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This weekend's Seattle Bike Expo, the largest consumer bicycle show in the US, has landed at yet another location this year.
The Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91 in Magnolia is the new home for the all-things-bicycling show, open from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Here's a link for easy bicycling and driving directions. Car parking (2,500 capacity) costs $5 and the exhibition hall is about a half-mile walk; a shuttle bus also will run during the show. Secure bike parking is provided by BikeWorks right at the entrance.
From the Eastside, I'll probably head across the I-90 bridge and through the tunnel to the International District, then down to Alaska Way and head north to the Elliott Bay Trail through Myrtle Edwards Park. That trail leads right to Terminal 91 (at right). Seattle bicycle map.
Adult admission in $10 for one day, $12 for two. If you're a Cascade Bicycle Club member, and who isn't, there's a $2 discount. See the web coupon below for further discounts.
Some 3,000 exhibitors will be on hand, with many of the usual suspects. The special guests include:
Ryan Leech will be joined in the bike stunts department by Corrina Hein, Stefan Musu and Lukas Matla who are world champion artistic cyclists from Germany. Also the Laurelhurst Unicycling and Juggling Team of elementary school students will perform.
Always interesting to me, Joe “Metal Cowboy” Kurmaskie and Willie Weir will talk about their bike traveling adventures.
Ken Taylor of the UK-based Jack Taylor Bicycles should have an amazing presentation on Saturday about his family's 54 years of perfecting bike frames. He'll also join Saturday's panel of local classic framebuilders that includes Bill Davidson and Glenn Erickson.
Other presenatations include coach Gale Bernhardt, author, illustrator and triathlete Jef Mallet, author and former cyclist Joe Parkin, BikeHugger DL Byron, Raise the Bar founder Patty Swedberg and Cycle University's Craig Undem.
In addition to these special guests, the venue will be filled with booths for bike tours, bicycle and component manufactures, and fitness specialists. Here's a list of all the exhibitors.
Let's hope this becomes a permanent home for the Seattle Bike Expo, which has led a nomadic existence in recent years.
The expo has seriously outgrown its Magnuson Park venue, where some exhibitors had to contend with drippy tents in the overflow space last year. A cruise terminal south of downtown hadn't proved a great choice the previous year, when people frustrated by limited parking chose to leave their cars in a bicycle lane and were justly ticketed.