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Bike, Speakers, Shows, Gear and More! on pg. 5 February 2014 / Vol. 44 No. 2

SDOT installs seven new bike counters What the heck is that?

Pedaling down 58th Street in Ballard or along the I-90 bridge trail over the past month, riders may have noticed some mysterious new infrastructure—rubbery diamond loops attached to small metal boxes— spanning the path. Say hello to Seattle’s newest bicycle counters! The sensors were approved back in September, and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) announced Jan. 10 that seven new electronic bike counters have been installed throughout the city. What the counters do (and don’t do)


Looking ahead

Starting in February, curious road users (and data junkies) will be able to track the results on the SDOT website. Fair warning: with copious data and gorgeous graphs, this page may bring your productivity to a grinding halt. SDOT says it plans to install three more counters by the end of the year, so keep your eyes peeled. With so many new sensors in place, it’s time to hop on your bike and be counted! For more info on Seattle’s Bike Master Plan, check out: bikemaster.htm.

These diamonds count bicyclists in nine spots throughout the city.

Locations Four counters have been installed on multi-use trails Elliott Bay Trail in Myrtle Edwards Park •

Burke-Gilman Trail north of NE 70th St

Chief Sealth Trail north of S Thistle St

Mountains to the Sound Trail west of the I-90 floating bridge

And three counters were installed on neighborhood greenways •

26th Ave SW at SW Oregon St in Delridge

39th Ave NE at NE 62nd St in Wedgewood

NW 58th St at 22nd Ave NW in Ballard


7400 Sand Point Way NE, Suite 101S Seattle, WA 98115


PRSRT STD US Postage Paid Seattle, WA PERMIT No. 2172

Like the Fremont and Spokane Bridge counters before them, the new generation of sensors will help SDOT collect data on ridership to help assess the effectiveness of bikefriendly projects and better serve the bicycling community. “It is important to use our limited funds wisely and data-driven decisions help us do this,” said Kristen Simpson, SDOT Plan Implementation Manager. “Collecting bike and pedestrian data helps guide our investments and measure our progress while building a transportation system that gives Seattleites great travel options.” Unlike their predecessors, though, the new sensors do not feature dis-

play totems that show a running count. “While these bike counters may not offer the instant gratification of being visually counted like the Fremont and West Seattle counters, they are an important addition to SDOT’s measurements of Seattle’s progress toward getting more people to travel by bike,” said Jeff Aken, principal planner at Cascade Bicycle Club. “The more data we have, the better we’ll be able to plan for and build a safe bicycling network for people of all ages and abilities.” Some, like the Elliott Bay Trail counter, will also count pedestrians.

IN THIS ISSUE: Elegant transitions.................................................p.2 Eastside cycling: The time is now!.................... p.2 What type of biker are you?................................p.5 Bike Expo............................................................. p.5-8

Rising from Ashes..................................................p.3 Free group rides.....................................................p.9 Dirt Corner: 6 must ride trails........................... p.10 Commuter Corner: ...............................................p.11

February 2014

Elegant transitions by Elizabeth Kiker, Executive Director

I’m excited about Mayor Ed Murray and his new team. In his first week in office, he scheduled a meeting with bicycle/ped advocates from around Seattle and shared bold ideas. We even learned that he attempted to hire NYC Department of Transportation Director Janette Sadik-Kahn (a personal hero of mine) and his ideas around innovative transportation solutions. I found an exceptionally engaged and committed ally.

At the same time, I honor the service of Mayor Mike McGinn. He was saluted by many cyclist at his raucous send-off party in late January. His incredible contributions to cycling in Seattle and his leadership will be long remembered at Cascade and in the region. Thanks, Mike! Transitions—in our personal lives, at Cascade Bicycle Club and in Seattle elected officials—can be hard. And yet, out of these transitions come incredible successes and strides forward for our community of cyclists.

Join me in welcoming our new mayor and hoping for amazing work from him and his transformed Department of Transportation. Thank you all for the feedback on our logo, our new website and our registration process. The 2014 Cascade Bicycle Club events promise to be the best ones yet. As always, if you have questions, comments or a complaint, drop me a line at elizabeth.

Eastside cycling: The time is now! By Taldi Walter, Policy & Government Affairs Manager

All across America, cities are positioning themselves to take advantage of the resurgence of cycling and the transformative impact it’s having on local economies, mobility and health. The cities on the east side of Lake Washington are no exception, and it’s no wonder when you look at the incomparable assets and opportunities in the communities of Kirkland, Redmond and Bellevue. Eastside Rail Corridor

With the recent acquisition of the Eastside Rail Corridor—a former rail line that stretches 42 miles from Renton to Woodinville—we have a rare opportunity to create a major bike-ped corridor to connect communities up and down the east side of Lake Washington. Cascade will continue to work with the Eastside Rail Corridor Regional Advisory Council to provide input on how this regional corridor should be developed for all users and keep you informed on opportunities to get involved. Kirkland

The city of Kirkland got the ball rolling in 2013 when it became the first community to purchase 5.75 miles of the rail corridor for development into a multi-use trail. The city is now working to finalize the Cross Kirkland Corridor Master Plan, which will determine key elements of what will become a regional, paved trail and tran-

sit pathway. We encourage you to learn more about the Cross Kirkland Corridor and share your vision for this regional trail. Meanwhile, the newly-formed Kirkland Greenways, led by Glen Buhlmann and Caron LeMay, is working hard to make 2014 the year that Kirkland breaks ground on its first greenway, connecting neighborhoods and business with safe and convenient streets for all users. Kirkland is quickly becoming a leader in regional trails development and Cascade acknowledges the service and tenure of outgoing Mayor Joan McBride and applauds her contributions. Mayor McBride passes the gavel to newly elected Mayor Amy Walen. We congratulate her and the Cascade-endorsed council members who took office this winter. We look forward to working with the new council and Mayor Walen to ensure Kirkland’s 2035 Vision and updated Comprehensive Plan include steps to increase Kirkland’s walk and bike ability for all ages and abilities. Visit to find out how you can participate. Redmond

The city of Redmond—the selfproclaimed “Bike Capital of the Northwest”—is living up to this claim with its new Transportation Master Plan. Released in 2013, the

Kirkland outgoing mayor Joan McBride at the the Cross Kirkland Corridor ribbon cutting. The Cross Kirkland Corridor will become an important regional paved trail and transit pathway.

plan attempts to meet the broad range of travel needs for the city including developing bicycling facilities that are safe, accessible and comfortable for a wider segment of the community. The city’s Pedestrian Bicycle Advisory Committee is hopes to create a safe connection between Redmond and Kirkland and plans to dedicate their annual bicycle field trip to visit areas along the border of the two cities. The route will likely be set in June and is open to the public. The city is also installing its first-ever bicycle wayfinding signage to guide people to their destinations. “Redmond looks forward to encouraging bicycling by installing a bicycle wayfinding system that helps visitors, residents and employees navigate the city by bike,” said Peter Dane, planner for the city of Redmond. The city will also begin the process of updating its Bicycle Facilities Guidelines Design Manual. Intended as a resource for designers, these guidelines are in harmony with other documents that generally establish design minimums. Bellevue

With the 2008 voter-approved expansion of an East Link light rail line connecting the city of Seattle to Mercer Island, Bellevue and Redmond, an unparalleled opportunity exists for Bellevue to integrate safe bike and pedestrian facilities into


each of the six new Bellevue stations. Cascade will continue to work collaboratively with Sound Transit and the cities of Bellevue and Redmond to incorporate safe bike and pedestrian access throughout the design process. In 2013 Bellevue began the final design on a 1.3-mile section of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail between Factoria Boulevard SE and 150th Ave SE. This is a subsection of a 3.6-mile gap in the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail known as the Eastgate Gap. The city is currently at 30 percent design and has funding to complete up to 60 percent design by the end of 2014. Additional funding is needed, however, to complete the design and build the trail. If the funding is secured, construction on the 1.6-mile trail could begin as early as the summer of 2015. The Eastside is an epicenter for active transportation and there are innumerable ways to get involved and ensure success. If you live in Kirkland, Bellevue or Redmond, please, get involved locally and partner with Cascade to make sure that all ongoing city planning and facilities include safe infrastructure accessible for all ages and abilities. Let me hear from you. Email me at to tell me your story, get involved and let me know your top Eastside priorities.

