July 2, 2018
Of all the bikes we've ridden and sold over the decades, Brompton folding bikes inspire by far the most passion. This often takes the form of aesthetic and functional accessorizing, or simply riding them to their limits, wearing out parts, and upgrading incrementally, both as Brompton continually improves its components, and as third parties offer special solutions. With Brompton's core design stable for almost 40 years, an aftermarket parts industry has sprung up to cater to the most particular demands.
Some people like to customize their Bromptons piece by piece over time, selecting upgrades from several vendors. This path can yield striking results: striking in both good and bad ways, frequently with some waste of parts and labor as various incompatibilities and quirks surface. We can support these efforts to some extent. But there's another group of people who'd prefer to skip the long road, instead relying on us to deliver a highly optimized bike in one go, either as a springboard for yet more tweaks or as a final, shimmering destination.
Omakase (oh-ma-KAH-say) is a Japanese word familiar to sushi fans meaning roughly "leave it to you." Faced with a long menu of unfamiliar or difficult choices at a sushi bar, it's hard to go wrong entrusting your selection to the chef, who will reward your confidence by serving you the best stuff. Clever Cycles' Omakase Series Bromptons follow this model. You leave the details to us, and we go all out to please.
Our goal with this first Omakase "Lux" series is to off...Continue reading...
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 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 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.