This weekend is one of Seattle’s preeminent bicycle weekends. The annual Seattle Bike Expo is held once again at the Pier 91 Cruise Terminal. The Chilly Hilly might have popular credit of kicking off the bicycle season in Seattle, but Bike Expo makes it official. It is this weekend every year that all things bicycle come together under one roof.
The wide array of activities, vendors, and presentations as well as performances makes Seattle Bike Expo the must-do event that’s it’s become. Whether you’re a performance bicyclist either racing or touring, a commuter, a recreational rider or a child there is something to entertain, intrigue, or captivate. Kids can play and create upstairs in the Little Nutty Kid Zone or become awed and inspired by unicycling kids or Ryan Leech performing mountain bike stunts. Saturday even featured Big Wheel races for adults. The general take-away from that experience was that there was more to those overgrown kids’ bikes than met the eye. Bicycling organizations such as Cascade Bicycle Club (the organizer of the event), Bicycle Alliance of Washington, and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance all have booths where attendees can join or simply learn about each. Of course there are bikes and gear galore from companies like Raleigh and REI to small custom companies like Bombus Bikes and Rosebud Custom Bicycle Builds. Buy gear, try on gear or just wander to see what’s available from the many gear retailers and manufacturers from small companies such as RockiNoggins or VeloTransit. If you missed this on Saturday, get there on Sunday.
Sunday has a shortened day from 10 AM until 4 PM as well as a different schedule of presentations. Check the schedule with this link. Seattleites might be particularly interested in the panel: "How Seattle bicycle advocates, City staff and elected officials work together to complete projects." If the scheduled presentations don’t tickle your fancy, the two must see exhibits are the Classic Bicycles on the lower level and the annual bicycle photo contest upstairs. Take the challenge to vote for your favorite. Take a break to grab a gyro or a burger for lunch in the food court or better yet, stop by the Washington Sports Massage Team booth for a professional massage. Just don’t miss Seattle’s premier bicycle event.