Top Spots For Bike Repairs In Philadelphia

March 23, 2013 7:00 AM

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Bicycle enthusiasts love to hit the roads and trails. Of course, it is inevitable that the more a bike is used, the more likely it will need regular maintenance for routine wear and tear. Many cyclists prefer to have their bikes maintained and repaired, when necessary, by knowledgeable and skilled bicycle mechanics. The trick is to match the needs of the cyclist with the resources of the bike repair shop. Days and hours open for business, convenient locations, parts inventory and skilled staff are all factors to consider before choosing a particular shop.
Fairmount Bicycles
2015 Fairmount Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(267) 507-9370

A full-service bike shop, Fairmount Bicycles features a selection of new and refurbished commuting, touring and entry-level road racing bikes. Its inventory includes accessories including helmets, locks, lights, racks, fenders, bags and more. Whether it is a new state-of-the-art bike or a vintage model, the service department can provide repair and maintenance services. Year-round bike rentals are available. The shop also offers bicycle repair classes and stocks a wide range of parts.

Bicycle Stable
1420 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 634-0633

Providing full-service repair for all types of bicycles, the Bicycle Stable can handle everything from basic tune-ups to high-end frame repair. The store sells new bicycles by Bianchi, Globe, Surly, Soma, Marin, Salsa and Pake. It also stocks a full-range of accessories and apparel. Bicycle Stable features unique bikes, such as Onderwater family tandems, along with vintage bikes, such as Schwinns from the 1960s.

Bicycle Therapy
2211 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 735-7849

Lee Rogers opened Bicycle Therapy in 1990, and it wasn’t long before he gained a reputation as an expert technician and master wheel builder. In 1996, his brother Carlos joined the company. A full-service shop located in Center City, the Bicycle Stable is the sponsor of a well-known road racing team. The shop routinely sponsors local races and also provides mechanical service to area charity rides. Bike Stable offers classic tune-ups, tire and tube repairs and various other adjustments and repairs. It also sells specialized bikes, equipment, accessories and apparel.

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Neighborhood Bike Works
3916 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 386-0316

As a nonprofit organization, Neighborhood Bike Works provides services to both youths and adults, although its primary target group is ages 8 to 18. Founded in 1996, the organization has served more than 4,000 young people by introducing them to the experience and freedom of cycling in the city. Currently, the organization works out of three permanent locations and one volunteer-operated satellite site. It provides youth and adults with basic bicycle maintenance and safe riding skills and also offers an “Earn-a-Bike” program, where youth learn about bike repair and earn the bike on which they worked for a period of eight weeks. In addition to bike repair classes, the organization offers adult repair co-ops, too.

Firehouse Bicycles
701 S. 50th St., 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 727-9692

Now in a new location at 50th Street and Baltimore Avenue, Firehouse Bicycles was established to serve West Philadelphia in 2001. The shop features quality used and new bikes, along with new and used parts. From tune-ups on vintage bicycles to major repairs on all types of bikes, the store carriers a large inventory of parts and accessories. In addition to well-known bike brands, the store stocks road bikes, hybrids, single speed, fixed gear, mountain bikes, cruisers, tandems and tricycles. It also offers customized bike building services.

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Via Bicycle
606 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 627-3370

In business since 1982, Via Bicycle is a full service bike shop that sells used bicycles. They have the tools to fix anything from basic three-speed and coaster brake hubs to turn of the century bicycles. They sell vintage British bikes, multispeed bikes and single speed bikes, and they also buy bikes as well.

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