Thursday, April 16, 2015

bike month approaches!!


As bike month approaches, we want to prepare for a great cycling season. Whether we've been biking throughout the winter, dusting our bike off, or brand new to cycling. A little refresher is always good. 

The League’s five “Rules of the Road” are the core of the Smart Cycling program and will prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding.


Follow the Law

Your safety and image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and duties as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.

Be Predictable 

Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.

Be Conspicuous

Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.

Think Ahead

Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

Ride Ready

Check that your tires have sufficient air, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.

Head to this page for some EXCELLENT safe cycling movies!!  bikeleague.org/ridesmartvideos

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

a few town events/ news/ thoughts

Here are a few events that you may like to be aware of.  By all means let us know if you know of some that we don't have listed.  Please note this list is by no means all encompassing.

- Mark your calendar for the Peninsula Trails Coalition's 2nd annual Bike Tune-Up Fundraiser. It is March 20-21, and April 10-11. See website and flier for full details.
-March 29th is the first of four Washington Student Cycling League races! It's in our neighborhood at Port Gamble trails. washingtonleague.org Support our local Olympic Mountain Bike Team and cheer them on!

-We switch to summer hours on April 1st! Get out there and bike!

-see our Upcoming Events page for a full list :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

volunteer this saturday!

Fifty Shades of Rubbish, with BBQ

Port Gamble Trailheads Cleanup Day
Sat. Feb. 21, 8:30AM - 1PM

  • Come help support the Port Gamble trails!
  • Good cause, good people, good fun!
  • Lots of prizes donated by Platypus!
  • BBQ afterwards!
Please join North Kitsap Trails Association, EMBA-West Sound, Great Peninsula Conservancy and Kitsap County Parks in cleaning up the Port Gamble Trailheads.
Bring gloves and wear your old clothes. We'll be picking up garbage and loading it onto trucks. We'll be working near the roads, so not the best for small kids. If you're late, that's ok! Come to the Uplands Parking and we'll tell you where to head.
Getting there: there is plenty of parking at the Upland trailhead, 1/2 mile south of Port Gamble off Hwy 104. Look for the gate & brown trail signs south of the town near the remote control airfield. We'll spread out to the other trailheads from the Uplands Parking lot and return for the BBQ.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Preparation for spring.

The Broken Spoke will be closed Tuesday February 10th for inventory. Customers can still drop off bikes for repair but no sales will be made. We will return to normal hours the following day of 10-6pm. Thanks everyone for all your support and keep riding! The Broken Spoke Staff