Congratulations to all that participated in the Rose City Fix event on Saturday in Portland, OR! A great turnout with wonderful weather and a day filled with fun on two wheels. The organizers really did a great job of putting it together, and I feel thankful to have been a part of it.
It sounds like this is looking to be an annual event in Portland, and hopefully this event inspired some people to get out there and organize some races and events! A HUGE thanks to Backspace, which hosted the finish to the race as well as the award ceremony, to all the sponsors; but especially to Jacopo, owner of Dodici frames, who donated a custom Dodici frame and fork to the winner of the race. He came over from Italy to be a part of the fun, is a great guy, and you should check out his frames!
Out of the 53 racers that started, 39 finished before the race was called 1hr 45 min later.
Walton 1hr 2m
Kyle M 1hr 5m
Sharkey 1hr 5m
Jeremy 1hr 8m
Zach R 1hr 11m
Jib H 1hr 12m
Joey V 1hr 16m
Aubry E 1hr 16m
Cam 1hr 16m
Tall Bryan (first from Seattle) 1hr 17m
Jake 1hr 17m
Al N 1hr 17
Trevor P 1hr 17m
Charlie D 1hr 19m
Evan M 1hr 20m
Marshal 1hr 21m
Kyle M 1hr 21m
Peter T 1hr 21m
Miguel 1hr 22m
Andrew B 1hr 23m
Aaron McP 1hr 23m
Geoff 1hr 25m
Josh S 1hr 25
Danny V 1hr 29m (received a ticket)
Jonah R 1hr 29 (received a ticket)
Josiah 1hr 30m
Daniel M 1hr 30m
Brady 1hr 30m
Drew B 1hr 32m
Tommy Lee 1hr 34m
Topher 1hr 34m
Brandon N 1hr 34m
David G 1hr 34m
John Michael 1hr 38m
Victor P 1hr 39m
Benji C 1hr 41m
Vladimir 1hr 41m
Laila G 1hr 42m First Female
Calie 1hr 44m
Laila (First Female)
Thanks again to all involved, and a big shout out to the Seattle squad, the 20+ riders that went south to support the Northwest fixed gear community, and to bring home some prizes. The overall feeling of the event, which I hope continues; is of positivity, support, and community. Let’s keep it going, and get some inter-city events going! If there are any events planned in Portland, contact me, and I’ll get them on the calendar!
I’ve got a soft spot for woodgrain print. Put it on shirt, glasses, a bike… I’m for it. Maybe my hippie roots loves the organic elements brought into the urban world, but what ever it is, it’s pimp as hell. If it’s good enough for Mike Jones, Slim Thug, and the Paper Route Gangstaz, it’s good enough for me.
“Catch me lane switchin’ with the paint drippin.”
On August 11th, RELoad released a new collection designed and hand screened by senior stitcher Brieann Tracey.
Taken from RELoad’s site:
“So the woodgrain collection was born about 6 months ago. I started the drawing, which was about 11 inches by about 3 for each panel, and there are two panels. I drew it so that the lines of the grain lined up with the end of the other panel, so that essentially you could take the two pieces lengthwise, and have one continuous wood panel. Then I blew it up in photoshop and had Awesome Dudes make my silk screen for me.”
I was doing a little reading and writing last week at one of the cafes that provide me with my favored coffee beverage, the respected, revered, as well as feared by some…. 12oz coffee, with 2 added shots. Also known as a “Red Eye”, “Black Eye”, or “shot in the dark”, (a true barista could tell you the difference between them) I think it’s really one of the best coffee drinks around. It’s strange that some coffee shops that have marginal coffee, or marginal espresso can put the two together, and make a good cup of coffee. Coffee flavored coffee. None of that vanilla syrup infused fancy crap. It’s a cup of coffee that let’s you know what you’re drinking: roasted beans ground up and mixed with water. Mmmmm. My favorite in Seattle can be found at Lighthouse Roasters on 43rd and Phinney. Lighthouse not only has what is considered by many to be the best Americano in Seattle, but their drip coffee is pretty damn good too. Before I first visited Lighthouse, I would get my fix at Cafe Vita, around the corner, sometimes 2+ times per day. I still occasionally go to Vita; for a change of scenery, or possibly an internet connection. But this isn’t about the rounds I make to different establishments, or how I might have a small problem when it comes to caffeine consumption, it’s about bikes.
