I can’t think of another week this big for Seattle bike shops. Back Alley Bike Repair opened yesterday in Pioneer Square, Recycled Cycles opens it’s Fremont location today and Fremont’s Cascade Bicycle Studio is transitions to regular retail open hours tomorrow. Meanwhile, Bike Works is undergoing a major renovation to their shop, which should provide more elbow room for shoppers in their cozy Columbia City space.
Back Alley Bike Repair
(open Monday-Friday: 9 – 6)
Yesterday, Back Alley Bike Repair in Pioneer Square opened its doors. Out of the ashes of the once-great Bike Port/JRA partnership comes a Nord Alley bike shop run by the charismatic and excited Ben Rainbow.
(open Monday – Friday: 10-7, Saturday and Sunday 10-6)
Recycled Cycles opened the doors of its Fremont location today at 10 a.m. The new shop is attached to their longtime warehouse and is slightly smaller than their University District location.
Cascade Bicycle Studio
(open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11am to 7pm, Saturday: 10am to 5pm)
Fremont’s high-end custom bike builders Cascade Bicycle Studio is stepping things up by holding open hours starting Thursday. To celebrate, CBS is holding an all-day party tomorrow complete with a raffle.
We are pleased to announce our transition to open retail hours starting Thursday, February 16th. Our Studio hours will be:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11am to 7pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Come join us for an opening party this Thursday, all day! We’ll be doing a raffle on the hour, every hour from 11 am to 9 pm that day.
Is Fremont now the center of Seattle’s bike universe?
This means in just one week, Fremont has emerged as the clear bike shop center of Seattle with five bike shops (Wright Bros, Free Range, CBS, Recycled and Speedy Reedy) in just a 15-block stretch, all within a few blocks of the Burke-Gilman Trail. Mad Fiber makes its world-famous high-end carbon wheels in the old Essential Baking factory, and the Google team that lead the Google Maps bike directions project is based in the company’s Fremont offices. And, of course, there’s Fremont’s iconic Solstice naked bike ride (maybe NSFW).
Meanwhile, Fremont Brewing has emerged as a favorite bicycle destination (it’s bike rack is nearly always full) and Fremont Coffee has had a big bicycling clientele for years. And let’s not forget Theo Chocolate’s awesome Bicycle Benefits. You can begin to see the power of the bicycle economy. When people feel safe biking somewhere, local businesses start making efforts to encourage biking, then more people bike, and on and on…