To provide easier access to cycling for students who find it difficult to obtain bicycles, Bike Works brings a one-day workshop to spots around Seattle as part of its UGottaGetABike program. Low-income youth learn how to change flat tires, reconnect rogue chains, and ride safely. At the end of each session, each student receives a bike of their own, each refurbished by pupils in the Earn-A-Bike program, as well as a bicycle lock and helmet. The Fall 2011 session of UGottaGetABike will run at four locations: New Holly Youth and Family Center, Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club, South Shore K-8, and Van Asselt Elementary.
For a quarter century, Stu Hennessey and his staff have sold snowboards and tuned-up mountain bikes for off-road jaunts at Alki Bike and Board. Today, the shop proliferates an eco-friendly, sustainable, and fun attitude toward transportation with bicycles and boards for sale and a well-kept fleet of bikes for rent. The shop’s rentals give visitors easy access to the city’s bounty of lush scenery and historic sites, and optional tours come with all the supplies necessary to take guided trips through surrounding terrain without having to use the creases on your palm as a road map.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft.
Atop bicycles and surreys built for solo riders or entire families, patrons embark on self-guided tours of major U.S. cities. Led by maps and lists of nearby sites of historical or cultural significance, riders zoom down bike paths and safe, lightly trafficked streets. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Tom Peterson channels his passion for cycling and experience as a competitive racer into running his shop. Hoping to create a hub for cyclists of all experience levels, he’s gathered a team of cycling enthusiasts and seasoned mechanics to assist customers and perform a range of services that include repairs, tune-ups, and custom bike building. Their inventory of products from brands such as Shimano, Bianchi, Garmin, and 3T helps cyclists gear up for rides or find the perfect gift for their bike’s birthday.
Sprocketts Recycled Bicycles was born from a marriage between owner Michael Benson’s passions for cycling and preserving the environment. An avid mountain and freestyle cyclist since he was young, Michael sells and services bikes for men, women, and children with the assistance of recycled parts wherever possible. His selection of fully assembled bikes are 99% recycled, with only the cables, housing, grips, inner tubes, and V8 engines being new. Before sending bikes off with their new owners, Michael refurbishes them with tune-ups and thorough inspections to guarantee they run smoothly. He also accepts bike donations and trade-ins and donates 10% of the rides he takes in to nonprofit organizations.