It's officially spring and if the hundreds of cyclists dodging each other on the Burke-Gilman Trail this past Wednesday were any indication, people are pulling their bikes out of hibernation and hitting the road. Sure, there were plenty of people who ride throughout the winter, but there are thousands more who hang it up once the mercury starts dipping (West Coast cyclists are kind of ... wimpy about the cold. Do you really need those full-length tights and neoprene shoe covers when it's 46 degrees out?).

Fortunately for all the fair-weather riders getting back on the road, there's a glut of events this weekend to help you shake off the cobwebs and get those legs moving again.

Tonight:

Critical Mass, 5:30 pm, Westlake Center. Seattle's Critical Mass ride happens the final Friday of every month, which happens to be tonight. I'm sure you know the spiel by now: Riders get together to "take back the streets" and assert their right to take up space on the road.

Midnight Green Lake Race, 12:00 am, south side of Green Lake - Point83's Midnight Green Lake race is also another longstanding final-Friday-of-the-month event. Promising snacks, drinks, and (depending on your definition of "good") good, rowdy company, the emphasis is more on socializing and less on racing so you should probably leave the Spandex at home.

Saturday:

Major Taylor Maintenance Party, 10 am-2 pm, Cycle U. Cascade Bicycle Club is hosting a wrenching party to get its fleet of bikes ready for its annual Major Taylor Project, aimed at getting teenagers to bike and learn about bike maintenance. People of all mechanical skills are invited to participate and food will be provided. RSVP to Anna at Cascade Bicycles: [email protected] or 206-957-6960.

327 Words Prime Time Trial. Registration starts at 2:30 pm, race begins at 3:27, $7, 2020 Cycles. A checkpoint-to-checkpoint alleycat race through Seattle that promises cyclists "the opportunity to ingest various prime-themed goodies, including, but not limited to prime rib, pasta primavera, and with any luck, some delicious primordial soup" mid-route.

Expect some hard racing, eating and drinking (do you sense a theme with Seattle cycling events?), and lots of prizes. The list of sponsors is pretty deep, including 2020 Cycle, Surly Bikes, Madrona Alehouse, New Belgium Brewing Company, Bicycle Fixation, Swrve Cycling, Haulin’ Colin Trailers, Drunk Cyclist, Urban Velo, Swift Industries,Shaun Deller Designs, Chrome Messenger Bags,Momentum Magazine, Cetma Racks,and DiNotte Lights. I'm not usually into alleycat races, but this sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Sunday:

Seattle Old Bike Swap,  7 am-1 pm, Kent National Guard Armory. Not technically a Seattle event, but this bike swap and show will include hundreds of classic balloon-tire cruisers, banana-seat Schwinn Stingrays, plenty of more "modern" diamond-frame antique bicycles, and probably some penny-farthings as well. If the thought of indexed shifting, carbon fiber, and spandex makes you sick, the Seattle Old Bike Swap may very well be your scene.
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