The purpose of this disclosure is to explain how we make money without charging you for our content.
Our mission is to help people at any stage of life make smart financial decisions through research, reporting, reviews, recommendations, and tools.
Earning your trust is essential to our success, and we believe transparency is critical to creating that trust. To that end, you should know that many or all of the companies featured here are partners who advertise with us.
Our content is free because our partners pay us a referral fee if you click on links or call any of the phone numbers on our site. If you choose to interact with the content on our site, we will likely receive compensation. If you don't, we will not be compensated. Ultimately the choice is yours.
Opinions are our own and our editors and staff writers are instructed to maintain editorial integrity, but compensation along with in-depth research will determine where, how, and in what order they appear on the page.
To find out more about our editorial process and how we make money, click here.
This weekend, the streets of Philadelphia will be swarmed with tourists seeking proximity to Pope Francis during his historic U.S. visit. Cars will mostly be banned during the pope’s visit, so the throngs must get around the city by public transportation or on foot. Or perhaps via bike.
And if bicycle is your preferred mode of transportation, the truest of papal fanatics might consider a specific kind of two-wheeler — a Breezer Downtown 8 commuter-style town bike, just like the one the Pope will be gifted upon his arrival in Philly.
Presented to Archbishop Charles Chaput during a ceremony at the Philadelphia Convention Center Wednesday morning, the Pope’s new wheels are enviable but understated; a “people’s bike for the ‘People’s Pope,'” as Philadelphia’s mayor, Michael Nutter, put it. The bike has been pimped out, pope-style, with some custom holy touches, including a hand-painted white body, a brass head badge in the shape of the Pope’s crest, angel-wing-shaped chain guard, and the words “Papa Francisco” written across the top tube, according to a press release. But the lay among us can buy the same basic gist from the Philadelphia-based bike manufacturer Breezer Bikes for somewhere in the $500 to $600 range.
Pope Francis is still moving around Washington, D.C. in a tiny black Fiat as of Wednesday afternoon, but he’ll likely be pleased by the gift (though the surprise, no doubt, is ruined). The Pope has been vocal about the virtues of a bicycle as a humble and environmentally-responsible mode of transport in the past. In fact, this is hardly the first time he’s been given one. Pope Francis should also like that the gift of the bike in Philadelphia comes with a pledge by the city to donate 100 bicycles to community programs.