RE: [CR]Cool Seatle bike shops

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From: "Mark Bulgier" <>
To: 'Lindi alberti' <>,
Subject: RE: [CR]Cool Seatle bike shops
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2001 23:23:31 -0800

"Mario" asks:
> Does anyone know of any intersting bicycle shops in Seattle?

Three within city limits, one outside:

I'd say don't miss Il Vecchio, right on Lake Washington in the Leschi neighborhood. There's always at least 2 or 3 nice bikes from our area of interest; a 1949 Bianchi w/Paris-Roubaix derailleur comes to mind.

Recycled Cycles, in the U district, sells mostly used stuff as the name implies, and always has some interesting bikes and parts. The coolest ones are hanging from the ceiling and aren't for sale. I saw a late 50s Raleigh Lenton Grand Prix for sale last time I was in, all original and in very good condition, for maybe $400. My wife Laurie just bought a 1950 Raleigh lady's roadster there in nearly perfect condition for about a hundred - it's sweet! (but off-topic, sorry)

Bikesmith, in the Wallingford neighborhood, is tiny and doesn't always have great vintage lightweights, but they're worth a visit. You might see something wonderful, like Nelson Miller's Paris Galibier that was in being worked on not too long ago.

If you're willing to go outside of Seattle a bit, there's Kingston Classic Cycle, which has an extensive collection of racing iron, more from the first half of the 20th century than the second half if I remember correctly - it's been so long since I was there. Kingston is on the other side of Puget Sound from Seattle, a ferry ride away.

Mark Bulgier
Seattle, Wa