Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring!







Well, the weather is finally starting to break for spring! now is a great time to bring your bike in for service, or check out all the bikes we have for sale! beat the rush. Hope to see you soon!
Our hours are: Tuesday 10-5, Wednesday 1-9, Thurs., Fri., sat. 10-5. Phone number is: 215-627-3370.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Recent Personal Acquisition: 1980's RIGI

     This is a frame  and fork I personally got recently. It is an early 1980's RIGI. It is a bit of a unique bike and I am looking forward to building it up. The most clear unique feature is the split seat tube design that enables the rear wheel to be brought closer under the rider. This design shortens the wheel base. The chain is shortened by a full 6CM! Also the head tube angle is very steep,  77 degrees! These bikes were built for speed, not comfort. Also, very twitchy at high speed. I have seen a couple examples before, usually lugged. This one is the stainless steel version, adding to its uniqueness. Even the fork blades are stainless steel! Here is a link to the Classic Rendezvous page about the marque: RIGI  Also of note is the special adaptor piece for the front derailleur. Gian Robert made a front derailleur specifically for these bikes. This one was made by the previous owner and works just fine. It is a bit of a long term project and I hope to build it up with a Campagnolo Super Record group. I also want to use all the after market alloy and titanium parts O.M.A.S. and Cobra made in the 80's for the Campagnolo NR /SR components. Those bits will probablly  take the longest to get I am sure, time will tell. I like oddball / unique bikes, and this one fits the bill for sure. Enjoy the photos!





















Wednesday, March 25, 2015

1937 Raleigh Record Ace we recently sold.

      We recently got this 1937 Raleigh Record Ace (RRA) and sold it to a discerning collector within 24 hours. I did not even have time to photograph it properly. These bikes are my favorite pre-war British lightweight / club machines. Maybe someday I too will have the opportunity to own one. The photos are as found condition, it needs some bits, and to have some things removed, but it is correct where it counts. We also got the correct handlebars with the bike, which were sold as part of the deal. I cant wait to see it after the new owner has had time to bring it back fully. Enjoy!







Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Graham's Rossin

     This is a bike our awesome co-worker Graham recently put together. It is an early 1980's Rossin frame and fork that he has had for a while. He assembled it with a Campagnolo Super Record group and the result is quite pleasing. Classic Italian race bike that looks fast standing still. The original paint and decals are in great shape. I especially like the re-purposed Thompson seat post bag used as an under the saddle bag containing what you need on the road in case of mechanical issue. Enjoy!
















Sunday, March 22, 2015

Via Bicycle is Hiring!

Via Bicycle is hiring!
      We are looking for an experienced bicycle shop sales person and mechanic to work full time (5 days a week). Applicants must have 1 year shop experience. Applicants must be good with co-workers and be comfortable talking to customers. You must be able to multi-task efficiently. We are very busy when the weather is nice!
      We are not your cookie-cutter type bike shop and you must be able to adapt to the way we do things here at Via. We work on everything and primarily sell and service used bikes. You will NOT be polishing Colnagos! That being said, if this sounds good to you, please stop by with your resume' and have a chat with us. We look forward to the conversation!
     Our hours are: Tuesday 10-5, Wednesday 1-9, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10-5
     We are located at: 606 S. 9th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Awesome Customer's Bike: 1940's Carlton

     This is a bike we recently put together for one of our customers. It is a 1940's Carlton that belonged to his father. I always love it when bikes are passed down from one generation to the next and are put back into service. He had it painted a nice forest green color and brought in some of the original parts and we assembled it for him. It is a bit of a mix.
      We used the original Campagnolo Record rear derailleur and shifter (shifter is closed "C" , so it is newer). It also has the original Brampton Alatet head set. We had to get a custom BB made for it as it took the oversize Chater Lea type (Whitworth threaded). The customer wanted to use more modern  (cotterless) cranks. Our solution was to use a Shimano cartridge bearing BB spindle of appropriate length and bearings, and have oversize Whitworth threaded BB cups and a spacer sleeve made. The solution, after a bit of tinkering, worked like a charm, buttery smooth and tight. So, the bike retains the original threading in the BB shell with a more modern cartridge bearing assembly and cotterless crank set. it has modern alloy wheels (27" double wall machined sidewall rims). it also has the original bar and stem, GB Maes (sleeved) bars with really cool stem of unknown make. It also has the original GB Hiduminium brake calipers with modern pads.Unfortunately, the paint is a bit thick on the underside of the BB shell, obscuring some serial numbers / factory codes. (see photos).
     The end result is an updated classic that hopefully will be ridden for many years to come and hopefully goes further down the generational line of the family.  Thanks for trusting us with its care!