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Glenn BurkhartFor owner Glenn Burkhart, the Northwest Bicycle Improvement Company (NBIC) is a labor of love.  Though it opened in 2014 on 2nd street, the bicycle rental and service shop only recently moved to its current home on Pennsylvania Avenue.  The bike shop rents and services bicycles and also carries a wide assortment of products to ensure you have everything you need to ride the roads or the local trails.
Glenn has enjoyed bike riding for as long as he can remember, so the most important goal of the shop is to help spread the joy of riding in Roslyn.  “I’m really passionate about the area.  I love the climate, I love the ecology that we have here,” Glenn says, “secondly, I want to support the community.”   The staff is always happy to provide local trail information to help you on your way.  In the Spring and Summer, the NBIC also organizes group rides, often on Saturday mornings, where bikers can just show up and join a ride.  “It’s just an awesome, magical thing when people are group riding, enjoying each other’s company, enjoying the weather, and enjoying riding bikes.” Keep an eye on their Facebook page for those opportunities and be sure to check out the interactive Roslyn trail map available on their website.
The name of the shop, NorthWest Bicycle Improvement Company (a play on the historic Northwest Improvement Company that served as the company store during Roslyn’s coal mining era) is only partially tongue and cheek.  The team provides a wide set of bicycle maintenance, tune-up, and repair services to help you keep your bike performing at its best. Likewise, since the team at the shop possess decades of combined experience working on bicycles, you can be sure you’ll have only top talent repairing or optimizing your ride.
One thing visitors to Roslyn are quick to notice is the number fat tire bikes.  While not exclusively used for Winter riding, fat bikes are ideal for riding in snowy conditions and they help make riding a year-round recreation.  The wide tires provide more grip in the snow, and when the snow melts, they’re great for sand as well (of course, fat tire bikes are available for rent at the shop).  Another emerging trend is bikepacking. As the name implies, bikepacking is like backpacking, except you load up your bike with the necessary provisions and make your escape for days at a time.  If you’re feeling adventurous, a variety of gear and carrying systems are available for transforming your ride into a two wheeled caravan.
If you’re not comfortable on wheels, Snowshoes are also available for rent.  However, if you’re looking to enjoy a ride in Roslyn, regardless of whether you have a bike or need a bike, there is no better place to start your adventure than the Northwest Bicycle Improvement Company! Stop by and let Glenn get you started on your Roslyn ride!

Need a hand finding your way around the Roslyn network of trails?  The Roslyn Trails Alliance, with support from a large group of local sponsors, maintains a detailed trail map that will help you on your way.   The map is available here as a standalone PDF file.  When paired with the Avenza Maps App, your phone’s GPS will place you within the map so you can easily navigate the area.  Both the map and download instructions for the Avenza Trail App are available at the Northwest Bicycle Improvement Company’s website.Roslyn Trails App

boatsThe Brick Saloon is well known for its 23 foot long running water spittoon at the foot of the bar.  But on Saturday, March 11th, the bar stools are removed and the spittoon will be transformed into a 23 foot river raceway that attracts boating competitors from far and wide.  There are four separate race classes, but the most fiercely competitive category is the wooden boat class. The Brick will open at 10am on the 11th for weigh in, and the races will kick off at noon.   Following the races, be sure to stick around for The Brick Nautical Ball.  If you enjoy good beer, fun folks, the spirit of competition, and music that gets you dancing – there is no better event to attend than the Spittoon Races and Nautical Ball at the Brick Saloon.

Official Classes and Specifications:

  • Class 1: Soap/Wax boats (can’t weigh more than 1 oz.)
  • Class 2: Wood boats (can’t weigh more than 1 oz.)
  • Class 3: Paper/Plastic boats (can’t weigh more than 1 oz.)
  • Class 4: Motor & Experimental boats (can’t weigh more than 1.5 oz.)

All boats may be waterproofed but must not exceed 3” long, 1 ½” wide and 3” in height.  There are no mechanical or other means of propulsion allowed except in the “Experimental Class”. There is a $10 entry fee per boat in all classes except for wood.  The wood category is $5 per boat because it is run in a single elimination format until it gets down to the final four, at which time the races turn to double elimination.  All other classes are double elimination from start to finish.  Visit the Brick or the Brick’s website to ensure you have the most up to date information and rules, and check out past videos to get a sense of what it’s all about: 2012, 2011.

Do you want to experience Winter in Roslyn, but can’t actually make it here to visit this year?  Now you can enjoy a 360 degree video experience! Use your mouse to navigate within the video below, or view it in any YouTube compatible virtual reality device.  Of course, it’s not as good as the real thing, but we hope it makes you feel a bit like being here!

