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Good morning. It’s nice out this week, but plenty of locals hop on their bikes even when it’s nasty.

So we got curious…

Just another drowned bike in Seattle. Thanks for tagging #theevergrey, Miriam! (📸: @miriamsk)

HOW IN THE HECK DO YOU BIKE IN THE RAIN? 🌧

“How do you make it work?” we asked Seattle cyclophiles on Twitter. “How do you stay motivated even when you’re pelted by all things cold and wet?”

Totally about the gear and the attitude,” Lesley Rogers tweeted us, along with this badass pic of her and her two kids on their two-wheeled commute, helmets on and soaked.

What gear works best? Loosh Haver, who commutes 16 miles from northeast Seattle to Factoria, swears by wool, mud guards, fat tires, and Bogs boots. Forrest Baum digs these handlebar rain glove things. Garland loves his bike-specific raincoat: “high collar, no hood, longer back and longer sleeves.” And Genevieve Metzger showed off her rain cape and rain canopy for the kids. “Easier than wrestling them into car seats,” she said.

As for motivation, local cyclists said that biking gets them to exercise, show up at work ready to go, keep their commutes flexible, and — oh yeah —  avoid all the hassles of driving a car.

“Hey we’re curious — when it’s a bit rainy out what motivates you not to spend 60 minutes raging in gridlock traffic with thousands of other humans, for the privilege of spending $30 a day to leave your car unused in a parking lot while you work?” tweeted @yur_mustache.

You make a good point there. For more tips, check out this post by local cyclist Aviva Stephens on the Seattle Bike Blog. She discovered the joys of two-wheeled transport on her commute from Ballard to the Eastside. (Wow!) Enjoy your rides, all.

NOW HERE’S WHAT’S GOING ON IN YOUR CITY 🕷

‘It’s not what went wrong, it was what was done to stop us.’ When our struggles span generations, it’s good to pass on the lessons. So this week, people who led Seattle’s Black Panther Party decades ago shared advice with young Seattleites. “The time is ripe for the next generation to organize, educate yourselves and figure out what programs you want to implement,” former party leader Kathleen Cleaver told the group. “How do you want to challenge oppression? How do you want to move forward?” (South Seattle Emerald)

Bookmark these restaurants, folks. Next time you’re ready for a delicious night out, you’re going to want to have them handy. They’re the winners of the Eater Awards, and they include Junebaby in Ravenna, Pintxo in Belltown, and Dough Zone Dumpling House in the International District. (Eater Seattle)

We’re the 20th hippest city?! We know these city showdown studies only exist to get us clicking and quibbling. But come on. Tacoma, Spokane, and Vancouver are “hipper” than Seattle? You can thank this study’s “U.S. Hipster Index” for this confounding conclusion. It measures gentrification, plus the prevalence of microbreweries, tattoo parlors, vegan stores, and thrift shops. This study was done by a “London-based moving information company.” So you know it’s good. 🙄 (The Seattle Times)

The spider monster that’s eating Seattle. Kudos to the photographer who caught this mechanical creature in the act of destroying our city. Actually, it’s demolition equipment clearing the way for a brand new Rainier Square Tower downtown. Don’t miss the comments on this Reddit thread. They’re a blast. 😉 (Reddit)

Get your species feces. The creatures at our Woodland Park Zoo all pitched in to continue a stinkin’ good holiday tradition — selling “Holidoo” compost to local gardeners. “Get in on the steaming trend while supplies last,” writes the zoo’s PR team, which was probably looking forward to this all year. (Q13)

HERE'S WHAT'S COMING UP 📅

TONIGHT
🎞  Get high and watch The Neverending Story (Queen Anne)
🌠  Ask if there’s life on other planets (Queen Anne)

TOMORROW
💋  Glam it up at Burlesque Nutcracker (Downtown)
⚡️  Tour the city of the future (Downtown)

FRIDAY

🍽  Grab a free grilled cheese (Georgetown)
🍪  Hang out with young pros and support nonprofits (Downtown)
🗣  Hear from Khizr Khan (Capitol Hill)

SATURDAY

🐶  Take your dog to this big howliday party (Pioneer Square)
✨  Visit the Green Lake Pathway of Lights (Green Lake)
🎹  Get music & comics at the DIY Holiday Fair (Queen Anne)
⭐️  Take the kids to the Star Wars Holiday 5k (Ravenna)
🎵  Pair great food with African rhythms (Central District)

SUNDAY
✨  Check out this Swedish holiday fest (Queen Anne)
🎳  Go bowling with fellow LGBTQ+ families (West Seattle)
🎽  Register today for the big Jingle Bell Run (Downtown)

Going to one of these? Send us a pic or tag #theevergrey! See more upcoming events (and submit your own) on our events page.

KEEP THOSE COZY PICS COMIN’

Some of you have already been tagging us on Instagram with #EvergreyChallenge to share your coziest pics: photos of you snuggling with your precious pets, bundling up in fluffy scarves, and chilling at the cabin with a good book. We love ‘em — and we wanna see more. Cozy up to your creative side and submit your pics by next Thursday at 5 p.m.

Stay warm. — The Evergrey

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