So I was writing, or reading, or maybe watching the commuters huff and puff up Phinney Ridge on mediocre mountain bikes or really nice road bikes. A guy comes in, and asks the Barista to hang a poster for “Bicycle Benefits.” What grabbed my attention first is that he didn’t lock up his bike, which always concerns me. His bike wasn’t that flashy, it’s a workhorse, not a show bike. A Japanese bike from the mid 80′s or early 90′s. Practical. It was obvious that he’d been riding. Sweaty, hair disheveled, and a little out of breath. I heard “Bicycle” so turned around (the word “Bicycle” induces some type of Pavlovian response in me.)
So that’s how I met Alan. He explained to me a little about what “Bicycle Benefits” is. And now I pass this on to you, because I think it’s a great project, and one that deserves support.
“Bicycle Benefits is a progressive bicycling program designed to reward individuals and businesses for their commitment to cleaner air, personal health, and the use of pedaling energy in order to create a more sustainable community. The program’s continual growth decreases parking demand, increases helmet use, and improves cyclists’ safety and health by putting more people on bikes. This site has all of our Bicycle Benefit Business Members that can be found by clicking the links to the left (including their discounts/rewards, addresses, and maps to get there). Get your helmet sticker at any of the participating Bicycle Benefits Business Member locations or become a participating Business Member today and start experiencing Bicycle Benefits!”
A more Seattle specific blurb would be something like this:
What a beautiful day. I’m riding my bike to the bar around 7, wanna come? What’s in it for you? Besides working on your hot biker legs? Dude—you get special deals when you arrive by bike at progressive businesses across Seattle! How about all-night Happy Hour at Vermillion Art Bar in Cap Hill or 2 for 1 movie tickets at Central Cinema in the Central District
Become a Bicycle Benefits member at any participating business and reap the rewards of reducing pollution, making streets safer, and weaning the world off fossil fuels. Go to www.bicyclebenefits.org. for a list of businesses on board, and contact Alan to get your business involved at email@example.com
Some of my favorite deals include:
25-Cent Scuttlebutt beer with Crêpe Purchase at Anita’s Crêpes
Consultation, Exam, and X-Rays $19.99; 1 Hour Massage $39 at Chiropractic Wellness Center
Happy hour all night (beer and wine) at Vermillion Art Bar
2 for 1 Admission (excludes festivals) at Central Cinema
Free Rose with Purchase of $10 or More at The Flower Lady
$6 64oz Growler Refills at Trade Route Brewing Company
Just taking advantage of one or two of these benefits pays for itself.
This project really is a labor of love, and I am thankful for people like Alan, and the others involved with Bicycle Benefits. As you can see from the website- Bicycle Benefits has different locations around the U.S. Do what you can to spread the word to friends in other cities, and whether you are a rider, or a business owner, or both, check out www.bicyclebenefits.org.
King County, in coordination with the city of Seattle, the city of Redmond, Redmond Town Center, Cascade Bicycle Club, and Vulcan Real Estate are hosting a Bike Share Expo on August 11 (Seattle) and 12 (Redmond). We encourage you to come learn more about bike share, experience the bikes and kiosks used in various bike share systems, and ride a bike!
August 11 South Lake Union’s Discovery Center
Hours: 10am to 6pm
August 12 Redmond Town Center
Hours: 12pm to 8pm
Overview of Bike Share Over the past few years, bike share programs have swept through Europe and become a critical part of the local transportation network. They were designed to be an on-demand mobility option, enabling people to check out a bike from a designated bike share station and return it to any designated bike share station after their trip.
