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2014 Seattle Bicycle Expo continues to deliver

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Bike Expo, Seattle's must do bike event took place this past weekend. Held at the Pier 91 Cruise Terminal, it’s Seattle’s all things bicycling under one roof. Learn, shop, or simply gaze in awe. If you missed this year's event, put it on your calendar now so you don’t miss it next year.

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The two-story venue was an eye-popping array of bicycle eye candy. From the breath-stopping artistic cycling by the German team of Corrina Hein, Stefan Musu and Lukas Matla (see attached YouTube video) and Northwest Trials trick riding to the awesomeness of the returning Classic Bicycles. As always, there was an area dedicated to kids from arts and crafts to learning to ride. For those shopping for a bicycle, this was an opportunity to visit bike shops and manufacturers without driving all over town. If taking that dreamed of forever, bike tour, there were presentations from Willie Weir, as well as an introduction of possibilities all over the Northwest. Once the visitor had the bug, there booths for every charity ride from across the state as well as touring all over world.

Notable inclusions to this author for this year’s Expo:

Returning Renovo, hand-crafted wooden frames: Yes, folks ride these bicycles, but they could also be displayed on your mantle.

Artful: Glassisum Designs: Glass bike art by Katie Sisum is not your everyday sun catchers.

Whimsical: Hectic Helmet Hair, designed by Mateo Rodrigues of Corvallis, OR, is a unique helmet cover that’s fun, makes a fashion statement, and is very noticeable.

Bikie Girl Bloomers, out of L.A. give women a more free-spirit feminine option for bike attire.

Seattle focus: Bicycling’s Big Year is Seattle, presented a look into the past, what’s happening right now and what we can look forward to in the future by panel members Holly Houser, David Herlihy, Brock Howell and Fred Young.

Historic: David Herlihy, author of The Lost Cyclist, returned on Sunday for his own presentation with newly acquired photos of the global bike ride by Alen and Sachteben in 1891.

One of a kind (Seahawks themed bicycle): Displayed at the Bike Works booth was the R&E designed and built bicycle that Mayor Murray would have given to Denver mayor, Michael Hancock had Seattle lost the Superbowl. It could be yours.

For next year, plan ahead. Whether you choose to go Saturday, Sunday, both days or just a few hours, it’s a good idea to have a strategy. Granted there are those who like to wander, however, this show offers so much, just the kaleidoscope of booths could make your head swim. Check out Cascade Bicycle Club’s website before going for vendors and presentation schedule. Besides bike and gear vendors, the presentations are worthwhile educational and entertaining are shown by the examples given in this article.

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