Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Breezer Uptown 8, U frame
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Originally Posted by Cynikal
Find your local bike co-op (I'm sure Portland has one) and go there. You will learn and support a great organization.
Edit, here is you local shop.
City Bikes Repair Shop
1914 SE Ankeny St.
Actually, I wouldn't necessarily recommend them in this case. Cassiel, given what I've read about your work commute, you might like Seven Corners
at SE 21st and Powell. If you are able to take your bike in during the middle of the day or at least out of the evening rush hour, you will find that Corey and the other mechanic who works there will spend some real time with you. Their prices are reasonable.
There is also the Community Exchange Bike School
. They repair, they teach, they rent/lend (depending on your economic circumstances) repair space, and they're all-around nice people.
Don't get me wrong, I like Citybikes a lot. I buy stuff from them no one else has, but I was totally turned off using them for repair/service or even advice by the way I was treated when I needed to borrow a pedal wrench to put pedals on my bike (that I had just bought from them). Then there was the argument about my choice of cargo trailer... If I can't get what I need without having to ask a lot of questions, I go someplace else. I've never felt questions were welcomed there. (It pains me to admit this, as I'm a great supporter of the cooperative business model.)
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