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.
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.
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.
Raised in New York City, Kenny started his professional career in Warehousing and Freight Brokering managing a large crew ensuring freight arrived intact and on time. One who is used to wearing multiple hats of responsibility, he appreciates puzzles and challenges. Desiring something new after about 7 years in the Logistical Industry, he decided to change career paths as he rediscovered his love for cycling. It was during this time that he immersed himself into everything bicycle; from volunteering his time with multiple non-profits promoting bicycle advocacy, to helping out at the local Co-Op’s, to marshaling organized events. He also was in and out of Bike Shops wrenching when he wasn’t riding with his buddies to Nyack. Wanting to be more professional in his approach to bicycle mechanics, he went one step further to acquire multiple certifications from the United Bicycle Institute. Today, you will either see him working hard to get you back on 2 wheels, or maintaining a rental fleet ensuring everyone enjoys their ride! When he is not working, you’ll catch him at a local pub, taking his dog (Radar) to the park, or playing his violin around a camp fire with friends.
Hailing from Austin Texas, Ben moved to Portland to study urban development and hasn’t looked back. Ben discovered his appreciation for cycling while leading mountain biking groups in central Texas and has loved the switch to city riding. When he isn’t nerding out about historic architecture on tour, you can find him sailing on the Willamette, road tripping the Pacific Northwest with friends, or taking an overly ambitious bike ride through southwest Portland’s hilly neighborhoods.
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