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Bicycle, Events

Recycled Cycles opens second location

Recycled Cycles is likely one of the most diverse shops in Seattle. Because of that, as well as the fact that they are a team sponsor- they are one of my favorite shops in town. They carry a wide range of bikes at their location in the University District and have a large repair area. They carry a good amount of clothing as well and usually have my favorite pants brand, Swrve in stock.  I know I’m not alone in my feeling that the offering of used bikes and parts is pretty amazing. More than once I’ve found a great deal on some thing or another- whether it be eggbeater pedals, a Chris King headset, or just some valve stem cores and quick release skewers. I think that occasionally some of the folks responsible for stocking the bins put in super great items, just to surprise whatever lucky parts picker happens upon them.

The staff is generally friendly and knowledgeable and my mechanic crush Blaise is employed there.  Blaise brought my Raleigh carbon SSCXWC monster to life and did an amazing job at it. He’s got mad skillz, as kids these days are saying.

Well if you weren’t getting enough Recycled Cycles in your life, or you found yourself in the lower Wallingford/Fremont area needing some bicycle attention- fret not, for Recycled is opening up a second location, next to their warehouse in that very neighborhood.  Their doors will be open at 1109 N. 35th Street beginning February 15th.  Their regular business hours will be M-F 10am-7pm; Sat/Sun 10am-6pm.  That’s great news.  The new shop will be in good hands, with Recycled vets Blaise, Paul, Scott and Reed at that location as well as a number of others.  It will be a smaller shop at 2500 square feet, but I’m sure they’ll maximize the hell out of it.

Even better, it’s across the street from Fremont Brewing. That may be the closest bike shop to a brewery in Seattle- which is awesome.

Artwork by Blaise

Blaise did the neato wall art too.  Coaster brake FTW!

So stop on by and say hi if you’re rolling through the hood.

Recycled Cycles Too (opening 2/15/12)

1109 N. 35th Street, Seattle

(206) 397-4286

M-F 10am-7pm; Sat/Sun 10am-6pm


Bicycle, Events, Travel

Next weekend in PDX: Mini Bike Winter 2012

Here is the schedule:



 .: Thursday February 16th :.

  •  Craft night
    • Family Bomb will continue to craft night
      • Location will be posted closer to the event

 .: Friday February 17th :.

  •  Bike Smut
    • Rev Phil’s back with more Bike Porn at Clinton Street Theater – 2522 SE Clinton – 6:45PM

    • Ride leaves after Bike Porn to the Dropout Ride
  • Dropout Bike Ride
    • Meets at Colonel Sumners Park – SE 20th & Belmont – 9:00PM
    • Tall Tour Strictly Dance Party
    • Covered end location

 .: Saturday February 18th :.

  •  Brunch
    • Location TBA
  •  Sprockettes
    • Sprockettes will preform before Chariot Wars
  • Chariot Wars
    • More info soon
  • After Party
    • Fashion Show, Silent Auction, Raffle, Sexy Time Story Telling, Bands, DJs, FUN!
    • More info soon

.: Sunday February 19th :.

  • Mini Bike Winter Olympics
    • Meets on Mt Tabor – Noon
    • Bike Bowling with a new & improved ramp, MiniCrotch Race
    • Continues to the CupCake Challenge on the waterfront
  • Mini Crit
    • Location TBA – 7:00PM
  •  Badass Challenge
    • Meets at the Zoobomb Pyle – 8:30PM
    • Can you make your way up the hill without the Max first?
    • 16″ bike, no frame mods, single speed, no clipless/cages
  •  Tour Da Bomb
    • Meets at the Zoobomb Pyle – 8:30PM
    • Mini Bike Race, Freak Bike Race, Skate Race, Gravity Bike Race
    • Family Bomb

.: Monday February 20th :.

  •  Monday Funday?
    • Meets at Colonel Sumners Park

Info from the Zoobomb board, where more updates can be found.

Need a place to stay? Check here.

Follow Zoobomb for Mini Bike Winter updates: @zoobombpdx
Unsure of what Mini Bike Winter consists of:

This event is NOT sponsored by Cascade Bicycle Club.

art, Bicycle

Getting drunk on kerosene.

Movie posters in Russia leave far more to the imagination, particularly when you can’t read the language.

Thankfully these have been skillfully translated by Professor Larry Feinberg.

Title: Terminator

Russian Title: The Revolt of the Machines

Per Professor Feinberg:

TOP: I ‘m an odd fellow, a wind-up dummy, called Terminator 2. My head is made of tin. I get drunk on kerosene and ride my bike (1) very fast. I’m very handy with a pistol (2).

LOWER LEFT: I’m three arshins [about 7 ft.] tall. Inside I’m all wheels and springs.

LOWER RIGHT: I landed in a smithy (3) and smashed up my head.

See more of Andrei Kuznetsov’s work HERE


Advocacy, Bicycle

Calendar Giveaway: Bike Boys of Portland

Looking for a calendar of hot boys for your home or office (or wherever people put calendars of scantily clad boys up?) Sure- it’s February, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a calendar for the rest of the year right?

Pedalfresh is a cool project connecting bikes with fresh water. Proceeds from the calendar go toward Border Green Energy Team (BGET). The calendar will more specifically fund a water filtration system for a Burmese refugee school.

Of course since you get the calendar for free I’d encourage you to donate to this worthy cause on your own… The lady of this house has her Bike Boys of Portland calendar already and one is enough for our home. If you don’t win- I encourage you to check out the project and donate to support the cause.

You can see more about PedalFresh and the bike boys at

How do you win? Leave an original haiku in the comment section of this post. Bonus points if it has to do anything with the calendar (that means bikes, boys or fresh water) Simple right? And you CAN enter more than one. Let your creativity flow forth.

The winner will be contacted via email and sent this calendar to do with what they wish.

Bicycle, Events, Seattle

New Seattle bike shop: Back Alley Bike Repair

From Benjamin:

Back Alley Bike Repair is nearly complete and ready to serve your Downtown cycling wants and needs. We’ve made the move into our new digs in the Nord Alley (Pioneer Square’s Art Alley), between 1st Ave S and Occidental -Jackson and Main. The space is simply amazing.

In addition to tune-up’s/repairs/adjustments/wheel builds/custom we’ll carry an array of quality, durable goods for the urban cyclist. We have rental bikes for your out-of-town guests, as well. If you want us carry something you think is amazing, just let us know. And as you can imagine, we love to special order that special something for that special someone. Isn’t that special? Meow.

We’re open for business on Tuesday, Feb 14 and our Grand Opening Party will coincide with the March First Thursday Art Walk. Please, feel free to tell your friends.

Get pumped up!

Back Alley Bike Repair
314 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
M-F, 9am-6pm(?)
Facebook- BackAlleyBikeRepair