PIT Shop Visit: Kraynick’s Bike Shop May 15, 2011

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No matter who I talked to in Pittsburgh and no matter what kind of bikes they were into, they all said “you HAVE to go to Kraynick’s bike shop”. So as I was making the rounds of shops in the Iron City, I swung by and man, it was something else.

Check out more photos from my Shop Visit to Kraynick’s Bike Shop below!

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When you open the front door, a loud buzzer rings and as your eyes adjust to the dark, you’re greeted with forks and drawers.

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It’s kind of overwhelming at first but then you realize there’s an order to the chaos.

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Sometimes I make reference to the “cave-like” feeling that some shops have. Kraynick’s is definitely one of those shops. Wheels and bike frames hang from the walls and ceiling.

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Further back is the repair area and much like the front stock room, no horizontal surface is safe. Tools are everywhere.

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The shelves are stocked and overflowing with parts and vintage boxes.

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Down a narrow corridor is a series of repair stands where customers can work on their bikes.

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Hanging from the walls are frames wrapped in cardboard and parts boxes on the floors.

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The whole time people are walking in and out, Kraynick is working on repairs and talking to the customers.

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He’s quite the character.

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The ground floor is like an art installation. Upstairs are 1000’s of frames hanging from rafters as the entire building is engulfed with bicycle parts.

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Outside, on the sun bleached facade is a sign.

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And the gate is always drawn but the shop is open during normal shop business hours. If you’re ever in Pittsburgh, I highly suggest swinging through this shop. It really was something else! Check out a few more photos at my Flickr.

Kraynick’s Bike Shop
5003 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 361-0888
Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 11:30 am – 6 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 4 pm

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