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Old 07-29-07, 12:28 PM
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Going to Philly...

I'll be there for an entire week. What places should I check out for good deals on fixed parts?
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Old 07-29-07, 12:34 PM
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maoz on south street if you like falafel.
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Old 07-29-07, 12:42 PM
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maoz on south street if you like falafel.
Thanks but after spending a few weeks in Israel I hate falafel
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Old 07-29-07, 12:57 PM
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are you bringing a bike?
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I'll be there on Tuesday for the pretzel ride.
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Excellent shops in the Manyunk area.
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Bike Revolutions on 4th and Bainbridge (right past South) is fixie-centric but not exactly a place to find deals. Sometimes busy and service can be lacking, but you'll meet a lot of cool messen(posen)gers. B+

Via on 9th and South has cooky old parts and a wild owner. B

Bike Therapy... about 22 and South has your standard fare hipster stuff (plenty of ourys). Wonderful service every time. B+

Trophy bikes at 31 and Walnut is cool but nothing special. Their garage is neat though. Chick at Trophy's counter will try to get you in and out ASAP (take that as a good or bad), but there's also an eccentric owner here. He likes to walk around and chat with everyone. Great entertainment. B- or C+

Bike Line around 11 and Arch has standard fare roadie stuff. Good if you're riding around Chinatown and need to borrow a tool or buy a tube or something. Sometimes good deals on non-fixie stuff and standard service. C

R.E.Load has it's central HQ here... all kinds of cool bags, caps, TT pads/etc... take the el to Spring Garden, walk west out of the tunnel, and look around for the giant bike rack.

Frankenstein Bike Worx is... I don't even know where. They sell their own fixies... "Alpha" line with weird frame geometry, bullhorns, ****ty colors. You may have seen these on eBay. Stuff here looks like a deal but it's generally trash.

Firehouse bikes is way out at 50 and Baltimore... by that point you're getting into the suburbs, but it's a good stop if you need a tool or something. Open late. Their bikes are generally all used, gritty, and probably safe against theft but work fine. Components they put on them are, however, **** (alex rims and generic hubs). Usually way overpriced but they have solid deals for accessories (levers, cheapest KMC colored Z chains in the city, wrap, etc). The shop is almost communal and very hippie. Workers are missing teeth, unshaven, and gritty, but it comes together awesome. Probably worth the trolley ride out there just to see how an employee-co-owned shop works.

If you're into riding your fixie like a BMX you can try riding the bowls or miniramp at FDR park. Ride south down broad till you get to the sports complex and then go toward the highway underpass in FDR park.

If you want to meet posengers just ride up and down Chestnut and Walnut all day. I swear sometimes I see the same kids doing this. The fixie girls though are usually hard asses though, so watch out.

You also may want to take advantage of the Philly craigslist while you are here. We have so many fixed listings, probably right behind NYC and SF. There are free wifi hotspots all over the place but there's wired access in the Kinkos by city hall if you're coming without a laptop.

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Despite the info, you sound like a total ******bag.
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Old 07-29-07, 03:22 PM
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How, lol?
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Old 07-29-07, 03:35 PM
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It's Alpha by the way, my social science teacher rides one.
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philly is great you'll love it, just get past the pretentiousness.

i agree w/ peabody. please stay away from Frankinstien bike works. he is a d**k, his stuff is s**t! definatly hit up Revolutions and Via, and FDR.
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Old 07-29-07, 04:15 PM
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if youre in south philly mike bikes has a ton of old campy track hubs and cranks. you could probably haggle with him over them.
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www.phillyfixed.com
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Old 07-29-07, 06:32 PM
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i know you asked about parts, not rides, but if you have your/a bike, you may be interested in:

Tuesday night 11:30 at the art museum for the pretzel ride (ends with eating deliciuos soft pretzels)

Thursday night 10:00 at Love Park for a five mile easy ride followed by a 15 mile faster ride (ends with heavy panting)

also there might be a wednesday ride resulting in the delicious philadelphia delicacy, water-ice, but as i'm unavailable on wednesday night, i don't know anything about it. you should be able to find info at phillyfixed.com

aaaaaaand depending on what week you're here and if it includes a saturday there is of course this coming up:
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Old 07-29-07, 08:31 PM
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Any place I can get tools for PricePoint prices? Sette tools is what I am looking for..like $7 for bb tool, etc.
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Trophy is the only place I normally see a large section of tools for sale. And they're usually all Park and the shop isn't known for being cheap. So probably not.

You may have luck with getting old tools at the Garage if you strike up conversation maybe?
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Old 07-29-07, 09:14 PM
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there is a performance bike retail store in paoli if you will have a car with you.
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there is a performance bike retail store in paoli if you will have a car with you.
Not necessary. The R5 goes right to Paioli and pretty close to the shop.
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Any of these places have Euro-Asia cogs for eBay prices?
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Any of these places have Euro-Asia cogs for eBay prices?
Not qualified to answer that (I don't even remember seeing Euro-Asia anywhere), but your best bet honestly is to do a "Tour de Bike Shops" with either your own bike or a rental or something and just look around in every shop. It will be a lot easier and less frustrating than calling every shop because they're often busy or stick the newbie to answer phones. We are graced to have so many solid shops in Philly... us locals do it all the time.

I must re-iterate that our shops certainly ain't known for deals. you can certainly try to haggle (usually you'll be dealing with the shop owners) but the situation here is like NYC. So many suburbanite hipsters or daddy-funded college kids can afford to pay top dollar for shiney new parts.
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Old 07-31-07, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
Not qualified to answer that (I don't even remember seeing Euro-Asia anywhere), but your best bet honestly is to do a "Tour de Bike Shops" with either your own bike or a rental or something and just look around in every shop. It will be a lot easier and less frustrating than calling every shop because they're often busy or stick the newbie to answer phones. We are graced to have so many solid shops in Philly... us locals do it all the time.

I must re-iterate that our shops certainly ain't known for deals. you can certainly try to haggle (usually you'll be dealing with the shop owners) but the situation here is like NYC. So many suburbanite hipsters or daddy-funded college kids can afford to pay top dollar for shiney new parts.
I dont mean to sound like a total jerk, but arent you a suburban high school kid living with his parents? You seem to make a lot of disparaging remarks towards "suburban hipsters" and people living off their parents, but I was under the impression that you yourself were living in the suburbs with your parents. Not judging, just wondering.
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no coins has thrown down the gauntlet.



but we were all thinking it....
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yea dude. and for someone who is giving **** to people who will ride their bike up and down chestnut all day:

Originally Posted by peabodypride View Post
If you want to meet posengers just ride up and down Chestnut and Walnut all day. I swear sometimes I see the same kids doing this. The fixie girls though are usually hard asses though, so watch out.
as i've gathered from other posts of yours, isn't this something that you do?

ps. firehouse bikes is hardly on the edge of the suburbs. its more like on the border of the tolerable awesome part of west philly, and don't-go-there-alone-at-night-or-you-will-get-mugged part of west philly.
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I'm not from Philly and when I went there it was mostly for business, but I went to Jim's for a Philly Cheesesteak and it was exquisite. I am sure locals will say it draws too much of a tourist crowd, but letting my mouth be the judge, it was awesome.

Here's a shot of some poor guy whose doctor probably told him to stay away from the CheeseSteak (taken from inside)


More touristy photos here

Sorry I can't tell you about the bike shops.
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You should run up the art museum steps and do the "Rocky", then sit at the top and count how many others do it in a 5 minute period.
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