Monthly Archives: November 2010

Winter Hours & Spring Planning

Thanks to everyone for a great first year. We’ve enjoyed the trust & support from the neighborhood as we got our feet wet this past year selling & servicing bicycles.  Anthony has moved on, and Afshin is settling into servicing your bikes himself.

In planning our spring season, which should include new non-electric bikes and more bike repairs, we find that we’ll need more space and are planning to move to another Mt Airy location over the winter.  Have ideas for products we should carry? Or the perfect site for our new store? We want to know!

Operating on reduced winter hours, we’re now open 3 days a week and by appointment.  Please call 215.821.9266 before heading over.

South Street Bridge Opening

Last Saturday I rode to the Grand Opening of the South Street Bridge. For an hour or two, before opening up to cars, it was open to pedestrians and cyclists. With no cars to worry about, the bridge and ramps leading up to it soon became a playground with the Spiral Q Puppet parade, toddlers on balance bikes, seniors on swivel chairs, folks walking their dogs, parents walking with kids on handlebars, couples on tandems, several recumbants and pedicabs, and yes, at least one electric bike.

A breezy partly cloudy afternoon also resulted in a riveting fashion show.. with real people layered for bike rides and strolls. There seemed to be as many cameras as bicycles present!

The genius behind all this was Jim Campbell of Campbell Thomas & Co, who spearheaded changing a bridge that was to be just an exit ramp off the highway to include bike lanes, sidewalks and more! Thanks, Jim!

Newbie Cyclist Next Blogger at PHEW

I’ve enjoyed reading Anthony’s posts here and will miss him. I’m a relative newbie at cycling, having spent a quarter century on a swivel chair behind a computer screen and learning to ride a bike only after I turned 40, about 8 years ago. It was the Vatavio, shown below, that convinced me that cycling could actually be fun.

Riding mainly within the City of Philadelphia, I’m to be found on a Sanyo Eneloop pedal-assisted bike, like this:

Now, almost 2 years since I discovered the joy of cycling, I look for excuses and errands that’ll get me pedaling.

Yesterday, I rode in the rain. Not quite ready to invest in rain pants, I ventured out in a yellow poncho, which, when draped over my lap, kept my pants mostly dry. Though I found the rain refreshing on my face, I managed to get my feet wet and quickly returned for a change of clothing.

PHEW’s Blogger and Mechanic is Moving On

I’ve been working at Philly Electric Wheels for a year now, nearly from the beginning. I remember coming in on my first day when the shop didn’t have so much as a bike repair stand and thinking, “This place is too clean to be a bike shop.”

I soon got my repair stand, and as we built the business the repair area got a truly authentic layer of grime from the many bikes I’ve worked on in the last year. Soon after I started working, we decided to broaden our focus from electric bikes to include repair work and used bike sales and the shop evolved into a neighborhood bike shop where local folks could stop in for some bike repair or advice.

I’m proud to have played a role in getting PHEW off the ground, and I’ve learned a ton about running a bike shop in the process.

Despite all of the great things about working with Afshin and his wife Meenal, my penchant for wandering has got me thinking of moving on. When I finish at PHEW this week I’ll be heading back to my home state of Vermont. I’ll be there until the new year, when some friends and I will be flying to Chile for a bicycle journey that will take us from Santiago to the tip of South America, then up north to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I will be posting updates on the trip at my blog, Anthonywanderedaway. Thanks to all the customers and community members who kept me in a job and made me feel welcome. See you later on down the road.