Sunday, December 28, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ben

Ben at South Jackson Street and Occidental Avenue South
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
I ride a Specialized Tricross-comp.  I bought it for its durability and tolerance for a beating; it's been holding up to that beating for 6 years. :) 

Why do you ride? 
I ride my bike because it's a more intimate experience with the city and those that I share it with.  I love this town.  

Where do you ride? 
I ride my bike almost exclusively in town.  I take it to the bar, the store, downtown, wherever I can as long as I don't need excess STUFF with me.  With that said I also enjoy touring out on the peninsula. Many a good ride out there.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
Lastly, I have had the best experiences riding bikes with my friends.  Whether that's touring like I mentioned earlier, or in town.  Inebriated, sober, happy, sad riding bikes makes everything better. It's a fine way to get around! 




Jimmy

Jimmy at Fourth Avenue and Pike Street




Friday, December 19, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Paul

Paul at Greenwood Avenue North and North 81st Street
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
Brand/Model, let's see here, I have several bikes and even a trike, the model would be mine, since when people ask "what kind of bike is that?" I reply "mine". Nobody makes bikes like mine.  You took my pic when I was riding the Black Death bike, which was inspired to be the antithesis of a 'ghost bike'.    
I bought all the parts, built it myself and there is very little that can match up to it. You will never see a bike like it in a store, mainly because it's design is to be simple that nothing can go wrong.  Track frame (Leader 725), front rim is a Teny aluminum rim (carbon fiber can delaminate=bad), the rear rim (deep V) is a two speed auto-shift hub w/coaster brake, fast, and faster. 
I also ride a commuter cargo bike, again, built by me, wheels assembled by me (see footnote on hand built rims below). It was inspired by binge-watching Son's of Anarchy season 5, and I needed a better bike to drag stuff home like groceries, or furniture, or wood to fix that furniture.  It's as close to the F8 cargo bike as I could make with the available parts in America. The F8 has good physics for carrying stuff, not much reliability on the business plan.

Why do you ride? 
I gave up on cars almost 18 years ago because they are designed to be unreliable, and sadly that's also why I build my own bikes; because what is sold in bike stores is also designed to be unreliable.

Where do you ride? 
Just about everywhere, just depends on what I'm doing. When on the black bike I want to go fast, when on the cargo bike I have something to drag home.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
Well, right after you took my pic I was stopped at the red light at 73rd, and a spandex-toe-clipper came up to the side of me. The light then turned green, I pushed off and so did the toe-clipper, only I went forward, he was stuck. From a glance at his locked-up derailer I think he down-shifted and forgot to rotate the petals as he slowed down.
So the best thing while riding a bike is knowing that the parts I put together are the best thing on the road. If you buy from a bike store without knowing what mediocre product you are getting, well then, that's the results you are going to get. 

For more pics of my bikes you can go here https://www.facebook.com/blackdeathbike.



Alvin

Alvin at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street




Donna and Jim

Donna and Jim at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street




Thursday, December 4, 2014

Keaton

Keaton at Seventh Avenue and Pike Street




Doug

Doug at Fourth Avenue South and South Jackson Street
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
I ride a Cannondale.

Why do you ride? 
I ride to get to work on-time.

Where do you ride? 
I drop my son off at school then ride four miles down to the ferry terminal on Bainbridge Island, WA. When I get to Seattle I get back on my bike and ride to work.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
The best thing that has happened while riding my bike: passing cars stuck in traffic, stopping at traffic lights and making motorcycle sounds while drivers sit inside their cars not moving, and beating the bus I would otherwise be on if not for my bike. That is all one thing that is the best part of riding my bike because I just described my daily experience riding in the Pacific Northwest.



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gary

Gary at Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
For commuting I ride an old Lemond Buenos Aires with the rear cassettes removed, so it is an easy to maintain 2-speed.

Why do you ride? 
I ride for exercise, to save money, and to help the environment.

Where do you ride? 
I commute from Magnolia to downtown along the waterfront bike trail – the best commute in the world.  I also ride for recreation and travel, including a trip across the USA (see www.garyduvall.blogspot.com).

