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Brad Lewis Memorial Criterium – July 1

This Sunday, July 1 brings the 7th Annual Brad Lewis Memorial Criterium. Though we’ve actually been racing on Boat Street since 1999, the event was renamed in 2007 in memory of Recycled Cycles Racing team member and friend Brad Lewis, who died of a heart attack during the race in April 2006. He was just 38 years old, and was survived by his wife, Emily Westbrook.

“At the time, when Brad passed away, there was some reservation about even continuing the race the next year,” says Robert Trombley. “But we decided it was worthwhile to continue in his memory. His family comes out every year and we just keep trying to do it because it’s the right thing to do.”

The event means a lot to everyone at the shop and on the team. Though we’ve said goodbye to some on the team and welcomed new faces, the spirit behind the Brad Lewis Memorial Crit remains.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association.

*PLEASE NOTE: Traffic conditions around Boat Street might make access to the shop  a bit challenging, so if you’re shopping this weekend (and we hope you are) it’s a good time to check out our Fremont location!

To learn more, read all the details on the Recycled Cycles Racing blog.


Meet the Team: Liz Nettles

Liz Nettles on the podium

It’s “Meet the Team” time again! This time we’re introducing Liz Nettles, a Cat 2 road racer who loves to compete. Liz has just been with us for a year, but she also raced for Recycled Cycles Racing 9 years ago as a Cat 4.  We’re excited to hear she’ll be participating in the BikeMS ride this fall, since Recycled Cycles will be providing mechanical support! Don’t forget to check out the Recycled Cycles Racing blog and Facebook page for all the team’s latest news.

Name: Liz Nettles

Age: my daughter is 2:)

Day job: Real Estate Agent

Bikes: Raleigh Militis (road race bike); Cannondale (rain bike); Teimeyer (pink track bike!); Blue (Time Trial bike)

Years racing: on and off 9 years

Years racing w/RCR: 1

Type of racing: Road (Cat. 2) and some track & cross (hopefully)

Favorite race: oddly not one comes to mind…anything epic with major hills and suffering (seriously)

Favorite local ride: Snohomish with the RCR girls- we always have a great time…even in the cold & rain. We stop at the Snohomish Bakery for the best cookies ever made.

Pre-race/ride fuel: Steel cut oatmeal with bananas or blueberries

Post-race/ride indulgence: Smoothie and cookie(S)

Why you started racing: I love to compete

Ever get pre-event nerves? How do you deal? Yes, sometimes, but I like a little nerves before a race.

How many hours do you log each week? 7 on a good week

Dream route – if you could pack up your bike and hit the road, where would we find you?

I would love to ride North toward Bellingham and Chuckanut Road. I look forward to doing the MS ride this September which uses those roads.

‘Cross Sale!

I know, it’s like March one day and June the next around here, but cyclocross season will be here before we know it. To celebrate we’ve put all our ‘cross bikes on sale for 20% off (including the Raleigh RX 1.0 over there). We have Raleigh, Kona and Surly cross bikes all on sale, so come check them out.

Sale ends July 15th!

Partnering with Village Bicycle Project

While our business model relies on restoring used bikes so that we can sell them, giving customers the option of buying an affordable used bike, there are some bikes that come through our doors that it just doesn’t make sense to turn around. Sometimes it will cost us more in labor than we can reasonably charge at resale, or it’s a type of bike that doesn’t suit our customer base. We hate to send people away with these bikes, but we don’t want them to end up in the landfill either.

Problem solved: We recently signed on to become a drop-off point for Village Bicycle Project. Since 1999, the Village Bicycle Project has delivered over 56,000 bikes to Africa, mostly Ghana and Sierra Leone, and has taught 11,000 students bike repair skills to help keep those bikes on the road. VBP gives people in Africa a tool to improve their lives by giving them access to affordable transportation.

We can collect bikes for Village Bicycle Project that need a new home, but aren’t right for resale, for whatever reason. They can even take used parts, tires, wheels and tubes. The parts available in Ghana are often of such poor quality, they prefer our used products to the new ones available there.

That’s not to say we can collect all of your rusty parts and frames to ship to Africa – everything has to be in working or serviceable condition. You can read more specifics about what Village Bicycle Project is looking for here.

We are truly excited about this partnership and are looking forward to being able to get more people – around the world – on bikes!

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