The Best Bike Shops: Velo Cult, Portland, Oregon

No matter how advanced online retailers get, they’ll never be able to make the camaraderie of a brick-and-mortar bike shop. We pick our favorite spots for buying a new tube, getting a bike fit, or just shooting the breeze over a couple of beers.

Jun 26, 2013
Outside Magazine
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Lifesize Jenga at the Portland Bike Polo Tournament After Party at Velo Cult.    Photo: Courtesy of Velo Cult

Best For: North-country welcome and snappy kits and tees

With nearly as many bike shops as coffee roasters in Portland, it’s tough to pick a favorite, but the newcomer Velo Cult (transplanted to the neighborhood from San Diego a year ago) stands out as a beacon of cycling culture. The shop is known just as much as a gathering place as for the product they sell, a reputation they have embraced with a stage for live bands (built from an old drawbridge), a theater space with frequent cycling screenings, the de rigueur coffee roaster, plenty of picnic table seating, and an open invitation for all cyclists to come and hang. Among the more recent additions: an in-house frame-building studio that showcases two local artisans.