3 Top Bike Tour Stops In Portland, Oregon

Portland is consistently ranked as one of the top five (if not the number one) cycling cities in the United States. Boasting over four hundred miles of bike lanes, bike-specific traffic signals, and a community that champions alternative transportation choices, Portland’s natural beauty and iconic landmarks make it an ideal destination for bikers.

The city boasts a stunning natural landscape with lush forests, scenic waterfronts, and numerous parks. A bike tour in Portland is an excellent way to experience the city’s many unique neighborhoods, from the trendy Pearl District to the eclectic Alberta Arts District. Portland has an impressive network of bike paths that allow riders to explore the city at their own pace and experience the local culture.

Join a memorable bike tour and experience the best that Portland offers while enjoying the freedom and convenience of cycling. 

At Cycle Portland, We Offer 3 of Portland’s Best Bike Tours: 

  • THE ESSENTIAL PORTLAND TOUR: If you’re looking for a fantastic way to discover Portland, Look no further than this signature bike tour! Accompanied by experienced guides, you’ll visit historic Old Town, cycle along the waterfront esplanade, cruise the green park block corridors, and explore the vibrant Pearl District. The tour is available on both multispeed and e-bikes, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for riders of all levels. 

The ride level is easy, lasting 6-8 miles at a comfortable pace. This tour is offered daily at 10 am & 1 pm, lasting 2.5 hours.

  • BREWS CRUISE: Exploring the breweries of Portland is a must-do for any visitor to the city. Join us on a fun-filled bike ride through historic East Side neighborhoods, where you’ll have the opportunity to taste the city’s finest beers from local breweries. 

During the ride, you’ll have the freedom to purchase beer from two different breweries. The beer tour is available on multi-speed and e-bikes, making it accessible to riders of all skill levels. As you pedal through the city, you’ll delve into the history of how Portland became a renowned international craft beer destination. Discover the stories behind Portland’s impressive beer scene while indulging in some of the city’s finest brews. 

Come pedal with us and discover the flavorful beer scene that Portland is known for!

Departures are at 2 pm Daily, the ride level is easy, and the distance of the tour is 6-8 miles.

  • FOODIE FIELD TRIP: If you’re a foodie looking to indulge your taste buds in Portland, Oregon, we have the perfect bike tour for you. Arrive hungry, and embark on a culinary journey through the city’s local hotspots. This tour offers a unique insight into Portland’s bustling culinary scene and the “locavore” philosophy that drives it. With a mix of flavors to satisfy any palate, this classic Portland experience includes both food and drink. 

The tour is available on multi-speed and e-bikes, making it accessible to riders of all levels. Ride and discover the delicious tastes that Portland has to offer! Departure times are at 1 PM daily, the ride level is easy, food and drinks are included in the cost, and the distance is 7-9 Miles.

Ready to Book a Tour?

Reserve your spot on any of these fantastic rides in Portland! Questions? We’ve got answers! For more information or to make reservations, click here! We look forward to enjoying Portland with you!

Now hiring part and full-time Tour Guide/Shop Staff!

Founded in 2007, Cycle Portland is a cornerstone bike shop, now located in the beautiful Historic Merchant Hotel, three blocks from the popular Waterfront Park. Managed by a young family of entrepreneurs with a shared vision, our mission is to support and inspire visiting and local cyclists alike through guided bike tours, affordable well-maintained bike rentals, and high-quality repairs.

We are hiring likeminded staff with a passion for all things bikes and an interest in showcasing Portland’s history and unique progressive bike culture with visitors. As part of our small team, you’ll have the opportunity to advise travelers about your favorite local attractions and hotspots, fit folks on rental bikes, help plan their route, lead guests around town as part of our easy-going cycling excursions, and lend a hand to our full-service bike shop.

While primarily focused on tour guiding, this position will encompass guiding up to two tours per day (2-5 hours of outdoor time, rain or shine) on our Foodie, Brewery, or City bike excursions. Back at the shop you’ll help guide clients through our bike rental process, answer questions about the products and services we offer, and help keep the shop running smoothly. You’ll also be provided with resources to help you dive deeper into the history of our city in both past, present, and future as we work to keep our tours engaging, fun, and informative.

Part-Time position and Full-Time position available.
Seasonal with the possibility of staying on year-round.
Semi-flexible scheduling; 20-35 hours/week preferred.
Preference will go to those with weekend availability.
Shop hours are Daily 10am-6pm


$15-17/hr starting DOE (plus gratuities and incentive-based compensation)
Free occasional use of rentals
45% Discounts on quality bike products and shop services.
1 week – paid vacation (accrued)
1 week – paid sick leave (accrued)


• Must be 21+ years of age.
• Must obtain a First Aid/CPR certification within 30 days of hire
• Must be a confident cyclist and know or be willing to learn how to repair a flat tire
• Ability to lift bicycles and other objects up to 50 pounds on a regular basis, however reasonable accommodations can be made for qualified applicants
• Must be LGBTQ friendly. We encourage POC, Trans, Non-Binary, Gender-Non-Conforming, Women, and Marginalized Groups to apply

Knowledge and skill in the following areas is preferred (but not required), and represents core strengths as part of this position:

• Genuine desire to work with and listen to the public both as a tour guide, and as part of our shop staff to meet client where they’re at with their needs
• Excellent public speaking skills, comfortable working with and projecting to audiences of up to 12 individuals at a time
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Curiosity! We love learning about Portland, and it’s up to us to be informed as our city and region evolve
• Self-motivated and comfortable asking for support when needed
• Experience in the performance arts, previous bike shops, bike mechanical knowledge, and tour guiding while not required, is a plus

Thanks for your interest in working for us!

