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New bike shop opens on Williams while another preps to expand


(Photos: Metropolis Cycle Repair)

Portland’s busiest cycling street is about to get even better for bike lovers.

A new shop has opened in the bustling commercial block of North Williams Avenue between Failing Street and Shaver. And Metropolis Cycle Repair on North Page Street is planning to move across the street to a new and larger location.

The new shop is called 3928 Bike Shop and is located at — surprise, surprise — at 3928 N Williams Ave. That’s right across the street from the Hopworks Bike Bar in the old Jesuit Volunteer Corps building. It’s a new endeavor from Portland Bicycle Studio owner Molly Cameron. Cameron, a well-known figure in the racing scene, calls her new store a “pop-up bike shop”. She’s not a newcomer to the area, having opened her first shop (“Veloshop”) a four blocks east on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. back in 2001.

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In a blog post last week Cameron said she wanted to open a shop, “Where we could work within the community that has always given so much to us.” Cameron credits support from the northeast Portland community for helping her first small shop gain the foothold it needed to help her expand it into downtown. In 2010 Cameron closed Veloshop and opened Portland Bicycle Studio. That shop’s niche has been mostly centered on high-end performance parts, bikes, fit and service for competitive riders.

Cameron says the Portland Bicycle Studio brand isn’t going anywhere and will remain in northwest Portland where she plans to open a new studio that will offer fitting, spinning and training services. 3928 Bike Shop is being positioned as more of a neighborhood bike shop for “the everyday Portland rider.” Drop in and say hi to Molly and the crew. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 11:00 to 6:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 to 5:00 (closed Sunday and Monday).

The new Metropolis coming soon to the corner of N Page and Williams.

On the southern end of the Williams bike corridor, Metropolis Cycle Repair is planning to move across the street. Metropolis has been in its current location on the corner of Williams and Page since 2008. Shop owner Nathan Roll says the move will allow the shop to expand and have a larger parking lot for customer access and test rides. Roll and his partner Bradley Parker have applied for a liquor license and plan to create a tavern in the new shop that will offer a range of beverages (including “artfully curated awesome soft drinks” in addition to the usual beer, cider, wine, and so on).

The new Metropolis won’t be ready until the new location can be remodeled and prepped. Roll expects the moving to start in January and the tavern ready to go by spring.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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