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Address: 314 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA
Hours: Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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PSq ALLEY RALLY – April 5th

Posted on Feb 26, 2018 | Comments Off on PSq ALLEY RALLY – April 5th

Join us in Pioneer Square to celebrate the completion of Nord Alley and Pioneer Passage! Both alleys now feature beautiful new brick surfaces and improved stormwater drainage systems. Let’s kick off the new and improved alleys with music and art from local artists. Stroll the alleys and visit the adjacent businesses during April’s First Thursday Artwalk and help us celebrate this exciting achievement.

Thursday, April 5th
4:30 – 5:00pm Remarks in Occidental Square Park
5:00 – 7:00pm Alley Festivities in Pioneer Passage & Nord Alley
Located in blocks between 1st Ave S – Occidental Ave S (East/West), and Yesler Way – S Washington and S Main – S Jackson (North/South)









Project funding: Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Office of Economic Development, Seattle City Light, CenturyLink, and a federal Transportation Alternative Program grant.

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The 5th Shortest Day/Longest Night Get Dowwn Downhill

Posted on Dec 3, 2017 | Comments Off on The 5th Shortest Day/Longest Night Get Dowwn Downhill

Meet at Back Alley, 12 noon. Rolling 12:34. Aim to be back at Hooverville by sunset. Mmmm, Get Dowwn!

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It’s a blast!

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 | Comments Off on It’s a blast!

With road work along FR26 and FR99, the north side of Mt St Helens’ Windy Ridge (the Blast Zone) is seeing very little activity this summer. And so when a group of friends had in mind to take on the Ape Canyon/Smith Creek Epic we knew we would have a chance to enjoy “surfing the pumice” minus any crowds.


Alex on Windy Ridge

A Fine Line

View up from Ape Canyon. The traverse is getting to be a bit sketchy.

An Ape Canyon Classic™

A lurking volcano



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Gateway to Adventure

Posted on May 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Gateway to Adventure

Out past Bremerton, Seabeck, Holly and Dewatto, the hills offer context and texture to the Hood canal and Tahuya Penninsula. You know you’ve arrived when you reach the Lost Highway.
Stop in at our Radventure Emporium, enjoy a libation at our Counsultation Station and start your next radventure with us. 

Open M-W 9am-6ish, Thurs-Fri 9-8pm

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2017 is for buggin out.

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 | Comments Off on 2017 is for buggin out.

All roads are for riding. Travis get’s dowwn with his Rohloff equipped Crust Evasion, WTB Ranger 3.0 fast rollers wrapped around Velocity Dually’s, Jones carbon bar, XT M8000 hydro stoppers, White Industries G30 cranks, SON 28 dyno powered Luxos U. Eriksen Ti Sweet Post proping up the Cambium 17, Chris King headset and bottom brisket. Stick an Atomic Cyclewerks BYOBB into that Wald 139, and start your digging. Pretty damn near the bees knees.

Want a closer look? Click image 🙂

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SHOP EXPANSION – May 5th Open House

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 | Comments Off on SHOP EXPANSION – May 5th Open House












Hi Folks – we’re growing!! And to express our gratitude for our awesome customers, we’re closing the shop 4/14 and 4/15 (and working throughout the weekend) to create our new and expanded Service Laboratory and Radventure Emporium. We’re stoked about our new check-in counter, adding an additional work stand, our new wheel-building station, expanding our product lines, and our casual custom Consultation Station. Pretty cool stuff!

So while you’re free to stop by and entice us with your weekend adventure plans, we’re gonna stay to course so we can open up on Monday 4/18. We’ll take the next couple of weeks to complete the vision, so as to get things in order for our May 5th Open House.

Thanks for your patience. Stay pumped up!!

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BOOM! Shop Hoodie!!

Posted on Mar 9, 2016 | Comments Off on BOOM! Shop Hoodie!!

Last October, we had a visitor from Maine who came wanting to rent a sweet Bridgestone RB-2 for several days. Happy to oblige, I asked what brought him to Seattle. “I’m here doing a bit of research for a book I’m writing” he replied. I nodded, “right on, riding bikes helps me ‘peel back the layers of the onion’ too. You’ve picked a fine destination.” He was looking forward to exploring the San Juans and taking in the sweet vistas while diving into some family history. We set him up, and sent him on his way… A couple of days later he shows up while we’re opening up for the day, with a couple of coffees for us and a huge smile. It’s clear he’s having a good time. He’s chatty in a burly upper-east coast way, telling stories in a physical manner. He’s a pleasant older gentleman with a robust vocabulary, a fairly deep knowledge of cycling, and a seemingly pure love for life.

Just hanging out in front of the shop, sipping coffee, he’s with the rental RB-2, and he’s talking us up. He’s lived a life full of hardships and explains that he grew up with 6 brothers, 4 of them now dead from drugs. Growing up, the brothers would play a game called “Stun”, or “nuts, backwards”. He explained the rules of the game- 1 point for hitting a brother in the nuts. 3 points for dropping him to his knees. 5 points for making him cry. To illustrate his point, he chucks the rental helmet against the brick wall, “BOOM, CAN OF SOUP. 5  POINTS”

We’re proud to offer you our first Back Alley Bike Repair Shop Hoodie. Featuring the comfy, midweight full-zip, Gildan hooded sweatshirt, custom screened by a polo homie. Jake the Snake cooked up a sweet image that celebrates the funky times of Boom, Souplife. We’re sporting a brown sleeveless version around the shop, but we’re stoked to offer this version to you with sleeves, in Black. It’s slightly warm. It’s perfect. Boom! Soup. $40 + $4.95 s/h.







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Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, all rolled up into one

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 | Comments Off on Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca, all rolled up into one

A conversation with Zack, from NW Asian Weekly, turned into these nice words…

*click pic for full interview*

More Bikes = More Fun







We’ve been based in Pioneer Square for over 5 years. We’ve seen a lot of change, and some of it, we’re very proud of participating in. If you’re new to Seattle or Pioneer Square-curious, stop by for a chat, some maps, some high-fives and some jams, M-F, 9-ish to 6-ish.

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