By Trina Haynes, photos by Justin Steiner
Philly is the city of brotherly-love. What better place to bring together the diversity and camaraderie of the cycling culture.
Bicycling has had a presence in Philadelphia since the mid to late 1800’s. In 1876 Albert Pope came to Philadelphia to attend the Centennial Exposition, the first World’s Fair, and saw bicycles for the first time. He became an immediate enthusiast, and one year later began manufacturing them outside of Boston. His brand was known as Columbia. Thus began the bicycle’s two-decade heyday in America.
The 2011 Philadelphia Bike Expo is a great event for all types of cyclists. The show brought together a stew of vendors, legendary bicycle builders to new builders on the block, custom bags and hats, brewers of delicious tea, advocacy organizations and bicycle artists. No matter how you ride, what type of bike you ride, or how often you ride, the Expo is a great place to meet fellow enthusiasts and pick up a few irresistible items: maybe a new bike, a custom-made waterproof bag, or a wool jersey for those cold days ahead.
The cost of entry when purchased online in advance was only $7 for a 1-day pass and $12 got you into the seminars, where you could enjoy all types of classes and speakers. Here are just a few examples: yoga for cyclists, how to dress for winter cycling, the care and feeding of your wool cycling apparel, and an irreverent look at riding bicycles on dirt with Bike Snob NYC.
With happy hour parties, fashion shows, costume parties, a Zombie Alleycat, a plethora of bicycles and gear, and educational seminars and speakers, there was never a dull moment. With 2,200 attendees at this year’s event, next year will likely bring even more. I would like to encourage everyone to come out for the 2012 Expo, which will take place the last weekend of October
High five to Bina, for organizing another great show!
Here are some of my personal favorite vendors: