Many of Northwest Portland’s residents are bicyclists, be they a casual rider or training for a national competition. PDX Northwest is here to help identify great local bike shops to look for parts, tune or repair a bike or simply meet up with fellow cyclists.
Bike Gallery is a fantastic local outfit with six locations throughout Portland. Their nearest location to Northwest Portland is downtown, between the South Park Blocks and Interstate 405, and it provides a wide swath of services and goods to the cycling communities west of the Willamette River.
There is a showroom with dozens of bikes for sale, and the service center includes a very knowledgeable staff ready to tune bikes with new gear or repair damages to various parts. An early-service drop-off time of 8 a.m. is scheduled to meet the needs of professionals who need a tune/repair job done during their work day. There is a 30-day guarantee on all service work completed on a bike, meaning local riders have peace of mind when the mechanics of Bike Gallery work on their two-tire steeds.
Bike Gallery hosts various events and rides throughout the year. Information regarding these events may be found on their website or by visiting one of the stores and asking a staff member for details. The online calendar has specific contact information for event organizers, with some focused on a particular area or riding demographic (such as the Women’s Road Ride each Sunday).
The Bike Gallery goods section goes above the usual call of cycling threads. In addition to offering ready-made gears, handlebars and frames with their bikes for sale, they host a Fit System of taking measurements specific to a rider’s body shape and size. Once these measurements are taken, they are used to determine the precise seat and pedal locations, frame and handlebar measurements, and cleat sizes to make a ride as comfortable as possible.
There is an apparel section of the store to browse, with coats, shorts and riding shoes ready for purchase. Most of the gear is specific to riding time, not casual attire, so check it out when suiting up for a big ride or event. Sizes and weather-appropriate garb is varied among the store’s apparel section, meaning most riders need only one stop at the Bike Gallery downtown to gather their goods.
Bike Gallery is a destination all local cyclists should know about. They also host clinics for free that are designed to instruct the public on flat repair, maintenance and responsible riding. The website has the full schedule for these clinics, complete with locations and times for the rotating roster of clinics hosted. Be sure to stop by soon and get your biker geek on!
Bike Gallery‘s downtown location is at 1001 SW 10th Avenue, and is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on weekdays, with shorter hours on weekends. TriMet Bus Line 15 travels west on Southwest Salmon Street and makes a stop within a block of the storefront, and the Portland Streetcar makes a stop at Central Library two blocks northeast of the store. The MAX Blue Line and Red Line also stop outside of Central Library. Street parking is limited in the area, though there is a space to use when dropping off a bike; there is, of course, plenty of bike parking on this block.