We’ll have a booth with lots of Brompton and Surly goodies, we’ll be doing an anti-theft demo, and BEFORE THE EXPO EVEN BEGINS, we’ll host URBAN IMPROV, the ride that takes you over, under and around historic central Philly before ending up (at about 10 a.m. we hope!) at the Expo’s front door. (Where we will enjoy secure indoor valet bike parking)
NOTE: THIS IS A BROMPTON and SURLY-FRIENDLY RIDE.
HOW FRIENDLY? Well, if you show up on either of these great bike brands, you’ll get $99 off any new Brompton, or $101 off any new Surly bike. And because we’re nostalgic, we will give you the same deal if you roll up on a classic BRIDGESTONE bicycle.
Should you be early for this ride? Maybe – the first ten to arrive get free tickets to the Expo. See you on Saturday, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m, main info booth, Amtrak 30th Street Station, 30th & Market Streets, Philadelphia PA.
Let’s just say you’d better be on your bike this SATURDAY, November 10th! TWO GREAT RIDES are double-booking the day, so you’ll have to decide whether to join the 10th Annual Philly Tweed Ride, which meets 11 am at the Waterworks behind the Art Museum on Saturday.
OR help get food out there to our fellow Philadelphians in need with CRANKSGIVING:
Cranksgiving helps a great cause, and has a less strict (as in no) dress code. The Tweed Ride requires a sartorial effort, but is an awesome trip into a fantastic, imaginary cycling past of dandies and quantrelles on two wheels.
We couldn’t decide either, so we pitched some swag to each of these events. Flip a coin, ask your friends what they’re doing, check your closets…
It’s your call.
AND FINALLY, remember that TROPHY BIKES is now on a FALL HOURS FOOTING: Which just means we are OPEN 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10-4 sat + sun. Our cheerful mechanics are ALWAYS ON DUTY, at Trophy Bikes 712 N. 2nd St. , PHL.
We will offer our bike theft countermeasures workshop at noon, both days (free with Expo admission), and we’re doing two morning rides, which both end up at the PA Convention Center for the Expo.
On Saturday, 10/27, Brompton owners are invited to the Brompton Breakfast Roll, an all-Brompton event. The B-Roll meets 8:45 a.m. sharp at the central info booth in Amtrak 30th Street Station. We’ll roll around town and end up at the Expo just in time for doors open– and all you Bromptoneers get in for free.
(Looking for rough stuff? Scroll down for Sunday’s ride…)
The PHILLY BUMP!, presented by 26-inch-lifestyle, is our invitation to test your bike handling skills and your sense of humor. Meets 10/28, at 8:44 a.m. in front of Trophy Bikes. Bring your chunky-tired bike, helmet, tube and tools. We’ll bounce over Philly’s worst cobble, brick, gravel, potholed-and-railroad-tracked historic streets–along the way, we will have a very polite foot-down cobblestone DERBY, and everyone on the ride gets into the Expo for FREE at the end. (including secure valet parking for what’s left of your bike)
IF YOU’VE READ THIS FAR: Please note that our FALL SCHEDULE snaps into effect on
MONDAY, Oct. 15th.
We trim 60 minutes from the end of our weekdays…
i.e., we’re open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon. through Fri. (instead of 7, as in the summer). Weekend hours remain at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat. + Sun.
PLEASE BRING YOURSELF – and THAT DIRTY BIKE OF YOURS to TROPHY BIKES, at 712 N. 2nd Street in Northern Liberties PHL. We will wash your faithful steed… and YOU (we hope) will give a GENEROUS TIP – 100% of which will go to the NORTH AMERICAN CYCLE COURIER CHAMPIONSHIPS in Philadelphia Oct. 4-8.
ALSO: The NACCC needs you! Check their website to find out where the biggest courier races of 2018 will be held, AND check for volunteer opportunities. Here’s that VOLUNTEER LINK.
RACE YOUR BROMPTON on a world-class course, in beautiful Doylestown PA.
The Bucks County Classic is a full day of pro road bike racing – and now, for the first time ever, they’ve turned over their beautiful racecourse to Brompton folders at midday! Register online (link below) , or on race day at 11:30 a.m. RACE STARTS 12:30 p.m., exactly.
Coming from Philadelphia?MEET UP at 30th Street Station, 9 a.m. sharp on race day. We will hop the 9:16 SEPTA train to Doylestown. The last car on the train is the designated BROMPTON CAR.
