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The Bicycle Fixer

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No matter what type of riding you like, there's a wealth of bicycle rides, trails, events and races to suit all abilities. If you're just starting out or have young ones in tow, Bicycle Sundays in Seattle sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club are a fun way to enjoy your day. It's takes place during the summer on a section of Lk Washington Blvd that is blocked to vehicular traffic. If it sounds a bit hectic then Seward Park has a playground for the kids, picnic areas and a walking/biking trail around its perimeter that's not quite as busy as Lk Washington Blvd. For more bicycle rides and events sponsored by Cascade Bicycle Club go to www.cascade.org. If you're interested in starting racing you can always go to Seward Park on Thursday nights in the upper parking lot and talk to folks there about getting started. Races start around 5pm and run from April to early Sept. For more information on local and regional racing events, click the link wsbaracing.org/calendar and look for the schedule page.


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Basic Adjustment Package
Frame/Fork Inspection
Derailleur Adjustments
Brake Adjustments
Wheel True (on bike)
Headset Adjustment
Bottom Bracket Adjustment
Chain cleaning/Lube
Wipe down frame and fork
Torque bolts to spec
Pump Tires
Post Service Test Ride 

$65.00



Are you planning any bicycle rides soon? The Cascade Bicycle Club's annual Chilly Hilly occurs on the last Sunday of February marking the unofficial start of the cycling season in the Seattle area.  
Whether you're an enthusiast, commuter, tourist or bicycle racer now is the time for bicycle maintenance.  
A tune-up before the Chilly Hilly or any early season ride is a great way to get your bicycle ready for the rigors of regular usage.  
If you're pulling your bicycle out of the garage after several months of not riding, the tire pressure will be low or the sidewalls might be dry. If your most recent bicycle maintenance was last year, now is the time to inspect your bike and fix anything before the rubber meets the road!
If you purchased at the Seattle Bike Swap,The Bicycle Fixer would be available to make your bicycle safe, efficient and an enjoyment to ride.
Call (253) 486-7468 or touch base with me through my contact page on this website. With STP happening in July and RSVP in August, your bike should always be inspected and tuned up before any long ride. Even if it's tuned for STP and you plan to ride RSVP and you ride regularly in-between, then a Basic-Adjustment package is warranted. If you ride several events/yr plus commute or are a regular rider, your bike will need upwards of 2-3 of The Bicycle Fixers' Basic Adjustment package plus a tune-up per season. The Basic Adjustment includes Derailleur/Shifter adjustments, brake adjustments, minor wheel truing, headset adjustment, chain cleaning/lube, safety check and test ride. 



Bicycle Rides and Events

Date

Link or website

 Bicycle Sunday~Seward Park/Lake Washington Blvd multiple  seattle.gov/parks/bicyclesunday/
 Seattle Bike Swap, Magnuson Park Hangar 30 (9am-3pm)  Feb 12  (Sunday)                     cascade.org
Chilly Hilly 2017, Bainbridge Island  Feb 26  (Sunday)
    
 cascade.org
Seattle Bike Show , Century Link Field Event Center           Mar 4 (10am-5pm)
Mar 5 (10am-4pm)
 seattlebikeshow.com
2016 STP (Seattle to Portland) 
        
July 15
July 16
cascade.org
  2016 RSVP ( Ride from Seattle to Vancouver and Party)
Maltby Community Center (Broadway Ave) 6:45-9:30 or last rider
Maltby Community Center                        6:45-9:30 or last rider
                         
Aug 11
Aug 12
 cascade.org
 Obliteride (cancer fund raiser)
Redondo Beach
 Aug 14  http://www.obliteride.org/
Ride around Puget Sound
Amazon Campus, 426 Terry Ave, Seattle 6:30-8am
Browns Point Lighthouse, Ton-A-Won-Da NE, Tacoma 9am-12pm
sept 17
Sept 17
 http://www.lung.org/
   
   

 

    



