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.
Brompton owners from all over the East Coast and beyond will converge on the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, 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.
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!
I thought I’d start with sharing some of my pre-season resolutions:
Build a wheelset. This is a skill I’ve been meaning to acquire for a few years, and I’m excited to finally have the chance to apprentice under mechanics Tray, TJ, and Mitch and make a new set of wheels for a soon-to-be-mine black 46cm Surly Cross-Check.
Overnight at French Creek. I can’t wait until the weather gets a little warmer to set out on my LHT and make my way out to French Creek with the rest of the Trophy Staff. It’s supposed to be beautiful, and I’ve got to get my legs back ASAP.
Find a big hill, and climb it. Weighted. All cards on the table, I’m not that great at climbing hills. I psyche myself out. On my last tour (stories about that later) I started to learn how to climb: slow, calm breathing, never going so hard that you couldn’t talk your way up the hill. Unfortunately, there weren’t that many huge climbs on my tour, so I never really got enough practice to master this zen technique. It would be nice to not waste so much energy on feeling nervous.
Bring back the Women*’s Flat Fixing Classes! I think it’s important that cycling shops pay attention to and create communities for women*. In my own experience, as I learned more about bikes I became more comfortable riding longer distances and to new places. Having the skills to fix a flat (or help another cyclist in need) can encourage people of all identifications to cycle more often. These classes will be free, they will be fun, they’ll be led by women, and they will be designed for beginners or people who need a refresher. A list of our upcoming events will be posted soon.
Conquer my cycling fears. This means riding a fixed gear bike, riding clipped in, going on a long ride alone, and learning to wheelie. I’m going to do it all, and I’m going to do it all before April 1st. No joke.
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