One of my great loves is sharing my passion for bicycles and their many benefits with others. I love the visceral connection riding a bike gives me to my surroundings and the city I live. The smell of roasting coffee, the wind in my face, the sound of my tires rolling over cobbles, not to mention the many health benefits. There truly is a spontaneity, joy and freedom unequal to any other way I have found of getting from hear to there.
I began working on bicycles in my father's small shop as a kid, in Southern Oregon, and got my first job at a larger bicycle shop when I was 15. Since then, I have lived and breathed bicycles, gaining thousands of hours of wrenching experience at bike shops in Eugene and Portland as well as guiding and designing bicycle vacations in many far off places.
I've worked on every kind of bike imaginable from old-school around-town clunkers, mountain bikes to high end carbon race machines. During 2012, I decided it was time to turn my dream of working for myself into a reality and started Left Coast Bicycles with the aim of being the most convenient, friendly service available in Portland. What an honor it is to live and work in this beautiful city living my dream and connecting with the wonderful community here.
- Aaron (owner)
Throughout my life I have appreciated the bicycle for so many reasons. As a child a bicycle was the best toy imaginable, providing an amazing amount of freedom. In my college years, I started working as a bicycle mechanic and my love for the bicycle grew in every direction. I began to appreciate them as an environmentally friendly mode of transportation. I have been working in the bike industry for over 10 years, and love the opportunity make people’s bikes work exactly how they want them to.
- Keaton (Pro Mechanic)
The bike bug bit me when I was a teenager in Grants Pass, Oregon, mountain biking on the slippery granite soil of Dollar Mountain and the Cathedral Hills trails. Since then, I've been lucky to work in the bike industry in a variety of locations and roles, from running a community shop in Eugene to working on high-end mountain bikes in Utah, to designing and fabricating cargo bikes. I've had the chance to work on bikes of all kinds, ages, and price tags, and love the problem-solving challenge of repair work. I love bicycles for their practicality, their simplicity, and their environmental friendliness, but most of all, just for the joy of riding.
- Joel (Cargo bike disaster relief specialist, Pro Mechanic)