Rochelle Udell said, “”The structure behind every good business organization should first encourage possibilities.” And while she works in the creative realm of business, we think that’s absolutely true at our brick & mortar bike shop. We strive to create possibilities, for our customers, for our collaborative partners, for our employees, and for ourselves.
Our vision for Splendid Cycles started small, but is based on a grand possibilities for the world. It’s a vision of more people using bikes to meet their daily needs. It’s a vision of people discovering a simpler life with a slower pace. It’s a vision of daily actions that contribute to personal, community, and planetary health. Those possibilities inspired Splendid Cycles.
We are dedicated to helping manifest that dream by offering products, knowledge, and expertise that helps people to shift toward reliance on the active transportation.
Splendid Cycles is an importer and retail shop selling the world’s finest cargo bikes and electric assist bicycles to our customers in Portland and beyond. We import the Larry vs Harry cargo bike, Butchers and Bicycles tricycle, Riese & Müller e-bikes and cargo bikes, and various bike parts from Taiwan. Using a network of local artisans in Portland who produce cargo bike boxes, rain canopies, and other small parts, we offer accessories to meet the needs of our US customers. We proudly sell both Xtracycle and Surly Big Dummy too.
We wholesale much of what we import and produce to a network of exceptional specialty retail stores throughout the western USA. Our affiliate shops have cargo and family biking expertise and offer the same Bullitt selection offered at Splendid Cycles. In addition, they can offer you the personalized service and after-sale care only available at your LBS (Local Bike Shop).
If an affiliate shop is not in your area, we are happy to be your LCBS (Local Cargo Bike Shop). Our staff can help you choose the right cargo bike via phone or email. Our experience with the details and logistics of shipping big bikes means we have affordable shipping rates that deliver fully-assembled bikes to your door (within the continental USA).
What makes us different?
Only Cargo and E-assist Bikes: We like to say, “We’re a niche within a niche.” As soon as you walk in the door, you’ll know we’re different. We focus exclusively on cargo bikes and cargo bike accessories so we don’t look or operate like a typical bike shop. And, boy, do we know cargo bikes!
Personal Attention: Cargo and electric bike customers are our top priority so we’re able to give you our full attention and answer all of your questions. That means you are able to make an informed decision when considering which bike best meets your needs.
We Like to Customize: While we have pre-built bikes available, we take pride in having the ability, knowledge, and dedication, to help you customize your bike. Whether your new bike needs a different stem or drive train upgrade, we’re happy to consult and customize your bike to make it just the way you like it.
Top Quality Products: A cargo bike is a once-in-a-lifetime investment so buying a quality product pays off over the long term. We’ve stocked our store with only the best bikes and accessories available. You can be assured that the bike you buy at Splendid Cycles is well-engineered and built to last.
Locally Produced Accessories: We work with a number different artisans and craftspeople who produce cargo accessories for the Larry vs Harry Bullitt. These include: beautiful and functional, kid-hauling cargo boxes for the Bullitt; rain canopy systems to keep kiddos dry; and lightweight, lockable, waterproof delivery boxes.
Huge Inventory of Cargo Bikes: We strive to keep a broad selection of test ride-ready cargo bikes on our floor. That means you can stop by at your convenience and compare all of the options; see the colors choices; put your 2.5 kids in a big box, a small box, or a box that’s just right; or mosey in to come kick some tires on a really cool bike.
Experience: Splendid Cycles has assembled one of the hardest-working, experienced, and talented staffs in the bike biz. At least we like to think so. Read more about how that experience translates to a reliable, quality cargo bike on our Meet Our Staff page.
What’s With those Crazy Hours and Store Closures?
We strive to deliver top-notch service to our customers. You, our customers, are why we do what we do. Helping you, seeing cargo bikes transform your lives, and…oh, my, how you give back by supporting us; it all keeps us going. But, as wonderful as our job here is, we are committed to striking the work-home balance that sustains our ability to bring our A-game to Splendid Cycles.
In order to do that, we have to carve time out for ourselves. Since we have a small staff, and the two of the full-time folks are married (to each other), that means we have to close from time to time to follow some of our other dreams. We know that can be inconvenient for our customers, especially those traveling from out-of-town to visit us. We regret that and apologize that we can’t be here 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Until we’re bigger and have the staff to take care of customers while we’re away, we’ll continue to have periodic closures-sometimes due to work, other times for play. So, be sure to check our website (the bottom, right column of the front page) before you plan your trip to our shop. We hope you understand.
Splendid Cycles not only sells Larry vs Harry Bullitt cargo bikes from our cozy store in Portland, Oregon, but we’re also the West Coast Bullitt Distributor. Through our affiliate Bullitt Dealers you’ll find some of the same great bikes and Bullitt accessories hopefully at a location closer to you.