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Bikeout is back June 6-7 for celebrated Schuylkill River Trail bike camping adventure

Cofounder, Head of Experiences
Philadelphia

Bikeout is back June 6-7 for celebrated Schuylkill River Trail bike camping adventure

Cofounder, Head of Experiences

Start stretching for Bikeout's first trip of the season, June 6-7, 2020.

Credit: Tim Tiebout

Tickets for Bikeout: Philly to Phoenixville will go on sale Tues. March 10 at 11am directly on our trip page.

First things, first. We gave it a new name.

Bikeout: Philly to Phoenixville is exactly what it’s always been, but with a fresh coat of paint.

This June 6-7, we’ll take more than 200 bicyclists on a fun, challenging ride along a protected trail, away from the fast pace of city bike commuting to a beautiful, private farm. Once there, attendees will enjoy a farm-to-fork meal, programming like music and workshops, and camp overnight before riding home the next day.

When we hosted our second Bikeout adventure in the New Hope region last October (shout out to those that were braved the cold as we experimented with that new trip), we knew we had to tweak the title to allow us to encompass more places. What used to be, well, just Bikeout, had to get more specific. 

But the Bikeout overnight adventure you may already know hasn’t changed.

Bikeout: Philly to Phoenixville will start along Philadelphia’s familiar Schuylkill River Trail at Lloyd Hall, travels through the canal paths of Manayunk, from Norristown to Conshohocken, includes a quick stop in Valley Forge National Historical Park, past the Perkiomen Trail, through Phoenixville, and finally leads to CampHill Village Kimberton Hills, a community for adults with developmental disabilities which houses Sankanac CSA, an active farm in Chester County. Nearly the entirety of the ride (about 70 miles round-trip) is completed on non-vehicular, paved trailways. Only about 5 miles is not, and riders will participate in small, safe riding groups on these quiet backroads. Keystone Bike Co., a worker-owned cooperative and full service bike shop will be providing ride support and on-trail maintenance, as will Firth & Wilson, Fairmount and Brewerytown Bikes, CyclesPHL, and Kayuh Bikes. Gear transport is available for riders that don’t wish to carry their own gear, provided by BR Moving. After arriving at the farm, riders can celebrate with a cold treas from Purposeful Pops, take a dip in the creek, enjoy a bike skills workshop, or explore with a tour led by Sankanac’s farmers.

On the farm, riders will set up their own campsite — tent, sleeping bag and gear — and spend an evening enjoying the company of the bike community. A delicious farm-to-fork meal will be prepared using ingredients sourced from the farm, prepared by Luna Cafe chef Ashley Dempsey. Conshohocken Brewing Company and Sly Fox Brewing will serve craft beer, helping to connect attendees to the region’s thriving local craft beer community. Baba’s Brew will serve delicious kombucha. Music and stargazing with Philly Moon Men will round out the evening, before everyone settles in to enjoy a campfire and camping in one of the farm’s meadows. Before the ride home on Sunday, riders will wake to yoga provided by Maha Yoga Studio as well as coffee and breakfast sourced with local ingredients.

We’re also excited to continue working with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, by offering attendees the opportunity to purchase discounted annual memberships when they buy their tickets. 

Another important housekeeping note that we’d like to share: we’ve changed our pricing. Bikeout has always been a side project for its organizers but this year, we’re starting on a path to build a team to support our trips and in more sustainable ways. While we’ve been fortunate to receive generous discounts and donations from our vendors for past trips, we want to make sure that as we grow, we’re growing our investment in those partners as well. Our increased prices are a reflection of these changes along with what we hope will be an overall increase in the production quality.

We plan to balance these changes with our goal of making trips as affordable as we can. This year, we’ve made improvements to our payment plan, lowered ticket processing fees and have grown the number of Access Grants and group lead and volunteer opportunities that are available.

On our future plans, we’re working to launch our Overnight bike camping concept in four new cities this year and will host our first multi-day destination trip in the Finger Lakes. If you’re interested in learning more, we wrote about our decision to expand in early February.

Our goal of bringing together those new to bike travel with the existing touring community remains the same. And with all these new plans taking shape, we think this year might bring a new energy to Bikeout, so we hope you’ll be there for it.

Tickets for Bikeout: Philly to Phoenixville will go on sale Tues. March 10 at 11am directly on our trips page.
Sign up for early access for a chance to win two free tickets, and you’ll be the first to be notified when tickets go on sale.

Amanda Crawford-Staub is Head of Experiences at Bikeout, in charge of trip design and operations.

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