The athletics enthusiasts at Sports Den curate an assortment of officially licensed major-league-sports memorabilia that can be toted around on people's persons or displayed in people's homes. Fans of all ages and oscillating speeds can cover their torsos in pride with a Seattle Seahawks T-shirt ($19.99) or a replica football jersey ($80). Seattle Mariners authentic on-field hats ($33.99) shield scalps and mascot faces from harmful ultraviolet rays during long days at the ballpark or inside tanning beds. Sports Den also offers a variety of sports-related knick-knacks such as official baseballs, key chains, pendants, and trading cards (prices vary). Though the majority of wares pay homage to local teams—the Mariners, Seahawks, Sonics, Huskies, and Thunderbirds—the Den's shelves are peppered with tokens, trinkets, and accouterments commemorating a slew of other professional and collegiate sports teams.
Within a 2,000-square-foot shop, Backdrop Sports maintains and sells equipment that can turn the area’s roads and backcountry into outdoor playgrounds. Ready to fix up rides that tackle snow, dirt, or asphalt, the crew of experienced technicians performs tune-ups that help to renew skis and snowboards and improve gear performance. Leaving no detail untouched, they tune skis and snowboards by hand, waxing and grinding bases before giving each board a much-needed hug. Paying similar attention to bicycles, mechanics tighten, adjust, and lubricate everything bikes need to operate smoothly on challenging trails. The staff also can build custom bikes, cut new splitboards, and help customers navigate the store's stock of men’s and women’s apparel, mountain bikes, and snowboards.
Precor Home Fitness outfits exercise enthusiasts with all the equipment they need to create a gym setting in their own home. It offers in-home machines such as treadmills and exercise bikes, as well as a variety of fitness accessories. Precor Home Fitness also offers bikes and ElliptiGO machines for outdoor fitness.
Dutch Bike Co. Seattle, an importer of European bicycles, employs savvy mechanics to tune any road, mountain, race, or commuting machine. Both standard and comprehensive tune-ups include an adjustment of the brakes and shifters along with a chain lube—leaving hobbyhorses well emolliated and less prone to hacking coughs. The friendly bike specialist will also true both wheels and give each chassis a gentle yet thorough wipe-down. Comprehensive checkups also include a greasing and adjusting of hubs and headset, ensuring smooth steering down tight lanes and gears more freewheeling than Bob Dylan's pinwheel garden. Call to schedule an appointment, and relax in the shop's café and bar while your bicycle gets its routine physical.
Belltown Pull-Apart's Seattle pedal-cab tour is the premier eco-friendly way to tour the city's downtown must-sees. Because the two-seat pedal cabs—also known as pedicabs, bicycle-taxis, rickshaws, and bike-shaws—are powered entirely by enormous human calf muscles, they produce no pollution, noise, or bilious green clouds. As you glide past landmarks such as the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, and Nicola Tesla's enormous rain generator, your ebullient pedaler will share all sorts of insider Seattle lore. Belltown Pull-Apart makes sure that each cab is sturdy, stable, and completely bear-free, so you can cozy up to your seatmate without fear of the lunatic beast's furry claw. Tours run year-round and depart from 2308 4th Avenue. Call ahead to schedule your tour.
The team at Prep Sportswear outfits fans in the proper colors with the help of its expansive library of designs, which houses imagery from one million schools, universities, sports teams, Greek organizations, and branches of the United States military. In addition to most well-known college teams, the shop prints gear for smaller universities as well as many elementary and high schools.
Customers begin by searching the site’s database for their school, college, or team of choice, then scroll through that team’s web page to see available T-shirts, hoodies, and accessories. The results, available in both kids' and adult sizes, keep fans stylish and comfortable with materials including lightweight cotton, warming sweats, or workout-friendly Dry-Excel polyester, ideal for games of underwater badminton. Items can also be personalized with names and graduation years.