Bend, Oregon has been described as a wonderful, cycling-crazy town. There are many great bike shops and trails, as well as very accomplished racers and riders that call Bend home.
Nestled in the heart of this cycling obsession is Bend Velo, the ultimate bike shop for community involvement. The owner and employees are involved in local cycling ‘politics’ and have been for some time. Whether it’s city meetings, bike advocacy or bike safety classes, the people of Bend Velo are there to make a difference.
In fact, Willow, a Bend Velo bike mechanic and sales person, is a driving force in commuteoptions.org, an organization driven to show people they don’t need to drive to work. And Bend Velo owner, Eric Power, is a very personable guy, quipping, “What do you call it when two guys are on a bike ride?” I reply, “I don’t know” and he says, “a bike race!”
Bend Velo is located in the “Makers District” of Bend. As Eric said, “it’s called the Makers District because things are made here” (it’s an industrial park filled with small manufacturing and such). The shop itself is on the small side, with roughly 40 bikes in stock (mostly for commuters) and various accessories. They have an affinity for bikes with steel frames. Steel is real, as they say.
Bend Velo's team is extremely in tune with their customers, putting forth every effort to provide excellent service and advice in order to create lasting relationships and return customers. “We can’t compete with Amazon and eBay on price, but we can provide an experience that keeps people coming back,” said Eric.
–Billy Brenden, West Coast Marketing Rep
The real view from the field.