Different Spokes is a bicycling club for the LGBT community (and their straight friends) in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. We started out as an informal group of bike enthusiasts in the late 1980’s, but we adopted a more organized structure with an elected board, written bylaws and membership dues as our ranks grew through the 1990’s. In 2002 we incorporated as a non-profit. Today we have over 180 members, a third of whom are women.
Our website replaced our monthly paper newsletter in April 2005 and this innovation has facilitated communication greatly. At any hour of any day members can post/access bike rides and social events on our calendar, discuss club activities on our message board, and share photos.
Volunteerism is the basis of Different Spokes. Everyone—from ride leaders to social coordinators to board members—gives her/his time and effort without pay. The membership dues we collect go solely toward the maintenance and upgrade of our website.
Since 1995 we have been affiliated with Team Seattle, Seattle’s gay sports network and it is through Team Seattle that Spokesters have participated in Northwest Gay/Lesbian Summer Sports Festivals and the Gay Games. We are proud that our members have competed in and won medals at Gay Games V (1998-Amsterdam) and Gay Games VI (2002-Sydney). Chicago hosted Gay Games VII in 2006.
For additional information on Different Spokes, check out the FAQ and Rides sections.