SoulCycle: The New Birthday and Bachelorette Party Spot?

SoulCycle Ardmore Private Bachelorette Classes

The Ardmore SoulCycle awaits you and your ‘maids for a private class. Photo courtesy of Soulcycle.

Back in January, indoor-cycling devotees throughout the Philadelphia area jumped for joy (or shouted, like our buds over at Be Well Philly) when it was finally confirmed thatSoulCycle would be opening an outpost in our region. And open it did, just this past Memorial Day Weekend.

Not surprisingly, there are more than a few brides-to-be who hop on SoulCycle’s lemon-hued indoor bikes in order to get in wedding shape—but we asked the fine folks at our new local location, and found out there are even more ways you can incorporate your favorite workout into your wedding prep. Just grab your girls, and … Read more »

The Checkup: MLK Drive Is Getting a Serious Trail Upgrade 

• Just last week, I was biking along the trail that runs along MLK Drive when I realized just how many bumps and grooves are speckled throughout, many of which could easily send a cyclist flying or trip up a runner. Good news, though: According to the folks over at PlanPhilly, a $500,000 grant — which will be matched by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation — was just approved to fix up four miles of the MLK Drive Trail. Can we get an amen? [PlanPhilly] Read more »

Discover Philly’s Hidden Treasures With This Sweet Series of Group Bike Rides

So you bike to work everyday, and it’s great: You get your blood flowing AND you get a workout in all before even really starting your day. But do you ever actually pay attention to everything you’re biking past? Do you examine the architecture? Note the different birds flying overhead? Observe the different building materials used on a certain block? Probably not.

Okay, before you conclude I am crazy — yes, I know your boss won’t accept the excuse of, “Sorry, I took a few minutes to stop and figure out if the Wawa was built with stucco or not,” for being late — hear me out. Hidden City Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to bringing hidden gems of the city to the front stage, and SPOKE Magazine, a local cycling publication, are working together to bring you Bikesploration, a group bike ride series that gives you the chance to really pay attention to the city as you peddle — no repercussions. Read more »

Free Coffee AND Free Tune-Ups: 3 Things Every Philly Cyclist Should Do This Week

Ride of Silence | Photo via Facebook

Ride of Silence | Photo via Facebook

’Tis National Bike to Work Week, friends! And there is a whole lot of (free!) stuff on the agenda this week, some of it somber — the Ride of Silence is tomorrow — and some of it oh-so-sweet. I’m lookin’ at you, free bike tune-ups at Hotel Monaco. Then there’s Bike to Work Day, which is always a blast and a half. I mean, you get free breakfast en route to work — like a dream come true. Below, all the details for the cycling-centric events you should have on your calendar this week.

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Drumroll, Please: This Is When SoulCycle’s First Philly-Area Studio Opens

Photo courtesy SoulCycle

Photo courtesy SoulCycle

Back in January, SoulCycle announced that they’d be setting up shop in the Philly area (finally!) — in Ardmore’s Suburban Square, to be exact. Well, it’s almost time for them to open their doors, friends: We just got word from the folks at SoulCycle that the studio’s Ardmore location will be opening Friday, May 27th. Let the countdown begin! Read more »

Workouts Plus Wine: The Winery Fitness Events You Should Have on Your Calendar

Crossing Vineyards and Winery | Photo via Facebook

Crossing Vineyards and Winery | Photo via Facebook

If your idea of the perfect post-workout drink is a glass of wine, the folks at Newtown’s Crossing Vineyards and Winery are on the same page. This spring and summer, the winery is hosting a slew of fitness events, all of which end with wine. And cheese, too! Talk about dreams coming true.  Read more »

Indego to Embrace Fairmount Park This Year

Photo | Indego Facebook

Photo | Indego Facebook

The Indego bike share network turns one this April, and while the folks who run it are pleased with how well it’s done so far, it still has plenty of growing to do. Its expansion plans for the next year will both promote bike riding in Philadelphia’s biggest park and advance its mission of increasing bike ridership in the city’s disadvantaged communities.

Aaron Ritz, complete streets implementation manager in the city’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, said that in the year ahead, 24 bike share stations would be added, most of them in neighborhoods bordering East and West Fairmount Park, including Brewerytown, Strawberry Mansion, Parkside, Mantua and Belmont.
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Update: The Latest Community Effort to Make the Schuylkill River Trail Safer

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk | Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia™

Back in December, after stories of cyclists and runners being harassed by teenagers on the Schuylkill River Trail began to circulate, Jon Lyons, founder of Run215 and a stakeholder on the Schuylkill River Trail Steering Committee, wrote a piece for us breaking down how, exactly, the committee, with the help of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and the city, was working to make the SRT safer.

The efforts he talked about then included increased patrol, repairs to lighting along the trail, and the improvement of mile markers and trail signage, among other pushes to make sure people feel safe using the trail. Now, after three new incidents of people being harassed on the trail were reported this week, the steering committee, along with Johnson, has added another effort, this one community-based, to the mix in order to make the trail safer for all users: Meet the Schuylkill River Trail Community Watch, a volunteer program consisting of trained members of the community who will be tasked with patrolling the trail and promoting a positive, safe environment for all users. Read more »

Are Biking Desks the New Treadmill Desks?

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

The news keeps telling us that we’re sitting too much, particularly at work, and that it’s really hurting our health. As word has spread, solutions to our sedentary sickness have popped up, namely the treadmill desk. But according to ScienceDaily, there’s a new device out there that could change the active-desk game: How would you feel about pedaling — like bike pedaling — at your desk?
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