Via Bicycles…

March 14, 2011

Right off South Street, at the corner of 9th, you’ll find THE greatest, neatest, nicest, funnest (not a word, I know), most perfect vintage bicycle store I have ever experienced.  I had heard a lot about Via Bicycles from Kurt, as he had worked here a few times while staying in Philadelphia in-between past adventures.  I had even peered in the window during another visit to Philly a few years ago.  This was the first time I got to enter the wonderland of a shop that is Via Bicycles.

I must note that as wonderful and inspiring and eye-opening as the shop is, my most favorite part was the owner Curtis, who is a good friend of Kurt’s.  Curtis is without a doubt one of the most down to earth, genuine dudes I’ve had the chance of meeting in a long time.  His love and care for the people and things around him emanates from his Super Mario-like stature.  Thanks to Curtis, we got to explore not only the many levels of his historic bike shop, but also got to experience some nice spots in Philly we might not have had we not been guests/friends of Curtis‘s.  Curtis let us crash on his futon couch and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to chat the evening and morning away with him before it was back to business as usual.

24 hours was way too short of a time to spend in Philly, but it was all we has on this merry-go-round of a trip.  Thanks to our time in the shop and our time spent with Curtis, my mind now dreams deeper when I dive into thinking about bikes and the lives they have and continue to foster through time.

 

Used bicycles, ready to find new partners, or for their new partners to find them...

I would argue there is no need for advertising, everyone in Philly knows where the best place to find a classic gem or bring their loved one in for a tune up or part...

Parts, parts, parts for the bikes, bikes, bikes...

A classic Columbia, the first mass producers of America bicycles...

Via definitely has the well stocked library feel to it...

The Penny Farthing. I'd like to add this is a true high wheel bicycle, not a replica...

Bicycle paraphernalia everywhere...

Some of my favorites were the bicycle themed old postcards...

...especially this one with the raised lettering...

Nothing bicycle related seems to get denied from the collection...

 

...like the embroidery...

 

Springy seats, a comfy suspension system for your rear...

Beautiful scrolly lugs...

A massive skip tooth chain ring, hearts and all...

A skirt guard so you don't get caught yours caught in the wheel...

The coolest, cutest bike in the world. Note: every rim captured in this photo is made of wood!

Old, old, old school...

Kurt with my favorite, most respected part of Via Bicycles, owner Curtis...

 

 

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