Touring

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 ...

Miles Across Pennsylvania

In order to celebrate the completion of my graduate degree last summer, I decided to blow off some steam and take off on a cross-Pennsylvania (and Maryland) ride with my friend Ben. I started off in the rolling hills of Lancaster County, and made my way to Gettysburg, where Ben and I stayed with the makers of Jack’s Hard Cider. From Gettysburg, we hooked up with the C-O Canal in Williamsport...

Bina Bilenky Prepares for the 2014 Tour d’Afrique

My husband and I met in 2008 at a bush bar in West Africa. Justin and I chatted over Jack and Cokes (since the beer list consisted of Heineken and something called Bear Beer), and the rest is history. If you are wondering, I did try Bear Beer several times and each time resulted in a crazy story and a stomach ache. We returned to Africa (this time, Tanzania) for our honeymoon in 2011 and as soon a...

Bike Touring on the Cheap

Have you thought about going on tour, but have had second thoughts due to the associated costs? Well, there are plenty of things you can worry about while on tour (being flattened by a reckless driver, dehydrating in the middle of the desert, getting eaten by a bear, etc.), but money doesn’t have to be one of them. ┬áTouring can be as costly or inexpensive as you’re willing to make it. ...

#WEBiketoDC Tour: Kaelin and Katie Represent Philly

Later this month, two Philadelphia women will pack up their bicycles and head to New York for a purposeful adventure: #WEBiketoDC. This 262-mile, 4-day ride from New York City to DC is organized by the New York group WE Bike NYC. The ride brings together ten women who are innovators in women’s bicycle outreach and programming, representing five organizations: WE Bike NYC, the Washington Area...