Introducing the Mixtape

OCTOBER 2016 : The Mixtape

a retrospective of our most "liked" photos from Instagram artfully paired with the most listened to jams from the staff of your favorite shop. 

The Surly Stragglers have landed! (And we've been making some executive decisions about bar tape color.🔮)#surlybikes #surlystraggler


A little bicycle-shaped ray of sunshine. ☉


A ray of sunshine on a gray day / The 'new bike day' photo backdrop of our dreams / The freshly painted mural across the street at @clarysageherbarium😍


This 650b, dynamo lit, rain-ready @allcitycycles Spacehorse Disc was built to conquer any daily commute, weekend excursion, or overnight adventure and she's itching to roll. Good thing it's almost new bike day for @alleyhector!


Happy new bike day to Terra and her autumnal beauty of a@sweetpeabikes Farmers Market! Somehow (and we're not sure how) her amazingly thoughtful husband managed to secretly and meticulously plan this bike with us, perfectly channeling her preferences along the way, and then keep it all a secret for almost an entire year. All that planning was totally worth it -- it was love at first ride for Terra and the bike and we can't wait to see them riding all over Portland together for years to come!



If I had my way, I'd ride peach bikes every day...🍑 Happy new bike day to Judy and her freaking adorable peachy-keen Papillionaire! 


duh-nuh...du-nuh...du-nuh, du-nuh, du-nuh, du-nuh.... THEY'RE BACK! Double Darn sewed us up a second batch of shark attack caps and they're ready for your noggins. (Note: Thanks to all of our pals across the country for your interest, but this batch is available for local purchases only.) photo: @doubledarn



Happy new bike day to me (Leah)! 💥🚲💨 OK, bike day was actually about a month ago, but I finally got out yesterday and coated these tires with the mud they deserve and, dang, this@livcyclingusa Embolden 1 rips! It's pretty perfect full-suspension bike for those of us who are getting into the dirt end of things. (Note: While we don't regularly stock mountain bikes, we're happy to special order them and just as happy to trade ride recommendations with you!)


#tbt Anyone remember the Dress Like Your Bike event we did with the fine folks of @quick_study? 📷:@shotbyshola




Winter Service Specials!



Winter Overhaul Special: $125

  • Hubs/ Headset overhaul

  • Clean/ replace drivetrain (parts additional)
  • Clean/ replace brakes (parts additional)
  • Install new brake and shifting cables (parts included)
  • Install any new parts/ accessories you'd like
  • Clean up the entire bike so that it sparkles and rides like new --- or better!
  • Pro Tip: Also a great time to get your bike a fresh coat of paint/powder if it's looking chipped or rusty.

Winter Full Tune Up Special: $65

  • Inspect & adjust braking and shifting
  • Inspect and adjust bearing systems (hubs, headset, bottom bracket)
  • True wheels
  • Light cleaning of frame, drive train and wheel rims
  • Tighten up all bolts
  • Lube chain and cables
  • Air up your tires and get you on the road



Papillionaire Closeout Sale


We're shifting up our lineup of bikes, making space for shiny new ones and will no longer be carrying Papillionaire Bicycles*. And so, we're putting our limited remaining stock of them on steep discount: All remaining Papillionaire 3 speed bicycles are marked down to $450 from $600!

We only have a few bikes left -- all Sommers -so be sure to stop by  soon if you'd like them to be yours.

-Team Gladys


*The fine print:

Don't worry, we'll still have plenty of lovely, upright city bikes of this style available from Bianchi, Liv and Soma.

Already own a Papillionaire Bicycle? Great! We will continue to be just as excited to service them for you. We're here for you and your bikes! 



Christmas in July

Guess what? Many Liv 2017 models landed early (Side note: We've gotten to take a peak at them and are happy to report that they're absolutely awesome bikes. Get ready.) and so to make room for them we're starting to clear out some of the remaining 2016 stock by declaring it CHRISTMAS IN JULY and offering some super, incredibly sweet deals. See below for the juicy details and stop by the shop soon to see the bikes in real life!

(Note: Quantities limited to models listed, and to what we have in stock. Thanks! )

AVAIL 1 DISC- Regularly $1500, now $1150.

If you are looking for a road bike, this is pretty much the mother of all deals. Carbon fork, aluminum frame, Shimano 105 group, mechanical disc brakes... This bike is seriously awesome. 

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AVAIL 3- Regularly $920, now $875. 

The *perfect* entry level road bike with a carbon fork, aluxx frame, Shimano Sora group and rim brakes. Run, don't walk.


