Category Archives: Cargo Trailer

Juiced Riders cargo electric bike is here!

We have a new cargo bike at PHEW!

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The Juiced Riders ODK Utility Bicycle v3 is a 3-speed small wheeled bike with a very low step-thru making it suitable for a range of adults.  With a hefty motor (500 watts), a strong battery (48v 22Ah) and a dual kickstand, it’ll soon become the workhorse you’ll be hopping on to… to cruise with a pet, a child, another adult, haul stuff, you name it…

Look out for us / it in the neighborhood.  Or… Stop by for a test ride.  We’re at 7153 Sprague Street, off East Mt Pleasant Avenue.

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.

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.

Ridekick – a trailer to push your bike along the steep bits

Want an electric-assist bike for the hills you struggle with? But find it hard to part with your current bike?

In minutes, attach the Ridekick trailer to your bike’s rear hub and you’ve got yourself an e-bike with throttle assist.  It’s even got cargo space for 2 tote bags, making it perfect for trips to the grocery store, library, potlucks, even a toolbox for neighborhood repair services – you name it!  The cargo area could conceivably also hold additional batteries to extend the range.

Unhitch the Ridekick trailer and in seconds you’ve got your bike back. The trailer can be used on multiple bikes – making it versatile for households where differently sized adults may need the electric assist on different days.

When riding, the Ridekick doesn’t change the feel of your bike. I felt equally light & nimble on my Globe Daily 2, barely feeling the trailer behind me, until a push on the handlebar throttle engaged the motor – and pushed me along till the terrain leveled out enough to pedal on my own.

Most electric bike conversions involve securing a motor, battery, controller and handlebar controls someplace on an existing bike frame.  Ridekick presents a unique approach in that the first 3 components are inside the trailer, with an easily installed Velcro’d cable from the trailer to the handlebar control.

With the Ridekick, bike maintenance is also simplified since you can unhitch the trailer and take the bike to any bike shop.


•    weight 43 lbs
•    max capacity 75 lbs
•    motor 500 watts
•    max speed 19 mph
•    battery 24v 12ah SLA
•    recharge time 6 hours
•    range on single charge 12-15 miles
•    tires 12-1/2 x 3″
•    tire pressure 20-30psi


Meet the Ridekick Power Trailer  A different approach to converting a bike to an electric-assist bike by placing the battery & controller inside a cargo trailer.  Attaches in minutes to any bike, even easier to detach! There’s room for groceries … Continue reading

More News from the Cargo Bike World

A while ago I mentioned the Trek Transport Plus and wondered what other players in the bike biz would come out with an electric cargo bike. I just found out via that Kona, another major bike manufacturer, has thrown their hat into the ring with the electric version of their popular Ute long-tail cargo bike.

The Ute uses a 250 watt motor to drive the front wheel and a lithium-ion battery mounted under the rear rack. The spec of the bike seems like pretty standard fare, with rack, fenders, triple crank and a big double kickstand. Suggested retail price is around $2600, which makes the Ute a pretty inexpensive way to get onto an electric cargo bike.

make sure to check out for lots of insight on owning an electric cargo bike.  The owner has a BionX-assisted cargo bike, but he shares his views on many different cargo bike configurations.

One interesting option is the StokeMonkey kit, which uses a motor that drives a second chainring on the cranks, much in the same way that a tandem bike connects the front rider (called the captain) with the rear rider (the stoker.) Seems like an interesting design, I wonder if one will ever make its way through our doors.

Our take on the bicycle tractor-trailer

Bike trailers are a great way to add a lot of cargo capacity to your bike. There are a bunch of good trailers out there that are designed for carrying kids, pets or just about anything you can fit on them. Companies like Burley and BoB are the leaders in quality compact trailers that make any bike into a cargo-hauling machine.

Of course, there’s always a certain element who wants more than the usual, people who want to haul bigger, heavier loads without the use of a car. Fortunately there’s a company called Bikes at Work that makes a great line of big sturdy trailers that can carry some huge loads, like a refrigerator!

from “Moving a Refrigerator”

Here in Philadelphia, there’s a group called the Pedal Co-op who use Bikes at Work trailers to haul compost, recyclables, and conduct house moves within the city. They have a bunch of pictures at their site that are worth checking out.

Here at Philly Electric Wheels, we wanted to find a way to pick up bikes and deliver them to customers so we ordered up one of the Bikes at Work 64 inch trailers. We also got a hold of a two-bike rack and mounted it up. We attached the trailer hitch to an Ecobike Elegance and gave it a try.

I had to transport a bike from the shop in Mt. Airy to my home in South Philly so I got to test the trailer setup for about ten miles. Aside from the obvious weight of the load, riding with the trailer is not difficult to get used to. The hitch features a ball joint, which allows the bike to lean and turn just as it would normally as you ride and makes the long trailer surprisingly maneuverable. I was able to negotiate rush hour traffic in Center City with no troubles- I often got the sense that drivers gave me a lot more space on the road when they saw what I was towing. The trailer also got a lot of attention from people on the street who pointed, shouted or just gawked as I went trucking by.

The bike also performed just fine, and its electric assist really helped me get a move on when taking off from traffic lights and going up hills in East Falls and Mt. Airy.

If you want to start using your bike for tractor-trailer duty, check out Bikes at Work and see what you can haul!

Pickup of two bikes for tune-up