Portland cargo bike maker Metrofiets calls it quits after 11 years

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 20th, 2018 at 8:43 pm

Metrofiets bikes were known for a near-perfect combination of utility, ride quality, and aesthetic beauty.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus)

Just over a decade after launching as “the Portland-made bakfiets”, the owners behind Metrofiets have decided it’s time to move on.
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Beer, bikes and Oregon’s bounty come together on ‘Fresh Hop Century’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 7th, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Using bikes to deliver hops from the valley to Portland — that’s what the Fresh Hop Century is all about.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Portland cargo bike celeb Emily Finch gets a new bike

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 1st, 2014 at 6:53 am

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Emily Finch standing outside Velo Cult with her new family vehicle.

Emily Finch, the southeast Portland woman whose family-biking exploits made her a media sensation in 2012, is back on the road again. [Read more…]

Portland’s ‘pedal powered’ talk show rolls into its third season

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on October 23rd, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Two of the stars of the Pedal-Powered Talk Show:
host Boaz Frankel and his portable interview desk.
(Photo: Pedal-Powered Talk Show)

Wielding what claims to be “the only talk show desk bicycle in the world,” the Portland-based Pedal-Powered Talk Show is about to launch its third season of using a desk mounted on a Metrofiets cargo bike to conduct video interviews about a variety of subjects in weird and wonderful places.[Read more…]

Bike maker Metrofiets inks deal with Starbucks-owned juice cafes

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 21st, 2012 at 11:41 am

The Evolution Fresh delivery vehicle.

Evolution Fresh, a California juice company purchased by Starbucks back in November, opened its first cafe on Monday in Bellevue, Washington. Why is this on the front page of BikePortland? Well, it turns out that Evolution is seriously considering offering bike delivery for their stores and to test out the idea they’ve bought several cargo bikes made by Northeast-Portland based Metrofiets Cargo Bikes.

According to the blog, Evolution is “ambitiously thinking about a small local delivery option.”

Metrofiets co-owner Phillip Ross delivered the bikes to his new customers and said they are very enthusiastic about them. “It’s gratifying to be working with such high profile company that ‘gets it,'” Ross said. “Evolution knows that cargo bikes mean business and as such have made cargo bikes a key part of their retail strategy.”[Read more…]

‘Pedal Powered Talk Show’ now filming in Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 30th, 2011 at 10:15 am

On the set of the “Pedal Powered Talk Show”.
(Photos: Daniel Stark Photography)

Once again proving that cargo bikes can do amazing things, a new talk show is being filmed in Portland — and it’s being done entirely by bike. The table the host sits at, the chairs the guests sit in, and all the production equipment are all built into a cargo bike that was made by hand in Northeast Portland.

If you haven’t guessed by now, this project was conceived by one of the owners of Metrofiets — the same folks behind the Hopworks Beer Bike (and many other creative bike-based businesses) that garnered national headlines back in September 2009. [Read more…]

Metrofiets launches beer bike rental business

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 14th, 2011 at 10:35 am

When local cargo bike manufacturer Metrofiets unveiled their “Hopworksfiets” back in September 2009, it was a sensation. The bike, custom made for Hopworks Urban Brewery to be a beer bar on wheels, was a media darling and even made it onto the Discovery Channel.

The bike itself was a smash hit, but it also saw huge demand as event organizers throughout Portland realized its popularity and beer-dispensing qualities.

Now the owners of Metrofiets have made version 2.0 and they’re getting into the beer bike rental business themselves.[Read more…]

Metrofiets does it again with ‘Mobile Bike Service Station’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 22nd, 2010 at 12:28 pm

The Mobile Bike Service Station built by Portland-based Metrofiets.
(Photo courtesy of North Natomas TMA)

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Metrofiets’ latest: A 58 lb cargo bike that truly hauls

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 21st, 2010 at 10:11 am

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The Suppenküche (a.k.a. Überfiets).
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(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland-based cargo bike maker Metrofiets (of Hopworks Beer Bike fame) unveiled their latest creation at the Seattle-to-Portland bike ride last weekend: A super lightweight front-loader that builder Jamie Nichols hopes will change people’s idea of what a cargo bike can be.
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Introducing the Hopworksfiets: Beer, pizza, music, and true Portland spirit, all on one bike

Avatar by on September 15th, 2009 at 6:16 pm


Phillip Ross of Metrofiets rolls out the new Hopworks party bike, complete with wood bar, kegs on tap, pizza rack, sound system, and mountains of mojo.
(Photos © Elly Blue)

I just witnessed the unveiling of something truly in the Portland spirit: A locally built cargo bike that holds two kegs below an inlaid wood bar. A rear rack is built to hold a stack of pizzas; below that a wood-paneled pannier is in fact a compact sound system.

It’s made in Portland. And it’s beautiful. [Read more…]