In 1974 Joey O’Neal was riding his motorcycle down Quince Street in Philadelphia, till his bike decided to break down in front of this space that was for rent and that is how the Bike Stop was born.
The Bike Stop Philadelphia opened in 1974 (during the same year Guantlet New York City, The Horeshoe Saloon DC, Munich Eagle, A/J Ranch, Harper’s Ferry WV and The Strap New York City opened) and was owned by Joey O’Neal & Ron Lord.
The Bike Stop on 206 South Quince Street was owned by Joey and Ron till 1982 and changed hands in April 10th 1982. Today the Bike Stop continues to be a major staple in the Philadelphia Leather scene and still has the original motorcycle that broke down in 1974 hanging by the entrance.
Pictured below we have 2 original Bike Stop items that were given away during the fifteenth year anniversary which we had the honor of attending.