I had a brief chance to drop by the Philly Bike Expo yesterday. It was pleasantly tucked into the old Armory on 22nd Street, between two alleys that provided space for used bike parts and a bicyclist valet. Most of the vendors inside this large stone building were handmade bicycle artisans, who brought both imaginative and crafty machines for perusal. Since the vendors ran small operations, it was easy to talk to them about their techniques, such as all the filing involved in making a tube connections look so refined. I was a bit surprised that the event was on a smaller scale for such a prominent biking city, nonetheless it presented a wide range of bicycle designs.
|Bike wares alongside the armory....|
|Wish my kids fit in this....|
|Shiny style from Cooper Bikes....|