Archive for Category: Bike Shop

Shop Tip- How to Select A Front Derailleur

By Gwen Koon, Service Supervisor This series of shop tips over the past several months was all about creating a basis for more in-depth knowledge.  Whether you’re working on a bike you already own or preparing to buy a new one, it’s very helpful to be familiar with all the different types of components.  Knowing their names, […]


Shop tip: types of shifters

By Gwen Koon, Service Manager This series of shop tips over the past several months was all about creating a basis for more in-depth knowledge.  Whether you’re working on a bike you already own or preparing to buy a new one, it’s very helpful to be familiar with all the different types of components.  Knowing their names, […]


Pack-a-Pannier Sale – 25% off everything inside the bag!

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager During the months of September and October, buy a bag or pannier, fill it with any new parts and accessories, and we will give you 25% off everything inside the bag. Also, pro tip, you can put a bag inside a bag, which means you can buy one […]


Shop tip: overview of derailleurs

In our previous ship tip, Gwen wrote about cables, housing and accessories. In this tip, she will provide an overview of front and rear derailleurs. Introduction This shop tip is all about creating a basis for more in-depth knowledge.  Whether you’re working on a bike you already own or are preparing to buy a new one, it’s […]


Retail Happy Hour every Wednesday!

Retail Happy Hour on Alberta Street kicks off this Wednesday, June 24th, from 3-6 p.m. at nearly 40 Alberta Street retail businesses. Retail Happy Hour invites shoppers to visit Alberta Street every Wednesday afternoon for great deals and exclusive discounts while supporting local independent retailers. The Community Cycling Center and Gladys Bikes are teaming up […]


Shop tip: types of brakes and levers

 By Gwen Koon, Service Supervisor Introduction This next series of shop tips over the next several months will be all about creating a basis for more in-depth knowledge.  Whether you’re working on a bike you already own or preparing to buy a new one, it’s very helpful to be familiar with all the different types of components.  […]


Product Review: Park CM 5.2 Cyclone Chain Scrubber

By David Kurishima, Retail Manager A year ago I would have rolled my eyes at the thought of writing a review about a chain cleaner. For years I always thought of these grimy plastic “tools” lying around our shop as nothing but a gimmicky toy akin to a Hot Wheels carwash play set, and I […]


Shop tip: replacing your chain

By Gwen Koon, Service Supervisor There are many reasons that you might need to replace the chain on your bicycle. Chains wear out over time, get damaged in accidents, or may become too rusted to function. Below, you will learn how to install a new chain on your bike. The most important thing to keep in mind […]


Overhaul Special returns – $100 off this winter

  Over the next month, your bike will see the typical elements familiar to Portlanders: rain, mud, and the dreaded wintry mix.  Your ride could probably use some love. We want to make it easy for you. This January and February, we’ll take $100 off the cost of a standard overhaul. We’ll put the same […]


Lessons in leverage – fathers & daughters building community with bikes

By Heidi Beierle, Volunteer Storyteller Paul is a Community Cycling Center donor and regular volunteer.  I spoke with him and his daughter, Nora, during a recent Tuesday night volunteer drop-in at the Alberta  shop.  I’m a volunteer, too, and curious why other volunteers contribute time and money to the organization. “I want to be a […]