Cleary bikes on clearance

Making room and need to move these bikes out of here.

Cleary Bike’s balance bike, the Starfish. Retailed for $199, now just $145.

And their 12″ single speed bike, the Gecko. Retails for $250, now just $175.

Only at PHEW!, 7153 Sprague Street in Philadelphia


meet our newest addition, the Brompton

Although we plunged into the world of independent bike shops via electric bikes, we’ve slowly been building up our lineup of folding bikes.

Beginning with Dahon Bikes, we brought in the Xootr Swift, all with 20” wheels.

For the taller, larger and more aggressive riders, we carry the Montague bike line, with 26” and 700c wheels.

Our best-sellers remain Tern Bicycles, offered in  20”, 24” and 26” wheels.

For a slightly different feel, you can sample the Fuji Origami & Allen Central, both with 20” wheels.

Many people have come asking about a smaller folding bike, one with 16” wheels with a very compact fold; one designed and hand-made in the UK; one called the Brompton. We’re proud to announce that we now sell & service Brompton bikes as well.


Brompton bikes have one basic frame, with a variety of handlebars, gearing and accessory options.  Each bike is custom-made in their London factory.  Ride one. Fold one. Rent one. And begin to re-imagine your daily routine.


We can now attest that we’ve got the best folding bike selection at 7153 Sprague St in tree-lined East Mt Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Montague bikes on sale, get ’em while they last!

You must’ve heard of mountain bikes. But have you heard of folding mountain bikes? Ride them, then stuff them in the trunk before moving on with your day.  Pretty cool, huh?

We’ve got the Montague Paratrooper, the Montague Paratrooper Pro and the Montague X50 in stock. All folding. All with no rider weight limit. So if you’re losing to pedal hard and shed some weight, stop in to try these while we have them on sale.

Take $85 off the Paratrooper, listed at $850; $95 off the Paratrooper Pro, listed at $995; or $60 off the X50, listed at $630.

Offered – worn bicycle tires

I can tell you we tried. scrapping-tires

Our tire salvage guys haven’t picked up in months, and we need the space.  So, regretfully, we’re bundling up old tires and leaving them for the trash men.

If you have a secondary use for worn bicycle tires, or know of a nearby facility that’ll give new life to old rubber, please contact us!

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!

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]

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.


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!

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!