Rivendell Bicycle Works now has a home in Portland. Rivelo is a new bike shop in inner southeast that’s set to fully open next month as a dealer of the famous brand’s bikes, bags, apparel and other accessories.
Long-time BikePortland friend and reader (and big Rivendell fan) Beth Hamon rolled by the shop yesterday and shared a few photos…
In a blog post about her visit Beth (a former co-owner at Citybikes) said Rivelo is “small, cute, and super niche-y.”
Rivelo is run by John Bennett, a former employee at Rivendell’s World HQ in Walnut Creek, California. Bennett calls his shop “Portland’s Rivendell Test Center.” Right now they’ve got two models in stock: the Sam Hillborne and the Cheviot. Bennett says the shop is so small they currently only plan to sell bikes, not fix them.
Bennett is also a huge Bob Dylan fan. He opened the shop with regular hours on May 23rd, Dylan’s birthday, and you’ll find a nice selection of his records for sale.
The shop has a great location (401 SE Caruthers) right on the corner of SE Caruthers and Water near the foot of the new Tilikum Bridge smack dab in the busy bikeway between the end of the Esplanade and start of the Springwater.
If you’re a big Rivendell fan or just curious to learn more, mark you calendar for June 20th at 2:00 pm. Bennett will host Mr. Rivendell himself, company founder Grant Petersen, for a talk and open house event.
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