How to Apply

As part of your resume, please include two current references and a brief paragraph about why you’d be a good fit for this position, as well as your weekday/weekend availabilities.

Email your resume, references, and paragraph of intent to pdxbikeshop@gmail.com with “Tour Guide Applicant” as the subject line.

For more information about Cycle Portland, visit our Facebook or Instagram page! We look forward to hearing from you~

Events and Bike Rides in Portland This Weekend 2/7 – 2/9

Light Festivals, Night Markets, & Party Rides.   Everyone, but especially people named Thomas should check out our list of events and bike rides  in Portland this weekend:

Portland Winter Light Festival

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 6pm – 11pm

Where: Tom McCall Waterfront Park & OMSI

What Bike to ride: Single or Multi-Speed

Back for the 5th year running, The PDX Winter Light Festival brings dozens of light themed art installations to both sides of the Willamette at Tom McCall Waterfront Park and Around the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.  Given the wide expanse of the works on display, the best way to see it all will by bicycle.  Speaking of which….

Photo Credit: pdxwlf


Illuminated Bike Ride

When: Friday  Meet 7pm, Rice out at 7:30

Where: Starts: In Front of OMSI 1945 SE Water Ave.  Ends: ?

What Bike to ride: Single or Multi-Speed

Light up the night!  Cruise around on illuminated bikes and check out the installations for the PDX Winter Light Festival.  The ride is open to everyone.  Use your creativity to illuminate your bike.


Portland Night Market

When: Friday and Saturday, 4pm – 11pm

Where: 100 SE Alder St.

What Bike to ride: Single or Multi-Speed

The first Night Market of the year!  Only a short ride down the waterfront path and across the Hawthorne Bridge, this event brings together local retailers, food carts, and artists for an awesome party!


Let us know what Events and Bike Rides in Portland you are most excited for, Thomas!


Events and Bike Rides in Portland This Weekend 1/31 – 2/2

With warmer than usual weather for this time of year, it’ll be a great weekend for a ride to some awesome Portland events.  Check out our list of events and bike rides in Portland this weekend:


PSU Farmers Market

Where:  South Park Blocks Between SW College and SW Montgomery

When: 9am – 2pm, Every Saturday

The largest farmers market in Portland where you’ll find fresh produce, prepared food, lie music, & more!

Ride through the Cultural district along the South Park Blocks.  The Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society are nearby, and definitely worth checking out.  Ride down SW Harrison to the waterfront for a scenic route back.

Recommended Bike: Multi-speed.


Oasis of Pegasus

Where:  2037 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

When: 4pm Friday 2/1 – 3am 2/2 Saturday,

Awesome party celebrating health and wellness!  Come to enjoy a community of yoga, meditation, music, dancing, & art.

Cruise across the Steal Bridge towards the Moda Center, then turn left up the bicycle freeway known as Williams Ave.  The event is also just a quick bike ride away from the lively Mississippi District, which is definitely worth checking out as well.

Recommended Bike: Multi-speed.


Super Bowl LIV at Double Barrel Tavern

Where: Double Barrel Tavern,  2002 SE Division

When: Kick off 3:30pm, Sunday 2/2

To get a seat at Century or International, you’ll have to show up at noon and endure the hours of pre-game yammering.  Or, you could take the leisurely ride along Waterfront Park, across the Hawthorne Bridge, through Ladd’s Addition to the Seven Corners mainstay: Double Barrel Tavern.

The game will play on the huge projector screen, but you’ll still have elbow room to nibble the all-day happy-hour wings.  (Try the Portland Sauce)  If the bike staples are occupied, try the bike racks at the New Seasons across the street.

Recommended Bike: Easy ride for all bike types.


These are the Portland events we’ll be riding bikes to this weekend.  Keep the rubber side down, and see you on the bike path!

Where to Ride Bikes in Portland This Weekend 1/24 – 1/26

With warmer than usual weather for this time of year, it’ll be a great weekend for a ride to some awesome Portland events.  Check out our guide of where to ride bikes in Portland this weekend:


2020 NW Coffee Beer Invitational

Where:  Goose Hollow Inn  1927 SW Jefferson St

When: 12pm – 7pm, Saturday 1/25

A beautiful marriage of Portland’s two favorite beverages: Beer and Coffee!  Twenty brewers compete to see who can make the best combo.   A short 15 minute ride from our shop through downtown to The Goose Hollow Inn.  A Portland institution run by Bud Clark before he became Mayor.  (His wife, Sigrid, took over during his two terms)  They claim to have the best Reuben on the planet, and you’ll find no argument from me.

