Fixie Ride To Philly Fall 2011
I recently embarked in a 15 hour Bike Ride to Philly on my Fixed gear bike with 2 friends. This ride was definitely one to remember with all the bullshit that occurred along the way, Fixed Gear, no breaks and juiced up on protein bars…oh BTW Fk you Google maps! Along the way we met up with some cool individuals who made the ride that much better.
Edgar caught a double flat (both front and rear) on a bridge and was pretty pissed, while fixing the flats, a cool dude by the name of Adrien drove by and saw the struggle and without us knowing went home and got his high powered air pump, rode back on his bike to assist us. This dude didn’t know us from a hole in the wall and we damn sure didn’t look like we were from the nice suburbian area. while fixing the flats he spoke of a short cut that he takes that would take off a couple of miles and put us right back on the path to Philly. We made it across the bridge only to find Edgars front wheel begin to go low again. Adrien kindly invited us back to his home to fix it up, while there he offered us water, power bars and what tasted like the best apple ever. After all was fixed Adrien took a ride with us along the short cut for a few miles before heading back home. After dealing with assholes on a daily basis in NYC its a breath of fresh air to know there are genuine kind hearted people in this world who will look out for total strangers in need. Thanks again Adrien
The ride was going fine although Mike trailed behind which was pissing me off since I’m used to my pace, I will continue to throw it in his face although he gets much props for making the trip and not frontin like everyone else (yea you!). So we get to Trenton NJ which is the hood and Mike decides to not keep up when a local was giving us directions and he gets lost for about an hour. Trenton isn’t really the place where one would want to get lost and Mike being the genius that he is, didn’t put batteries in his walkie (dick head) Edgar and myself wait for him expecting the worse because, well IT’S MIKE. I get a call from a strange number and yes it was mike saying he was already across the bridge in PA. At this point I was heated and really didn’t want to say anything to Mike and the batteries on the phone was dying which was our GPS. it was around 10pm so we stopped at a WaWa to get some beverages and charge the phone. Finally we Arrive in Philly but by this time the cheese steak spots would be closed so we got a hotel for the night and rested getting ready for tomorrows city ride.
We woke up and checked out of the Hotel and made our way to McDonald’s for a Breakfast before mashing to the City. We passed through the Philly streets which reminded me of the hood back in the 80’s. I almost got taken out by the A-Team Van which took 3 years off my life.
Overall the trip was amazing, I cant be mad at those who never showed up because they missed out on the great scenery and epic ride, Sucks to be you Dude. We rode to the Musuem steps, saw the rocky statue, Love Park and the cheese steak spots on Main street. I cant wait to do this ride again in the spring regardless if its with a larger group or alone. It was definely what I needed to clear my mind. Check out the rest of the shots from this adventure.