The Eastside Rail Corridor Trail and the East Lake Sammamish Trail have small-grained firmly packed gravel that is suitable for standard road bike tires.
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Three Views of King County

I’ve never been a fan of the area’s multi-use trails. My disdain is mainly the result of undesirable experiences on the Burke Gilman Trail between the University of Washington and Log Boom Park. But, the recent opening of a section of the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail between I-90 and Gene …

That is a lonely cup of stovetop espresso. Next time add a friend or two and enjoy!
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The n + 1: Bialetti Moka Express

Cycling’s Rule #12 is that the correct number of bikes to own is n + 1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. Although n + 1 is widely employed by cyclists, it applies to a long gear list: –backpacks –eyewear –footwear –skis –snowboards …just to name a …

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The Double Grind Podcast | 2018 Gorge Grinder

In this episode Michael “PruDog” Pruitt and Chef Craig Hetherington talk about the 2018 Gorge Grinder (formerly Gorge Roubaix) gravel ride in Hood River, OR as well as what they had for dinner the night before. But before they that they analyze why Nibali is getting his ass waxed, figure …

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Destination: Walla Walla

Walla Walla is highly regarded for its sweet onions, wine and food, and for being a top-tier cycling destination. Although I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1994, I’m embarrassed to admit I rarely venture east of the Cascade Crest. Given the great cycling in the places I’ve lived during …

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Coffeeneuring 2017: Riding for Coffee and Baked Goods

Some of the best bike rides include a stop for coffee and baked goods, ideally with a couple of buddies. In 2010, several Randonneurs formalized the linkage between cycling, coffee, and pastries into an annual Coffeeneuring Challenge. Coffeeneuring was conceived by Seattle Randonneur Joe Platzner (who also briefly served as …

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Involve Your Friends in a Themed Ride

A fun and easy way to get people involved in your rides (be they mountain or road) is to come up with a theme. A theme adds an element of fun, helps to build relationships, and can take the pressure off of riders who are worried about keeping up with …

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Emerald City Bike Ride 2016

Last weekend, WSDOT held “Go Long” which celebrated the (almost) completion of the new Hwy 520 floating bridge, the worlds longest at 7,710 feet (~ 1.5 miles). There was something for everyone: –Saturday morning was a 10 km run/walk followed by a day-long family-friendly “experience” that included a Build-a-Bridge activity, …

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MFG Cyclocross Finale 2015: Woodland Park GP

Sunday was the finale of the 2015 MFG Cyclocross series–the Woodland Park GP. The weather was clear and cool which was delightful for the spectators, but relatively free of mud which must have been a huge disappointment to at least some of the participants. The vibe at cyclocross races is …

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Lunch Date at Café Métier

We drove. We parked. We ate and drank. Given today’s heavy rain, my wife Paula and I planned lunch together and Métier’s grand opening was the logical choice. We drove over, which is always an iffy proposition in the Capitol Hill neighborhood: It usually takes us longer to find a …

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Rainy Weekend Alternatives

With that giant green and blue blob boiling on the weather doppler, you may be pondering alternatives to a rain-soaked bike ride on Saturday. Here are two suggestions: Metabolic Efficiency Clinic at Real Rehab: Metabolic efficiency is quickly becoming adopted by professional and age group athletes as well as by …