Your Itinerary for the Ultimate Saturday Bike Ride from Philly to Phoenixville


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Pedal your way from Philly to Phoenixville and back, and make a few of these pit stops — all favorites of seasoned local cyclist Gary Brown Jr. — along the 52 miles. Check out the map and the descriptions for each stop below. 

Click on one of the points on the map to see the name and stop number, then scroll below for a description.

Stop #1: Cosmic Cafe
1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia.

Before you head out, stop here to stock up on water and on-the-go snacks. But be warned: The chocolate milk is addictive.

Stop #2: Winnie’s LeBus
4266 Main Street, Manayunk.

If brunch is calling your name, this Manayunk mainstay is your spot. Follow Brown’s lead and order a bacon Bloody Mary with your eggs.

Stop #3: Volo Coffeehouse
4360 Main Street, Manayunk.

Not into long brunch lines? Duck into this Manayunk coffee shop for an in-and-out caffeine fix and a croissant for the road.

Stop #4: The Outbound Station
2 Harry Street, Conshohocken.

When it’s time to restock the essentials like water and snacks, stop here. Note: They keep an air pump and a repair kit on deck for cyclists to borrow.

Stop #5: Black Lab Bistro
248 Bridge Street, Phoenixville.

One word: mussels. Brown says ordering them is a must anytime he makes his way to Phoenixville.

Stop #6: The Colonial Theatre
227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville.

Sit back and give your legs a rest at this century-old theater, which screens everything from cult classics to indies to opera-house cinema.

Stop #7: Betzwood Trailhead
1398 South Trooper Road, Norristown.

For the picnic-inclined, this oh-so-green hangout in Valley Forge National Historic Park is a must.

Stop #8: Conshohocken Brewing Company
739 East Elm Street, Conshohocken.

Brown says this is where you’ll find some “real nice beer.” Enough said.

Stop #9: Riverbend Cycles
1 Station Avenue, Conshohocken.

Catch your breath, do some window-shopping, and grab an espresso (they have a cafe!) at this Conshy bike shop.

Stop #10: In Riva
4116 Ridge Avenue, East Falls.

All the cocktails at this spot are named after Italian cyclists, so it’s only fitting you stop for one. The pizza isn’t to be missed, either.

Stop #11: The Bishop’s Collar
2349 Fairmount Avenue, Fairmount.

Treat yourself to a congratulatory beer at this Fairmount bar when you reach the finish line of your ride. You deserve it.

This article first appeared in the 2015 Be Well Philly print magazine. To get a free copy for yourself, go here.

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