Category Archives: commute

We heart bike commuters – same day service on Thursdays


Love your bike? Ride to work daily? Know it needs that annual tune up but never  have the time to bring your bike into the shop? Or worse, to get to a shop, then have to wait for days before you can ride again?

trblead3We love you! And to support your habit, we’re springing into spring with early drop-off on Thursdays.  You’re wondering… how early? How’s 6am?

Drop off between 6 and 8 in the morning. Do what you do all day. And plan to pick up your bike that same evening, on your way home from work.

Don’t believe us? Call us one Thursday morning to make sure we’re really here…215.821.9266!

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the Felt SPORTe, whatta bike!


When people come into our shop, the Felt LEWBOWSKe fat e-bike is what gets all the attention. After which it’s the Haibike Xduro RX.  The unassuming Felt SPORTe remains on the sidelines, even though we believe it’s an excellently designed bike.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABeing a shortish female, I’ve chosen the 44cm mixed frame.  Switched the seat with a favorite of mine. Asked for a rack to make the bike more useful on a commute, and found that the folks at Felt have a fender & rack combo designed just for this bike, which also includes front & rear lights.  Yup, the lights are powered by the on-bike battery. The bike weighed 42 lbs. After the rack, fenders & light kit was installed, it was still under 45 lbs.

The controls are the standard Bosch controls. Which means a center console with on/off switch, light switch and info button.  And a left hand control letting you select between the 4 levels of assist and access to the info button, which cycles between displaying the odometer, the trip distance, the clock, the max speed, the average speed, the trip time and… range. All of which you may have seen on a bike computer, except for range. Specific to electric-assist bikes, the range tells you how far you can go on the selected assist level based on how much juice is in the battery. As an example, the trip distance is 19 miles, and at assist level of Eco, I can go 47 miles. More assist, shorter range. Perfect for those of us afflicted with range anxiety. As far as I know, displaying this calculated range is unique to Bosch e-bike systems.

The 10 speed trigger shifting (Shimano Deore XT) is crisp & perfect. Together with the 4 levels of assist offered by the Bosch system, this is a very easy to use and fun bike.  I could go for hours. And will, with an estimated range of almost 70 miles. Spring mornings, and here I go for a pre-work ride….

E-Joe Anggun 2.0, reviewed


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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.

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“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.

keep Tacony-Palmyra bridge cleared for cyclists


A customer of ours commutes on a Surly Long Haul Trucker equipped with BionX.  Crossing the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge daily, his schedule is disrupted because the bike & pedestrian pathway isn’t being cleared of snow & ice.  See recent story in Inquirer: Weather sends bicyclist to a bridge too far.TPB long cropped

If they can plow lanes for cars in a timely fashion, why not also the bike path? Most of the path is separated from car traffic with a concrete barrier, so we don’t understand their concern about a cyclist slipping into oncoming traffic.

Do you bike over this bridge? Please reach out to the Burlington County Bridge Commission, whose mission is to provide Burlington County’s residents, commuters, and visitors with safe, accessible, and affordable bridges, roads, and facilities.