Monthly Archives: February 2013

PHEW! a bike clinic at the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market

Coming to the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market on Saturday?  Get your bike serviced while you shop.   PHEW! offers a wipe down, tires inflated, chain lubed, pedals tightened, seats & headsets adjusted.. and of course, flats fixed.

For trickier stuff, take the written estimate to our shop a mile away and get 10% off.

Market hours are 10 till 1 and located on Winston Rd between Germantown Ave & Mermaid Lane in Chestnut Hill.


A Bicycle Trailer for Everyone

Available now at PHEW for those looking to add part-time utility to their bicycle is a new bicycle trailer made by Maya Cycle. The Maya Cycle Bicycle trailer is a single wheel trailer that quickly attaches to the rear axle of any road or mountain bike.

Easily attachable and detachable, the Maya Cycle trailer can be secured to your bike for errands and later detached for simpler riding. The Maya Cycle trailer is a low-slung flatbed design with a rectangular deck for easy loading of boxes, coolers, cases of beer, plastic storage totes, pet carriers, and statuary. Included with every Maya Cycle trailer is a function specific bag made of water-resistant nylon that holds up to 60 liters of stuff and provides a sheltered and secure method of carrying bags of groceries or any other small luggage.Image

The Maya Cycle trailer has some specific design features that we at PHEW appreciate and are not immediately evident. The list includes its single wheel design, its low-slung carrying deck, its built-in double kickstand, and its innovative convertible handles. A single wheel is the minimum a trailer can have (excepting hover-trailers). Other available bicycle trailer designs utilize two or four wheels with advantages in weight carrying capacity and loaded stability. However, these designs are generally heavier, they have a wider footprint than a bike, and have a steeper learning curve associated with navigating turns and narrow passages. A single wheel design like the Maya Cycle tracks directly behind your bicycle wheel with virtually no increase in turning radius and when unloaded, no noticeable handling drawbacks. The low carrying deck of the Maya Cycle trailer keeps the weight of your cargo lower than any other commercially available method. It is lower than other trailers, lower than panniers, and much lower than a milk crate on a bike rack. Over rough terrain, over bumpy roads, and through all sorts of turns, a lower load means less leverage pulling on your bike, predictable handling, and no unnerving downhill handling. The Maya Cycle built-in kickstand is not much to look at, however it’s there when you need it and folds away when you don’t. This kickstand is exceptional in its ability to hold your entire bike upright, which is surprising useful. Finally, the kickstand really shines when the Maya Cycle trailer is detached from the bicycle, because the convertible side handles swing around so that the trailer can be used as a wheelbarrow! Perfect for trucking cargo those last few yards.


The Maya Cycle trailer is strong enough for any load you would want to pull behind your bicycle as it is rated to carry 66lbs. The Maya Cycle trailer is light and small enough to be appropriate for in-town grocery getting, and it is sturdy and versatile enough to be used for bike camping, loaded touring, and general adventures.

The Maya Cycle trailer is in stock and available at PHEW 7153 Sprague Street in Mt. Airy.

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Electric Mountain Bikes at PHEW!

Joy! Spring is coming and we have in stock now at Philly Electric Wheels, (PHEW!) new electric mountain bikes from Spanish manufacturer Beistegui Hermanos. Beistegui Hermanos (BH) is a historic Spanish bicycle manufacturer known for their quality and we are excited to stock their Easy Motion electric bicycles. The high quality and keen design of their Neo 29er and Neo Jumper mountain bikes make these bicycles two of the most capable, best performing, and cleanest looking that we at Philly Electric Wheels (PHEW!) have ever stocked. The strong, light, and stiff alloy frames are confidence-inspiring even at the high speeds electric bicycles experience on the road. The integrated downtube battery is removable, lockable, nearly invisible, and has won design awards at Eurobike. No matter where your road leads, these steeds will take you there.

ImageOn-road, off road, fire roads, singletrack, the Neo 29er can take them all. This 29er is a powerful and fast-rolling machine that is tough enough to handle nearly anything you can throw it at. Designed to roll over rocks and roots and twisty off-road tracks, the Jumper will take potholes, curbs, snow, and city streets with aplomb. If you are looking for an ebike that you can take anywhere, on-road or off-road, come to PHEW and take a ride on the Neo 29er! With the complete bike at 48 pounds, the 350watt geared brushless motor really pushes you forward and the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes stop you with authority under any conditions. Mating human power with the electric drive is a 30 speed Shimano Deore 3×10 for all the gearing range one could desire. Delivering power to the ground through Shimano hubs and Alex alloy rims are excellent Schwalbe Rapid Rob tires.

ImageWant to go even further off the beaten path? Faster, more aggressive, and more capable is the Neo Jumper. This premium full-suspension mountain bike is a unique machine. There are very few full-suspension ebikes available for sale, with most far exceeding the Jumper in cost and the rest paling in a quality comparison. The Neo Jumper is a serious cross-country and off-road mountain bike that is designed to perform. A Rock Shox XC32 front suspension fork and a Suntour Epicon 120 rear shock absorber soak up bumps from jumps or drops and keep the aggressive Schwalbe tires firmly gripping the ground. The Neo Jumper is on of very few electric bikes that can handle anything the wonderful Wissahickon Valley mountain bike trails can throw at it, and more. This ebike can handle furious, adrenaline-filled downhill riding and the pedal assist can power you up the next ascent. Seasoned mountain bike riders will find an entirely new experience in rapid uphill riding that human legs alone could never provide. The 350watt rear hub motor is a modern design with a planetary gear system that allows efficient low speed operation, a top speed of 28mph off-road, very low noise, and no noticeable drag!