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Setting boundaries: How one family got out of the car and onto the bike By Anne-Marije Rook, Communications Director

Where do your day-to-day activities take you–work, grocery store, gym, your kid’s school, coffee shop, restaurants? And how do you get to these places? Could you get there by bike? Does your family really need two cars to get where they need to go? When Laura Webster asked herself these questions, she discovered that not only could she go where she needed to go by bike, she would get there faster. A few months ago, Laura and her family decided to create an imaginary perimeter around their house. This perimeter indicates a “no car zone” and the family gets to any location within that zone by bike or foot. “It’s not perfect, but it made us think about where we go and how we get there,” said Laura. Laura is a nurse and splits her time between an Edmonds hospital and one in downtown Seattle. Her husband works as a paramedic, often putting in 24-hour days. Their 11-year-old son attends school in Ballard. Commuting by bike was a conscious effort. “The concept of using a bike as a method to get where you need to go is not something I grew up with, but I was inspired by a local family with two kids who started getting around by bike only,” explained Laura. “I bike commuted when was in nursing school eons ago. For convenience, mainly. Parking was aw-

ful and the commute was short, so I just bought some rain gear and it was perfect,” said Laura. “But it has taken me a lot of time to figure out how to do it day-to-day in my everyday life with a family.” Luckily, her son is “totally excited” about bicycling.

“If you’re thinking [bike commuting] is going to be hard or time-consuming, just try it –you’ll be surprised.” – Laura Webster. “He’s been on board from the start,” Laura said. “He rode to school pretty much every day last year, is active in the bike train to school and is excited to go riding with anyone who wants to.” In transitioning to bicycling, Laura has made some pleasant discoveries: “It never rains both ways.”

“For as much as Seattle is known for its rain, it’s not that bad.” It’s faster

“The most remarkable discovery was that it’s actually faster! Many people think they don’t have the time to bike around, but I found that without having to find parking, it’s faster. I leave at the same

exact time and arrive at the same time every day.”

It’s a good way to get a workout in

“I work as a nurse so getting a workout in while commuting on a day I work 12 hours is great,” she said. “It wouldn’t happen otherwise.”

muting for you and your family? Laura gave one simple tip: “Just try it. If you’re thinking it’s going to be hard or time-consuming, just try it –you’ll be surprised.”

“[Bike commuting] is common”

“Ask people in bike shops or other bicyclists on the street. Lots of people do it and have great advice.” You don’t need expensive gear

“I got all my riding gear for $60. This includes a waterproof bag, a bike rack and a waterproof jacket,” Laura said. “Oh and I wear a flashy light harness – I aspire to not arrive at my work (a hospital) in a different method than I intended.” “I’m really enjoying it.”

Laura admits that certain things did take some figuring out, such as the best routes to take, how to get to her son’s practice and to remember to bring lights. Laura says she’s uncomfortable biking with other people’s kids, but in general, bicycling has proven to be surprisingly fast, convenient and joyful, so much so that they may soon downsize to being a one-car family. “We are contemplating selling one of our cars and we’re keeping a log of how much we drive. I have gone down to driving once or twice a week,” Laura said. “Bicycling has been so much easier than I thought it was going to be. It just doesn’t seem rational to have two vehicles.” Curious about trying bike com-

Ready to give up your car? Donate it to Cascade!

Like the Websters, more and more families are finding ways to drive less. Some families decide they need just one car, others decide to go carfree all together. Last December, long-time Cascade members, Tim and Catherine Henning not only gave up their car, they donated it to Cascade, benefiting the Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation. Since starting our vehicle donation program, half a dozen families have donated their car. You can, too! Visit to learn more. Know a cyclist who deserves some special recognition? Nominate them for Cyclist of the Month! Send your ideas to Anne-Marije Rook at

Rising from Ashes Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. SIFF Cinema at the Uptown 511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA Tickets $12, Cascade members get a $2 discount; VIP meet & greet option for 6:45 p.m. showing Advance tickets available at In the aftermath of an unspeakable genocide, the youth of Rwanda found new hope through bicycling. “Rising from Ashes” tells the story of U.S. cycling legend Jock Boyer, who moved to Rwanda to help a group of struggling survivors pursue their dream of making a national cycling team. Facing nearly impossible odds, both Jock and the team find renewed purpose as they rise from the ashes of the past. This poignant film has won critical praise and sixteen film festival awards. Join us Thursday, Feb. 20, at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown for two showings of “Rising from Ashes.” This exclusive screening is generously sponsored by Julie and Steve Meineke, and all proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the Major Taylor Project and the Rising From Ashes Foundation.

Each showing will feature opening remarks from the Major Taylor Project Director, Ed Ewing, and a post show Q&A with film producer Peb Jackson and rider Rafiki Uwimana. Advance tickets are now available for $12. Cascade members get a $2 discount. We are also excited to offer a limited number of $50 VIP tickets for the 6:45 p.m. screening. This ticket allows you exclusive access to a VIP reception with the film’s producer and star onsite at 5:15 p.m. VIP perks also include light snacks, beverages and a ticket for the 6:45 p.m. show. Team Rwanda rider and film star Rafiki Uwimana will be riding Chilly Hilly this year as our special guest, and will visit Major Taylor students at local high schools.

Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling


February 2014

Bringing about a more diverse cycling community


By Bill Collins, member of the Rainier Riders Cycling Club

For many years, I was a serious recreational runner, along with a number of my friends. We participated in most races, fun runs and marathons in the Seattle area. But over the years, bad knees, hips and other skeletal maladies took their toll forcing almost all of us to seek alternative forms of working out. We decided to try cycling. It turned out to be our salvation. Once we embraced the bike, cycling became a game-changer for us. The old competitive spirit we possessed as runners came back. In addition to upping our fitness levels, cycling allowed us to continue the camaraderie and interpersonal relationships we had as runners. We morphed into an informal cycling group and organized rides every weekend and frequently on weekdays. Our informal group of riders is now part of the new Rainier Riders Cycling Club (RRCC), and we do much more than simply ride bikes. A brainchild of cycling enthusiast and East Coast transplant, Jawara O’Connor, the club aims to promote an appreciation and love of cycling while fostering camaraderie among cyclists regardless of age, race, creed or gender. The club was organized by O’Connor, C.B. Bell, Ed Ewing, Gregg Springer and others in late 2012, and has since become a diverse group of cyclists from the Seattle/Tacoma area and as far as Portland to the south and Everett to the north.

Diane English, Editorial Assistant February contributors: Bill Collins, Ed Ewing, Elizabeth Kiker, Chris Partridge, Robbie Phillips, Joe Platzner, Anne-Marije Rook, Anna Telensky, Peter Verbrugge, Taldi Walter Photography by: Anne-Marije Rook Layout by: Tom Eibling

Bill Collins, pictured here riding the 2012 Group Health STP, is part of the Cascade Bicycle Club and the Rainier Riders, a group aiming to foster camaraderie among cyclists regardless of age, race, creed or gender.

