Goodbye! I am writing this at the end of July 2021. The electric bike market has grown so much since we opened our doors back in October 2009. Now, when I go for walks in Mt Airy, and more so in Center City, I see so many people on electric bikes. Each one of them … Continue reading Goodbye!
After 11 years of chasing a dream to transform Philly's transportation landscape, we've decided to close Philly Electric Wheels. When COVID-19 came to Philly in mid-March, many of us stayed home. This included all of us at Philly Electric Wheels. Afshin fielded phone calls, setup barricades so no customers entered our shop, learned about contactless … Continue reading End of a ride…
Philly Electric Wheels is taking a hiatus. This next week before the July 4th weekend will be our last week. Please help us by reviewing our Products page and buying a bike! We'll be here Monday through Thursday from 9 till 1. We have stopped accepting any bikes brought in for repairs. After this week, we … Continue reading Taking a hiatus
Well, I spent most of May at home, knocked down by the coronavirus. Somehow, my partner Meenal came through this unscathed, showing no symptoms, and forever by my side. We have spent the last 3 weeks re-starting our bicycle business, and have seen an influx of jobs -- repairs from customers old and new. So … Continue reading Changing course after face-off with the coronavirus
Two articles caught our attention recently. One, in the May 18th New York Times titled -- Thinking of Buying a Bike? Get Ready for a Very Long Wait says that “the United States is facing a shortage of bicycles as anxiety over public transportation and a desire to exercise has sent the demand surging. More … Continue reading Bike demand spreading nearly as fast as the coronavirus
Our season typically starts in March. Despite a strong start this March, arrival of the coronavirus meant that I, Afshin, was the only person working at our shop. We got many inquiries about new bikes, and also about servicing dusty bikes in the garage. By the end of April, most of our suppliers were reporting … Continue reading COVID-19 and the 2020 bike season
Afshin had COVID-19 and is recovering. As we plan to re-open Philly’s oldest electric bicycle shop after a several week-long bout with COVID-19, we remain committed to servicing bikes from our neighbors as well as our existing customers. Health and safety standards dictate that we continue to maintain a physical distance. We will open up … Continue reading Restarting after COVID-19
COVID-19 has offered us all a great pause. As of mid-March, our staff chose to stay home. For six weeks, one person handled the front desk, sales, purchasing and repairs. In early May, the coronavirus found him. As a result, Philly Electric Wheels has been closed most of May. Due to the volume of calls … Continue reading the great pause
Over the years, customers have asked us for full suspension electric mountain bikes. For the 2020 season, we have converted the Giant Stance 2. An awesome bike to begin with, now with a 1000 watt mid-drive motor and a 48 volt 14 amp battery, this bike will take you on adventures never imagined! In addition, … Continue reading Full suspension electric mountain bikes – converted or designed?
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 … Continue reading Interfaith climate advocacy group pedals to Washington