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    Evil Bikes opening in Bellingham

    New Evil store/factory/etc looks close to opening up in swank Fairhaven district of Bellingham. With Transition and Kona already here, what gives? Galbraith and Chuckanut mountain⛰ are great but there not Moab (yet). Maybe the loonies in Seattle drove them out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trysixty View Post
    Galbraith and Chuckanut mountain⛰ are great but there not Moab (yet).
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    Quote Originally Posted by trysixty View Post
    New Evil store/factory/etc looks close to opening up in swank Fairhaven district of Bellingham. With Transition and Kona already here, what gives? Galbraith and Chuckanut mountain⛰ are great but there not Moab (yet). Maybe the loonies in Seattle drove them out?
    A few years back, I asked Chris Canfield why Canfield Brothers moved their company to Bellingham. His answer? Whistler.

    I think Bellingham has some great riding, but the real appeal for me would be that you're within a couple hour drive of more incredible riding in BC than you can shake a stick at. Heck, I drove right past Bellingham 4 times last year on my way to BC to ride, and Bellingham is 6 hours closer to BC than where I am at.

    If the company I work for hadn't closed it's office in Bellingham, I'd seriously be considering moving up there.
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    Fairhaven is swank???

    Seattle has become a total sh!tshow and I can completely understand their move to Bellingham. Also, consider that the whole town is nuts for riding.

    It has a much stronger riding culture than Seattle and there are a lot of new trails in the works up there.
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    Too many bums and rv's parked at their current location

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    Fairhaven is swank???

    Seattle has become a total sh!tshow and I can completely understand their move to Bellingham. Also, consider that the whole town is nuts for riding.

    It has a much stronger riding culture than Seattle and there are a lot of new trails in the works up there.
    This, exactly.

    Especially the swank part about Fairhaven. It's cool and eclectic... but swank? Many of the homes in the area are, but the business area is just cool and, dare I say it, hip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    Fairhaven is swank???

    Seattle has become a total sh!tshow and I can completely understand their move to Bellingham. Also, consider that the whole town is nuts for riding.

    It has a much stronger riding culture than Seattle and there are a lot of new trails in the works up there.
    I live south of Seattle and I want to move to Bellingham! The politics down here gets old in the Olympia - Seattle region. I'm sure you know that already! Now, if I can only convince my wife to move up there...

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    .....swank Fairhaven district of Bellingham (OP).......If you check out the new Evil facility it is very upscale and they appear to have preserved an wooded area to test bikes? They (Evil) were hush on building the facility, having a third party file all the building permits so as not to disclose their Seattle departure I presume. Interesting enough another third party permit filing in B’Ham is rumored to be another bike company (SC).

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    On the way to Whistler last summer I rode at Galbraith. What a fun trail network! Loved it. I also own an Evil but I don't really think about where they locate their business.

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    I knew they were in trouble and trying to get funding. Glad they were able to move forward and not go under.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thustlewhumber View Post
    I knew they were in trouble and trying to get funding. Glad they were able to move forward and not go under.
    Is this true? If so, I sure hope they weather whatever financial storm they are battling.

    I have been lobbying my LBS to bring Evil in. I spoke with Evil last summer. They made it crystal clear that they are looking hard for more Canadian dealers. Goddammit. If my LBS brought them in they would instantly pre-sell a half dozen to me and my crew. I have no idea why they wouldn’t snag them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post
    Is this true? If so, I sure hope they weather whatever financial storm they are battling.

    I have been lobbying my LBS to bring Evil in. I spoke with Evil last summer. They made it crystal clear that they are looking hard for more Canadian dealers. Goddammit. If my LBS brought them in they would instantly pre-sell a half dozen to me and my crew. I have no idea why they wouldn’t snag them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    Fairhaven is swank???

    Seattle has become a total sh!tshow and I can completely understand their move to Bellingham. Also, consider that the whole town is nuts for riding.

    It has a much stronger riding culture than Seattle and there are a lot of new trails in the works up there.
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    This, exactly.

    Especially the swank part about Fairhaven. It's cool and eclectic... but swank? Many of the homes in the area are, but the business area is just cool and, dare I say it, hip.
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    I live south of Seattle and I want to move to Bellingham! The politics down here gets old in the Olympia - Seattle region. I'm sure you know that already! Now, if I can only convince my wife to move up there...

    Oh, once I get in better shape, I'll hit you up for a ride at Tiger Mountain

    Considering moving up to Seattle area from California...

    I'm surprised seeing these negative posts. My buddy loved riding up there.

    Did something change?

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    Not sure what you mean.

    My comment is only that I wouldn't consider Fairhaven "swank".

    Seattle, though? Not sure what your baseline is for "change", so tough to answer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    Not sure what you mean.

