Category Archives: Philadelphia
This year’s Philly tweed ride was even bigger than the last, not sure of the final head count but I had a good time riding in a sea of tweeds, herringbones, and tartans. I was pretty into the corduroy knickers on the gent pictured above, gotta find myself a pair for next year’s ride.
Bilenky is a local builder that does it all: track, cross, rando, porteur, road, couplers, and especially well noted for their tandems. Pictured is Stephen Bilenky himself with one of the biggest head tubes I’ve ever seen in my life and a beard that channels Sheldon Brown’s spirit. Stephen is the man behind the first and upcoming Philadelphia Bike Expo on Halloween weekend which I’m pretty excited about because there’s bound to be some good rides and races to take part in as well loads of great vendor booths.
I stopped by Humphrys Flag Company located in the heart of Old City (philly) last weekend and got a few snaps of this amazing place. This location is merely their retail space and all the fabrication takes place in a 50,000 square foot facility. Originally founded in New York in 1805 making ship sails they moved to Philadelphia in 1864 for it’s naval industry boom. Fun fact: I learned that legally only 30% of an American flag is allowed to be outsourced, typically that 30% is the stars.
A new shop is under construction in Manayunk (a northern neighborhood of Philadelphia) called Three Potato Four, offering a plethora of well-curated industrial and vintage furniture and goods. The shop was previously run by a married couple from their home so having a bonafide brick and mortar must be a very exciting event for them. Check out their web shop here and stop in when it’s done at 376 Shurs Lane, only 15 minutes from center city Philadelphia.
aside from my day job i also help run a bookshop and gallery by the name of extra extra. if you ever find yourself in philadelphia come stop by.
Two bills will be introduced into City Council on Thursday Councilman DiCicco will be introducing a bill would require registration of all bicycles owned by persons 12 and older. Councilman Kenney’s bill will raise the fines of sidewalk riding from $50 (which was already raised from $10 in June), and for wearing headphones from $50-$100 dollars to $100-$300 and for bicyclists without brakes face a $1000 fine or confiscation of the bike.
These bills will be first read and sent to committee, which will hold hearings at a later date. Council seems willing and able to listen to our concerns and these bills will most likely be amended before being brought to the hearing.
Not to mention the proposed $20 registration of all bicycles in the city. Are “scofflaw” bicyclists going to be caught because of some tiny registration number? Are police going to actually pursue stolen bikes? Nope, nope, and nope. Am I really going to get pulled over by a fat bike cop? Catch me if you can. I leave you with this…