Both Easy Motion mountain bikes feature proportional pedal-assist modes that utilize torque sensors to measure the rider effort and twist throttles for precise user control. We at Philly Electric Wheels (PHEW!) really appreciate the combination of intelligent pedal assist and a throttle. Neither input mode is best for all circumstances and so we think that having the choice of either is ideal. The integrated downtube battery is removable for charging and lockable for security. This design keeps the weight of the battery low and centered for the most advantageous distribution of weight. These Easy Motion bikes are wonderful machines with no compromises, and if you are in search of a quality electric mountain bike then they are the bikes for you!

Easy Emotion Neo e-bikes= Quality + Reliability + Dependability + Innovation + Value

After months of waiting for it, we finally received a BH Easy Motion Jumber.  The moment it came out of the box, we were in love… with this good looking bike with nice curves and a great color contrast.  It was even a pleasure to assemble it, says Zachary.  Returning from his first test ride on the Jumper, Zachary reported that the bike was “superb without power assist, and out of this world with the assist enabled”.


I’d intended to take this baby out for a spin myself, but before I knew it, Harvey had adjusted the pressure on the Jumper’s Suntour Epicon Lord 120 rear shocks for his weight and was off – test riding it.  Upon his return, Harvey proclaimed … “in his over 30 years of working on bikes, he’d never imagined an electric bike could be so well conceived, well executed and so playful”, adding that he’d love to be able to take the Jumper for a longer ride just as a bike, and using the assist to get back when he tired himself on the trails.  I wish I had a camera to capture his smile.

I better take this for a test spin before a customer decides to take it home…

Adult tricycles (trikes) for baby boomers and beyond @ PHEW!

Dear PHEW!
What can you tell me about three-wheeled bicycles? I’m 60+ years old and would like to take up recreational bike riding but don’t trust myself on a bicycle.
a Bicycle Challenged Person

Dear Bicycle Challenged Person,
Three-wheeled bicycles — also known as trikes or adult tricycles — are a great cycling option for people who have concerns with their balance, also  seniors and  older boomers .  In the US, trikes are typically used for recreation, shopping, and exercise.

Let me share with you what we have experience helping people get their tricycles at our store, but first let me share with you the story of one of the oldest bikes in the world, Raleigh Bicycles.

“Frank Bowden was born in Devon and made a fortune in the stock market by the age of 24. When he returned from Hong Kong he was seriously ill and his doctor gave him six months to live. Bowden took up cycling on his doctor’s advice and bought a bicycle from a small shop on Raleigh Street, Nottingham, run by Messrs Woodhead, Angois and Ellis. He was so impressed with his recovering health and the bicycle that he bought the company ….” Read more on Wikipedia

More balance and safer cycling.
Most people who come to our shop for a trike are people who would like to ride a bike, but worry about falling. An adult tricycle is a smart option to consider because of the stability it provides. With a tricycle, you can ride as slow as you want without ever losing your balance.  Both feet can remain on the pedals while seated, which is very reassuring for many older riders.  In addition, adult tricycles are often made with a low “step through” design making getting on and off the tricycle easier than with a bicycle.  Trikes come with different size tires to better fit the rider.  Typically, the handlebar is raised and wide making them easier to reach and grip. Our tricycles offer oversize seats, typically with backrests, for comfort and support.

Types of tricycles
In our store we have three makes of tricycles: Torker, Schwinn, and Sun. There are literally dozens of different types of adult tricycles to choose from with prices ranging anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.  There are four major categories…

  • Simple Common Upright: These trikes are primarily used for leisurely rides around the neighborhood for pleasure, fitness or running errands. Traditional upright-positioned tricycles come with rear cargo baskets and limited gear options usually ranging from one to three-speeds.  Single speed tricycles start from $270 to $399. Three speed tricycles are from $399 to $679. You can take a look at what we have in our store.
  • Recumbent Trikes:  Recumbent bicycles/trikes have lower-to-the-ground, stretched-out frames that allow you to recline with your legs positioned in front of you.  Recumbent trikes are priced are much higher than upright trikes, typically starting at $800. We’ve had the opportunity to convert a number of them to electric-assisted trikes. Recumbent trikes are available in various styles, they are very comfortable, easy on the back and aerodynamic which make them ideal for long rides.  Check out,,, and for a nice variety.
  • Folding Tricycles: Some people like to take their trikes with them when they travel, or have limited storage space. Tricycles that are designed to fold up to fit in tight spaces are another popular option.
  • Electric Assisted Tricycles: This is our specialty at Philly Electric Wheels. Having power assist as a backup is a great feeling.  If you get tired you can use the electric assist to get you back where you started, or if you get to a hill that you can not pedal.  There are people who need a boost from time to time.  Think of an electric-assist trike as a hybrids that has pedals and an electric motor, so you can exercise when you want or you can sit back and let the trike do the work.  We have tricycles that are designed with electric-assist; we can also convert any tricycle to an electric trike – with an E-BikeKit. The E-BikeKit for tricycles let’s you go in reverse. Prices start at $995.

And as always the best way to know what a tricycle feels like is to test ride one. Stop on by…

Love ,
7153 Sprague St, Philadelphia PA 19119
215 821 9266