    My comment is only that I wouldn't consider Fairhaven "swank".

    Seattle, though? Not sure what your baseline is for "change", so tough to answer?
    Sorry I thought you were agreeing with the "sh!tshow" part as well

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    For Seattle, I do. Over crowding, taxing the crap out of everything to fund extra-progressive initiatives rather than basic municipal functions. Nanny state (soda taxes, ban straws, etc). Traffic.

    I wouldn't live there. So I guess I was agreeing about the Seattle part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forealz View Post
    Considering moving up to Seattle area from California...

    I'm surprised seeing these negative posts. My buddy loved riding up there.

    Did something change?

    Say it ain't so
    Dude, everyone from California is moving up here! The politics just gets old in this area. The riding is excellent though. I'm just tired of paying $500 a year to renew my tabs for my truck all because of a stupid rail system that my county voted against but 2 other counties voted for it (long story). Not to mention that my property taxes have been going up every year. The area is becoming more expensive to live and a lot of people need 2 jobs just to live up here.
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    Traffic is horrendous out there.

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    The bums and RVs are in Bellingham too. There’s even a camp for them at City Hall.

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    The socialist DUI x 3 Mayor has proclaimed all homeless, bums, illegals,etc are to addressed as Citizens ....and it is correct to have a camp for our “Citizens” at City Hall so they don’t go into swank Fairhaven, yuppie Barkley Village or heaven forbid the North Shore of Lake Whatcom....places where all the left wing politicians and lawyers live.

    So if you’re moving here just stay away from downtown and you can spend your time biking at Galby or Chuckanut Mtn⛰ or Blanchard Mtn or Anacortes CLT or Fort Ebey or Whistler or....

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    For Seattle, I do. Over crowding, taxing the crap out of everything to fund extra-progressive initiatives rather than basic municipal functions. Nanny state (soda taxes, ban straws, etc). Traffic.

    I wouldn't live there. So I guess I was agreeing about the Seattle part.
    That seems about right. However, there is a lot of excellent riding near Seattle.

    BTW, I'm rather liberal, but Seattle takes it to an extreme that even I can't stomach. I live across the lake from that shithole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyAsheville View Post
    The bums and RVs are in Bellingham too. There’s even a camp for them at City Hall.
    That's too bad. I think Seattle really needs to up their game and offer even greater "services" and protections to entice all the homeless to move there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    That's too bad. I think Seattle really needs to up their game and offer even greater "services" and protections to entice all the homeless to move there.
    Drug recreation area in the new tunnel from Seattle City Council, homeless only 24/7 Starbucks from Howie Schultz, $500 Amazon gift certificate from Bezos, a MIcrosoft tablet from Gates and finally a lifetime season tickets to the Seattle Mariners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trysixty View Post
    Drug recreation area in the new tunnel from Seattle City Council, homeless only 24/7 Starbucks from Howie Schultz, $500 Amazon gift certificate from Bezos, a MIcrosoft tablet from Gates and finally a lifetime season tickets to the Seattle Mariners.
    You forgot immunity from arrest and prosecution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    You forgot immunity from arrest and prosecution.
    They already have that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    They already have that.
    Doh! Yes, you're correct.

    How could I forget?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    That seems about right. However, there is a lot of excellent riding near Seattle.

    BTW, I'm rather liberal, but Seattle takes it to an extreme that even I can't stomach. I live across the lake from that shithole.
    Everyone always acts like you have to live downtown, WTF? It's the same mentality where people that think California is only SD, LA, the coast up to about SLO, Santa Cruz and the Bay Area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Everyone always acts like you have to live downtown, WTF? It's the same mentality where people that think California is only SD, LA, the coast up to about SLO, Santa Cruz and the Bay Area.
    There are some very nice neighborhoods in Seattle. That's not what I was getting at.

    My comment was more directed at the completely incompetent city government. For example, spending many millions on a trolley system only to find out that the tracks that they installed don't fit the width of the trains and the cars won't fit into the maintenance shop because it's too low. Not to mention that the trolley wasn't needed in the first place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    There are some very nice neighborhoods in Seattle. That's not what I was getting at.

    My comment was more directed at the completely incompetent city government. For example, spending many millions on a trolley system only to find out that the tracks that they installed don't fit the width of the trains and the cars won't fit into the maintenance shop because it's too low. Not to mention that the trolley wasn't needed in the first place.
    Yep, just like that whole Sound Transit link system that jacked up the price of our vehicle tabs for the rest of our life. Pierce County shot it down while the other 2 counties voted for it. Now Pierce has to pay the stupid tax.
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    Such a simple solution for the incompetence of state governments on the west coast.........have Donald add 1200 miles to the wall from Tijuana to Blaine along I5.....need a catchy name for the new country or it could be just called Northern Mexico?

