Now that the weather is getting nicer, the thoughts of some of us will turn to biking. But who to ride with and where to go? Not to worry. Cory Gassman owner of School of Bike on Meridian has teamed up with Murphy’s Pub, Evo Bicycles (not to be confused with Evo Ski and Snowboard) and Peddler Brewing to offer some introductory rides to all comers throughout the summer and into the Fall.
We first told you about Cory and his School of Bike in this post from 2014. While Seattle has no shortage of shops that will repair your bike for you, School of Bike offers something a little different: the opportunity to learn to repair your own bike. The organized rides are another offering that sets School of Bike apart. As Cory says, “I think it’s businesses responsibility to help hold communities together.”
The first ride departs School of Bike (4516 Meridian Ave N) at 6:15 pm this Wednesday (June 1). Cory wants to keep each ride’s route close to his vest, but says, “These rides are tailored to people who are just beginning or want to ride in a group with a relaxed social atmosphere. While the route each week won’t be disclosed, the route won’t feature any large hills or challenging terrain.” It’s an opportunity to progress from a casual to a more advanced rider. Notes Cory, “Part of the focus is to become more familiar with the rules of the road and riding near traffic.” More advanced rides may be offered if Cory can get enough volunteers to help with the planning and social media aspects of the organizing.
If meeting folks and exercising isn’t enough motivation, then how about beer? Each ride will end at Murphy’s Pub, just feet away from School of Bike, where every rider will get a beer courtesy of Peddler Brewing. Lemonade is also available. Chelley and Phil Bassett, co-owners of Murphy’s along with Eamonn Davey, invite riders to bring their kids; Murhpy’s is kid-friendly until 9 pm each and every night. (A test ride Cory conducted a few weeks ago drew many a young Wallingfordian.) And while you’re there, be sure to check out the recently opened outdoor seating area.
In addition, every rider will have a chance to win an Evo Classic City bike. As a bicycle commuter myself, I can say that these wheels will definitely get you to work and back. Seven speeds will help you handle the hills, and it comes equipped with essential fenders and racks both fore and aft. You can check it out for yourself at Murphy’s where it will be on display.
Can’t make it this week? Cory plans rides every first and third Wednesday of the month through Halloween. For more information, you can sign up for an email news letter at the School of Bike website.