Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles is a full-service bicycle shop and retail showroom specializing in transportation and cargo bicycles. Now located at 1105 Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, the shop caters exclusively to the urban cyclist with a full range of bike accessories and bicycles from Breezer, Brompton, Linus, Pashley, Pure Fix, Pure City, Simcoe, SE, Xtracycle, Yuba, Babboe, Gazelle, Nihola, & Larry Vs. Harry. The option of a custom fabricated bicycle is also on offer, designed by the shop's owners under the labels David Wilson Industries (DWI) custom cargo bikes and Hanford Cycles custom frames.
My first bicycle related job was at age fourteen delivering groceries on an over sized "butcher's bike" to the good people of Hanford, Stoke-on-Trent. This gave me an introduction to the utility of the bicycle. After a few years of motorcycle madness I returned to bicycles in the 1980s as a messenger in London.
I have been riding a bike for about as long as I could stand. My Schwinn Stingray was an eye opener to the freedom and adventure that a bicycle could deliver, even at 6 years old. My first bike shop job was in 1987, working summers while going to college.
I've been in bicycle sales since 2011 but most of my experience and knowledge comes from just being a cyclist. I pretty much ride only one bike. It's an upright, step-through with an 8 speed internally geared hub kitted out with front rack, Carradice saddle bag, dyno hub, and Danish brass bell...a city commuter's dream!