Wheeling Through The Weekend

By Josh Cohen March 12, 2010 and I have a rocky relationship. It constantly tells me that it'll be sunny when it's not, that it'll pour when it doesn't, that it was just being friendly and I really shouldn't be jealous that it was giving weather advice to other people.

Despite the lies, I turn back time and time again and want to believe when it tells me that tomorrow is going to be beautiful for riding with highs in the 50s and almost no chance of rain. That would certainly bode well for Seattle-area cyclists who have no shortage of bike events to choose from this weekend.


Fixed-gear riders are no longer content to just bomb around town on their brakeless track bikes, racing from one dive bar to the next. The latest trend is to do tricks and basically pretend your track bike is a BMX. They call it fixed-gear freestyle. I feel like an old man yelling about the kids on my lawn, but I just can't get into it. However, if that strikes your fancy, there's a trick competition and race tonight at 6:00 at Cal Anderson Park (1635 11th Ave.) with lots of prizes up for grabs.


The main event of the weekend is the Cascade Bicycle Club's Seattle Bike Expo. The "largest consumer bicycle show in the United States," the event promises speakers, presentations, demos, food, an exhibit of classic bikes, and a bunch of industry people showing off their wares. The event is happening at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91, which is conveniently located at the end of the Elliot BayTrail for those riding to the event. It goes from 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. (I'll be there both days). It's $10 for a single-day pass and $12 for a two-day pass, but if you print off that picture/coupon up there, you can get two dollars off at the door.

If you'd rather ride a bike than look at them, the Seattle International Randonneurs is holding their 11th annual Chili Feed 200k brevet. Check-in begins at 6 am at 24308 147th Ave. SE down in Kent and the 126 mile ride starts at 7. The ride costs $20 for non-SIR members and will take riders into the foothills of Mt. Rainier before ending back in Kent for a homemade chili meal.


Day two of the Seattle Bike Expo runs from 10 am to 4 pm and features presentations on race training, bicycle touring, and bicycle mechanics. It also features several performances by Corrina Hein, Stefan Musu, and Lukas Matla, world-champion artistic cyclists from Germany (think ballet on a bicycle, but cooler).

If you're itching to test your racing mettle against the pack and willing to drive an hour and a half, the second of the three-part Mason Lake Road Race series is happening in Shelton, WA, starting at 9:30. Each race is $25 and requires a USCF license. Click here for the full rundown on race times and rules.
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