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    Philly area machine shop recommendation?

    I have a couple of extremely stubborn bearings that haven't been at all receptive to the hammer and punch that need to be extracted from a swingarm and a few new ones to press in.

    Anyone know of a good machine shop in Philadelphia (ideally close to center city) appropriate for this sort of job?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Check out thetoolwarehouse.net

    It may be cheaper to buy an appropriate bearing puller than to pay somebody a minumum shop charge to do it for you.

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    I appreciate the input and have been looking into that option although the internal bearing diameter and swingarm configuration make it difficult to use a standard puller. I don't like the idea of buying tools that won't work so I figure it might be best to find an outfit that handles things like this, but buying a puller set is an option.

    Anyone else out there have experience with a local machine shop in Philly?

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    Have you tried Bike Therapy? If it is a bike problem a good shop can fix it, tell you how, or likely knows where, to get it fixed. If it is a real serious situation you could ask Bilenky Cycle Works to have a look - they have a wicked set of tools.

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    Great lead with BCW - they definitely seem to know there stuff. At tleast from the webiste they look like just the right type of creative, detail oriented folk I'm looking for.

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    Wheel Wright Bike Shop in Abington, PA. Full machine shop in the basement and two of the best mechanics/interesting problem solvers I've ever worked with. We do this type of thing all the time...

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    I'd give Stephen or Simon a call at Bilenky. They have done some pretty incredible repairs for me - including removing a frozen seat post. (How does that even happen????)

    And if you bring a few quality brews, you might even get to hang out in the shop while they do it.
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    Thank you

    Thank you very much, these are great tips on Philly shops - it sounds like I have a couple of really good options (Bilenky and Abbington). I can't wait to get this frame rolling and the only piece missing has been a shop that could set me straight.

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    If you haven't fixed the frame yet ... there is a full machine shop at Wissahickon Cycles in Philadelphia (Chestnut Hill section). They are the maker of Engin frames.

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