Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Upcycles: Neighborhood Bike Shop with Heart
It's About The Ride: But heart doesn't replace quality at Upcycles. In fact, they're intertwined. When you first meet Kai, you know he loves bicycles and loves riding. His passion is to tour on his bike, enjoying the quiet back roads of the countryside. He tried racing, but that style wasn't for him. He's toured alone and has led bicycle touring trips.
Synchronicity: Kai is also a bicycle mechanic, with the skill to keep the machines he loves running smoothly and for a long time. He'll repair just about any bike, as long as it makes sense to keep it running. Upcycles stocks solid, quality bikes with reasonable pricing. It doesn't strike me that Upcycles is trying to sell you a fancy bike you don't need, but wants to get you on the bike that is right for you. They believe in a synchronicity between bike and rider.
Beginnings: Kai reports Upcycles started on a shoe string. But starting from scratch was something Kai learned at an early age. His family arrived in the United States from Poland when Kai was just 10, just one year before the wall came down. His family lived in San Francisco and Portland, Maine for awhile. They finally ended up in Gold Beach, Oregon.
Prior to starting Upcycles, Kai was a chef at Breitenbush Hot Springs. While there, he started working on bikes in the wood shop at the facility. It seemed a natural fit, and Kai and his business partner Mark soon started thinking about opening a bike shop in town.
Growing Upcycles: Since starting the shop, Kai has seen the neighborhood change and grow. The bike shop has grown too and needs more space again. From the simple beginnings of a bike repair service in a basement, Upcycles will soon move from the garage to the original larger space in the metal working shop Kai first discovered. Kai wants to use the extra space to teach classes and workshops, and have a place for customers to just hang out.
Upcycles is located at 911 NE Dekum Street in Portland. You can also find them on the web at Upcyclespdx.com.
Labels: Bicycle Shop