Kelly Drive Amateur
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: South Philly
Bikes: '86 Super Sport with mods
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past: Hill Cycle in the Chesnut Hill section (no longer there). They were country before country was cool, if you know what I mean. Big hangout for local cycling legends, and one of the only quality shops around back then.
present: Google cycling clubs in Philly - there are a few, though I don't ride with them, and can't remember the names. A couple have websites, with links to various shops/sites, directions for local rides, etc. Also, the city has been stepping up efforts to offer more bike lanes and "share the road" signs, coinciding with an increase in bike commuters. Gotta mention the Wachovia Liberty Classic pro race, that's a biggie...not too sure about other local races.
future: The increasing predominance of bicycle commuters, thanks at least in part to gas prices and the aforementioned initiative. The increase in cyclists overall thanks to increasing awareness of the sport - the Wachovia race can't hurt this, nor can Lance's prominence as an athlete.
Hope that helps a little...