Monthly Archives: March 2013

Come and test ride Stromer ST1 Elite at our store

What is new with Stromer ST1 (2013 model)

Since early last September there have been rumors about the 2013 Stromer ST1 electric bike. Searching magazines, the internet and our contacts for more about this bike, all we could tell when inquired about this bike was based on our one test ride of a pre-production ST1 at InterBike in Las Vegas. This week, our BMC rep Liam O’Brien brought a demo production unit to our shop, and we’ve more to share.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We believe the ST1 to be a robust product; compared to the 2012 model, the new ST1 has a better pedal-to-motor response. The new frame geometry feels more comfortable; the front carbon fork makes the bike feel more like a regular bike and offers better steering. The Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires are a big improvement over the Maxxis 26×1.75. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The throttle has been removed completely, makin the instrumentation? CONSOLE much simpler. The LCD digital console has been moved to the right hand side; we can certainly move it if preferred by left-handed folk.

The 11.5Ah battery has 10% more power than the 2012 model’s 10Ah, offering a longer range. A 14Ah battery for a longer range would run $799. Branding on the frame is more elegant.

Stromer ST1 Elite in black or white are in the warehouse. Next shipment will only have Platinum bikes in black, red and white, which are designed to go up to 30mph.  ST1’s are selling like hot cakes.
The Buyers Guide in the April issue of Bicycling magazine wraps up their review with: “Buy it if you’re looking to speed up your commute – and have fun along the way”. Check out their review, then go to your nearest Stromer dealer and ask for a test ride on this irresistible electric bike.

So to all those people who have called us about the ST1, we’ve got the model comparison in a table. We’re again stressing that nothing is quite like riding this bike yourself.


Stromer ST1 Elite under the rain


Simpler lettering on the frame make the bike very attractive


Still raining but we took the bike for test ride, it handles the wet road very well


Drops of rain on the handle bar

From bucket to bike trunk…

We’ve all seen them… buckets from cat litter, bird feed, even feta cheese with a square or rectangular opening.

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If you’re a regular purveyor of these, you’ve already come up with secondary uses for these buckets: storing out of season items, around the garden for schlepping rocks & weeds,  as drums or seats at outdoor parties, etc.

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Over the winter, we re-imagined these as trunks for your bike. A quick Google search (bucket panniers) showed many others had had the same idea, posting their photos and DIY instructions.  But what if you’re not handy? And just need a sturdy, lidded, water-tight, rodent-resistant container to get your gear around? Scouring the neighborhood for these lidded buckets on trash days, many have now been converted to this: 2013-03-22 15.01.19

Easy to attach to your bike’s rear rack, you choose if you need one or two. When mounted, they sit at the same height as the bike rack, so you can load a wide object on the back of the bike. 2013-03-22 15.20.36

Take these on your next jaunt to the grocery store, the farmers market or your next dumpster diving expedition.  I’ve thrown in my bike lock, gloves, bungee cords, laptop, file folders, rag, another set of gloves, bike lights, a sweater, lunch, and still have room.

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At PHEW!, it’s often used to bring home the compost!



How much, you ask? Depends….

Just the plans. Inquire here. $1
DIY kit. Includes hooks, bungee,
wood & aluminum cut & drilled
$15 for one, $25 for two
Bike trunk-to-go. Ready to apply your own
reflective stickers
$35 for one, $60 for two
Learn to make your own. Includes
all materials to make one. Inquire here.
$25 for one
Just a bucket $1
Just a clean unbranded bucket $5

Some testimonials…

  • The low center of gravity made riding with the buckets very easy.  I was able to stand up and lean into turns confidently.  It is much better than trying to steer with a lot of weight on top of the rear rack.
  • The buckets hold so much more than a milk crate, and a milk crate can always be mounted on top of the buckets.  I think I could buy a month’s worth of groceries in one bike trip! They mount onto the bike very quickly.
  • When I got home I was able to quickly lift the buckets off the bike and bring them into the kitchen.  They are definitely more convenient than a milk crate.

Stop on by to try a bike trunk for yourself.

Stromer ST1 “Buy it if: you’re looking to speed up your commute – and have fun along the way” says Bicycling- Buyers Guide 2013

You can read about Stromer ST1 in Buyer’s Guide 2013 issue of Bicycle magazine, where  Brad Ford test rides the Stromer ST 1 Platinum. Also, if you go to the last page of this issue you will see Philly Electric Wheels mentioned as a full service electric bike shop dedicated to electric bicycles.

You can subscribe to Bicycling Magazine  or you can stop by our store to see, touch, feel and test ride the Stromer in our showroom.

Stromer ST1

Philly Electric Wheels
7153 Sprague Street
Philadelphia, PA 19119

215 821 9266