Bonney Lake Bike Shop plans to open a store on Puyallup’s South Hill as soon as late March, manager Paul Qualey said.
The shop, which has been located in Sumner since 2006, has been pondering the idea of moving to South Hill for several years. “There are a lot of folks up there and it seemed like something was missing,” Qualey said.
South Hill and Puyallup have a combined population of about 90,000, more than all but 11 cities in the state and every South Sound city except Tacoma. The area has one bike shop, Inspired Ride, owned by Nyer Brittain.
The traditional start of the season for organized bicycle rides is the state’s oldest ride, the Chilly Hilly.
The name says it all. The ride is probably going to be cold and it’s definitely going to be hilly.
The 42nd Chilly Hilly is Sunday with day-of-ride registration taking place at Winslow’s Bainbridge Island Cycle, 124 Bjune Drive, or in Seattle on Alaskan Way opposite the Coleman Ferry Terminal.
The route on Bainbridge Island is just 33 miles and starts with a ferry ride from Seattle for the majority of riders. The course is packed with 2,700 feet of climbing.
Day of ride registration is $40 including the ferry crossing or $30 to start in Winslow. For more information visit Cascade.org. Discounted registration is available until 9 a.m. Friday.
Tacoma’s Handlebar Cycling Studio celebrates its grand opening Saturday from 4-6 p.m. with a mustache-themed party, said owner Becky LeProwse.
The Stache Bash is designed to introduce people to the new group cycling studio at 715 Commerce St. and demystify the fitness activity.
“People think, ‘Those people are diehards,’” LeProwse said. “But we are just here to have a good time and exercise. We are way laid back.”
The event will include mustache coloring for kids and the opportunity to check out the 22 bikes. LeProwse said visitors, who are encouraged to wear mustaches either real or fake, can sign up for classes. The first class is free and additional classes are $10 to $16 depending on age and quantity.
She says classes are designed to appeal to a wide range of fitness levels but she hopes to eventually add specialized classes for those hoping to improve speed and endurance.
For more information visit handlebarcyclingstudio.com.
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