There are many notable rides and trails throughout King County, Seattle and other nearby areas. Most notably is the Burke-Gilman trail from Seattle to Log Boom Park in Kenmore. This paved trail starts in Ballard and meanders through the Fremont, Wallingford, University and Sand Point neighborhoods before turning north to parallel the west side of Lake Washington and ending in Kenmore at Log Boom Park. There are great views of Mt. Rainier and the Cascades along the way. For those that travel from the north, there's parking at Log Boom Park and along the shoulder of NE 175th St east of 61st Ave NE in Kenmore. If parking on 175th stay on the north side (next to the grassy shoulder). Another alternative is NE 165th in Lake Forest Park on Beach Dr NE. The parking is limited here (park next to trail) and it's a residential community so please leave room for the locals. After pedaling east from Log Boom Park, riders encounter a highly popular extension, the Sammamish River Trail. This follows the Sammamish River (or Slough to old Seattleites) and can be ridden all the way to Woodinville, Redmond, Marymoor Park and the Lake Sammamish area. If you really are adventurous or looking for a big loop ride, continue to the eastside of Marymoor Park where it intersects the trail along east Lake Sammamish. Turn right and head south. This will bring you all the way to Issaquah. It's a flat ride the whole way so enjoy yourself. At some points along the way, you may encounter views of the Olympics and the foothills of the Cascades.  Along the Sammamish River trail is parking at Bothell Landing, Sammamish River Trail Park (across from old downtown Bothell), in Woodinville, and at several locations in the Sammamish River valley and Marymoor Park. The distance from Ballards' government locks to Marymoor Park is about 30 miles. If you undertake a complete ride from Seattle to Redmond or vice-versa, there are plenty of rest stops along the trail. You can reference the King County.gov link below to see the full trail system and it's many entry points.

Another great bicycle trail is the Centennial Trail in Snohomish County. This trail runs 30 miles paralleling Hwy 9 from Snohomish through Arlington to Skagit County. For more information click the Sno-county link.

http://snohomishcountywa.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Centennial-Trail-33

Riding in Seattle can be a bit hectic (it is big of course) but if you want something short with maybe the best local views, head to Alki. You'll be sharing the path with walkers, skaters, other cyclists and gawkers. It's Seattle's version of a boardwalk. The views of the Olympic range are inspiring and the views of Seattle's skyline are something to take in. There's also a great selection of eateries along Alki Drive so you won't go hungry. In mid-fall you can see Orca's and seals in Elliott Bay feeding on the salmon migrating towards the Duwamish river and beyond.

For a full day adventure, you can catch one of many Washington state ferries along Seattle's waterfront that traverse Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island and Bremerton. Bainbridge Island is a popular cycling destination with many semi-quiet back roads and small farms dotting the area.Views of Seattle's skyline and the Cascade mountains from the eastside of the island are abundant. The trip from downtown Seattle to Winslow (beautiful city on Bainbridge Island) takes about 35 minutes and you'll enjoy the views of the Olympics and Seattle's waterfront from the ferry decks. Winslow has grown culturally in the last several years and now boasts some fine restaurants and cafes, art galleries and a fantastic bicycle museum.
Bainbridge Island is the location of the long-running Chilly-Hilly which occurs every February as a kick-off of the local cycling season!

Another ferry option is too board a Washington state ferry in West Seattle just south of Lincoln Park on Fauntleroy Way. From here a ferry will take you to Vashon Island. Note there's a bit of a climb up the hill into town. It's worth the effort! If you would rather, you can continue on the ferry to Southworth in Kitsap County. If you want a weekend camping getaway by bicycle, there's 35 tent sites at
Manchester State park. It's about 7.5 miles to the park from Southworth. Reservations are required for May-mid September camping. Otherwise Sept 16-May 14 dates are on a first come/first serve basis. There are also 3 biker/hiker sites w/o picnic tables or braziers. These are also first come/first serve.  

Washington State ferries run a very consistent schedule with the worlds largest ferry fleet traversing many bodies of water around Washington state. Edmonds to Kingston and Mukilteo to Clinton on Whidbey Island are some other local favorites for cyclists.  
Washington Sate ferries schedule is posted online. Tickets for bicyclists are very reasonable.