Since its inception, RRCC has grown to nearly fifty members and more than 100 cyclists who affiliate with the club. Current membership ranges from the occasional recreational cyclist to current and former racers. Among club interests are identifying, supporting and assisting in the development of young cyclists for the purpose of bringing about a more diverse cycling community. It seeks to promote the beneficial impact cycling has on fitness and health concerns affecting communities disproportionately affected by health issues. RRCC strives to make the cycling experience enjoyable for those who are casual riders, as well as the more advanced recreational cyclists. Come ride with us! Learn more about RRCC at

Different Spokes...

a nearly-modern sonnet by Matthew Metcalf, AmeriCorp Volunteer

At a distance the bicycle may seem defined Some handlebars, pedals, a couple of tires But, taking a closer peak, we find A most perfect medium for D.I.Y.’ers Some bike-related goods are inescapable Like standard helmet, gloves, lights and locks Yet a touch of inspiration can render us capable Of making fenders from milk jugs, and arm warmers from socks Sometimes the best pair of cycling shorts appears From a discarded pair of old woolen slacks I may be moved to sew my own panniers And instead of Gore-Tex, you might try beeswax If your two-wheeled friend had but one thing to say It would likely encourage you to “Do It Your own way”

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Anne-Marije Rook, Editor, (

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In Focus

Events and Rides Director David Lee snapped this picture in Palm Desert, California over the holidays. Bikes and golf carts are both considered “low-speed vehicles” and thus have to share the same infrastructure. Got a picture to share? Send it to

Vol. 44, No. 2


What Type of Biker Are You? Riding 50 miles is... A great warm-up

A recipe for saddle sores

BASE jumping this weekend?

Sporting that Spandex?

Skin-tight feels right!

Do you bike with your tikes?

I’m the king/queen of the... Open road

I sleep best On my space-age memory foam mattress

Not my cup o’ tea

Bring it on!

I don’t like-a the lycra

Concrete Jungle

Downhill free ride

Lone Wolf

Nothing hits the spot like a... A PBR in a brown bag

Under the stars

Tasting flight of microbrews

Baby on Board

You’re a road racer

You’re a touring biker

You’re a dirt shredder

You’re a BMXer

You’re a commuter

You’re a cargo biker

Come to Expo for

Come to Expo for

Come to Expo for

Come to Expo for

Come to Expo for

Come to Expo for

The pathlete of the group, you ditch your (pant)suit for lycra on the weekends. The clickclacking of your cleats announces your arrival at the coffee shop after a cool 50 miles on a Sunday morning. You battle for KOMS as hard as you fought for that corner office. Your bikes probably cost more than your mortgage, but who can say no to a feather-weight frame, Di2 shifting and hydraulic brakes? the newest lineup of bikes from Raleigh, Trek, Kona and Giant as well as highend beauties from Eddy Merckx and Seven.

Your roads are endless. Through the Alps, down into Death Valley and across the Great Plains, your bike is your ticket to adventure. You may just be cruising through town for the night, but you fit in like a regular at the local watering hole. Anybody know a good place to pitch a tent around here?

a chance to talk to tour operators and event organizers about your next big adventure! Also, get inspired by “The Metal Cowboy” and Brian Ecker, who climbed one million feet on his bike in 2013!

Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling

You may play it straightlaced around the office, but you let loose on the weekend shredding the berms at Duthie. You’ve got hours of Go Pro footage on your hard drive, but your scars tell the true story. You’re as tough and resilient as the 29er you ride, but deep down you’re a sweet-heart-that’s why you got that sleeve tattoo of your cat, Buttons.

a look at the newest bikes from Kona and Giant. Plus, there will be inspiring performances by the trails rider Robbie Pfunder and NW Trails.

You got your first Mongoose when you were 16 and you’re still riding them today. Even as you’ve outgrown that low seat and tiny frame, you wouldn’t be caught dead riding 700cs. You value freedom and are always on the lookout for that next great rail to grind (before the cops show up). And you can still show up those skater kids at the park with a tailwhip and 360 bar spin.

jaw-dropping performances by trails rider Robbie Pfunder and world-class German artistic cyclists. Oh, and the free swag of course!

Helmet hair is not going to stop you from knocking out that to-do list all over town. From client meetings to the PCC to home, you get around on your stylish mixte without breaking a sweat. Pants, skirts, heels or flats – everything is bike wear. You live for brioche french toast and local pinot grigio. Why live carb-free if you can live car-free?

lights, bags and accessories! We’ve got great vendors like Ortlieb, Swift Industries, Detours and many more to hook you up!

Whether it’s a month’s worth of groceries from the co-op or a pair of singing kids, you’re hauling precious cargo. You ditched the minivan for a bakfiets or xtracycle, and deep down, all the other carpool dads are seething with jealousy. At heart, you’re the same longhaired rebel that saved the whales in the 70s, and now you’re taking your little ones on their first Kidical Mass.

the Family and Cargo Bike booth and presentation! Come learn more about all the innovative bikes, trikes and accessories that make it easy to shop, transport kids and haul heavier objects. Plus, ask questions and get tips from the experts. 5

February 2014


For its fifth year, the event will be held in the deluxe two-story Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91. Centrally located just north of downtown Seattle, this state-of-the-art facility features a stunning view of Elliott Bay. THANKS TO OUR PRESENTING SPONSOR, RALEIGH AMERICA!

We’re excited to celebrate Raleigh’s fifth year as the presenting sponsor of the Seattle Bicycle Expo. Based locally in Kent, Raleigh is an incredible resource to the local cycling community. With more than a century of cycling heritage under its wheels, Raleigh Bicycles is one of the most well respected bicycle brands in the world. Raleigh offers a broad spectrum of bicycles including road, mountain, cyclocross and commuter bikes for all ages and abilities. Raleigh focuses on supporting the commuter, the family and local racing scene, and partners with numerous non-profits around the U.S. each year to help grow the sport. HOURS

Saturday, March 1, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. TICKETS

$10 - single-day pass

minutes during show hours, or walk 3/4 mile from the parking lot to the terminal entrance on south end of the pier. Please plan for this short walk and dress accordingly. By bus or foot

Check King County Metro’s website for the most up-to-date routes that serve Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91. Request the stop on the Magnolia Bridge at Terminal 91. Depart the bus on bridge, cross the street very carefully and walk down the staircase to under the bridge. The Terminal 91 parking lot entrance will be below- please look for Expo directional signage. Once you enter through the staffed gate, walk 10 minutes to the Cruise Terminal at far south end of the pier. Be careful and watch out for cars, etc. -- this is a working pier. North gate entry only! Please note that only the north gate (Access via Magnolia Bridge for cars) at Terminal 91 is open to the public. If you’re taking the bus, be sure to get off at the Magnolia Bridge bus stop and walk down the Smith Cove exit ramp to the parking lot entrance. The south gate at Elliot Bay Park is not open for show entry, and there is a two-mile walk to the north gate from that location.

$12 - two-day pass Kids 15 and under are free! Please, cash ONLY at the door. An ATM will be available. Cascade Bicycle Club members receive a $2 discount.


