Upcoming: Critical Lass Holiday Ships Ride meets “Bike Happy Hour”

Ladies (and gents),

Join Seattle Critical Lass and Cascade Bicycle Club Decorate yourself and your bike in holiday lights and join our merry band at Peddler Brewing, 1514 NW Leary Way TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16. Come early at 6:00 to the Connect Ballard Team meeting and “Bike Happy Hour” to hear updates about the Missing Link and a safer Ballard Bridge.

DEPART from Peddler Brewing at 7:15 sharp and roll towards the Ballard Locks to—HEAR the CHOIR: Dickens Carolers and ENJOY the festive ambiance—before heading back towards Ballard’s classic bar Hattie’s Hat.*

PERFORMANCES: 8:10-8:30 Ballard Locks;
Leave the Locks at 8:30 ride to Hattie’s Hat, 5231 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Please note that Hattie’s Hat is where our ride officially ends.)

Please note: Children are welcome at Peddler Brewing before the ride (and they have a Corn-hole bean bag toss!) however, *Hattie’s Hat is “no minors” after 9PM.

As always, helmets are required for every head.

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Cascade Bicycle Club calendar link

Upcoming: Critical Lass 2014 Ride to Candy Cane Lane

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Meet at 4:00 p.m., ride by 4:30 p.m.
Start Location: Fix Coffee (6900 East Green Lake Way N, Seattle, WA 98115)
See the route map
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It’s that time of year! Bundle up and enjoy the festive lights of Candy Cane Lane. Meet at Fix Coffee (6900 East Greenlake Way N, Seattle WA)–outside if the weather is decent, inside the cafe if the weather is too cold or wet.

As with previous year’s Candy Cane Lane ride, rain does not cancel our ride. We’ve enjoyed both wet and dry holiday rides in the past Here’s a recap of last year’s ride.

Be sure your bike is equipped with lights and earn bonus points for extra lights and decor! We’ll create our own rolling holiday light display–the brighter and more colorful, the merrier.

After a circuit through Candy Cane Lane, we’ll make our way up to Vios Cafe in Ravenna (6504 20th Ave NE, Seattle, WA) to warm up and have snacks or a meal.

The more the merrier: bring your friends and family. We recommend children ride in trailers, bike seats, or on attached trailer bikes.

We’ll meet at 4 p.m. while it’s still a bit light out and roll by 4:30.

There’s a food donation bin at the end of Candy Cane Lane–much more easily accessed by bike than car–so bring canned goods to drop off if you’ve got them.

As always, helmets are a must for every head on our rides.

Ride Recap: Critical Lass Gelato Ride

We dozen lasses (which included three kids) enjoyed a beautifully sunny day. It was quite warm, too, so gelato on either end was especially nice. We started at Caffe Umbria in Pioneer Square and took the scenic route along the waterfront (see map at the bottom of this post for route info) to Sirena Gelato in Fremont. Sirena Gelato is part of the Bicycle Benefits program so those of us with $5 Bicycle Benefits stickers on our helmets were rewarded with discounts!

See the full photoset and bicycle portraits here.

We stopped in the Myrtle Edwards Park rose garden for our group shot and bicycle portraits, and admired the Fremont Bridge’s in-progress paint job–you can see a little of the darker blue on the tower we’re riding towards.






Here’s our 7.5-mile route from Pioneer Square to Fremont via the waterfront:

Ride Recap: Critical Lass rides to Pedaler’s Fair

Our May 3rd ride to the third annual Pedaler’s Fair was great! Despite the early hour and threat of rain–which held off until later in the day…when most of us were leaving the fair–our group of eight tackled the Interlaken hill for a lovely time at the Russian Community Center.

We timed our arrival to make the first Yoga for Bikers session and the wandered our way through the many vendors while our bikes were safely stowed in the covered bike valet area provided by Bike Works.

We saw tons of great products including a new one from Juliette at Hub and Bespoke: vintage ties sewn into sashes with reflective strip and small pocket for smart phone, wallet, or keys.

Pictures in our Flickr.

Ride Recap: Ride to the Sky [Nursery] with Critical Lass

In keeping with our recent theme, it was the rainiest day every for Ride to the Sky [Nursery] with Critical Lass. Which is great for plants so we can’t complain. OK, we can complain. It was wet!

Check out the Flickr set to see evidence that six riders braved the weather.

We encountered some cars parked in the Linden cycle track, righted some fallen construction signs (go Critical Lass!), moving them out of the middle of the cycle track and between parked cars, and dried out under the cafe heat lamps at Sky Nursery.

It’s a great route and would be fun to revisit in a different season.

Upcoming: CycloFemme 2014

Join Seattle Critical Lass, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, CoolMom, Familybike Seattle, Seattle Kidical Mass, and Cascade Bicycle Club to celebrate CycloFemme in Seattle!

CycloFemme 2014

Sunday, May 11th (Mother’s Day)
Flo Ware Park
(330 28th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144)
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Meet at Flo Ware Park in Leschi for a 5.4-mile easy-paced ride to Seward Park where we’ll share a complimentary picnic lunch, courtesy of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways!

May 11th is also Bicycle Sunday so we’ll enjoy car-free riding along Lake Washington Boulevard.

