Cycling enthusiasts of all abilities can ride this month’s Tour de France mania at three new Seattle bike outlets. From high-end racing bikes to kitschy accoutrements, serious cyclists and casual bikers alike will find something to celebrate. Bonne chance, cyclistes!
Hit Miir for bikes and bottles Photo Credit: Meredith Hunter
Commuters with a conscience
Seattle-based bike company MiiR opened its first brick-and-mortar location in May, in the eco-forward Stone34 building in Fremont. For every bicycle purchased, MiiR donates a bike to an underprivileged child or adult in locations ranging from Seattle to East Africa. In addition, proceeds from sales—including the company’s popular stainless steel water bottles—help ensure that people around the world have access to clean drinking water. The new shop showcases MiiR’s urban/commuter bikes and includes an espresso bar serving specialty coffee and craft beer, the latter of which you can tote home in MiiR’s insulated growler. 3400 Stone Way N; 888.746.5762; miir.com
Stylish pedal pushers
In April, Public Bikes & Gear opened on Capitol Hill, the first shop outside the Bay Area company’s home turf. Upon seeing it, we asked: What took it so long? As if the brightly colored Public touring bikes aren’t cute enough, the shop sells dozens of accessories to make you the envy of the farmers’ market. Goodies include several styles of rattan and metal bike baskets, the “Ballard Market Pannier” bag, which doubles as a backpack, and two styles of coffee-cup holders that mount on your handlebars. 501 E Pine; 206.973.2434; publicbikes.com/seattle
Headquartered near Seattle Pacific University since 2009, Herriott Sports Performance is changing its name to Métier and moving to new digs on Capitol Hill in August—and with 12,500 square feet, nearly tripling in size. Along with performance-bike sales (S-Works, Colnago, Guru), a repair shop and indoor training bikes, the shop is expanding its slate of medicine ball classes, and adding Redcord (similar to TRX straps) classes, massage and physical therapy services, yoga and a café. 1017 E Union; 206.816.3436; hspseattle.com