Few things are more synonymous with Seattle than coffee. I would say when most people think of Seattle two things come to mind, rain and coffee, probably in that order. Little do most people know it really doesn’t rain that much in Seattle, we just tell the rest of the country that to keep them from moving here. Which seems to be becoming a less effective method of deterring people (the secret must be out.) Seattleites do however love their coffee. Sure a lot of people still drink the stuff with the green open-legged mermaid on it, probably for the same reason I see people buying Bud Light, a lot of people are dumb. Thankfully Seattle is also home to countless other coffee roasters and cafes serving up delicious cups of that hot dark brew we can’t live without. Personally I love good coffee. Whether brewing it at home or visiting my favorite local cafes by bike, coffee is more or less a necessity. For sometime I’ve wondered why there were not businesses in my city tying together bicycles and coffee, two things I enjoy. The answer of course, there are. Case-in-point, Conduit Coffee.
Check out this great video I came across on Hampsten Cycles Facebook Page. Absolutely love the bikes coming from local builder Hampsten Cycles. Support your local frame builders! More information on Hampsten Cycles on their webpage HERE.
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
We are getting spoiled here in Seattle with a fairly mild autumn and some great riding conditions. The temperatures have dropped, the leaves have turned beautiful shades of orange and red but the rain hasn’t been falling (and I’m not complaining).
Have a bike event coming up? Seattle, or the rest of Washington? Oregon? Alaska? Anywhere else? We want to help get the word out. Let us help you put your event on blast. Email us with the info and we’ll get it up.
Right now I see a lot of CX going on in Oregon, and Washingon- what you got? Tweed ride?- Got it.
If the depth of the mud hadn’t already given it away, I’d be telling you cyclocross season is in full swing! Here are a couple photos Taylor Sizemore snapped for Shred Club at last Sunday’s Lake Sammamish GP, the second race in this years MFG Cyclocross Series.
Despite what it may have looked like to some, it was a good day to be on a bike.
It is hard to believe its already September, summer has been flying by. While I always hate to see summer go cyclocross gives me something to look forward to in the fall before we plunge into the long dark and wet days of winter in the PNW. MFG Cyclocross is kicking off the 2013 cross season with Kick Off Cross @ Big Finn Hill Park this Sunday September 8th. If you’ve never raced cross before, they have a beginners category (10:20am) to get your feet wet and your helmet muddy for the first time.
Cyclocross is extremely spectator friendly. Watching a cross race is almost as much fun as racing (minus the sweat, blood & tears). There are a lot of prime spots to watch the action, races are going on all day from 9:30am – 3pm and fans often interact with the racers (I wonder if there will be free wieners like last year…) Big Finn Hill Park is just a short bike ride from Seattle, the majority of which is along the Burke Gilman Trail (Map Here). So grab some friends, go for a ride and come watch the action.
The Street Books bookbike is an adult, three-wheeled tricycle that has a specially-created box in the front. When you open it up, it has bookshelves and it can hold hundreds of books. The bookbike will be pedaling out to different locations to check out books, give away library cards, give out information about library programs and literacy projects, as well as bike maps and bike programs.
Patrons are issued an official Street Books library card without being required to show proof of address or identification. Using an old-school library pocket and a card that patrons sign and leave with us. During our twice-weekly shifts, patrons stop by to check out and return library books. They are invited to be photographed with their book, and these photos and stories are collected at: streetbooks.org.
Video from Seattle Public Library on the launching of Street Books, featuring Mayor Mike McGinn.