New bike shop, tour company opens on N. Williams

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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.
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.”

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’!).

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