Wissahickon

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...

Daily Rider: Ian Downey

Our Daily Rider series will feature Philadelphia cyclists in their natural habitat doing what they love. Whether riding across town to work or out of town to the hills, our photographers will be out capturing Philadelphia’s Daily Riders. Ian Downey, Fishtown Where are you going? Right now I’m headed out to Wissahickon Park to ride Forbidden drive and some single track. Tell us about yo...

Trails Don’t Build Themselves

The Cresheim trail is an amazing little nugget of trail I try to get to regularly. It’s one of the few bits of trail in Fairmont Park that all different levels of riders can ride and still find fun and challenging. The builders nailed the flow. Harlan Price,  professional mountain bike racer and cycling skills coach. The Cresheim Trail is a proposed 8-mile trail that starts in Philadelphia a...

Goodbye Cali, Hello Philly Spring

In the front of our chase group early in the race. Photo Credit: MTBMike.com Following a stellar week of riding and hanging out in sunny SoCal, I was looking forward to my second set of races for this trip. The course at Southridge Park in Fontana was a drastic change from the previous week. Though both courses have a surplus of steep climbs, the loose and open climbs of Bonelli Park were replaced...

The End of the Trail

Philly has great trails around the city, but the areas where the trails and car infrastructure meet, cross, or mix are often problematic. We provide some infrastructure for bikes, but that infrastructure disappears completely when we come to intersections. I recently read Kidicalmass organizer and Philly Pedals author Dena Driscoll’s blog post, Last Half Mile Home. Dena lives in a big bikey ...