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Seattle shouldn’t be a bicycle town. It’s hilly, it’s wet, and we’re all weak-limbed brainiacs or antiathletic hipsters…right?

And yet the Emerald City is one of the top-ranked cycle cities in the nation, thanks to our committed commuters and twisting trails. Turns out that we love our bikes, and the number of pedal pushers grows with every year (and every bump in gas prices).

With that in mind, we explored the best two-wheeled travel in the Northwest.

Bike Routes: On the Pavement

Washington Bike Towns

Group Bike Rides

Bike Routes: Off Road

Bike Gear: Head to Toe

How to Buy a Bike

Pedal Pushers

Bike Crashes Along SLU Streetcar Pit Cyclists Against City

This article appeared in the June 2012 issue of Seattle Met Magazine.

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