On the Cheap

Written by Neal Poland on . Posted in Bicycle, Bike Camping, Commuting, Ride Your Bike, Seattle, Vintage, Washington No Comments

The Seattle metro area is one of the priciest areas in the nation to call home, and while cycling has been called many things by many people, “cheap” is not one of them.

For those of us who live in and around Seattle and like to ride and race bikes, but don’t make anywhere near a six figure income, something’s gotta give.

This usually means that you find yourself sharing a $2000 a month 300 sq. ft. studio apartment with your 2 cats, a dog named Freewheel because you had one too many PBR’s one night and thought it was a good idea to name him “Freewheel,” your road bike, fixed gear bike, fat bike, SS hardtail, full suspension long travel trail bike (to show off your prowess at Duthie Hill), full suspension short travel trail bike (‘cuz it’s faster, goddammit), CX race bike, commuter bike and, since it’s Seattle, your full fendered rain bike.

You eat ramen noodles because your Safeway card gets you 10 for $1 and you’re saving up for that sweet new cargo bike so you can go car-free and  the “N+1″ rule of bike ownership mathematically dictates that you need another bike or else the universe may collapse in on itself.

For those not familiar with the “N+1″ rule, it states that the number of bicycles you should own is one more than you currently own (N). The same rule applies to snowboards, but that’s another blog.

Algebra’s fun!

…and expensive…..

Even though rent may be expensive in Seattle, with so many great shops in the area, building a bike doesn’t have to be.

I stumbled upon a 1993 RockHopper Comp on the local craigslist for $75. I was looking for a commuter/light touring rig on the cheap and I thought that with some creativity, this old machine may fit the bill.

While I’m not a fan of Specialized and their business practices as of late, their old frames always fit me well (short legs, short arms, round torso) and were pretty reliable pieces of steel, so I thought I’d check it out.

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Photos: A Walk in the Park

Written by greghxc on . Posted in Bicycle Racing, Cyclocross, Seattle No Comments

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No one will ever confuse me for a competitive cyclist, and any time someone talks about an upcoming cyclocross race, I can only think of Clubber Lang’s pre-fight interview from Rocky III:

But there is something incredible about watching riders push themselves beyond their limits, often with nothing more than pride or their own expectations on the line. This past Sunday, I got up early (my own little sacrifice, it’s ok to be in awe) to head out to MFG Cyclocross’s Woodland Park GP to capture riders facing the course, their peers and themselves. These are some of the results.

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(Lots more after the break…)

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New Mystics Presents: Dream Machines

Written by Tall Bryan on . Posted in Alley Cat Racing, art, Events, Media, Music, News, Ride Your Bike, Rides, Seattle, Washington No Comments

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Tonight (Friday August 22nd) at 5:00 p.m. New Mystics and Back Alley Bike Repair commemorate the closing of the Nord Alley kinetic sculpture exhibit “Natural Movement” with a social hour, sunset group ride, alley cat race, BBQ, and hyphy dance party featuring new songs by WIZDUMB.

If you haven’t seen the Natural Movement exhibit this is your last chance and you wont want to miss it. The evening is going to be a blast and help to raise money to send off local bike polo champions “The Guardians” to the world championships in Paris France this fall.

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Internet 1, Bike Thief 0.

Written by Ryan on . Posted in Bicycle, Portland, Seattle, Stolen, Washington No Comments

This is from a couple years ago, but it still makes me happy.  Being reunited with a bike after it was stolen is such a good feeling.  The thief getting pinched is just icing on the cake.  The bike owner showed a lot of restraint by not kicking the shit out of the dude, strengthening his case all around.  Anybody know what happened next?

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Girls of Summer 2014: All-Girl Alleycat Race

Written by Tall Bryan on . Posted in Alley Cat Racing, Events, Races, Ride Your Bike, Rides, Seattle, Washington No Comments

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Hey ladies, this Saturday June 14th Menstrual Monday is hosting the fourth annual all-girl alleycat race Girls of Summer 2014. The sponsor list is a mile long and the grand prize is a complete Raleigh Capri 2.0. So whether you are riding for fun or to win you are sure to have a blast and end up with something from the prize table.

Registration starts at 2pm at Jose Rizal Park, race starts at 3pm.

More info & RSVP HERE.

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Mobroll Tour 2014: May 1st – 18th

Written by Tall Bryan on . Posted in Alley Cat Racing, DIY, Events, Media, News, Ride Your Bike, Seattle, Travel, Washington 1 Comment

“Imagine biking with your friends to all the dope Puget Sound seaside cities and going to shows, alleycat races, seeing art, watching films, doing workshops, camping out, and going on critical mass rides. Now stop imagining and do it.” – Thomas Kolb

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MOBROLL 2014 is coming to your town! Grab your bike and ride along. Starting May 1st in Bellingham and ending May 18th in Olympia. Riders can ride the whole tour, a few days, or just join for the afternoon. However long you can ride along one thing is for certain, you are going to have a blast on two wheels!

May 1st-4th Bellingham
May 4th Anacortes
May 5th Whidbey Island
May 6th Port Townsend
May 7th Kingston
May 8th Bainbridge Island
May 9-11th Seattle
May 12-13th Bremerton & Port Orchard
May 14th Gig Harbor
May 15-16th Tacoma
May 17-18th Olympia

Full list of events, dates, cities and RSVP HERE.

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57 Varieties Time Trial

Written by Tall Bryan on . Posted in Alley Cat Racing, Bicycle Racing, Events, Races, Rides, Seattle No Comments

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This Saturday, April 5th, 327 Words presents the 57 Varieties Time Trial, an alleycat-style bike race around a variety of spots in Seattle with checkpoints and performance detraction options at time-honored destinations and way-stations.

Begins at 2020 Cycle @ 21st & Union in Seattle, WA on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 3:27pm sharp, signups commencing around 2:30 or so.

Get all the info and check out the impressive list of sponsors HERE.

 

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