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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Rhode Run Day!!!!

The Broken Spoke will be leading out the Rhody Run this morning and will open at noon. Enjoy the day and happy Rhody Festival!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Boulder Creek Trail work begins May 15

Olympic National Park News Release
 
May 10, 2017
For Immediate Release
Penny Wagner    360-565-3005


Work on Boulder Creek Trail to Begin Monday; No Access on Olympic Hot Springs Road Above Glines Canyon Overlook

Beginning Monday, Olympic National Park crews will start work on Boulder Creek Trail which begins at the end of the Olympic Hot Springs Road in the Elwha Valley. This project involves the use of heavy equipment for the demolition and removal of the Crystal Creek bridge and installation of an alternate route and creek crossing at that location. For visitor and employee safety, there will be no access above the Glines Canyon Overlook on Olympic Hot Springs Road beginning Monday, May 15, until later this summer.

“Crews will be working as quickly as possible to complete the necessary bridge removal and reopen the area to visitors” said Olympic National Park Acting Superintendent Lee Taylor. “As much as we regret the inconvenience, this project will ultimately restore safe access on Boulder Creek Trail for hikers and stock use.”

Damage caused by a rockfall event in the winter of 2014-2015 led to the closure of the Crystal Creek bridge. Since then, further erosion has led to increased destabilization.  Inspection by Federal Highways geotechnical and structural engineers last June determined the bridge was unsafe for pedestrian and stock use.

The Olympic Hot Springs Road will remain open up to the Glines Canyon Spillway Overlook for the duration of the project. Whiskey Bend Road is open all the way to the trailhead.

For current road and travel information, visitors should consult the park website at www.nps.gov/olym or call the recorded Road and Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131.


About the National Park Service.

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Poulsbo Viking Tour's Poker Run

 The following is copied from an email from the Poulsbo Rotary Club. Contact them with questions:  info@poulsbovikingtour.com

We're having a Poker Run!

We've decided to mix things up a bit at the 2017 Viking Tour. Instead of having a Time Trial in which only elite cyclists can have a realistic chance of winning, we are having a Poker Run that everybody has an equal chance of winning!
 

Here is how it works:

The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the ride. Having the best hand and winning is purely a matter of chance. All riders who want to participate will collect 5 playing cards to make a poker hand over the course of the ride. Riders collect the 5 playing cards as follows:
  • All riders will receive one card at the start.
  • Freyja (15 mile) riders will collect 3 cards at rest stop #1, and one card at the finish.
  • Thor (30 mile) riders will collect 2 cards at rest stop #1, one card at rest stop #2, and one card at the finish.
  • Odin (60 mile) riders will collect 1 card at rest stop #1, one card at rest stop #2, one card at rest stop #3, and one card at the finish.
Each rider will turn their cards in at the designated location at the finish where their poker hand will be scored. Poker hand scoring will be as shown on page two. Because we are using multiple card decks, hands with “Five of a Kind” are possible, but will be scored as “Four of a Kind”. Prizes will be awarded to the three highest hands, regardless of route ridden.

Have fun and good luck!
 

Register Now!

Ride Details

Date
Sunday, May 21st, 2017

Check-in
Sunday, May 21st, 2017, 7am-9:30am

Location
18743 Front St NE
Poulsbo, WA 98370
Cost
$45 (all routes)

Time
7am-4pm (9am Start)

Support
Rest Stops, Mechanics, Medics

Activities
Vendor Village, Beer Garden, Dinner, Live Music

 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Ride your bike to work day -May 17

Thank you Boiler Room and ReCyclery for all your support and enthusiasm!!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Register now for Tour de Forts

Support The ReCyclery with a Day of Cycling!


The Tour de Forts is the ReCyclery's annual community bike ride and our largest fundraising event. 
This beautiful ride takes cyclists of all ages and abilities on a scenic and historic trip, visiting up to three old seaside coastal defense forts. Choose from several different supported routes varying in length from 11 to 62 miles. Rest stops will allow riders to take in beautiful seaside views and refill water bottles while enjoying local and regional recovery snacks.


All proceeds from the event benefit our ongoing mission to encourage and support cycling throughout the community. The 2015 and 2016 events each raised approximately $5,000 for the ReCyclery's ongoing programs, including:
  • Cyclist safety education at Blue Heron and Chimacum Middle Schools
  • Bike mechanic apprenticeships
  • Earn-A-Bike volunteer program
  • OCEAN Bike School for children in independent-study programs
  • Scholarships for The Ratfish, our coed middle school mountain bike team
  • Community shop days
  • Holiday children's bike giveaways
  • The annual Cranksgiving food drive
  • Reduced-cost and free bicycles for qualifying community members
  • Ongoing bicycle infrastructure projects
We hope to do all this and more in 2017 and 2018, but we can't do it without your help!

As an added treat for participants, we are proud to announce that Finnriver will be our gracious hosts for this year's ride. All routes will leave from the Finnriver Orchard & Cider Garden. Upon return, all riders can end a beautiful day of cycling with food, beverages, and live music!
 


