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British Bicycle Sale: Brompton and Pashley Bikes Reduced February 01 2017

brompton folding bike model

All our British made bicycles, in stock, are on sale during the month of February. Now's the time to get that Brompton folding bike you've always dreamed of getting, up to 10% off MSRP. We love how well they are made and how smoothly they ride. We really love how compactly they fold. Ok, maybe not as small as the one in the photo above but you can still pick it up with one hand. Because these bikes come in umpteen variations from  different size gearing, handlebar styles, color, and accessories. Come in to test ride to see which one will suit you best.

road touring bike

We've also reduced the price of the two Pashleys in stock, up to 15% off MSRP. The Clubman Country (pictured above) is one of those bikes that can do just about all from traversing city streets to touring and look good while doing it. The bike features all the classic English details like Reynolds 531 Cro-moly tubing, lugged frame, and matching Brooks leather saddle and handlebar tape with updated Campagnolo and Shimano componentry. The versatile Aurora has a mixte frame also made from English company Reynolds 531 tubing. With it's straight bars and 8 speed internal hub you'll ride through city and country in comfort and class.

Both Brompton and Pashley build bikes with longevity that will be loved, with a little care and maintenance (we can take care of that), for years to come.

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Thump, Thump: Month Long Love Sale on Selected Bikes & Accessories January 27 2017

bicycle sale

Because we want you to feel the love (of cycling), we'll be having a sale on select bicycles and accessories all through the month of February. Time to say adieu to our fleet of rental bikes (to make room for new ones.) These sturdy workhorses from Brooklyn Bicycle Co. have served us well. It's a great chance to get a Dutch style city bike for very little money. Prices start at $250. We also have a handful of new bikes greatly marked down like a Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Willow 7 speed step-through frame originally $750 reduced to $550. We have one Simcoe Basic Roadster 3 speed step-over frame originally $700 now $500. Canadian company Simcoe makes stylish, classic bikes with beautiful details and durable paint finishes. For a tall kid or small adult we have a Torker U-3 in a 44cm frame. It's a 3 speed internal geared bike with a racier geometry and drop bars. Originally $500 reduced to $325. And we've knocked down the price of our last SE Wildman 20" bmx bike. Yours for $284.26 including tax for this popular kid's bike. As for accessories, all of our Racktime bags and panniers are 30% off. German company Racktime makes practical gear for commuters like the Side One Urban and Work It Wide that look good on the bike right into the office. A selection of Basil bags and panniers are also 30% off. Dutch company Basil is a shop favorite because of their bright and fun colors and patterns on items like their Basonyl Double Bag or Jada Mirte Shopper. Quantities are limited and prices quoted do not include sales tax unless otherwise noted. Stop in and test ride a bike Tuesdays through Saturdays.

We've just added some more bikes to our February sale! All Brompton folding bikes are reduced 10% off MSRP and all Pashley bicycles are reduced 15% off MSRP. The sale is good only on bicycles currently in stock.

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Pure Fix Restocked: Pick One Up September 15 2016

A new semester, a new season, a new bike in a NEW color. We've just refreshed our stock of Pure Fix single speed bicycles with some of their new color options like "Don," a deep berry red frame with white rims and brown tires, and "Sand," a sandy neutral with matte black rims and brown tires. Pure Fix bikes have been a perennial favorite with Philly students because of their sleek light weight design and affordability. The perfect bike to navigate through busy city streets (don't want to be late for class) and effortlessly carry up steps to stash in a dorm room. But it's not just for students. It's for anyone who wants a quality bike to get from a to b without breaking the bank.

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Kick Off to Autumn: September Events August 30 2016

While we hate to say good-bye to summer, we do love when the weather gets cooler. Riding a bike is so much nicer when the air is a little crisper. Now that folks are back from the shore and back to work and school, it's a great time to get your bike in working order or buy a new one. By ditching the car and riding a bike we can cut down on those nasty green house gases that adversely affect our climate. You should check out the Clean Air Council's Greenfest Philly on Sunday, September 11th. We'll be there with some cargo, city, and folding bikes for you to demo so you can get on the green path. Riding a bike is one of the best things you can do for the planet. If your a family of cyclists you can meet up with the Kidical Mass PHL crew & GoPhillyGo for a group ride from Fitler Square to the event at Head House Market. Departure is at 10AM.

For our New York friends, you can find Simon at the bi-annual NY Bike Jumble in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Saturday, September 10th. He'll bring one of his custom frames to show off. If a custom bicycle is an idea you've been bandying about, Simon can build you a beautiful one. His Hanford Cycles have won awards and recognition at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and Classic Rendevouz. Below is the dog hauling city bike he finished for Mrs. Firth this spring.

custom bicycle

And at the end of the month on Thursday, September 29th the Bicycle Coalition is holding their annual gala and awards dinner. We are all indebted to the work the Bike Coalition does to improve and promote cycling in the Philadelphia. You can buy tickets to the event or donate here.

Bicycle Coalition event

 

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If You Can't Stand the Heat... July 28 2016

Fairmount Park

Dreaming of escaping the sweltering heat of the city to a cool verdant oasis? Hop on your bike and with your friends and family head to the country for a picnic. For us in Philadelphia heading to the nearest expanse of green and quiet isn't far at all. Fairmount Park has over 9000 acres of parkland right within the city limits. You'll easily find a shady grove to settle down and enjoy the sights and gentle sounds of mother nature. In some spots, like Cresheim Valley Creek pictured, you'd never know you were still in a major metropolis.

