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Interfaith climate advocacy group pedals to Washington

image credit: Berea College

This year, PHEW! is sponsoring a ride from Philly to DC, organized by Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light.

PA IPL is an organization consisting of PA members of faith, all responding to climate change in a myriad ways. Some are tangible, such as walking, caulking — and biking! And some are intangible, such as education, prayer and public dialog / advocacy.

On the 4-day ride (May 13 thru May 16), a group of cyclists will do both, connecting with communities and people of faith, lead by low-emissions example, and share PA IPL’s work and mission.  Mt Airy’s own Nathan Martin will lead the Philly to DC ride. You can read Nathan’s rider profile here.

Their trips end with a visit to Pennsylvania offices on Capitol Hill to communicate the message that climate change is a moral and ethical challenge that must be addressed by individuals, communities and congregations, and also our elected leaders, working together in active hope.  Low-carbon transportation is one way to act!

There’s a training ride locally, on Sunday April 29th, beginning at 1:30 from Mishkan Shalom Synagogue’s Lower Parking Lot at 4101 Freeland Ave, Philadelphia, off Shurs Lane in Roxborough.  Join some of the PA IPL riders for a training ride along the Schuylkill River Trail. An introduction to the PA IPL May ride to DC and its riders will start at 1:30pm followed by the training ride.

And on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13th, at 1:00pm, help send off the PA IPL riders on their Philly to Washington DC ride, starting at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, parking lot near the Visitor’s Center. There will be a brief send-off ritual, and many plan to stay for a hike at the Wildlife Refuge.


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!

limited winter hours

Limited Winter Hours

Friday 12/25 till Sunday 1/3

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


Open regular hours
Tuesday 2/2 11 – 6

Happy Holidays!

Papal enCYCLEcal – Get thee on a bike!

You may have heard that Pope Francis will be in town in a few weeks. All the media attention has been around the frustrations of limited car access to Center City Philadelphia. Our City’s Commerce Department has even opened a help desk for businesses to continue to flourish during the Pope’s visit. All understandable.

I’ve noticed, however, that many fellow cyclists have a different perspective, feeling this is a great opportunity to highlight the Pope’s message of the moral urgency to act on climate, and to care for the poor.  Many of us already choose to get around by bike or transit, whether we leave the car parked at home or simply can’t afford one.  For the rest of you, I invite you to try a few days of car-free living.  It’s quite catching, I hear!

So when the City begins closing down much of Center City to car traffic, let’s claim the streets for people-powered mobility! I’ve read about the Critical Mass movement, where cyclists spontaneously claim the streets, and the more planned  Open Streets project, which temporarily closes streets to automobile traffic so people can use the streets for walking, bicycling, dancing, playing and socializing. Just what the Pope ordered!

Open Streets isn’t new to Philly. The MLK drive is closed down each week, since 1980, I discovered. For years, there was annual BikePhilly every September, which invited cyclists to pedal through Center City with a rolling police escort, savoring the streets and the fine old architecture.

Like me, if you’ve never pedaled over the Ben Franklin Bridge, I hear there’s a bike & pedestrian lane.  On Friday September 25th, when the whole Bridge is shut down to car traffic, join us for the Ben Franklin Bridge Ride, which begins at Washington Square Park at 9pm.  Make sure your bike is well-lit & visible.

On Saturday September 26th, there’s the PopeRide, starting at The Porch at 30th Street Station at 10:00am. See coverage by NBC.

46354_bike_sharefIf you don’t own a bike, I highly recommend you explore our City’s bike-share system: RideIndego.Pedal-powered-Popemobile-web

If you’re unable to ride a bike, I hear there will be pedicabs for hire. There’s Velo-Ride and others.

Our own Bicycle Coalition is building a map listing routes to enter and exit the City via bike.  It’s called the PopeMap, and also lists the handful of places that’ll remain open and rent you a bike for that weekend, PHEW! being one of them.

PHEW! encourages everyone’s efforts toward a car-free Philly for this one weekend in September and more.

The Power Riders at Bike MS: City to Shore

2015bike_logoFor years, I’ve heard of a bike ride called Bike MS: City to Shore, from Philly to the Jersey shore. Although I own a bike shop, I rarely venture on group rides. And this one, with thousands of riders, of all ages and endurance, going the 150 mile distance, was unfathomable to someone happy enough with her daily rides to work and on local errands.

