Bike Expo explodes in Ben’s backyard

What happens when Founding Father of Philly bike-builders, the unstoppable idea man Stephen Bilenky and the artisan bike genies of Bilenky Cycle Works join forces with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia? The Philadelphia Bike Expo- that’s what!

To be held October 30 and 31, 2010, this 2-day extravaganza is shaping up to be the Mid-Atlantic region’s premier gathering of everything bicycle. In the spirit of its namesake hometown, the City of Brotherly Love, the Philadelphia Bike Expo is an all-embracing celebration of bike culture.

Over 70 exhibitors, including such brands as Brompton, Fuji, Jamis, Serotta, Surly, and Waterford and marquees, R.E Load, Coast Cycles, Engin Cycles, Gallus Cycles, and Kelly Bedford. The two-day event will feature presentations by bicycle company founders Richard Schwinn and Georgina Terry, New York City blogger Bike Snob, and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Executive Director Alex Doty, street bike riding demos, a Sunday swap meet, a Fashion Show, and loads of after-parties. For a full schedule of events visit www.phillybikeexpo.com.

“Bicycling has become part of the fabric of Philadelphia’s streetscape and culture and we’re excited to be launching this inaugural bicycle event with the Bicycle Coalition to bring together the various segments of the city’s bicycle community, said Stephen Bilenky, founder of Bilenky Cycle Works, a custom bike building company based in North Philly since 1983. “As the largest U.S. city with the highest percentage of bike commuters, we are delighted to join Bilenky Cycle Works to help showcase the local businesses that are part of the city’s diverse bicycle culture,” says Maria Dziembowska, Membership and Events Director for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. “We’re thrilled to help organize an event that brings together the entire cycling community from roadies to alleycats, fixies, techies and casual everyday riders.”

Attendance is open to the public. Full weekend passes cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Single day passes are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Philadelphia Bike Expo Saturday and Sunday October 30 and 31, 2010 The Armory 22 S. 23rd Street Philadelphia PA 19103 Press passes are available upon request contact maria@bicyclecoalition.org.

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