Spokes & Funds at Bike & Pike
Spent the afternoon with friends at R&E Cycles and their community at the annual Bike & Pike, a fundraising open house at the Seattle bike maker.
We toasted R&E’s 40th anniversary, in the company of founders Angel Rodriguez and Glenn Erickson no less. But current owner Dan Towle is also celebrating his 20th year helming the shop. The staff gave tours of the downstairs manufacturing shop and the repair center, and the retail space was filled with people chatting and checking out the bikes as well as stuff brought by a half-dozen companies and non-profits.
You could learn about the Red-Spoke ride from Redmond to Spokane, find out about riding double with the Evergreen Tandem Club or taking one of Erickson’s international tours.And you could shop for bikes and accessories — a few people took test rides — but also score amazing leather bike accessories from T’s Leatherworks and see a very cool locally made roof-mounted bike rack.
World biking traveler Willie Weir was on hand to give personalized advice to people wanting to be bike tourists, including a young couple who intend to hit all 48 states of the contiguous U.S. next year.
And the food and drink was as excellent as ever. Co-host Pike Brewing Co. offered up their Pike Tandem Double Ale, served in 40th anniversary pint glasses. Caffe Vita kept us stoked with coffee, and Via Tribunali fired up pizzas on the spot. Jenise’s Jammers had samples of healthy energy bars, and Bikelava was there with sweet baklava, delivered by bike.
All this was a fundraiser for Food Lifeline, and the R&E folks tell me that we raised enough money yesterday to provide 9,681 meals!