Portland's Top Bike Shops

Cyclists in Portland, Oregon.
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Portland is known as Bike City USA for many reasons. Bikes are a lot more prevalent here than anywhere else in the country—almost 6 percent of commutes are done by bicycle. While that may not sound huge, it's more than 10 times the national average. And that's not even considering the vibrant bike racing scene in Oregon, including the legendary Cross Crusade, the biggest cyclocross series in the world. All of Portland's cyclists rely on bike shops to keep their wheels running smoothly and to upgrade their steeds with the latest. The relatively small city of Portland boasts over 70 registered shops, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Portland bike shops range from cozy garage spaces that specialize in repairing commuters to some of the most high-end spaces and successful bike businesses in the country. When you're in Portland and need a repair, a rental, or even a spiffy new bike, here's a round-up of 9 awesome favorite shops.

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River City Bicycles

River City Bicycles
 River City Bicycles
706 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, USA
Phone +1 503-233-5973

River City has been around for over 15 years and now features a shop space of over 15,000 square feet, full of all kinds of eye candy for the cycling enthusiast. The shop was named Retailer of the Year by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News in 2010 and is consistently on the short list for the nation's top-ranked shop. Although the lineup of bikes, clothing, and components tends towards the higher end—think $5,000 bikes and Rapha clothing—there's gear for the everyday cyclist as well.

River City supports the community by offering public group rides and repair classes, sponsoring teams, and being the headline supporter of the Cross Crusades cyclocross series. 

The Vibe: Items are pricey, but the staff is incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and welcoming. 

Featured Brands: Specialized, Cannondale, Cervelo, Scott, Cielo, Waterford, Time

Where: 706 SE MLK Boulevard

02 of 08

Sellwood Cycle Repair

Sellwood Cycle Repair
 Sellwood Cycle Repair
7953 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202, USA
Phone +1 503-233-9392

The name says a lot: Repair is this business' primary function, and the mechanics are all excellent. The shop has expanded with fancy new gear, but shoppers will still find plenty of consignment items; there's a decidedly old-school flavor to Sellwood, despite all the fancy carbon bits that are mixed in. Shop owner Erik Tonkin is a veritable cyclocross legend who has competed on the world's biggest stages, yet remains humbly in the background. No matter how much the shop grows, the repair stands are always full.

The Vibe: Sellwood Cycle Repair is as down-to-earth as a bike shop gets, but there's a mix of inexpensive and consignment gear along with ultra-fancy race bikes. The word "repair" is in the name of the shop for a reason.

Featured Brands: Kona is huge here (the Honky Tonk is named for the proprietor). Also: Giant and Foundry

Where: 7953 SE 13th Avenue

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West End Bikes

West End Bikes PDX
 West End Bikes PDX

West End is a specialized concept store, which means that the brand's line is prominent, but there are plenty of other manufacturers in stock. The hipster/fixie crowd can't seem to get enough of the Cinelli track bikes. The rental fleet includes commuters as well as top-level road and mountain bikes.

The Vibe: West End has a decidedly upscale feel, but the shop is great at sourcing inexpensive, high-quality options as well. 

Featured Brands: Specialized, Wilier, Calfee, Cinelli

Where: 1111 SW Harvey Milk St.

04 of 08


Cyclepath PDX
Cyclepath PDX 
2436 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212, USA
Phone +1 503-281-0485

Cyclepath has a comprehensive lineup of mountain, road, and cyclocross bikes, and the shop sponsors several local race and community events. For those who sweat the details and want a custom look, Cyclepath can get components in custom-anodized colors and can craft custom decals for frames and wheels. The mechanics are top-flight, among the foremost experts in specialty tasks like setting up bombproof tubeless cyclocross wheels. Cyclepath also features a Retul bike-fitting system that analyzes a client's pedal stroke via motion capture.

The Vibe: The medium-sized shop is filled to the brim with bike bling and knowledge. Check out the latest cool tech and get expert advice on the perfect bike and build for you.

Featured Brands: Moots, Niner, Yeti, Pivot, Pinarello, Scott, Turner, Salsa, Look

Where: 2436 NE MLK Boulevard

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05 of 08

Portland Bicycle Studio

Portland Bicycle Studio
 Portland Bicycle Studio

PBS cultivates the exclusive studio atmosphere. The shop is very small, and all of the bikes are high end. Founder Molly Cameron is a renowned local ​cyclocrosser with European race experience. She has cobbled together a unique assortment of European-flavored bike gear, books, and accessories. Parlee is the shop's flagship bike brand, and the models are well worth a bike geek's drool.

The Vibe: Shop service is excellent, and if you're looking for an unusual frame or a custom, high-zoot build, PBS is a good option.

Featured Brands: Parlee, Ridley, Independent Fabrication, Rocky Mountain, Guru

Where: 3928 N. Williams Avenue

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Revolver Bikes
 Revolver Bikes
6509 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217-4835, USA
Phone +1 503-285-1084

Commuters are Revolver's bread and butter. If you need a rack, panniers, or service for your daily ride, this is an excellent choice. But unlike many commuter-centric shops, the mechanics also are well-versed in current race tech and dialing in road, mountain, and cyclocross steeds.

The Vibe: Commuters, racers, and death metal are all thrown together inside Revolver, but it works.

Featured Brands: Redline, Surly, Fuji, Electra, All City, Breezer, Vicious Cycles, Traitor Cycles, Rocky Mountain

Where: 6509-15 N. Interstate Avenue

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Community Cycling Center

Community Cycling Center
 Community Cycling Center
1700 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
Phone +1 503-287-8786

The nonprofit Community Cycling Center's mission is to get more folks on bikes. Refurbished bikes help would-be cyclists get out on the road for cheap. All proceeds from the bike shop go toward bicycle education programs for youths and adults, and top mechanics staff the repair stands.

The Vibe: The Community Cycling Center is decidedly down-home, and the staff is eager to get you and keep you up and running on two wheels.

Featured Brands: Used bikes; new and used components and gear

Where: 1700 NE Alberta Street

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Clever Cycles

Clever Cycles
 Clever Cycles
900 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214-3555, USA
Phone +1 503-334-1560

One thing that makes Portland a spectacular cycling city is its diversity of shops and their ability to specialize. Clever Cycles primarily rents Brompton folding bikes, as well as a selection of family and cargo bikes, perfect for touring Portland with kids. Rentals include lights, locks, stands, luggage options, and loaner helmets. Rental fees can be applied toward sale prices.

The Vibe: The clear emphasis is on the bike as practical transportation for people of all shapes, sizes, and ages.

Featured Brands: Brompton folding bikes

Where: 900 SE Hawthorne Boulevard

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