Category Archives: e-bike

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!

the Benelli Classica – a chic city bike


One of our new models this season has been the Benelli Classica, brought to the US by local motorcycle importer Fast by Ferracci.

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This finely designed e-bike got a nice write-up in our local Philadelphia Magazine.

Come ‘n try one out at 7153 Sprague St, Philadelphia PA 19119. We’ve got the Classica in all the colors: white, black and cream!

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.

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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!

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.

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.

RiiDE – The Future of Urban Transportation?


Last week, we had the opportunity to meet with Amber & Jeff, the brains behind the Riide e-bike and very successful KickStarter campaign to get this bike into production.

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The bike’s design was a pleasant surprise: simple & minimal.  A single speed mixte frame with low maintenance mechanical disc brakes PLUS a 350 watt direct drive motor in the rear hub, a frame-integrated battery & controller, and a twist throttle.  Elegant. And Perfect for the urban commuter.

One interesting feature was the rear drop-outs, designed for easier chain tension adjustment.

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I almost wished they sold only the frame, leaving it open for people to experiment with different motors & batteries.  Much like the original IBM PC – a box with chassis open to a myriad of mix-and-match possibilities.

Why Should One Buy an Electric Bicycle from Philly Electric Wheels?


You’ve come to the decision to buy an electric bicycle. Through rigorous research or perhaps a flash of insight, you have decided that an ebike will meet your needs and desires. Great! But what now? How will you make the purchase? How will you purchase your ebike such that you are happy, confident, and satisfied? Well, you can get anything on the internet: one can purchase a whole bike, a conversion kit, or parts directly from China via the internet, one can purchase from a reseller such as Amazon, or one can purchase from companies based in the Fifty States who have an internet storefront. However, internet shopping does not jive well with confidence or satisfaction. One could also purchase an electric bicycle from the odd powersports store or local bike shop that is experimenting with electric bikes. And electric bicycles are available through some department stores as well.

Is that it? Is your only choice buy without a test ride? To buy without any comparison? To buy from someone who doesn’t know what they are selling? Or to buy online…? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a friendly local electric bike shop where you could walk in, meet the owners and employees, test ride the largest selection of ebikes in the tri-state area, and ride away happy with your purchase, confident that you will have all the support you need?

At Philly Electric Wheels, we believe an electric bike purchase should be similar to the purchase of a vehicle such as a car or motorcycle. We believe the customer has a right to touch and feel what they are purchasing, to test ride the vehicle that you are spending hundreds or thousands of hard-earned dollars on. We believe in support, that the customer has a right to meticulous assembly, qualified service, and long term support. We at PHEW! believe in personal relationships, in trust, and in access to professionals who care about you and care about electric bicycles. Try getting that over the internet.

This may sound idealistic, because we are a company of idealists. If this sounds like a sales pitch, that’s because it is, we are trying to get your business. Philly Electric Wheels is trying to sell you an electric bicycle. For so many reasons, we believe electric bicycles are a long-awaited solution to complex problems. In terms of transportation, ebikes have a lower environmental impact (carbon footprint, if you will) and are more energy efficient than any other option- including normal bicycles. Electric bicycles have some of the lowest operating costs over their lifespan of any powered vehicle. Electric bicycles inspire in riders the confidence they need to deal with traffic on crowded streets. Ebikes are darn good fun. The health benefits of regular exercise like cycling are well researched and adding electric assist negates none of them. The psychological benefits of cycling are less researched, however studies are available, and anecdotal evidence of riding versus driving is available. Its about being in the environment rather than being cut off from the environment inside a metal box. These points are arguable and we would love to talk to you about them! Come on down!

Yet another reason to shop our brick and mortar store, our well informed and affable staff would love to talk to you about bicycles, electric bicycles, electric vehicles, and your needs concerning them. In addition to our administrative and part time staff, Philly Electric Wheels employs a full-time electric bicycle mechanic, something no other shop in the area and few shops in the country can claim. And all of our staff is committed to and enthusiastic about electric bicycles and bicycling. We are simply the best trained and most qualified place to purchase an electric bike and the only place to service and support them. We have the largest selection of electric bicycles in PA, NJ, and DE. We have in stock, parts, supplies, accessories, conversion kits, and batteries for all of our models. We have relationships with a diverse set of suppliers which enable us to get whatever you need as quickly and economically as possible. We have ebikes to rent and ebikes to loan you whilst yours is in our shop. We also have a mobile service unit we can use to bring our shop to you, and a bicycle trailer to pickup your stranded machine should an accident occur. PHEW has dedicated service bays for your electric bicycle and is prepared with all the necessary tools for diagnosing and servicing electronic and electromechanical components.

Lest it go unsaid, PHEW is also a stellar bike shop! We pride ourselves on approachability, customer satisfaction, and service. From airing up your tires to custom builds, we at PHEW can meet all of your bike shop needs. We realize that great electric bikes should first and foremost be great bikes and we are committed to selling great bikes. Our staff is experienced and well trained to deal with any and all sorts of bicycles. Our premier mechanic has over 30 years of personal professional experience working on and with bikes in the greater Philadelphia area. We also specialize in folding bikes, cargo bikes, bike trailers, and make and sell exclusive bike panniers.

If you’ve made the decision to purchase an electric bicycle, Philly Electric Wheels is the best place to buy it. We believe that we can serve your needs better than any other physical location or internet storefront. We are committed to our customers and committed to supporting the products we sell. We have bikes in stock and parts in stock- the largest selection of either. We love ebikes and we love happy customers. And we love happy customers on ebikes! PHEW!

Come visit us at Philly Electric Wheels, 7153 Sprague Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119