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Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Blog, Events, King County | 0 comments

See How Bikes Are Made at Bike & Pike

Sure, it’s a fundraiser, and the money goes to Food Lifeline. Essential to support that. (Check out the online auction of great stuff, new this year.)

And yeah, you can fuel up with locally made coffee, pizza, beer and energy bars.

You’ll even be able to shop for some of the finest handmade-in-Seattle bike accessories.

But the real joy of Bike & Pike is in the basement.

Slip through the poster-covered door and down the well-worn stairs and you will see what I mean. Machine shop, welding gig, paint booth, and lots of tools and machinery that are just shiny gizmos to a non-gearhead like me. I keep my hands in my pockets, but marvel at this full-on, start-to-finish bike-making frame shop. In the basement of a little storefront on The Ave.

R&E frame shop.

Machines that somehow turn steel into a bicycle.

Down there, below R&E Cycles’ retail store and awesome service shop, is where they build Rodriguez bicycles. Maybe you own one. Surely you’ve seen them on the road, with their distinctive trillum-shaped logo. They’ve been building great bikes in Seattle for 42 years and counting.

Now, this Bike & Pike event is the one time each year where they give tours of their frame shop. So you should check it out.

Welding

That’s Todd under the hat, working on a frame.

While there, enjoy a Pike Brewing Co. ale, some Herkimer coffee, a slice of Pagliacci pizza, and a taste of Jenise’s Jammers energy bar. Check out the great saddlebags from Swift Industries, an amazing new seat post from Cirrus Cycles, and artistic extras from Rubber Revolution and Leatherworks.

Oh yeah, while you’re there, you might as well check out the bikes.

And visit with Willie Weir and me!

Author and Adventure Cycling columnist Willie will regale you with adventure tales and advise you on your next bike trek (sign up in advance for a touring consultation with him).

I will share my recent routes around Puget Sound and steer you toward new local adventures. And I might ask your input on my next cycling book, for which I’m just starting the research. (Note: I have another event in the morning, so look for me after 1 p.m.)

It’s all to add to the $17,000 raised from this event for the last 6 years. It’s free to enter and tour the shop, but you might be asked to buy a raffle ticket or pony up a few bucks to help feed hungry people. A small price to pay for an excellent visit with Seattle’s premiere bike builders.

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