More about the Brompton Burst: it will have great prizes for top woman and man finishers, and for BEST-DRESSED. ALL RIDERS must wear business attire, and the race kicks off with a Le Mans running start to your folded Brompton bicycle!
ALL BROMPTON RACERS invited back to the Brompton tent for complimentary drinks and lunch afterward, and to watch the Bucks County Classic pro riders battle it out. What else? Oh! There’s an arts fest around the corner in this lovely small town – bring family and friends for a great day out. REGISTER/MORE INFO HERE
This Saturday, 11 August, we invite Brompton bike riders to join us in a “top-down” tour of the Philly Free Streets day. Philly Free Streets, now in its 3rd year, will turn Broad Street, from City Hall to Erie Avenue, into a car-free zone from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Our event will take advantage of the Brompton’s unique fold to take SEPTA up to the north end of Open Streets. We will meet at La Colombe Coffee Penn Square, on the SW corner of City Hall at 10 a.m. sharp. First, a quick lap around City Hall, then down into a cool, rumbling Broad Street subway car, which will rocket us to Broad and Erie in 16 minutes!
We’ll unfold and pedal back down 100% car-free North Broad Street to City Hall (4.6 miles, easy pace, lots of stops for photos) …and maybe a post-ride beverage at nearby Fergie’s Pub.
The ride is FREE (please bring $2.50 or your SEPTA KEY for the subway trip), but because of space considerations–Brompton bikes only, please. • • RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with BUBS in the subject line to help us know how many Brompton riders to expect. THANKS!
Get that winter muck off yer Brompton folder at the Brommie Wash. From 11 to 2 on Sat., March 17, we’ll give your faithful bike a splash, a scrub and some chain lube too. You can help if you wish (we’ll give you gloves) or just cheer from the sidelines and yell, “You missed a spot!” from time to time. If it’s warm enough, we’ll go for a quick ride at 2 p.m., so bring a helmet and some money for a beer. Cheers!
Get a FREE* wash, rinse + chain lube for your faithful machine this SATURDAY. ALSO: free safety inspections + other specials in the shop! First-come / First-served *NOTE: we will accept TIPS––100% of tips donated to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
Meet up with fellow Brompton riders and join us for a Flea Market Frolic on Saturday, December 16!(under 8 mi. total, easy paced)
MEETS 11 a.m. sharp at Trophy Bikes (712 N. 2nd St.); we’ll cruise through Chinatown and then South Philly to the infamous PUNK ROCK FLEA MARKET at the Bok Building.
We’ll GUARD your neatly-folded Bromptons while you shop for funky gift bargains at one of Philadelphia’s more unusual holiday happenings. The PuNk RoCk FleA* features 100 vendors selling vintage and hand-made goods, clothing, LPs and crafty items.
Afterward, we’ll spin north with our swag along the Delaware River and roll through two of Philadelphia’s newest riverfront pier-parks. FINISHES BACK AT TROPHY BIKES;optional after-beverage hangout at one of the fine local pubs nearby.
ALSO back at Trophy Bikes after the ride: special discounts for all Bromptoneers on any and all Brompton goods in stock. PLUS surprise gifts for the owners of the oldest and newest Bromptons on the ride (per serial numbers!).
NOTE: This is a Brompton-only ride, thanks for your cooperation; helmets and blinky lights, please. • RAIN/SNOW DATE 12/17; wear layers–we re-sked only for snow or rain!
(* Note: entry is $3, BUT the first 10 Bromptoneers to arrive at Trophy get free admission to the Punk Rock Flea Market.)
One of the important things about bicycling is that you can choose your own path. The current consumer tsunami that is Thanksgiving and Black Friday, as currently practiced, are, um, the opposite of that. We are in total agreement with REI and other enlightened retailers that being closed on these days is a win for staff and citizens who can then get to hang with family and friends, or just ride off down the path alone for a while, even! Thus please note that we will be closed Nov. 23-24.
WE WILL BE BACK ON DECK for Small Biz Saturday, Nov. 25th, starting at 10 a.m.
– to resume our semi-grueling 7-day/week schedule:
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays • 10-4 Sat. + Sun.
Cheers, and enjoy your calories – and the rides that burn them off.
(NOTE: Trophy Bikes is at 712 N. 2nd St., though we started at 757 S. 8th, above)