The local bike shop has undergone a bit of stress over the past decade. Online sales from steep discount sites have crippled many shops, forcing them to close, so anytime a LBS stays open for 20 years, it’s worth noting. While River City Bicycles is far from my own local shop, they’ve always treated me like one of their own when I’m in Portland.
Congrats to the team and the community for two decades in the industry. If you’ve never been to RCB and you find yourself in Portland, it’s well worth the visit!
Oh and great freaking cap guys!
Morgan happened upon one of the Girl Rick McCrank Merckx skate decks during his recent visit to Super Champion in Vancouver.
Vancouver’s Super Champion
Words and photos by Morgan Taylor
In 2007, former pro snowboarder Tyler Lepore opened up a track bike shop in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. With its wood paneling and white walls, carefully curated framesets and splashes of colorful parts, the space had a modern, almost gallery-like feel. Add in clean branding and a collection of t-shirts with hand-drawn art, and Super Champion felt more like a skate shop than a bike shop.
If you’re in Los Angeles, swing by Mission Workshop’s new space in Los Angeles. Bicycle Coffee will be hosting #FreeCoffeeFriday along with 100 Tacos to help celebrate their opening day from 11-4pm today!
Mission Workshop Los Angeles
3118 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
Our friends at ertzui have been working on a video profile of Crema Cycles in Germany. Looks great guys!
It’s been a while, but after a good amount of prep and construction, Shanghai’s Factory Five have just opened their new space. They converted a 150sqm shell into their new storefront and design offices, while leaving the perimeter open to bring in natural light.
Factory Five carries their own frames, PAUL, Restrap, Mission Workshop and others.
Head to their Flickr to see more photos!
Eli, aka “extra cream cheese”, is one of the absolute nicest dudes you’ll ever meet. That is, if you happen to go to his shop in Denver, Berkeley Supply. His store sells only made in the USA apparel and even though Eli doesn’t talk about here, or show it for that matter, he’s got one of the sickest bikes from NAHBS last year too!
I hope you’re still riding your Avery County Cross dude.
Keep killing it! Nice video, Adam!
San Francisco’s Mission Workshop has been on a steady climb of growth since their first bag was released. Originally on Rondel, an alleyway off of 16th street, they recently expanded their space to continue all the way onto Valencia street, a prominent shopping thoroughfare in the Mission.
The brand’s design aesthetics carry over through a palette of raw wood and steel, as well as stark white walls overlaid with vinyl appliqué and photography. Taking center stage is their high end Advanced Projects and fledgling brand ACRE.
I had the opportunity to photograph this space, prior to the brand’s opening party last Friday… If you have the chance to see it for yourself, swing by. If not, check out the Gallery!
Tuesday – Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday – Monday 12pm-7pm
541 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
When Mash first opened their storefront a few years back, it quickly became a clubhouse of sorts for the local riders. Group rides would meet up once or twice a week to explore the roads and trails of San Francisco. As quickly as the storefront became popular, the brand itself grew and the need for more space became apparent, sending Mike Martin on a hunt for a bigger store, with space for a design office.
Yesterday I swung through their new storefront and design offices in SF and hung out for a bit, soaking in all the random artifacts both from SF’s street racing culture and cycling’s most iconic brands… See more in the Gallery!
From Pristine came Meesterknecht, a new cycle shop in Amsterdam. I love seeing brands progress like this and one day I’d love to make it out to see their space. For now, these photos will have to do. Read up on the background of this new shop below…