Monthly Archives: October 2014

Gone Expo’in!


The Philly Bike Expo!  Now in it’s 5th year and growing. At the Pennsylvania Convention Center! Saturday Nov 8th & Sunday Nov 9th!

PHEW! too has been growing, and will have a booth at this Expo to showcase some of our work, designing custom e-bikes. You’ll see a selection of Breezer & Fuji bikes that’ve gone electric, a few Tern & Xootr folding bikes, the lightweight Cleary Bikes for kids, the Sivacycle Atom to let you charge your lights as you pedal, and more!

Please note that our shop at 7153 Sprague St will therefore be closed on Friday thru Sunday, Nov 7th thru 9th.

At the Expo and can’t find us? Call 215.821.9266 to reach Meenal or Afshin.

the Bafang mid-drive motors on a PHEW! bikes

We realized we’re installing the Bafang mid-drive motor on quite a few bikes, each quite unique.

bafang + montague parFor quite a while, we’ve showcased the Bafang motor on a demo Montague Paratrooper, a full size folding mountain bike. With a 750W motor and a 53V 16A battery, this one’s a hill climber and has a 65 mile range.

More recently, we decided to install the Bafang motor on a city bike. The Breezer Uptown EX. A fine bike with 8 speeds, an upright posture and fitted witbreezer uptownh fenders and rack. And now with a 750W motor and a 48V 11A battery, it’s a super comfortable bike for touring as well as around town.

When a family from Europe had their Dutch Urban Arrow uncrated at our door, and asked urban arrowabout electrifying it, they chose the same mid-drive motor.  The same hill climber motor morphed into a family SUV to bring along baby & dog on errands.  In our tests, it also held up well with a 300 lb man as cargo!

Most recently, we decided to install a toned down version (only 350w fuji declmotor and a smaller battery) on a Fuji Declaration.  A single speed bike with 5 levels of pedal assist and ample throttle to keep up with traffic, it weighs in under 38 lbs. One of the more affordable, full-size and light-weight electric bikes, I do believe!

solar charging station at PHEW!

There’s a new charging station at PHEW now!  Using yesterday’s sun-drenched solar panels, we’re charging our bike lights & mobile phones for the rain-drenched ride home tonight.

Seeing as how we hardly used the solar powered ceiling fans, we decided we’d like to use the abundant radiant energy for our other energy needs. So we asked our friends Matt & Pete, who happily installed a converter (to bring the power from 24 to 12v DC) and an inverter (to give us AC power with standard outlets & a USB port) today.  And when they finished up the installation this afternoon, they topped off the charge on their cordless drill and mobile phones.

With a 240 watt capacity, this system can power most small devices, such as USB rechargeable bike lights, mobile phones, laptops, even e-bikes. Stop in with your e-bike & charger and check out the new PHEW solar charging station!

Am discovering more and more low power devices around the shop: the glue gun, the cordless phone (2W), the laptop (45W), cordless vacuum cleaner (3W)…

E-bikers Unite!


Finally!  Someone’s decided to organize e-bike rides in our region.  Our friend Cheryl in Northern NJ has setup a Meetup group. The first ride is scheduled for Saturday October 18th, 2014 at 1250 County Road 629, Clinton, NJ .   Hoping some of you New Jersey e-bikers can make it!

found! kids bikes by Cleary

My search for lightweight kids bikes in gender neutral colors ended when I met Jeff & David of Cleary Bikes.  Their Starfish is a balance bike, the Gecko has 12″ wheels, the Hedgehog has 16″ and the Owl 20″.  All have front and rear hand brakes scaled to fit smaller hands.  And are so much lighter than anything else we could find.  The 20″ Owl is about 8 pounds lighter than a comparable bike. The recent Bicycle Times magazine (issue 31 Oct 2014) had a good review of the Cleary Owl.


Please bring your favorite child to sample these new models; we’d love feedback from a small person.

We are now a Felt E-Bike dealer!

