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Staying safe and stylish at the Stinky Spoke Poker Ride

Friday, January 1, 2010by  Jenille Manalo

Bikers posing for Stinky Spoke Poker RideFor an event that includes mountain bikes, mud splatters and a biking path known as “Heart Attack Hill”, the last thing on everyone’s minds might be trying to look fashionable.

However, despite the weather being cold and drizzly, the WALLY team was greeted by bikers dressed in a variety of colors that were anything but grey at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville for this year’s Stinky Spoke Poker Ride. Strategically scheduled to take place on the worst weather day of the year, the Stinky Spoke is an 18-mile bike ride where participants collect playing cards at various stations along the biking course for a chance to win prizes at the end of the event.

When we asked groups of people if they color coordinated their attires, some people said they dressed mostly for safety, while some said they wanted to make sure they looked good for their free souvenir photos!

Whether or not you plan on ever participating on this muddy event, here are some tips on how you can stay safe (and stylish) while riding your bikes in the Northwest during the cold winter season.


The brighter the better: Bright colors stand out and will make you visible to drivers on the road. Added bonus, it will give your overall appearance a semi-retro vibe that will make you look like you are from an 80’s music video.


Decorate your helmets: Don’t be afraid to show your personality! Add cat ears to show your sassiness or a blue and green Mohawk to show your Seahawks spirit. Just make sure that none of your decorations cover your eyes!


Add Christmas lights: While wrapping Christmas lights around your bikes might take a bit more time and effort, this is perfect for those who are still having some post-holiday blues.


Lastly, don’t forget to smile with pride. Nothing will show true confidence after finishing a race than a big bright smile, even if you are covered in mud!


As always, we had a great time at this year’s Stinky Spoke Poker Ride. To all those riders out there, stay safe and stay stylin’!

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