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.