First Flight Bike Shop
216 S Center St., Statesville, North Carolina  
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This shop is unique in the USA. The founder, Jeff Archer, and his side kick, Wes,  created the best combination of active bike shop and "Living" bicycle museum. Sadly Jeff passed away and now Wes is the manager. Much of the collection previously on display was redistributed as part of Jeff's estate.

The shop itself is set in the downtown area of Statesville, North Carolina, a sleepy and charming small-to-medium size town in the center (the "Piedmont") of the state. An older building, First Flight retains much of the character of the buildings age and puts the bicycles front and center.

Jeff and Wes shared extremely eclectic taste in bikes, they had wonderful collectible bicycles from early antiques to ballooners to 1980s lightweights on display. But perhaps the most fascinating bikes of the collection were the early mountain bikes. These bikes demonstrated amazing Yankee ingenuity.

If you are driving across North Carolina, try to swing by this shop and taske a look. Statesville is located at the intersection of Interstate 40 (east-west) and Interstate 77 (north-south).

The store front is part of a neat old section in downtown Statesville.
The Statesville Civic Center, home of the Cross Roads Swap Meet, is a block to the left.

 

Wes Davidson at the the door .

 

The show cases were chocked full of cycling bits and pieces.

 

Notice that all around the upper level, the outer perimeter, was filled with the First Flight bicycle collection.

 

 

Hanging from the ceiling were even more special bikes..
Lightweight exotics and innovative (and extinct) USA made early mountain bikes.

 

A Teledyne Titan, first of the titanium bikes, now are so common.
Note the radically drilled out Campagnolo cranks...

 


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