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.
Our Little Cargo Bike Made In Philadelphia January 06 2017
Towards the end of 2016 we were awarded a grant from The Merchants Fund to manufacture cargo bikes. The Merchants Fund has been helping small Philadelphia businesses sustain and grow by issuing a select number of grants twice a year. We applied for funding to cover the cost of materials for seven complete cargo bikes. The 20/20 is what were calling the bike right now but that could change. It's adapted from a bike David designed and made some years ago. Simon of Hanford Cycles will cut, miter, and weld the frames and our mechanics will finish up with components.
It's a compact, short wheel based bike with 20 inch wheels and cargo capacity in the front and rear. The smaller wheels bring the carrying load down low making it easy to handle. Various containers or platforms can be attached; whatever is needed to hold your stuff. It's a great bike for a business or anyone who doesn't want to use a car all the time. You may have seen our prototype out and about this Fall. We had some of our friends, like the cargo bike courier company Sparrow Cycling, try it out and give us feedback. Check out their Instagram for more photos and great reviews. Now that we have all the materials and parts, we can start cutting the tubes; expect to see some finished this Spring. If you think this is something you could use for yourself or your business, call, email, or stop by the shop and take it for a test ride.
Photos: Carlyssa Redman