PLACE: Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Nord Building, 314 1st Ave South, Seattle WA 98104
During First Thursday Art Walk on February 7 The Bicycle Alliance of Washington will throw open its doors to launch their first Open House of the year, co-sponsored with Back Alley Bike Repair and Zipcar. Feature fine brew from Hilliard’s, an artisanal brewery in Ballard, and you can get down to the heavenly rhythms of Crown Social deejay Zach Huntting’s awesome music.
ADMISSION AND BEER IS FREE! (donations to Bicycle Alliance happily accepted). There will be raffle prizes from Seattle-area bike shops and Zipcar will raffle off a weekend getaway prize in a bike-friendly Zipcar.
The North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) is being held in Denver, CO this year February 22-24. Airline tickets from Seattle to Denver are still under $200 round trip (at the time of this posting) and I’ve been putting some thought into attending. I haven’t been since 2008 when it was held in Portland, at which I somewhat unintentionally insulted Lance Armstrong to his face… but that is another story altogether. Anyone from Seattle planning on attending?
Check out the NAHBS 2013 website HERE for more details and the impressive list of exhibitors HERE.
I’ve heard some mixed feelings about the NAHBS over the last couple of years, but one thing is for sure, there will be plenty of beautiful bicycles on hand to drool and lust over.
More and more I’m finding myself wearing clothing designed for, or at the very least inspired by- cycling. It doesn’t matter if I’m running errands all day by bike- if I hop on my bike and ride just one place while still wearing Levis 501 jeans or a Carhartt jacket- the fit and cut just don’t feel right. That said, I can wear cycling inspired clothes all day long- whether camping, road tripping in a car, taking the bus to meet up with friends or running errands all day by bike.
Always on the look out for new cycling brands- sometimes you find a company that has been doing a good thing for many years and they just haven’t been on your radar.
Dave Watson launched Sombrio in 1998. It began, and still has roots in, the freeride and mountain bike culture found on Vancouver’s North Shore. (that’s Canada for all you folks that are bad at geography.) If you don’t know who Dave Watson is, you should watch this video:
Whether you huck yourself off of 6’ drops in the woods on the daily, hit the trails on your way home from work or ride to meet your friends at the bar, Sombrio has got some nice looking designs blending form and function. Like more than a few Canadian companies, it’s sometimes difficult to find a place to purchase locally. They have an online STORE as well.
You like bikes and beer? You can help fund a new brewery in Ballard that is set to open this winter through their Kickstarter campaign HERE.
Peddler Brewing Company is a Brewery in Ballard, WA (1514 NW Leary Way) that will be opening its doors this winter. It is a collaboration of Haley’s dream of running her own customer-oriented business and meeting new people every day, Dave’s dream of brewing and talking about beer every day, and their shared love of riding bikes. We will strive to be a gathering place for beer lovers and support bicycling as a great way to get around our beautiful city. Are our beers awesome? We wouldn’t be starting a brewery if we didn’t think so.