Do please note that we will be closed for Thanksgiving and also for the artificial shopping frenzy session that some call Black Friday. We think you should refrain from shopping on those days; if enough of us do so, the big boxes will let their staff enjoy the holiday with their families. Then come to us on Saturday and just let that debit card rip!
This historically accurate illustration is the work of one of our favorite peoples, Mr. Peter Dalkner — find him now at http://www.justeleanor.com
IN OTHER NEWS: Trophy stalwarts Bob Burdalski and Nick Manta will return to Pittsburgh on Saturday for their second crack at THE DIRTY DOZEN, a day-long adventure that tackles 12 of that city’s steepest hills. The DD regulations note that if a rider put a foot down on any hill, he or she must go back down and start again… Wish the fellows luck!
SAVE THE DATE: Trophy Bikes would like to see you at our HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, Dec. 17th. We will have adult beverages, salty snacks and more. You can even pick up some warm socks for the ride home if you like! Starts around 5 p.m. and goes till a bit after our usual closing time of 7 p.m.
GOT A BROMPTON? GET ANOTHER!: Announcing an unusual holiday promo at Trophy Bikes. If you have a Brompton, you already know how good these British-made folders are. You also know that they bear a noteworthy price tag. From now up until the start of Christmas Week, we can help a bit with that part. Bring your Brompton bike to Trophy Bikes and we’ll take $101 off the cost of any Bespoke Brompton special order. (fine print: cannot be combined with any other discounts; must be paid in full at time of order, all sales final) This offer good ONLY through Dec. 22 . Oh, and while your Brompton is in the shop, we’ll check it over and let you know of any service needs.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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
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.
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!
Starts this Saturday, December 20th at 10 a.m. and ends at 3:59 p.m. on Dec. 24th!
You can find all the details right HERE.
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).
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.