Bicycling is the most convenient way to visit this event. Riders may enter the facility ONLY via the north gate, located underneath the Magnolia Bridge at Smith Cove. Secure parking is available directly in front of the terminal at the Bike Works bike corral (for a small fee). The first 150 riders to use the corral each day will receive a complimentary top tube bag for their bike. By car

There is ample parking at Terminal 91 available for approximately $5 per car. Attendees will need to take the free shuttle bus, which runs every 10


Donate your used bikes to Bike Works, a local non-profit, at this year’s Bike Expo. Bike Works will get your old bike up and running again, and into the hands of someone in the community through their youth and adult programs. In exchange, your bike donation gets you a free ticket to the Bike Expo. (50 tickets available per day to the first 50 bike

donors. Just bring your bike to the car parking lot at the Bike Expo and drop off at the Bike Works truck located next to the bus shuttle pick-up zone). *All donations to Bike Works, a 501(c)-(3) non-profit organization, are tax deductible. VOLUNTEER

Want to help and squeeze in for free on the “guest list”? It takes the help of more than 200 wonderful volunteers to produce the Seattle Bike Expo. You can sign up for one of many different positions by visiting the event website at www. All volunteers receive a complimentary T-shirt plus free admission on both days. It’s a great way to help Cascade, meet new friends and get a “backstage pass” to the show! VISIT THE CASCADE BOOTH TO WIN BIG

There’s something for everyone at the Cascade booth on the second floor. Get swag and come find out everything you ever wanted to know about our youth programs, our free group rides, event and advocacy work. Be sure to enter the Expo drawing. Prizes include complimentary event passes, bike gear and more. 2014 Kenmore Camera Photo Contest

Don’t miss the 16th annual Kenmore Camera Photo Contest at Expo! Since 1999, the contest has featured submissions from cameratoting bicyclists who scour the city, country and globe for bike-related photo opportunities. The exhibit is located next to the Cascade booth on the second floor, against the beautiful backdrop of Elliott Bay. Contestants enter photos into six categories: Action; Comedy; Still Life; People & Places; Black & White and Creative Digital. We award ribbons to the top three photos in each category, and to the “people’s choice” – the photo that gets the most votes from Expo attendees. All photos must include something related to bicycling, whether it’s a bicycle, a helmet or a pile of old chain rings. All are welcome to enter the contest! Visit the Expo webpage for an entry form and submission instructions. Deadline for photo submissions is 5 p.m. on Tuesday,


Feb. 25, 2014. VENDOR EXHIBITS

Expo 2014 will once again bring together top industry manufacturers, retailers, tour providers, advocates, and media with over 200 vendor booths for two days of shopping, sampling, finding ways to get more involved, and checking out the latest products to get ready for the 2014 cycling season. exhibitors GREAT FOOD COURT

Our espresso stand and multiple food vendors with a variety of lunch options will keep you fueled so that you can shop and enjoy the show all day!


Electric bikes are the next big thing in the cycling world. With significant advances since the current incarnation hit the markets in the mid-1990s, electric bikes now offer state-ofthe-art technology that makes them user-friendly, versatile, and the perfect solution for commuting, carrying cargo and tackling hilly landscapes like Seattle. We’re proud to announce Easy Motion USA as the official Electric Bike Sponsor of the 2014 Seattle Bicycle Expo. The award-winning Easy Motion offers the latest in pedal assist and power on demand (POD) technology. This generation in hybrid bikes takes you from a leisure cruiser to extreme sport. Providing fun, fitness and the freedom to cycle further than you ever imagined. For more information visit www. NUUN LAUNCHES A NEW ENERGY PRODUCT

Nuun will be introducing a brand new hydration tablet at Expo - Nuun Energy. Nuun Energy delivers optimal hydration with an added kick for that a.m. commute or race day effort. Including key electrolytes – sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium – plus a coffee’s worth of caffeine and five essential B vitamins, Nuun Energy keeps you hydrated and alert, with no sugar and no crash. Come by booth #136 and taste the three flavors: Lemon Lime, Wild Berry and Cherry Limeade.

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Cascade Bicycle Club members receive a $2 discount if they present this coupon (or a membership card) at the box office.

PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS Saturday, March 1 Learn to Ride Session 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. Performance Arena

Join Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation and members of Team Group Health Cycle Team. Bikes will be provided, and parents must sign a waiver form. “Look Ma, No Car!”… An Intro to Transportation Bicycling for Families Morgan Scherer 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Main Stage

As Seattle continues to improve its bicycling infrastructure, it is becoming appealing to more and more families to get out of the car and onto bicycles to get around town. But getting started can be daunting and questions beg to be answered. How do I start? What kinds of equipment could work for my family and situation? What about hills/rain/cold? Is it safe? Come to this engaging and interactive presentation by Familybike Seattle founder Morgan Scherer as she presents safe and exciting ways to get started, as well as stories from the road.

Morgan Scherer has been creatively biking her family and friends around Seattle since 2000. She started with a recumbent bike and a trailer, added an electric assist motor, and moved through a variety of interesting passenger/cargo carrying systems from there. Having gathered so much equipment, experience and knowledge, Ms. Scherer put on the first Family Bike Expo in 2007 and officially started the nonprofit Familybike Seattle in 2012.

The Best of the West Cycling Oregon & Yellowstone Jim Moore 10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Raleigh Stage

Sure, Washington has great cycling, but everyone gets the itch to explore beyond the borders. Portland-based cyclist and writer Jim Moore is ready to help you expand your riding horizons. In his presentation he’ll share photos, route insights and mostly-true tales from the back roads of Oregon, Montana and Wyoming, covering everything from scenic family rides in the Columbia Gorge to epic suffer-fests in the Central Cascades to week-long tours through the Yellowstone ecosystem.

Jim Moore is a freelance travel writer and the author of “75 Classic Rides: Oregon.” He also has done marketing for Cycle Oregon for eight years and is the executive director of the Cycle Greater Yellowstone Tour that debuted in 2013.

World Champion artistic cyclists from Germany: Corrina Hein, Stefan Musu and Lukas Matla 11 - 11:20 a.m.; 1:20 - 1:45 p.m.; 3 - 3:15 p.m.; 5 - 5:15 p.m. Performance Arena

Artistic cycling is a form of competitive indoor cycling in which athletes perform tricks (called exercises) for points on fixed-gear bikes in a format similar to ballet or gymnastics. The sport, although new to most of us in the US, has been popular in Europe for quite some time. The first official artistic cycling World Championships were held in 1956. This sport is most popular in Germany, where there are no fewer than 10,000 license holders! At the Seattle Bike Expo, expect to see a special show that highlights all the best this sport has to offer. These worldclass athletes are guaranteed to amaze, entertain and enthrall you with their athletic skill and artistic expression!

Corinna Hein hails from Darmstadt, Germany, and has been the UCI world ranking women’s singles points champion and world champion multiple times. Stefan Musu and Lukas Matla, from Duisburg, Germany, won the German Championships several times.

STP Seminar Will Chin 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Main Stage

Do you have what it takes to ride the Pacific Northwest’s top bicycle ride? Find out ALL you need to know about the 2014 Group Health Seattle To Portland Bicycle Classic in one informative information-packed hour. Hosted by longtime STP Committee member, Will Chin. Northwest Trials Show With Robbie Pfunder, Brian Cornman & guests 11:45 – 12:05 p.m.; 2:15 - 2:35 p.m.; 4:30 - 4:50 p.m. Performance Arena

Trials riding is an extreme test of bicycle handling skills, over all kinds of obstacles, both natural and man-made. In competition, riders have to make their way through an obstacle course without putting their foot down. Each time your foot touches the ground is a point. Trials is a great spectator sport: you will see a lot of moves on the back wheel, with the front hardly touching the ground at all. All shows will feature Pro-rider Robbie Pfunder, Brian Cornman,

Tanner Blake and local rider (and unicycle specialist) Josh Seibold.

Robbie Pfunder has been riding trials since the tender age of 14 and has been to numerous national competitions, including an appearance at 16 years old in the 2001 UCI World Championships. In 2012 he ranked second overall in the North American Trials Series. He’s also the number-one-ranked rider in the Mountain States region.

Ouch!...How to Avoid Common Bicycle Injuries Kari Studley, PT, DPT 12:15.-1:15 p.m. Raleigh Stage

Most common bicycle-related injuries are preventable. Corpore Sano Physical Therapy’s Kari Studley PT will share her secrets to staying healthy on and off the bicycle. Tips will include critical cycling stretches from head to toe to make your next ride more comfortable. Kari’s accolades include professional bike racer, Masters World and multi-National Cyclocross Champion, certified yoga instructor and Gold-Certified BikePT bike fit practitioner.

Kari’s racing accolades include Masters World and multi-National Cyclocross Champion. Off the bike, Kari loves to share her passion for cycling through founding and promoting Washington Women of Cross and as a GoldCertified BikePT bike fit practitioner.,, www.

