Thursday, May 29, 2014

Now open Sundays through the summer!

     Starting this Sunday, June 1st we will be open on Sundays from 10-2 through the summer months for your cycling needs! Stop by and say hello after you finish brunch!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Eddy Merckx and the hour record

     There is a bit of chatter about the hour record these days what with new rules regarding what is allowed to be used, making it a competition of technology and not men. Fabian Cancellara is talking about an attempt and then decided not now. Anyway here is a clip of Merckx from La Course en Tete, considered by many  to be the last "real" hour record. Merckx!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Some recent cool items.

     This is just a quick post to show some of the cooler items we have recently gotten in from our travels. There is a NOS set of Cinelli #14 pista bars, a NOS Schwinn Paramount stem, a Campagnolo Paramount drilled rear pista hubshell, a NOS San Marco Concor yellow perforated leather saddle, a handful of dura Ace 10 pitch items, and a nice 57CM Schwinn Paramount track bike from 1974. It has been re painted and the chrome is fantastic. Many more items as well, these are just the cream of the crop. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Philly pump track is open!

Cycling options keep getting better and better in our city! The Philly pump track is open at 53rd & parkside, check out the link and then go blast some table tops. PSK.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

New Cyclephilly app

I came across this article yesterday and it seems like a pretty good idea. Pretty neat that your daily rides can help inform city planners about where new bike lanes should be placed. Check out the link! I don't know if George Orwell would approve though.  link here!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Some recent swap meet photos!

     Swap meet season is underway for us here at Via Bicycle. Here are some photos from this past weekend at the Lehigh Valley velodrome in Trexlertown, PA.  Good times, good people, neat bikes!
Cinelli time trial bike
Cool original Colnago jersey
Italian Masi
De Rosa track bike
Nice older Fuji road frame

Peugeot city bike

California Masi Gran Criterium
Hutch replica record bike
Medici pista with Hellenic  stays
Schwinn paramount frame
Cool re painted Cinelli with frame modifications
Fat chance Yo Eddy in amazing atomic green paint with fork and stem!
Thai pedi  cab from the 1960's.
Seeotta pista frame

Immaculate Raleigh RRA pista
Limongi resto. Amazing job by Billy Rounds.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

For Sale: Spectrum track bike made by tom Kellogg

     This is a really cool bike we got recently. it is a Spectrum track bike made by Tom Kellogg in Trexlertown, PA. Tom is well known in our area and world wide for his bikes. This example is no exception. Top notch construction for the velodrome. It is also equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace 10 pitch drive train and hubs.
What is so special about 10 mm pitch parts?
      Well, most bike (drive) parts in the world are designed around a 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) pitch chain. That is the centre to centre distance of the chain pins. A  long time ago, chain pitch was 1", but that was a different chain design. Somewhere in the 1970s, the Shimano people got the great idea to reduce the chain pitch to 10 mm. The chain rings and the sprockets became smaller and the chain shorter, resulting in less weight.
Dura Ace 10 mm pitch series were introduced in 1976.
      Somehow, the 10 mm pitch series never convinced the cycling world and the parts weren't a big success, despite the world championship match sprint (1976) of John Nicholson from Australia with these components. There is a story, that the Keirin federation banned these parts, because the riders would have an unfair advantage. Somewhere in the 1980's, the 10 mm pitch series were discontinued.
      Not only is the chain  unique. Of course, chain rings and sprockets have to match the smaller pitch and are different, too.  Because the chain rings and sprockets have a smaller pitch, but the same number of teeth as regular components, the diameter is smaller. That makes it necessary to make the bolt circle diameter of the cranks smaller, as well as the diameter of the threads on the rear hub.
Head set and bottom bracket set are the same as the normal 1/2" pitch Dura Ace track series.

The details of this bike are as follows:
  • 52 CM CTC seat tube
  • 56 CM CTC top tube
  • 31" standover height
  • Shimano Dura Ace 10 pitch hubs laced to Mavic Gel 280 tubular rims with tied and soldered double butted spokes.
  • Shimano Dura-Ace 10 pitch drivetrain (rear cog, cranks 165mm, chain ring, and chain)
  • Shimano Dura-Ace bottom bracket.
  • Shimano Dura-Ace NJS head set
  • Shimano Dura-Ace seat post
  • San Marco SuperCorsa saddle ( Concor)
  • Shimano Dura-Ace aero stem (110mm) extension
  • Suntour Superbe track pedals
  • Cinelli Criterium 39CM wide bars
     The bike is painted a magnificent metal flake emerald green and has all the original decals and the previous owner's name "Charlie" is hand painted on the top tube. Serial number: 84 280 30 45 is stamped  on the BB shell.
     please email: for price and any questions you may have. Thanks!