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: Philly Bike Expo 2018

Events: Philly Bike Expo 2018

I declare all outdoor cycling events cancelled for this weekend. It’s going to rain anyway. While I normally push people out the door to roll a couple miles, there is a nice alternative to logging Belgian miles in the cold rain that consists of being indoors and amongst the cycling community. It takes place this weekend in Philadelphia. It’s the Philly Bike Expo.

 

The list of exhibitors is remarkable. Handmade companies – primarily from the United States – will descend on the city to show off next season’s products. Companies such as Basso Bikes, da Vinci Designs, King Cage, NixFrixShun, Phil Wood, Richard Sachs Cycles, White Industries, and many more will be on hand to let the public see future products.

 

The Bike Expo goes further than tangible products. On hand will be cycling organizations suchs as Bicycle Club of Philadelphia, BikeFlights.com, and the American Diabetes Association. The Expo provides the most exciting information for planning next year’s trips and/ or events.

 

If the Philly Bike Expo is within a suitable range for you, tickets cost $20 for a full weekend pass that includes Saturday and Sunday access. Only planning to pop in and out for one day? Passes start at $8 for a day pass. Seminar passes raise the price to $12 for a one-day experience. With the Expo happening at the Philadelphia Convention Center, any access to SEPTA Regional Rail means train access in the greater Philadelphia area. The Philly Bike Expo once again offers bike parking for anyone who wants to ride his or her bike to the event across the weekend.

 

With this weekend shaping up to be another precipitous couple of days, why not call up a riding buddy and discuss next year’s bike rides on the train ride to the city? Once there you can pick out next year’s handmade bike to accomplish the underestimated feat discussed on the trip down. With Lagunitas Brewing as a sponsor it is doubtful you’ll be empty-handed while inspecting the hardware that could be set up in the garage for next year. Either way, this option keeps you dry while talking about bikes. That’s just what fall is for.

 

 

Philly Bike Expo is featured at the PA Convention Center at 1101 Arch Street in Philadelphia, PA. October 27 hours are 10-5; Sunday’s hours are 10-4. 

Being There: Philly Bike Expo 2018   

Being There: Philly Bike Expo 2018  

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