Tickets are $25 and includes a souvenir glass and 10(!) taster tickets.

Recommended Bike: Multi-speed.  A single speed should also be fine, but there is a few short/steep hills in the Goose Hollow neighborhood, so it’s nice to have gears.


Winter Soup Fest

Where: Portland Mercado 7238 SE Foster

When: 12pm – 7:30pm, Saturday 1/25

The forecast tomorrow is the definition of Soup Weather, so why not try some Latinoamerican sopas!   The Portland Mercado is a community focused launching pad for local entrepreneurs, a hub for Latino Culture, and home to one of, if not the best, food cart pods in Portland.

The quickest bike friendly route takes you across the Hawthorne Bridge, through Ladd’s Addition, on to the Clinton, then Woodward Neighborhood Greenways.  Hang a right on 72nd down to Foster, and look for the brightly colored Mercado on the south side of the street.  For a longer scenic route, take the Spring water trail down to Johnson Creek and head North on 72nd.  If you’re feeling adventurous on the way back, bike to the top Mt Tabor for beautiful views of the city.

Recommended Bike: Road Bike or E-Bike

Palm Tree Ride

Where: Starts at Coffee Shop on Ladd’s Circle.  Ends at ???

When: Meets at 11am, Rides out at 11:30 on Sunday 1/26

Leave the route planning to the experts and join this 15 years running group ride.  A great way to make bike friends while checking out Portland palm trees and evergreens.

Recommended Bike: Multi-Speed


Where to Ride Bikes in Portland will be back next week!  Stop by our shop for more route recommendations!

Keep the rubber side down!

Thanksgiving Week Closures

Happy Thanksgiving from Cycle Portland! We’d like to thank our customers for all the support we receive year after year. Unfortunately Cycle Portland will be closed during Thanksgiving Week 2019. Here are our Thanksgiving week closures.

Thanksgiving Week Closures

Sunday 11/24: OPEN

Monday 11/25: Closed

Tuesday 11/26: Closed

Wednesday 11/27: Closed

Thursday 11/28: Closed

Friday 11/29: Closed

Saturday 11/30: OPEN

Thank you for your understanding. Please feel free to call us for any inquiries at 844-739-2453.

A First Timer’s Guide to Bikepacking for Beginners.

I am both an avid biker and backpacker but I never thought to combine the two into one experience until recently. This summer I came into possession of a fuji touring bike and decided to give bike packing a shot, and I thought I would write this post with some suggestions about bikepacking for beginners.

For my first trip I wanted to do a simple one night out and back trip, and after consulting an incredibly helpful Willamette Week article about bikeable campsites in the Portland area, I settled on taking a trip to the gorge and staying at Ainsworth state park. This was ideal as the park provided specific bike camping spaces with bike racks right next to the sites. while hilly, this route is both route scenic and do-able for the semi-experienced rider. I rarely felt unsafe even when on unprotected roads.

My Campsite at Ainsworth State Park’s bike packing area.




As someone who has been avidly backpacking for the last 10 years, the most crucial information I can pass along is that the bulk foods section at WinCo is your friend. For this trip I grabbed some of the bulk falafel mix. The falafel can be a bit dry, so I would recommend grabbing some hummus ( which you can get away with not refrigerating for a couple days if you keep it sealed), and pita bread.

For breakfast I went with the old standby of instant oatmeal with peanut butter; easy and quick but also great for a full day of biking. for lunch I would personally recommend something simple like apples and cliffbars.


If you bike regularly in the city you probably have much of the needed gear already, such as panniers and bungie cords. However, I did have to go grab some gear from REI, Like a 2 L water bag (I used it to refill my small bike water bottle that I out in my down tube cage), and para-cord for hanging up my food bag.

For just a one or two night trip you can get away with a small gas canister for your stove, but if your traveling with more than one person it never  hurts to go with something a bit larger. I also found that the REI half dome is great for camping as it comfortably fits 2 and is light weight enough for solo trips as well. For further gear info I would recommend checking out an article one of our staff wrote about packing for touring on our website.

Getting There:

There are several ways to make your way to the town of Troutdale, the start of the historic gorge highway. Personally I recommend making your way down Marine drive as it is the flattest, most scenic, and most protected pathway there. However, East Burnside is also a very viable option.

My Route from Cycle Portland to Troutdale

The Ride:

To be perfectly honest the ride is not easy. There is about a 900 foot elevation gain to vista house, the halfway point, and no bike lane. With that said if you are in decent shape and bike regularly it is certainly doable, the drivers are pretty good about giving you space, and the shoulder of the road for the most part is close to bike lane sized. Also, the view from vista house and the subsequent downhill  makes the climb well worth it.


Personally I would recommend turning this into a multi day trip instead of a one night out and back. Starting in Warrendale the historic gorge highway turns into a walk and bike only path, that runs through most of the gorge. Next time I am planning on spending a night at Ainsworth, popping into hood river for a beer and an afternoon on the beach, then continuing on and camping in the Dalles.



While just a short trip, I’d my trial bike packing run a success. I am looking forward to getting back out and I hope to see you on the road!