Customizing Beyond Fit Rob Vandermark, Seven Bicycles Founder & President 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Main Stage

This interactive session will break down the aspects of custom bike building that go beyond the geometry of the bike, explaining how deep personalization of the riding experience can have value for any and every rider. Understanding the bike in this way will help riders evaluate their riding needs more clearly and clarify priorities as they dream of their next bike.

Rob Vandermark founded Seven Cycles in 1997 with the intention of creating a new kind of bike company, one that would put the rider first. Seven’s revolutionary approach to custom building asks the rider what the bike should be and then delivers that vision on a short timeline, uniting the values of quick-to-market retail and refined craft manufacturing.

A Guide to Falling Down In Public Joe Metal Cowboy Kurmaskie 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Main Stage

The Metal Cowboy is back at Expo with a full slate of new tales

and laughs ranging from the pleasures and pitfalls of night riding around the globe to how to become the ringleader of an army of cargo bike riding dads. A potent mix of humor, pathos, advocacy and absurdity, this time around Joe offers up his tales on what to do when a cell phone distracted driver asks you to wait for their call to end - after hitting you! And the proper etiquette when leading theme rides with Smerfs, Zombies, The Unipiper and 5,000 naked Portlandians. A Q&A and gear giveaway will also be part of the festivities.

Joe Kurmaskie, dubbed the “Metal Cowboy” by a blind rancher he encountered one icy morning in Idaho, has been addicted to the intoxicating freedom and power of the bicycle for more than 40 years. Joe offers up infectious and big-hearted collections of true adventures and misadventures, chronicling his time touring the world on his bicycle.

Lose ten pounds-(and keep it off!) Craig Undem & Mary Craig 1:45. -2:45 p.m. Raleigh Stage

Learn all the tips and secrets to losing weight, and thus getting faster and stronger from top cycling coach and Cycle University founder, Craig Undem. If you follow his advice, he guarantees you will lose weight and feel fantastic. Joining Coach Craig will be nutrition expert and cycle coach, Mary Craig. Since beginning with a collegiate race in 1983, and eventually racing in the Cyclocross World Championships, winning a World Cup medal in mountain bike racing, placing second in the United States in Elite Criterium Championships, racing track and triathlon, Craig has earned the equivalent of a doctorate in cycling. Off the bike Craig has been a professional cycling coach since 1996, and is the CEO and founder of Cycle University.

Mary Craig coaches athletes of all levels and abilities. Besides coaching, she is the director of the Cycle University Multisport Team.

Developing U-23 Riders for the World Tour Todd Herriott & Dave Richter 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Main Stage

Being strong and having incredible endurance is required to race at the highest level in cycling. But these are not the only attributes needed to succeed. Teaching riders


February 2014

PERFORMANCES AND PRESENTATIONS sportsmanship, media training, etiquette, tactics, fundamentals, nutrition and wellness are a few things that are often overlooked or assumed. The exciting new Seattle–based Hagens Berman U-23 Cycling Program is designed to prepare riders for the top level of cycling much like a college prepares students to become successful doctors, lawyers and teachers. Find out how they put the team together; their innovative coaching strategies and whole lot more from team manager Todd Herriott and Sports Director David Richter.

Todd Herriott is founder/co-owner of Herriott Sports Performance, where he specializes in coaching and strength and conditioning for endurance athletes. A former domestic pro cyclist, Todd is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has more than 15 years of coaching and teaching experience. David Richter is the co-owner of Herriott Sports Performance. He began his cycling career as a BMX champion at ten years of age. Since then, he has excelled in the professional ranks of mountain biking, cyclocross and road racing.

D.I.Y Bike Touring Saul Kinderis & Sandie Smith 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Raleigh Stage

You enjoy riding your bike; you dream about riding through the wilderness or past countless castles, wineries and museums. Maybe you’ve done the STP and the RSVP every year for the last decade, you enjoy camping, you enjoy home stays, you like hotels except when the bill hits your meager savings. Please join us as we teach you the tools for planning a successful low-cost bicycle trip. Learn the skills you need, hear the funny stories while they open the door for a wonderful bike holiday. Topics include proper route selection and planning, equipment and packing, training plans, logistics, accommodations, meals, weather, safety, and group compatibility.

Longtime Cascade member Saul Kinderis has more than 30 years bike touring experience and has toured a huge variety of U.S regions and many different countries. Sandie Smith learned to ride her bike when she was five, and never stopped. A Cascade ride leader these days, she was new to bike touring in 2013 when she rode from Vienna, Austria to Belgrade, Serbia.

“Bicycling’s Big Year in Seattle is Now” Holly Hauser (Puget Sound Bike Share), Fredy Young (Alta Planning & Design), & David Herlihy, moderated by Brock Howell (Cascade Bicycle Club) 3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Main Stage

Big things are happening in Seattle in 2014. Along with Vancouver, BC, and Portland, Seattle is launching a new bike share program. And Seattle is designing protected bike lanes downtown and several other key transportation corridors. First, you’ll hear a short history of bike transportation and bike share from renowned author David Herlihy, followed by a lively panel discussion from the current players in Seattle’s exciting new projects. SUNDAY, MARCH 2

Cycling wisdom by women, for women Kari Studley P.T, Jan Acuff and Windsor Lewis, hosted by Gina Kavesh 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Main Stage

Calling all ladies! This presentation is specifically geared toward answering all things bike riding that might be intimidating to ask at a group ride or bike shop. Topics include: • What parts of a bike can be adapted to insure a better/more comfortable fit? • Why cycling is more fun with friends and how/where to find other women to ride with. • Saddles/Shorts and why we love to hate them and what can we do to not hate them. • How to overcome internal fears that may keep you off your bike or intimidated by riding alone. And lots more! Please bring every question you have that you’ve always wanted to ask an experienced female cyclist. This talk will feature four female expert guests from the local bicycle community, including Gina Kavesh.

Gina Kavesh has been actively following bike racing for 20+ years, both locally & nationally. Along the way, she has found a passion for reaching out to the cyclist who is just starting the journey. She primarily focused on teaching skills, mentoring, and encouraging women to become confident on their bike. She is on the Board of Directors of USA Cycling and chairs the Women’s Committee within this organization.

One million feet of climbing in one year! Brian Ecker 11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Raleigh Stage

In 2013 Brian set a goal to climb one million feet on the bike. To accomplish this he broke down the project into smaller adventures, which on their own would be great “big” weekend-long adventures for the rest of us. This is the story of how he combined a bunch of small adventures and a few bigger ones to climb one million vertical feet in a single year—with a full time job and family obligations!

Five Keys To Riding Faster Craig Undem 1:30 -2:15 p.m. Raleigh Stage

Learn how to improve your riding from one of the top coaches in Seattle, Cycle University’s Dean Craig Undem.

Brian has a long competitive resume including top 20 finishes at USCF Elite National Championships, top five finishes at the Duathalon National Championships, several multisport category wins, and several podium finishes at the Furnace Creek 508 ultra-marathon cycling race.

Since beginning with a collegiate race in 1983, and eventually racing in the Cyclocross World Championships, winning a World Cup medal in mountain bike racing, placing second in the United States in Elite Criterium Championships, racing track and triathlon, Craig Undem has earned the equivalent of a doctorate in cycling. Off the bike Craig has been a professional cycling coach since 1996, and is the CEO and founder of Cycle University.

