Clever Cycles in Portland

A bike shop with a play area and a toddler potty seat insert, does it get any better than this??

We carpooled with my friend and her two little boys to Clever Cycles in Portland today so she could get a new two-kid-carrying bike. She had her eye on a Gazelle Bloom with Yepp seats front and back. The bike was too big, but they had a great little Breezer Uptown 8. It’s got a Yepp on the front and Bobike Maxi (same as me!) on the back. They had to swap out handlebars and stem and also added a Brooks saddle and double kickstand. They didn’t have all the parts to attach a front rack so the eventual front basket is still being worked out. So keep in mind it will soon be even cuter than it is now:

While she was shopping I test rode a couple bikes. First I took out an Xtracycle. It’s funny–I know I want an Xtracycle in a year or two, but I’ve never been on one. I had planned to put the baby in the Yepp bike seat and have the big kid hang on behind, but the baby wouldn’t leave the play area. The play area’s puppy came along so I could still get the feel for carrying two beings. Naturally, the verdict is that I loved it!

I also took out a Nihola cargo bike. I thought it would feel just like the Christiania, but its handling is quite different…though also tricky at first. I should have taken a Christiania out again to compare, but I didn’t want to overdo it. Based on my recollection of my WheelHouse Santa Barbara test ride, I think I prefer the Christiania to the Nihola. But they’re both freaky. I think I’m just better suited to two wheels. Clever Cycles has a Gazelle Cabby hung from the ceiling so I pointed it out to the boys and reminded them of our LA Cabby adventure and told them we’d be using one in a few days, too.

Not much mileage to add to my 30 Days of Cycling tally, but it still counts!
Daily distance: 0.5 mile
Cumulative: 46.8 miles

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4 thoughts on “Clever Cycles in Portland

  1. The Gazelle looks pretty similar to the set-up I ended up getting from Clever Cycles. We got the Breezer Uptown Infinity with the yepp mini on the front. Absolutely LOVE it! Clever Cycles rocks!

  2. We have a little one and are thinking about the Xtracycle. What do you like about the Xtra over your Bianchi setup?

    • I like having a little kid in front of me now, but once he’s bigger, I’ll like having them both behind me, but still nearby (versus way behind in a trailer or trail-a-bike/trail-gator…but I want one of those, too, for certain occasions). And the carrying capacity! In the summer I lug a trailer to the beach and it’ll be nice to stop doing that.

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