THRIVE- Regularly $950, now $900.

Flat bar, disc-equipped road bike. Fast and comfortable. Get some. 




Starting week of Monday, May 16 we will have new hours at the shop:

Wednesday, Thursday + Friday: 10:30am - 7pm

Saturday + Sunday: 10:30am - 5pm


I imagine you might have some questions about this:

What changed?

We are now open by appointment only (for bike fittings and custom build consultations) on both Mondays and Tuesdays, but have extended our hours every other day of the week, so that we'll be open later on weekdays and longer on weekends.  

Why on earth would we do such a thing?

(1) More is not better. Cutting down to five days/week means that it will pretty much be the same staff here every time you walk through the door. This will keep us good at communicating with each other and also means we get to spend more time together, which is awesome because we like each other. Moreover, since we'll be open almost as many hours, we'll still be able to the same amount of repairs and give you just as many hours to buy bikes, check out saddles and hang out with us. It's a win/win.

(2) Everyone deserves time off. Changing the schedule ensures that every person that works here gets two days a row. On a personal level, this will allow us more time to recharge, hang out with friends and family and, most importantly, ride our bikes!

What if I'm supposed to return my saddles on Tuesdays?

You're welcome to keep them an extra day and bring them in on Wednesday instead. Bonus day!

When do these new hours start?

New hours go into effect next week, meaning: We'll be closed on Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17, open 10:30-7pm on Wed, Thurs and Fri and then 10:30-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

I understand that this will probably not make everyone happy, but it ultimately is a good choice for the business in the interest of providing you with the best service possible.  Please be in touch via email ( with any feedback, just try your hardest to be nice about it. 




Hello, Sunshine Sale!

Friday, April 8 - Sunday April 10 

* 10-25% off select Bianchi, Liv and Papillionaire Bicycles

* 25% off all rain and winter weather gear

*50% off 2015 clothing

We're making room for some great new products this summer, and passing along deals to all of you! Three days only - don't miss out.




Introducing the Road Curious Club

**UPDATE: The Road Curious Club has filled up for 2016. Sign up below to be added onto a wait list for this year, and stay tuned for more information about future dates.***


Want to Try road riding, but feel unsure about where or how to start? 

Good news: We're excited to roll out a new program at the shop this Spring, modeled after our popular 'Cross Curious Club, and creatively named the Road Curious Club: A training, support and social group for people who want to try road riding and racing, regardless of their level of knowledge, experience or speed.

The DetailS

Who can join? Anyone who wants to. There are No fitness tests, no age limits, no fashion contests...all are welcome!

Does it cost anything?  Yes. Club membership is $50

What does it include?

  • Classes Led by experienced riders and racers who are passionate about getting more folks out on the road 

  • 10% off parts, accessories and labor at Gladys Bikes during the duration of the Club

  • Affordable road bike rental opportunities at Gladys Bikes

What's the schedule? 

Class #1: April 10 - Intro to Road Riding

Class #2: April 17 - Group Riding Basics

Class #3: April 24 - Hills, Hills, Hills

Class #4: May 8 - Bike Handling and Balance

Class #5: May 16 -  Road Racing 101

Optional Race: Monday, May 23 for Monday Night at PIR Beginner race

What if I'm not sure my bike is the right kind of bike for this? Stop by or give us a ring if you're wondering whether or not your bike is road appropriate. If We decide together that it's not, we're offering $100 off all road bikes we sell for club members and also offering up a fleet of Liv Avail road bikes for rentals. 

What if I'm not in good enough shape? Turns out that riding bikes is a great way to get in better shape! There are no fitness tests for joining this club.

What if I don't have the right clothing/shoes/helmet/gear? Don't worry about that. We're glad to help you figure out what you do/don't need to get into road riding.

How do I sign up? The road Curious CLUB is FUll for 2016. Sign up below to add yourself onto the waiting list.


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We're Hiring

We're excited to bring on another member to our small, but growing team this Spring.

Bicycle Mechanic + Retail Salesperson

This position will be responsible for working directly with customers -- some days entirely in a mechanic capacity, others in sales. We’re in search of a great candidate who has technical proficiency in bicycle assessment and repair procedures, a fine-tuned attention to detail, and (most importantly) the ability to act as a welcoming, friendly and approachable ambassador of Gladys Bikes.  