This past weekend is one that might take a day or two for my liver and legs to recover from.
The annual Dead Baby Downhill, which takes place on the first Friday of every August is almost assuredly the largest one day bicycle race/party on the west coast, if not the US, and this year was no exception. Starting atop Capital Hill, at the Comet Tavern, I can only guess as to how many people were crammed onto the corner of 10th and Pike. Bike riders from all different backgrounds, people came out of the woodwork to be a part of this somewhat infamous event.
Skip to 1:25 to get a recap from Grey’s Anatomy.
In it’s thirteenth year, the DB Downhill attracts a freak bike crowd like no other. The creativity, love, ingenuity, and sheer madness that these contraptions are built from is a sight to behold. The Downhill is a prime opportunity for anybody with a torch and a dream to get their chopper, tallbike, cruiser, mini, swingbike, or any other bastard contraption that can roll under human power together.
The downhill race itself is not taken seriously by most, but is more of a ride to the afterparty. This year has been labeled as the “Dead Baby Uphill” as the route that more than half the people took lead up to Beacon Hill, and was over 50% of an uphill ride. Still fun, the ride down Lucielle was quick, and it dropped us off in the mayhem that was the Dead Baby afterparty.
A couple of blocks were shut down, and the Magic Wheels MC opened up their space for the event to go down. Beers flowed. Bands played (22 bands, as a matter of fact.) BMX ramps were ridden. Foot-down was played. Tall Bikes jousted. Sprockettes danced with their bikes. More beers flowed. The night was long, and another Dead Baby party can go down in the history books under the success category. Greghxc took some pics, and you can check out the Flickr HERE
A suggestion to those that attend next year: Use the buddy system. If you go with someone, make sure you both get home together. And keep your phone on you. The Downhill party is a little bit of a time warp- and you can lose a couple hours in the blink of an eye. Beyond that: Have fun.
Saturday brought Tour de Fat, which I did not make it to. My late night on Friday demanded more sleep than I expected on Saturday. By the time I got up, it was time to start getting ready and packed up for the 42BELOW sprints that took place at Brouwer’s Cafe for the Tour de Fat afterparty. (so many afterparties)
The sprints went well, with the men’s and women’s winners going home with a complete 42BELOW fixed gear bike, AS WELL AS a Raleigh track frame. The Raleigh rep was present and upped the anty by putting the frames up for grabs for the final race. There was a catch though… After the time started, but before you could start pedaling, you had to do a shot. The racers were up to the challenge, and RaeAnne took home the prize package for the women, while Patrick M is the proud new owner of one and a half new bikes. Big thanks to Brian at Raleigh for his infinite kindness and dashing good looks. (If you have another frame you’d like to get out there big guy… I ride a 56/57.)
Sunday brought the North American Hardcourt Bicycle Polo championships to Magnusen Park. This tournament was to decide what team got their airfare paid to the Worlds by the title sponsor Brooks of England. The games were heated and the skill level was high. The final match brought East Vancouver (Balls Deep) and Seattle (Team Smile) together. It was best 2 out of 3 games. Seattle won the first game, then East Van came back and took the second game. The final game was played to 7, and the winner had to win by 2. After 2 injuries, one for each team, Seattle brought out the hustle, and took the Tourney. Way to go 206!
An end to a spectacular weekend. So many good people, so many good times.
Seattle has had a great summer for bikes. Yesterday on my ride to Magnusen, I noticed the leaves gathering on the Burke Gilman trail. Summer is beginning to fade. Soon, fall will bring the rain which we are too familiar with, the night grows longer, and our short shorts are traded in for wool and goretex. It by no means restricts us from riding, and I do hope everyone keeps their enthusiasm high, wanting to keep the wheels rolling all winter.
GO MEANS GO is working on things to keep bikes on the brain and under the butt- Get ready for the Bicycle Film Festival, as well as ART VELO.