Ah, the Perfect Sunday: Ride Your Bike Then Drink Some Beer October 05 2016
Ever at a loss on how to spend your Sunday? On October 16th why not get on your bike, cruise around the city and beyond, and finish your exhilarating ride with a couple pints at Yards, all while benefiting the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia at this year's Bikes and Beers Philadelphia. Could be the perfect end to the weekend. There are two ride options, 15 miles or 40 miles, that start and end at Yards Brewery. Registrants will be greeted with HubBub Coffee before setting out, snacks mid-ride, and then party at the end with 2 free full pints (I know, right?!), and 1 free ticket for the raffle where you could win a free bike (we're donating one), or a cycling jersey, or perhaps a gift basket...who knows?! You can't win if you don't play. Even if you don't win one of the biggies, all registrants will go home with a free pint glass.
Kick Off to Autumn: September Events August 30 2016
While we hate to say good-bye to summer, we do love when the weather gets cooler. Riding a bike is so much nicer when the air is a little crisper. Now that folks are back from the shore and back to work and school, it's a great time to get your bike in working order or buy a new one. By ditching the car and riding a bike we can cut down on those nasty green house gases that adversely affect our climate. You should check out the Clean Air Council's Greenfest Philly on Sunday, September 11th. We'll be there with some cargo, city, and folding bikes for you to demo so you can get on the green path. Riding a bike is one of the best things you can do for the planet. If your a family of cyclists you can meet up with the Kidical Mass PHL crew & GoPhillyGo for a group ride from Fitler Square to the event at Head House Market. Departure is at 10AM.
For our New York friends, you can find Simon at the bi-annual NY Bike Jumble in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Saturday, September 10th. He'll bring one of his custom frames to show off. If a custom bicycle is an idea you've been bandying about, Simon can build you a beautiful one. His Hanford Cycles have won awards and recognition at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and Classic Rendevouz. Below is the dog hauling city bike he finished for Mrs. Firth this spring.
And at the end of the month on Thursday, September 29th the Bicycle Coalition is holding their annual gala and awards dinner. We are all indebted to the work the Bike Coalition does to improve and promote cycling in the Philadelphia. You can buy tickets to the event or donate here.
Power Hour and Rocky 14 July 06 2016
Two great cycling events this weekend. On Friday, July 8, Cyclocross world champion, Jeremy Powers will be holding court at our shop. Come ready with questions. Event begins at 7pm. Sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Lagunitas Brewing Co. with special guest Rapha and food available from 6pm on by Foo Truck. Tickets are available from BCGP. The 14th annual Rocky race is back on Saturday, July 9th. This is the longest running courier event in Philly organized by the Philadelphia Bicycle Messenger Association. Find a partner and head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, registration at 1pm, race kicks off at 2pm.
Bike to Work Day April 28 2015
Don't forget to bring your trusty old bike into our shop for a tune-up in anticipation of this year's Bike To Work day on Friday May 15th. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will be hosting all sorts of events to take the party from day into night with energizing stations offering free swag and snacks, community events, and on to a happy hour and awards ceremony at Yards Brewery. Don't have a bike but want to join the fun? We can help you with that. We have new bikes from Pure Fix, Pure City, Dahon, Brooklyn Bicycle Co., Simcoe, Pashley, as well as family and cargo bikes from Gazelle, Xtracycle, and Yuba. And we still have our adult Torker bikes on sale, 25% off the list price. Make sure you register for this event here (to get the giveaways!)
Better Mobility in Philadelphia March 04 2015
Philadelphia Magazine posted an article about Philly being one of the most car-free cities in the US. That sounds like good news; however, the most likely reason is due to our high poverty rate and that's bad news. While many of us choose not to drive, it's not a choice for others. Many Philadelphians can't afford a car and must rely on a bicycle or public transportation to get around. If that's the case than it's even more important to make sure citizens can be mobile by improving our public walkways, transit, and bicycle infrastructure. Better Mobility, a Philadelphia Mayoral Forum, will ask the candidates where they stand on these issues. Join the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and other groups on March 19 from 6pm - 8pm at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street, to find out.
September Happenings September 02 2014
With Labor Day marking the official end of summer fun, it doesn't mean the fun has to stop. There are a number of bike friendly events taking place this month. To start things off, we'll be closing early on Tuesday, September 9th to fly to Las Vegas, baby, for America's biggest bicycle industry show, Interbike. We'll be back on Saturday, September 13th but don't expect us to tell you what we saw or what we did because, as you know, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. On Friday the 19th, Park(ing) Day kicks off the busy weekend. When you're out and about that day be sure to look for the mini green spaces taking over parking spots throughout city streets. On Saturday the 20th, come check out the Spring Garden Street Pop-Up Greenway. The 900 block of Spring Garden Street will be closed off for the day (don't worry we'll be open) with food, beer, and entertainment to bring awareness to this project to create tree lined barricaded bike lanes down the center of Spring Garden St. Rounding up the weekend on Sunday the 21st we'll be down at the Fleisher Art Memorial in south Philly for ABCs of Family Biking from 11am until 3pm. The folks that organize Kidical Mass hold this special event for bike curious parents and their kids to meet other like minded families, get tips on riding in the city, and try out some alternative family bikes. After such a busy month you'll probably want to unwind by attending the Philadelphia Bikes & Beers event. The name of this one pretty much says it all. Starts and ends at Yards Brewing with stops at three bars in between. Registration required. Event begins at 9:30am and 20% of proceeds will go to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.
GearingUp Bagel Ride Recap April 08 2014
If you missed GearingUp's Bagel Ride on Sunday you'll have to wait until next year. They only hold it once a year. It's a chance to enlighten people of their mission and gain some volunteer support. The sunny crisp morning made for ideal riding conditions for over eighty participants, more than double the attendees on any previous rides according to Kristin Gavin of GearingUp. The casual ride took off at Fairmount Bicycles, up to Chamonix Mansion in Fairmount Park, then back through the city finishing at our shop where a pile of bagels, some fresh baked goods, and a tower of coffee awaited hungry riders. In addition to the GearingUp volunteers, the folks at Wash Cycle Laundry, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, and Fairmount Bicycles deserve a big hand for all their hard work to make the morning a success. This event kicked off the beginning of many we'll be involved with this season.