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403 SE Caruthers St, Suite 103
Portland, OR, 97214
United States

9712663551

A bike and record store in Portland, Oregon. 

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Second Anniversary Ride and Hang Out

John Bennett

We've just passed our 2nd anniversary, and we're hosting a ride here at the shop to mark the milestone on Saturday, June 24th

Being a second anniversary, we're toning it down a little bit, but we'll have hot dogs, beer, cold drinks, cupcakes, cookies, vegan options, and some music. 

There will be a ride, leaving from Rivelo at 12:45PM. A 10 mile loop mapped by our good pal, Smitty. 

Come by anytime between 12 and 4, though. The shop will be open and you can hang out with whomever doesn't go on the ride.

Grant, Mary, and Jenny from Rivendell will be here. It will be good to see them again.

Hope we see you, too.

And thanks for everything!

John & Darby



 

 

Our Spring - And Maybe Summer - Schedule

John Bennett

We've tried out a variety of schedules since we opened two years ago, looking for one that best matches the "traffic patterns" of our friends and customers. 

Currently, we're open Thursdays & Fridays from 11AM to 7PM, and Saturdays & Sundays from 10AM to 5PM.

We're going to try and stick to this one for a while, or at least until it starts getting dark at 4:30 again.  

If you're passing through town (or work all the days and times we're here), we can open up on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. Just give us a day's notice....if possible. 

Onward!

John and Darby

 

Copper Water Bottles? Who knew!?

John Bennett

Next to Rivendell bicycles, Rivelo's biggest seller is the all-copper water bottle we carry.

My fellow former Rivendell co-worker, Vaughn AKA Big Diffy, got us hooked on them when he was living in our attic the first summer we were open. He volunteered to find a source for them, and we were off & running.

Even people who don't ride bikes -yes, they exist- like them. 

Fortunately for the rest of us, they happen to fit in most standard water bottle cages.

Recent studies have shown that bacteria hates copper, so that makes us like copper even more. 

PS: They also look great, and take on a cool patina with time. 

 

 

 

Daylight Savings Time & The Ides of March

John Bennett

In the words of the late George Harrison while strumming his guitar in Eric Clapton's garden back in 1969, "It's been a long, cold, lonely winter." 

Almost every small businessperson we've spoken with in Portland echoes a similar sentiment. It's slow. It's dead. Traffic has dropped off. Way off. 

We've had enough sales to sustain us, though, and we appreciate everyone who came by in the last couple of months, especially in January, when the city of Portland ground to a standstill under a blanket of snow and ice. 

We're starting to have busier days. People are test riding bikes again. Or stopping by to restock on soap. 

Currently, we're here Friday through Sunday, with other days "by appointment." We should add 'no obligation.' 

Really. If you're passing through Portland, and you just want to check out the store, call and we'll make every effort to swing down and meet you if it's not one of our regular OPEN days. 

During our time away from the shop, we're planning. New merchandise. A better looking web site. More online stuff to buy because we recognize that not everyone lives in Portland. Or has time to come in, even if they do. 

Next Friday (March 17) marks the second anniversary of our lease signing. 

As I used to sign my in-house emails at Rivendell-

Onward!

John

 

Boxing Day, 2016

John Bennett

When I/John was a kid, and saw "Boxing Day (UK)" on the calendar, I assumed that there was some sort big day of boxing/fisticuffs in England. Like a national match, or something.

I didn't know about servants and the upper classes and the latter giving gifts to the former. I'm from St. Louis; we didn't even have a yard man. 

One thing I notice about blogs, whether they're stand-alone or tied to a site with a store, is that they often go quiet after a few well-intentioned posts. Even with otherwise active web sites and online stores.

Grant and Dave are an exception with Rivendell's Blug. Always good reading there. 

Here at Rivelo, we tend to rely (perhaps too heavily) on Instagram and Facebook to get the word out. That seems to be where our customers gravitate, so we devote the bulk of our "promotional" time and dollars to those outlets. We've dabbled in Twitter, but have yet to get a feel for it. 

We just finished our second Christmas season here. To paraphrase Keith Richards, "We're glad to be here. We're glad to be anywhere."

We are glad to be 100% self-employed after almost two years. Between our B & B, The Knotty Grotto, and Rivelo, we're still happily skating along the razor's edge of the DIY dream. Nerve-wracking and fun. Often at the same time. 

If you've come by this year, or logged on, or followed, we're appreciative.

2017 is going to be an interesting year, of that we are certain. Stop by if you're in the neighborhood. Always look forward to seeing people in person and checking in. 

All the best,

John & Darby
Portland, Oregon
 

One Year Later

John Bennett

In some ways, it seems longer, and in others, like "the blink of an eye." We opened May 23, 2015, and had our Grand Opening a month later. Fast forward, and it's mid-July, 2016. 

We've certainly met some great people, and our pals at Rivendell Bicycle Works have been a big help in getting things off the ground. 

Grant Petersen has been up three times, most recently with his wife, Mary, for our One Year Anniversary and Ride. A great turn-out for both.

Now, the trick is getting our name out there and KEEPING it out there. Next week, we're running an ad in the Portland Mercury. They're doing a special bike section, so it seemed like a good thing to try. 

If you've come in - or logged on - in the past year, then thanks! 

It's the oldest cliche in retail, but we wouldn't be here without you.

More soon!

 

 

Who we are. What we do.

John Bennett

We are a small bicycle shop in Portland, Oregon. We sell only Rivendell Bicycle Works bikes. We also carry their bags (Sackville) and clothes (MUSA).

Additionally, we have products from other suppliers that work with the Rivendell line: Archival Clothing, Snow Peak, Woolpower, Gransfors Bruk (hatchets),  and Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap, 

We are also a small record shop, specializing exclusively in new vinyl Bob Dylan albums. Why? Well, we figured we could carry a little bit of everyone...or a lot of one person. Who better than Bob? We generally have everything currently available.