Cascade gets Competitive (sort of)

Reading about Cascade’s High Pass Challenge and the related High Performance Cycling group, I thought that has all the elements of a bike race, ‘cept they don’t call it a race.

The HPC is for the Cascade cyclist that wants to “ride fast, hard, far, and climb hills.” The High Pass challenge is an epic ride and whether they call it racing or not, you can bet cyclists are thinking right now of how to win it, place, set a personal best, or drop that dude that’s dangling just behind them and doesn’t take a pull.

As with the daily commuter challenges I’m not sure why they just don’t get kitted up and line up at a race – well they do have all those STP jackets; that counts as a kit. Whether a cyclist is kitted up, lining up at an race, or setting a personal best down Alaskan Way, it’s in our nature to compete. Lots of cyclists passed us with a gleam in their eye during the Tour de Blast (you can see it in the video) and I’m sure a peloton will form during the High Pass Challenge and that’s cool.

Maybe some of those recreational cyclists will get in touch with their inner racer and attend a WSBA event or OBRA. Whatever we call it, enthusiastic cycling is good for the community.



Bike Path Art

I first noticed the grizzly bear, then a girl in boots with a russian hat, and now the wolves on columns under the West Seattle Bridge near the Spokane Street Swing Bridge. I think they’re lithographed decals and wonder who the artist is … anyone know?

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Updated

Answering the question of who the artist is, WS Blog pointed us No Touching Ground on Flickr and YouTube.



Gregg’s building Northwest’s Largest Cycling Store

From Gregg’s Cycle’s blog is a post explaining their renovation/addition to the Greenlake store, move of Aurora Store to Alderwood, and construction of larger Bellevue location. When completed Gregg’s Greenlake will feature a two-story 10,000 square foot addition for a total of 18,400 square feet making it the largest cycling store in the Northwest.

Gregg’s Greenlake has been there since 1932 and started their business renting bikes.



Natalie with Bianchi

Natalie was in Pike Place Market, standing next to a Bianchi, chatting with her friend from Team Group Health about bikes, messenger bags, and more.

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Fixies have arrived in Japan

A bit worried and wondering where in Japan Mark V is (we haven’t heard in a week and it wasn’t sounding too good for his knee), I’ve been checking a few Japanese blogs for any mention and found a Message to Fixie Riders: You Are Not Alone from Neomarxisme that laments hipster fixies and sarcastically acknowledges that

“this is the single most important change in the way we think about mobility and there will be no turning back.”

Check all the comments on that post for the lively discussion. In regards to an important change in mobility, note that that latest issue of Bicycle Quarterly is chock full of old bikes that were either fixed, single-speed or used flip-flop hubs. Example is the 1950 René Herse fixed-gear winter training bike.



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