Black Lives Matter. From June 15-June 30 2020, A Convenient Cycle donated all of our proceeds from coffee, tea and kombucha delivery, bike service to a non-profit supporting the black community: the Martha P. Johnson Institute. We are also making a personal donation to the Equitable Giving Circle, which supports local BIPOC families both through purchasing food from farmers from those communities, and by giving it in turn to urban families in need. Please read our statement here.
A Convenient Cycle has launched a bike delivery service for coffee roasted in our neighborhood (the hotbed of craft coffee!), and other locally-produced sundries currently unavailable through on-demand delivery services. Our service area includes inner Westside and Eastside residential and office addresses. Please contact us for additional delivery services (vehicle and bike options available) or join our mailing list to learn more. Coffee roasters currently on board are Trailhead Coffee Roasters, Coava Coffee Roasters, Nossa Familia Coffee, Water Avenue Coffee Company and Upper Left Roasters. We also have just added Steven Smith Tea and Lion Heart Kombucha to the list!
Since 2009, Convenient Cycle has been developing methods of reaching the inner cyclist in all of us; but we realize that this can only be accomplished through making your tool (your bicycle!) easy to access, use, and delight in. This can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, and we do that through our tourism products, mechanic work, and bicycle asset management.
Convenient Cycle is bike shop with a difference.
Our goal is to reach the inner cyclist in all of us: the childlike core who just wants to ride their bike. In over 100 years of cycling innovation, we’ve made bicycles out of ever newer materials, developed electric motors, manufactured and distributed cycles that do everything from taking the kids to school to delivering cargo; but we haven’t made it easy.
Convenient Cycle makes it easy.
- Don’t ride a bike much, or are just visiting the city and want to see what it’s like in this beautiful place? Take one of our tours; in or outside the city, a few hours, a whole day, or several days.
- Want to ride a bike but don’t have one? We’ll help you find a bike that meets your needs, not the latest gadgetry but a solid bike perfect for you.
- Have a bike you love? We can fix it up. Simple, easy, just what you need, no more.
- Providing bike rental for hotel or AirBNB guests? We rent and maintain small fleets.
- Want your employees to bike more? Try our unique in-house bike maintenance visits.
Between our partners, we have decades of experience living on bikes: getting ourselves, our friends and lovers, our children, our cargo and groceries, our customers, our tour guests, around on bicycles. We love riding our bikes! And we love seeing the delight in other people when they discover how easy and wonderful it is to ride their bike.
Edwin Skaug, company founder and operations manager, has been riding and fixing his own bikes since he was in elementary school. For 11 years, he has owned and operated Convenient Cycle, an evolving company meant to make cycling simpler — more convenient! — for everyone. As bike mechanic, occasional tour guide, purveyor of bike fun, and in the past several years, manager of Pedal Bike Tours and other tourism companies, Edwin has worked in a variety of ways to explore his own personal and company mission: to meet cyclists where they are.
Madi Carlson, shop chief and business development manager, loves exploring cities by bike, so much so that she wrote the book on it–Urban Cycling: How to Get to Work, Save Money, and Use Your Bike for City Living [Mountaineers Books, 2015]. Portland, in particular, is an exceptionally magical place to discover on two wheels and Madi loves showing tour guests its many hidden gems and picturesque views not available through a car or bus window.
Madi lives car-free with her two sons, who also spend more time on two wheels than on foot. She writes a weekly family biking column for local bike blog BikePortland.org and in her spare time she’s the co-director of Kidical Mass PDX, a group bike ride for kids of all ages and their families that celebrates the fact that “Kids are Traffic Too” and aims for family fun on vehicles that don’t hurt the future.
Sarah Gilbert, tour guide extraordinaire and strategic director, has been working in the bicycle tourism industry for eight years and as a bicycle evangelist for a decade and a half. Her work has included community-focused bicycle support as well as media campaigns; she is still locally famous for having pushed a fast food chain to officially allow bicycles in their drive-throughs, inspiring a Portland ordinance requiring bicycle and pedestrian access to drive-through windows if there is no other ordering option. As tour developer, Sarah has set the industry standard in several tour categories, creating tours that everyone wants to imitate. Sarah believes that riding your bike makes you happy; her personal mission is to unlock the joy in everyone.