Ask five Portland residents to name the best bike shops within a 30-mile radius and you're apt to get five different answers. Portland, Oregon is a bike lover's Mecca, and shops have sprung up all around the region to help meet the demand for high-quality bikes. Portlanders are also passionate about shopping locally, so many of these shops are run by families and staffed with friendly workers who are eager to tell you all about the benefits of commuting, shopping and vacationing on a bicycle. Choosing just a few shops from the list of hundreds available can be slightly difficult, but these Portland shops tend to receive high marks for their selection and customer service.
For many Portland cyclists, the Bike Gallery remains the gold standard for bike shops in the region. Bike Gallery was certainly a pioneer in the Portland area, as the first shop opened up all the way back in 1974. Since that time, the company has grown from one modest storefront to six large retail stores, but the company is still considered local and family-owned. Bike Gallery offers an extensive lineup of bikes for almost all price ranges, and true cyclists can also stock up on gear and clothing at most locations. Bike Gallery provides a repair service as well. Find a store by clicking over to www.bikegallery.com.
This retailer got its start in 1971 in the Corvallis, Oregon area and that storefront remains active today. For Portland residents who caught the cycling bug while they were students at Oregon State University, Bike N Hike remains the only place to go for biking supplies, and they were thrilled with the Portland shop that opened in the late 1990’s. Bike N Hike has made a public commitment to women's cycling, and offers an extensive array of bikes and clothing choices for women. For this reason, they've become quite popular with female bikers. You can read more at www.bikenhike.com, or visit the store in Portland at 400 SE Grand Ave.
This shop opened up in Portland about 15 years ago, and racing enthusiasts are passionate about the benefits of using this shop. The staff consists of professional racers and bike builders who are constantly thinking of ways to make bikes lighter and more manageable. If you're looking for a speed bike to help you win races, you must visit River City Bicycles, located at 706 SE MLK Blvd. You can read more about the company at www.rivercitybicycles.com.
Portlanders love all things quirky, and Coventry Cycle Works taps into this passion with their product line of recumbent bicycles. Why look like everyone else when you can have your own recumbent bike that's easy to spot in crowded bike racks? The store encourages people to take bikes out on a test spin, and many cyclists are simply amazed at the ease of riding in this new manner. Coventry Cycle Works also services bicycles of all sorts, recumbent or not. Visit them at 2025 SE Hawthorne Blvd. or see their product line at www.coventrycycle.com.