Early Bird Registration Ends FRIDAY!

Online registration prior to April 28 includes a Tour de Forts 2017 t-shirt and, for rides 21 years or older, a complimentary pint of Finnriver cider at the end of the ride.

Don't miss out! REGISTER NOW!

May Day Bike fest!

May Day Bike Fest & National Bike Month


 

The Port Townsend community is celebrating the beginning of national Bike Month in May with a short May Day Bike Fest on Monday, May 1st with three activities centered at the Cotton Building downtown. These activities include a bicycle tour of town, a late afternoon social with displays, activities and refreshments and a celebration of Port Townsend’s Silver Award as a Bicycle Friendly City and an official reading of the Bike Month proclamation.

The bicycle tour of town, starting at 1 pm at the Cotton Building, will showcase some of Port Townsend’s best bicycle and pedestrian facilities for Steve Durrant, a visiting national board member of the League of American Bicyclists (LAB). The League sponsors the national Bicycle Friendly City award program, and all interested community members are invited to participate.

The late afternoon social event will run from 4 to 6:15 pm at the Cotton Building. This open house will feature our bicycling and walking community history and assets and share the range of active transportation and recreational activities and programs available in Port Townsend.  Free refreshments follow an official welcome by David Engle at 5:15 pm.

Following the social, at 6:15 pm everyone is encouraged to walk to the gallery of Port Townsend City Council chambers to show support for active modes of transportation and recreation and witness the presentation of Port Townsend’s Silver Award as a Bicycle Friendly City. An official reading of Port Townsend’s Bicycle Month Proclamation will immediately follow.
May Day Bike Fest is sponsored by Local 2020’s Transportation Lab Action Group. For more information call 390-4695.


Other national Bike Month activities will include: Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 10; Bike to Work Week from May 15 -19; Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19, and Community Shop Days at The Recyclery every Friday and Saturday, when people can work on their own bikes free of charge using shop tools and benefiting from instruction from trained mechanics. For more information about national Bike Month activities, go to: http://bikeleague.org/bikemonth

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Broken Spoke seeks seasonal BICYCLE MECHANIC

The Broken Spoke seeks a seasonal bicycle mechanic.
We are offering 20-40 hours a week depending on ability and availability.
Start date of as soon as possible with no later than May 25th.
The ideal end date is mid September, with room for negotiation.
Wage depends on experience.

Join our team of motivated, enthusiastic staff and help us share our love of cycling.

Candidate must be:
  • detailed
  • communicative
  • enthusiastic
  • experienced
  • a team player. 
Inquire within for Pete, and/or submit a resumé and cover letter.
Click here to see our Job Description
Cheers!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

League of American Bicyclists

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Combatting distracted driving is important to the League of American Bicyclists and to our members. Since the inception of the Bicycle Friendly State program in 2008
we have surveyed states on their distracted driving laws with a goal of having more states where cell phone use and handheld device use is banned while driving. This commitment has been reinforced by our recent policy surveys to League members, bicycling and walking advocacy organizations, and members of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals where concerns about distracted driving emerged as a key theme.

During Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the League would like your support to continue our work to create strong laws and strong enforcement that is directed at distracted driving.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Electric Bicycles

Give your cycling adventures a boost with an electric-assist bicycle! These bikes, also called e-bikes, use a battery-powered electric motor to amplify pedaling, taking the huff and puff out of hills and long rides. You still do the work; the motor simply helps you get more from your effort. Trek offers a dozen e-bike models for city, trail, and casual riding with either conventional or step-through frame designs. You’ll recognize some of Trek’s most popular lines among them, such as Dual Sport, Neko, and Powerfly, an e-bike version of the Superfly mountain bike. We also carry the Townie Go! e-bike, a cruiser style bicycle great for cruising around our parks and casual trails like the Larry Scott Memorial Trail. 
Stop by the shop for a look and a test ride. 
Join us at Blue Heron Middle School on Sunday, April 2, from 10am to 4pm for our demo event.

TREK bikes Demo

There has been an unforeseen scheduling conflict with TREK Bikes. The Demo is going to be rescheduled for a date TBA.

The Electric bike portion of the demo will go on as scheduled from 10am-4pm.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Save the date for May 21

Greetings all!
This year's Rhody Run is coming up on May 21st with an 11am start time. Why do we tell you to save the date? Because they need cyclists to lead out and clear the course for the start of the race.

We need riders interested in leading out the runners at the start of the race. Riders need to be  strong and confident riders willing to stop cars from entering the course. More details to be announced, or come in and ask Pete!