We have the bikes and gear just right for transporting your picnic fare. Green Guru make bags and panniers out of recycled materials. Try their Carbon Cooler to keep food from spoiling.

bicycle pannierWorks nicely on the rear rack of Breezer's city commuter the Downtown 3.

step through bike

Linus have a large selection of traditional bikes and baskets. We like their oval basket strapped to the handlebar of their Dutchi 3 for a nostalgic look.

bicycle basket

step through bike

A crate on a rear rack is a great solution for hauling beverages. Pure City's wooden crate fits beautifully on the rear rack of a Pure City Bourbon and is perfect for carrying a six pack of your favorite sip.

bicycle crate

upright three speed bicycle

Feeding a big crowd? You can rent one of our cargo bikes like the Nihola Family or Babboe City to carry it all, even the grill.

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Faraday: America's New Easy Rider July 01 2016

Riding a bike is certainly one of life's most pleasurable experiences. Faraday has created the ultimate pleasure bike that's also practical. It has a durable steel frame, a generator hub to power front and rear lights (bye bye wasteful batteries), optional front and rear rack to carry your things, full fitted fenders to keep you dry, but most distinctly it has an electric assist motor to make climbing hills or riding into headwinds a breeze. And all this wrapped up in a beautiful package. The Porteur S features 5 speed Sturmey Archer internal rear hub and matching metal fenders. The top of the line Porteur comes with 8 speed Shimano internal rear hub, belt drive chain, leather grips, and bamboo fenders. Add to either their stylish leather top tube bag that doubles as a U-lock holder. This might be the only bike you'll ever need.


A Cargo Bike Manufactured in Fishtown USA May 05 2016

small cargo bike frame unfinished

Fishtown used to be a center of manufacturing in Philadelphia in the 19th and early 20th centuries but that pretty much went away when factories moved to the suburbs and beyond. After moving into a former elevator factory we knew the space would be ideal to fabricate our signature short wheel base cargo bike. That's the start of it above. It doesn't have a name yet and we don't know the price yet but we do know it'll be awesome and extremely useful. It's based on a custom bike that David designed and built a few years back. The long horizontal center tube not only looks neat but will support the front and rear cargo racks and add a bit of strength to the frame. It'll have 20" wheels front and rear that will allow for a lower center of gravity and make hauling home a few cases of beer, and maybe other stuff, a breeze. It'll come in two size options but only one color. Which leads us to our biggest dilemma; what color should we paint the bike? Any ideas?


Turn Your Existing Bike Into a Transport Bike with a Porteur Rack March 11 2016

old photograph of man transporting newspapers on bicycle

Paris newspapers were traditionally delivered by bicycle using a porteur or transport rack. It's a flat rack that mounts to the front of the bike usually at the fork, sometimes the handle bars, with support struts mounted at the axle or lower down on the fork. Because it's flat it can work with drop bars where a basket won't fit and it allows you to carry over size loads like a stack of newspapers or, more likely, a case of beer. We carry four of these style racks. Wald Multi-fit aka pizza rack $52 attaches to your handlebar so better suited to a bike with upright bars. It's extra wide with a low rail on three sides and has axle mounted support struts. The Origin8 Platform rack $62 is made of aluminum and sits lower than the Wald rack because it attaches to the top of the fork. It has adjustable struts and no rails to get in the way. Basil's Portland Rack comes without side rails $80 or with rails for $95 and has it's own wide canvas cargo strap. Velo Orange's Porteur Rack $162 is the most authentic of the three. Made of polished stainless steel tubing so it won't rust and comes with an optional rail. It can can be used in conjunction with front panniers to carry even more. Remember you'll need something to keep all that stuff on the rack. We have an assortment of bungees and cargo straps to choose from.


FREE Crazy Two Person Tricycle for the Kinetic Sculpture Derby March 02 2016

Big red two person tricycle on it's side at Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles

Everyone in Fishtown is starting to get pumped for this year's Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival on Saturday May 21st. Now is the time to register if you fancy making a ridiculous human powered machine that will bring laughter and glee to many, many people. And we mean many. Thousands of people flock to the neighborhood every spring for one of Philadelphia's most popular events. We just happen to have this insane looking (kinda reminds me of an oversize Ouija board planchette) and even more insane riding tandem tricycle available to a kinetic sculptor for FREE! You have to see it to believe it. Come to the shop and check it out. And while you're here, check out our stock of awesome city and cargo bikes because the warm weather is on it's way. If your coming from outside the city for the Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival why not rent a bike from us? It's a great way to get around Fishtown for the events.


Yepp Mini: Try Before You Buy January 30 2016

The Yepp Mini front mounted child seat is a great way to travel with your littlest kid. Attached to your stem and nestled between your arms, your toddler will have a great view of the journey while enabling you to chat with him or her along the way. Not sure if it's the right seat for you? We have one set up to test ride on a Simcoe Classic step through bike. Don't worry about the weather because you can give it a quick spin around the shop. We have plenty of room! Need more time to decide? We can attach it to one of our rental bikes. It comes in a range of colors (the purple one above was spotted near Rittenhouse Square this past summer) and will carry a child up to 33lbs. And it comes with an integrated lock so you know it will still be there after stopping for a diaper change. We also stock Yepp Mini accessories like the wind screen and sleep roll.


BICYCLE SALE Woot, Woot !! August 01 2015

Looking for a great city bike at a bargain price? Then we have it! All of our Brooklyn Bicycle Co. bicycles, in stock, are reduced 20%. We have single speeds, 3 speed internal hubs, and 7 speed internal hubs in step-through and step-over frames. Bikes for short people and bikes for tall people. Get a hold of one of these now because when they're gone, they're gone.