Pedaler’s Fair, More Rides Coming in May
Handcrafted bicycles and goods are the focus of the upcoming Pedaler’s Fair, a fun event that’s worth a visit. It’s Saturday, May 2 in Seattle’s comfortable east Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Billed as “a marketplace for bicycle-inspired businesses,” it will showcase lots of saddlebags and handmade bikes. But there will also be a vendor selling caps, one selling wool clothing, another offering leather bike accessories like mudflaps, and even a company that delivers locally made honey by bicycle.
And then there will be me, who handmade 60 rides in a locally published book, talking about those rides and routes. I’ll be giving my talk “Where to Ride: Favorite Routes Around Puget Sound.” With photos and on-screen maps showing the routes, I’ll offer details on some of my book’s new rides, as well as old favorites.
And I’ll have plenty of maps and resources with me, to answer questions and work individually with attendees on routes they’d like to devise. That’s one of the most fun things for me to do, so I’ll hang around as long as people want to talk about routes. And, of course, I’ll have copies of the new Biking Puget Sound, 2nd Edition for purchase.
I might also hang around for the presentation after me. At 3 p.m., a pair of bicycling fisherpeople will talk about “perfecting the art of fly fishing by bicycle.” That really sparks my imagination. And I want to know how to do it without getting my chain rusty in the stream!
This being a biking event, there will also be food and drink for you to fuel up for the ride home. Last year there was a delectable combination of sandwiches, beer and sweet treats.
The Pedaler’s Fair is the brainchild of Jason at Swift Industries. Now in its fourth year, it is co-sponsored by Bicycle Paper, the Seattle Bike Blog and BikeWorks, who no doubt will have their donation-based secure bike parking available.
Two more 2nd Edition rides coming!
Also in May, join me on two more upcoming rides to celebrate the publication of my book’s 2nd edition.
Saturday, May 16, 1 p.m., we leave from Green Lake to tour central Seattle. We’ll weave through parks, pedal a few of the city’s best bike trails, and uncover some of Seattle’s century-old bicycling history.
Saturday, May 30, 11 a.m., we pedal away from the Tacoma Dome to explore Tacoma’s waterfront, the wooded Point Defiance Park and the soaring Narrows Bridge. On the way, we traverse a number of Tacoma’s great neighborhoods.
Hope to see you at the Pedaler’s Fair or on an upcoming ride.