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Under new leadership, the Seattle Bike Show is this weekend in Pioneer Square

1399726_319618801561173_981555128037503236_oThe Seattle Bike Expo is no more. But as we reported previously, the folks at Cascadia Events have come to the rescue. They have taken over the lead, changed the name to the Seattle Bike Show and moved it to CenturyLink Field Event Center in Pioneer Square.

The two-day show features bike performances, talks and, of course, exhibitors showing off their latest products and services.

It costs $10 to get in (free under 18). Entry also includes access to the Travel Trips & Adventures Expo, which is sharing the space. Apparently, they have a giant indoor zip line, which sounds pretty cool.

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You can see the complete lineup at the Seattle Bike Show website. Here are some highlights from the press release:

Standout features at the Seattle Bike Show include:

  • Pump Jam, powered by Sweetlines, brings the mountain biking experience indoors for all ages and abilities; this pump track is hosted by world-class mountain bike rider and nationally certified coach, Kat Sweet, founder of Sweetlines.  Helmets are provided for fun and safety.
  • The Performance Area featuring mountain bike professional and stunt rider, Ryan Leach, professional cyclist and author ‘Bobke’ Roll, the SnoValley Unicycle Club and others.
  • “Two-wheeled eye candy” at the Classic Bike Show, a rare display of some of the most spectacular and historic bikes in the country. Lovingly preserved in original condition, or miraculously restored, it’s a must-see display for biking enthusiasts and neophytes alike.

Guest speakers and presenters include Stephanie Sims, “Exploring the International Selkirk Loop”; former STP Director Will Chin, “STP Orientation – Preparing for the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic”; Obliteride Exective Director Amy Lavin and guests, “The Power of Two Wheels”; Erik Moen, PT, a national authority on bicycle biomechanics and injury intervention and prevention, and others.

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13 responses to “Under new leadership, the Seattle Bike Show is this weekend in Pioneer Square”

  1. merlin

    I’ll be leading a SLOW Ride to the Bike Show on Saturday, starting at the Northwest African American Museum on the I-90 lid at 11 am. Everybody welcome as long as you ride SLOW!

  2. daihard

    I’ve convinced my wife to go to the Bike Show with me on Saturday. :)

  3. Dave

    I can’t go this year–but for those who do, don’t miss the vintage bike sub-show. Bob Freeman (former owner of Elliot Bay Bicycles) busts ass to get this together every year; it can be instructive to see new bike offerings in the rest of the show and then look at the vintage rigs to realize what keeps getting, um, recycled in the industry.

  4. theresa0003

    West Seattle Bike Connections will be meeting under the lower Spokane Bridge at 9am on Sunday to ride to the Bike Show! Come join us!

  5. al

    Cascade tripping when they stated bike show opening up at 9am,
    Correct opening is 10am

  6. daihard

    For those who went, what did you find to be the highlight of the show? Quite honestly, I feel like I should have ridden somewhere instead. It was nice to talk with people from Cascade Bicycle Club and Pronto and all, and the display of the vintage bikes was impressive. I did enjoy them. However, that’s pretty much all there was to me. Or did I miss something?

    1. Cathryn

      My friends and I were VERY disappointed with the bike show this year, compared with last year, and we won’t be going again. There weren’t very many exhibits, there were very few bargains to be had, and it was a waste of our money.

    2. jay

      The classic bike display was nice, and I was amused by the Seattle Times having a booth (but I suppose if one takes Michael Corleone’s advice, it makes some sense). All in all, the Bike Works parking corral may have been the highlight for me, and I don’t begrudge the $5 I gave them, but the show admission was a waste of money.
      To be fair, the organizers couldn’t have known that Davey Oil was going to be sick, but I actually checked the exhibiters list for G&O before going, and would not have gone had they not been on the list.
      While I too “won’t be going again”, I wouldn’t be too surprised it there isn’t an “again” for the show at all, and the Bike expo is just allowed to rest in peace.

    3. Steve Campbell

      I saw very little of interest beyond researching e-bikes for my mother-in-law. The booths appeared to be smaller so exhibitors that were at last year’s show had less on display this year. Also the overall layout felt cramped with narrow aisles and the presentation area was wedged into the middle of everything. I felt like I wasted $1o and currently don’t plan on going next year if things are the same.

    4. swimbikeruneat

      I too think this years presentation was veeeeerrrrrryyyyyyy lacking in substance and gear.

      For me the two “Best in Show” awards go to the UBER COOL Sylvan Sport trailer (http://go.sylvansport.com/) and the zip-line (of course I rode and yahoo’d my way to the bottom).

      Honorable mentions to:

      Specialized~the brand this 55 year-old raced on as a kid and tore-up many a mountain trail with into his 40’s, and now rocks a Crossroads with over 26,260 miles as my daily-commuter and all-around utility bike.

      Bike Friday~I race on their “Pocket Rocket”

      Wooden Bikes (forgetting their name)~as a piece of rideable art.

      Vintage Bikes~just cause their all so damn cool!!!

  7. daihard

    Thank you for the comment, Cathryn.

    “… and it was a waste of our money.”

    Exactly our feeling. We’re not going back next year, either.

  8. Telecaster2

    I have been going to the Seattle Bike Expo for many years. This year’s new event, the Seattle Bike Show, was a big disappointment. It seemed like there were significantly fewer exhibitors than were at last year’s Expo. The show also seemed like a distant stepchild to the much bigger Golf Expo (we initially tried to go in the “Golf show” doors and were re-directed to the “bike show” doors. What a joke: once inside, the 3 shows were completely open to each other…) Pricey ticket for a less than great show. I’ll think twice before going again next year.

    1. daihard

      Did you happen to show e-tickets to them at the entrance? I showed ours on my phone, and the receptionists were like, “Uh… are we supposed to accept those?” Well, that’s a good question! They ended up writing down the ticket numbers on their admission sheet.

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