Santa and FriendsThe snow is falling and the Christmas season is in full swing in Roslyn! In addition to the great restaurants and shops worth visiting, there is also plenty of holiday fun to be had. First, don’t miss your chance for photos with Santa and friends in the historic NWI building mall. They’ll be here for a visit between noon and 3pm on Saturday the 10th and 17th. The mall hosts some fantastic local businesses, including Fused, Roslyn Rags, Hope Gallery, and Willy Nilly Antiques and Relicology. On Saturday, December 10th, the Red Bird Café (located across the street from the NWI building) will also be offering free gift wrapping with all donations going to support a local woman who is currently battling leukemia.

On Saturday December 17th at 3pm, come celebrate the Solstice at the Roslyn Yard. Create your own yule log, then take a luminaria lit walk through the Roslyn Urban Forest and enjoy a short story by fire light. A donation of $20 for families and $10 for couples is suggested (proceeds to support the Roslyn and Ellensburg Outdoor Schools).

There is also plenty going on at Suncadia during Winterfest 2016. Experience the thrill of downhill tubing through the snow with the ease of a rope tow to bring you back to the top! Three hour time blocks are $20 per person and includes use of the tube and the rope tow (weather permitting). Suncadia also offers ice skating at the outdoor rink located at the Village Pavilion. These are just a couple of the activities in Suncadia, so check out the 2016 Winterfest Guide for full details on times, costs, and scheduled activities.

While in the area, be sure to check out the other great shops and restaurants in town, including:

Suncadia Tubing


Labor Day Weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year in upper Kittitas County. On Saturday, the two day High Country Log Show starts at 1pm, providing a weekend of entertaining logging competitions and fun for the entire family. Saturday night, consider visiting the Roslyn, Ronald, Cle Elum Heritage Club’s All Nation’s Heritage Night celebration at Hawthorne Hall in the neighboring town of Ronald.  The event celebrates all nations and will feature live music, Glondo’s sausage, a dessert table, and even a raffle.  The Heritage ParadeClub will also be holding the traditional Coal Miners Crowning of King Coal at the Miners’ Memorial in Roslyn on Sunday at 10am, just before the annual parade at noon.  While in town, be sure to explore the great downtown shops (including those in the historic NWI building) take in some music at The Roslyn Yard,  and browse the popular Sunday Farmers Market! Come for a day or come for the weekend, either way, you’ll be glad you did!

 

brochure_RoslynNow it’s easier than ever to explore Roslyn and find fun and interesting things to do!  The “Welcome to Roslyn” guides, which were extremely popular last year, have been updated and are available at no cost from Roslyn area businesses.  The guides include an area map, an index of businesses, an events calendar, dining recommendations, and suggestions on things to do and see.  Frankly, the included map would better be described as art with function.  Not only does it serve to guide you around the lovely and historic City of Roslyn, it also does a great job depicting the charm and local flavor of this unique area.   It is the product of local artist Kathleen Michael and prints or canvas versions can be requested via email or at her downtown shop, From Roslyn With Love.  To see more of her work, be sure to visit the shop (and while you’re there, keep an eye out for a pesky photobombing Sasquatch!).
Roslyn Map

Basecamp Make Roslyn your basecamp to outdoor recreation with Basecamp Books and Bites.  As the name implies, Basecamp is a community gathering place, it’s a spot to grab a bite or read a book, and Miner Wallit’s a terrific starting point for any Roslyn area outdoor adventure.  Located in the center of town (in the building known for the historic miner mural), the comfortable setting allows for indoor and outdoor seating while you enjoy an espresso drink, a snack, or even a light meal.  If you’re not sure what the rest of your day has in store, there are plenty of trail guides and hiking books available to help you pull your plans together.  And don’t worry, there are lots of snacks and trail mixes available to provide you nourishment when you hit the trails.  Basecamp is open seven days a week, so come on out to Roslyn and start an adventure!Basecamp

doggie_olympicsThis weekend, Roslyn goes to the dogs!  The ARRF Animal Rescue Doggie Olympics will be held Saturday July 11th at Runje Park.  Roslyn will also be home to the Puget Sound Dock Dogs Northwest Regional Championships taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  This young and unique, water based, doggy team sport consists of high jumps (Big Air), Long Jumps (Extreme Vertical), and speed competitions (Speed Retrieve).  This is the first time these two events have ever happened together!

The annual ARRF Doggie Olympics supports a great cause and is fun for the entire family!  Bring the kids and bring the dogs for a morning packed full of fun K9 competitions, including:

  • K9 SingOff
  • Dunking for Dogs
  • Peanut Butter Lick
  • Musical Hoops
  • Most Unusual Trick
  • Frisbee Throw

Dogs must already be registered to compete in the Dock Dog competition, but registration for the Doggie Olympics is open to all and starts at 9:30am with the games kicking of at 10:00am.

Dock Dogs

 

Roslyn Farmers Market LogoThe Roslyn Farmers Market starts this weekend and will be open every Sunday until September 13th.  Be sure to swing by for music, arts and crafts, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, tasty treats, activities and more.  This year, the market is shifting a block to the West in order to take better advantage of the new Roslyn Yard. Come for the market and stay for the day, there is plenty of fun to be had in Roslyn!