Who we are

WHO WE ARE

(Scroll down for WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING (Customer Reviews) and DIRECTIONS)

 

Marc and Glenn Vanselow, son and father, partnered to open Burlingame Bikes in 2013. We love bicycles, old and new. As professional mechanics, we love the technology of new bikes and cherish the hand-built craftsmanship of classic bikes. You will find both at our shop.

 

Carrying on the hand-built tradition, we pride ourselves on our attention to detail, which brings you precision repairs with quality components, including Campagnolo, Selle Italia, Vittoria, and Morgan Blue. When you bring your bike to our shop, the owner is the mechanic who will be working on your bike.

 

We feature new road bikes from racers to commuters, classic European racing bikes, parts, accessories, and expert bicycle repair. We are proud to be an authorized dealer for Eddy Merckx and Jamis bicycles.

 

We want everyone to be comfortable in our shop. Our goal is to meet your needs, whether you are here for advice, service, parts, or a new bike. We also welcome enthusiasts who want to upgrade or who love classic steel racing bikes from Europe.

 

Marc w Eddy 70 (Marc preparing a limited edition Eddy Merckx Eddy 70 for delivery)

Marc, son, partner, and professional mechanic, has a certificate in Automotive Repair Technology from Portland Community College. He also is certified as a bike mechanic. He began his career in 2001, maintaining and repairing Italian sports cars at an Alfa Romeo shop in Portland. When the shop relocated out of town, Marc turned to bicycles. He has been a bike mechanic in Portland since 2005. Marc rides classic steel bikes, a mid-90s Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra and a 2004 De Rosa Neo Primato, and a Campagnolo-equiped Jamis carbon road bike. He also enjoys his 1962 Western Flyer cruiser.

 

Glenn, father, partner, and certified mechanic, is an avid cyclist and a lover of classic steel bicycles. Glenn rides one of just 50 Sancineto steel bikes imported into the US from Italy in 1994 and a 1990s Medici with a special lace paint job.

 
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT BURLINGAME BIKES (Customer Reviews)

 

Google Reviews

Keith: 5 Stars. “Cool Father & Son team that carries a nice selection of bikes and accessories while also providing quick turnaround on tune-ups. I would definitely recommend giving them a try.”

 

Abe: 5 Stars.  “Always friendly. Very cool selection of Old steel Italian frames and new (Jamis) and Eddie Mercx bikes.”

 

Hoot: 5 Stars. I rode by and needed a minor repair…polite knowledgeable staff with great selection of accessories. People in S. Portland area are lucky to have a neighborhood bike shop of this caliber.

 

Jonathan: 5 Stars. Awesome place. Great inventory and friendly staff.”

 

Hasan:  5 Stars. The owners (who are also the mechanics) of this shop are really knowledgeable and have an impressive attention to detail in their work.

“Though I have had a range of service done on my bikes by Mark over the years, most recently I had a bike boxed to be shipped across the country–and it was bullet-proof, very well-protected. They even got my floor pump in there.

“Nice vintage bike collection in the shop, too. Thumbs up.”

 

Molly:  5 Stars. “Overall: This conveniently located shop provides highly skilled bike maintenance with excellent customer service.

“I recently shipped my bike for my move across the country to Portland. It needed to be reassembled when I arrived so I did a search for a nearby bike store to help and am incredibly happy that I picked this one from the list.

“The store is easy to locate- just a short trip from the OHSU campus.

“It is a father-son owned shop and they make you feel like family when you walk through the door. I had a million questions about local bike routes, biking laws/ conventions in the area, and supplies that I needed for proper usage and protection of my bike. They were incredibly attentive and took the time to answer my questions thoroughly. Beyond simply answering my questions, they provided information I hadn’t even thought to ask. They even taught me hands-on how to perform certain basic maintenance tasks, rather than just explaining or providing written instructions. When I left the shop I felt very confident in using my bike as primary form of transportation, though this is something I had never done before my move.”

 

Chris:  5 Stars. The level of customer service here is amazing. Both Glenn and Marc are knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. I am a bicycling novice (haven’t own a bike since I was 12 years old) and wanted a bike that I could commute with and do some general riding. Other shops I visited left me feeling overwhelmed and intimidated. Glenn and Marc took the time (2.5 hours one day) to explain the pros and cons of each bike and let me test ride a variety of bike types and sizes. I ended up with a Nova Race and could not be happier. Burlingame Bikes is the type of business that you’ll feel good supporting. Thanks guys.”

 

Erik:  5 Stars. “This is a great neighborhood bike shop with a real appreciation of Italian style. Marc and Glenn are friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable. This shop does top level mechanic work on my commuter as well as my race bikes.  Highly recommended.”

 

Scott Fe:  5 Stars. “Marc and Glenn run a clean, well-organized / merchandised business. I have been extremely satisfied with the service work they have performed on my steel frame road bike. The repairs have been done right, on time and as estimated. They have also found and pointed out things I need to watch for on my bike. Good people, good store and great service. I highly recommend this shop.  Most helpful.”

 

Scott Fl:  5 Stars. “Excellent shop, knowledgeable owners. Cool selection of bikes. Great source for parts and service. Highly recommend this father / son owned business.”

“Update: Trued the wheel that was jacked up after a downhill race. RESPECT. Nice job Marc.”

 

Richard:  4 Stars. “Interesting place. A fair amount of old bikes and a great collection of Campy stuff.”

 

Yelp Reviews

 

Dino: 5 Stars. “This is the best bike repair shop in town. My car broke down & I needed my bike right away. They fixed it within a couple of hours. Making me safe to hit the road. They told me my options from the least to the most expensive repairs, did a great job. Great customer service, talented mechanics, and right across the street from Market of choice. He even fixed my light for free. Thank you. You are my new go to bike shop.”

