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    C & V help / C & V shop in Philadelphia?

    Hey, all.

    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!

    Brian

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    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.

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    Senior Member brianinc-ville's Avatar
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    Bump. Thanks, Aaron!

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    Trophy Bikes at 3131 Walnut, Univ. City? (215) 222-2020. Mike McGettigan (owner) has given me great advice and service on wheelbuilding, and knows/likes 3-speed stuff too.

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    The boys at Via get my vote, they've helped me out a few times and they are big supporters of the local scene

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    Via is an amazing place. They had a Schwinn Paramount track crank arm I'd been looking for more than 20 years.

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    Chuck (no idea who he is) has a nice one if the repair estimate is high, and she can keep hers as a donor.

    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/2750599295.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbakl View Post
    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.

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    Bikeville is in Philly, I think

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    Bikeville is Via.

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    Is the bikechurch in West Philly still open? It was in the basement of a church on Penn's campus when I got a beater there in about 2003.

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    It's still there...they actually also opened some other locations in different neighborhoods.

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