We are super stoked that Back Ally Bike Repair is turning two years old! Ben is throwing a like shin-dig. Check out the Birfday Bike-athalon and Pedal Party on Saturday, then hit up the Bike Expo on Sunday, hungover. Sounds like a recipe for a rad Seattle bike weekend to me.
The Cycle Messenger World Championships are being hosted by Mexico City in 2014, May 28 – June 5. The alleycat takes place on May 30, it looks like its going to be epic.
Chrome Industries is coming to a city near you and that city is Los Angeles. We are beyond stoked to be partnering with Orange 20 Bikes to bring you a one-of-a-kind pop up HUB, Chrome_20.
Chrome_20 is a shop, a gallery, a finish line, and a space for the people of LA to share their favorite spots in the city. Join us November 22nd, 7-10pm as we kick off a month long of events starting with our opening party featuring The Streets of Chrome, a street photography installation curated by Van Styles with photographs from Van Styles, Sagan Lockhart, and Jefroe Grell.
In conjunction with the Streets of Chrome exhibit we are launching #Wrenched_LA, an ever changing, interactive Instagram wall of all of Los Angeles’ hidden gems and hot spots brought to us by you. Who knows LA better than the people who live there? No one.
Chrome20 will have a complete selection of Chrome Industries gear for sale throughout the holiday season. Come for the booze and stay for the party, this is just the beginning of Chrome_20.
4357 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Open Daily: 11/22 – 12/22
By late October, the Anchorage cycling community usually finds itself transitioning away from fenders, mud, and pavement to studs, ice and fresh snow. Not so this year, as fall continues to hold us in its soggy grip. The rather delayed onset of winter allowed for some fun autumnal riding this past Saturday night, as three separate costumed events took place across town. No studs required.
I showed up at the first event, the fairly informal Halloween Super ‘Cross IV event planned by John and posted to the Arctic Cross website. I originally intended to be there just to photograph and observe. I made the offhand comment that I wished I brought my bike a few minutes into shooting the pre-ride gathering and suddenly found myself testing out John’s Bianchi C.U.S.S., which he offered to let me borrow for the race. I agreed, dug around my trunk for a passable costume, and handed the camera off to the wife while I rode. I am now officially hooked after my first ride in the world of cyclocross.
This Saturday October 26th, come out for Messmann’s Messquarade. A group scavenger hunt on bikes. Come with a team or join forces at registration. $5 per rider, no more than 6 riders per team.
Registration will be at Shorties: 2222 2nd Ave starting at 5pm, the team scavenger hunt will start at 6pm. The end of the scavenger hunt will be at the Twilight Exit: 2514 E Cherry after 8pm. If you can’t make it to the hunt come down to the Twilight Exit after 8pm and join the after party. As always prizes for the fastest, best costume, DFL and more.
RSVP and more information here: Messmann’s Messquarade 2013
The Tour de Watertower uses a staggered start, with one racer leaving every two minutes. If you’d like to get your start assigned ahead of time, you can pre-register here. You will receive your assigned time within 24 hours. If you do NOT pre-register, that’s fine, too. Just show up before we start releasing racers so we can assign your time before we’re occupied getting riders out the gate on time.
Race day is Sunday, August 25th. Registration is $8 and can be done online here: TdW Preregistration. The first racer will be scheduled out the gate at 1:30pm. Please plan to be at the start at least 10 minutes before your scheduled race time to insure you can be checked in and staged. You can still register in person on race day, but you will be given a slot after all the preregistered racers. If you want to secure an earlier race time be sure and preregister. Preregistration ends at 11:59pm, Thursday, August 22nd.
And here is the part you’ve been waiting for. Plan and RIDE your route before the race if at all possible. A well planned and executed route will make all the difference on race day.
Tour de Watertower 2013 course route:
- START – Cool Guy Park – along the trail starting at Lakeview Blvd E & Belmont Ave E
- Maple Leaf – Roosevelt Way NE and NE 86th st.
- Queen Anne – Lee St. @ Warren Ave N
- Magnolia – 38th Ave. W between Dravus and Prosper Across from 3218 38th Ave. W.
- West Seattle – SW Charlestown St. & 39th Ave SW
- High Point – 35th Ave SW & SW Myrtle St
- Woodland Park – Phinney Ave. N. between N. 53rd st & N 54th St.
- Volunteer Park – Volunteer Park Road, near entrance at E Prospect St.
- FINISH – Victory Lounge – 433 Eastlake Avenue E. First round is on me.
Don’t want to race but feel like hanging out? Come by the start, or head over to Victory Lounge at 3pm to start checking out who’s in the lead as the riders come in and times are posted. We will also need some volunteers to keep our riders honest and keep things running smoothly, so if you’re interested please get in touch, your help is always appreciated. Victory will be providing two dollar beers and three dollar shots for all, as well a full menu of dogs for all. We will be listing all finish times live and large as we did last year.
Come join us Tonight, Tuesday August 6th, 7pm at Linda’s Tavern in the back patio area for some cold beers. We will be announcing the course for this years Tour de Watertower. 2013 marks the 5th year of this hellish race, a guerrilla time trial to the highest points in the city. We wont be announcing the course online until the following Friday morning, so come get a sneak peak and start planning your route now. Planning a good route is essential to doing well in the race!
Tour de Watertower 2013 will be taking place on Sunday August 25th. Register early to secure your starting time. Registration opens in person at the announcement party and online the following Friday.