Pedal Culture at Bike Expo This Weekend
Seattle’s bike culture will be on display this weekend at the Seattle Bicycle Expo, presented by Raleigh and sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club.
I say “culture” because this is a show as much as it is a marketplace.
- Presentations like Yoga for Cyclists and Traffic Stoppers Fashion Show
- Adventure cyclist Willie Weir will tell of his recent travels, by bike, of course, in Burma (Myanmar)
- “Olympic fever” with three Olympic bike athletes in attendance
- More stage stuff: Biking with kids, biking in Portland and beyond, best recreational rides in the region
- Mountain bike stunts, unicycle riding and a treasure hunt for kids
All that good, clean fun is accompanied by a big exhibit hall where you can buy gear, kick the tires (maybe be careful on this) on some great bikes, and sample all the cycling-centric energy foods.
But also in the booths will be people (thank you volunteers!) from bike clubs around the region, urging you to break out of your rut and try their ride! I recommend this, and try to do one new ride a year.
In 2011 we ventured to Yakima for “Your Canyon for a Day,” which was a great spin on the winding Yakima River road, closed to other vehicles for the day. Here’s a short video I made during the ride:
A few tips for attending the Expo:
- Bike there! Much better than paying to park and waiting for the shuttle bus to drive you a half-mile to the entrance.
- Donate a bike to Bike Works and get a free ticket.
- Volunteer to help out and get in free.
- Plan to spend the day. There’s a food court when you’re hungry, and plenty of chairs in the presentation areas when you’re tired of walking the floor.
I’ll be there on Saturday, spending the afternoon at the Mountaineers Books booth, signing books and talking to people about rides. Come by and say hello!