Bike Intelligencer » local bike shop All bike, all the time Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:20:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Today's Ride: Tour de LBS Wed, 04 Mar 2009 00:39:04 +0000 Not a huge ride today, although the weather was again unexpectedly mild. In the Northwest, “mild” means some sunshine came out and it got above 50.

I dropped down Fremont Ave. to the Burke-Gilman Trail and tooled around the north end of Lake Union, winding up over in Montlake. The Montlake Bike Shop is a cool place to see eye candy; they carry Santa Cruz and Ibis and usually have a demo bike or two in stock. Having the opportunity to demo a new bike is nothing to turn your nose up at these days.

This was almost a “tour de LBS” (local bike shop) day. I stopped in at Fluidride by the shipyard. They’ve expanded westward, breaking through the wall and setting up a glass counter with repair stall behind. The added room is nice; the former shop was a real cubbyhole — pretty dark and cramped. They’ve got so much elbow room now that they’re setting up a special “Evil Bikes” display: All black, with track lighting, to show off the new Evil line’s white-on-white. White is a great bike color btw, something I never appreciated till I got the custom pearl white finish on my Intense 6.6. Fluidride carries not just Evil but Cove, Transition, Kona, Iron Horse and just about all high-end lines except Santa Cruz. The expansion is not quite all in place yet but will be rockin’ when finished.

I also swung by Downhill Zone and Gregg’s Greenlake Cycles, missing R+E Cycles because of an errand detour. Let’s see, that’s five bike shops within what, a 3-mile radius. And I didn’t even take in Free Range Cycles or Cascade Bicycle Studio in Fremont! Or Recycled Cycles on Lake Union! Bike shops, they’re everywhere in Seattle!

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Today's Ride: U District Loop Wed, 25 Feb 2009 07:23:20 +0000 Rain still threatening today after torrential a.m. dump, so I played cautious and did U District/Ravenna loop. Lots of variations here but I typically dart through Lower Woodland, up N. 45th St. through Wallingford, over I-5 and then cut up Brooklyn or University Avenue to Ravenna, dink around on the bike lane back to Green Lake and then home, often climbing the hill to Phinney Ave. N. for the workout. There are legs through Ravenna Park, through the UW campus to University Village (the Apple store a favorite hangout), and so on.

I stopped by my LBS, the Downhill Zone, today to chat with Adam and Darren. I’ve been going to the shop since they got started 10 years ago, and never had a bad experience. I’ve bought so many bikes there that I like to joke with Darren I should get a card like they have at the coffeehouses, you know, buy 9 lattes get one free. I’d be close to my freebie by now.

Windy but dry so it wasn’t all that bad a ride. On the uphill I passed another dude on a mountain bike, a commuter no less, with pannier hanging from one side. I thought I was the only one crazy enough to ride up this hill, I told him. He said he was perfectly sane, he just lived at the top!

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