The Seattle Bike Show is a great way to get an introduction to the world of bicycling all in one day. The show is especially beneficial to new bicyclists or those interested, but unsure of a specific interest. All types of bikes are represented at the Bike Show – from racing bikes to cargo bikes, ebikes to fat bikes, carbon or steel, handmade and innovative.
The show is not just the place to see many types of bikes, there are presentations on riding better as well as using bicycles for general transportation with an introduction to utility bicycling. The Seattle Bike Show displays bicycling from around the block to around the world, from riding for pleasure, endurance, or even riding for a cause.
For the casual event/trade show goer, it’s probably simply fun to peruse the various booths whether they be about bicycling, adventure travel or golf. There’s also the reward of collecting freebies along the way. The serious enthusiast, however, is better served if prepared ahead of time in order to get the most out of the event. Study of both the vendor list and scheduled presentations make the event more rewarding.
2016 is the second year that the show has been produced and organized by Cascadia Events as a 3-part show, that of golf and adventure travel besides bicycling and held at the Centurylink Event Center. With the transition from the purview of Cascade Bicycle Club to a commercial trade show producer, in spite of the more convenient location, some have expressed disappointment. However, with over a hundred vendors, there are plenty of products to discover, learn about and possibly purchase or at least, put on one’s wish list.
The Seattle Bike Show is a great way to explore the wide variety of bicycle rides and tours available. That alone would allow the visitor the opportunity to plan out their summer of bicycling or even lifetime goals, for that matter. For example, if a bicyclist was considering riding the annual Group Health Seattle to Portland, there was also a helpful presentation to guide the rider from preparation to completion. Among the tours covered in the event www.fresheireadventures.com, Hollard, Portugal, and our neighbor to the north were featured. For those wanting to venture out on their own, Adventure Cycling located in Montana, the force behind the United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS), offers guides, maps and a magazine. As well, there are numerous opportunities to ride for causes from community fundraisers to fighting hunger or diseases.
Lastly, this isn’t just a show for adults. The Jump Jam sponsored by Sweetlines is a great venue for youth to experience simulated mountainbiking on an indoor track. Possibly, the highlight of the show was watching kids ten and under spin through the indoor Obstacle Course, especially the little ones on pedalless bikes. The Snoqualmie Valley Unicycle Club Show once again received oohs and aahs from the audience and just maybe inspired some new young ones to take the challenge of pedaling on a single wheel. Whether show patrons are exploring bikes, tour options or taking their kids to participate, the Seattle Bike Show continues to offer something for just about everyone.