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
In 2003 I was at Alpe d’Huez during the Tour de France, riding up early in the morning to a viewing spot at the top.  I was dressed in the US Postal Service kit, and was passed by someone who was a dead ringer for Pantani, a famous Italian racer.  Racing him on the way up, four hours before the actual race, we were accompanied by cheers of “Allez Lance” and “Allez Pantani”.  I probably will never be cheered by 500,000 fans again.



Esra

Esra at City Hall




Justin

Justin at Third Avenue and Columbia Street
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
I have seven bikes but this one is an Eighth Inch Scrambler. It’s a basic steel track frame that’s not designed to do all I put it through, but it’s the most comfortable ride I’ve ever been on.

Why do you ride?
I ride for fun, convenience, exercise, and because I get to eat whatever I want!

Where do you ride?
I ride just about everywhere I need to go in the city but I really love getting out on the mountain bike and experiencing Washington State’s fantastic trails.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding?
I’ll never get sick of the smiles I get while riding my tandem around town with someone.




Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Glen

Glen at Fourth Avenue and University Street




Thomas and Jordan

(l-r) Thomas and Jordan at Third Avenue and Pike Street
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
I ride a Surly crosscheck. 

Why do you ride? 
I ride my bike to save money on gas, it is environmentally friendly, and a great exercise.

Where do you ride? 
I commute by bike most days to and from work and around town. I live in West Seattle, near White center, and work close to the ferry terminals.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
The best thing that has happened is hard to say. I like the compassion between bikers. They are always willing to help a fellow biker. When not commuting by bike I mountain bike, which is one of my favorite hobbies.




Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Phil

Phil at Fourth Avenue South and South Jackson Street
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
Trek 830.

Why do you ride? 
I enjoy the exercise and perspective change when commuting by pedal bike.

Where do you ride? 
I mostly commute to work in Tacoma from the north end to Fire Station 16 in Tacoma, which is on the west side. There's a pedal bike commuter on every shift working on Engine 16. That's pride!

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
One of the first things I did when I went to Taiwan to teach English was buy a bike. I would ride into San Shia in southern Taipei county. One weekend, I could see a student a few blocks away while I was riding into town. I thought fast and hard for whether I should say hello in English or something in Chinese like, "No class today! Have fun!" when, in a moment, I was close to him and ready to say something when he beat me to the punch. My fifth grade student gave me the middle finger and said, "Merry Christmas." This happened in August.



Laurie

Laurie at Fifth Avenue South and South Main Street
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
Specialized Sequoia.

Why do you ride? 
I ride this one to commute; the Diva is for fun!

Where do you ride? 
Commute:  Seattle/Bainbridge; fun – mountains.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
Climbing Col de Peyresourde in the French Pyrenees to find crepes at the top!




Monday, October 27, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Benjamin

Benjamin at Fourth Avenue South and South Jackson Street




Gary

Gary at Fifth Avenue South and South Jackson Street




Mitchell

Mitchell at Fifth Avenue South and South Weller Street
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
1970s NISHIKI.

Why do you ride? 
I don't own a car and riding the bus is not fast or efficient.  Biking is my transportation and an enjoyable way to spend time.

Where do you ride? 
Anywhere and everywhere in and around the city.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
Adventuring with Bilha-Catherine Waruguru Githinji around the city.  Making memories and having fun.




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mike

Mike at Fifth Avenue South and South Jackson Street
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
My daily commuter is a Cannondale mountain bike.  I don’t know the model – I bought it used in 1991, I am guessing it is 1988 vintage.  (I also have a Lemond Zurich road bike which I also bought used but I think it is a 2000 vintage.)

Why do you ride? 
#1 my mental health.  I feel so much better when I get to work or home when I bike.
#2 it is the easiest way to get around.  I love the convenience and flexibility I have on my bike.
#3 Exercise – it is often hard to find time in my day for exercise, so knowing I at least have two 25 minute light workouts per day is great.
#4 It is economical.  I love that our family only needs one car (and the corresponding cost savings) in large part because I bike/transit most places.
#5 Climate change.

