I know we’re in the middle of a pandemic, I get it.
But, are there any bike shops in the portland area that are actually open? Like where I can go in and talk to a human being?
Why do I need a human being? I’m rebuilding an old mtn. bike and trying to give it new life as a gravel bike (so trendy, I know). I’ve been able to get most of the parts online, but I’m stuck removing the old cranks and bottom bracket. I would LOVE to take the barenaked frame into a shop, show it to them, say “what tools do I need?” and hand them money. I’ve done as much research on youtube/internets as I can stand.
I feel like if bars can be open, why not bike shops? REI is the closest thing, but their selection is garbage and staff are not necessarily the most knowledgable…
The shops I go to are all open… sort of… that is, some ask you to make an appointment to go inside… and the repair staff is overwhelmed. I’ve patronized West End, River City, Bike Gallery and Sellwood in the past few months.
I would just suggest calling first.
Cory at Seven Corners Bicycles (SE 21st at SE Powell) is very helpful. Customers queue up in the parking lot and are served from a side door. Check the website for hours or call to discuss what you need.
Universal Cycles is open has lots and lots of parts and they can get quick delivery at their store. They moved from East Burnside to SW Walker Road in the Cedar Hills neighborhood about one mile north of the busy Beaverton transit center. They are right by a “greenway” and one block from a bus stop from TriMet bus 20. That store has helpful employees.
Which specific areas have you looked? It’s not just social distancing precautions needed, but there are a multitude of things affecting everything. There’s bicycle shortage and there’s been a string of political unrest related bike shop looting. The antifa affected zones are not a favorable climate for operating a business right now.
Most shops I’ve been to like River City and Community Bicycle Center are “open” but won’t let you inside now. If you want something, then you have to know what you want or they will bring out several options of the thing you want and you buy the one you want. You don’t get to browse the store like pre-pandemic days. The only one that I have been to that will let you do that is Gresham Bicycle Center but their inventory of most things is quite low.
Honestly, I’ve never been much a fan of the bike culture and community in this town. My impression has been they’re either class-elite posturing in spandex or are reckless ball cap-wearing scofflaws, and that they wield an unhealthy influence on urban planning and local politics — and tend to be belligerently antagonistic toward motorists, even though much of the funding for their bike boxes and lanes comes from gas tax funds. Now they’re being cowardly wimps, singing “Ashes ashes…” every time someone knocks at the door needing a wheel rebuilt or to switch over to disc brakes.
I know this is a negative post, but I feel pretty negatively toward most of my fellow Portland cyclists. Just one example: Why should posh neighborhoods like South Waterfront have overpriced green bike lanes while roads out on Southwest or in Lents and farther out lack sidewalks and signaled crossings?
Don’t waste your time with bike shops, and don’t financially support businesses and people who over-react to a pandemic, to the point where they engage in paranoid protocols that are entirely unnecessary. It will take me a few months, but — as I’ve said before — I’m going to have a bike stand, a wheel truing stand, and all the tools and grease and parts I’ll need to be my own bike shop.
Most hospitals are at capacity right now. Patients needing admit from ER are not being admitted; they’re having to hold in ER, sometimes for days, because there’s nowhere to admit them. We’ve already exhausted our ability to push patients out to lower-demand facilities in outlying regions. Rules on patient to staff ratios have already been reduced as an emergency measure. As things are trending now, it will not be long before Oregon has to invoke crisis protocols like Utah did. It is/was absolutely necessary to do something to make people more wary and vigilant. Relaxing precautions is exactly the wrong direction. I don’t know how else to convey – especially now – that it’s absolutely not BS. Someone’s mother, newphew, or brother is dying right here in Multnomah County because we don’t have enough medical capacity.