Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles is a full-service bicycle shop and retail showroom in Philadelphia specializing in transportation and cargo bicycles. 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, Faraday, Linus, Pashley, Pure Cycles, SE, Xtracycle, Yuba, Babboe, Benno, 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.
A second location recently opened in South Philadelphia. Transport Cycles at Bok is located in the Bok Building at 1901 S. 9th Street. A former vocational school Bok has been repurposed as a hub for artisans, professionals, and small businesses. The small South Philly location focuses on repairs but offers a selection of essential bike parts and accessories for purchase. Entrance is around the corner at 850 Dudley Street.
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 bike built by Hanford Cycles. It has an 8 speed internally geared hub and is kitted out with front rack, Danish brass bell, dyno hub, and a rear basket for my dog Archie...a city commuter's dream!