Different Spokes: A Truly Unique Bike Shop!
Whether you ride 2, 3 or 4 wheels, we can help. Different Spokes is a full service, adaptive-specific bike shop serving nearly all makes and models of bikes, trikes, recumbents, handcycles, and wheelchairs. Some shops claim to offer “adaptive bikes,” but here at Different Spokes, adaptive cycling technology is our sole focus!
New to cycling or a seasoned rider? Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a veteran road warrior looking for a more comfortable, ergonomic solution, Different Spokes can improve your cycling experience. For decades, we’ve been adapting bikes to cyclists of all abilities and experience levels. Many of our customers are referred to us from a vast network of medical professionals, hospitals, and nonprofits. Physical, Pediatric, Occupational, and Recreational Therapists rely on Different Spokes time after time to meet and exceed their clients’ needs.
Fair prices and straight talk. We understand that an adaptive cycle is an investment, and strive to make the process as easy as possible. To help with this, we never charge over MSRP, tack on assembly fees, or upcharge shipping. When we give you a price in writing, that is the price – period. Our sales appointment consultation fee is $40 per hour. This fee can be applied towards the purchase of an adaptive cycle or adaptive equipment through Different Spokes within a year. We’re also familiar with alternative funding sources and will work with you to help you find financing options. Sometimes, this can take a while, but if you’re willing to put in the time, we are too. Check out our Resources page for more information on organizations that fund adaptive cycles.
What to expect at your visit
A focused, one-on-one experience: During your visit, we won’t stop to sell a tube, or juggle customers, or take a phone call. Instead, we offer a consultative approach, taking all the time needed to fully understand your unique set of requirements before we recommend solutions. Different Spokes is open by appointment only so that we can focus on you and your goals. Give us a call at (503)-512-5456 to schedule your visit. Chances are, we can fit you right in!
We’ll get you setup on the right cycling solution the first time. Avoid the all-too-common and expensive mistake of buying the wrong bike. Each model we carry has been carefully selected for its quality, performance, adaptability and price point. With Different Spokes you can be confident that we will recommend quality solutions that meet your needs. And you can rest easy knowing that we are here to support you well after the sale is over.
Test ride with peace of mind. Different Spokes is located in South East Portland at the entrance to the Springwater Corridor, a traffic-free multiuse path that runs along the scenic Willamette River. You can enjoy an easy ride for miles while you evaluate the possibilities. If you’re looking for hills, we can recommend good routes to test your climbing abilities. We have plenty of street parking onsite, and a designated loading area suitable for van ramps, lifts and more.
Sales appointments: Free
Are you interested in seeing how adaptive cycles can work for you? Call us Thursday through Monday to schedule an appointment or test ride. Your appointment will be one-on-one, though an additional family member and/or medical professional is welcome to join you for your visit. Service/therapy animals are welcome!
Warranty Tune-ups: Free within 60 days of purchase
Did you know that new bike parts can stretch, even if the bike hasn’t been ridden a lot? When you buy an adaptive cycle from us, we offer free warrantee tune-ups within 60 days of taking your bike home. A warrantee tune-up includes: brake and shifting adjustment, chain lubrication, tires aired to pressure, and a wipe down. If we ever come across something not covered by the warrantee at the time of your tune-up, we’ll be sure to consult with you about options and costs before proceeding.
“Full service” means we also offer repairs, installs, and adjustments. We work on all bikes, trikes, recumbents, handcycles, and track/sport chairs, regardless of when/where they were purchased. We also offer electric assist installation or retrofitting on compatible models. Our mechanics are the best in the business, and frequently consult for other shops less familiar with recumbents and adaptive cycles.
Different Spokes is proud to be the regional expert in adaptive cycling solutions. Whether you’re looking for an advanced fitting, or starting your own adaptive recreational program, we can help! Different Spokes has served as an expert consultant for the City of Portland, the City of Eugene, Nike Adaptive BIKETOWN, as well as numerous nonprofits that work in adaptive recreation. Please feel free to call with questions about our consulting services, or to get a quote for special projects/events.
Mobile Clinics: Contact us for a quote!
Are you a healthcare professional or recreational program developer whose clients could benefit from a workshop in adaptive cycling? Different Spokes offers mobile clinics at your location! We’ll bring the bikes, the tools, the literature, and the expertise your community needs to explore adaptive mobility solutions that will work for them. All you need to do is show up! Our summer schedule fills up quickly, so call (503)-512-5456 today to discuss conditions and availability.