Cycle Portland specializes in helping people experience Portland by bicycle. Join us on a casual ride through the vibrant city or rent a bike and explore Oregon’s beautiful countryside. Our passion is sharing local bike culture and events with visitors from all over the world and we have a large rental fleet of singlespeed, hybrid, road, and E-bikes at your disposal. Our team is composed of full time bicyclists that love to tour, race, commute and share the city they call home.
Who We Are
Portland Bike Tours and Rentals was founded in 2007 by Evan Ross, a North West native. After taking bike tours in several countries while traveling around the world Evan was inspired when he moved to Portland and found no one was providing this service. With a degree in Outdoor Leadership and Education, and a passion for cycling, Evan built the company up from scratch, piece by piece. It all started with two matching “Free Spirit” bikes he scored from a garage sale, fixed up, and used to show people the time of their life. Now Portland Bike Tours has provided thousands of Bike Tours and Rentals, and continues to help people experience Portland by bike every day.
Frederick is a bike person: part bike, part person. Among his various roles as an avocado grafter, trail builder, rural cat breeder, wilderness skills instructor, beekeeper, grass blade counter, subsistence farmer, outdoor trip leader and other odd-jobs, he has found time to ride bikes in their many forms, from cyclocross to road racing, trail riding to touring, bike polo to commuting. He enjoys singing to himself in Kiswahili, eating fruit, and can talk at length about the many varieties and uses of the avocado tree, which he aspires to become later in his career.
Laura Kathryn Smith
Meet Laura Kathryn, a recent college graduate from UNC-CH, she made her way westward, accompanied by her kitten Ru Paul, seeking beer, bicycles and better things. Portland had everything she was looking for and so much more. She spends most of her time tinkering with bicycles, wandering the trails of Mt. Hood or cruising down the East Bank Esplanade on her vintage 80’s Schwinn. Laura Kathryn has been passionate about cycling since she was a child. She has ridden ridden trails ranging from the rolling hills of Georgia to the rocky mountain of Colorado, experimenting with mountain biking and road cycling alike. One day she hopes to bike from coast to coast building houses with Bike and Build.
Guthrie is a cycling advocate living in Portland, Oregon. When not in the shop, he enjoys pursuing his goal of exploring every single marked bicycle path in the Portland Metro area. He can often be seen at Pedalpalooza events, or helping with a flat tire repair on the waterfront path. Having been in the saddle since a young age, he understands the need to nurture the ambitions of future cyclists, no matter their level of experience. Guthrie runs and maintains PedalDream.com, a website devoted to inspiring people to leave the car at home, and enjoy travel in the saddle. In the summer of 2020, Guthrie hopes to cycle from the tip of Alaska to Patagonia, but until then he is doing his best to help people discover the joy and freedom of letting a bike into their lives.
Jesse is a transplant from New York who made the move to Portland for a change in scenery. Sufficient to say he loves the city! After biking from Portland to Glacier National Park, he discovered a passion for bicycles and wanted to share it with others. When he isn’t on tours he can be found tasting beers with friends, experimenting in the kitchen, jamming out at a concert, or climbing some rocks. As a past service member with AmeriCorps, Jesse has an interest in philanthropy and the environment and hopes to collaborate with others to make the world a better place.
Molly is a former Portland resident who banished herself to the Northern Ireland for 15 years, and recently returned to PDX to make plans for the next big life adventure with her mostly feral partner and two mostly domesticated dogs. Having spent her former time in Portland using her bike only as a main mode of transport, Ireland made Molly rediscover pleasure cycling while taking part in cyclosportives in Europe, then being overcome with a love of multi-day adventure races and finally transmogrifying that into a passion for mountain biking with friends and “competing” in trailquests and enduros. Her happy place is having Type 2 fun with her trail dogs in Moab, UT. She is delighted with the amazing cycling infrastructure that has developed in Portland while she was away, and enjoys sharing her insight on 90’s-Portland versus Dream-of-the-90’s-Portland with visitors.
Sam took the training wheels off at 4 years old, and has been biking ever since. He got serious about cycling in Japan, where he avoided tight-packed Tokyo trains by riding his mamachari to work, school, or Yoyogi park. He’s commuted by bike while living in Costa Rica, L.A. and San Francisco, but fell in love with the bike culture and community in Portland, which is why he now calls Oregon home. When Sam is not busy cycling to work, where he does bicycle tours, he likes to go for a bike ride. Pedaling hither and yon is his favorite pastime, but you’ll also find him at language exchanges in Portland breweries, cutting off his jeans in summer, sewing pant legs back on in winter, or napping in a park.
Portland: 10 Things to Do Time Magazine
Do like the Stumptown Locals: How to explore Portland By Bike. First off: where to rent. There are many places to hire wheels, but Maus suggests one that quickly connects you with the locals. “Cycle Portland Bike Tours in Old Town. Owner Evan Ross is a true gem in the community and he’s got a range of bikes that help you blend in with the locals. The prices are hard to beat, too.” See their website portlandbicycletours.com.
Portlandia is pridefully weird, with its love of beards, bikes and crazy junk food. After a couple of high-calorie days here, I want to put the fetching little city on my handlebars and ride.
So I do.
Cycle Portland Bike Tours‘ basic ride-around starts downtown about a mile from the city’s core. During the two-hour ride, guide Sam Appelbaum huddles up the 10 of us at various pit stops around town for breezy accounts of the city’s history. It’s an engaging way to get a feel for the city’s layout and some of its conventional and quirky offerings.
A Portland bike tour company is offering “Portlandia”-themed bike rides.
Evan Ross, owner of Portland Bicycle Tours, said he has already organized two by request and is planning one for Friday night, ending at the showing of Episode 2 at the Mission Theater in Northwest Portland.
Portland company offers ‘Portlandia bike rides’ The Oregonian
Evan Ross started Portland Bicycle Tours with just a few recycled bikes and an idea: to show people what makes Portland special in an environmentally friendly way—on bikes.
Portland Bicycle Tours: Providing Portland with Eco-Friendly Exploration Neighborhood Notes
We started the day by meeting up at the Portland Bicycle Tours & Rentals’ Shop in Old Town at 8:30am. A few of us brought our own bikes while a couple others rented bikes. They have a large assortment of bikes ranging in sizes, single speeds and multi-speeds. We loaded up all the bikes and headed out West…
Do like the Stumptown locals: How to explore Portland by bike – The Globe and Mail