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Old 05-01-06, 12:59 PM   #1
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Philadelphia Bike Scene

Hello all,
I'm a freelance writer (and cyclist) whose been asked to contribute an essay to a Philadelphia guidebook about the bicycle culture in Philly. Anyone have suggestions of events/places/rides/factoids that I need to include? I'd appreciate learning anything about the past, present or future of Philadelphia's cycling scene. Thanks in advance for the tips.
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Check with these guys:
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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...



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Bicycle Access Council, http://www.bicycleaccess-pa.org/
Bike Club of Philadelphia, http://www.phillybikeclub.org/
Suburban Cyclists Unlimited, http://www.suburbancyclists.org/
Central Bucks Bike Club, http://www.cbbikeclub.org/
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, http://www.bicyclecoalition.org/
Delaware Valley Bicycle Club, http://www.dvbc.org/
Sturdy Girl Cycling Club, http://www.sturdygirlcycling.com/

The national championship is no longer in Philadelphia, but the Pro Cycling Tour still has a series of races in Lancaster, Reading and Philadelphia: http://procyclingtour.com/

And there are an enormous number of event rides in the region, hosted by various clubs. Probably the most comprehensive list of such rides, relied upon by many clubs for their web sites, is maintained by the SCU webmaster; go to the SCU web site and click on Non-SCU Calendar.

One local shop hosts an annual British Bike Weekend, to celebrate the joys of classic English around-town bikes: http://www.trophybikes.com/news_britweekend.html
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I was stationed in Philadelphia 1990 to 1993 while in the Navy and it was my favorite cycling place in the world. The Bicycle Club of Philadelphia was a fantastic bike club that offered a wide variety of rides for cyclists of all abilities. Of all the bike clubs I've been a member of in various places the BCP sets the gold standard for policies, ride leaders, and teaching riders good group riding habits. I learned a lot in just a short time there. Their parties were pretty good also.

My favorite ride was the Sunday Morning Breakfast Ride. Starting from the Museum area it went to a different diner each week somewhere within 20 miles of the start. Pancakes never tested so good. I remember one ride where we arrived at the Blue Comet Diner and one of the new participants was absolutely famished. The older woman next to him leaned over and said: "I'll let you in on a little secret to doing the Breakfast Ride. Eat a little breakfast first."

The Wednesday Night Ride is a tour of really beautiful parts of Fairmont Park and the swankiest parts of the Main Line. The ride moves fast and is quite hilly but you just don't mind it's so darn nice.

I also belonged to Suburban Cyclists Unlimited and they have some beautiful territory to ride through north of the city. Back then the various bike clubs were good at listing other bike clubs' rides in their newsletters which was pretty handy since in pre internet days the newsletter was the main form of communication.
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the big messenger event will be held the first week of september..i'll be there
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