Known for riding off the front of group rides only to be caught in the first mile, CJ got back on a road bike and realized he must win the Donut Derby at least once in his life. Regularly pledging he's "not a climber," he can be found as a regular attendee of Trexlertown's Thursday Night Training Criterium or sitting on the couch watching Paris-Roubaix reruns. CJ has been a constant rider of the Hell of Hunterdon in New Jersey and races the Tour of the Battenkill before going into seasonal hiding on cross-country ski trails.

Events: Philadelphia Bike Expo (November 4 – 5)

Events: Philadelphia Bike Expo (November 4 – 5)

(2017) There are events in the cycling industry that sets out to capture the soul of bicycling. Sure Interbike and Eurobike are great for seeing the mainstream products that propel the sport, but where are the products that define the rest of us? A bike named company bike is great to get people back on bikes, but once they figure out who they are a cyclist, the next question is, “Where can I go to capture my personality?”

 

There’s no better way to answer that question in the mid-Atlantic region than the Philadelphia Bike Expo taking place at the Convention Center November 4 and 5. Rest assured there are going to be bikes on display representing the soul of cycling. Should a cyclist have dialed in a style s/he is looking for, it will most likely be on the floor of the Philadelphia Convention Center at 1101 Arch Street. There will be coffee slung by Endgrain Coffee Bar.

 

To get to the Convention Center is relatively easy if you can avoid using the automobile. Should one be so lucky to take advantage of pedaling to the Convention Center, the Philadelphia Bike Expo will feature free bike parking sponsored by Krytonite. Want to stow the car? SEPTA has you covered by delivering you within blocks of the Convention Center via their regional lines.

 

But the bikes are what pull us into the Expo. Those bike manufactures shining up their wares include MOOTS, Richard Sachs Cycles, Rookey Bike Works, and Winter Bicycles among others. Manufactures present include Brompton foldable bikes, Cinelli USA, Ritchey Design, and The 1854 Cycling Company, among others. There will certainly be bikes to consider when asking what design captures a personality?

 

Should you already have a bike but want that stylish accouterment to set you apart, consider that King Cage, HED Cycling Products, Selle Anatomica saddles, Velo Orange, Cutlass Velo, or Full Speed Ahead. They are all slated to attend the Philadelphia Bike Expo.

 

The Philadelphia Bike Expo is a great way to connect with bike companies to create a unique mode of travel that is distinctly yours. With a remarkable list of vendors descending a uniquely cycling town, the event is guaranteed to feature a few items for each pedal pusher. And should you only want to have coffee and food to match, consider the fact Calle del Sabor food truck, home of the three little pigs, will serve up tacos of multiple varieties to keep you satiated while you pine after the bike of your dreams. 

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