Second Ascent, Seattle’s unique outdoor retail store held its first “Shop Party Bike Night” Saturday night showcasing the arrival of 2013 Transition Bicycles. Within minutes of the doors opening at 7 pm, the store was pulsating with excitement. Mountain biking videos ‘danced’ on a large screen, hors d’Oeuvers, Ninkasi Total Domination IPA and Georgetown Manny’s Ale were provided. Raffle tickets were sold to benefit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance at three dollars a ticket or $20 for an arm length. The cash register was open for those who wanted to purchase gear on sale. 20% off coupons were available for all to use through March 10.
By far, most attendees were Second Ascent fans and loyal customers. One enthusiastic fan, Kelly, sang the store’s praises telling about shopping for rock climbing gear. Saying that not “outdoorsy” at all, she was totally out of her element, but very quickly the professional and personable staff made her feel comfortable. She relates being suspended with gear deftly from the ceiling, and afterward leaving the store with all the gear she needed. Smiling she said she knew she would win something in the evening’s raffle because she always won.
Clearly, the store owned by Greg and Paula Shaw has grown much since its beginnings in 1996. Greg Shaw commented that they began with about seven employees and now have twenty. Specializing in backcountry sports, the Shaws have staffed their store with accomplished sport-tested personnel. No less experienced is the bike shop staff. Knowledgeable about bikes, the brands they carry and type of bike whether a commuter or a mountain bike. Mountain biking was very much the realm of Saturday night’s crowd.
The enthusiasm only grew through the evening, building and carrying through the raffle. While David mc’ed, Isaac shook, thoroughly mixing the collected house tickets in an empty detergent tub. Spread out on a low table were small items being raffled: Bern or Bell helmets, hydration packs, goggles, sunglasses, gloves and Ninkasi T-shirts, hoodies and ballcaps. As numbers were called the crowd simultaneously held their breaths. By the reading of the fourth digit, quiet went to groans and then as the winner rushed forward to claim her prize, cheers went up from all. The bikes were what everyone waited for. Redline donated a 29er Monocog and Kona a 2012 26” Humuhumu-Nukunuku-A-Pua’a. Better know simply as a Humu, Ian from Kona described it as the simplest bike with the longest name. Isaac rolled out two new Transition Klunkers, one of which would be won, giving the winner the opportunity to choose the one he wanted. Whether or not a raffle winner, everyone had a great time contributing to a worthy cause. Evergreen Bicycle Alliance was formed in 1990 by the merging of two organization. Since it has expanded its programs of advocacy, education and recreation recently forming a high school organization. Funds raised by the Second Ascent raffle will further the organization’s projects.