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Old 12-25-06, 11:27 PM   #276
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also, y'all may have seen my thread about philly <--> NYC. I'm thinking of riding from here to NY for the alleykitten, though I may go back a day or two beforehand. anybody potentially interested in riding it?
yea ive been pondering about this kitten for a while now. it would be my first, but im sure i could survive it
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wait, if you are the guy who I think you are, then you beat me by one place in the last philly race. you could do the aleykitten just fine. riding your bicycle to nyc before the alleykitten is another question entirely. I'll be doing it if I can find someone to carry my bag full of xmas goodies home for me on the chinatown bus, as I have no rack.
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http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/view.php?id=13686


Midnight Run

A merry band of bicyclists makes a weekly pretzel trek.

by G.W. Miller III


Compared to what it’s been over the past few months, the Twisted Tuesday Pretzel Ride crowd is small. Just 30 bikers are waiting at the base of the Art Museum steps.

There are a few dirty mountain bikes, a handful of older models, a couple of shiny new-looking road bikes and a bunch of well-worn workhorses. One guy rolls in on a low-riding recumbent bicycle.

Everyone is milling about, chatting in little groups, blissfully unaware that the launch time—11:45 p.m.—has passed.

Peter Dalkner steps up as the default leader for the evening and bellows, “Let’s go!”

And the riders hop on their bicycles, pedal around Eakins Oval, then cruise down the Ben Franklin Parkway. The leisurely paced pack occupies one full car lane, with bikers stretched out for several hundred yards.

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They roll toward LOVE Park, make a right on 15th Street, then circle around City Hall. They blow through a red light, head south on Broad and blow through a few more lights.

Some drivers honk their car horns. Others wave as they pass. A few cars slam on their brakes when they see the riders rolling in front of them.

At Washington Avenue the bikers weave through traffic, bring a tourist bus to a halt, then race toward the Center City Soft Pretzel Co., near Ninth and Washington, to get their warm, delicious treat.

“It’s a really cool social thing,” says Dalkner, 29. “But the number of people is kind of getting out of hand. My roommate swore it off when so many people he didn’t know started showing up.”

Laura Csira, a 24-year-old Temple University student from Doylestown, started the Pretzel Ride two years ago this month after a similar evening event, Thrashing Thursdays, was initiated.

The Thursday ride meets at LOVE Park for a 5-mile loop followed by an intense, high-speed 20-mile sprint around the city.

That ride is cool and all, Csira says, but there’s no reward at the end. “We always talked about making a pretzel run, but it was always too early.”

The pretzel factory doesn’t open until midnight.

She chose Tuesday for the slower-paced, social-oriented Pretzel Ride that puts the bikers in front of the pretzel shop right when the first steaming pretzels are coming out of the oven.

It started out small—eight or 10 people gathering at the Art Museum at 11:30 p.m. At 11:45 they make the gentle ride through the heart of the city. Occasionally they’ve pedaled in the rain or sloshed through the snow. On some frigid nights there were only two courageous riders.

“It was like a Tough Man competition,” says Dalkner, one of the original riders. “It was a contest to see who was the most dedicated, the most diehard.”

As the weather improved and the word slowly spread, the crowds began to grow. Friends of friends arrived, and then random people who happened to stumble across the large group started tagging along. By summer the weekly event had become a major attraction, with more than 60 bikers on some nights.

“At first the pretzel guys were weirded out by us,” Csira says. “There’s a crapload of kids buying pretzels?”

People started bringing their own condiments and pretzel accessories—chocolate, Cheez Whiz, caramel, ice cream, Nutella, drinks from the nearby 7-Eleven. One night the riders poured their condiments into a giant pile in the middle of Washington Avenue and took turns skidding through the gooey mess.

“Peter had Cheez Whiz on his bike for a couple of months,” Csira says.

Someone even started a MySpace site for the Pretzel Ride. The Ride now has 80 friends.

“My baby has blown up,” Csira says with pride. “All these people are meeting new people, and that was the point. And they get to eat warm, tasty pretzels.”

