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New bike shop, tour company opens on N. Williams

Posted by on November 17th, 2008 at 10:33 am

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(Photos © J. Maus)

A new bike shop has opened its doors on the corner of N. Page and N. Williams Ave (map). Metropolis Cycle Repair is owned by Nathan Roll and he shares the space with his brother Todd, who operates Pedal Bike Tours.

I stopped by Metropolis on Friday and chatted with Nathan and Todd. Nathan said he lives in the neighborhood and has been looking for an opportunity to open his own shop for years. In the past two years, he’s moved Metropolis from his garage, to working out of’s retail location in the Central Eastside, and finally to his own space.

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Offerings from Pake and Redline.
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The shop dog, Holly, befriends Elly.

The N. Williams location is a former printer parts store and is adjacent to one of the Portland’s busiest bikeways. “It’s an awesome spot,” says Nathan, “we can just look out the window and see bikes streaming by all day.”

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Todd Roll (L) and Nathan Roll.

Nathan currently stocks commuting accessories and bikes from Pake and Redline. He is also a United Bicycle Institute certified mechanic.

Nathan’s brother Todd recently launched a bike business of his own — Pedal Bike Tours.

Pedal Bike Tours offers rental bikes and knowledgeable local guides that can lead groups around Portland’s neighborhoods and attractions. Todd says he has several standard rides on his menu including a “Historic Downtown” ride, a “Hip and Homespun” ride that tours “funky new shops and edgy art galleries”, and a “Coffee Crawl” that will take folks on tasting tours and a behind the scenes look at local roasters.

Todd says he hopes his services attract new riders, families and tourists who want to explore the city on carfree paths and quiet streets. Next month, he’ll lead a ride to see the holiday lights on Peacock Lane in Northeast Southeast Portland.

Next time you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and say hi (and give the shop dog Holly some lovin’!).

    Metropolis Cycle Repair
    2249 N Williams Ave
    Portland OR 97217
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    brewcaster November 17, 2008 at 10:55 am

    New bike shop+Williams+Dog?


    This may be my new repair shop, can’t wait to see it!

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    Bill Stites November 17, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Best of luck in the new venture.

    Hopefully, Todd’s tour of Peacock Lane holiday lights will be on the 14th – that’s a newly added evening that is carfree.
    All the other nights – about 2 weeks worth – are jammed with slow moving vehicles putting out tons of emissions. It’s just a poisonous atmosphere.
    If the 14th is successful, they’ll do more carfree nights next year.

    Pssst – it’s in SE, in the Sunnyside neighborhood, connecting Belmont and Stark [if the street had a # it would be 40th ave.].

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    Kristin Dahl November 17, 2008 at 3:39 pm


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    nuovorecord November 17, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Best of luck in the new venture, guys!!!

    (Are you related to Bobke Roll???)

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    Andrew C. November 17, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Congratulations Nathan and Tod! Looks HOT. I hope your brother tones down your 12 hour music mix of Exploding Hearts and Three Mile Pilot. 🙂

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    Isaac November 17, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Nathan is a good guy and a good mechanic. I stopped in the Metropolis shop once when it was on 2nd and Taylor in the shop.

    Great service. Glad to hear they’re opened back up!

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    Lota November 19, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Nathan’s my mechanic too, and he does excellent work. I couldn’t be happier their shop is on my ride to and from work.

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    Todd November 19, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for the tip Bill, I checked with Peacock lane and they’re waiting for permission from the city to do the car-free night on Dec. 15. As soon as I get word it’s for sure I’ll add it on. It’ll be like a mini Sunday Parkways!

    (and no, sadly we’re not related to Bob)

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