Best Bike Fests: Dirt Rag’s Dirt Fest

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What it is: A massive orgy of all things bike, with 2500 riders, a handful of hot tub-topped houseboats and loads of riding.

The Dirt: Crowds that used to attend Pedro’s Fest and Jim Thorpe Mountain Bike Weekend now rejoice at the Dirt Fest. So do wanna-be mountain bikers and anyone else within a day’s drive that loves to ride. There’s no racing, just lakeside camping out, group rides, clinics, beer, and freak bikes hidden in a side tent—find 'em and you can try to ride the famed Rodeo Bike, a big wheel for big people, the opposite bike and more. Or keep it tame, do some clinics, pick up some skills, or go for a paddle on Raystown Lake after you’ve pedaled.

It’s chill and friendly welcoming, no matter how fast or slow you ride.

Details: Always the weekend before Memorial Day, half way between Philly and Pittsburgh, $40, camping and houseboat rental separate.

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