Thursday, December 30, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Hard tire safety for sale

For sale. email -
Hard tire safety.
Exposed headset.
Curved seattube.
Radial spokes.
Missing grips.
Otherwise original. With faint pinstripe and remnants of original decal.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Gift Idea- Bicycle Headbadge

they range anywhere from $10 on up to $75. We also have some patches too.
Stop in and take a look.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ikea give Employees bicycles

Reported at Ikea gave 12,400 employees bicycles, as a reward for a good year, and a bicycle because it "supports a healthy lifestyle and everyday sustainable transport," says Ikea Spokeswoman- Mona Liss.

Pretty cool. I like that they were they were smart to not put an ikea decal on it, so it does seem more like a gift than a rolling advertisement.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cool old shop photo- 1912 Detroit

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1912. "Metzger bicycle shop. Detroit City Gas Co."
(originally posted on
Notice, not a single black tire, all the tires are natural rubber.
Nice mixture of single tube pneumatics, Victrolas, and early motorcycles.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pedal sorting

When it a little less busy in the fall and winter we begun to organize the shop, after a busy summer. One of the tasks is trying to make sense of all the mix-matched pedals, ones that do not have a mate. We use these for repairs and sales. fun.

it's not all glamorous with Roger Piel or Campagnolo pedals, mostly these.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Restoration Styles

Lovely Bicycle! - a great blog bicycles and cycling, just had an interesting post about the restoring of older bicycles. They broke it down to 4 main categories-

The Full Restoration Approach-Make as original as it was when first built, replace worn parts with exact replacements of what it originally came it.

The All-Original Approach- Keep it all original, as the title suggest. Replace nothing, even if it means the bike then become obsolete.

The Period-Appropriate Approach-A restoration that is looser, does not have to be exact, but outfitted with parts that would be of the same time period as the frame.

The Updated Remix Approach- This is an anything goes approach. Bike is personalized and set up to suit the rider, no restrictions on what the bike was originally.

Read the original article-Refurbishing Vintage Bicycles: Different Perspectives

I love an all original bicycle, unrestored, of course. Most of my bikes fall into that category, but I do have to update perishables such as tires and brakepads, to make them ride able. I do have one bike, my chrome Rochet, that is anything but original. It was originally an early 1960s 10 speed bicycle and I have since turned it into a commuter, with upright handlebars, alloy fenders, fixed gear wheels, and porteur chaincase. It is a far cry from what it was originally.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Women and Bicycle shops

Macaela Blei wrote on Frontier Psychiatrist about her experiences as a woman and bicycle shops. and I hope that we are more like shop #2, friendly and supportive. I know I have always tried to promote cycling and help everyone learn how to work on their bikes. Yes, I understand our shop can be daunting, with sensory overload and a lobby full of customers, but we try to help out everyone, from the most advanced racer or collector to 1st time riders.

Frontier Cyclist – ‘Hapless’ Females and Bike Shops

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

CommonSpace- Update (Philly)

I wrote about CommonSpace about a month ago on the blog(here), and they are still looking for as much feedback as they can get to improve it before it is officially launched.

CommonSpace personalizes an adventure on the town by enabling you to discover places you can reach by walking, biking, or public transit, add destination to an interactive map, and share it with others. Search attractions in dining, drinks and the arts. It utilizes Google Maps and then sites like Yelp or Sustainable Business Network to find cool things for you to do.

My previous blog post as more info, and of course please visit their website- it is a great idea, and they are looking for feedback.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Movie stars and their bicycles

A friend has started a blog, all about images of movie stars and their bicycles.
Simply titled Rides a Bike, it has a lot of promise and I know my friend has a large library to add to it. So check it out and follow it, it has good things to come. Photo above is Bridgette Bardot.

Rides a Bike link here.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Schwinn Green Phantom sold

1954ish. with locking fork, key included.
We prefer not to Ship it as it is big and heavy.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Track bike racing shirt

Very nice image of an early track racer. Found in a trendy store during my trip to New York.
Take note of the vintage toe-clips. No straps. We occasionally get those toeclips in for sale, email if you are looking for a pair.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

New York City bike riding

New York City streets are comparably more bike friendly than philadelphia, with more dedicated bike lanes, but Philadelphia has recently been making the effort to catch up. NYC also has an amazing bike path that runs along the west side of Manhattan, that allows you to ride along the Hudson River from the lower east side, all the way past the George Washington Bridge.
(I should add I know nothing of the actual bicycle advocacy groups or how many bike lanes there are, I just know they are clearly marked and numerous signs directing you to for bike friendly street. And most of my riding is in manhattan)

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cranksgiving in NYC & other Places

I'll be in NYC this weekend and I see they are doing something awesome for the community-

from website-

Cranksgiving 12

Cranksgiving 12

The 12th Annual Bicycle Street Race to Benefit Saint Mary's Soup Kitchen and City Harvest

On November 20th, 2010 at 2:00pm in Tompkins Square Park, over 200 cyclists will gather to begin the twelfth annual Cranksgiving, a charitable ‘alleycat’ bicycle street ride. In Cranksgiving, riders race around Manhattan purchasing Thanksgiving dinner ingredients at designated grocery stores, arriving at the finish line with a bag full of food to be donated to various charities.

