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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.