Be Well Philly Gift Guide: 5 Awesome Holiday Gifts for Cyclists and Bike Commuters


Have a cyclist in your holiday-shopping list? You don’t have to spring for a new bike to make his or her day—although, if you did, I’m certain you’d win the holidays for, oh, years to come—but you can make your cyclist’s life just a little bit better with one of these smart accessories. From the practical (an all-in-one tool for fixes on the go) to the whimsical (six-pack storage for toting beer), avid local cyclist Gary Brown has five ideas for gifts for every two-wheel enthusiast.

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5 Fit Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Free Beginner’s Yoga, Marathon Madness, Rowing on the Schuylkill and More

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA

1. Free Yoga for Beginners
When: Saturday, November 22nd from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Avenue, West Philly.

Teacher trainees will lead this nearly two-hour class at Studio 34. The class will be slower-paced and demo-heavy, with hands-on assistance if you want it. It’s geared toward beginner yogis.

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VIDEO: Watch Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin Ride Around Philly on His Bike

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

And the subway. According to this ESPN piece, Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin is all about making Philly a greener, healthier place to live, both through personal efforts and community activism. Watch the segment below to see how he’s doing it.

(Note: We’ll forgive ESPN’s Rick Reilly when he refers to Point Breeze as “Breeze Point.” Doh.)

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5 Awesome Fitness and Foodie Things We Wish Were in Philly

Photo via Flickr user Tony Webster

Midpoint Greenway in Minneapolis | Photo via Flickr user Tony Webster

Don’t get me wrong: I love Philly. This city of ours boasts tons of my favorite fitness and foodie stuff that you can’t find anywhere else—I mean, hellooo, runs on the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, and HipCityVeg. But every now and then I come across something that sounds so, so awesome and realize that, even with all the wonderful stuff we do have, we don’t have that. And then I begin pining for it. So I figured I’d share some of the things I’m pining for with you guys, so we can pine for them together. Here, five fitness and foodie things in other cities that we wish would pop up in Philly.

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Get Inspired by Rebecca Levenberg: “There’s Nothing I Can’t Do”


Rebecca Levenberg | Photo by Adam Jones

Old City resident Rebecca Levenberg lost her leg in a bike accident. But since learning to rollerblade, rock climb and, yes, bicycle in a prosthesis, she hasn’t looked back. This is Rebecca’s story, in her own words.

I’d been a bike commuter for about five years when, in November 2010, a garbage truck hit me. I was riding my bike to work, in the bike lane.

I always knew there were risks. But you hear about cyclists getting hit by a door or breaking their wrist—not losing their legs.

The truck crushed my left leg completely. I sustained severe internal injuries, broken ribs and a fractured pelvis. I was wearing a helmet, and I didn’t have head injuries. The doctors at Jefferson had to amputate my leg to save my life. In total, I’ve had 15 surgeries since the accident.

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