The Bicycling Store   Your bike AND your bicycling

2301 South Jackson Street #214

Seattle, Washington 98144

Promenade 23 Plaza at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson in the Central District 



Hours:

  •  “IN” 4-6pm weekdays and often on weekends
  • “ON CALL” 9am-7pm daily. 

NEW Phone (11/9/2013)
206 856-6941

Call for a chat or to meet at the Store, usually I'm 10-15 minutes away


eMail
david@thebicyclingstore.com

Checked daily

Free Store Events:

Saturdays 2 PM. Bike Checks and Ride2Learn offered 

Any Time:

Learn to ride(balance first then pedal): try my special low seat adult balance bike. My experience helping has really made a difference.
Learn to Drive Learn bike handling and traffic skills for the driving environment. Let's talk about the difference that can make and why its so often skipped.



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Newsletter #71

My presentation “Calming Down” at:

LIVABLE STREETS?  LET’S TALK ABOUT TRAFFIC CALMING 

I’m one of many David Smiths, I started The Bicycling Store where I invite people to learn more about bicycling.

Today I’m confident riding anywhere anytime, although earlier I had enough trouble with cars and crashes I thought I would have to give up bicycling to save my health and even my life. But, I changed the way I think about bicycling, I stopped avoiding traffic, I stopped blaming, and started thinking about getting along.  Maybe I could ride with traffic. Maybe I could learn skills. Maybe I could find successful bicyclists I could learn from. Maybe I could learn to change my behavior and get better results. Maybe I was going in the wrong direction increasing my traffic avoidance with unpleasant incidents.

I started looking at examples of more successful riders, reading books, taking classes and became certified to teach through the LAB. I started my own investigation of Washington State bicycle fatalities that completely changed my understanding of crashes. 

But, I still had a lot to learn before I could become confident with traffic. Here’s the one thing I did that really made the difference - I deliberately looked for difficult traffic - I rode my bike out into increasingly difficult traffic, testing the limits of bicycling skills.

I felt responsible for the advice I was giving my students. And I needed to know the limits and where it would fail. But, instead of failure, I just learned to handle all the traffic I could find.  And I was really surprised when that awful apprehension I had felt disappeared and was replaced with calm confidence.

Well, thats a lot to absorb, but then I noticed something that made a powerful connection to my bicycling. The latest research on the brain/mind is refuting one common belief after another and replacing them with tested outcomes. They all say the same thing: learning to face life’s difficulties and overcome them with a love of learning, resiliency in the face of failure and the ability to change and adapt to your circumstances is a brain/mind healthy approach to your life. 

That fit my bicycling and added a lot more. Why not have your bicycling be consistent with the kind of confident, competent person you want to become so they work together?



Now.. We are here for traffic calming so I’m assuming we’re interested in having a calmer experience bicycling. 



So, can I see a show of hands: How many people here bicycle? (many) and those of you who bicycle how many of you are concerned and you might even limit where and when you ride? So that's basically all of you. (same hands up).

How many people here drive cars? How many of you drive cars, when you see a bicyclist you're more concerned maybe than you would be if you just saw another person driving a car? (Same hands)

I see all lot of concern here. I’ve spent almost 25 years working on this developing a lot of techniques that have allowed me to change my behavior that really pre-empts a lot of bad driving and really changes other people's behavior.

So if you're interested in a different way of thinking about bicycling in traffic and evaluating your options I'm available at the store by phone all day and by appointment and I try to be in the store 4-6pm. And I'm available for just conversation, I have really amazing conversations at the bicycling store, I just see which people want to go a little deeper. There's a number of conversations that have gone on for an hour or two and people saying “Wow, I just never thought about it that way before.” So whether you just want to have a conversation, or get on your bike and try some bike handling skills or traffic skills, that's fine. 

And I really love showing people how to ride for the first time.





Newsletter #68

Bicycling With Mandela

My hero, Nelson Mandela died this month. From prison to negotiator to President, Mandela was known for ending the racial discrimination and segregation program of Aparthied. In that process the challenges he faced inspired him to change the way he thought so his personal example touched our souls and changed the world.