 


Matt F:  5 Stars. “
Glenn and Marc provide incredible service at great prices.  The shop carries a variety of products and makes me dream of adding top of the line components to my bike.  I brought my bike in for a couple small adjustments and they took care of it right away!  I was out the door in no time.  The shop is beautiful and full of classic bikes.  Good to talk with them about bikes, local routes, and some cycling travel destinations.  I will definitely return soon.”

 

Scott:  5 Stars. “I’m an everyday bike commuter and this is where I go for tune-ups and gear. Mark is super helpful, does great work, and charges a really fair price. He also has a nice variety of bikes. I thought he featured primarily higher-end road bikes but when I was in the other day I noticed he had options for all kinds of riders. I love having a really great place to go right in my neighborhood. Give them a try. You’ll be glad you did.”

Pete:  5 Stars. “I’m an everyday bike commuter and this is where I go for tune-ups and gear. Mark is super helpful, does great work, and charges a really fair price. He also has a nice variety of bikes. I thought he featured primarily higher-end road bikes but when I was in the other day I noticed he had options for all kinds of riders. I love having a really great place to go right in my neighborhood.”

Marissa: 5 Stars. “Stopped in yesterday for some bike gear. The staff here was super helpful and friendly even though I was only looking at locks and such. The team here was happy to go through my options for the simple accessories as well as run through the pros and con of each option. They even showed me options they could order if I was looking for something different. No pressure sales. Totally appreciated by a biking novice like me! Will definitely be back when I’m looking for the next toy to spruce up my bike.”

 

Facebook Reviews

 

Robin: 5 Stars. Glenn provided excellent service to our daughter, an out-of-state college student who needed to ship her bike home for the summer. Our daughter did some research on shipping, and Glenn packed the bike and got the bike shipped for us. We would have been really stressed if this hadn’t worked out, and Glenn made it work. Not only that, but he is a pleasure to work with. Shout out to Burlingame Bikes!”

 

Rick: 5 Stars. “Great service while selecting a new bike.”

 

Robert: 5 Stars. “Cool shop with classic Italian steel and modern carbon.”

 

Tony: 5 Stars. “Thanks for the quick tune and great service! I’ll be back commuting to work tomorrow with confidence in gears, air in tires and new gadget to track speed and miles.”

 

Willamette Week’s 2013 Off Campus Guide

 

“For the bike enthusiast who wants to customize each and every part of their ride and check out a bunch of classic frames for sale from the ‘80s and ‘90s….”

 

The Southwest Connection, July 2013

 

“Bikes have always played an important role in the lives of this father-and-son duo…People have been coming in: ‘Hey, I live right behind you, and we’re so glad you’re here’, so the neighborhood response has been great….”

 

Oregonian, June 14, 2013, Page 1, Business Section

 

“They don’t want to change the world; only offer neighborhood bike retail and repair shop – with a European flourish and in the “spirit of fun” – in the Burlingame section of Southwest Portland.

(They) have a curated, European flair reflecting the Vanselows’ personal taste. Many of the accessories are from Europe, from tires and bars to saddles. There’s also roughly a dozen “classic” bikes from Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands in the showroom, bikes initially purchased by the Vanselows for their personal collection, including an Eddy Merckx professional racing bike and a 1982 Colnago Mexico.

 

Bikeportland.org

http://bikeportland.org/2013/07/09/new-bike-shop-opens-in-southwest-burlingame-neighborhood-89922

“The shop focuses on road bikes and carries a full selection from Jamis as well as used, classic steel European racing bikes from the 1970s-90s. They’re experts on Campagnolo parts and offer full service repair on all types of bikes….”

 

DIRECTIONS TO BURLINGAME BIKES

8431 SW Terwilliger Blvd

Portland, OR 97219

503-208-3735

Click here for Google Map

 

From Barbur Blvd northbound:

Turn right onto Terwilliger Blvd.

Burlingame Bikes is on the right at the top of the hill 0.6 miles ahead.

We are across from Market of Choice, just before Taylors Ferry Road.

 

From Barbur Blvd southbound.

Turn left onto Terwilliger Blvd.

Burlingame Bikes is on the right at the top of the hill 0.6 miles ahead.

We are across from Market of Choice, just before Taylors Ferry Road.

 

From the Selwood Bridge or SW Macadam Ave:

Take Taylors Ferry Road up to the top of the hill.

Turn right at the stoplight onto Terwilliger Blvd.

Burlingame Bikes is immediately on the left, across from Market of Choice.

 

From I-5 northbound:

Take the Terwilliger Blvd Exit (Exit 297).

Turn right onto Barbur Blvd and stay in far right lane.

Turn right at the signal onto Terwilliger Blvd.

Burlingame Bikes is on the right at the top of the hill 0.6 miles ahead.

We are across from Market of Choice, just before Taylors Ferry Road.

 

From I-5 southbound

Take the Terwilliger Blvd Exit (Exit 297).

Turn right at the signal onto Terwilliger Blvd.

Burlingame Bikes is on the right at the top of the hill 0.6 miles ahead.

We are across from Market of Choice, just before Taylors Ferry Road.

 

From Lewis and Clark College

Take Terwilliger Blvd northbound. We are on the left, across Terwilliger from Market of Choice (just beyond Taylor’s Ferry Road).

 

From OHSU

Take Terwilliger Blvd southbound. We are about 4 miles on the right, across Terwilliger from Market of Choice (just before Taylor’s Ferry Road).

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