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Seattle Biking(7 posts)

Seattle Bikingjoey
Aug 24, 2001 9:56 AM
Hi, I'll be moving to Seattle next month and wanted to know if anyone has a good recomendations for LBS and group rides. thanks
Seattle BikingMiklos
Aug 24, 2001 11:24 AM
I'm not in Seattle, but here is a link to a local Seattle area club. Good luck with your move.

re: Seattle Bikingtr
Aug 24, 2001 11:35 AM
I'm from Seattle. The shop you will hear most is Greggs at Greenlake in Seattle and in Bellevue on the east side of lake washington. You will want your fenders in the winter and rain gear (drizzles, not downpours). The Cascade bicycle club is very big and offers many different rides and levels of riding. There is track racing at Marymoor park in Redmond (east of lake washington) on fridays and wednesday during the summer. Email me if you would like more info.
re: Seattle Bikingtr
Aug 24, 2001 7:32 PM
My local bike shop is Sammamish Valley Cycle also. I consider them to be the best on the east side and the most friendly. Jon will get you whatever you need and is easy to work with.
re: Seattle BikingEames
Aug 24, 2001 1:20 PM
Born and raised here.

Gregg's is a chain store as much as anything else. They'll work on your bike 3 months from now if that quick. Unfourtunately they sell decent bikes that can only be found there Serotta, etc. They do clothing and shoes well. There are not many places where I can walk into a shop pick up a show and say "I want this in a 48."

My LBS of choice is Sammamish Valley Cycle in Redmond ( to the east of Seattle ). In Seattle my favorite LBS depends on what I'm looking for. Comfort bikes and/or tri, go to R&E in the U District. Almost everything else, go to Montlake Cycle.

Mostly it depends on what is close and has given good service.

I hope you like bridges and water. The major routes normally are spent dodging large bodies of water.
re: Seattle BikingTrent in WA
Aug 24, 2001 2:37 PM
I'll second the recommendation to check out Cascade Bike Club--it's one of the (if not the) largest bike clubs in the country, and has bunches of rides every month.

As far as bike shops go, the Puget Sound region is crawling with them. It all depends on what you're looking for in terms of atmosphere, quality of service, and inventory. Gregg's is, as somebody already said, big, but I would avoid buying a bicycle there like the plague; their customer service is consistently awful. You might get better service at Aurora Cycle, which is owned by Gregg's. I much prefer some of the smaller shops around here: Recycled Cycles, in the University district, is really good, helpful, and friendly, and usually has a good inventory of new and used stuff. Ti Cycles is somewhat more hi-zoot, but are similarly good. Somewhat smaller is R + E, who specialize in Bianchi and their own custom shop bikes, Rodriguez. They do a great job on bike fitting. Some of the even smaller shops I like are Free Range Cycles in Fremont and Bikesmith in Wallingford--if you want to check out the full range of Brooks saddles, Bikesmith's your place, and they do a good job with repairs and wheelbuilding too. The Performance in Redmond is hit or miss, though if you can get Craig there to help you, you'll at least have quality service.

Seattle's a great city for biking. The auto traffic here is so miserable that most drivers feel grateful that you're on a bike instead of in a car. Email me if you want more suggestions. What 'hood are you moving to?
More InfoLC
Aug 24, 2001 6:12 PM