Facing the challenge of ending Aparthied is enough, but doing it with the impossible limitations of imprisonment and isolation, he simply adjusted his thinking to take advantage of the difficulties to learn how to overcome them.  With more time to think, he revisited past mistakes and times he treated others poorly and with his inmates a protocol of communication was established that he practiced so well he turned a prison guard into a lifelong friend. He emerged from prison prepared and practiced as no other for the difficult task of turning South Africa then on a seemingly inevitable path to a bloody racial war and turned it instead into a diverse democracy. It was prison that changed him Mandela said.

The behavior of embracing life’s difficulties has been found by others who successfully overcame their difficulties, and its now being confirmed by modern research on the brain and mind to have better  outcomes. Facing difficulties and overcoming them beats avoidance for comfort, security or financial reward.

When you think of bicycling how do you think? Are you thinking with Nelson Mandela, or against? 




Newsletter #55


Ever overhauled a bicycle bearing? 

Lately, I’ve introduced a few customers to the bike mechanics of bearings.

One customer helped rebuild a Store bike for purchase at a lower price than if I finished it for sale. Another rode in with a bad pedal that we rebuilt with new balls and grease. A couple inherited a long unused bike and we replaced the dried out grease in the crank and wheel bearings as the three of us sat across the folding table passing the tools, grease and parts around along with the conversation. 

My thanks to Chris for this message from my inbox: “I have been really happy about my bike ....  Thanks again for helping me learn the basics and practice is the best way to get better...”

Newsletter # 51

Two ways of thinking

Have you noticed Seattle bicycling becoming popular through a political process rather than a personal responsibility and bicycling competency process? In the store and on the street, I’m surprised by the strong connection this thought can get.

The two ways of thinking generate opposite conclusions: what one sees as safe and comfortable the other may see as dangerous while making them uncomfortable for the unequal treatment of people by vehicle. The political process has a goal of bike facility programs and budgets. Facts that work for the politics are carefully selected, those that don’t are rejected, with emotional buttons pushed to justify and motivate.

A personal responsibility process embraces challenges and learning to get along more broadly with other people first, before asking for special treatment. When we have the discipline to check our bias and interrogate our thoughts, options are generated, evaluated and tested for outcomes.

That’s not a bike” I have said, as I point to a bicycle in my store. “Thats my life when I learn bicycling in a way that sets an example that helps me learn more about life generally.” 

Newsletter #56

23rd Avenue

This Saturday has another open house and workshop on 23rd. Previously I wrote my concerns to the city about:

  1. Removal of the passing lane for faster traffic, then
  2. Widening the lane but not enough for large vehicles to pass a bicyclist.
  3. Routing bicyclists to minor streets

  

When people travel at different speeds, a passing lane accommodates.

The proposed single wider lane allows smaller vehicles to pass a bicyclist but not large vehicles so the bicyclist has a far more difficult time. To cooperate with smaller vehicles the bicyclist would move right to share, but with large vehicles the bicyclist would move left to discourage unsafe lane sharing. 

With the current narrow outside lane the bicyclist can use the center or left of the lane presenting a profile that is very convincing that the lane is occupied so faster traffic more predictably switches lanes earlier passing safer. With the wider lane, the bicyclist now continuously monitors following traffic for size and adjusts lane position. 

Routing bicyclists to minor streets leaves bicyclists crossing all streets, minor and major, from minor streets. Also, parked cars on both sides block sight lines while opposite direction traffic shares the single lane.Thats why bicycle drivers prefer major streets, for the intersection safety improvements, better sight lines and less conflict with opposing traffic.



 
What is The Bicycling Store?

The Bicycling Store started from scratch in August 2012 to test the concept that 

far more people would bicycle and bicycle with greater safety and confidence

if they had a store that prioritized their bicycling experience.

And that includes more than just the bike, gear and repairs.

The Bicycling Store includes learning about your bike:

  • How to check your bike for condition and safety 
  • How to make adjustments and repairs

And learning about your bicycling:

  • How to handle your bike and avoid most crashes
  • How to negotiate traffic with success and pre-empt or ride around problems, even bad driving 

So, The Bicycling Store is more than just a bike shop?

Yes, I do repairs, sell used bikes but much more

Isn’t successful bicycling your top priority?