Brompton Urban Challenge

Brompton Urban Challenge 2014: Philadelphia

Where in the Dickens can you find that famous writer’s statue, and a street made of wood, and a two-ton brass eagle, and a London double-decker bus? Philadelphia, of course, where a squadron of intrepid Bromptoneers took part in the Brompton Urban Challenge—a scavenger hunt using the world’s best folding bicycle.

The event—the first in the U.S.—was modeled after the Brompton Urban Challenges held in Milan and London, and now spreading worldwide.  Six teams—formed on the spot, schoolyard style—gathered in front of Trophy Bikes to pick up their clues.

They fanned out all over Philly and—astonishingly—cracked every clue before meeting up at Bridgewaters Pub inside 30th Street Station for a pint and a prize ceremony.

Riders cracked every riddle, including: “Curtis has a fine moustache—won’t take credit, just takes cash. Find his classic cycle shop and shake his hand….”

The very next day, Trophy hosted another, higher-calorie event—the Brommie Yummie—a ride which uses Bromptons to explore Philadelphia’s foodie world.  Federal Donuts—check. Lemon Hill Bike Race Bar-B-Q? Check. Paesano’s grilled sandwiches? Double-check.  Brommie Yummies are held every month in New York City—you can find our about them here.

Last month’s events were just the beginning. The Brompton U.S. Championship is coming to Washington D.C. July 11-13. It’s an easy Amtrak ride from Philadelphia, offering three days of fun—a Friday opening night party, a Brompton Urban Challenge on Saturday and the Brompton World Championship on Sunday, July 13. As always, Brompton will fly the fastest man and woman to England to race in the Brompton World Championship. Best-Dressed and Fast Fold competitions will also be part of the mix.


Leave a Comment

Instagram Feed

No, little rodent--our mechanics cannot fix this one; but as for the others...our mechanics pick up their wrenches each and every weekday from 8 a.m. till the dusk descends at 7.
Is your bike scaring you? We can make any bike behave better with a Tune-Up! • NOTE: We're open 8am to 7pm weekdays. (Tip: Call in an appt. to swing same-day service)
@bromptonbicycle gets you to where it's happening--like Zumba on the South Street Bridge for day. @bromptonusa @zumba
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY BE IN THAT CARRADICE BAG OF MAX'S? • Find out at our BROMPTON RALL¥, 11:15 sharp at 2nd & South Sts. TODAY (aka 9/24) where we'll join the @bicyclecoalition ride up and along a beautiful, car-free South Street and into Fairmount Park. OH!--and be the 6th Bromptoneer to check in with us & win a free Tune-Up!
Crikey! The SURLY Cross Check Flat-Bar, as shown -- for $875 -- available from 42cm to 62cm at TROPHY BIKES as of right now today. Now there are two ways to get Cross Checked! @intergalacticsurlybikes @surlyrider
"It is with deep regret that I must declare that My Holiness cannot be part of this Saturday's Secular -- aka !
As a forward-thinking bike shop, utilizes any and all advertising media modalities to reach our target demographic: in this case , @upenngapsa and @uofpenn students walking along the 4500 Block of Pine Street. We know Ivy League cyclists need a shop that's available at the start and finish of their long days!
Fun Facts: 1) These nasty little signs (16th below Locust St., W. side) are illegal code violations. 2) If they cut your lock, etc., it's a crime. 3) Probably simple to use a nutdriver to remove them and reinstall them face in. 3B) The metal they're made of feels flimsy and easy to bend. 4) PHL Streets/311 will be sending an inspector out shortly.
BEHOLD! This rig helped us get this classic Billy Preston (who brought his punchy keyboard style to the Beatles' hit "Get Back", among others) vinyl back to where it once belonged: 4 zip ties, 1 foam spacer--and done.

Twitter Feed

RT @jakekthompson: Thank you @PhillyMayor for a successful first @PhillyFreeSts event! #phillyfreestreets #openstreetsphl…2 hours ago
No, little rodent--our mechanics cannot fix this one; but as for the others...our mechanics pick… hours ago
RT @bcgp: Philly Free Streets A Success #bikePHL10 hours ago
© 2014 Northern Liberties Bicycle, LLC. - All Rights Reserved