It's 11:30 on a Tuesday night. The weather is less than ideal: frigid, with winds blowing gloomily between the buildings. All the same, a group of people starts to congregate at the foot of the iconic steps of the Art Museum. A little weather won't stop them from completing their mission.
They're all young, many of them students from schools like Drexel or UPenn. Most of them know each other well, calling out to each other in greeting and comparing bikes. They're waiting for anyone else who might join them in their epic quest for a delicious treat: hot, fresh pretzels.
Every Tuesday it's the same: meet at the museum, leave at midnight, and ride at breakneck speed down to Center City Prezel Co., located around 9th and Washington. Any and all are welcome.
If you're looking to ride with the group, be sure you have a road bike and some serious experience; these guys ride fast. They want to get to the pretzel factory right as the doughy globs of goodness finish baking. Some buy boxes of the pretzels, while some just buy a couple. Either way, they're delicious—especially dipped in caramel or mustard. At only $1 for three pretzels, you really can't go wrong.