I got word that the Metrofiets shop was laden with cargo bike orders and busily turning out their mighty, speedy steeds, so I pedaled over to their NE Portland hideout to take a peek on a sunny springtime day. The doors were wide open and owners Jamie (the maker) and Phil (the details) were taking calls (Phil) coordinating orders (both) and expertly welding the finest parts (Jamie).

Metrofiets can carry up to 400 pounds of cargo yet they’re expertly designed to be nimble, responsive and easy to ride. They offer an electric assist option for when you need that little extra push to get all 400 pounds up the hill.

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The artisan at work.

The artisan where he’s meant to be.

Machines loom in the shop, eager for work.

Machines loom in the shop, eager for work.

Springtime creeps in.

Springtime creeps in.

Organization + Accolades.

Organization + Accolades.

It takes a steady hand.

A steady hand.

Every little part is treated with care.

Every little part is treated with care.

Men at work.

Men at work.

Otis tried out a Metrofiets.

Otis tried out a Metrofiets, but says he prefers to run.

The lineup.

The lineup.

Old machines, new ideas.

Old machines, new ideas.

Doors are open! Sun streams into the shop

Doors are open! Sun streams into the shop

A shrouded bike, ready to roll.

A shrouded bike, ready to roll.