Your mundane bike route (to the office, quick stop at happy hour, home) barely keeps you alert behind the wheel.
Julie Lorch’s new book, Where to Bike Philadelphia, shakes up your routine. She grilled fellow fanatics on their favorite trails and then — fueled by peanut butter crackers and black coffee — set out on each one.
In a chatty style, Lorch shares tips on cultural sites, where to refuel (Penza’s Pies serves a helluva slice), and potholes to avoid. City rides bring new perspective, or venture farther out into Bucks County. Anticipate how sore your calves will be the following day by checking the difficulty ratings.
The tome is spiral-bound, sturdy, and designed to take on all your excursions.
Of which you’ll never tire.
Available at Cadence Cycling & Multisport Center, 4323 Main Street, Manayunk (215-508-4300 or cadencecycling.com); Via Bicycles, 606 South Ninth Street (215-627-3370 or bikeville.com); online at amazon.com, $25. For more information, go to wheretobikephiladelphia.com.
Photo: Julie Lorch / Courtesy of Where to Bike Philadelphia