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Hanford Cycles Custom Bicycles and Limited Edition Jerseys January 17 2017

cycling jersey

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 forksĀ  he also creates custom racks and stems.

Hanford Cycles custom bicycle

Hanford Cycles custom bicycle

Hanford Cycles custom bicycle

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.")

Transport Cycles cargo bike

If you're interested in having Simon build you a custom bicycle email him at simon@transportcycle.com or stop in and have a chat.

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ALLONEWORD Pop-Up Shop June 18 2014

In 2008, Mary Elizabeth started making cycling caps to impress a cute guy at bike shop. While no great romance ensued, she did discover a love for making the hats and ALLONEWORD was born. Originally based out of Alameda in northern California, Mary recently relocated to Philadelphia. On Saturday, June 28th, she'll be at our shop from 10am to 5pm selling her wares; a colorful array of caps made of cotton or linen in solids and prints. She'll also be bringing her sewing machine to do custom monogramming. You can see her hats on her Etsy site.