Portland is arguably America’s number one bicycle oriented city – think Amsterdam or Copenhagen. Riding a bike here is an integral part of urban life. With hundreds of miles of specifically designed riding opportunity this city has worked hard to brand itself a premiere bike-friendly town.
“Portland didn’t get to be number one on its own,” says Jay Graves, Bike Gallery owner and president. The Bike Gallery is a family-owned bike business operating six neighbourhood stores in and around Portland since 1974. Getting people out on bikes is their mission.
Bicycle advocacy is one way they do it. Creating and supporting riding opportunity is simply part and parcel of the Bike Gallery business ethic. Graves and his staff actively support groups like the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, the Community Cycling Center, Cycle Oregon, as well as a host of other local and national bicycle initiatives, that promote road and off-road riding and racing, as well as access and trail building.
“We’re just one small player in a city full of advocates and city politcians who can see the value cycling contributes to a liveable city,” says Graves.
The Bike Gallery works equally hard at getting people out on bikes. Whatever your ride style – mountain, road, triathlon, commute – you will find just what you need at any of their locations. With the Bike Gallery riding is easy.
“Our stores are welcoming,” says Graves. “While each has its own focus, for example the downtown location sells a lot of urban bikes, the six shops are more similar than different. They are all designed to be family oriented and welcoming.”
When you shop at any of the Bike Gallery locations you can expect friendly service from knowledgeable and experienced sales staff and highly trained mechanics. You can also take advantage of a full range of bike fit services from custom frame fit to cleat only, to standard and full bike fitting
“We want you out riding,” says Graves. “And we want you to feel welcome in all our shops.”
photo: Bike Gallery staff
Jay Graves – Owner/President of Bike Gallery:
Cycling advice: “Any ride is a good ride.”
Graves prefers car free riding. “The older I get the more I want to ride apart from cars.”
Favourite rides: – In Portland, the Cemetery ride. “The majority of it is car free and full of bike facilities.” Further afield, Graves enjoys a road ride along the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway. As for off-road – his choice – Sandy Ridge in the Cascade foothills.
Last ride: –Morning commute to work.
Best area bakery: –The Staccato Gelato – “They’ve got the best donuts.”
Favourite local music venue: – The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Current read: Stieg Larsson : The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
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