This year, encouraged by Eric Smith, I’ve stepped up to join a team that Eric set up: The Power Riders.

It’ll help to know that I own a shop specializing in electric-assist bikes & folding bikes. And that Eric is a long-time e-bike customer, and now friend.  Last year, Eric experienced the City to Shore ride for the first time. He had a blast, and later realized that his might have been the only electric-assist bike amongst the thousands that day.

So this year, we decided to create our own team, mainly for e-bike riders to experience the Bike MS: City to Shore ride. Own an e-bike? Join our team.  Think a little assist might be good, but don’t already own an ebike? Maybe you didn’t know that you could rent one from us for the day.  Just want to keep a friend company, but don’t think you need the assist? You can still join our team.

CTS_Map_2014_-_largerTerrified that I couldn’t possibly ride for 150 miles, I learned that most people
ride only on the first day. And can choose to ride 25 miles, 45 miles, 75 miles or
100 miles.  PHEW!  I know I can ride 25 miles, so I’ve signed up for the 45 mile ride.   Here’s a route map from last year.

I also found that each rider needs to register for this ride. And that registration costs you $65. Each rider is expected to raise at least $300, and it seems $750 is the average amount that each rider raised. Eric raised $1,600 last year, and has quickly surpassed that this year, so he tells me it’s easy.

When is this ride? Saturday Oct 3rd, 2015.  Save the date. And Join our Team!

Questions? Call 215.821.9266 or write info [at]

Welcome to the global economy or Who wants to build bikes in PA?

It’s a good thing we’re stocked up on bikes.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe current congestion at the West Coast ports means, for our industry, a lot of bikes log jammed.  It’ll be a while before those Made in Asia bikes get off the boats, to their respective warehouses, and eventually on a truck destined for Philadelphia.

So, though we’re out of stock on a few select models, notably the Dahon Mariner and the Dahon Briza, we have plenty of bikes at PHEW! electric, folding, hybrid, even used!

locally madeIn the meanwhile,  it’s got us thinking about more locally made bicycles. There’s Detroit Bikes and Brooklyn Bicycle Co, and an entire list of American Made Bikes. Who wants to make bikes in Philadelphia?  Let’s talk!!

Gone Expo’in!


The Philly Bike Expo!  Now in it’s 5th year and growing. At the Pennsylvania Convention Center! Saturday Nov 8th & Sunday Nov 9th!

PHEW! too has been growing, and will have a booth at this Expo to showcase some of our work, designing custom e-bikes. You’ll see a selection of Breezer & Fuji bikes that’ve gone electric, a few Tern & Xootr folding bikes, the lightweight Cleary Bikes for kids, the Sivacycle Atom to let you charge your lights as you pedal, and more!

Please note that our shop at 7153 Sprague St will therefore be closed on Friday thru Sunday, Nov 7th thru 9th.

At the Expo and can’t find us? Call 215.821.9266 to reach Meenal or Afshin.

E-bikers Unite!


Finally!  Someone’s decided to organize e-bike rides in our region.  Our friend Cheryl in Northern NJ has setup a Meetup group. The first ride is scheduled for Saturday October 18th, 2014 at 1250 County Road 629, Clinton, NJ .   Hoping some of you New Jersey e-bikers can make it!

PHEW! turns 5

It was 5 years ago today that we setup shop with a dozen electric bikes in a corner storefront.5

Now, as PHEW! turns 5, our shop has mushroomed into a space 7 times our original space and morphed into an electric as well as folding bike specialty shop serving the region whilst also serving as the neighborhood bike shop.

We’re now planning events as far away as next September (the 2015 City to Shore Ride sponsored by the National MS Society), as well as this November’s Philly Bike Expo sponsored by Bilenky Cycle Works.

I’m thankful for the trust and support we’ve received from everyone. This includes family, friends, customers and all of our suppliers.  It’s been a fun ride and I’m excited to be planning our next season.  Stay tuned!

Off to InterBike again! Limited hours this week

Several of us are off to Interbike (a bicycle dealers convention) this week, to scout out new bikes & accessories for next spring.

PHEW! a bike shop will remain open, but with limited staff, hours and services.  Please call if you’re headed our way from a distance.  And please note that our shop will be CLOSED on Wednesday September 10th.images-2

If you have a wish list of products we should look for, please send us a note. We’ll be checking for your emails as we explore the convention corridors in Vegas.