First up, we have the BROMMIE CLINIC–our hands-on class where we teach you how to keep your Brompton folder bike happy.  NEXT ONE IS THIS SATURDAY, Nov. 14th, 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.  FREE, but you must reserve to hold a space in this small class.   Email with BROMMIE CLINIC in the subject line to save your spot.  NOTE: After class, we’re headed right to the PHILLY TWEED RIDE at the Waterworks at 11 a.m.–so bring a tie and your best thrift store jacket!

Know Your Brompton!
Know Your Brompton!

THE PARK TOOL SCHOOL is our most popular class–a full day intensive in which we cover everything involved in tuning up and maintaining a modern derailed bike. NEXT CLASS IS SUN., Nov. 15th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Just $99 covers instructor fee, materials, the Park Big Blue Book of Bike Repair–AND a coupon good for 15% off any tool order.  We provide all the tools, coffee and clean rags needed for this detailed class. Spaces limited–call now to enroll at 215.990.9275 during our open hours (8 am to 7 pm weekdays).


Trophy Bikes will be at the Philly Bike Expo Nov. 7-8, & you should be as well! We’ll be showing the latest from BROMPTON and SURLY.

We’ll also have some fun rides.

Saturday, there is a Brompton Breakfast Roll to the Bike Expo. Meets 9 a.m. sharp inside Amtrak 30th St. Station (at the central info booth). We’ll ramble up and under Philadelphia’s lively center city before winding up at the Expo right around opening. NOTE: your Brompton bicycle gets you into the Expo free, including secure indoor bike parking.


Sunday morning, DO the BUMP! This challenging ride will tackle a choice selection of Philadelphia’s oldest cobbled, brick-paved, crumbling historic streets. We rumble over the roughest roads in Kensington and Old City before arriving at the Philly Bike Expo. There will be priceless Swag thanks to Surly Bikes. MEETS 8:45 sharp at Trophy Bikes, 712 N. 2nd St. NOTE: we strongly recommend min. tire size of 2″/38mm AND helmet, spare tubes, gloves and sense of humor. Please check in at our FB Events Page!


SURLY SUNDAY AT THE EXPO If you’re riding your Surly bike on Sunday, your ticket is free. Head straight for the heavily-guarded indoor valet bike parking and show them your ticket for free admission.


For all the latest Expo events, click HERE.


The GGBW started out in 1996 as a nostalgic event for riders of classic English roadster 3-speed bicycles, and did pretty well for years, even getting some serious press from the Philadelphia Inquirer HERE.   For 2015, we’re opening things up a bit and inviting owners of new machines to attend: That means Brompton folders, Moulton Spaceframes, and of course, the shiny new Pashley roadsters that look as if they rolled straight out of a 1930s factory. If you own an older bicycle, an F-frame Moulton, say, or a Raleigh Supercourse, Clubman or Tourist, we’d like to see you. Ditto if you’re pedaling a Bickerton, Lenton Sports or BSA. If it’s made in the UK and it pedals, the British Bike Weekend will offer you a ride, a cup of tea and something stronger during the Great British Bike & Pub Crawl which starts Saturday afternoon. On Saturday morning, we’ll pay visits by bicycle to three Philadelphia shops with strong UK connections: Via Bicycle, Firth & Wilson, and Trophy Bikes. All events start/finish close to center city Philadelphia.   Please visit/like/share our Facebook Event page for a full schedule and to RSVP! Oh, and please note that workshops are open to all, but for our rides, we ask that you be aboard an English-made bicycle; thanks for your cooperation in that respect.

With Kind Regards, — Michael McGettigan / Trophy Bikes, LLC

The Great British Bike Weekend: Oct. 16-17-18
The Great British Bike Weekend: Oct. 16-17-18

BIG Bike Picnic • This Sunday, 8/30 (trophy will close for it!)

Join us to help cap a lovely summer of cycling this Sunday. Meet us at Trophy Bikes at 10:30, or at the Reading Terminal Market at 11:00 a.m. (12/Filbert entrance)… we’ll watch bikes while everyone shops for picnic goodies, then pedal off to Belmont Plateau.

Bike on out to Belmont for a Veggie-Burger (or even a beefy one)
Bike on out to Belmont for a Veggie-Burger (or even a beefy one)

Trophy is bringing a couple of grills, a cooler with malted beverages, plates and utensils, and etcetero. NOTE that our shop will be closed for this event.

Go here for more details!