The Greenway to Travel Cathy Tuttle, Dawn Schellenberg and Bob Edmiston. 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Raleigh Stage

Allen & Sachteben’s 1891: Round the World Adventure David Helrihy 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Main Stage

Seattle is transforming 250 miles of Seattle streets into safer, calmer, greener places for you, your family and your neighbors. Learn more about how a successful partnership between the city and the community is defining our Neighborhood Greenway system and how you can get involved in this exciting movement. This talk will be led by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Executive Director Cathy Tuttle, who will be joined by Dawn Schellenberg, Community Engagement Liaison, Seattle Department of Transportation and other special guests. “Best of Willie” Special Presentation Willie Weir 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Main Stage

Willie Weir is the author of Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine and is known to public radio listeners for commentaries aired on KUOW in Seattle, Wash. His writings have appeared in newspapers across the country and earned him a gold and bronze Lowell Thomas Award, given by the Society of American Travel Writers. A perennial Expo favorite, Willie has cycled more than 60,000 miles throughout the world.


He is working on a special talk just for this year’s Expo- please check the website for updated information soon.

Historian David Herlihy will present newly available photos of Asia Minor taken in 1891 by two celebrated “round the world” cyclists, William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen, Jr. Shortly after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, these bold adventurers set off to impress upon the public the practical advantages of two revolutionary and compatible technologies: The compact Kodak camera, which used celluloid film rather than conventional glass plates, and the so-called “safety” bicycle (the “modern” bicycle) that was rapidly supplanting the “Ordinary,” or High Wheel bicycle.

David V. Herlihy is the author of Bicycle: The History (Yale University Press), winner of the 2004 Award for Excellence in the History of Science and The Lost Cyclist (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), the story of Frank Lenz’s ill-fated bicycle trip around the world in the 1890s, a Publishers Weekly 100 Best Books of 2010. His seminal work has greatly clarified the origins of the bicycle. He is responsible for the naming of a bicycle path in Boston after Pierre Lallement, the original bicycle patentee, and for the installation of a plaque by the New Haven green where the Frenchman introduced Americans to the art of cycling in 1866.

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For a complete listing of this month’s rides, see IN ORDER TO PICK A RIDE THAT SUITS YOUR STYLE, SKILLS AND ENERGY LEVEL, USE THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES: Easy: Under 10 mph

Leisurely: 10-12 mph Steady: 12-14 mph

Moderate: 14-16 mph Brisk: 16-18 mph

Strenuous: 18-21 mph

Super Strenuous: 22+ mph

Mostly Flat

Some Hills

Trails and/or mostly flat

roads with a possible gentle upgrade

Extremely Hilly

A few short steep hills,

Steep & long climbs

some moderate upgrades

with grades >9% and/or

and/or longer gentle climbs


Climbs are short and easy, not too numerous

mountain passes



Many true hills, but none

Significant unpaved



Weather conditions may cancel the ride. Helmets are required on all rides. Earbuds/headphones are not allowed on any Cascade ride. All riders are required to sign a waiver form. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Riders are expected to be ready to ride at the time listed. Participants do not have to RSVP, simply show up to join the fun!

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FREE GROUP RIDES Tuesday, Feb. 11

Weekly Rides MUMPS (Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24) 50mi • Brisk Start: 10 a.m., Tracey Owen Station/Log Boom Park, Kenmore Ride Leader: Craig Mohn A counter-clockwise loop of Lake Washington with a food stop en route. The route may vary according to conditions and riders. Cycle Tuesdays (Feb.4, 11, 18, 25) 35 mi • Super Strenuous Start: 5:45 p.m., Gene Coulon Park, next to Kidd Valley Restaurant, Renton Ride Leaders: Stephen Else, Russ Moul Year-round training rides for one-day STP riders. Rides stress safety, cooperation and group riding skills. Fast pacelines with regroups from Renton to surrounding areas. Lights required. Ice/snow cancel. Eastside Tours Evening Ride Tuesday (Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25) 25 mi • Brisk Start: 6:30 p.m., Overlake Transit Ctr, 15590 NE 36th St, Redmond Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson Evening rides exploring the Eastside. The route varies from week to week. This is a hilly ride; we will climb around 1500 feet on an average ride. Lights required. Showers cancel. MEETS: Marymoor, Thursday Edition (Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27) 25 mi • Moderate Start: 5:45 p.m. Marymoor Park, east (free) parking lot, Redmond Ride Leaders: Kimberly Smith, Sandi Navarro, Nan Haberman, Rick Wiltfong, Peter Dunmore These will be after dark training routes incorporating local hills. Good head- and tail ights required. Fenders appreciated. Steady rain/ice/snow cancel. More Cycle Tuesdays (Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27) 35 mi • Super Strenuous Start: 5:45 p.m. Gene Coulon Park, next to Kidd Valley, Renton Ride Leaders: Lola Jacobsen, Tom Baker Year-round training rides for one-day STP riders. Rides stress safety, cooperation, and group riding skills. Fast pacelines with regroups from Renton to surrounding areas. Lights required. Ice/snow cancel.

TREATS: Tour de Port Orchard 28 mi • Steady Start: 9 a.m. Lincoln Park, north parking lot, West Seattle Ride Leader: Michael Moreland We’ll take 9:25 a.m. ferry to Southworth from Fauntleroy terminal. The ride mostly follows the shoreline to Port Orchard. Lunch in Port Orchard.

Thursday, Feb. 13

TREATS: Mercer Island to Issaquah 35 mi • Steady Start: 10 a.m., Mercer Island lid park, Mercer Island Ride Leader: David Bordewick Ride to Issaquah for lunch at Safeway and ride back. Come join our regular Tuesday riding group. Steady rain cancels.

Friday, Feb. 14

Thursday, Feb. 27

FRIDAY RIDERS: Valentine’s Day Ramble 25 mi • Leisurely Start: 10 a.m. Log Boom Park, Kenmore Ride Leader: Jan Johnson A very social ride with a food stop. Maybe some Valentine treats to be found. Showers/icy conditions in shade cancel.

THUMPS: Home for Lunch Start: 9:30 a.m., Leschi Starbucks, Seattle 30 mi • Moderate Ride Leader: Mike Nelson Be home in time for lunch after some urban exploration. Fixies and single speed bikes welcome. Steady rain cancels.

Saturday, Feb. 15

Friday, Feb. 28

Critical Lass: Bikes + Chocolate + Drinks 7 mi • Easy Start: Noon, Theo Chocolate Factory Store, Seattle Ride Leader: Madeleine (Madi) Carlson There’s nothing better for your heart than biking, dark chocolate, and red wine! So let’s go on some great bikeways, visit scenic viewpoints and enjoy some moderate chocolate and drinks! Helmets required. Brouwer’s Café is 21+. No rain cancellation.

FRUMPS: Kenmore to Snohomish 45 mi • Moderate Start: 10 a.m. Log Boom Park, Kenmore Ride Leader: Dan Garretson A recreational ride to Snohomish Bakery for lunch; route and distance are weather dependent. Showers/snow/ice cancel this ride.

Ravenna/Golden Gardens/Magnolia Ride 23 mi • Steady Start: 10 a.m., Ravenna Park, Seattle Ride Leader: Michelle DeLappe Get ready for Chilly Hilly with this scenic ride, proceeding to Green Lake, Ballard, Golden Gardens, across the Locks to Discovery Park, and then to Fremont and the UW campus. Afterwards, feel free to join us at a cozy nearby cafe to warm up! Steady rain cancels.

Sunday, Feb. 16 S.P.O.K.E.S.: Leisurely Chill on the Hills 2014 24 mi • Leisurely Start: Noon, Farrel-McWhirter Park, Redmond Ride Leader: Michelle Burton This hill-filled ride will help get you ready for the Chilly Hilly next Sunday. Steady rain cancels.

Daily Rides

TREATS: Going To West Seattle 35 mi • Steady Start: 10:00 a.m., Gas Works Park, parking lot, Seattle Ride Leader: Les Weppler Ride over the Fremont Bridge, up Dexter to Seattle Science Ctr, then Thomas St Bridge to Elliot Bay Trail. Lunch at Alki’s Statue of Liberty. Steady rain cancels.