Thanks, and get out there and ride.
For more running details, head to the Rhody Run website.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Middle and High School Mountain Biking teams

One of the fastest growing school sports is one its participants can enjoy well beyond graduation: mountain biking.  Hundreds of middle and high school mountain bike teams across the United States bring the adventure and fun of the trail to thousands of young people.  Teams teach bike skills and safe riding practices as well as stewardship of the natural resources that make mountain biking possible.  Races cultivate camaraderie along with competition.  There are no cars to contend with, offering a safer environment to let those wheels roll.  Best of all, mountain biking becomes fun for life, whether cyclists continue in broader competitive events or take to the trails for the pure joy of it.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bontrager tires support youth cycling

Do you know that every Bontrager tire you buy from your Trek dealer helps support youth mountain biking teams and programs across the country? 

Trek donates $1 from the purchase of any tire to the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). 

NICA sponsors nearly 600 mountain bike teams in middle schools and high schools in more than 20 states. NICA teams are all-inclusive; every cyclist matters and every finish counts. There are no bench-warmers in mountain bike racing! 

Trek is also NICA's lead sponsor, donating $1 million a year in addition to the amount generated from tire sales.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Test ride different bikes!!!

Join us for a Trek DEMO Day
 at Blue Heron Middle School ! 
On Sunday April 2, 
from 10am to 4pm, 
we will offer free test rides on 
road, 
mountain and 
electric bikes.

Remember your helmet and photo ID.
We hope to see you there.
~The Broken Spoke crew

Seeking bicycle mechanics

The Broken Spoke is currently hiring for two part time summer seasonal bicycle mechanics. Email your resume and a coverletter. Thanks.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Closeout bikes

Greetings all,
as the winter weather fades, we are starting a closeout bike sale in preparation for spring.  Amazing prices on quality new bicycles!

Come in and check them out!!
Photos and prices available on Craigslist. Search for Closeout Bikes

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tour de Lopez April 29! register now!


"The Tour de Lopez is a non-competitive rural road tour with marked short and long routes  (3.1,  5,  10,  18 and  31 miles), on public county roads through the scenic landscape of Lopez Island.  We encourage participants to consider making this a weekend getaway!  Besides the ride, BBQ and music on Saturday, you can enjoy the 4th Annual Bite of Lopez and other local activities on Friday.  Be sure to register early as this is a sell-out event with limited registration. 

Folks can register at Active.com or contact the chamber office to be sent registration forms. 
Please let me know if you have any questions about accommodations, the ferry system or anything else Lopez Island, I’d be happy to help."
Best Regards,
Cate

Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce
P. O. Box 102
Lopez Island, WA 98261
Sign up for our e-newsletter "Lopez List" published every 2 weeks or visit our "Calendar" to see what is happening on Lopez Island.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

People for Bikes community survey



 
 
 
 
Take our survey today and be entered to win great prizes, including a Trek bike. Tell us the good, the bad and the ugly about your hometown biking experiences and help your community become a better place for bikes.
Your feedback will help determine your city’s rank in the PlacesForBikes rating system. We will identify the best places for bicycling today and recognize those that are improving the fastest. City Ratings will be released fall 2017.
Take the survey now! (It takes less than 10 minutes to complete.)
Please encourage your family, friends and colleagues to give us their input. The survey closes on April 15. Everyone can participate regardless of where, how or why they ride.
Together we can make bicycling better!
— The PeopleForBikes team

Monday, January 30, 2017

get out to our State parks!

WA State Parks Free Days

Washington State Parks has announced the following free days, when the Discover Pass will not be required to visit a state park. 

2017 State Parks Free Days

  • Jan. 1 — First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day
  • Jan. 15-16 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • March 19 — State Park’s 104th birthday
  • April 15  — Spring day
  • April 22 — Earth Day
  • June 3 — National Trails Day
  • June 10 — National Get Outdoors Day
  • Aug. 25 — National Park Service 101st Birthday
  • Sept. 30 — National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
  • Nov. 24 — Autumn day
Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities), A Discover Pass will still be required on these days to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

http://discoverpass.wa.gov/136/State-Parks-Free-Days?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

Friday, January 20, 2017

Quimper Trails work party

The work party for Sunday January 22nd will be at Gibbs lake. 

We will continue with the new trail section heading to West Valley, mostly cutting branches and roughing it in. At the end of the day we will walk the rest of it so folks can get a idea of the project. Meet at Gibbs at noon to work, 10 am to ride before.

There are still rides Tuesday and Thursday nights at Gibbs Lake. 5pm start.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Closed for training on Jan 24

Hello,
We will be closed on Tuesday January 24th 
to attend a Bosch Electric Bikes training 
and certification. 

We look forward to sharing our new knowledge and being the best mechanics we can. Thanks for the support.
Keep riding!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Come ride with us...

Keep riding through the cold of the winter. Come in for more gear to keep you going.
Join us on our weekly shop trail rides starting at 6pm:
Thursdays
Women only Mondays

We ride varying speed and distance based on who shows up. Remember your helmet and lights!
Hope to see you soon!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Adventure Series!

Happy New Year!!

Today's the day for supporting the ODT in Jefferson County...  Don't forget the New Year's Day 10K!  Run right over and participate now!

This year's Olympic Discovery Trails' Adventure Series announced.  See the picture to the right.  Speaker series is offered in Port Angeles.