Read more about community activist Flo Ware

CycloFemme is a Global Women’s Cycling Day created TO HONOR THE PAST and the emancipation of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers, for the freedom to choose and the chance to wear pants. TO CELEBRATE THE PRESENT and the riders who keep it rolling, bringing women’s racing to the forefront, pushing the limits, breaking down barriers and sharing the love of the bike with everyone along the way. TO EMPOWER THE FUTURE of women in cycling and the opportunity for positive social change. Encourage women to ride and they will change the world.

Here’s our route, including a stop marked at Mt. Baker Ridge Viewpoint where you’ll be dazzled by the view of downtown and the Olympics Mountains.

Helmets are a must for every head on our rides.

Upcoming: Critical Lass rides to Pedaler’s Fair

Critical Lass rides to Pedaler's Fair

Ride with Critical Lass to the 3rd Annual Pedaler’s Fair: marketplace for Washington-based, bicycle-inspired small businesses. We’ll meet at Fuel Coffee in Montlake (2300 24th Ave E, Seattle, WA) and wind our way up Interlaken to Russian Community Center on Capitol Hill. Meet at 9:30 for a quick coffee so we have time for a quick look-around before the bike-specific yoga demonstration at 11:00.

May 3, 2014
9:30 a.m.
Fuel Coffee in Montlake
(2300 24th Ave E, Seattle, WA)
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Bonus: Jessie Kwak, bicycle crafter extraordinaire, will ride with us so if you have any bicycle craft issues or questions, ask away! But we’re first in line with a couple questions about frame painting after oohing and aahing at her March 22nd Bicitoro post.

Food from Sugar Bakery & Cafe and beer from Elysian Brewing will be on site, too!

Bicitoro Craft Table
Drop by the craft table hosted by Jessie Kwak of Bicitoro to make keychain fobs, zipper pulls and pendents out of inner tubes and reflective materials. Crafting will be available from 11am to 5pm.

Bike Yoga
Join Kelli Refer of “Pedal, Stretch, Breathe” for bike specific yoga demonstrations at 11am and 2pm.

Full schedule | Exhibitors | Food and drink

Here’s our route:

Upcoming: Ride to the Sky [Nursery] with Critical Lass

Spring has sprung! Let’s get out there and ride our bikes amongst the beautiful flowering trees. There’s still a lot of green on the greenway, but it’s joined by red, pink, yellow, and orange right now.

Meet at Greenwood Park (N 87th St and Fremont Ave N, Seattle, WA) at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 19th.

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Ride to the Sky

Hey, did you know it Greenwood Park used to be a commercial nursery and greenhouse? How fitting because we’ll ride five miles to Sky Nursery to look at even more spring blooms.

We’ll ride along the Fremont Avenue Greenway which will connect us to the Interurban Trail and Linden Avenue cycle track.

Then let’s hang out at Sky Nursery for about an hour before heading back south. Sky’s coffee stand features organic, fair trade espresso beans from Burlington’s Fidalgo Bay Coffee Roasters and pastries from local bakeries. And from the Sky Gardening Calendar, April is the month to start planting carrots, beets, leeks, Oriental greens as well as summer bulbs like dahlia, gladiolas, and lilies. Or swing by the end of the “Make Your Yard Wildlife Friendly” seminar.

Children (attached in bike seats, trailers, trailer bikes, shared tandem bike) are always welcome!
Helmets are a must for every head on our rides.

Ride Recap: Critical Lass rides to Bike Expo

After February’s very rainy Bikes + Chocolate + Drinks ride (but what a cold/wet bonding experience!), we promised clear skies for our March 2nd ride to Seattle Bike Expo. Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate and we apologize for having lied.

We gathered at South Lake Union Park at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning–all three of us! The weather and early hour made for the small turnout, but we wanted to arrive to Bike Expo in time for the panel discussion, Cycling Wisdom by Women, for Women.

Lake Union Park ride start

Our ride had planned to use the new temporary Mercer walk/bike path under Aurora, but the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Run was taking place (and was nearly done, it appeared) so the street was closed to cars and we were free to take the lane. On a regular day, the rightmost section in the picture below is a wide pedestrian/bicycle way. It’s most comfortable to use in the westerly direction, flowing with the near car lane and it contains several metal plates and wooden planks, creating lips that could cause pinch flats to underinflated tires.

Taking Mercer under Aurora

Our route map has a bypass up Roy Street in case 5th Avenue felt too congested with cars:

But 5th was closed to cars, too! So we took the direct route, alongside the last of the Hot Chocolate walkers.

Taking 5th Ave by Seattle Center, no cars!

The Seattle Center wasn’t too packed with the run aftermath, but our Roy Street bypass could be useful when navigating through bigger crowds.

Cutting through the Seattle Center

We swung by the International Fountain–in nicer weather we’d take an extra lap around and stop for pictures here–and finished cutting through the Seattle Center.

Cruising past the International Fountain

The West Thomas Street Overpass pedestrian and bike bridge took us down to the scenic Elliott Bay Trail, lovely even in heavy rain. We stopped here, by the Elliott Bay fishing pier to add layers to our littlest rider.

Warm-up stop on the Elliott Bay Trail

And shortly thereafter we were at Bike Expo! Great panel, great exhibitors, exciting products. Come with us next year–we promise it won’t rain.


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