FRIDAY RIDERS: Go to Klondike Gold Rush Museum 20 mi • Leisurely Start: 10:00 a.m., Gas Works Park, parking lot, Seattle Ride Leader: William Lemke We’ll try to stay fairly flat and visit The National Park’s Klondike Gold Rush Museum and possibly other areas of interest in Pioneer Square. Ride is on trails and on downtown streets. Rain/ice/freezing conditions/snow cancel.

Tuesday, Feb. 25

THUMPS: Home for Lunch 30 mi • Moderate Start: 9:30 a.m., Leschi Starbucks, Seattle Ride Leader: Mike Nelson Be home in time for lunch after some urban exploration. Fixies and single speed bikes welcome. Ride leader rides a single speed.

Eastside Tours Evening Ride Thursday (Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27) 25 mi • Brisk Start: 6:30 p.m., Overlake Transit Ctr, Redmond Ride Leader: Eric Gunnerson Evening rides exploring the Eastside. The route varies from week to week. This is a hilly ride; we will climb around 1500 feet on an average ride. Lights required. Showers cancel.

Friday, Feb. 7

FRIDAY RIDERS: Ride the Beacon Hill Greenway 30 mi • Leisurely Start: 10 a.m., Gas Works Park, parking lot, Seattle Ride Leader: Norm Tjaden Ride the completed greenway from the I-90 trail to Georgetown, with a stop in the International District for lunch. Showers/ snow/ice cancels.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Friday, Feb. 21 FRUMPS Northeast Loop 35 mi • Moderate Start: 10:00 a.m., Log Boom Park, Kenmore Ride Leader: Chris Nelson Weather-determined scenic loop in the north Lake Washington area with lunch stop. Ice/ snow/steady rain at the start cancels.

Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling

FRIDAY RIDERS: Ride Around Mercer Island 30 mi • Leisurely Start: 10 a.m., Gas Works Park, parking lot, Seattle Ride Leader: David Bordewick Ride to Mercer Island for lunch; return via Lk. Washington shoreline and Ship Canal Bike Pathways.

Series Rides CHEW Series / Sundays The CHEW Series rides are on Sundays at various starting points on the Eastside. These are climbing routes on local hills which will progress from 30 miles and 2500’ of elevation gain to 50+ miles and 4500’ elevation gain. We offer Brisk, Strenuous, Moderate or Steady pace groups. Feb 2 40 mi • 9:30 a.m. start from South Bellevue Park & Ride, Bellevue Feb. 9 55 mi • 9:30 a.m. start from Wilmot Gateway Park, Woodinville Feb. 16 55 mi • 9:30 a.m. start from Wilmot Gateway Park, Woodinville Getting Ready to Ride Seattle (GR2R) Is this the year you are finally going to ride the STP, RSVP, a century? Are you contemplating signing up for the Cascade Training Series (CTS) in April to get ready? Start early with our Getting Ready to Ride Series! You’ll transition from a weekend rider out for a spin on the local bike path to a cyclist who can easily ride 30 miles with confidence and stamina. We offer both Leisurely and Steady pace groups. Steady rain cancels. Ride #1 – Feb. 8 Seattle Start: 11 a.m., Matthews Beach Park, Seattle 21 mi • Mostly flat Ride Leaders: Machiko Threlkeld, Andy Williams/Byron Bryant, Mike Kelly

Eastside alternative: Start: 11:30 a.m., Marymoor Park, east (free) parking lot, Redmond 19.6 mi • Mostly flat Ride Leader: Allyson Welsh Sunday - South end alternative (Feb. 9): Start: 11:30 a.m., Renton Community Ctr, parking lot, Renton 22 mi • Mostly flat Ride Leaders: Susan Krezelak/Ida Chiu, Wang Yeung Ride #2 – Feb . 15 Seattle Start: 11 a.m. Gas Works Park, Seattle 19 mi • Mostly flat Ride Leaders: Machiko Threlkeld, Andy Williams/Byron Bryant, Mike Kelly Eastside alternative: Start: 11:30 a.m., Marymoor Park, east (free) parking lot, Redmond 17 mi • Mostly flat Ride Leader: Windsor Lewis Sunday - South end alternative (Feb. 16): Start: 11:30 a.m. Russell Road Park, Kent 20 mi • Mostly flat Ride Leaders: Wang Yeung, Susan Krezelak/ Ida Chiu Ride #3 –Feb. 22 Seattle Start: 11:00 a.m. Jack Block Park, West Seattle 25 mi • Frequent regroup • some hills Ride Leader: Andy Williams South end alternative Start: 11:30 a.m. Renton Community Center, parking lot, Renton 20 mi • Frequent regroup • rolling Ride Leaders: Judy Auten/Patricia and Rick Urton Eastside alternative: Start: 11:30 a.m., Tolt-MacDonald Park, Carnation 18.9 mi • Frequent regroup • mostly flat Ride Leader: Allyson Welsh Country Rides, Winter Training Series Ride #5 – Saturday, Feb. 8 Start: 9 a.m. (arrive by 8:30), Auburn Fred Meyers, Auburn 66 mi • Moderate • No regroup Hilly Ride Leaders: Carol & Ralph Nussbaum This route takes in Lk Tapps, Orting, Carbonado, Buckley and lots of great back roads. We also ride the Foothills Trail. Route is hillier and longer than last week. Park in NW corner of lot away from the store. Ride #6 –Saturday, Feb. 15 Start: 9 a.m. (arrive by 8:30), Soos Creek Trailhead, Kent 65 mi • Moderate • No regroup Hilly Ride Leaders: Carol & Ralph Nussbaum Start with the Kent Plateau, plunge down to Green River and climb up to Des Moines. Next off to Dash and Brown points, then east to Auburn and the Black Diamond Bakery. Ride #7 –Saturday, Feb. 22 Start: 9 a.m. (arrive by 8:30), Fir-Conway Lutheran Church, Conway 84 mi • Moderate • No regroup Hilly Ride Leaders: Carol & Ralph Nussbaum Ride north along Big Lake on Route 9 and then by Lake Samish with a return down Chuckanut Dr and Bayview Edison Rd. Expect hills at the beginning although the end is flat, there is often a wind through the flats. We’ll get a bite to eat and a brew at the Conway Pub & Eatery.


February 2014

Dirt Corner: Six must ride trails By Robbie Phillips, member of the Blue Rooster Cycling Team

Cyclocross season is over. The holidays are behind us, and winter wraps us in its cold, dark and often damp embrace. The dreaming begins. Like the narrow, bright beam of a headlight on a moonlit trail, it pierces the seasonal affective disorder with a promise: Mountain biking season! We have so many great trails in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, many of which stay open and in good condition even through the wet months. Here are a few of my picks: Tolt-McDonald Park, Carnation

Simply my favorite local place to ride. The initial climb, called “Itsabitch,” is. But after that, you’re treated to rolling, loamy trails with great flow punctuated by just enough difficulty to keep things interesting. Fast, chasing after friends or slow, soaking in the stillness of the forest—it’s all good. Spend just an hour or put together a 20-mile ride. Bend, Oregon

Such an amazing place to ride mountain bikes. I hesitate to even tell you about it because then it might be harder for me to find lodging when I go! Smooth, sweet singletrack stretching from town all the way up to Mount Bachelor and beyond. Did I mention there are more than a dozen breweries in town?

Photo courtesy of Bill Collins. Bill Collins, pictured here riding the 2012 Group Health STP, is part of the Rainier Riders, a group aiming to foster camaraderie among cyclists regardless of age, race, creed or gender. Where will your mountain bike take you this season? Robbie Phillips suggest her favorite local trails.

