Staff Picks: Edibikes and the Old 97s Tour
PLUS: Walking the East End: A Historic African-American Community in West Chester, Pennsylvania
You won’t see anyone cruising Lancaster Avenue on these sleek, user-friendly two-wheelers just yet. But Philly’s Sandeep Gopal and Wilmington’s Jason Hoover are hoping that will change by early next year, when they’ll introduce their Edibikes to Main Liners. Engineering graduates from Northwestern University, Gopal and Hoover are targeting first-time bikers with hands-on displays in coffee shops and other independent businesses. You select the color, and they assemble an Edibike from one of four frames to suit your size. Visit edibikes.com. —Tara Behan
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Walking the East End: A Historic African-American Community in West Chester, Pennsylvania
By Sarah Wesley and Catherine Quillman (Hedgerow Press, 65 pages)
West Chester’s rich history dates back to the early 1700s. But often overlooked is the borough’s East End, the proud black community that was home to the Civil Rights Movement’s Bayard Rustin and others of note. With Walking the East End, MLT contributor Catherine Quillman and Sarah Wesley have assembled a well-researched walking tour that delves into the lives of influential black entrepreneurs, activists and other key players. More than 30 sites are succinctly detailed and given life with rare photos. —Emily Riley
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Old 97’s “Too Far to Care” Tour
Oct. 25 at Union Transfer, Philadelphia
Here’s your chance to see one of the best bands to come out of the Republic of Texas perform one of the best albums of the ’90s. Formed in Dallas, the quartet took its name from the classic Johnny Cash tune, “Wreck of the Old ’97.” But don’t let that scare you off. These guys are only country purists insofar as they prefer to season their relentlessly catchy rock and punk proclivities with a little twang. The band is celebrating the 15th anniversary of Too Far to Care with an expanded reissue on Oct. 9. At Union Transfer in Philadelphia, they’ll perform the album in its entirety, along with other fan favorites. Visit utphilly.com. —Hobart Rowland