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Engage customers in a retail setting
  • Learn about saddle fit and selection in order to provide customers with exceptional advice through the Saddle Library
  • Assess and repair a wide range of bicycles 
  • Assemble stock bicycles from the box 
  • Assist lead mechanic in full- custom Sweetpea Bicycle builds
  • Stay up-to-date on emerging trends and new products in the industry
  • Make everyone who walks through the doors feel welcome and respected


  • 2 years of experience as a mechanic in a professional bike shop
  • Knowledge of and a willingness to learn more about both emerging and older bicycle technologies
  • Experience with and/or a strong interest in learning more about bike fit and the fitting process
  • Consistent attention to detail and a methodical approach to service 
  • Willingness to accept guidance and feedback related to job duties 
  • Effective and open communication skills— we believe this goes a long way in creating a good work environment for all 
  • Commitment to creating a welcoming and engaging space for people of all gender identities, races, shapes, sizes, ages and riding styles

Initial Employment Term: Late February-September, with the option for year-round employment

Hours/Week: 25 (with option for more) 


  • Fun, flexible and innovative work environment in which all workers’ voices are equally heard and appreciated
  • Employee purchasing rates on all products
  • Profit sharing (eligible after one full year of successful employment) 
  • Paid time off, holiday pay and sick leave pay (for full and part-time workers) 

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to, or drop it by the shop in person. Thanks for your interest!



Holiday Gift Guide

The perfect gift for the bike lover in your life, at any price.

$25 or Less

1. Park Tool Pizza Cutter ($16) - In the Venn diagram of "pizza lovers" and "bike lovers" there's a whole lot of overlap. This one's a guaranteed winner. 

2. Gladys Swag ($12-18) - T-Shirts, water bottles, musettes, oh my! All available in the shop or online at

3. Bar Tape ($20) - New handlebar tape makes any bike (and it's rider!) feel just a little bit more special. Our favorite is the Cinelli Gel Cork - it's perfect amount of pillowy cushion. 

4. Bird Cage or Owl Cage from PDW ($20) - Yes, people will make "put a bird on it" jokes when they see it, but it will still be totally worth it. 


$50 or Less

1.  Double Darn Cycling Cap ($36-42)- Hand sewn in Portland, OR. Available in special Gladys designs, or in wool (with or without ear flaps) to keep to your special someone warm all winter long.  

2. Saddle Library Card Plus ($50) - Help your special someone find the saddle of their dreams with a Saddle Library Card ($25) AND give them a little something extra to go towards the price of whatever seat their butt decides it loves the most. 

3. Buckshot Wireless Speaker ($50) - Love music and bikes? Sweet. This bluetooth compatible speaker comes with a easy to use handlebar mount so you'll never have to endure quiet, music-less bike rides again!  

4. Anhaica Tool Roll ($45) -  Hand-sewn, hand-waxed canvas tool rolls that are as easy on the eyes as they are to install onto your saddle. Bonus: Comes pre-stuffed with a patch kit and tire levers!


$100 or Less

1. Home Maintenance Kit ($100)- A multi-tool, lube, chain cleaner, tire levers, patch kit and pump -- pretty much everything you need to keep your bike clean and well-maintained. 

2. Basic Bicycle Fit ($100) - There's no better gift to give a cyclist than a bike fit with Natalie. No matter what your riding style -- commuter, roadie, tourist, racer... -- a pro bike fit will always make you feel more comfortable and happy while riding your bike.

3. Light & Motion Commuter Light Combo ($99) - These extra bright rechargeable bike lights are a sure fire hit for anyone who rides in the dim, dusk or dark.

4. North Street Scout Duffle 11 ($79) - These perfectly sized bags mount onto just about any handlebar so you never have to worry about easy access to your snacks ever again. 


$250 or Less

1. Cleverhood Rain Cape ($250) - Rain pants no more! These USA Made, waterproof, full coverage and super reflective rain capes render them complete unnecessary. 

2. Torch Helmet ($145) - These awesome new helmets come full with fully integrated, USB rechargeable front and rear lights. Yep, they're pretty much the best thing ever for bike commuters.

3. Complete Bicycle Overhauls ($200) - Give the gift of bike that will suddenly ride like it's new again. Full details here

4. Gift Certificate ($____) - Let them pick out what they really want this year. All gift certificates of $200 or more come with a free Gladys t-shirt. Sweet! Available in store or online



A gift certificate for a new bike? A total bike makeover, complete with a new paint job? A deposit for the custom Sweetpea they've long dreamed of? 

The sky's the limit. Feel free to ask us for ideas -- we've got load of them for you!



