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Bike N Hike's era rolls to a close in Beaverton and Hillsboro

After 25 years, Bike N Hike's two local stores' days are numbered

Coleman Reairdon (left) says goodbye to longtime Bike N Hike patron and Bethany resident Mark Poling mere minutes before locking the doors for the last time Saturday, Oct. 31. Coleman Reairdon felt no joy when he left work on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 31.

As he locked the doors of Bike N Hike at 156 S.E. 4th Ave. in Hillsboro for the last time, the expression on his face was laden with emotion.

“It’s kinda weird,” Reairdon said. “Like the end of an era.”

While hundreds of Hillsboro’s residents were battling the rain to enjoy Halloween, Reairdon was packing his personal belongings into a box. After 25 years in business, the downtown bike shop’s closure — as well as the closure of Bike N Hike's Beaverton location on Beaverton Hillsdale Highway — will resonate with many residents in both cities.

“A lot of people around here, it’s the only place they go,” Reairdon said.

Over the course of 15 years, Reairdon serviced countless bikes for countless people as the shop’s service manager. On Saturday, two longtime customers came into the Hillsboro store just before closing to say their goodbyes.

Jeanette Daniels of Hillsboro and Mark Poling of Bethany had both shopped at Bike N Hike for the past decade.

With her sons Samuel and John, Daniels bought a number of bikes over the course of 15 years and will remember Bike N Hike — and specifically Reairdon — for the friendly, personalized service she received.

“I think it sucks (that it’s closing),” Daniels said. “It’s not a good thing for us bikers. This place was always ... a family-oriented store. They took care of you here. It’s very sad.”

Poling echoed Daniels’ sentiment.Opened in 1990, downtown Hillboros Bike N Hike saw success for 25 years. Now, with most of its inventory sold off or moved to the Beaverton location, the store had much different look on its final day of operation Oct. 31.

“It’s always been my first stop for bike stuff,” said Poling, who bought bicycles for his wife, son, his son’s girlfriend and himself over the last decade.

“It’s sad because there’s so few bike stores left,” he added. “And Coleman — what a resource.”

Helping Reairdon with the final paperwork was Scott Damerval, a supply buyer and manager with the Bike N Hike organization for the past 25 years.

“It is a sad day, but things change,” Damerval said. And while the closing is somewhat demoralizing, “the public outpouring has been phenomenal,” he added.

“Half the customers in this month have been crying ... people who bought their first bike here.”

While Poling took exception to that, Daniels let her tears join the raindrops that were already dripping off her cheeks.

For both Reairdon and Damerval, the store’s closing marks a turning point in their lives.

Damerval had planned on retiring in two years, but decided to move up the date to now, “unless something new comes up,” he said.

For Reairdon, his future is unknown. For the first time in 15 years, he’ll be completely unemployed.

Bike N Hike owner Kevin Chudy has hired a broker to sell the business, and would be willing to sell or lease the Hillsboro building to a new owner.

“I’m hoping that we can find someone to bring some new money and new energy and take a great business that I’m very proud of and make it even better,” Chudy said. “We’ve been so lucky to work in such great communities and such great employees. So I will be working this winter to find someone to continue that.”

With the Bike N Hike store in Beaverton also up for sale, Chudy is optimistic — and Reairdon shares it, to some extent.

“I have a feeling there’ll be a bike shop in (the area), whether it be this building or not,” Reairdon said.