Bainbridge Island Cycling Vacations
The riding in our area is fantastic. The scenery can be spectacular. The weather (compared to other parts of the country) is reliable. Area hotels and Inns offer a wide range of luxury accomodations. The local bike shop is the coolest place you’re likely to ever see. So why not come visit for a weekend?
Here’s a thought: Book a flight to Seattle.
You’ve been thinking about a new bike for a while now, but there aren’t any bike shops (or any that carry what you want) where you live. Come to Bainbridge Island for the weekend, and wander through the front door of Classic Cycle.
Whether it’s a new road bike from Colnago, a cross bike from Kona, a Scott dual suspension rig or a travel bike from Ritchey, Paul will help you select your ideal set of wheels. Gavin will spend a couple hours making sure that the bike you picked out fits perfectly. Jaime will get you all set up with a long-sleeve jersey and some knee warmers (you’re from Tuscon and you’ve always wanted to try long sleeves). We’ll give you a map or pair you up with a guide, and then you’ll go out for a couple of days of fantastic riding.
Try the Chilly-Hilly ride route around Bainbridge Island. The organized event takes place in February, but the route is ready for riding any day of the year. The Chilly Hilly features 3000 feet of climbing over its winding 30 mile route, and it’s a ride that Bicycling magazine has repeatedly put in their top ten list.
Take your new mountain bike to Port Gamble, and experience some of the finest single-track anywhere, all within the forested confines of the 7000 acre tree farm.
Cyclocross your thing? Try some of the gravel backroads, tight singletrack and asphalt connector trails that have made Kitsap county sprout a handful of the finest cyclocross racers in the world.
If it’s summer and climbing sounds like fun, we’ll send you and your new wheels up Hurricane Ridge. That’s 5000 vertical feet of climbing over 19 miles, grand views of the Olympic mountain range and the straight of Juan de Fuca, and an exhilarating (but not too scary) descent back down.
What about Pacific Northwest weather? Oh come on. It’s snowing where you live today (which means the daytime high is 55 degrees here) or it’s 95 and humid where you live (which means it’ll get up to 72 degrees on the island). We don’t have much wind here, so it’s always a good day for a ride. If rain is in the forecast, it usually means that it will rain for an hour at some point during the day, but certainly not all day.
Have a non-cycling spouse? I hear there are a few interesting things to do in Seattle. Take the ferry back over and visit Pike Place Market, do some downtown shopping, see the Space Needle, the Chihully glass museum, the original Starbucks, maybe even the Seattle Aquarium. Actually, we have museums and other attractions coming out of our ears, so don’t worry about them. Just think about yourself riding that new bike.
Speaking of spouses and significant traveling companions, we’ll give you some talking points to make this an easier sell:
The bike purchase can practically pay for the trip! That’s right. If you’ve traveled over a hundred miles to see us, and are looking at a bike that costs over $4000, we’ll be giving you a discount from the bike’s typical MSRP that should cover your airfare (10-20% off MSRP, depending on the bike that we’re talking about). The travel discount on a $2000 bike will likely cover a night or two in your hotel.
It’ll be easy to get the bike home. Yep, no problem. When you’re ready to leave the Seattle area we’ll pack up your new bike. You can either take it on the plane or we’ll hand it off to FedEx. When you get home, you’ll have to remove some bubble wrap and re-install the pedals and the front wheel, but that will be about all.
You can be certain that you’ll get the right bike. A little planning is all it will take. Email or call us in the weeks preceding your trip. We’ll make sure we have some likely bicycle candidates in stock and built in your size. If you’re looking at a custom bike like those from Colnago or Ritchey, we’ll either order it ahead of time or make arrangements so that you can ride a similar bike while you’re here (we’ll then send you your custom rig when it’s all set).
We know that most folks have limited vacation time. Think about it anyway. A bicycling holiday sounds like more fun than a family reunion in Columbia Missouri, doesn’t it?