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About us

The PHEW! crew currently consists of Afshin, Meenal & Harvey.


Afshin Kaighobady: owner 

Afshin can be found at the shop at all hours, transforming into the Sales Manager, the Purchasing guy, the Carpenter putting up new shelving, and in a pinch, also the Bike Mechanic.


Meenal Raval: co-owner, investor & muse

Meenal is often to be found on the sales floor encouraging other women to ride.  When not with customers, she switches hats between Receptionist, Finance Manager, Employee Benefits, Receiving, Sales, Web-mistress, Blogger & Housekeeping.

Passionate about zero-waste, Meenal relishes in putting out less and less trash each week. See her efforts at zero-waste at PHEW! here and overall sustainable habits at the shop.

She's also passionate about low-carbon living and challenging herself to wanting less heating in winter and less cooling in summer. Outside the shop, she's active with many groups to build our transition away from fossil fuels and towards 100% renewable energy. Follow her at mtairygal.wordpress.com

harvey2-250.jpg Harvey Pitkapaasi: seasoned mechanic

Harvey has been a treasure for PHEW! He initially came to us on his days off from his full-time job.  He's now with us full-time, and brings over 35 years of bike industry experience, a passion in restoring old bikes and a curiosity about e-bikes.  We save the tricky repairs for Harvey!

In the past, we've enjoyed teaming up with Bob, Zachary, Angelo, Julian, Chris, Jim, Anthony & many others.


Bob Gottlieb: mechanic

Most of our new bikes have been built by Bob's patient hands.

[photo here] Zachary Powers: sales & mechanic

We're thrilled to have Zachary back from the West Coast, even if it's only part-time, after the Philadelphia Housing Authority frees him up. Come by on a Saturday to catch up with Zach.
[photo here] Angelo Jones: sales

Angelo's been a loyal customer for quite a few years. And now, he brings his bubbling enthusiasm for cycling to PHEW! Be warned - it's contagious!
[photo here] Julian Cushing: mechanic

Julian was fast & precise. He built bikes almost faster than we could cut down the boxes! He's now focused on making art. See juliancushing.com
[photo here]  Zachary Powers: electric bike mechanic 

Zachary brought an intuitive understanding of electronics and relished diagnosing issues with electric bikes. Regrettably, he's now on the West Coast.
[photo here]  Chris Switky: mechanic

The neighborhood has known Chris from his many years at Weavers Way Food Co-op. Chris brought order to the mayhem in our showroom and is also a bike mechanic. If you've come to test ride an electric bike, you've probably ridden with Chris. Chris is currently immersed in a new venture, training and walking dogs.
[photo here]  Jim Thomas: head wrench

Having managed another bike shop, Jim brought a different perspective to PHEW!, and trained many of our temp staff.
[photo here]  Anthony Locicero: mechanic

Anthony brought bike shop experience to PHEW! and helped set up our first shop on Carpenter Lane. He's returned to his homeland in Vermont.

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