To the surprise of many, Newport Bicycle has permanently closed.

After five years at 130 Broadway, and several more years around the community, the popular bike shop closed its doors for good on Columbus Day.

On September 21st, Newport Bicycle announced a going out of business sale on Facebook and responded to one disappointed customer ” Sad to leave this great community of bicyclists and wonderful people. We’ve met so many wonderful people ❤️ “.

Their location at 130 Broadway is currently available to rent through Kirby Properties for $3,000 per month.

“Rob and I definitely loved serving the local bicycling community and will miss our amazing customers and friends who have supported us along the way.  We are moving up to New Hampshire, where we look forward to more outdoor adventures,” Christina, co-owner of Newport Bicycle wrote to What’s Up Newp on Wednesday.. 

According to their website, the current owners purchased Newport Bicycle in February of 2011, expanded the shop in 2012, and moved to 130 Broadway in 2014. 

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.