I am a fellow BFer from the SF area. I will be visiting Seattle in July and would like to rent a tandem and take a ride. I will not have a way to transport the tandem, so the ride will need to start from the rental place. Target length would be about 25-35 miles, depending on the elevation gain (flatter is better, but 2000 or so feet of climbing would be OK).
Any tips or ideas?
Here are a few options I've figured out from my research:
There is a rental shop on San Juan Island that rents Burley tandems. http://www.islandbicycles.com/ I was thinking about taking the ferry and riding this route:
Would that be a nice ride? The bike shop also lists some shorter routes, like this one, so we could definitely play it by ear (http://www.islandbicycles.com/index....via-beaverton/).
The downside is that it sounds like it takes 3 hours to get there from Seattle (2 hours driving and an hour on the ferry). Is that right? How about once we are there- is it worth it? I like nice scenery and light traffic. My wife likes things to do along the way, especially foodie stuff (maybe a winery, a nice cheese shop, a gourmet/picnic lunch, etc.)
This place also rents tandems in Seattle:
Montlake Bicycle Shop
2223 24th Ave E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Other tandem rentals include Vashon Island and Woodinvale, so I could probably start from one of those locations as well.
Again, the idea route would be scenic, lightly traveled (we ride back roads in the Bay Area), and with one or two nice spots for wine, cheese, lunch, food, etc. (My wife is very big into all things related to wine and food.) This will be a weekday in July. We could also drive an hour or two to another rental location.
I would appreciate any advice or recommendations.