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Via Bicycle Philadelphia Photo Gallery

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Via Bicycle and proprietor Curtis Anthony are Philadelphia cycling fixtures. There’s no telling how many used bikes of all vintage have found new life under Curtis’ watch since opening in 1982. The first floor is a working repair and used bicycle shop, the upstairs floors a veritable museum of American cycling open by invite only. Mention the password, get the tour. Listen and learn.

It was a priceless couple of hours spent looking at old stock and hearing the history of various bits from Curtis on a visit two months back. It’s a tight space, with a remarkable number of historic bikes and ephemera crammed into upper floors, above a bike shop already housing most anything you could imagine from the past ~25 years of cycling parts. The reverse of geologic formations, the really old kit is in the rarely visited third story. I’m grateful for the time I had to see the treasures Curtis has collected over the years and only wish we each had a week to spend up there — Curtis dropping history, myself playing the role of a wide-eyed schoolboy. The below images barely scratch the surface of Via Bicycle, a taste of one of the more incredible spaces full of bicycles I’ve yet visited.

2 Comments

  1. James Mosley, Jr.January 27, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    I searched for a seatpost for a 1974 Schwinn LeTour. I found it quickly at. Via Bicycles. They have a boatload of parts.

  2. Bill BiancoJune 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I have a 1974 Raleigh for sale very clean all original parts Sport 3 speed womans bike email me if interested recommended by Tony Bartolo a friend of mine . Thanks

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