Monday, October 31, 2011

Schwinn Triple Tandem

We restored this 1949(ed.) Schwinn triple seater. It looked great in front of the bike shop.
I should add, this 3 seater uses all the same components as the Schwinn 2 seater Town and Country. British made cottered cranks and bottom brackets, drum brake hubs, 26 x 1 1/2"(650b) wheels and 1 1/4" headset. We do carry spares if anyone is looking for parts. inquire.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Bicycle Posters, Art, and cycling maps for sale

All original, in excellent condition. Beautiful works of art.
 *1975 Peugeot Tour De France poster with Bernard Thevent. excellent. 25"x33 Framed. $225
 *Early Raleigh Poster with buxom woman. excellent. 31 1/2" x 41" framed, large. probably dates from 1930s-1940s.  at the bottom "J Howitt & Sons, LTD. Nottm" "Printed in England, AD414" $750

 *Cyclist road map of Philadelphia district. 26 1/2"x33". excellent. dated 1899. mounted on board. $250
 *Early Raleigh poster. 30 1/2" x 41" framed. excellent. probably dates from 1930s-1940s. $750

 *Les Sports 1954 Tour de France poster. 22"x30", mounted on board(not glued). Bobet won that year. $225

*Barthelemew's Cyclist Touring Map of England and Wales. 27"x33", mounted, not framed. pre-1900. $200

Friday, October 28, 2011

Hill Cycle bike at Philly bike expo

We will be showing the Hill Cycle bicycle at the Philly bike Expo Vintage gallery this sunday. We even have the Hill Cycle display stand to properly showcase the bicycle. We will also be selling New Old Stock Hill Cycle bells. they are $25 each.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Postal Run

A morning bike ride to the post office. no cars, just a lot of packages strapped to my early 1960s French Rochet.
Packages were posted to Australia, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, and of course the USA.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bicicletta Team Philadelphia wool jersey

This is my new autumn look. This Bicicletta jersey was found at a bicycle swap meet and I love it. I never thought red look well on me, but this does. I love the "B" that is embellished as a bicycle.

Monday, October 24, 2011

1950s Bianchi Sport city bicycle

Beautiful pair of Bianchi Sport city bicycles we recently sold. They were equipped with Bianchi proprietary headset, Sturmey Acher 3 speed hubs, and full chaincases.

Bianchi stamped headclip stem.
I love these brake levers. Notice the Schwinn copy grips.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

New Departure Hub display

what happens in coaster brake hubs are a mystery to some. New Departure, along with Bendix and others, had hub shells cut open for display at local bicycle shops. I have never seen these display boards before by New Departure. It has the cut open hub shells, and then lays out all the parts inside the hub, including the tools to work on the hubs. I didn't even know we had them, they were buried in a corner of our shop.  These would make an amazing display.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Early 1960s Dunelt for sale 51.5cm

 This bicycle poses the age old collector question- To part out a bicycle or keep it together? 

This bike has such great parts on it, coveted by British bike collectors, but the frame is rather mundane. Don't get me wrong, it is a beautiful frame, with original finish, but it is not a marque like Hetchins or Ephgrave. We would not rob the parts off this bicycle.
Components include GB Spearpoint stem, GB Courier brakes with Super Hood brake levers, Cyclo Birmalux Super 60 rear derailleur and Cyclo Birmalux front derailleur. Dunlop Super Lightweight rims, Bluemels fenders, Williams crankset and Wrights "swallow" type saddle.
51.5cm (20 1/4")center to center seat tube
52.5cm (20 3/4")center to center toptube


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Philly Bike Expo- Vintage Bike Gallery

The Philadelphia Bike Expo is only a week and a half away, and we are trying to drum up support for the Vintage Bike Gallery part of the show. We are not responsible for it, or organizing it, but we would like to see cool bikes, next to ours. And there is a bike swap meet there too! oh, there are also prizes.

Contact information is here, and the registration form is found there as well.

bike expo information here-

1958-59 Ephgrave Super No.1(british)
late 1940s Aviac aluminum bicycle(french)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rene Herse Cranks

Jan Heine(of Compass Bicycle and Bicycle Quarterly)is introducing a reproduction Rene Herse crank. Well, maybe not a reproduction, it might be better to say he is putting them back into production. They can be purchased as either a single, double, or triple chain ring setup. Only one crank arm length, 171mm, and chainring sizes are from 24 to 48 tooth, in 2 tooth increments. For $400, that is a great looking crank, and I will be getting one for my Hanford.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Bianchi City bicycle

I'm trying to be better about cataloging some of the amazing bikes we have in our collection. It is a rather daunting task as we have quite a few, and some are not all that accessible. It is hard to sell a bicycle if no one knows we have it.
Here is a Bianchi city bicycle. It has integrated handlebars, stem, brake levers and is set up with a Simplex Champione du monde rear derailleur. I have not checked the 'Bianchi' stamped FB hubs for a date code but I believe it is post war.  At this time, Bianchi, as many bicycle manufacturers would stamp all the components with the name of their company on it. The saddle, hubs, cranks, pedal blocks and even the aluminum 700c clincher rims are stamped 'Bianchi,' even though none of these components were made in house at the Bianchi factory.
This bicycle is original except for the tires and maybe the grips, they look too new.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

1960s Cresent ladies bicycle for sale

Beautiful Crescent ladies bicycle for sale. In excellent condition, appears to be all original, minus the tires. Ornate aluminum chainguard. The bike is a one speed, with a coaster brake rear hub. An interesting feature is the handle on the seattube to aid in lifting the bicycle, so it can be carried into a house. Missing headlight, but we could include something appropriate.

$400.00 email if interested.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Start your own bicycle repair business

(advertisement in Bicycling Magazine, 1975)

I wonder how many bike mechanics got their start by investing $29.85. Calculating inflation, what cost $29.85 in 1975 would cost $119.59 in 2010- according to Online Inflation Calculator.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Free ride on a bike at Hill Cycle Shop

. . . well if you have a time machine, and nine more of these cards. I love this ephemera of old bicycle shops. Here are more posts about Hill Cycle on this Bikeville blog.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Where to Bike-Philadelphia book

My best friend Julie Lorch wrote this amazing book, Where to Bike- Philadelphia,  for rides in the Philadelphia area. We have copies in Via Bicycle for customers to buy and Amazon also stocks the book, if you can't make it down to the shop. And yes, I have contributed a ride in the book as well.

Here is Julie on the local news talking about the book and cycling-

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

1962 Jack Taylor we recently purchased

 We recently purchased this 1962 Jack Taylor, and as you can see, it has a few 'upgrades.' It is mostly intact, but the derailleurs had been changed for more modern, Japanese ones. The bike was probably set up with Huret Allvit derailleurs and when we get a chance, we are going to return the bike to correct period derailleurs. We are also going to install a Brooks B-17, Lyotard pedals, correct brake pads, TA waterbottle cage,  and carefully remove the black tape.
Jack Taylor was one of the most regarded touring bicycle frame builder in the world for many decades.

Here is information on the Classic Rendezvous page
Here is information and serial # registry on Joel Metz webpage
and here is Jack Taylor related post on this blog.

Monday, October 10, 2011

1970s Raleigh bicycles new in the box

While searching on the 3rd floor for a part for a customer, I remembered that we had some Raleigh bicycles from the 1970s still new in the box. Below are some photos of the boxes.  If you are interested, email and we can discuss.