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Kona Demos

We have Kona Process demos available until the end of the month.


Fall Tool School Schedule


Lube is a drive trains best friend. How much is too much?

With the onset of cooler weather and clouds, Recycled Cycles is please to announce the reintroduction of our popular repair class. This fall’s class runs on Wednesday night from 7:05 to 9:00 pm. The dates are October 16,23,30 and November 6,13 and 20th. The cost of the class is $175.00 plus the $25.00 textbook.

Give the shop a call at 206-547-4491 or stop in to register and pay your tuition. We have the textbooks available for purchase anytime.

Please visit for more information.

Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design

cyclepedia2Catch 36 extraordinary (and weird) bicycles that will bedazzle, and even bewilder. In its only US appearance, Cyclepedia brilliantly navigates the evolution of bicycle design. All summer long (June 8 – September 8) at the Portland Art Museum. For more information, visit:

Guest Post: Beer & Bike Tours

Thanks to Bob Williams from Beer & Bike Tours for the guest post! 

Do you like beer? You obviously like bicycles. Do you like to travel? Why not combine all three?

Beer & Bike Tours is a bicycle tour company based in Fort Collins, Colorado. We offer multi day cycling adventures that end each days riding at a craft brewery for a beer tasting. You could say our tours are from pint to pint.

Beer & Bike tours was founded by Bob Williams after moving back to the United States after 6 years abroad in Japan and Germany. While abroad Bob and a group of friends started Beer & Biking as a way to find new pubs and routes to explore. As the group evolved so did the idea to open a bicycle tour company based on the two greatest things in life.

BBT pictures 2

Read more…

Resolutions or Goals?

Photo by sharpneil

Photo by sharpneil

If you don’t know where you are going,
you’ll end up someplace else.
~ Yogi Berra

The idea of making resolutions at the start of a new year makes me wary. I always feel like I’m setting myself up to fail – and more often than not, I admit, I do. This year, instead, I’m calling it goal-setting. I’ve got one big goal (ride the STP with my 14-year-old son without letting him totally dust me) and mini goals that lead up to it. I find it easier – and more fun – to have something to work toward, rather than stressing out about giving up chocolate or trying to quit biting my nails.

Even if you’re not interested in tackling a big group ride like STP, think about the new year as a chance to set some personal goals. Small, achievable, measurable steps are a great way to move forward without overwhelming yourself. But be sure to choose something meaningful – know why you want to reach that goal, or it will be easy to quit. Perhaps most important, be specific: instead of saying “I will ride more this year,” try “I’ll sign up for 3 organized rides” or “I’ll commute to work by bike twice a week March through September.”

Here are some links to help get you rolling:

  • If you’re looking for dates to put on the calendar, Cascade’s event calendar is a great place to start.
  • For some help honing your skills, try CycleU.
  • Consider working with a coach. Our friends at Corpore Sano can give you a cycling-specific physical therapist’s perspective and knowledge. We’ve known Dan Harm of HARM Coaching forever – he is awesome and can help with everything from technique to endurance.
  • Want to get the family involved? We’ve got great deals on used kids’ bikes, and the selection is always changing! Also, check out Kidical Mass for great family-friendly rides.

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.

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!

Fremont First Friday Art Walk: Jim Phalen

If you’re free this Friday we’ll be keeping our doors at 1109 N. 35th Street open until 9pm once again for the Fremont First Friday art walk. This month we’re excited to be hosting painter Jim Phalen. We’re very grateful to Jim for allowing us to show some of his work, which we’ve long admired. We think this review, from the New York Times, says it best:

Mr. Phalen (paints) still lifes: pomegranates, a knife on a table and outdoor greenery. But the artist takes his subjects as they come: his own face, a dog curled up beside a stained bath tub, an equally grimy sink on its own and, his magnum opus, the bird’s eye view of loft buildings in lower Manhattan. Though given to teasing his surfaces as if to make the paint go farther, Mr. Phalen does well with his urban palette of browns, grays and the occasional pearly white. But he is a painter of integrity and when faced with living tissue- a blazing yellow tulip or his own flesh- it is as if he were experiencing an epiphany. This is art about urban life that for some is akin to joining one of the more ascetic religious orders.
– Vivien Raynor

Busy Season

Spring means busy season in the bike business, and not just because we’ve got more customers coming through the doors. We’ve got a few fun events coming up, so mark your calendars!

Photo Credit: michelle brunner

Team LUNA Chix
Women’s Tire Changing Clinic – April 18
We’re excited to be hosting Team LUNA Chix again this year for a tire changing clinic just for women, this time at our Fremont shop. One of our expert mechanics will go over quick release operation, v-brake, and caliper release operations, as well as the tools and techniques needed to properly replace your tube while on the road or at home! We’ll also cover tools riders should have with them on their ride, a demo on changing a flat, practice changing a flat with assistance from LUNAChix Team. We’ll wrap up with a fun competition for prize(s).  Space is limited, so please register in advance by email to

When:  Wednesday, April 18th, 2012, 6:00-8:00pm.
Where: Recycled Cycles, new FREMONT location 1109 North 35th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
What to bring: Your bike wheel, spare tube, and a set of levers
Cost:  $20 donation-100% benefits the Breast Cancer Fund, Team LUNA Chix non-profit partner.
Fremont Earth Day Festival
Nectar Lounge – April 21
Join us Saturday, April 21 at Nectar Lounge for a day of bikes, bands and sustainability! There will be 20+ bands, performers and DJs plus speakers and sponsor booths dedicated to a message of bicycle commuting and sustainability, a raffle, and a silent auction. Ride your bike to save $2 off admission. We will be onsite to accept bicycle donations, which we will then refurbish and donate to  an organization that helps provide bicycles for communities and families in Africa. Donate a bike for FREE festival admission, or just stop by our booth to say hello! For tickets or to learn more:
1.4 Billion Reasons
Global Poverty Project Presentation – May 1
Global Poverty Project ambassador d’Arcy Lunn has been riding his bike 1000 miles and living below the poverty line – less than $1.50 a day. He’ll join us at Boat Street at 7:30pm to share stories from his journey, and tell us about the Global Poverty Project and how you can take action locally to help the 1.4 billion people on our planet that are living in extreme poverty. Learn more or RSVP:

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