January 1, 1999 |
You've heard of "spinning," the sweat-inducing exercise on stationary bikes that became all the rage on the West Coast and then worked its way east? Try it with the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia (BCP). On Sunday in Fort Washington, the club's spinning event will simulate a 100-mile ride, complete with lunch stop and cue sheets. No flats, either. BCP and other clubs also wish to remind cyclists that all rides (other than that one) are subject to cancellation because of weather conditions.
March 26, 1993 |
OK, pedal-pushers, time to dust off the bicycles and get in gear for the season. But if you're in the market for a new helmet or a pair of slick Spandex shorts, or if you're just getting into bicycling, you can learn everything you need to know about the sport at the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia's annual Bicycle Bazaar/Swap on April 4. There, you'll find both new and used equipment to buy, sell or swap, with representatives from local bike shops...
June 6, 1997 |
Ishow up at the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia's Sunny Sunday Afternoon Ride with my new bike, not knowing what to expect. It had been an accomplishment just to purchase my shiny, white Trek. I had been the target of many impatient glares from salespeople who suffered my dumb questions and even dumber looks. When I finally understood basic bike lingo - such as derailleur (the doohickey that changes the gears) and hybrid (a combination of a mountain bike and a road bike, ideal for urban riders)
March 8, 1987 |
The feasibility of Lansdowne Borough hosting a bicycle race co-sponsored by the Delaware Valley Bicycle Club's Team Drexel Hill was discussed at a borough council work session last week. The event would attract up to 200 cyclists, according to the club's proposal. The race would require the borough to barricade sections of seven streets surrounding the Ardmore Avenue Elementary School, creating a course with .85-mile laps starting and ending on Windermere Avenue. Council member Mark DuFrayne said at Wednesday night's meeting that the borough recreation board had approached the team to find out about holding a bicycle race in the borough.
January 5, 1996 |
You've got no excuse to stay home on Jan. 28. Sure, it's the Super Bowl. But have some self-respect: While the players are stretching out, psyching themselves for the game, you could be toning your own sagging muscles. And you can do it on foot or on wheels. Bikers can take part in the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia's appropriately titled Souper XXX. This is a 30-mile ride through the scenic back roads of Delaware County with a stop at a local eatery for some hot soup. (Get it?
February 5, 1999 |
With two Valentine's Day runs coming up, there's no reason you can't show your honey that you were born to run. On Feb. 13, the West Chester YMCA will hold its annual 5-K Sweetheart run. And the next day offers a chance to run a 3.7-mile loop around Cooper River Park in Pennsauken. But don't worry if you don't have a sweetheart to bring with you - you never know, he or she might be the Lycra-clad athlete running next to you. To help keep their organization active over the winter months, the folks at the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia will be offering cyclists a chance to trade in their bikes for cross-country skis on Feb. 13. Their bike-or-ski event will take place in Valley Forge Park and will be either a relatively short ride for intermediate cyclists, or a day of cross-crountry skiing - all depending, of course, on the weather.
November 3, 1995 |
The restarted Philadelphia Marathon, and its companion Parkway 8-K, will be run on Nov. 19. Last year - the marathon's first after a three-year departure - the race drew more than 1,800 contestants, with 1,500 finishing the 26.2- mile course. This year organizers hope for a much larger crowd. Perhaps the best thing about the marathon is its course, a tour of the city's most beautiful sites: Starting from the Art Museum steps, the course follows the Benjamin Franklin Parkway past City Hall, onto Arch Street, past Independence Hall to Front Street.
February 3, 1998 |
Peter North Odell, 56, of Roxborough, the director of development for Fairmount Park, a man who loved leading bike tours with the Bicycle Club of Philadelphia, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday morning as he was about to go biking with a group in Lansdale. He led bicycle tours nearly every weekend for years and had been thought to be in fine physical shape. In recent years, he led club rides to New York City, to the source of the Hudson River in upstate New York, and, last summer, to Quebec.
March 25, 2004 |
Riding a bicycle is a little bit like flying. You glide along silently, as truly in touch with the scenery - the sights, the sounds, the smells - as a walker or runner, but much more mobile. That combination of openness and mobility makes cycling an ideal way to tour, which is the operating assumption of Patricia Vance's new book, Intimate Bicycle Tours of Philadelphia: Ten Excursions to the City's Art, Parks and Neighborhoods (University of Pennsylvania Press, $16.50 paperback)
May 21, 2005 |
Winter made us long for better weather. Now we have it. Spring arrived weeks ago, got comfy, and decided to stay awhile. The fickle-by-nature season this weekend offers two suitable - if not sunny - days for playing outside. No need to plan. These groups have set the time, mapped the route, and rallied the troops. All you have to do is show up and say "Hi. " Have fun out there. All events are free. Contact groups about weekday events. Biking D Rides, an affiliate of the Outdoor Club of New Jersey, hosts events with seniors, newbies, and seasoned cyclists.