Bikes've always been cool, from the time the first penny-farthings rolled through the Victorian era, to when you were a kid and Huffy was more than just a nickname for your paint-mouthed pal who can't seem to hold a thought. Growing them up a bit, Fairmount Bicycles
FB's a blue-walled, wood-floored sunlit shop in the shadow of Eastern State providing Philly denizens with a cycling education and racks of scalable, upgradable two-wheeled transport with all the bells and whistles -- and that's not a euphemism, they actually sell both bells and whistles. The joint's packed with bikes for Philly's mean streets (including Nice St) with Manhattan's Green, a large-framed/-wheeled 3-speed with coaster brakes and big fenders, along with numbers from KHS like the 24-speed Urban Xpress, which's good for roads and light trails and comes either in straight tube or "step through" (they don't call 'em "girls' bikes" anymore) and the Urban Soul, with straight handlebars and a hub swappable between single speed and fixed gear, giving you the option of a spectacular injury before riding a single speed. They're also stocking choice used/vintage frames, from 20-year-old Trek road boys to rigid-forked Specialized mountain types gentrified into kinder, city-minded rides with new tires and rehab work, and they're also peddling the Flite 220 road bike outfitted with a skinny seat, skinny tires, and curly-cue handlebars, designed for those who desire a bit more speed, interestingly, also TNT's corporate motto
Even though safety's the worst, Fairmount's got shelves stocked with all manner of helmet styles, bags, racks, safety vests, and bells (told you!), plus there's a shop in the back that's ready to do tune-ups, work to your specs on seat and handlebar replacements, and tempt you with the promise of sweet, sweet Krylon.