Profile: Bend Velo
On our last day in Bend, we visited Bend Velo, a bicycle shop specializing in commuter bicycles in a bike racer town. We got a chance to talk to Eric Powers about the opening of his shop and his J. Livingston bike project. He has a created a new bike business model taking reliable 80s steel bikes and transforming them into classy commuter bikes. Customers have the option of buying a bike off the showroom, or building one from scratch, selecting the paint, the components, the grips, handlebars and a multitude of other accessories.
Eric’s hope is to help create a vibrant bikey culture like that in Portland. He realizes for bicycling to be fully integrated into Bend, it has to be seen beyond just being a sport and as a lifestyle. He and his wife, Megan, walk the walk and ride their children around town in a Bakfiets or kid’s trailer. Megan is a realtor and often takes her clients out on bike rides to and from properties to show the bikeability of their neighborhood. We wish them well and know that they’ll be key in cultivating a multi-faceted bike culture in Bend.
Veloci-Pops July 6, 2011 at 10:09 pm
I just did this same thing with an old Stumpjumper frame. I’ve never been so excited about any other bike I’ve owned. All I want to do is ride that baby!
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Beautiful idea.The steel frames soak up bumps better,last longer and are often of far superior construction than modern frames.I ride my Dad’s old Raleigh UK custom 653 with Northroad bars flipped and sawed and 13-28 rear block.Unbeatable for Cornish commute.
Have a Brompton too,though!Can’t resist them…