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The Self-Reliant Mechanic

Tenana, Alaska. A beautiful place in the middle of nowhere to get stranded. It’s Day 8 of a two week tour. You’re in the middle of nowhere, which means there are over 200 miles separating you in every direction from the nearest bike shop. All of a sudden you hear a snap and you lunge forward. Luckily, you didn’t flip your bike, but what just happened? You look down and see your c...

Review: TiGr Bow-Locks

Creative Mounting I’m not sure which is a more powerful force, a first impression or resistance to change.  That said, the TiGr bow-lock can be a fairly polarizing piece of bicycle hardware.  It’s not shaped like, nor made of the same material as, nor sitting at a similar price point to any other lock on the market.  These attributes, along with others, can make either your jaw drop or...

How to Cultivate a Tan Line

The Neopoli-Tan Whether touring, hiking, or performing any other sort of extended outdoor travel, the miles are endless, the days are long, and when you’re finished you’re left with little more than the fading memory of fleeting thoughts. For this reason, it’s important to maintain some sort of record of your travels. Some write in a journal and others talk into a recorder, but I...

Silva Cycles porteur rack

We first saw this on Instagram last week, and have been crushing hard since on this front rack modification that Silva Cycles out of Campbell California is doing. Bronson, Tony and the crew are modifying the already amazing front rack made by Surly into a classic porteur style rack. Enabling it to carry substantially more on the top portion of the rack while still being able to attach two front pa...

Bicycle Coalition Needs to Shift to Higher Gear

Editors Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of this website.   The Bike Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has made a number of missteps recently, most recently their uncritical support of the now-stalled Project 250 Velodrome. Their leadership was late to the party and failed to oppose or eve...

Philly Bike Share + Independence Blue Cross = Indego

This morning, Mayor Michael Nutter announced the title sponsor for Philadelphia’s bike share program. Philly Bike Share, now called Indego will be a sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. They will contribute about $1.7 million each year for the next five years as title sponsor. This is a big first step in launching the program in Spring 2015. Prior to the title sponsor funds, there was an in...

Squeezing it in

Jesse Kramer begins his Squeezing it in ride along Chamounix Drive in West Fairmount Park. Photo: Jesse Kramer I’m a business owner, I’m renovating a house, I’m a father of two and a husband of one. Oh, and I’m a mountain biker. In my head, I’m a mountain biker ahead of one or two of these definitions of myself, thus the mental and physical juggling act that ensues wh...

How to Teach a Child to Ride a Bike

This guide is based on a video that the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia created in partnership with The Baby Center. View the video here. Step 1: Getting ready to ride You’ll need: A bicycle (preferably one with hand brakes) A helmet Comfortable shoes A 15mm pedal wrench (Sometimes a standard 15mm wrench will do) A good space to teach your child how to ride A grassy area with a sli...

Playing Catch Up

Back on form at the MASS Summer Sizzler. Last time I checked in I was busy preparing for the Trans-Sylvania Epic, a seven-day mountain bike stage race held in State College, PA. As one of my first target races of the year I went into the race with high expectations for myself. I was hoping to finish on the overall podium as well as win the Under 25 young rider competition. While I just missed the ...

Ride of Dreams

Riding through Lancaster to Washington, D.C. during the Ride of Dreams 2010. It’s 7:30 Sunday morning. We’re in the Neighborhood Bike Works West Philly Bike Shop, testing gears, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and packing up tool kits. Teenagers stroll in slowly, bleary-eyed, then take their road bikes off the hooks and fill up water bottles. It’s time to roll out for ...

Have You Seen #PhillyPedals?

May was Bike Month, and to celebrate we held another photo contest! You can see the whole photo gallery here. As you can see, we had many fantastic submissions. Our judges  Vincent Feldman and Colin Lenton actually had trouble selecting the winners. Thanks to our sponsors, Knog, Brewerytown Bicycles, ALLONEWORD Caps, Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, and Yards Brewing Co., who donated prizes to ...

Photo Gallery: Philly Cycling Classic @ Lemon Hill

The Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic took place this past Sunday in the City of Brotherly Love. The men raced 120 miles and the women 60 on the multi-lap course from Manayunk’s Wall to Lemon Hill and back. A few things have proven to be evident from this event: Philly knows how to host a bike race and yes, Philly sure knows how to party. Here’s a recap of the Men’s race as seen...