Pacific Northwest - Group/Shop Rides in Seattle Area
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Jake the Snake
07-03-08, 10:34 AM
I am going to be in the Seattle area for business the first two weeks of August and want to rent a road bike to keep the fitness level up. Is Monlake Bicycle OK to rent from and are there any shop rides on the east side? I am going to be in Bothell the first week and downtown Seattle the second, if that helps.
07-03-08, 06:55 PM
Jake, check out Bothell Ski and Bike while you're in that neighborhood. I believe they still do rentals and they're a pretty nice shop. They sit right of the burke-gilman trail too that will provide you some nice riding in either direction over to the U-district or down into Redmond.
I've only been to Montlake Bike once... they have another store in Kirkland as well, but the main store is across 520 from UW. It's a reputable shop that's been around a long time.
As far as rides you'll have to wait for someone else to chime in. I don't know of any shop rides, but you can go on one of the Cascade bike club rides if you can find one to fit your schedule.
07-03-08, 07:16 PM
The Montlake Bike Shop is very reputable. And, you can rent some fairly high-end stuff. If you are a weight wienie, or otherwise particular about the kind of road bike you ride, this might be the place to go. I would have no qualms about renting from them. Just be sure to understand the fine print...something happens to the bike, it's yours, period. I know nothing about the Bothell Ski and Bike.
07-03-08, 11:13 PM
Bothell Ski and Bike is a great shop with knowledgable staff, I do believe they still do rentals.
Cascade has plenty of rides, check it out HERE! (http://www.cascade.org/EandR/Activities_Calendar.cfm?query=cascadefreedailyride)
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