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Published: Friday, August 5, 2011, 9:51 a.m.

‘Shop rides' offer cyclists a friendly tour of county roads

  • A group of cyclists crosses over Ebey Slough and heads toward the trestle and on toward Lake Stevens before returning to Snohomish. Several local shop...

    A group of cyclists crosses over Ebey Slough and heads toward the trestle and on toward Lake Stevens before returning to Snohomish. Several local shops offer regular free rides, known as shop rides.

  • The cyclists meet up Snohomish Bicycles for a Saturday morning "shop ride."

    The cyclists meet up Snohomish Bicycles for a Saturday morning "shop ride."

  • Martin Mollat, in the red jacket, leads the ride every week from his Snohomish Bicycles shop.

    Martin Mollat, in the red jacket, leads the ride every week from his Snohomish Bicycles shop.

  • Martin Mollat (front), of Snohomish Bicycles, leads a group on a Saturday morning ride along Homeacres Road.

    Michael O'Leary / The Herald

    Martin Mollat (front), of Snohomish Bicycles, leads a group on a Saturday morning ride along Homeacres Road.

  • A group of cyclists who met up at Snohomish Bicycles ride east along the trestle before heading to Lake Stevens and back to Snohomish. Martin Mollat l...

    Michael O'Leary / The Herald

    A group of cyclists who met up at Snohomish Bicycles ride east along the trestle before heading to Lake Stevens and back to Snohomish. Martin Mollat leads a Saturday morning ride every week from his Snohomish Bicycles shop on First Street in Snohomish.

  • A group of cyclists who met up at Snohomish Bicycles ride east along the trestle before heading to Lake Stevens and back to Snohomish. Martin Mollat l...

    Michael O'Leary / The Herald

    A group of cyclists who met up at Snohomish Bicycles ride east along the trestle before heading to Lake Stevens and back to Snohomish. Martin Mollat leads a Saturday morning ride every week from his Snohomish Bicycles shop on First Street in Snohomish.

  • Michael O'Leary/The Herald
Martin Mollat, in the red jacket, of Snohomish Bicycles leads a group on a Saturday morning ride along Homeacres Road. Moll...

    Michael O'Leary/The Herald Martin Mollat, in the red jacket, of Snohomish Bicycles leads a group on a Saturday morning ride along Homeacres Road. Mollat leads a Saturday morning ride every week from his shop on First Street in Snohomish. photo shot Sauturday July, 16, 2011

Riders in snug black bike shorts and colorful jerseys converge every Saturday morning on a Snohomish bike shop.
They chow down on muffins and coffee, wander the shop, and talk about the weather and the Tour de France. At 9 o'clock, they head outside, mount up and take off behind Martin Mollat, the owner of Snohomish Bicycles.
Mollat, 38, leads a two-hour bike ride every weekend, rain or shine, arriving back at the shop in time to open the doors at 11 a.m.
There's a group of regulars, but all riders are welcome and the pace is adjusted to the group. It's just a fun ride for people who love to cycle.
Mollat isn't the only one who leads a weekly ride. A number of local bicycle merchants offer these free rides, known as "shop rides," regularly scheduled open rides around the county for groups of any size.
A recent Saturday morning saw a handful of riders buck the rain to reap a sunny finish to their ride along the Snohomish River, over Ebey Slough to Lake Stevens and back.
Show up with a bike and join in.
Snohomish Bicycles: 1201 First St., Snohomish; 360-862-8300. Ride leaves the shop at 9 a.m. Saturdays, led by Marvin Mollat. All are welcome. The pace is adjusted to the riders in the group. Routes sometimes vary.
Terrain: some hills.
Pace: moderate to brisk.
Regroup: occasional.
More shop rides
Bicycle Centres: 4707 Evergreen Way, Everett; 425-252-1441
Rob Beyer from Bicycle Centers is the leader. Rides on Sundays at 8 a.m. All are welcome and pace is adjusted to the riders in the group.
Routes: sometimes vary; 20 to 30 miles.
Terrain: hilly.
Pace: moderate.
Regroup: frequent.
Performance Bicycle: 3225 Alderwood Mall Blvd., Lynnwood; 425-774-4096.
Jacob Kearns from Performance Bicycle is the leader. All are welcome and pace is adjusted to riders in the group. Meet before 8 a.m. Saturdays.
Route: 35-mile ride.
Terrain: some hills.
Pace: moderate.
Regroup: occasional.
Bicycles West: 18503 Highway 99, Lynnwood; 425-672-2777.
Mountain bike rides only, at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Edwards State Park in Kenmore. All are welcome. The rides are led by Ed McCall. Sign up for McCall's email blast at ed@bicycleswest.com.
BikeWorks of Lake Stevens: 2010 Grade Road, Lake Stevens; 360-334-7812.
Mountain bike rides.
Routes: vary
Stanwood Velo Sport: 401 N Olympic Ave, Arlington; 360-629-6415.
Social and mountain bike rides.

More on biking
The Cascade Bicycle Club website has information about club rides. See www.cascade.org/.






Story tags » Biking

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