Golden Pliers is Portland’s Newest Bike Shop!

Just a few, short years back, when people shifted their nomenclature from “bicycle touring” to include the term “bikepacking,” there weren’t many brands or shops for that matter, that catered to outings such as overnighters all the way through extensive tours. At least not compared to today’s offerings. Just about every day I read about a new product that claims to make our time on a loaded bicycle easier, or more pleasant, and as you can imagine, there is a lot of filtering that has to happen in order to cull this seemingly endless parade of new products.

That’s where the local bike shop model comes into play. My favorite part about visiting any city are the shops that make these places tick and in Portland, Oregon, there are so many shops around that specificity is the name of the game for survival in the ever-struggling retail economy.

One of the ways shops – and brands for that matter – have found the key to survival is by carefully cultivating a selection of products that have been thoroughly vetted by either the shop’s staff or close friends of the shop. The only way to determine the feasibility of a product is to actually use it, right? I’ve noticed this happening a lot, the culling down of the bike shop. In many ways, this makes for an easier retail experience, from the customer’s perspective and the owner’s.

Kevin Purcell and Becky Newman own Portland’s newest bike shop, Golden Pliers. They’re All-City Cycles and Crust Bike dealers, who have a special relationship with Page Street Cycles, offering a broad range of pricing options for their customers. Yet, you won’t find complete builds lining the retail floor, as Kevin likes to work closely with their customers to build a bike specific to their needs. Golden Pliers is a service-minded shop, with a selection of products in stock to make your ride more pleasant.

For the everyday cyclist, Golden Pliers stocks the latest, dare I say, “hip” cycling accessories, but still with a heavy emphasis on actual usability, not just aesthetics. Each product lining the shelves and walls of the shop has a special place in Kevin and Becky’s cycling experience from their many tours and trips in Oregon. One of those brands is Becky’s handmade bag company, Makeshifter Canvas Works, which Becky sews in-house at Golden Pliers.

Even if you don’t need a tube, or a blinky light, Golden Pliers has a café, filled with pre or post-ride meal options, ice cream floats, and pending city-approval, beer.

Portland is a city with anything but a shortage in bike shops, yet over the years many shops have shifted towards specificity, prompting individuals to open stores designed around their favorite form of cycling. If you’re looking to liven up your ride, take on an overnighter, or even a bigger tour, head to Golden Pliers, talk to Kevin and Becky, check out their in-house library of books and maps, and most importantly, have fun!

Golden Pliers
1451 N. Skidmore St. Portland, OR
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10-7
Sunday 11-6
OPEN LATE FOR EVENTS
CLOSED MONDAYS
971.808.5795

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Follow Golden Pliers on Instagram and Makeshifter on Instagram.

  • Peter Hedman

    Yeah Kevin & Becky!

  • YaanG

    No Kombucha on tap?

  • dc

    I am swooning over that custom painted Clydesdale/Fisher build. Kudos. Now where did I put my small piles of cash so I can emulate that?

  • Jared Jerome

    That Page Street makes my heart feel good things.

  • Brian Richard Walbergh

    So Good!

  • Yas! Such a rad shop!

  • Daniel Powell

    Love these two humans so much! Thank you for the coverage of their rad shop John! We’re so proud of them.

  • Pookums

    Gilded age. I don’t think that phrase means what you think it means.

  • Adam Leddin

    That Quickbeam… Poetry in motion!

  • Bruin Fenton

    Some heavy inspiration from golden saddle cyclery! Cool shop!

  • Richard

    Are inverted dropouts the new upside down CK headset? (On the Page Street. Seriously: What?)

    • On the fork ends? Yeah, that’s pretty common.

    • Samuel Jackson

      If you think about the braking forces on a disc wheel it makes more sense. Braking pulls the wheel down, which would cause problems if the dropouts didn’t have support below the axle. Whiskey made a run of qr forks that had vertical dropouts, which caused some (non lethal afaik) problems for people.

      • Gus

        Good explanation. The only thing I’ll add is it makes installing the wheel easier (disc goes directly into the caliper, rather than coming at it from the side).

      • Richard

        Ahhhh. Thanks!

  • dan scheie

    Is that a pair of shorts used by Poppi? They belong in a museum!

  • FatherOfThreeBoys

    Bong hits with your coffee.

  • Brad

    Looks like an awesome store, I do miss the old Shop Visit write ups from back in the PINP days.

  • AdamBike99

    Congrats you guys! That’s my kinda place, woot!!!
    I am looking forward to riding down from Seattle before the summer is over, and finally meeting y’all in person, too!

  • thestreakpodcast

    Like it. Added to the list for my 50th birthday Bike Shops and Breweries Tour.

  • Chris DiStefano

    CD stands for Cease & Desist, John!

    • MTBBendOR

      @chrisdistefano:disqus Thought I spot some swanky lookin’ dude waiting for an espresso! @johnprolly:disqus Nice work on the coverage, their shop looks great!

  • nick stathoulopus

    Sweet fork on the fisher! Did you make that yourself or is it manufactured by another brand? It be cool to build something similar to that! BTW great shop guys!

  • mark rothschild

    Nice…Umberella’s

  • Kevin and Becky are the best! Congratulations you two!!

  • Joshua Eric Sawyer

    Great looking shop. I’ll have to check it out when I’m up there next week. Love that Quickbeam!

  • Benjamin Roy Weaver

    Love the pics! Best of luck to y’all;)

    Would I be welcome in the shop if I wore a MAGA hat?

  • Aaaadam

    Most important question…where do I get that smokabilia hanging on the All City??