Brooklyn Bike Shop opens on Milwaukie Avenue

by: Rita A. Leonard, Carey Hopkins is owner/operator of the Brooklyn Bike Shop, a full-service shop recently opened at 3432 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.

Bike commuters have a new local resource for bicycles, accessories and repairs: Brooklyn Bike Shop has opened at 3432 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.

Owner/operator Carey Hopkins has managed several different bike shops in the Portland area over the past 12 years, and is also a trained machinist and certified suspension technician. 'We are a full-service shop here,' he says. 'I'm focusing on quality products at great prices for my customers.'

Hopkins' brother owns 'Momentum Bike, Hike, and Board' in Sandy, and the two share their resources. Carey Hopkins is a former Brooklyn resident, and says he is enjoys serving customers in his old neighborhood. 'We have a complete repair shop here,' he says. 'I also run my own fabrication business, and have access to welding and fabrication equipment. I do repairs only on steel bike frames. If a part is available, I can pretty much create it.'

The Brooklyn Bike Shop carries new and 'upper-end reconditioned' bikes. Currently they deal in Jamis, KHS, Redline, and LaPierre brands. They also sell bike helmets, parts, clothing, packs, safety equipment, and accessories such as bike mirrors and sunglasses. 'We look for new products all the time, especially close-outs,' says Carey. 'I like to be able to offer good deals to my customers.'

Hopkins also has available Bob bike trailers, tricycles for kids and adults, jogging strollers, and folding bicycles. He has plans to offer free Basic Bike Maintenance classes later in the year, similar to those taught at the Sandy bike shop. The brothers are both involved in the historic Sandy Bicycle Club, and are community-minded in other ways as well.

'Last year we held a fundraising ride for a bicyclist who was hit by a drunk driver in Gresham,' notes Carey. 'He was severely injured, but we were able to raise funds for his support.' The Brooklyn Bike Shop has a historic 1896 photo on the wall showing a gathering of members of the Sandy Bicycle Club (which is still in existence) and their old-fashioned bicycles.

'We're looking for more older biking pictures to display on our walls,' Carey says.

The Brooklyn Bike Shop currently carries mostly adult bikes, but they plan to bring in more kids' bikes by summertime. The shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am until 6 pm, and Saturdays 10 till 5. Call 503/546-1696 for information.