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Thanksgiving weekend


We’re closed today, Thanksgiving Day, to spend time with our families. We’re also in mourning for what’s happening in North Dakota, a focal point for our nation right now, where our nation’s military might is being deployed against our own citizens standing up for their water rights. We all stand cqyseikvyaafpkx-jpg-mediumwith Standing Rock Sioux tribe and their allies, who call themselves water protectors holding firm against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Their campaign has supporters across the nation, from interfaith groups, medical groups, educational groups, scientists, and more, many who have traveled to witness and support their efforts, including many friends from the Philadelphia region, who are there right now. Their campaign searchable by #NoDAPL.

We’re also closed tomorrow, typically known as Black Friday, a major shopping day, which we consider Buy Nothing Day. Stay home, or go outside. If you’re into gift giving, begin making your own gifts. But make sure to Buy Nothing.

We’ll re-open on Tuesday, November 29th. See you then!

Bike the Strike!


Looking for a bike to take you through the SEPTA strike and beyond? Checkout these bikes by Philly-based ASI, all discounted 20% to help you bike the strike!

The Fuji Nichibei Collection now ranging from $199 to $223…

 

The SE Lager or Draft, ranging from $263 to $175…

Or the classic Breezer Downtown EX, now just $360.

Call 215.821.9266, and we can have it here & ready the next day!

Really….PHEW!

 

 

Folding Bikes R Us


Think folding bikes just have 20″ wheels? Think again! From the compact 16″ wheeled Brompton’s to the beefy Montague Paratrooper Highline or Tern Joe P27, each sporting 27.5″ wheels, we’ve got ’em all. We’ve even got folding trikes.

Each one folds differently, and is designed for a different use.

Who uses a folding bike? A sampling from just one day… a young mom walking in for a car rack so she could take her 9 year old on the trails. With 2 folding bikes that anyone in the family can hop onto, she didn’t need that car rack.

A commuter who gets on the train, yet has 3 miles to get to work.

A larger man who likes to ride hard on the trails. Or the stylish bride to ride around town. Or the retiree wanting to ride along Pennypack Park with her husband, and, unsure of her balance, who will consider the folding trike.

We love the diversity of customers that walk through our doors, seeking a diversity of folding bikes for their specific needs.

Electra Townie Go 8i


The Electra Townie is known for it’s crank forward design, also known as flat foot technology.  This offers a laid back, comfortable riding position for those of us who just want to have some fun on a bike.

This model, the Electra Townie Go 8i, has 8 speeds plus the renown Bosch e-bike system. It’s also decked out with color-matching fenders, rack, chain guard plus front & rear lighting, a dual kickstand and rear wheel lock.526723_0__17909.1457035721.1280.1280

I hesitantly took this bike out for a test spin. Why hesitant? With balloon tires labeled Fat Frank, and the above-mentioned flat foot design, I expected a a sluggish ride. Boy, was I mistaken!

The 8 speed internal gearing with twist grip shifting allowed me to rapidly shift up or down, the roller drum brakes let me stop on an impulse, and, oh, the Bosch electronics – they made me feel like I was floating up and down the hills of Mt Airy.

Go float on a Townie Go!

Montague Crosstown mini-review


I just rode the Montague Crosstown for the first time, and found it to be a very nice bike. It’s easy to ride, and it changes gears easily.

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If my aunt hadn’t told me, I wouldn’t have known that you can fold this bike and put it in the trunk of a car! I would definitely buy this bike if I actually had money.

Oh, the places you’ll go with a bike & SEPTA


Several years ago, there was a lonely bus rack. Purchased by cycling advocates to encourage people to use SEPTA buses in conjunction with their bikes, most of the time this bus rack stayed in the back of a dark garage.

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We agreed to store this bus rack, which ended up being pulled out to the sidewalk each morning. New bikes built were displayed here for passersby, providing a constantly changing street-side display.  This worked well for a number of years.  And I noticed this bus rack turning invisible. No one noticed it. Those that walked in commenting on the bike on display outside, right on the bus rack, didn’t even know it was a bus rack.

In conversation, though, we discovered that many people didn’t know quite how to get their bikes on a bus. More than we had realized. So we decided we needed a bus behind the rack to encourage questions and learning.

Then I saw Meg Lemieur post a photo of a garage door with a heart.
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Surprised, we called Meg, who agreed to paint a bus mural for us! And managed to create a very large mural in her very tiny studio.

Even the delivery of mural to our shop in her very tiny car was creative, with use of air mattress and shrink wrap.

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The day Meg delivered the mural, our very loyal customer & friend Charles was visiting. And offered to help mount the mural on our outside wall. Follow Charles & Afshin’s installation here.

We soon discovered that this 2-dimensional work of art needed to fit the 3-dimensional world of the bus rack, which involved creating wooden bumpers for the bus. A week or so later, the bus rack finally met it’s bus!

Oh, the places you’ll go with a bike and SEPTA!

 

limited winter hours


Limited Winter Hours

Closed
Friday 12/25 till Sunday 1/3

Open by appointment, or by chance
Monday 1/4 till Monday 2/1

Call
215.821.9266

Open regular hours
Tuesday 2/2 11 – 6

Happy Holidays!

Cleary bikes on clearance


Making room and need to move these bikes out of here.

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Cleary Bike’s balance bike, the Starfish. Retailed for $199, now just $145.
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And their 12″ single speed bike, the Gecko. Retails for $250, now just $175.

Only at PHEW!, 7153 Sprague Street in Philadelphia

meet our newest addition, the Brompton


Although we plunged into the world of independent bike shops via electric bikes, we’ve slowly been building up our lineup of folding bikes.

Beginning with Dahon Bikes, we brought in the Xootr Swift, all with 20” wheels.

For the taller, larger and more aggressive riders, we carry the Montague bike line, with 26” and 700c wheels.

Our best-sellers remain Tern Bicycles, offered in  20”, 24” and 26” wheels.

For a slightly different feel, you can sample the Fuji Origami & Allen Central, both with 20” wheels.

Many people have come asking about a smaller folding bike, one with 16” wheels with a very compact fold; one designed and hand-made in the UK; one called the Brompton. We’re proud to announce that we now sell & service Brompton bikes as well.

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Brompton bikes have one basic frame, with a variety of handlebars, gearing and accessory options.  Each bike is custom-made in their London factory.  Ride one. Fold one. Rent one. And begin to re-imagine your daily routine.

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We can now attest that we’ve got the best folding bike selection at 7153 Sprague St in tree-lined East Mt Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Montague bikes on sale, get ’em while they last!


You must’ve heard of mountain bikes. But have you heard of folding mountain bikes? Ride them, then stuff them in the trunk before moving on with your day.  Pretty cool, huh?

We’ve got the Montague Paratrooper, the Montague Paratrooper Pro and the Montague X50 in stock. All folding. All with no rider weight limit. So if you’re losing to pedal hard and shed some weight, stop in to try these while we have them on sale.

Take $85 off the Paratrooper, listed at $850; $95 off the Paratrooper Pro, listed at $995; or $60 off the X50, listed at $630.