Where do you ride? 
Daily between Fremont and downtown Seattle, but everywhere in and around town and the region.  Paired with our transit system, I get to almost all my regional commitments on bike/bus.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
So many great things but I can’t think of a single one that stands out.  One day STP. Bike commuting in the snow. RAMROD.  All the great people I meet at intersections that I would not meet if I were encased in thousands of pounds of steel.  Getting to my destination faster than my friends in a car.




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Taldi

Taldi in Occidental Park
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
Scott Contessa CRI Pro for the road.

Why do you ride? 
I like to go fast. I love the freedom and independence you experience while on two wheels. To stay healthy, to reduce my carbon footprint, and to pass people stuck in traffic. 

Where do you ride? 
I ride to work. I race around the region. I ride around Lake Washington, to the grocery store, to concerts, to games, pretty much everywhere. 

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
Self awareness, new and deeper friendships, endorphins!



Linda

Linda at Occidental Park




Kris

Kris at Occidental Park
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
I ride a custom built 2012 Surly Ogre, most of the shop-based customizations by Wrench Bicycles on Dexter Ave.  The bike's name is "Tank", partly due to the Army Green coloring, partly due to the weight.  I'm convinced former USSR tank armor was used to build my bike.  The dog's name is Betsy (please say hi if you see her, she gets really excited when people do that).

Why do you ride? 
This is a multi-part answer.
The first and probably biggest reason is it is the fastest and most reliable way for me to get around for the majority of the trips I do.  I can get across the city from the Space Needle to Occidental Park in 11 minutes.  I can get back in 15 minutes.  That time doesn't change much no matter what the traffic is like, so telling my wife that I'll be home in 15 minutes is pretty much a sure thing. Parking is also pretty easy and almost always free.
The second part is the majority of my trips are less than 2 miles and solo (see the Clif Bar 2 mile challenge from a few years ago for more information). I'm actually a really big car buff and it's pretty rough on car engines, batteries and oil to continuously heat cycle the engine with short trips.  I still use a car, just not for solo trips and not for short trips.
The third part is financial. I used to track my expenses with cycling and it ended up being half the running costs per mile compared to a car. It also costs $1440 a year per vehicle in my apartment complex.  $1440 is roughly what I pay whenever I fly to Australia and back.  I'm not sure whether it will be cheaper to use the Pronto bikes compared to my own bikes but it is likely to be very comparable in costs (including initial purchase) with the amount I plan to use them.
The last part is it's a reminder of something I've done my entire life that's brought me much joy, and something I can do every day. Doing at least one thing you love every day is very important for psychological well being.

Where do you ride? 
Pretty much everywhere.  If we're only talking rides that start and end in Seattle, I've ridden to Harrison Hot Springs in BC, out as far as Cle Elum on the Iron Horse Trail, South to Portland (STPTS - Seattle to Portland to Seattle in 2 days), but sadly not too far west - just Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula, although technically I caught the ferry to get to both of those.  The majority of my trips are urban though - West Seattle, Magnolia, UW, Capitol Hill, Costco in SODO, etc.  The list is much longer if we talk out of state or out of country.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
Well, pretty much every ride that starts and ends at my desired destination (instead of, say, Harborview Medical) is a candidate for best ride.  Finishing with all the skin you started with is very high on the, "best thing" list.  Still, if I had to choose one that stood out above everything else... The very first time I met my wife I was on my bike.




Lee

Lee at Occidental Park
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
The road bike I was on today is a Focus Team racing bike with electronic shifting. However, I also ride Rodriguez bikes (built at R&E Cycles in Seattle) and a Seven cyclocross race bike. Oh, and a Specialized S-Works mountain bike.

Why do you ride? 
I ride my bike because I love to ride! I also race (on the Team Group Health women’s racing team) and commute whenever possible. 

Where do you ride? 
I ride all over the Pacific Northwest, and occasionally am lucky enough to ride in France.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
I had two great experiences just on my ride to the Pronto Bikeshare kick-off celebration today. One driver thanked me for following the rules of the road; and another driver, who had run a stop sign (requiring me to slam on my brakes), later pulled over to apologize for not having seen me. As Mayor Ed Murray pointed out today, the more cyclists we have out there on the roads, the safer things will become for both drivers and cyclists.