Gregg’s Cycle is something of a Seattle institution — its flagship Greenlake location has operated since 1932.
Gregg’s has expanded to three locations, but the Lynnwood location (lucky us) opened its doors in 2007. Gregg’s is known for having an expert, involved staff who will answer questions and match you with the best bike or cycling products, whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a brand new rider.
May is Bike to Work Month, and with spring’s warmer temperatures, it’s a great time to get outfitted for recreational or commuter cycling. Gregg’s Alderwood Cycle has everything you need, plus a full-service repair shop and a convenient location near the Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood.
Gregg’s has a solid bike inventory for everyone, from kids to commuters to serious mountain bikers. Commuter hybrid bikes that combine the sleekness of a road bike with a more comfortable, upright frame and straight handlebars are popular. Women’s bikes are well represented at Gregg’s with narrower handlebars, compact frames and women’s saddles. They also carry beach-cruisers and townies for the recreational cyclist, hard-core mountain bikes and a wide range of
kids and youth bicycles.
If you already have a bike that needs an upgrade, Gregg’s can help you put slick road tires on your mountain bike to make it commuter-ready, add fenders or a rack for waterproof panniers (saddlebag style) or even perform major and minor tune-ups and repairs on-site. The service shop assembles all of Gregg’s bicycle inventory and can repair all makes and models of bikes, providing the parts are available. They promise to fix flats on the spot, and new bikes purchased at Gregg’s come with a complimentary break-in tune-up within the first three months. Gregg’s also sells service packages for the life of your bike with annual tune-ups, unlimited free adjustments and guaranteed turn-around times.
If you’re a bike accessory and clothing nut, Gregg’s carries plenty. A wide range of accessories, shoes, helmets and athletic wear they also carry the newest trends for the commuter crowd: wear-to-work riding gear. Featuring water-resistant, breathable materials with extra padding and features like U-lock waistband holsters and reflective turn-up leg cuffs. Styles include dark denim jeans, canvas-style knee-shorts, Levi skinny jeans, soft merino wool henleys and breathable polos — all with the intent to spare weekday riders from traditional spandex and lycra fashions for high-performance clothing that converts seamlessly to business casual.
Gregg’s staff shared a few recommendations for entry-level bikes that would appeal to every rider. For commuters: The Sirrus Sport Disc, a hybrid with hydraulic brakes at $699. For women: The Trek 7.3 or 7.4 starting at $599. For mountain bikers: The Trek EX5 Full Suspension or Trek X Caliber 8 hardtail at $949. For families: The Burley bicycle trailer, which is ASTM safety certified for up to 2 kids and 100 pounds of weight. These hitch to bikes with a quick release attachment that comes standard on most of Gregg’s bikes starting at $299.
Avid or aspiring riders have a lot to look forward to in coming months. For Bike to Work Month, Gregg’s will have cycling stations at Boeing Everett and the Edmonds-Mukilteo ferry. Gregg’s is also supporting several rides, including the Tour de Cure (Woodinville), May 10; 7 Hills of Kirkland, May 26; and the Red-Bell 100 (Redmond to Bellingham), Jun. 28. Of course, all things Northwest cycling culminate Jul. 12, with the Seattle to Portland ride, and now is the time to start training for the 1-2 day ride that attracts 10,000 cyclists each year.
The North End offers multiple scenic paved bike paths for recreational riders. The most impressive of these is the 29-mile Centennial Trail running north-south from Snohomish all the way to the Skagit County line at Nakashima Farm Trailhead. And check out the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River trails, both a quick drive from the North End with trailheads in Bothell and Woodinville. Gregg’s stocks a complimentary Snohomish County Bicycling and Trail Map.
The breadth and quality of Gregg’s retail offerings and the proficient and personable assistance available to customers are obvious the moment you step into their shop, making Gregg’s the only stop you need to get into the spin of cycling season this year.
18021 Alderwood Mall Pkwy., Lynnwood
Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–8 p.m.,
Sat.–Sun. 10 a.m.–6p.m.