The City of Philadelphia is said to be "the most-biked city in the United States" and boasts 426 miles of bike lanes--the most per square mile of any American City.
With so much enthusiasm for bicycling, the city needs Curtis Anthony—founder and owner of Via Bicycles—"a neighborhood bike shop with a vintage bent." Anthony opened his Philadelphia shop in 1982. In over 35 years, he has created a very unique niche—he doesn't sell new bikes. Instead, Via Bicycles focuses on "repairing and selling reliable bicycles for city commuters." Anthony has described his life's work as a "full service bike shop capable of handling minor adjustments to full overhauls." He said, "Having been in business for all these years, we have acquired many odds and ends…a large array of parts that help collectors outfit their old friends."
Others have described his shop as "part museum and part library." Bike parts, bike accessories, and vintage bicycles are everywhere you look. It is difficult maneuvering through the shop and mesmerizing to see the vast collection that Anthony has amassed. One enthusiast wrote, "Have a question about a part or a bicycle see Curtis…it's like stepping back in time when you walk into his shop."
Anthony is considered to be one of Philadelphia's most knowledgeable collectors of bikes, parts, and accessories from antique and pre-war to old racing bicycles In a 2013 blog post, Philadelphia Bicycle Journal noted, "When Curtis tells you something about a bicycle…listen. Curtis is providing you with information that you never knew and is important to the process of finding you the right bike."