Bike shops that also offer baked goods, coffee or even craft beer are increasing in number these days, partly because bicycling burns so many calories and fuels demand for replenishment, but also because high-end bicycles and premium food and drink place similar demands on quality “ingredients” and attention to detail.
Within this growing trend sits Philadelphia’s own Paper Trail Bike Cafe. It’s a full service bike shop with sales, repairs, service, parts and accessories. They also serve espresso based drinks, locally baked goods and pastries, and snacks for walkers, hikers, runners and riders visiting Wissahickon Valley Park.
Paper Trail Bike Cafe is located in Historic Rittenhouse Town at the site of the first paper mill in America, established in 1690 and built by William Rittenhouse and his son. Today, the barn is in the heart of Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park and features an expansive trail network for bikers, hikers, walkers and everyone to enjoy the outdoors.
“Paper” and “Trail” pays homage to the rich history of the building that they are settled in. “Bike Cafe” is the foundation of their being, providing a full service bike shop and cafe to keep their customers moving and fueled.
Paper Trail’s theme is that of repurposing a unique and storied historical space into a functional and desired experience. A warm, friendly atmosphere invites customers to learn HRT’s story alongside bikes, coffee and baked goods.
Not content to be a top destination for pastries, trail snacks,quality coffee, bike sales, custom builds, service, and repairs, Paper Trail also feeds Philadelphia’s rich bike culture with vacations to top gravel riding spots in Arizona, Vermont, North Carolina, a concierge service for meals, snacks and mechanical support at Rooted VT and unPAved events, and even local cycling-themed film festivals.
More information at www.papertrailbikecafe.com.