Hanford Cycles Custom Bicycles and Limited Edition Jerseys January 17 2017
Our good friend Pat surprised us all this weekend (but mostly Simon who was away the day they arrived) with these beautiful Hanford Cycles embroidered wool jerseys. He had them made specially for Simon's custom bicycle customers but you needn't necessarily be one (although we'd love if you were) to own one of these beautiful sweaters. Once the pre-orders have been doled out we will have a few left for sale. Let us know if you're interested.
Below are some photos of Simon's most recent bikes. In addition to the frame and forks he also creates custom racks and stems.
Simon Firth has been building frames in Philadelphia for over twenty years, beginning under the tutelage of Stephen Bilenky of Bilenky Cycle Works in north Philadelphia. He stayed on as a frame-builder for thirteen more years. In 2010 he decided it was time to go out on his own under the name Hanford Cycles. Named after his home town, a suburb of Stoke-On-Trent in the middle of England, Simon's designs owe a lot to classic English touring and randonneuring bikes made from the 1930s to 1950s in nearby Nottinghamshire. He's also influenced by what the French were making during this time as well. He doesn't limit himself to only this style of bike so has fabricated single speed, cross, mixte, and Dutch style step-though frames. One thing that is consistent with all his bikes is they're made from steel tubing. You'll not get an aluminum (or is that aluminium?), titanium, or carbon fiber frame from him. Simon has made 18 frames as Hanford Cycles and before he starts number 19 he'll be focusing on our in-shop small wheel cargo bike (the one without an official name at the moment but referred to as the "20/20.")
If you're interested in having Simon build you a custom bicycle email him at email@example.com or stop in and have a chat.
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.
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.
This Philadelphia Bike Shop Is Not Like the Others August 25 2016
When we work on a bike whether it's a tune up, a new bike build, or fabricating a custom bicycle we put our all into it. Even if that means lying on your coworkers skateboard to get to that hard to reach spot. Our mechanics are very knowledgeable when it comes to bicycle repair but they're also creative and always come up with a solution. We're lucky to have the tools in our workshop as well as our frame shop to fix just about anything. Not every bike shop can do that. Big, heavy bikes like the Babboe City cargo bike that Carlyssa is building (see photo) are easily hoisted up with our EVT workstands. Cracks in frames can be repaired in our welding shop. You don't have to toss away your beloved and broken-in Brooks saddle because a rail broke. We have the parts to fix it. If you can't find what you need from our vast stock of city and cargo bikes we have the capability to build you a custom model. And no other bike shop in Philadelphia can do that.
Photo courtesy of the great Dan Murphy
Come See Us At Our New Location March 28 2015For the next three days we'll be busy moving the shop to our new location at 1105 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. We're really excited to be in the new spot! We'll be up an running on Wednesday, April 1st (no joke) so come by. We have a new phone number too, 215-425-4672.
Farewell Spring Garden Street, We're Moving March 13 2015
Here's a preview of our new space. That's right, we're moving to a new location on Frankford Avenue just below Girard in Fishtown. The new spot will give us PLENTY of room to combine the frame shop and retail/service shop, and then some. We'll keep you posted but expect to find us there beginning of April
Got Some Bikes To Build February 21 2014
Because we have some custom bikes to build the shop will be closed for a few days next week: Wednesday, February 26th through Friday, February 28th. We will be open on Tuesday the 25th from 10am 'til 6pm and Saturday, March 1st, 10am 'til 5pm.