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The Top 5 Best Portland, OR Bike Shops

Plus The Best Local Trails, Bikes for Sale, Events & More

#1 - River City Bicycles

River City offers an extensive bicycle inventory plus sales, service, espresso & an indoor test track. We appreciate them because they’ve got a great selection of brands rather than focusing on only a few.

Address: 706 SE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Phone: (503) 232-8350

#2 - Trek Bicycle Portland Hollywood

This is a local Trek shop but it’s a good one, attracting riders from neighboring areas. They’ve got decent square footage so lots of inventory, from apparel to components. Most importantly they’re known for their above-and-beyond staff, knowledgeable and helpful.

Address: 5329 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213

Phone: (503) 281-9800

#3 - Joe Bike

We can appreciate their accessible price range of MTBs and road bikes, but we’re won over by their authentic service and central location in southeast Portland. They’re a full service shop offering bike repairs as well as custom builds.

Address: 2039 SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Phone: (503) 954-2039

#4 - West End Bikes

Starts off with a great selection of higher end gear (Specialized & Colnago) but the staff is known for warm and sincere service. The large, airy shop makes for a great place to hangout and find the perfect gear & bike. They also offer Retul bike fittings, which we’re a fan of.

Address: 1111 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205

Phone: (503) 208-2933

#5 - Oregon Bike Shop

These folks specialize in used bikes, which is near and dear to our heart, and they perform a valuable service to their community in buying bikes, re-conditioning and selling them. These are well-cared for bikes that anyone can afford. If you just need a basic service, they can efficiently handle that too.

Address: 418 SE 81st Ave. Portland, OR. 97215

Phone: (503) 575-1804

Top 3 Bike Trails In Portland, OR

Explore Portland on pathed roads or MTB trails!

#1 - Eastbank Esplanade

Fantastic river views, a unique floating walkway, and connections to the Springwater Corridor and various neighborhoods​​.

Location: Starts at the Steel Bridge and ends at the Hawthorne Bridge.

Distance: 1.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Route: Urban, scenic route along the Willamette River.

#2 - Misery Ridge and Summit Trail Loop

Seriously scenic countryside, thanks to world-class climbing in the area.

Location: Heading north from Bend on Hwy97 drive 7.5 miles to Terrebonne. From Terrebonne turn right onto Smith Rock Rd. After 2.3 miles, take a left, another left and a right in immediate succession staying on Smith Rock road. Follow the signs for Smith Rock state park. Park at the day-use area unless you intend to camp at the walk-in.

Distance: 6.2 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Route: Loop

#3 -Leif Erikson Drive Firelane 1 Trail (Southern Loop)

Gentle trail amidst trees after the initial 900ft climb, great for experienced cyclists​​.

Location: Accessed through a steep cycle up through Forest Park. Forest Park is located at 6801 NW Forest Park Dr, Portland, OR 97211, USA

Distance: 8 miles

Difficulty: Moderate to High

Route: Loop

Local Portland Bike Events & Races 2024

Push your limit or ride with a group at these Portland, OR bike events.

#1 - Rally for Rides

Date: September 8 - 13, 2024

"Our new 5-day event is about choosing your own adventure. Designed with daily road and gravel route options, and base camping out of two communities, you will have plenty of on and off the bike options to create your ideal experience. What will be common to all is the shared experience in this special place."

Mileage: 198 - 298 mi.

Registration limited to 600 participants.

#2 - Cycle Oregon Gravel

Date: June 7 - 9, 2024

"Big Summit Prairie is the epitome of a grand western landscape and our collective home for the weekend. Sitting on top of the world, we’ll immerse ourselves in expansive 360º views of thousands of acres of wildflower-covered prairie, explore remote, forested high country, and spend our evenings blanketed by a star filled sky."

Mileage: 65 - 115 mi.

Registration limited to 600 participants.

#3 - Cycle Oregon Joyride

Date: August 9 - 11, 2024

"Come together to play, ride, celebrate, and camp in one of the dreamiest getaways in all of Oregon—Justesen Ranch. This event is curated by women for female identifying and nonbinary people, designed to create a fun and welcoming environment in a space that centers the experiences of women. Live music and plenty of party vibes cap off each day’s adventures."

Mileage: 27 - 98 mi.

Registration limited to 500 riders.

Portland, OR Bike Laws & Regulations & Tips

Stay up to date on Oregon bike laws and seasonal riding tips.

Cycling Laws:

- Ride as close to the curb as practicable: Except when passing, making a left turn, or avoiding hazards, cyclists should ride as close to the right curb or edge of the roadway as possible.

- Obey traffic signals and signs: Cyclists must obey all traffic signals and signs, just like motorists. Treat stop signs as yield signs, but come to a complete stop before proceeding.

- Use hand signals: Cyclists should use hand signals to indicate their intentions, such as turning, stopping, or changing lanes.

- Yield to pedestrians: Pedestrians always have the right of way. Cyclists must yield to pedestrians crossing the street or sidewalk.

- Have lights and reflectors at night: Cyclists must have a white headlight and red taillight visible from at least 500 feet away when riding at night. They should also have reflectors on the pedals, wheels, and frame.

- Wear a helmet: All cyclists under the age of 16 must wear a helmet. Adults are encouraged to wear helmets as well.

Seasonal Tips:

Spring:

Be prepared for rain: spring in Portland often means rain. Wear waterproof gear, including a jacket, pants, and shoe covers. Increased visibility: with frequent overcast days, it's important to have lights on your bike, even during the day. Watch for potholes: Winter weather can create potholes and road damage, so be cautious and keep an eye on the road.

Summer:

Stay hydrated: summers can be warm (highs in the 90s), so carry enough water and plan your route with possible refill spots. Sun protection: use sunscreen and wear sunglasses to protect against UV rays. Ride early or late: to avoid the hottest part of the day, consider cycling in the early morning or evening.

Fall:

Layer up: temperatures can vary, so wear layers that you can add or remove as needed. Leaf hazards: wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. Be cautious on leaf-covered paths or streets. Shorter days: with daylight decreasing, ensure your bike lights are working and carry spares.

Winter:

Watch for ice: be particularly cautious in the mornings or on shaded paths where black ice can form. Insulate and protect: wear insulated gloves, shoe covers, and a warm hat under your helmet. Fenders are essential: fenders will protect you from road spray and keep you drier.

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