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.
For Beautiful Bike founder Peter Cannon, it was love at first bike. Within months of his first ride at age 10, he progressed from wobbly pedaling to bunny hopping up and down the block. This aptitude for tricks helped him turn his love into a career; he spent the '80s as a competitive BMX racer. After retiring from the circuit, Peter founded Beautiful Bike to share his velocipedestrian love with the world. Today, his indoor cycling classes help riders improve their form while getting in shape. During these sessions, students climb atop revolutionary RealRyder bikes, which combine stationary bikes' stability with real cycles' ability to lean and bank. This innovative combination simulates the sensation of outdoor riding without the hassle of encountering traffic or having to share air with wild beasts.
The Cascade Bicycle Club bolsters the Puget Sound biking community through educational programs, community action, and organized events and rides. A 14,000-rider-strong nonprofit organization, the club advocates cycling as a worthy alternative for fitness routines, daily commutes, and backup power generators. Every year, volunteers lead more than 1,000 free club rides, ranging from short joyrides to multiple-day tours, in addition to their yearly schedule of special events, including the Seattle Bicycle Expo in March, the Bike Month Commute Challenge in May, and the High Pass Challenge in September.
Shoes, clothes, and speed-inducing accessories line the walls at West Seattle Runner, where friendly running enthusiasts help each customer enhance their run. After a fitting, feet stride comfortably in Asics, Saucony, and Mizuno shoes or settle in to the snug hug of new Superfeet insoles. Apparel from Moving Comfort and Oiselle wicks sweat away, and snacks by Clif, Nuun, and GU ensure that athletes have the energy to go on producing more. In addition to peddling their fleet-footed wares, staffers also encourage a robust running community, leading group runs every Wednesday and Sunday.
The multi-talented Chris Buckner is a veteran mountain biker, who leads small group lessons atop scenic local trails. Chris not only shares his two-wheeled wisdom, but also supplies rental bikes so students don't have to stuff their own into their trunk or into their pocket. When Chris isn't taking tires to the dirt, he also tints windows—a skill he's honed since 1998—at Axiom Glass Tinting. There, you can have your car upgraded by licensed professionals, or learn how to do it on their own via Axiom's instructional glass-tinting program.
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.