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  • 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)

  • 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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  • Winter clearance sale: You Buy MEOW!

    Up to 50% off, 4 days only: Friday 21 February through Monday

    Usually relatively balmy, February has kind of sucked so far business-wise, with a weekend closed due to snow and ice, and the polar vortex chilling the adjacent weeks. Meanwhile our stocks of lovely winter clothing, both wool street wear and more technical rain gear, remain strong as new Spring stock begins to arrive. But who likes a sob story? Nobody, is who.

    We have taken note of the amazing compulsive power of cats on the internet these few dreary weeks, and decided not only to adorn our windows with adorable silhouettes of cats (and dachshunds!) raining from the sky, but to deploy the power of Grumpy Cat and MS Comic Sans together in this unlicensed photo, in a craven bid to get you to buy some stuff.

    C'mon! If that's not enough, here's what we're offering:

    25-50% off    Ibex wool!
    30% off    Raingear, hats and gloves!
    25% off    Helmets!
    10% off    Everything* else!
    *0% off    Brompton bicycles (a steal at full price), Kinn bicycles, Stokemonkey unless purchased together with a compatible longtail
  • What a long strange trip it's been to our new website

    At long last, today we flipped the switch on a major revision to our website. For the first time in over a year, our product listings reflect actual inventory and prices. Online ordering: yes. We know there are still a lot of loose ends. Please bear with us as we scramble to tie them down. Be sure to let us know if you love or hate the new direction, too!

    As always, we are first and foremost a full-service Portland, Oregon local bike shop. We list only a fraction of our products online. Please do not assume that because something is not on our website, we don’t have it!

    Our site is meant more as encouragement to Portlanders to visit our shop than as a competitive response to online discounters (who will often beat our prices on commodity items) or to dealers of similar specialty products local to you, who can likely support your purchase best. We offer many hard-to-find products, but the main value we offer Portlanders is expertise, advice, hands-on problem solving, same-day convenience, and the opportunity to try out many things before buying.

    While we will ship bikes (when permitted by our agreement with the supplier), we believe strongly that you should ride any bike you are considering before purchase. Similarly, several of the unusual-for-America bicycle components and accessories we stock require careful measurement and consultation to assure compatibility. To avoid unnecessary risk of disappointment and return, we may contact you to discuss these points before fulfilling your order.

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