On spring, summer and fall days I'm "not working" which means Sundays, I generally can be found at Sammamish River Park across from old downtown Bothell. I'm there a few Sundays per month from mid-April to early October(weather permitting). The park is located at 102nd Ave NE in Bothell and is a great place to start a ride to Woodinville, Chateau St Michelle, Redhook Brewery, Marymoor Park, Seattle and many other locations of interest. There's ample parking though it get's crowded as the day wears on. There's also parking at the renovated Bothell Landing. Across the river is a fine selection of cafes and restaurants on Bothell's Main St (temporarily closed due to a fire on Main St). If you see my blue and white cargo van with the name on it, please feel free to stop and chat. I love to talk about bikes, what kind of riding you do, where you're going and I can give pointers if you want them. I can even help with your bike. Forgot your pump...let's top off the tires! Need the brakes touched up or need a spare tube for a long ride? The same passion I bring to my customers Monday-Saturday I also bring on Sundays.


Every July is the big ride, STP or Seattle to Portland to be more exact. This ride promoted by the Cascade Bicycle Club is sold out months in advance every year which should give an indication of it's popularity. You can ride it in one day if so inclined or take both days averaging about 100 miles/day. The ride actually started as a bicycle race in 1979 and has run contiguously since except for 1980 when a certain Mt. St. Helens blew it's top. The STP is fully supported with food and bicycle aid stations along the way. There are many small towns along the way so if you're short on food, please patronize the local establishments. If you haven't been training for the ride or haven't done any rides of about 70 miles or so, it will be a tough two days. Your bicycle should be fully tuned up including new tires, chain, cassette, cables and brake shoes. If you're ready but the bicycle isn't, breaking down between aid stations can be tiresome as you might have to walk a bit ( their are vehichles on the course route that can pick you up and take you to an aid station). It's recommended to carry a spare tube (two is better!), a quality pump and a backup patch kit. Also carry some energy bars, fig newtons, bananas or something you like to keep your body fueled up for the long day ahead. The aid/food stops are great places to refill those two water bottles you emptied and to restock on energy foods. STP is a challenging event as approximately 200 miles over the course of two days is big ride even for the everyday rider. If your training rides for STP have been only about 30-40 miles/day, you still have a enough time to get in several longer training rides of 60-75 miles. If you can commute to work by bike, find a route that adds about 10-15 miles to your daily routine, then add a 3+ hour 50 miler on the weekend. You can make it through those 50+ miles by taking rest stops about once per hour. Keep your stops short (about 5 minutes max), fill your water bottles, stretch a bit and move on. About two months before the ride, start to stretch those rides out to 4.5 hours and 70 miles. If you can get out and do a few 7-8 hour days, the ride will be a lot easier and more enjoyable. The week of STP, keep riding your commute schedule. Take a light ride a few days before STP. Get plenty of rest as STP kicks off in the early morning hours. Remember your gloves and helmet. Oh, have I said the ride is mostly in Washington state! Let's hope we don't encounter any liquid sunshine but just in case, bring a rain cape. Fenders should also be installed as yes, there are years where the liquid stuff from the sky shines on Seattle to Portland. Enjoy the ride, please ride straight, announce if you are passing others and be respectful of other riders, drivers and the neighbors. See you out there! 

Also note I will be providing service as needed for the annual RSVP and can be found at the Maltby Community Center on Broadway Ave in Maltby on both August dates. I will be available as the first riders pedal through at approximately 7am (I'll be there by 6:45am). I'll have all the same items generally needed for STP; tubes, tires, wheels, brakeshoes, spare water, cables, etc. This is not an "official" stop like you find on STP but riders do occasionally encounter unforseen mechanical issues on long rides. The location will be noted on the map and notes provided at the Cascade Bicycle Club website. 

 

Maps and further info may be found at the following links

www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/kcdot/Roads/Bicycling.aspx

www.wsdot.wa.gov/bike/localmaps.htm

www.kingcounty.gov/operations/GIS/Maps/VMC/Recreation.aspx

www.parks.wa.gov/

www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/schedule


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