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When I first moved to Seattle, my attention was constantly diverted by all of the cute boys on bicycles around the city, but after very briefly working at a bike shop, the bicycles, and not the boys, started to catch my eye.
According to Wikipedia: "The bicycle is the most efficient self-powered means of transportation in terms of energy a person must expend to travel a given distance." So, when drivers complain about cyclists, it's hard for me to give a shit about their whining. Bicycles are good for the environment—and in terms of efficiency they can't be beat. Your self-deluded car addiction is the real problem.
Sure, experienced commuter cyclists wear funny spandex clothing and yes, they look silly. Yes, the idea that you need to have the coolest helmet or the most expensive gear taints cycling with yuppie consumerism that I find to be counter-intuitive to the real reason why cycling is awesome, but we live in America, and Americans like to buy shit. It makes us feel better.
One of the cool things about the Cascade Bike Expo, though, is the the number of small, local, and independently-run cycling companies that come out to the event. Of course, those local shops are always mixed in with (multi-) national companies but it's America, remember?
I showed up a little late yesterday afternoon, and only had about two hours left to peruse, but I did get to scope out some great vintage bikes and even see some, uh, bicycle ballet. It was kind of like the awesomely plotless Kevin Bacon film Quicksilver. You can check it out on the YouTube if you're really curious.
The bike expo was a win.