She’s a little disappointed to see some of the newer riders have a complete disregard for the rules of the road—running through red lights, blocking traffic and occupying all the lanes heading in one direction so cars can’t get by.

“Everyone thinks it’s cool to take over all of Broad Street and Washington Avenue,” Csira says. “When I was younger, I thought it was kind of cool too, sticking it to society and all. But I don’t want the drivers taking out their anger on the next bikers they see.”

When Csira rode the Pretzel Ride on her birthday in August, she knew only a handful of the 40-plus riders. She hasn’t been back since.

There are bicycles everywhere in front of the pretzel shop on Washington Avenue. Young people are chomping on the doughy treats (25 cents each) while resting on stoops, leaning against railings and sitting on the ground.

Adam Jordan, a first-timer who’s never tasted a fresh soft pretzel, says, “It beats a Wawa one that’s been sitting in a bag all day.”

More people show up—young partiers, random locals, deliverymen picking up orders. Everyone mingles with the bikers.

“We think it’s great,” says John McCardell, a pretzel shop worker who bags pretzels as they slide off the oven rack. “They’re never no trouble at all.”

Csira blames her busy school schedule for her four-month absence. She still likes the late-night ride with the scrumptious reward at the end. The giant crowd kind of annoys her, so another night might be happening soon.

“I’m kicking around the idea with a few of the original riders,” Csira says.

But she’s not saying which night.


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when did the pretzel factory start selling single pretzels (guess that may show how long it's been since i've been)? Last i was there you had to buy 50 for like $8.50.
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Old 12-28-06, 09:37 AM   #280
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Ok ok, enough with the pretzels. Who's thrashing?
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i might show up. there's this female in my life :-/
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Ahhhhhhh. Another one falls to the temptations of the fairer sex. I'll be working tonight, but may be off in time to get home, change and grab Stella. I put a brake on, worlds of difference.
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Ahhhhhhh. Another one falls to the temptations of the fairer sex. I'll be working tonight, but may be off in time to get home, change and grab Stella. I put a brake on, worlds of difference.
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Old 12-28-06, 01:37 PM   #284
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sorry, what time is thrashin thursday?
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10pm love park
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Old 12-29-06, 01:58 AM   #286
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again next thursday? (ill be back from cleveland...)
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Late notice ride of awesome:
The Mummers Run.
Meet at Hawthorne Rec Center (on Carpenter between 12 and 13) at 9:30.
Watch the parade.
Brunch?

Bring drinks.

Oooh, fun.

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Old 01-05-07, 04:54 PM   #289
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Late notice ride of awesome:
The Mummers Run.
Meet at Hawthorne Rec Center (on Carpenter between 12 and 13) and 9:30.
Watch the parade.
Brunch?

Bring drinks.

Oooh, fun.
sounds fun.
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Yeah, plus burntcat is ALWAYS a good place to meet.
(unless you are on a skateboard)
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the benches are fixed. its skatable again.
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fixie pedal grinds?
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yes. lets get pegs.


edit: your axels are long enough you dont need them.
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Only in the rear, I want to double peg, not feeble.

Dude, Jen's Centurion looks like Teh Hotnezz.
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****, I forgot to post the real reason I came to this thread (if this thread isn't dead yet)

Are you all interested in a philly board? It would be a good way to get more people to join rides, highlight events to more people, and we could build a calendar into it. I'm moving up February 2/3, anybody willing to work on this with me?
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****, I forgot to post the real reason I came to this thread (if this thread isn't dead yet)

Are you all interested in a philly board? It would be a good way to get more people to join rides, highlight events to more people, and we could build a calendar into it. I'm moving up February 2/3, anybody willing to work on this with me?
talk to ashley!
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I am making the slow transition from NYC to Philly. NCY forum is great, all for Philly one.
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My slow transition from DC to Philly ends February 3rd.

You heard it hear first, residency begins in 25/26 days.
(depending on how you count/who is counting/if I actually decide to come on the 2nd)
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hey ryan we dont want you
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**** off, i am anti-maxknee.
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