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My recent chance sighting and photo of a curious cargo/passenger bike (a Bakfiets) in Fremont led to a kind invitation to a party tonight at Dutch Bike Co. Seattle in Ballard (just east of the Ballard Bridge along the ship canal on Shilshole Ave, around the block from the huge Trader Joe's/LA Fitness construction site and Edith Macefield's engulfed little house). It was fun with a lively crowd enjoying brats, beer, bikes, and great blues (from the band Ratfish Bone who took over the interior of the shop). Their open house coincided with the monthly Ballard Art Walk. All sorts of comfy and fun European bikes from their inventory were available to ride. I got to see their exciting Conference Bike in action (you can rent this!). It seats seven people in the round, all pedaling and one steering. Like nothing you've ever seen! I enjoyed it and got to meet lots of nice bike enthusiasts! Many thanks to David and Stephan of Dutch Bike Co. Seattle for the great time.