Ride Report: 2014 Dirty Dozen Pittsburgh

Unless you live in Pittsburgh there is no way to anticipate what the Dirty Dozen will actually be like.  The ride sniffs out the 13 steepest roads in the Pittsburgh – which by nature makes them 13 of the steepest roads on the continent.    The crown jewel of the ride is Canton Avenue, arguably the steepest road in the world at 37% grade.  Ask anyone who has finished the DD about which climbs were the toughest, though, and they will likely name at least 2 or 3 other hills first.  Organized by “The Million Mile Man” and 2 time RAAM winner Danny Chew, the ride is more than a calculating test of endurance; it’s an intimate experience with the topography, construction, and history of an incredibly rich cultural city.  There’s a human interest story behind each of these quirky roads and the unique lives behind the people that spend their lives on them.  In order to become part of it you must be willing to toil and suffer.  Put in the hard work and you will be welcome without question provided the rugged landscape doesn’t swallow you whole.


I call the Dirty Dozen a ride because for 85% of the 300+ participants this year it was just that.  For a select few, the DD is a points race.  The first 10 finishers on each hill receive points from ten (for 1st place) to one (for 10th) and at the end of the race the rider who has collected the most points wins.  The scoring is irrelevant for most since the points are usually distributed between the same 20-something riders but there are other odd rules that affect everybody, most important being the “forward motion” rule.  Any rider that puts a foot on the ground loses their position and must start riding the hill over again.  From the bottom.  Luckily the race is “neutralized” between the hill climbing efforts, meaning that the leaders wait at least ten minutes at the top of each hill for everyone who can make it to make it.  The group rides at a slow pace between hills that gets gradually slower as the day drags on.


Nick and I drove out to Pittsburgh after deciding less than a week beforehand to do the Dirty Dozen.  Nick brought his Surly Cross Check with single 38 tooth chainring in the front and a 12-32 cassette in the back.  I rode my Scott Addict (repaired by the one and only Aaron Ritz) with a compact crank (50/34) and a 12-27 cassette.  We both set out with the intention of finishing every hill honoring the “no foot down or you start over” rule.  I, fueled with bravado about my climbing abilities and dreaming in carbon fiber, also had a crazy notion about finishing in the top ten on at least one hill.  Since I haven’t found any truly detailed reports about the race and each hill, I decided to write a full report, including as many details and minutiae of the experience as I can muster.  Hopefully it can serve as a guide for anyone who is thinking about doing the race.  Check it out after the jump, hill by hill (with some pictures).

The ride starts in the parking lot of a police station. The ride this year was larger than 320 riders making it the largest Dozen in history.

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Brompton Urban Challenge

Brompton Urban Challenge 2014: Philadelphia

Where in the Dickens can you find that famous writer’s statue, and a street made of wood, and a two-ton brass eagle, and a London double-decker bus? Philadelphia, of course, where a squadron of intrepid Bromptoneers took part in the Brompton Urban Challenge—a scavenger hunt using the world’s best folding bicycle.

The event—the first in the U.S.—was modeled after the Brompton Urban Challenges held in Milan and London, and now spreading worldwide.  Six teams—formed on the spot, schoolyard style—gathered in front of Trophy Bikes to pick up their clues.

They fanned out all over Philly and—astonishingly—cracked every clue before meeting up at Bridgewaters Pub inside 30th Street Station for a pint and a prize ceremony.

Riders cracked every riddle, including: “Curtis has a fine moustache—won’t take credit, just takes cash. Find his classic cycle shop and shake his hand….”

The very next day, Trophy hosted another, higher-calorie event—the Brommie Yummie—a ride which uses Bromptons to explore Philadelphia’s foodie world.  Federal Donuts—check. Lemon Hill Bike Race Bar-B-Q? Check. Paesano’s grilled sandwiches? Double-check.  Brommie Yummies are held every month in New York City—you can find our about them here.

Last month’s events were just the beginning. The Brompton U.S. Championship is coming to Washington D.C. July 11-13. It’s an easy Amtrak ride from Philadelphia, offering three days of fun—a Friday opening night party, a Brompton Urban Challenge on Saturday and the Brompton World Championship on Sunday, July 13. As always, Brompton will fly the fastest man and woman to England to race in the Brompton World Championship. Best-Dressed and Fast Fold competitions will also be part of the mix.


Brompton Urban Challenge 5/31/14

Brompton Urban Challenge

Brompton owners from all over the East Coast and beyond will converge on the City of Brotherly LovePhiladelphia, for the first ever U.S. Brompton Urban Challenge. The unusual event combines social-media savvy with orienteering around a series of Philly landmarks and secret destinations revealed only on Urban Challenge Day.


Originating in Milan, Italy, the Brompton Urban Challenge was brought to London last year and in 2014 will take place in five key cities around the world. Brompton riders will zip around Philadelphia, solving a series of challenges and posting them up to the Web, with the special hashtag, #bucphl, so that the event can be followed on social media anywhere in the world. A portion of the registration fees will benefit Neighborhood Bike Works, Philadelphia’s non-profit that teaches cycling and life skills to our city’s kids.


Register and find out more at

Flat Fixing Classes

The cycling season has officially started!