We are so excited about the new Felt e-bikes!  What is so exciting about these e-bikes?  There are so many features to love that we had to make a list.

1. The motor system is at the bottom of the frame, not on the back wheel. So it it is better for your center of gravity, because it’s lower, and in the center of the bike.

the dude rides a bike

2. One of the 2015 Felt models is named after the cult classic film The Big Lebowski.  Because, it’s, well, large, and awesome, and has a cup holder for your White Russian, obviously. The Lebowsk-e is for mountain biking, complete with big puffy tires. This bike was voted Best in Show by Outsider Magazine at the 2014 Interbike Convention in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Here is a video of the Big Lebowsk-e in action.  Be ready for a thrilling minute!

3. The motor is made by Bosch. Yes, the dishwasher people. So can you imagine it’s quietly amazing? Of course you can.

4. Felt has been selling e-bikes in Europe for the past three years, and now they are entering the U.S. market with a several models for different lifestyle needs. There’s the Verza-e, the QX-e, the Nine-e, and the new Sport-e. The Verza-e is a commuter model which comes in four sizes. The QX-e is an “urban use” model and comes in a traditional frame or a step-through frame. The Nine-e is a mountain bike, “a genuine 29” hardtail,” according to Felt’s website. The Sport-e also comes in traditional or step-through frame, and is great for running around town.

You can read more about Felt’s new e-bikes on their website.  Better yet, come on in for a test ride!

PHEW! turns 5

It was 5 years ago today that we setup shop with a dozen electric bikes in a corner storefront.5

Now, as PHEW! turns 5, our shop has mushroomed into a space 7 times our original space and morphed into an electric as well as folding bike specialty shop serving the region whilst also serving as the neighborhood bike shop.

We’re now planning events as far away as next September (the 2015 City to Shore Ride sponsored by the National MS Society), as well as this November’s Philly Bike Expo sponsored by Bilenky Cycle Works.

I’m thankful for the trust and support we’ve received from everyone. This includes family, friends, customers and all of our suppliers.  It’s been a fun ride and I’m excited to be planning our next season.  Stay tuned!

E-Joe Anggun 2.0, reviewed


So let’s say you’re a a restaurant delivery person, and you’d like to save on gas. So you’re thinking about what kind of fuel-efficient or hybrid car you can afford, when all of a sudden, lightning strikes in the form of a bicycle whooshing by.

newsimg_delivery driver

“Eureka! I’ll get an e-bike!” you exclaim. “By riding an e-bike for work, I’ll never have to buy gas again, and all I have to do is charge the battery when I get off work! I’ll have so much more money left over for my local organic fair trade homemade artisanal kombucha habit! Brilliant!”


Then you head over to Philly Electric Wheels and find that your dream has come true. We have an e-bike that even a delivery worker will be able to afford. It is high quality and costs only $1,899.00. Most good quality e-bikes will cost you at least $2,000.00. There are a couple of models that are lower priced, but their range (miles per battery charge) is smaller.

The Anggun 2.0 by e-JOE is actually ideal for restaurant delivery, because the battery can help you pedal up to 42 miles on a single charge. This range is also more than ideal for your daily commute (I hope!), as well as for going on a day or weekend-long ride in the country.

As the e-JOE website expounds, “add disc brakes, a premium front fork, puncture-resistance tires and numerous included upgrades and accessories, and you’ve got one great all-purpose electric bike.”


e-JOE came out with the Anggun in 2013, and they have now revamped it for 2015. Some of the improvements include a smaller frame (now 18″), a better charging port, better front and rear lights, and an adjustment to the Assist mode. In the earlier model, you didn’t have the option to not use the Assist mode; in this year’s model, you can turn Assist mode off and ride the bike as though it’s a conventional bike. This is nice because it puts the e-ness of the bike completely under your control.

So whether you’re a delivery driver, a commuter, or a leisure rider, come on in today for a test ride! The Anggun 2.0 is something to experience.