Cranksgiving is a race, but riders of all abilities and stripes come out to participate in the fun! Bring a bag, some money, and a good lock, as this year's prizes include messenger bags from Bailey Works, MER, Seagull and Chrome, $150 gift certificates for 5.10 shoes, A Torker Cargo T bike donated by Brooklyn Bike and Board, as well as 3 $100 gift certificates courtesy of the Gilt group, to be redeemed at

This year’s race features unparalleled opportunities to donate, even before the ride! Tiny’s Sandwich Shop (129 Rivington Street) is offering up to $6 off of their delicious sandwiches when you donate $25 and over at the store. Also, inn conjunction with the race, Hipstamatic is donating $1 to Cranksgiving for every photo uploaded to . Finally, if you can’t make the ride or get to any of the donation locations, go to to pledge to the Cranksgiving fund, benefiting City Harvest and the New York Bicycle Messenger Foundation.

Last year’s Cranksgiving helped feed over 100 families through Saint Mary's soup kitchen on the Lower East Side, City Harvest and the New York Bike Messenger Foundation. This year, as more and more people find themselves in desperate times, Cranksgiving hopes to step it up and smash all previous records.

To more learn more about Cranksgiving, visit

Also happening in all these cities-

Albany, NY - Nov 20
Atlanta, GA - Nov 13 info
Cedar Falls, IA - Nov 20 info

Champaign/Urbana, IL - Nov. 14 info
Columbus, OH - Nov 20 info
Des Moines, IA - Nov 21 info
Fort Walton Beach, FL - Nov 20 info
Fairfield, CA - Nov. 27 info
Kansas City, MO - Nov 21 info
Mason City, IA - Nov. 7 info
Miami, FL - Nov 20 info
Milwaukee, WI - Nov 6 info
Minneapolis, MN - Nov 13 info
Omaha, NE - Nov 13 info
Provo, UT - Nov 25 info
Salem, OR - Nov 13 info
Santa Fe, NM - Nov 20 info
Seattle, WA - Nov 20 info
St. Louis, MO - Nov 7 info
Vancouver, BC - TBD
York, PA - Nov 20 info

Monday, November 15, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A couple items we are bringing to the Bike swap this weekend

Nice adjustable stem. wood wheels. BSA cranks and Brooks early saddle.

Chrome track frame with BSA cranks and Bottom Bracket.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Indoor Velodrome to be built in Philly Suburb, Maybe

Coatesville, PA to have the first indoor Velodrome on the East Coast. Well, they are talking about it again. It would be a great way to get more people into track racing, and get some of these Fixies off the street and to good use. They have proposed it a couple times, maybe this time it will stick.
Like I have always said- "you have to put it out there, for them to put it in there." Never seemed more appropriate.

News story HERE on the Philly

Music videos that feature bicycles

Frontier Psychiatrist recently did a review of the Sun Airwaves video that used our French Lapeyle bicycle, and just posted some indie rock videos that featured bicycles prominently.

This video was not on the list, but it features my friend Spank Rock, so I must include it.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bilenky at First Friday Art show in Philadelphia

Art In The Age Presents... Bilenky Cycle Works, Artistry in Steel

from Art In The Age on Vimeo.

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
116 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA
Opening Friday, November 5 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

"Bilenky Cycle Works was founded in Northeastern Philadelphia in 1983 with the goal of meeting the specific needs of the individual cyclist. Stephen Bilenky recognized the need for specially proportioned frames and components for riders of all shapes and sizes, and began creating a range of custom products to answer the outfitting needs of recreational, fitness and utility cyclists from all over the world.

BCW’s philosophy of perf...ectionism shines through in every bike they build. Their frames can be compared to a bespoke suit, tailored to fit both the rider’s aesthetic and physical needs. Whether it’s waiting four weeks for a retro-fit to come back, or four months for that super-customized nit-picked-over-every-detail dream bike, one ride on a Bilenky bike will prove that it is in a league of its own.

For the month of November, Art in the Age and Bilenky Cycle Works will demonstrate the craft of custom framebuilding. By creating a miniature version of the Bilenky shop within AITA, Stephen Bilenky and his crew will highlight the specific build qualities and artistry that set a Bilenky bicycle apart from the rest. Join us at AITA for a unique behind the scenes look at this rare craft."

Thursday, November 4, 2010

3rensho track frameset we sold

54cm center to top seattube.
54cm center to center toptube.
Shimano dropouts.
Njs tange headset.
Original paint and decals. Early 1980s.
Built for front and rear brakes.
Some rust at fork crown. would need to be replated if going for Show bike.
Paint is beautiful.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Stars and Watercarriers - decision in the Dolemites

This is my one of my favorite scenes in cycling films.
Eddy Merckx demonstrates how he is the head of the road- La course en tĂȘte.
Merckx is relentless.

