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Weekend event will build 100 bikes that ASI pledged during Pope's visit

Published February 24, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — Advanced Sports International is working with Philadelphia bike advocates to support a "community bike build" this weekend. The event includes assembling the 100 bikes that ASI promised to donate to charity on the occasion of the Pope's visit to the city last year. 

The Second Annual Cadence Community Bike Build will be held at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia in Center City on Sunday.

At the event, the Philadelphia bicycling community will convene to assemble donated bikes for four local nonprofit organizations — Cadence Youth Cycling, Neighborhood Bike Works, the Philly Pumptrack, and Gearing Up. This year the assembly will include the 100 pledged bikes from ASI's Fuji, SE, and Breezer brands.

"This Sunday is the fruition of a pledge made in September after an inspiring visit," said Larkin Silverman, ASI's communications & advocacy coordinator. "As Philadelphia's bicycle company, it is incumbent upon us to make our products accessible to as wide a ridership as possible, especially here in our hometown. We can't wait to get these bikes to their new homes."

All Philadelphia residents are invited to join Sunday's event. There will be several professional bike mechanics on hand. Bike-building participation is not mandatory to attend. Bicycle Coalition sponsors Chipotle and Lagunitas will be providing food and beer. A small donation is recommended for attendance.

A commemorative replica of Pope Francis's custom Breezer Downtown 8 will be on display at the event; and ASI's Karen Bliss, who is chair of the Mayor's Philadelphia Bicycling Advocacy Board, will be on hand to answer questions.

The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia is at 2125 Chestnut Street. The event is from 10 a.m-4 p.m.


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