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916 NW 21st Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209


21st Avenue Bicycles specializes in road bike sales, service and repairs. Located in NW Portland, Oregon, the shop can help you find the perfect bike for your ride. Bike commuting, road biking, racing or the casual cruise. 


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On injury, weather, and inspiration

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Well it's a new year (is it too late to say "Happy New Year"?), full of promise and potential.  Yet here I am with a busted elbow and a foot of dirty snow on the ground.  So while I was ready to start 2017 off with a real bike riding BANG, I need to be patient and wait for the milder Springtimes weather and some stronger arm ligaments.

Last year I really caught the bikepacking bug.  After making a couple great weekend trips on friends' fat bikes both in-state and beyond, I rebuilt my trusty 'cross bike with parts better suited for multi-day, weighted off-road explorations.  The more I rode, the more I realized that a dedicated, large-tired bike really was the best tool for the job.  Fast forward to yesterday, and I have a new bike on the way (more on that later)! 

Basically, these rambling few sentences are my way of saying that even if you can't ride a bike right now (*raises hand*), this is the perfect time to seek out new routes and new stoke for adventure.  So sit back with your coffee/tea/whiskey and enjoy something short:

...and something a bit longer:

Here's to a positive and inspiring 2017.  I know there may be some 'bigger picture' challenges to that, but we're here to make sure at least your bikes are happy!