Monthly Archives: July 2013

more about the ELF’s visit


The ELF’s journey home via the East Coast Greenway, documented here and spotlighted in the recent East Coast Greenway newsletter, titled Riding 1,200 miles in a revolutionary vehicle. As we escorted the ELF out of Philadelphia this afternoon, sensed that it was definitely a head-turner.

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the ELF at PHEW!


As I write this, an ELF is parked outside our shop.  The owner is returning home to Massachusetts from ELF HQ in Durham NC, traveling along theEast Coast Greenway, and stopped by PHEW! for service. elf at phew

We are thrilled to have a firsthand experience of the ELF, a 3 wheeled recumbent electric assist vehicle, though still confused whether to call this a car, a bike, a trike, or simply… an ELF.

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Year of cargo bikes for personal, family and business


This will be the year for cargo bikes with both the New York Times and the Wall Street covering them in the same week.

The Times article, on July 7th, is In Cargo Delivery, the Three-Wheelers That Could.

The Journal article, 2 days earlier, is Cargo Bikes: The New Station Wagon, winning over casual and avid cyclists alike with one super-size feature: the ability to haul it all—from the groceries to the family that eats them.

Turns out PHEW! is a dealer for the Yuba, Xtracycle & Trek cargo bikes mentioned in the WSJ article and has demo bikes in our showroom. Also at  PHEW!, you’ll find the Burley Flatbed, the Burley Nomad, the Maya Cycle and Bikes at Work cargo bike trailers which can be outfitted on any bike. Stop by to try one out for cargo hauling needs.

If you want to carry your groceries home,  take your kids to school or move your refrigerator, we have the bike trailer for you.  With option to purchase or rent.

E-Zip Trailz sets the standard for opening price point in electric bicycles


Currie Tech is one of the first companies to bring to market electric bicycles and scooters, now more than 15 years ago.  Currie is also one of the largest suppliers of electric bikes in North America.

At $599, the Currie E-Zip Trailz sets the standard for opening price point in electric-assist bikes.

The TrailZ is getting more people back on a bicycle. It’s easy to use, a sheer pleasure to ride. Powered by Currie’s Electro-Drive® system, the rider gets to choose either power on demand (throttle mode), or pedal assist with throttle override.  It’s the perfect bike for many uses from recreation to transportation. Its powerful Currie Electro-Drive® system has 450 watts of power that provides plenty of torque to level hills and is powered by a sealed lead acid Currie_E_Zip_TrailZ_Black(SLA) battery pack that can easily be removed for charging or swapping. It can travel 15-22 miles with normal pedaling or about 10-15 miles with no pedaling at all at speeds of 15+ mph. You can easily double that range by adding an optional second battery pack for $129.

At PHEW!, we can re-pack your spent batteries to keep your Trailz going.  A great deal to buying new batteries. Also at PHEW!, we can upgrade tires & tubes on the Trailz so you’d never get a flat.  Both models of the Trailz are in stock and waiting for test rides.

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