|At the Monster Cookie 2012
|A 2013 profile in the paper
I’m retiring and closing the shop, effective the 31st of May....South Salem Cycleworks, near the corner of Liberty and Browning, has been the only major shop outside of the downtown core and, at least until the Hub came and focused totally on reusing and recycling old bikes, might have been the most deeply green. They never had dumpster service, and Marion County featured them in press about the EarthWISE program. In 2015 the shop won "Recycler of the Year" at the Mid-Valley Green Awards.
We have offered rentals in the form of XC-skis, snowshoes, bicycles, tandems, and kid’s trailers for nearly 30 years. I don’t hesitate to say we’ve been the major player in rentals during this period of time, and paying the insurance premium for that as well. I hope someone steps up and carries that forward for tourists, or just folks out for a lark.
We’ll be offering our rentals for sale at very discounted prices, along with much of the store’s inventory of new parts and bikes. More exotic items will not be reduced, but will continue to be available via the shop’s gallery on this website.
I’ll miss my regular customers, many of which have enjoyed their free lifetime tune-ups, as well as introducing new riders to the sport. But I’ll also enjoy telling, instead of listening to, tales of riding, whether locally or more exotic locations.
I hope to see you on the road...
|An Earthwise ad
|A feature about the shop
Though he does not talk about advocacy in the notice about his retirement, it's possible he's ready to retire from this also.
|Just outside the shop on Liberty - the wide avenue invites speeding!
Five auto lanes and two five-foot bike lanes
via Streetview, 2016
And we still lack any continuation north between Browning and the difficult wye with Commercial at Vista and Fairview.
This, and the frustration it implies, is a very typical story for Salem and its approach to transportation. (Just look at the struggle for bike lanes on State Street right now!)
So stop by the shop, just south of Browning on Liberty, and say "bon voyage!" Maybe you'll find something to help with the inventory reduction, too!