Rodriguez Rainier
For more than 40 years, R&E Cycles has been designing, servicing, and selling bicycles in the U District. Staffers pride themselves on the idea that buying a bike from R&E—more of a bike church than a business—is like buying the bike shop itself: You’ll get that much attention and expertise throughout the life of your ride. Models include lightweight touring cycles, packable folding bikes, and tandems (and quads, and quints) built for pedaling with a crew. The lightweight steel Rodriguez Rainier comes with Northwest-specific features like full fenders and a range of custom tire and rim choices. Rodriguez models from $1,999, rodcycle.com

 

seattle bike parking app
Seattle Bike Parking app

Seattle Bike Parking App
Friends and former colleagues Thomas De Leon, Kevin Hooks, and Jason Flores started Tekna Designs to work on fun, creative side projects like app building and software consulting. Typical tech guys. In 2012 the trio entered the Evergreen Apps Challenge, which tasked entrants with designing an application based on government-provided data. They didn’t win, but the Tekna founders still shared their Seattle Bike Parking app, a tool for finding bike racks around the city. The app is free, works offline, and is currently available for Apple devices. teknadesigns.com

 



Shirt Style
In early 2012 husband-and-wife team Snowden and Dana Armstrong launched Kaidel Sportswear. Calling on his tech and marketing background and her work as a personal trainer, the couple sources high-performance jerseys decked out with graphics designed by local artists, including Larry Gets Lost in Seattle illustrator John Skewes. Styles are available for men, women, and children and feature moisture-wicking, fade-resistant fabrics and rear pockets for storing snacks and valuables. Jerseys start around $50, kaidelsportswear.com

 

iva jean city trouser
Iva Jean City Trouser

City Trouser
When Ann DeOtte Kaufman started bike commuting in Seattle, she wasn’t exactly thrilled with her clothing options, which were typically too high tech, designed originally for men, and heavy on the Lycra. “I wanted to be able to ride my bike to brunch with friends and not be the only one in head-to-toe spandex,” she said. After a 2009 trip taking in the casual day-clothes bike culture of Europe, Kaufman launched her Iva Jean collection of bike wear. The line’s slim-fit trousers are constructed with four-way stretch and water-­resistant performance fabrics. $220, ivajean.com


Mini Roll-Top Pannier

Ballard-based Swift Industries grew from the search for the perfect bike bag. Owners Martina Brimmer and Jason Goodman—she has a background in farming, he is a 13-year bike mechanic—needed something sturdy for their months-long cycling tours. The brand’s handmade designs are crafted with durable textiles and hardware, and all are customizable. Swift also hosts the Get Lost Adventure Academy, a series of bike touring workshops and classes. $210, builtbyswift.com