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    Count me as someone who lives in Pierce county and voted for ST3. I commute to Seattle daily and only wish our mass transit system had been built out in the late 20th century. I grew up collecting Road&Track and now can't stand cars or our car-centric urbanism, and think they may have been one of the biggest mistakes of mankind. Bring me trains. Lots of trains.

    The major thing "driving" a move to Bellingham would be the potential to not drive my car/truck/van/whatever to reach good riding, or perform the rest of my daily functions.

    I don't want to get into an online debate, but suffice to say there are plenty of people who see all the above problems brought up in this thread as a lot more complex than simply incompetent government officials (people who were put there, directly or indirectly, by us).

    Let's get back to talking about Evil and their wooded area for test riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sotak View Post
    The major thing "driving" a move to Bellingham would be the potential to not drive my car/truck/van/whatever to reach good riding, or perform the rest of my daily functions.
    When I lived in Bellingham, I used my bike for pretty much all in-town transportation and only used my truck for occasional out of town trips. There are gravel pathways all over the place which makes bike transport safe and enjoyable. During snow storms, I'd XC ski on those same trails. It was awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sotak View Post

    Let's get back to talking about Evil and their wooded area for test riding.
    Is it private land, or forested? does it have enough vert and acreage for some fun trails, or is it more suited for a DJ line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Battery View Post
    Dude, everyone from California is moving up here! The politics just gets old in this area. The riding is excellent though. I'm just tired of paying $500 a year to renew my tabs for my truck all because of a stupid rail system that my county voted against but 2 other counties voted for it (long story). Not to mention that my property taxes have been going up every year. The area is becoming more expensive to live and a lot of people need 2 jobs just to live up here.
    Guilty. I'm totally one of those people. I recently escaped from CA (silicon valley), up into the greater Seattle area. However, I did my best to stay away from Seattle proper, and in the time I've been here, I haven't been closer than about 15 miles from there :P. Because, besides my personal desire to be closer to the mountains, I was trying to find place I could live off of only 1 income :P.

    So, as a new move in, and someone who is new to the sport, I've not made it up to Bellingham quite yet. Are the Kona, Transition, and new Evil bike shops close enough to visit pretty easily on the same day (that also includes riding)? Also, do you think they'll do demos up there like Transition does?

    I've got a buddy who is still on a hardtail that may be open to doing a few demos. We're roughly the same size/weight, so we can switch between bikes pretty easily, so I'd be able to try out a few of these bikes too .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocnLogan View Post
    So, as a new move in, and someone who is new to the sport, I've not made it up to Bellingham quite yet. Are the Kona, Transition, and new Evil bike shops close enough to visit pretty easily on the same day (that also includes riding)? Also, do you think they'll do demos up there like Transition does?

    I've got a buddy who is still on a hardtail that may be open to doing a few demos. We're roughly the same size/weight, so we can switch between bikes pretty easily, so I'd be able to try out a few of these bikes too .
    Google maps has them all located. Kona and Transition are pretty close to the north end of Galbraith, but it's still a mile or so to trailheads. Evil will be a little further but is a pretty straight shot east to the south end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by officeboy View Post
    Google maps has them all located. Kona and Transition are pretty close to the north end of Galbraith, but it's still a mile or so to trailheads. Evil will be a little further but is a pretty straight shot east to the south end.
    Awesome, thanks for the info man . While not exactly right next to each other, it looks like they're only ~4 miles apart, so it looks like we could easily hit them all up on the same trip.

    Sometimes places are in the same city... but due to where they are, traffic, and/or the size of the city, it can take hours to get from one to the other. Clearly thats not the case here.

    Looks like my trip up there will have to be a full day .

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    You guys complaining about Seattle and WA in general should take a hard look at California where mountain biking is on the verge of being illegal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madamfunk View Post
    You guys complaining about Seattle and WA in general should take a hard look at California where mountain biking is on the verge of being illegal.
    Ummm, why would we take a hard look at CA? We don't want to be there, so looking at it is nothing more than having the ability to go:






    Oh, and went by there yesterday to check it out. They won't open the retail store until "June-ish" is what they said.

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    All 3 stores/outlets/factories are within 10 minutes of both Galby or Chuckanut Mountain parking lot.......keep coming to Bellingham, real estate values are skyrocketing!! Seattle here we come....my house is for sale for 2M, next stop Winthrop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curveball View Post
    My comment was more directed at the completely incompetent city government. For example, spending many millions on a trolley system only to find out that the tracks that they installed don't fit the width of the trains and the cars won't fit into the maintenance shop because it's too low. Not to mention that the trolley wasn't needed in the first place.
    As someone who doesn't live there and doesn't have to deal with it, that level of incompetence is impressive...and kinda funny.

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