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Seattle Bike Expo

The boys and I donned rain gear and swam our way to the Kidical Mass meeting point this morning. We found ten brave participants–distributed on two Madsens, one Bakfiets, and one road bike–sheltered under the overhang of the Ballard Library. On the way over, I discovered my jacket is not waterproof. Nor were my gloves. The kids fared pretty well, but the baby kicked off one of his rain boots at the library so I removed his damp sock and tucked his bare foot into his Newt Suit and hoped for the best.

The rest of the ride was just as wet, but given the fun company it wasn’t too bad. The bakfiets and road bike family made it to the locks before heading home. The blue Madsen pulled off a bit later so in the end it was just the Totcycle crew and us. I’m so happy I finally did the locks with them again because now I’ll remember (perhaps) to take 27th up from Commodore.

It was a relief to arrive at the covered Bikeworks bike parking corral. I met a very nice woman from Whidbey Island who admired my front bike seat and invited me into their group to share their $2 off coupon. We must have looked more bedraggled than I realized because one of the other women in the group spotted my entrance fee before I had a chance to dig out my wallet. Once inside we shed our wet outer layers and mixed with the dry Expo goers. I don’t know how other people managed schlepping their rain gear around, but I was lucky to spot Fritz at the Dutch Bike Co booth and he let me stow my two bags of wet crap under their table.

The boys loved watching the German artistic cyclists last year, but they were not interested in sitting still this year. We also missed Ryan Leech (too crowded), but I was able to sit us down for most of the fashion show. We lasted just long enough to cheer for Totcycle before needing to go in search of more stickers. I was able to spend a little time at some cool booths: the S.U.Velo Boxie cargo bike looks nice in person as do Bike Wrappers reflectors. I noticed them beforehand when browsing the exhibitors list, but hadn’t realized one needs to reverse them to change from the pretty pattern to the reflective side. I can barely remember to lock my bike so I don’t think I’ve got it in me to change a wrapper around. However, they would be a great way to pretty- (and safety-) up my mountain bike if I opt to take that out in icy weather next winter. The Family & Cargo Bike booth was wonderful, of course, and the boys hung out in another S.U.Velo there and I noticed on its label that it will be carried by Dutch Bike Co. The Classic Bike Show was very cool, but not kid-proof so we ran through quickly on our way out.

I did have one mission, to buy a dry top for the ride home because even though the rain had stopped, I wasn’t keen to ride home in just a t-shirt. I was having trouble deciding between a hideous $15 very visible yellow shell at the HUGE BLOWOUT booth and a $99-marked-down-from-$220 grey Trek rain jacket. It wasn’t the jacket I’d buy if I had time to shop around so I decided to look around for something long sleeved and not necessarily water resistant. At the Recycled Cycles sale rack I admired a Canari Sub Zero Jersey Jacket. It was too big, but it seemed worth it at $65 because my little buddies were getting restless and the label said it was from San Diego. If only Recycled Cycles had a sister store called Recycled Jerseys and I could swap it for a size smaller. But it did the trick for the sunny nine-mile ride home. Didn’t make it to Commodore via 27th, by the way, but next time I’ll get it right.

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Bikexpo

Big bikey day today! Poor Dan had to work all day (as well as yesterday–boo), but I really wanted to check out the Cascade Bike Expo so I made the ride solo (sans Dan, but avec kiddos, that is) to Ballard to meet up with Totcycle/Kidical Mass to ride with them down to the ferry terminal. Things didn’t start out so well as I left the house ten minutes later than I had hoped to and then got a bit turned around between the end of the Burke-Gilman trail and Ballard Commons Park, so by the time I arrived, I was ten minutes late and the park was empty. I knew Julian had emailed out the route, but I thought by the time I pulled it up on my iPhone the peleton would be far far ahead of me. I definitely wasn’t heading straight back home (because I was way too winded to do so), but before I could decide what to do a guy rode by and said, “Hey, are you looking for Kidical Mass? They just left–thataway!” So I rushed off and caught sight of them and quickly caught up. Turned out the helpful dude was one of the dads on the ride whose wife thought she had forgotten to lock the door and sent him home to check. And not only was he helpful, but also hip: he saw Brandt’s necklace and said, “Hey! Is that iCarly?” They have a seven-year-old daughter, if you couldn’t guess.

It took a while to walk our bikes through the locks (or risk a steep fine) so by the time we arrived at the expo, Ryan Leech was almost done with his mountain bike stunts, but we checked out the show for an hour and made it back to the feature area to see the artistic cyclists from Germany. They were awesome! Check out the videos. And they’ll be back next year. They were very generous after the show and let everyone ride their bikes and happily posed Brandt on the handlebars. The show itself was very cool and much nicer than last year’s soggy Magnuson Park expo. I discovered the very cool Momentum magazine (I might subscribe since the gal at the booth said I was cute).

On the way home we saw a very big boat come through the locks and a train on the nearby tracks. And just to make the day even more perfect, we stopped (per Brandt’s adamant request) for fries at Lockspot Cafe. I couldn’t make it up Stone again, but I’d like to share the blame with my bike this time, as it kept falling out of gear. So we’ll both have to tune up/get in shape for next time.

Bike Expo

This afternoon we braved the off-and-on rain (better than the enormous snowflakes this morning) to attend the Seattle International Bicycle Expo. We were hoping to find a cheap Burley bike trailer, but they weren’t an exibitor. However, we saw some very neat stuff, like bike frames made of wood (!) and we got a lot of maps and in the kid zone Brandt got to play Pin the Wheel on the Bike and make a bracelet out of inner tube. We didn’t test drive the Madsen cargo bike, but Brandt found it fun to sit in.