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Forks, Mail Trucks, and a Macchiato

  • Name: Winter Fixed Gear Training Ride
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Distance: 12 miles
  • Type: Suburban
  • Bike Ridden: SE Bikes Draft Lite
  • Beer: New Phone Who Dis?
  • Brewery: Evil Genius
  • Location: Philadelphia
  • Type: Porter
  • Alc: 6%

About the Ride

When snow comes to town I don’t stop riding but I’ll wait until the streets clear. Then I hop on my fixed gear bike running a 36t x 14t gear ratio. The added resistance I power into the rear wheel actually gives the bike more traction than a geared bike with a free wheel which comes in handy on wet streets. The same resistance I power into the wheel also comes back to fight me when I try to climb hills. The end result? I get a great cardio and strength training workout in a short time frame over a relatively short distance.

Since fixed gear rides don’t last long this one yielded more quotes than sights to see. If you follow me on Instragram or Twitter you’ve already seen the quotes. If not, see if you can match these up with photos:

‘When you come to a fork in the road, take it!”

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays a cyclist who owns a fixed gear bike from getting out and doing training rides in bad weather.”

About the Beer

I’m a big fan of Evil Genius after visiting their tap room a year ago in Philly. In addition to a solid line-up of beers Evil Genius also went into a neighborhood in Philly and helped resuscitate it bringing commerce, tourism and jobs into a neighborhood that had fallen on hard times. New Phone Who Dis? is no exception to the consistent quality of craft beer Evil Genius produces. A classic porter with not just a coffer flavor added but a distinct macchiato taste. For me, since the beers I drink are all consumed are post-ride, a 6% ABV enables me to cool down, warm-up, and get replenish myself without knocking myself out for the rest of the day.