Sweetpea Swag(ger)

Sweetpea T Shirts and Kits 

Sometimes you have to put your favorite Gladys  t shirt or jersey in the wash. It happens to the best of us. But how (oh how!) can you feel just as sharp and well put together on laundry days?

Buy yourself a Sweeptea t shirt. Or get yourself a whole Sweetpea kit, complete with jersey, shorts, and arm warmers, of course!

$20 for the t-shirt of your dreams. 

$20 for the t-shirt of your dreams. 

$120 for this swoon-worthy kit. 



Winter Service Deals!

Winter Specials


Winter Overhaul Special: $125

  • Hubs/ Headset overhaul
  • Clean/ replace drivetrain (parts additional)
  • Clean/ replace brakes (parts additional)
  • Install new brake and shifting cables (parts included)
  • Install any new parts/ accessories you'd like
  • Clean up the entire bike so that it sparkles and rides like new --- or better!
  • Pro Tip: Also a great time to get your bike a fresh coat of paint/powder if it's looking chipped or rusty.

Winter Full Tune Up Special: $65

  • Inspect & adjust braking and shifting
  • Inspect and adjust bearing systems (hubs, headset, bottom bracket)
  • True wheels
  • Light cleaning of frame, drive train and wheel rims
  • Tighten up all bolts
  • Lube chain and cables
  • Air up your tires and get you on the road



3 Reasons Why Fall Is The Perfect Time For A Bike Fit

1. Cyclocross is coming. Whether you are new to the sport or upgrading to a new rig, getting your bike fit dialed in will make you stronger and more confident on the bike. It will not prevent you from falling in the mud. But that's what makes 'cross fun, right?

2. Bike Commute Challenge. The BTA's yearly Bike Commute Challenge helps us recommit to riding, just as fall presents us with reasons not to ride. Rain, dark, seasonal affective disorder... You can make it a whole lot easier on yourself by having an efficient and comfortable bike fit. That extra efficiency just might buy you a couple extra minutes in bed. Enough said.

3. Scheduling Has Never Been Easier. With the peak season of bike fitting almost behind us, there are more opportunities to come for a fit at your convenience, whether that be daytime, weekend, or evening.  Schedule here.



2015 New Bike Lovefest



  • LIV Alight City- Regularly $575, now $550
  • LIV Avail 5- Regularly $640, now $600
  • LIV Thrive- Regularly $925, now $895
  • BIANCHI Cortina- Regularly $429, now $00
  • BIANCHI Torino (yellow only)- Regularly $479, now $435
  • BIANCHI Volpe (rim brake version)- Regularly $1300, now $1225



Shop Jerseys

LET'S the donut shop.

These Castelli Training Fit Jerseys feature a more relaxed, not-totally-skin-tight fit. Includes full front zipper and 3 ample-sized snack pockets (that's what they're really for, right?) on the back. Lightweight, comfortable and tastefully covered in donuts. What more could you want?

Some notes:

SIZING. Sizes run small -- order one full size up from what you would normally wear. For Portland, OR customers, please feel free to come into the shop to try on samples.

COLORS. Navy, covered in royal blue with marigold and magenta highlights.

THIS IS A PRE-ORDER. We will place our final order for this item on August 10th, 2015. The expected lead time is 1 month and we plan to ship them in late September, but there is no guaranteed shipping date for this item.

THIS IS A LIMITED RUN. We will be printing PRE-ORDER jersey's only. Pre-order by August 9th.


WANT ONE? Place your order here. 



Independence Day Sale

In celebration of Independence Day we're having a two day Red, White and Blue sale on Friday, July 3 and Sunday July 5:

* 25% off all red, white and blue accessories!
* $50-100 off red, white and blue bikes!
* Hooray!

(Reminder: Shop is closed on the 4th so that we can celebrate family, friends, food and fireworks.)



Introducing Rose Haven

Dear friends, family and customers of Gladys Bikes, 

I am unbelievably excited to tell you about a new partnership we have: Starting in June 2015 Gladys Bikes will be donating $50 from each semi-custom bicycle we build to support the work of Rose Haven, a non-profit day shelter and community space in NW Portland serving women and children experiencing the trauma of abuse, loss of home and other disruptive life challenges.


One of the main goals of Gladys Bikes is to support and empower women through bicycles. I’m thrilled that we get to do that for our customers on a daily basis.