Some happy Bike Expo visitors touring the bicycle shop

Indirectly part of the Philadelphia Bike Expo, we offered collector types and enthusiast who were interested to stop by and we would give them a brief tour of the shop and answer any questions that had that was bike related. Yes, only bike related.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Philadelphia Bicycle Swap meet this sunday.




Sunday October 31st, 2010 10AM - 4PM

WHAT: On Sunday October 31st, in conjunction with the Philly Bike Expo, NY Bike Jumble will be presenting a bicycle flea market.

The event will be held on the street adjacent to the Expo venue, at the historic 23rd Street Armory (22 South 23rd St. between Market and Chestnut) in Philadelphia, PA.

At this one day only event, vendors will be on hand to sell bicycles, bicycle components and clothing to the public. Good deals abound as do good times! Come down between 10AM and 4PM and remember, the early bird gets the worm!

WHEN: 10:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Private vendors and bicycle stores will be selling all sorts of used bikes, bike parts and bike accessories right outside the Philadelphia Bike Expo. Good deals, and good times! Vendors include: Firehouse Bicycles, Bicycle Paintings by Taliah Lempert, Tandems East, Patuxent Adventure Center , Via Bikes , Bicycle Revolutions ,Mariascati Messenger Bags , Bringheli

Tables still available HERE (click to be taken to reserve a table

23rd Street Armory

22 South 23rd St. between Market and Chestnut

Philadelphia, PA.

To more learn more about NY Bike Jumble and the Philadelphia Bike Expo swap, visit

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Philly- South street bridge to reopen for bikes first! (Nov. 6th)

The South Street Bridge is reopening Nov. 6th, 2010, and it's accessible to bikes and pedestrians BEFORE cars! It opens to bikes at 2pm, and cars at 3pm.

More information here-
South Street Bridge Project

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Common Space- a new way to Navigate around Philadelphia

We have all used Google maps with the bicycle option, but CommonSpace takes mapping and planning an adventure to the next level. Plotting out approximate range one would travel within a time frame either biking, walking or public transit, and welcomes you to discover new places.
It could make for a nice spontaneous date, or just something fun for friends to do, and it tries to promote local business, and the use of alternative transportation(read, no car option). It would be great to have as a smartphone application. . .

They are currently running a survey and one could win $100 gift certificate just for participating.

Their informational release-

The Sustainable Business Network, Azavea, William Penn Foundation, and nPower launched the pilot phase of CommonSpace in August, it will last until October 31. CommonSpace is Philly’s new way to discover neighborhood destinations near you and your friends. The CommonSpace website enables you to specify how long you are willing to bike, walk, or take public transit, and the types of events or venues you wish to visit. Using this information, the site creates a personal or group geospacial “transit shed” within which local neighborhood venues, events and restaurants are highlighted.

Visit CommonSpace at and you can provide feedback through our online survey or by clicking the feedback tab. As an incentive, we've added a contest: those who complete the online survey by October 31st will be entered to win a $100 gift card to a Philadelphia restaurant, including White Dog Cafe; Picnic; Earth, Bread and Brewery; and Mugshots Coffeehouse and Café.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Beauty and bicycling, in the UK

"This is an 8 minute version of our 55 minute documentary Beauty and the Bike. The film follows two groups of young women from Darlington and Bremen. Between them, they discover what makes - and stops - teenage girls from cycling. The answer? "It's the Infrastructure, stupid!" The full DVD is available from"

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bicycle Fashion show- In Philly at the Philadelphia Bike Expo

I know I am really plugging this event in Philadelphia, and it is in Philly and does have some vintage bicycle workshops(on Sturmey Archer hubs, Cinelli bicycles, and seminars on bicycle industry trends).

But it also has a fashion show and everyone should attend. I will be there, and I might say I will be there with bells is the day before halloween. Maybe I will dress up as a bike??

(click on image for Fashion Show information).

Previous fashions, what does the future hold?????

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

For Sale-Cinelli steel track handlebars-SOLD!

New old stock. Never installed. Stamped model #14. 38cm width.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Music Video with one our cool bicycles

Video a Via Bicycle friend and customer directed and shot with one of our cool old French bicycles.

Put the Days Away - Official Video from klipcollective on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Philadelphia Bike Expo

Well the Philadelphia Bicycle Expo is coming up-

Info here -

but please befriend the Facebook event page- it would mean a lot to me(no I am not actively involved with either, but will attend, for sure)
(just click on image for link)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hershey car show

2 hard tire safeties, the one pictured on the blog, and a very nice original ladies model, will be at the Hershey Car Show this week. chocolate field. Spot- c4a11 . Stop by and say hello.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Marque mark on hard tire safety

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

French LaPeyre bike we rented

A nice early 1950s French city bike with early Mafac cantilever brakes. Beautiful.

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