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Park Tool School Fall 2022

Park Tool School is back for Fall 2022.  What's Park Tool School? It's an opportunity for you to learn how to repair and tune your bike -- all with the guidance of expert mechanics. Our PTS is led by Jordan Villella, Master Mechanic, Racer & CycloSmart Coach along with SWB Mechanics. We meet Thursday evenings for four (4) 2-hour sessions on Nov 3, Nov 10, Nov 17 and Dec 1 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. You'll learn about every aspect of your bike and have the opportunity to upgrade it if you like. 20% off all Park Tool items during the session. We provide repair stands and tools.  Cost is $199. Call us today 724.266.1111 to register.  Space is limited to 8 people.

Let's Get Gritty!

Welcome, friends!  Here you'll find a sampling of our signature gravel events plus our weekly shop road rides. Our founder and route mapper, Don McKee created over 1,200 miles of gravel routes right here in PA for your riding pleasure.  If you're a first time gravel rider, try one of our monthly gravel rides.  A first-time gravel racer, try our DR Distillery or Whiskey Rebellion Gravel adventure rides.  If you are an experienced rider or racer, we've got plenty of longer rides and races, like the Whiskey Rebellion Gravel 200K or our new Penn's Woods Passage, PA's 1st gravel bikepacking route.

Ready to explore?  Read about our key events below and then head on over to RidePAGravel.Co today!  

Be A Rebel, Ride Whiskey Rebellion Gravel

ALL NEW COURSES & VENUE FOR 2022!  In 2021, more than 400 racers and riders took on the Rebellion Challenge.  We had some of the fastest racers in the Mid-Atlantic region.  For 2022, we've developed all NEW course routes with even more gravel and we've moved to a bigger venue in Claysville, PA  You'll race the same gravel roads where the free-spirited rebels of Western PA grew rye and produced whiskey consumed by the fledging United States of America.  You'll be truly challenged as you ride through the historic and hilly landscapes of Washington County, PA, whether you ride the spirited SIP 35K, the SHOT 60K, the PINT 90K, the JUG 120K or the formidable CASK 200K.  Compete with your friends and fellow riders from more than a dozen states.   Or if you are new to gravel in PA, try the 35K and 60K shorter distances for a spirited ride.  Perfect for cyclists who ride off-road including Gravel Grinders, Cyclecross Racers, Mountain Bikers and Adventure Cyclists.  You'll ride many of the original winding rural roads up steep hills to the ridge tops and then head down into valleys, crossing historic covered bridges before the next hill.  Road surfaces vary from pea-sized to new uncompacted cobbles and are stitched together with pavement sections for your recovery.  Coming back in 2022, you'll be able to test your mettle on the CASK 200K.  With over 12,000 ft. of elevation along with some mud and grass, it's certainly among the most challenging gravel rides east of the Mississippi.  

Head on over to WhiskeyRebellionGravel.com to learn more and register!

Would you like to sponsor this event?  Contact us at ride@sweetwaterbicycles.com

DR Distillery Gravel

Venture with us into the area east of Slippery Rock, PA for some excellent gravel racing!  You'll start by the Big Chicken at DR Distillery and head out on either the 26 mile or 49 mile course.  Both courses contain at least 75% gravel and follow winding roads through state gamelands and backroads of Western PA.   Expect hills, loose gravel and one or two stream crossings.  Post-race hang out with us and sample a pour of moonshine -- thanks to our gracious hosts, Dawn and Wayne of DR Distillery.  

To learn more and to register for this event at DR Distillery 

Would you like to sponsor this event?  Contact us at ride@sweetwaterbicycles.com

NEW for 2022 PA's 1st Gravel Bikepacking Route, Penn's Woods Passage

We've created the ultimate cross-PA gravel bikepacking route.  It's 850-miles from Meadville, PA to Scranton, PA and BACK.  And we're planning a Grand Depart style ride start on August 5, 2022.  

Find out more about our curated gravel routes, monthly rides and races and the NEW Penn's Woods Passage on RidePAGravel.Co.

SWB Weekly Thursday Road Rides MOVED TO SATURDAYS FOR FALL/WINTER

STARTING MAY 5, 2022 6:00PM. We had so much fun hosting you all on the weekly Thursday Road Rides that we are continuing them into the Fall/Winter but on SATURDAYS at 9:00AM. All rides are no-drop, 20 -25 miles in length, are hilly and leave from the shop.    You can ride a hybrid bike, road bike or gravel/CX bike.  We are all bike friendly.  Probably leave your MTB home and save that for the parks.  We meet at the shop and generally ride into Sewickley, up into the Sewickley Heights area, do a couple of different loops and then head back to the shop.  Post-ride beers are either at the shop or a local brewery.  Actual rain and/or thunderstorms/lightening cancel.  Call us at 724-266-1111 if you have any questions about whether these rides are for you.