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 brings a smile to my face.
In the 12 years serving the Greater Philadelphia area bicycle community, 2020 was the loneliest and the hardest. Back in January 2020, we felt it took longer for shipments to reach us. As factories around the world stopped manufacturing, it was impossible to restock small, medium and large parts needed to maintain bikes. We felt things shut down before the lockdown.
Concerned about the safety of our customers and staff, we tried to implement protocols to safeguard everyone.
However, when I went to bed with a fever one night, and tested positive for COVID-19 on May 2nd, 2020, we closed the shop. Meanwhile, Meenal saw all the calls I was fielding, and recruited a friend to help with our backlog of bikes needing repairs. Six weeks later, feeling much better, I re-opened the shop in mid-June. However, the universe was telling me to slow down — by stopping my heart on August 11th, 2020. After 2 stents and recovery, we decided to downsize to a much smaller space (from a 3500 square foot space to a 200 square foot space), still in Mt Airy.
Our supply line was severely interrupted. Items that we used to get in a couple of days would take 3 or 4 weeks, if we could get them at all.
Now, after 11 months in the smaller space, we have decided to close the shop for good, and refer people to other shops.
- Transport Cycles is a great shop for repairing all types of bikes, especially for commuters. They have all our components for Brompton and Tern folding bikes. Go to Transport Cycles for all your e-bike repair needs. David Wilson has been a great help in the transition.
- Winnies Bike Repair is a new shop in Mt Airy that opened March 2021, onn Germantown Avenue near Hortter Street. To our Mt Airy neighbors, we suggest you take your bikes to Winnies for all your repairs and tuneups.
- Giant of Bridgeport / Village Velo — This is where Harvey now works. Harvey was our long time bike mechanic that many of you knew, and felt the love he gave your bikes. If you miss Harvey’s patient hands, go to Giant of Bridgeport.
All in all, we are moving forward with life. Afshin goes to Transport Cycles from time to time, working with David and the staff there to get your e-bikes back on the road.
It has been great to be a part of the Philadelphia cycling community, and to have met all of you. Much love, Afshin