Joe Lambros opened Kater Street Bicycles in 2011 as a repair-only bike shop catering specifically to city commuters. Located just off of South Street at 609 S. 16th Street, the shop serves as a valuable resource for the cyclists of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood.
Since the shop does not sell bicycles, they instead focus on speedy turnaround on repairs and quality customer service, all with a low price tag. The no appointment needed shop attracts mostly working class cyclists who need a quick repair to get to work.
Lambros’ no nonsense attitude keeps customers coming back for top quality service with great attention to detail; the shop’s quick, thorough service is all kept at a reasonable price.
Customers commend Kater for their knowledgeable staff who can tell a cyclists precisely what is, or isn’t, wrong with their bike. “People always think they have bike problems that they don’t actually,” said Lambros, who along with the other mechanics at Kater want to provide customers with the greatest service at the lowest cost.
After nearly 30 years in the bike business, Lambros runs a well oiled shop in Graduate Hospital, and was awarded Best Bike Mechanic by Best of Philly in 2014.