lack of any padding, their vulnerability to rain (except new Cambium sort), and their costs beginning over $100 make our exclusive attachment to them seem odd to some, contrary even. Yet we persist because they really are more comfortable than padded saddles. Counterintuitively or not, when your sit bones press down into padding, the padding presses up into adjacent soft tissue, trapping heat and wreaking all kinds of numbing, chafing havoc. Brooks saddles are comfortable through suspension rather than padding, offering a firm supportive surface that remains cool and lets your clothing slide easily rather than rubbing your skin. They get even more beautiful and comfortable with use, and they're not much harder to care for (or break in) than a pair of leather boots. Since saddle pain is probably the single most common comfort issue in bicycles, we think a Brooks saddle is an eminently worthwhile investment for any daily rider, whether in fact or aspiration.

    Brooks B17 Select after about 6 months' use. Was pink raw leather, now honey, will slowly turn ebony.

    Still, sometimes we doubt ourselves, as when we ran a promotion last year on Brooks saddles, we offered a 1-year return policy on saddles sold during the promotion. We were a little worried that if the sale prices led people to buy with less care and deliberation than appropriate, that we would see a large number of returns months down the road. We sold a lot of saddles that week. We never saw a single return!

    So, effective immediately and indefinitely, we will now offer a 1-year satisfaction policy on all Brooks saddles, offering store credit after our 30-day refund policy runs out. If you're not local to Portland, just use the code "happy" to receive the discount in our Brooks department.

  • Enter Urban Arrow

    Three years ago, at the European bicycle industry trade show Eurobike, a stunning new family cargo bike appeared: Urban Arrow. Six are on their way to us right now. We are taking pre-orders.

    Urban Arrow Photoshoot (en) from epe on Vimeo.

    While we and many others love the supremely relaxed ergonomics and practical feature completeness typical of the Dutch family bikes we introduced to Portland, the fact that Portland isn't even nearly flat like Amsterdam means that their local appeal is skewed toward the very strong. Simply put, upright comfort and hill-climbing cargo capabilities are hard qualities to combine especially when the bikes themselves tend to be very heavy.

    Urban Arrow changes all this. It joins a lightweight frame, a giant passenger compartment, typically Dutch friendly ergonomics, a superior Bosch electric mid-drive with disc brakes, dynamo lighting, and NuVinci N360 continuously variable gearing in an iconic design by Wytze van Mansum.

    We've been trying to get these bikes since 2010. The company has understandably been keen to keep the product close to home in Europe to identify and resolve the first-generation problems typical of any ambitious new product before going big internationally, so we've left many business conversations empty handed. But now, finally, after some substantial specification changes and major awards later, Urban Arrow is coming to Portland!

    Normally we would hesitate to accept pre-orders on not-inexpensive items before we'd received any, but we're making an exception for these elusive, hotly desired bikes. Perhaps you too have been on the hunt for years. It's unclear how quickly we'll be able to receive more after these six are sold.

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