New bike shop open for business
The old downtown location of the former Newberg Bicycle Shoppe now has a new business selling and repairing bicycles in the community.
While substantially smaller and tucked behind Social Goods, OSCyclery Newberg owner David Strickland said the store has already seen a steady stream of new customers flowing in the past few weeks.
"We've had a lot of people come in. Mostly it's just by word of mouth and our signs on the street – people are walking by and seeing what's going on …," he said "Everybody's saying they're really happy to have a new bike shop finally back in town, so real supportive, so it's kind of been pretty busy."
The Newberg store is the second in the OSCyclery chain, the first being Orenco Station Cyclery in Hillsboro, a roughly 1,400-square-foot store established in 2013.
The Newberg Bicycle Shoppe closed in early 2014 and sat vacant for nearly two years before Danny and Robbins Sikkens bought the building and began soliciting input from the community on what the downtown storefront should be, eventually establishing it as Social Goods.
Strickland said the idea to set up a second store in Newberg came through his relationship with the building's owners.
"The subject came up of people wanting a bike shop here in Newberg after the old one has closed for the last four years – guy was there for 22 years – so basically one thing led to another," he said. "Since, I already own a bike shop in Orenco, in Hillsboro, we worked out a deal and figured that it would be a good thing to have another bike shop here in Newberg."
While the Newberg shop at 108 S. Howard St. is much smaller than the longtime bike shop that was in the Social Goods space previously, the 2,500 square-foot space is bigger than the original Hillsboro shop.
The new store will sell new bicycles, accept trade-ins of used bikes toward the purchase of new a bike, as well as repair or service bikes with a variety of commons parts and accessories for sale on site or available by special order.
He noted that OSCyclery hosts a number group rides throughout the year for riders of all levels and encouraged anyone interested in taking part to find "Team Orenco" on the Meetup app.
In addition, Strickland said he's had a number of customers asking for skateboard supplies and he recently placed an order for trucks, bearings, decks and griptape to see what kind of demand exists in town.
For now, Strickland plans to keep OSCyclery Newberg a one-man shop – only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday – as he personally works out the kinks of the new business and heads into the slow, winter season.
He's confident the store can take the drop off in business the rainy season will bring, sustained by bike commuter needs, but he still plans on looking into new ways to bring people in, perhaps by even offering a few beers on tap for customers waiting for service on bikes or just looking to browse and pass the time.
More information on the store is available at www. oscyclery.com.