We had a perfect Seattle March day for Critical Lass Celebrates Spring! on this first day of spring. (That means it rained…but not the whole time!)

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See the complete Flickr photo album.

Our four-mile ride (route here) was was flattest, most pleasant way to climb up Capitol Hill from UW. We used 40th to leave campus, much of which is two-way protected bike lanes, separated from the car lanes with flexiposts. That took us under the University Bridge so we could U-turn and climb up to the bridge to get and Eastlake Avenue, for a few busy blocks before climbing one block of Hamlin up to quiet-yet-potholey Franklin.

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From there, we introduced many of our riders to the path through the I-5 Colonnade mountain bike park:

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and the Melrose Promenade:
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Then a few blocks up Pine and we were there!

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We received a warm welcome at Public Bikes Seattle with snacks and refreshments, not to mention coupons, a flat fix and wheel truing for one rider (Public Bikes might look like just a showroom, but there’s a full bike shop for all your repair needs, too!), and pleasant conversation out of the rain.

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Our ride was part of Public Bikes’ “Spring into Gear” multi-day event. Coming up on Thursday, there’s a free basic maintenance course…
from Public Bikes + Gear Seattle – Spring Into Gear Facebook event:

Dust off that bike and get rolling! It’s time to #SpringIntoGear. Join us March 24th at 6 PM for a free basic maintenance course to get you ready to ride for Spring with our rock star mechanic Ryan.

He’ll go over basics such asfixing a flat, adjusting brakes and checking your headset, with time for Q&A. You’ll also enjoy brews from Peddler Brewing Company, a complimentary patch kit, and 30% off all full-priced service items, including tubes, pumps, chain lube, and more.

Can’t wait to see you!

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