This sounds like fun! The event page on R+E’s website invites you to join this open house for “pizza, coffee, beer, [and] bicycles.” Add to that list a benefit raffle with nice prizes (including the commuter frame pictured above), local bike’y vendors, and the inimitable Willie Weir, and you’ve got a recipe for a great event. Admission is free!
You may have seen this photo series already since it first bounced around the blogosphere a couple years ago. But it’s new to us and we thought it was cool so we’re sharing in case you missed it, too.
Zhou HuaSen is a Chinese photographer who created this series of people floating on “invisible,” i.e. digitally removed, bicycles. The effect is neat for the everyday commuters he captured, but we wondered if it would also be interesting to show other types of riders without their wheels. Like racers–would they look cool? silly? Maybe that depends on the lens through which you view bicycle riding. (Sorry.)
Interesting note on crediting sources: We originally saw the photo series on one of the many blogs that posted about it, but it took some digging to find the original blogger, especially since somewhere along the way people started misspelling the photographer’s name (as Zhaohua Sen). Our best guess for the originator is this post by My Modern Met where you can see the rest of the images, but if we’re wrong, feel free to correct us. Also, here’s the closest thing to a bio page we found for the photographer himself.
People often send us links to bike-related products, companies, or Kickstarter campaigns that catch their eye. Sometimes we’ll get the same referral from many people, creating a natural filter for the most noteworthy innovations.
Below are the creations that were forwarded to us most often this year. Some hit the scene earlier than 2013 (like this one), but it seemed like this year was when they really landed in people’s consciousness. Or at least their inboxes.
Click any photo below to learn more.
Save the date: On December 17th, we’re taking a holiday bike ride! We’ll meet at the shop and then ride to the Ballard Locks to watch the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival, a parade of light-bedecked ships and sailboats. Some of the vessels will feature carolers aided by sound systems, so you won’t miss a note of Jingle Bells.
- Meet at the shop at 7 p.m.
- Leave at 7:30 by bike
caravan parade(?!) via the Burke-Gilman Trail
- Arrive at 7:50 at Ballard Locks
- Carolers perform at 8:10 p.m.
Bring a mug. We’ll make a batch of hot cider at the shop. Fill up your mug to keep you warm during the show.
Festivize your ride! Wouldn’t it be cool for the people on holiday boats to look out and see a bunch of holiday bikes?? The answer is yes.
Feel free to invite your friends. See you then!
Imagine this shining your way on those dark stretches of the Burke Gilman. Or, maybe for those ‘green boxes’ where cyclists and cars interact.
Check out this story in the story in The Atlantic Cities. Cool.
I already mentioned this in our latest newsletter, but it’s important enough that I thought I’d blog about it, too. We have lots of conversations in the shop with folks who really want to ride their bikes to get around, but who cite certain barriers that keep them from going for it. One of the most common reasons we hear? Dexter Avenue and it’s tough-for-beginners hill. It’s on the way to/from downtown for several North Seattle neighborhoods, and for some people, it’s just enough of a hassle to push them away from commuting by bike.
The flatter route through parking lots along Westlake Avenue North has been an alternative for bike commuters for years, but it’s considered unsafe for a number of reasons, including car drivers backing out of parking spots who can’t hear or see bicyclists riding by. There’s also the practical dead end of the route into the construction, trolley tracks, and general confusion that is South Lake Union.
Now the good news! SDOT is hosting an open house to discuss plans for a cycle track on Westlake Avenue North. What a boon this route would be for current and aspiring bike commuters. Such a route and its key distinction of comfortable separation from car traffic would allow commuters to avoid sweating their way up Dexter hill and instead ride safely to and from their downtown destinations.
If this would affect your bike commute or make you or someone you know more likely to commute by bike, please join the conversation, learn more about the plan, and let your thoughts be heard at the upcoming open house. It’s this coming Monday, October 28th, from 5 to 7 p.m. at B.F. Day Elementary.
See you there!
Nau, the Portland-based apparel company, asked us to host a trunk show. Exciting!
We’ve proudly carried Nau since we opened the shop in 2010. Their creations combine technical performance with urban sensibilities. Perfect for us.
- Tuesday, October 29th, 6 to 8 p.m. at Hub and Bespoke
- Shop an extended collection from Nau.
- Enter a raffle for a Nau garment and accessory. All raffle proceeds will benefit Seattle Greenways, a local non-profit working to create a network of non-arterial bikeways through Seattle neighborhoods. We’ve mentioned these folks before and we’re big fans.
Please pencil in the date on your calendars and stop by on your commute home.