Back for the 8th year running the Resurrection Alleycat is this Saturday April 4th. Registration starts at 2:30pm @ Cal Anderson Park. Race starts at 3pm sharp (don’t be late!) Finish and after party at Gaswork Park. Come to ride, come to race, roll the dice and with a little luck this may be your year to be champion…
I spent enough years drinking cheap booze and “attending” classes at Eastern Washington University to be called “Doctor.”
During that time, I enjoyed the awesome and flowy trails offered by the dry side of Washington.
For anyone new to the area, most of Washington state lies east of the Cascade mountains where it rains little more than it does in Arizona. Thus, lots of fast and fun desert off road riding. One of the pinnacles of the early mountain bike racing season is the Hubapalooza downhill race and the People’s Enduro, the first stop on the All Gravity race series.
The trails are located at Beacon Hill/Camp Sekani park. This year’s event offers free camping for registered riders in the Camp Sekani parking lot. In addition to downhill and enduro racing, there is a fun night ride for registered riders and a jam session for dirt jumping enthusiasts.
If you’re looking to get out of the rain and clouds, come on out for some dusty fun.
I will be racing the enduro on Sunday, but I’ll be hanging out at Camp Sekani sampling the offerings of Evanson Handcrafted Distilling all weekend.
Come on out for fun in the sun!
If you have a day job like most people do, chances are, your only time to ride during the work week is either during the morning before dragging your ass to the office, or after work when you’re free from the evil talons of corporate America.
In either case, a good set of trail lights are in order to make sure you make it out of the woods alive. They’re also a good addition to the road bike if you ride in rural areas with little or no artificial light.
On top of being a cheap ass, I also have terrible night vision. I’m the guy who gets up to piss in the middle of the night and ends up busting his head open on the door frame–true story.
So, when shopping for trail lights, I spent hours scouring the interwebs, innerwebs, outerwebs and spider webs reading reviews on sub-$200 light sets.
Total out the door price: $160.
Not all custom bikes are pretty. We hope that there is a function that won out over form, but unfortunately that isn’t always the case. In the fine examples below, we have some people’s dream bikes. Where function met form perfectly. Like in a dream…
Though I was a bit confused when I first received information about this project, from what I gather there are a number of creative minds at work to offer beautiful bicycles and sundries for purchase. These will elevate your status to at or above knee level on Kanye West. In fact, you can let Kanye and Manual for Speed guide you through your dreams in their little bike building guide HERE.
And those really are some beautiful bikes by Argonaut and Speedvagen.
So there you go. In short time, you’ll be feeling like this.
And you can be whisked away to buy some super limited quantity collaborations on MFS HERE
I hate getting emails like this:
I’m sending my sad story to all bike places/people in hopes that I get my ride back. My bike was stolen today. I’m near Queen Anne/Interbay and thought maybe someone might see it go by. It’s an 80’s lugged steel Trek road bike with special custom powder coat, sparkle orange.
Thank you friendly local bike blog!!!
More info from Betsy:
I know of at least a handful of bikes recovered through posting to the blog and social media and then concerned citizens keeping an eye out and being vigilant- so this is hopes of good results.
Death to bike thieves.
The Seattle Bike Expo is no longer. Thankfully, Cascadia Events picked up the ball and created the Seattle Bike Show for 2015. The event will take place Feb. 28th & March 1st at Century Link. This year’s events feature speakers such as the one and only “Bobke” Bob Roll, local celeb and mountain bike coach Kat Sweet, and of course, trials rider and yogi from the north, Ryan Leech.
This year’s shindig will feature a pump track for adults, and what appears to be a zipline. Your $10 ticket also gains you access to the Washington Travel, Trips and Adventures expo, featuring cool outdoor gear and local outdoor trip planning and advice.
Hope to see you there!
Sat. February 28th 10:00Am–5:00PM
Sun. March 1st 10:00AM–4:00PM
Kids 17 and Under FREE
Yesterday, Feb. 22, was the “official opener” of cycling season in Seattle. That means two things: Cascade Bicycle Club’s annual Chilly Hilly 30 mile group ride around Bainbridge Island, and the cheaper, funner alternative ride: .83’s F—ing Hills Race (FHR).
The FHR is always held on the same day, on the same course and at the same time as the Chilly Hilly. In contrast to Cascade’s paid entry fees and manned rest stops, the FHR is free to enter (but you have to pay for your own ferry boat ticket, 9 bucks) and is fully self supported and features copious amounts of beer, liquor and other things that are legal here in Washington State, but still federally blacklisted. There are also prizes and priceless shenanigans.
After riding my first FHR a couple of years ago, I decided that this ride was more fun, and cheaper.
And they feed you at the end of the ride.
On the Cascade ride, you have to buy your own bowl of chili at the finish line.
Instead of bib numbers, the .83 riders attach small pirate flags to themselves, each other, and small children.
This year’s FHR began as all FHR’s do. Riders gathered on the Seattle waterfront, signed up for the “registration,” and promptly began sipping on cans of Rainier beer and pulling from flasks that were being passed around the group.
At 8 AM.
Once we arrived at the ferry terminal, the Washington State Ferry workers did a good job of segregating the Cascade riders from the .83 riders. They actually loaded us onto opposite sides of the boat. The weather was an unseasonably warm 50 or so American degrees. Perfect for sipping booze and riding bikes.
As a lover of all things two wheeled and pedal powered (a bike-sexual if you will), I’ve been spending more and more time in the dirt than on the road.
Since mountain bikes and mountain bike parts have become increasingly more technologically advanced and expensive over the years, it pays to do your research and get the right parts the first time.
One of the, if not the (IMHO), most important parts on your MTB is a set of tires. After all, tires do a lot of work keeping you upright and shredding when the going gets gnar. With the ever changing trail conditions of the Pacific NW, it’s best to have a few sets of tires laying around the studio apartment for mud, rocks, dry trail, blue groove, snow, and sandy conditions.
Oh, and one set for night racing on Wednesdays.
But, if you’re on a small budget, all those tires add up. Then you can’t pay rent and you’re living in your Subaru.
Even a single set of high end tires can set you back a few hundred smackers.
First off- I’m going to be off the grid for a wee bit, honeymooning with my recently official wife. We are going to be in the sun drinking fruity drinks and letting our toes get warm in the sand.