Stinky Spoke — Jan. 18, 2014 The Stinky Weather Poker Run is a 16-mile ride over a mountain bike course to collect playing cards. Best hand wins. Traditionally the wettest and coldest day of the year. Benefits the Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center. Starts 9 a.m. at Red Hook Brewery, Woodinville. (See pictures from 2010 Stinky Spoke.)
Basics of Bicycle Touring — Jan. 28 and Feb 5, 2014 A course at University of Washington Experimental College covers how to plan for all types of bicycle tours, including what to take. At the UW Campus.
Seattle Bike Swap — Feb. 9 2014 100 vendors offer new and used bicycle related goods for sale. 9 a.m. til 2 p.m. at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 225 Mercer St. Sponsored by Cascade Bicycle Club
Chilly Hilly — Feb. 23, 2014 The year’s first big ride by Cascade Bicycle Club. Loops around Bainbridge Island for 33 miles. Record-breaking ride in 2011 — see pics and story.
Transportation Advocacy Day – February 27, 2014 Lobby your legislators to support bicycle-related bills and other transportation issues near and dear.
Streets and Beets – See May calendar
Seattle Bike Expo – March 1-2, 2014 Technically not a ride, but it’s a huge event and it’s all about cycling. Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91, Seattle [consider Elliott Bay Trail (Terminal 91 bike path)]. Organized by Cascade Bicycle Club.
Mussels in the Kettle – March 8, 2014 A non-competitive mountain bike poker ride that starts in Coupeville and rolls out to Kettles Trails and Fort Ebey. Three routes of about 7, 9 and 11 miles — easy to expert. Meets at 6 south Main St Coupeville WA 98239. Presented by the Whidbey Island Bicycle Club.
McClinchy Mile – March 15, 2014 Three bicycle loops — 34-mile flat and scenic or 48 miles to Granite Falls or 52 miles to Stanwood — through Snohomish County that begin in Arlington; sponsored by BIKES of Everett.
Bike Works Auction and Dinner — March 24, 2013 Fund-raiser for non-profit that encourages youth to learn about repairing and using bicycles. Herban Feast, 3200 1st Ave S, Seattle WA 98134.
Pedal Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) – March 30, 2014 Ride a standard loop of Mercer Island for 13 miles or tack on a visit to Seward Park for 28 miles. Raises funds to address the problems of human trafficking. Presented by Veloce Velo Bicycles and Seattle Against Slavery.
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