A friend of mine in Philly recently got right-hooked while riding her '70s Schwinn Suburban. She's okay; the front wheel, fork, and bars are toast, though. I inspected the frame when I was there for the weekend and I'm pretty sure it's ok (electro-forge FTW!). She's a busy person and not mechanically inclined, but she loves her bike and wants to get it fixed. Can anybody recommend an LBS that would do the job well? North Philly would be ideal. Thanks!
I'd go to Via on 9th and Bainbridge...it's an excellent shop, they specialize in vintage and they have very reasonable rates. Bonus, they often do the repair same day, especially this time of year.
There aren't many shops in North Philly (depending on where in North Philly). Jays Pedal Power is ok (they used to be fantastic) in Fishtown and Bicycle Stable (in Fishtown) is also quite good. There's a shop at 21st and Fairmount...I think called Fairmount Cycles...that I've heard good things about.
Via is an amazing place. They had a Schwinn Paramount track crank arm I'd been looking for more than 20 years.
I can't speak highly enough about Via...Curtis is a good person and he pays his employees. He does this out of love and decency matters to me. I want to give my cash to people like him. Joel, his #2, is as knowledgeable as they come. He's a bright, nice person. Their mechanics, Davis and Matt, are fantastic...some of the best I've come across. Their prices are reasonable (usually same price, or cheaper, than ebay standard...but condition is better) and they stand by their products.
The only other shop I patronize regularly is Bicycle Therapy...which is another terrific shop with top rate mechanics...but which is more aimed at higher end new stuff. Bells Bicycles can't be beat on price and their employees are good guys.