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Bike the Strike!


Looking for a bike to take you through the SEPTA strike and beyond? Checkout these bikes by Philly-based ASI, all discounted 20% to help you bike the strike!

The Fuji Nichibei Collection now ranging from $199 to $223…

 

The SE Lager or Draft, ranging from $263 to $175…

Or the classic Breezer Downtown EX, now just $360.

Call 215.821.9266, and we can have it here & ready the next day!

Really….PHEW!

 

 

Fat eBikes Are for Everyone!


Some people shop for a comfortable, stable ride. Others go for an aggressive bike that they can take anywhere, from snowy trails to the most pot-holed city streets. Many riders want a bicycle that’s eye-catching and makes a statement.

Whether you’re a commuter or an adventurer, get yourself on an Electric Fat Bike and experience this rare combination of comfort and power. These bikes are for more than bush-whacking, and if you don’t believe me, stop into Philly Electric Wheels and take them for ride!

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For the very best ride, try my personal favorite, the Felt Lebowske 20. With the nearly silent 350W Bosch Performance motor, if it weren’t for the speed and ease of riding, you might not know there were any motor at all.

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The mid-drive system optimizes handling as does the hydraulic dropper seatpost. We can thank downhill cyclists for creating a market for this push-button seat adjustment that allows you to get the most torque for flat and uphill – or maneuverability for downhill – without interrupting your pedaling. For a hilly or bumpy commute, you’ll quickly discover why you don’t have to be an extreme adventurer to want a dropper seatpost.

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Another favorite feature is the ability to turn the front shocks on or off with the touch of a button, optimizing power and comfort when changing terrain. During my own commute, I go from pavement to cobblestone and can quickly turn the front shocks on for those bumpy cobblestone stretches yet get the most out of my pedaling on well-paved streets.

If you prefer a rigid frame, Felt offers two options comparable to the Lebowske 20: the Lebowske 10, or, for those looking to carry more cargo, the Outfitter comes with both a front and rear rack. Properly installed racks can add up, so don’t forget these in your budget!

 

For riders who prefer a lower step-through, consider the Haibike FatSix. While I’m a Felt girl myself, some find the geometry of this bike preferable and are willing to give up the dropper seatpost. For the price shopper, Haibike’s late-year model transition can mean great closeout deals just as you’re gearing up for the spring riding season. For power versus handling, and for riders without budget concerns, future FatSix models will increase torque.

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Montague Crosstown mini-review


I just rode the Montague Crosstown for the first time, and found it to be a very nice bike. It’s easy to ride, and it changes gears easily.

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If my aunt hadn’t told me, I wouldn’t have known that you can fold this bike and put it in the trunk of a car! I would definitely buy this bike if I actually had money.

A 10-speed Boomers can Age Gracefully with: the Trek Lift+ 


It’s been 5 years since we first read about the Shimano STEPS system.  And just last week, we received the first set of e-bikes with this system, which includes the center mount motor, battery and console designed by Shimano, and incorporated into some of Trek’s 2016 e-bike lineup: the Trek Lift+ and the Trek Conduit+.

I took the Lift+ along our test path, which includes going along the Wissahickon Creek, on Forbidden Drive and over to Northwestern Ave to Brunos – a good mix of streets, trails, and hills.

trek-lift-plus-lsIt’s rare to find a center mount battery on a step-thru frame, so I was excited to try this out.  Both the motor & battery in the middle of the bike makes for a well balanced bike.

The battery, accessed from the side, was extremely easy to securely click onto the bike.  When I did so, I noticed a slim rubber sheet. Turns out this protected the battery and not once on the gravel ride did I hear the battery rattle about on the frame. Very comforting. Most e-bike batteries can be charged on or off the bike. For this bike, the battery must be off the bike to charge.

The center-mounted display is adequate, with control buttons on the left offering setup and 3 levels of pedal-assist.

One nice feature is the range displayed for each level of pedal assist. So, even though I’d pedaled 22 miles on a fully charged battery, I could see that I’d have assist for 40 miles on level 1 (Eco), 36 miles on level 2 (Norm), and 29 miles on level 3 (Hi).

Another nice feature is that the beeps can be turned off, which is enough to make this my e-bike system of choice, over even BionX.

We noticed that the motor pulses if we simply pushed buttons to ramp up to level 3.  But that if we used the assist levels in conjunction with shifting, we quickly fell into a nice cadence.  The motor did feel a bit noisy, again, compared with BionX, but the easy cadence quickly made up for it.

As to the bike itself, I liked the kickstand. It’s well positioned, and was very stable when parked. The ballon tires cushioned the ride and compensated for the rigid fork, making for an extremely comfortable ride. The braking was responsive, and surprised me. The bike is nimbler than it appears. The seat post clamp was another pleasant surprise, quite easy to adjust, and the seat itself was comfortable. The 10 speed trigger shifting was simply perfect, offering just enough hill climbing and speed for my urban rides. The adjustable stem completed this near-perfect 46 pound bike.

On my wish-list for this bike? A rack, fenders and lights, please! Trek needs to know that women commute too!