That said, we’re a business. We do our best to work within people’s budgets and respect their needs, but at the end of the day we can only serve folks who can afford what we sell. And while we get to work with many excellent folks (arguably the best lot of customers in the world), we want to support even more women -- including those who can’t afford our services -- through our love of bikes. This partnership will allow us to do just that.

Why not a bike-related donation?

We’re a people-first bike shop, which means that it’s important that we support folks where they’re at rather than making assumptions about what they might need or want. In the shop this means that we talk a lot with folks about their riding goals and bike dreams and then make recommendations based on our best knowledge, but ultimately trust that they know what is best for themselves. More broadly, this means that while we find bikes empowering and transformative in our own lives, we recognize that a bike is not what everyone wants or needs  -- we don’t want to assume that the best way to support people is by doing something we think is cool. Instead we like the idea of leveraging our love of bicycles to support folks in ways that make sense for them.

And so we are partnering with an organization, Rose Haven, that understands and deeply cares about the women they work with and respecting them to do the right thing with our contributions. Perhaps one day the support we provide will be used to get some of the guests of Rose Haven on bikes, but perhaps not. What’s more important is that we’re using our donations to meet people where they are at instead of telling them what we think they need.

Why Rose Haven?

We truly admire their approach. Instead of offering one-size-fits-all services, they partner with dozens of social service and support organizations in the region to provide their guests with the tailored support and advice that they uniquely need.

Additionally, when thinking about which organization we’d like to work with, three customers made mention of volunteering with the women at Rose Haven in the span of a few days. And then, when I went to meet with a member of their staff and tour the center, low and behold, the only other bike locked to the outside rack was the first semi-custom bike that we ever built -- it turns out its owner is also a regular volunteer at Rose Haven. I’d say it was meant to be.

Does this mean semi-custom bikes are going to be more expensive than they were before?


Why didn’t you start doing this sooner?

We waited until the business was in a healthy and stable financial place before considering any type of sustained giving relationship.  I wanted to make sure that Gladys could offer a measure of reliability and regularity in our giving, since long-term partnerships and stable funding streams are often most helpful to organizations, especially small ones. We’re starting at $50 leaving ourselves room to grow in this partnership. As we grow, hopefully our ability to support Rose Haven will as well.

How can I support Rose Haven even if I’m not buying a semi-custom bike?

We hope to hold events in the future to collect specific items that would be helpful to Rose Haven through the shop. In the meantime, we encourage you to give to them directly.


Feel free to email me at  I’d love to talk.


Leah Benson


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Alberta Street + Bikes = Love

 ---- NEWSFLASH ----

The Community Cycling Center and Gladys Bikes are teaming up to spread the bike love up and down Alberta Street this summer!

As a part of Alberta Street's new Retail Happy Hour, from 3-6pm every Wednesday both of our shops will be offering 10% off new parts and accessories AND giving out coupons for some super secret (shhhhh) deals at each other's shops.

Hope to see you on an upcoming Wednesday to celebrate bikes, fun, collaboration and sweet deals! 

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The Teal Bombshell

Our newest consigned bike is gonna love you back. And shred.

All the sexy details:

Sweetpea Bicycles 'Bombshell' Mountain Bike

This is the only hand built Sweetpea mountain bike out there, and it rides and looks just as good as you'd expect. It's a collector for sure, but also a rad bike that's ready to shred. 

Price:  $2500

Frame: Handbuilt Columbus Steel

Fork:  Fox F32-100mm shock with 15mm axle.

Geometry: 43 cm bb to top, 59 center to center actual, 31.5 inch stand over height

Wheels: 26" Reynolds Canyon

Drive train: Shimano Deore XT 2x9

Brakes: Shimano Deore XT Hydraulic Disc

Headset: Chris King

Stem: Thomson 90mm

Handlebar: 36cm Salsa Poco, short reach

Saddle: Comes with Saddle Library card ($25 value) so you can choose the one that perfect for you.

Curious? Stop on by. Test rides are welcome and encouraged. And, yes, we will ship.



First Annual Semi-Custom Reunion

In case you haven't noticed, we love building people's custom dream bikes. There's something special about sitting down, figuring out exactly what a person wants out of a bike and then guiding them through the process of picking out every part and color to ensure that they're getting a bike that fits their body, riding style and personality perfectly. We get to know these people and their bikes incredibly well through the process -- so much so that they become more than just customers, they're friends of shop and the bedrock of the community that makes this place tick.

And so, it was such a treat to see so many of them together in one place on February 25 when we hosted on first annual gathering of Gladys' Semi-Custom Bikes and their owners. Check out some of the photos!