Stottlemeyer Trails, Port Gamble

Just a ferry ride away for this Seattle resident, the Stottlemeyer Trails in Port Gamble are a vast wonderland of delight. I can’t wait to get over there on a sunny day, ride for several hours and then enjoy ice cream while waiting for the ferry to come whisk me back to the city. Paradise, Maltby

A twisty, technical riot of fun, the trails at Paradise Valley Conservation Area always test my abilities. The mainline trail from the parking lot eases you into the rooty network that awaits. Riding here pushes ad-

vances my skills as I choose new lines through challenging sections, and I always feel triumphant after clearing difficult features and riding some of the elevated boardwalks. Tiger Mountain, King County

There’s something magical about a trail that’s not open year-round. Maybe limited availability (April 15-Oct. 15) increases appreciation? My favorite route is to start with Iverson as an appetizer, head out on NW Timber, climb up the road to Preston, climb up the Preston singletrack, climb the road up to the Summit Trail, pause to gawk at Mt.

Rainier if the sun is out, and then point downward and do it all in reverse. After this ride I know I have earned my beer and fries.

Sage Hills, Wenatchee

I have never been there, but a trusted friend told me these trails are a must-do, so Sage Hills makes my list. Got questions about mountain biking? Or do you want to contribute to the Dirt Corner? Email us at

SEATTLE BIKE SWAP This Sunday! Sunday, Feb. 9 • 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. State Center Exhibition Hall 225 Mercer St. Seattle

If you're in the market for a new set of wheels, or you're looking for equipment or accessories, you don't want to miss Seattle Bike Swap. Now in its 17th year, Bike Swap is a bike bargain-hunters' paradise, promising great deals on bikes and bike-related goods. With nearly 200 vendors under one roof, you're sure to find everything you need to start your cycling season off right.


General Adult Admission is on a sliding scale depending upon arrival time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - $5 1 to 2 p.m. - FREE Kids under age 15 are FREE all day

It's best to arrive early because the really good stuff goes fast. If you ride your bike to the event, bring a lock. Racks are available, but they'll be unattended. See more at


Vol. 44, No. 2

Tips for winter commuting By Mary Collins, Bike Month Coordinator

More riders are braving cold weather riding than ever before, and you could be one of them! The Fremont Bike Counter, now in its second year of operation, recorded 17 percent more riders in November 2013 than the previous year, and, as of this writing, is on track to exceed previous December rider counts as well. Believe it or not, you don’t have to be “Survivor man” or living off the grid to commute by bike in the winter months. In fact, it’s likely that you already have everything you need to get around town in colder weather. Commuting by bike is simple, convenient and easy. It’s more than just a way to get to work: it’s your chance to spend time outside, to reflect and energize yourself while getting from point A to point B. Better yet, riding is good for your body, wallet, your community and the environment. Below are a few tips to get you started. As with all bike commuting, do what works for you. Fancier gear may make your ride more comfortable, but it’s not essential. Happy riding! • Be patient and take extra care. When operating any vehicle in winter conditions, slow and steady wins the race. Be aware of slippery roads or ice. • Dress in layers. You might be chilly when you first hop on your bike, but you’ll warm up quickly. Non-cotton warm when wet materials will make for a more comfortable ride. • See and be seen. This applies to all seasons, but it is especially important to display at least one rear red light and one white front light during months of decreased daylight. You can never be too visible—the more lights the better. • Wear a hat. Something that fits comfortably beneath your helmet. A cap with a brim will keep water off your face and glasses. • Wear gloves. Water resistant and windproof are best in the Pacific Northwest, but wool and neoprene stay warm when wet. • Protect your neck with a scarf, neckwarmer or bandana. • Don’t forget your rain gear. A rain jacket and water resistant pants are essentials for staying dry and comfortable during rainy Northwest winters. If you want to play it safe, keep an extra pair of pants and shoes at your destination. Optional but recommended • Fenders prevent water from spraying onto your clothes and your neighboring riders. Find them at your local bike shop. • Shoe covers protect shoes from getting wet. Dry feet are happy feet. Try bringing along a dry pair just in case. • Keep a bus pass in your back pocket in case of inclement weather or intimidating hills. • For the ladies: In winter, tights are a skirt-wearer’s best friend.

Commuter Corner: I’m new here myself By Chris Partridge, Communications Specialist

Okay, confession time: the morning before I started at the Cascade Bicycle Club I was feeling like a total and complete poser. It’s probably common to feel like an imposter starting any new job, but it was more than that. I’d ridden a bike casually for the past year, but how could I stack up to my (presumably) hardcore, all-weather, lycra-clad coworkers at the club? I was worried that I wouldn’t fit in, wouldn’t talk the right way, wear the right gear, have the right bike. It’s easy to like biking (after all, it’s a blast), but it felt like a whole ’nother step taking on the moniker of “biker,” to be an everyday commuter. So I went out to REI and geared-up. I figured I could at least disguise myself as a legit rider if I bought all the superficial bells (literally) and whistles. That first day, I met my passionate, light-hearted and creative co-workers at Cascade, and I did indeed feel embarrassed, but for an entirely different reason. They weren’t judgmental purists, not Tour de France carbon-copies. They were unique and boundless, riding everything from Craigslist bargains to carbon fiber. It was a reassuring reality: the bicycling community is broader and more inclusive than just one type of rider. If lycra’s your thing, right on! Maybe you’re a weekend rider who likes to take it slow on the way to the Ballard Farmers’ Market. Maybe you’ve got a couple kids munching Cheerios in your cargo bike bucket. There is only one right way to ride a bike: safely. Beyond that, do your thing. So to any reluctant riders out there, know this: you are good. You are welcome. Come ride with us. Creating a Better Community Through Bicycling


February 2014

Welcome new members Dale Aaronson Kevin Adams Kasi Allen Juliet Amor Mark Amor Dan Anderson James Andrews John Armour Daniel Austin Gary Austin Sandra Austin Anne Avery Sean Avery Andrew Bacon Mike Bahn Brenda Baker Heather Baker Rachel Balderston Kelly Ballantyne Renee Ballinger Jerry Barker Chris Baschuk Shannon Baschuk Adam Bates Ashley Beck Arietta Becnel Grace Beeman Isaac Beeman Jonah Beeman Luke Beeman Sue Bell James Benthuysen Todd Benton Ethan Bernstein John Berthold Brandon Bettencourt Saira Bettencourt Ann Bhat Arvind Bhat Maya Bhat Naveen Bhat Mario Binag Bruce Birdsell Daniel Blackmore Kathi Blackmore Steven Blackwell Christine Blair Meredith Bleier Roxanne Bleier Andy Blizard Elly Blue Donny Bocksch Jeremy Boetger Donald Booth Jennifer Booth Kristen Booth Paul Bordonaro Kristen Bornemann Karen Brady Lori Brady Terry Brady Peter Brakken Mischellean Brakstad Dan Brelsford Christopher Briggum Cheryl Britton Dave Brogan Rich Brooks Leah Brown Samantha Brubaker Christina Bruce Katy Bruce Timothy Bruce Michael Bruun Aguirre-Rendon Bryan Randy Buchanan Courtney Buratto Jose Buritica Kathryn Burnham Steve Burnham Trish Byers Paul Calandrella Bernice Campbell Brent Campbell Cathy Campbell Kailey Campbell Rana Campbell Margot Cannon Doug Carlyle Dawn Castellanos Steve Castellanos Dario Castellon Jayson Caton Bess Clickenger Joe Clifton Mackie Clifton Monique Cohen Amanda Cohn Terri Collins William Collins Logan Conner Zach Conner David Cornette Siobhan Costello James Cox Pamela Creighton Sarah Creighton Lynda Darnell Kerry Dasovich Lauren Dasovich Karen De Jongh Sherri DeBettignies Brad Decker Anil DeCosta Constance DeHaan Claire Denise Cortney Deschamps Linda Devine Liz Diether-Martin Beth Dimler Cheryl Dimof Ted Dimof Nuno Dinis Justin Doolittle Kim Doolittle Lori Dorn Megan Dorn Ronald Dorn Somesh Dubey


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Cascade Courier February 2014