All in all, this is a 10 speed that Boomers can age gracefully with.

Trek’s back into e-bikes! 


In 2009, PHEW! opened our doors and began selling electric bikes. In 2010, we began selling Trek electric bikes.  Despite proving that e-bikes sell, we found Trek introducing fewer and fewer e-bike models each year.  Last year, we had only the Trek T80+ to offer, and that too, in limited frame sizes.

This year, get ready for some innovation from the folks at Trek.

After partnering with Canadian BionX e-bike kit maker for over 6 years, Trek now introduces their XM700+ line of e-bikes with the Bosch mid-drive motor, which many of you have tried on our Felt Electric and Haibike models. trek-xm700+The Trek XM700+ looks to be outfitted as a fast commuter bike, with fenders & integrated lighting, and the pedal-assist taking you up to 28mph.

trek-lift-plus-lsTrek is also the first to bring the Shimano STePS system to the US, which we blogged about in 2010.trek-conduit-plus
This Shimano STeps system is featured on both the Trek Conduit+ and Lift+ bikes.
Trek’s earlier models were electrified road bikes, notably the FX+ and the Valencia+; Or hybrids like the 7200+ and the T80+.  With the 2016 models, I see Trek going beyond the thrill of the sport.  Explore the Trek XM700+ and Conduit+ commuter electric bikes – both with integrated fenders, rack and lighting.  And the Trek Lift+, with the comfortable crank forward design.  We’re excited to see Trek finally showing that THIS is how we move.

You’ll find that Philly Electric Wheels is the region’s best place to sample these bikes.  We have bikes from e-bike specific importers such as EZ Pedaler and Benelli, and also from the country’s more established bike brands, such as Trek and Felt .

Open all Labor Day weekend, stop by to touch & feel our new pedal-assisted bicycles. You’re sure to feel like a kid again!

Open for the 4th (and the 5th)


PHEW! remains open on Saturday July 4th from 11 till 4.  openWe’ll also be open on Sunday July 5th from 11 till 4.  So if you wanted to show off an e-bike to visiting family, stop on by!

Happy Car Independence Day!

Tern! Tern! Tern!


Last June, after inquiries from our customers, we began selling Tern folding bikes. We began with a selection of models that we thought might sell: the Tern Link with 20″ wheels, the Tern Node & Castro with 24″ wheels, and the Tern Joe with 26″ wheels.

Almost a year later, I realize we haven’t shared much about these bikes. What makes them special, what’s popular, and why.

The Tern Link line remains popular with commuters.  Most are equipped with fenders and rack. Some with dynamo lights. A2012-tn-photo-link-d7i-blk-gray-p1-webll with nicely rigid frame and decent shifting. Most popular? The Tern Link D7i.

The Tern Node & Castro are unique, with their 24″ wheels. They feel almost full size, and fold up very nicely.  When folded, they’re the largest size permitted on Amtrak, and fit in the trunk of most sedans. Last year, we sold many Tern Castro D8s, and may be the only dealer with the Castro D8’s still in stock!

tn-photo-node-d8-blk-blue-p1-web-2The only Node available last year was the  Tern Node D8, equipped with 8 speed derailleur. This year, there’s a choice. In addition to the Tern Node D8, there’s the Tern Node D7i (7 speed internal) and the Tern Node D16 (with 2×8 shifting).  Most popular? Still the Tern Node D8.

The Tern Eclipse, another 24″ wheeled bike, is typically equipped with an tn-photo-eclipse-s11i-2015-web-2Andros stem; making it easier to adjust for personal comfort. And designed to go fast; with the Kojak tires and 11 speed internal hub gearing.  And quite visible with the dynamo hub providing battery-free front & rear lighting.

The Tern Joe line remains an option for those looking for a full size folder to pull out of the trunk.  We’ve found the multitude2012-tn-photo-joe-c21-wht-red-web-2 of gearing not necessary, and the posture not very comfortable for our boomer clients. The Tern Joe C21 remains a steal at $400.

One of the best things we like about being a Tern dealer? The great support we receive from Tern USA, which makes it easy to remain Tern dealers.

We love you too…


What we think is a typical day here at PHEW! turns out to be a special day for our customers. Check out this recent Yelp review to see what’s in store for you.

ice-creamIn addition, there’s always a coffee pot brewing and plenty of cold filtered water after test rides. And shhh….ice cream on the warmer days.

All sure to make you feel like a kid again! 

A jaunt in the snow with our “Big” Lebowske


Yesterday’s snowfall and upcoming warmer temperatures means today might be one of the last chances to ride in the snow with our Felt LEBOWSKe ebike. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMeenal took it out for the day’s first ride, and the rest of us anticipated her return so we could take it on our own adventure. The fat tires provided a much more stable ride in the ice and snow, and the Bosch motor assisted us from getting stuck on the uphill, making this bike one of the best choices for the conditions. Come check it out for yourself before the snow’s all gone! …Though we do hear it also plays well in the sand.

Shop closed today


It’s supposed to snow all day and we’ve decided to keep the shop closed today, Thursday March 5th, 2015. Stay safe and warm, everyone!