Category Archives: Electric Bikes


Feel the Felt Electrics

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The Felt Bicycle team will bring 8 Felt Electric bikes to PHEW! Come to touch, feel and ride these sleek bikes with silent mid-drive Bosch motor. Bring a friend and make a day of it! When? Tuesday June 9th 11-3 … Continue reading

What a year! ending with a visit with the ELFs

2014 has been a year to remember.  It’s been year 5 for PHEW!, when we sold quite a few bikes. Repaired many more.  Converted a number of old favorites to electric, ranging from Trek hybrids, Montague folders, tricycles, a few cargo bikes, and our favorites: the Breezer Uptown and Downtown bikes.

Looking back, we added a few brands to our lineup.  Jamis Bikes for their comfort bikes; Tern Bicycles for their exceptional folding bikes; Cleary’s lightweight children’s bikes; Haibike and then Felt Electric bikes with the mid-drive Bosch system offering some of the lightest electric-assist bikes. Thanks to all of you for supporting our adventures.

From May through October, we hosted Thrifty Thursdays, when we invited the community to use our space, tools and knowhow (for free) to do more with their bike. We even taught a few neighborhood children to ride a bike, one at a time!

In July, we installed solar panels to power ceiling fans in our showroom, reducing the need for air conditioning.  In September, we joined the thousands in NYC for the People’s Climate March.  In December, we rallied against the Dirty Energy Hub being planned for Philadelphia, sure to bring short term jobs and a lot more carbon emissions to our region.  Asthma, anyone?

And all year long, we purchased clean, wind-powered electricity generated from Pennsylvania wind farms, via Philadelphia’s own Energy Co-op.  Look them up, and check out their EcoChoice100 plan.

I personally am looking forward to shuttering the shop until mid-January.  We hope to slow down, hibernate a little, research some, and have plans to visit an ELF factory.

What’s an ELF? It’s been called a half-bike, half-car.  When we followed one down the road last year, we heard children call out…Car-bicycle! and Bicycle-car!  And that’s what it is: an electric velomobile; a human-powered vehicle enclosed for aerodynamic advantage & protection from weather.



We’re trying to decide whether the ELFs make sense for our region.  Do let us know if you have an interest in these; it’ll definitely swing our decision about selling and servicing them next year!

It’s getting cold out there!  


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It’s getting cold out there!  These first few frosty mornings is a reminder to give some love to your bike battery.

We hope you intend to ride through-out the winter.  I know I will so long as there’s no ice on the ground! When temps dip below 35F though, try to bring the battery indoors with you.

If you’re done riding till spring, the bike will do fine resting in the garage, but do bring the battery indoors. And make a note to charge it at least once a month.

charge battery


Turns out the batteries last longer when we give ‘em some TLC!



Can’t get the battery off your bike? Need lighting for the dark rides? We’re open until Dec 24 and will re-open on Jan 12th. Give us a call… 215.821.9266.

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!

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.

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.

Come and test ride Stromer ST1 Elite at our store

What is new with Stromer ST1 (2013 model)

Since early last September there have been rumors about the 2013 Stromer ST1 electric bike. Searching magazines, the internet and our contacts for more about this bike, all we could tell when inquired about this bike was based on our one test ride of a pre-production ST1 at InterBike in Las Vegas. This week, our BMC rep Liam O’Brien brought a demo production unit to our shop, and we’ve more to share.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We believe the ST1 to be a robust product; compared to the 2012 model, the new ST1 has a better pedal-to-motor response. The new frame geometry feels more comfortable; the front carbon fork makes the bike feel more like a regular bike and offers better steering. The Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires are a big improvement over the Maxxis 26×1.75. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The throttle has been removed completely, makin the instrumentation? CONSOLE much simpler. The LCD digital console has been moved to the right hand side; we can certainly move it if preferred by left-handed folk.

The 11.5Ah battery has 10% more power than the 2012 model’s 10Ah, offering a longer range. A 14Ah battery for a longer range would run $799. Branding on the frame is more elegant.

Stromer ST1 Elite in black or white are in the warehouse. Next shipment will only have Platinum bikes in black, red and white, which are designed to go up to 30mph.  ST1’s are selling like hot cakes.
The Buyers Guide in the April issue of Bicycling magazine wraps up their review with: “Buy it if you’re looking to speed up your commute – and have fun along the way”. Check out their review, then go to your nearest Stromer dealer and ask for a test ride on this irresistible electric bike.

So to all those people who have called us about the ST1, we’ve got the model comparison in a table. We’re again stressing that nothing is quite like riding this bike yourself.


Stromer ST1 Elite under the rain


Simpler lettering on the frame make the bike very attractive


Still raining but we took the bike for test ride, it handles the wet road very well


Drops of rain on the handle bar

Stromer ST1 “Buy it if: you’re looking to speed up your commute – and have fun along the way” says Bicycling- Buyers Guide 2013

You can read about Stromer ST1 in Buyer’s Guide 2013 issue of Bicycle magazine, where  Brad Ford test rides the Stromer ST 1 Platinum. Also, if you go to the last page of this issue you will see Philly Electric Wheels mentioned as a full service electric bike shop dedicated to electric bicycles.

You can subscribe to Bicycling Magazine  or you can stop by our store to see, touch, feel and test ride the Stromer in our showroom.

Stromer ST1

Philly Electric Wheels
7153 Sprague Street
Philadelphia, PA 19119

215 821 9266

Easy Emotion Neo e-bikes= Quality + Reliability + Dependability + Innovation + Value

After months of waiting for it, we finally received a BH Easy Motion Jumber.  The moment it came out of the box, we were in love… with this good looking bike with nice curves and a great color contrast.  It was even a pleasure to assemble it, says Zachary.  Returning from his first test ride on the Jumper, Zachary reported that the bike was “superb without power assist, and out of this world with the assist enabled”.


I’d intended to take this baby out for a spin myself, but before I knew it, Harvey had adjusted the pressure on the Jumper’s Suntour Epicon Lord 120 rear shocks for his weight and was off – test riding it.  Upon his return, Harvey proclaimed … “in his over 30 years of working on bikes, he’d never imagined an electric bike could be so well conceived, well executed and so playful”, adding that he’d love to be able to take the Jumper for a longer ride just as a bike, and using the assist to get back when he tired himself on the trails.  I wish I had a camera to capture his smile.

I better take this for a test spin before a customer decides to take it home…

BH Easy Motion electric bikes

I’ve been following BH E-Motion’s e-bikes for several years.  In the US, BH E-Motion is well known for their fitness equipment.  In Europe they’re also known for their e-bikes, which have 4 types of technology.

  • NEO RDS (Rear Drive System) Technology
  • BOSCH IBS (Integrated Bottom Bracket System) Technology
  • PANASONIC IBS (Integrated Bottom Bracket System) Technology
  • EASY MOTION FDS (Front Drive System) Technology

This past September, while at InterBike (the national bicycle convention), I had the opportunity to test ride all of these systems.

The revolutionary Neo RDS technology uses a 350W motor (1 on the diagram). This was a nice powerful motor in the rear of the bike with the torque sensor (2) located in the rear drop out of the frame. This registers the force exerted by the rider and sends a signal to the controller (4). This action is fast.