Trophy Bikes is hosting flat fixing classes on the first and third Mondays of every month at 6:30. Of course, the events are free and attendees can get 10% off saddle bags and tool kits! Bring your own bicycle, tools, and determination – staff member Arianna will walk you through basic wheel anatomy and will help you fix a flat on your very own bike. Our class is geared towards beginners, but we welcome cyclists who just need a refresher to join us as well.

No RSVP necessary.

Check out our Facebook Page for more information on our next fix-a-flat class!

Craigslist Roundup I

One of the more robust (but pretty much unproductive) expressions of my bike-obsessed yet unabashedly supercheap temperament is the ritual scouring of craislist for sw33t d3als. While I may be hunting for 64cm frames or suntour bar-end shifters, the pages through which I scroll are sometimes sprinkled with gems that I could not have made up if I tried. Everything from egregious misspellings to overtly stolen bikes, from NOS vintage pantographed quill stems to a red reflector listed for $10— I plan to collect those gems and post them here for your entertainment. or perhaps purchasing? Here we go! “18 speed frame Pacific Evolution – $1 (Upper Darby)”

Best offer mountain speed vortex brakes

Nice. Surely the effort you spent photographing and listing this, uh, bicycle shaped object is worth more than $ 1 USD ?? —– “1988 HUTCH HPV Superbike BMX – $3000 (Claymont)” oh Yes

I have a rare 1988 Hutch HPV Superbike completely original set up as Replica Downhill speed record holder serious calls only to John 302 268 5025 $3000.00 open to trades on other Schwinn Stingray Bikes Krates

***WINNER*** !!! ***WINNER*** change of underwear —– “Cyco cycles three wheel bike – $50 (philadelphia)” What???

Cyco cycles bike its a three wheel bike in great shape. Yellow three wheel bike go Like new condition Hardly ridden 50.00 Must see Need nothing but a rider 215 356 797six Asap obo Pick up today

A Springtime Haiku An Interesting machine Listing puzzles me – Like new condition A Yellow Three Wheel Bike Go Must see? You Don’t Say —– “Cateye Sigma Computer Spoke Magnet – $5 (south philly)”

Wheel magnets for Sigma and Cateye cyclocomputer, but should work for most others as well.

This would be from south philly. —– “EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT CYCLE” VERY COOL KIDS BIKE CR-2X” – $125 (WILLOW GROVE)” YES!!!


WOW INDEED. THIS BIKE FULLY DESERVES ALL CAPS LOOK HOW C000L IT IS !!! —– “11t Cassette Cog – $10 (s.philly)” south philly again!!

New 11t Shimano 8 speed

See, I bet this is the same guy as that cateye magnet seller. Seriosuly dude? What would happen if everyone catalogued the bottom tiny scraps of their respective parts bins, photographed each unit, and listed them all individually for $10 each? —- “garge sale ( limerick pa)” (no picture) … “garge sale”.., huh?

—- “Bike Accessories – $10 (delaware county)”

Here is a vintage Savoy Brake Arm Squeezers 3rd hand. It holds the brake caliper while adjusting the brake cable. It is still in it’s original unopened package. Also included is a vintage Endless Road Absorber bra for absorbing sweat during training. This is also in its original unopened package. These are being sold together and cash only. Thanks!

Now we’re talkin’ !!! A squeezer AND and absorber! It’s your lucky day!! —– ” XT/XTR 9 Speed shifter/rd – $50 (Bala cynwyd)”

Shimano XT 9 speed trigger shifter Shimano XTR 9 speed rear derailleur *rd is rapid rise, which means it operates in reverse of a standard rd, in the “relaxed” position it is on the bigger gear. Great for climbing as you are shifting to the easier gears more quickly. $50 for the pair, I am in bala cynwyd during the day and Oakes in the evenings.

I like to hope, based on this photo, that it is in fact an integrated shifter+derailleur combo. some lost prototype meant to eliminate shift cables. NEW FOR 1983 THE lightest XTR ever!! we combined the shifter and rear derailleur into ONE UNIT !!! REACH ON DOWN THERE and shift that chain!! — “RE: Brand New ,, Tour De France Packleader Pro Bike (msrp $525) – (Morgantown)”

This scammer had this listed a couple months back for $150. Emailed this crook, and never heard back. A week or so later, it’s back on for $220. Guess he raised the price as soon as someone wanted to buy it. Also, he has it on ebay for $199 obo…and he can’t decide what size frame it is. On craigslist, he says it’s 52cm. And on ebay, he says it’s 48cm. Btw, msrp is $352 on, not $550.

– Gotta love the righteous fury of a RE:”______” craigslist fighter. So raw. So right. Who are these scammers that they can just come in and sell us “Tour De France” branded “bikes” for “$220″… Honorable Mention: GOOSE-NECK Casket BMX 1″ Quill Stem Gooseneck – $60 (s.philly)