Our Little Cargo Bike Made In Philadelphia January 06 2017
Towards the end of 2016 we were awarded a grant from The Merchants Fund to manufacture cargo bikes. The Merchants Fund has been helping small Philadelphia businesses sustain and grow by issuing a select number of grants twice a year. We applied for funding to cover the cost of materials for seven complete cargo bikes. The 20/20 is what were calling the bike right now but that could change. It's adapted from a bike David designed and made some years ago. Simon of Hanford Cycles will cut, miter, and weld the frames and our mechanics will finish up with components.
It's a compact, short wheel based bike with 20 inch wheels and cargo capacity in the front and rear. The smaller wheels bring the carrying load down low making it easy to handle. Various containers or platforms can be attached; whatever is needed to hold your stuff. It's a great bike for a business or anyone who doesn't want to use a car all the time. You may have seen our prototype out and about this Fall. We had some of our friends, like the cargo bike courier company Sparrow Cycling, try it out and give us feedback. Check out their Instagram for more photos and great reviews. Now that we have all the materials and parts, we can start cutting the tubes; expect to see some finished this Spring. If you think this is something you could use for yourself or your business, call, email, or stop by the shop and take it for a test ride.
Photos: Carlyssa Redman
Add an Electric Boost to Your Edgerunner for 15% OFF February 19 2016
For folks with an Xtracycle Edgerunner or thinking about getting one, you might want to consider adding an electric assist motor and with 15% off the BionX P350DX for rear 20" wheel AND free installation it's a pretty sweet deal. That's over $300 in savings. Whether you're hill people or not it's nice knowing that you can get a little help hauling three kids, a bag of groceries, and yourself home after a long day with a boost from BionX. If you've never tried a bike with an electric assist, don't just take our word for how awesomely fantastic it is, see for yourself. We have an Edgerunner with BionX set up and ready for a test ride or to rent. The sale is good for in stock items only and we only have two left so HURRY!
How to Keep Your Cargo Bike Safe From Marauders January 08 2016
So you've decided to buy a Babboe City or Gazelle Cabby cargo bike but where do you store it? Like many city dwellers you live in a row home or apartment building without a garage or access to a back yard. Your only choice is to park it out front but with the threat of bike theft you don't want to put your new investment at risk. That's why we sell the ABUS Granit Floor Anchor. It mounts securely to the sidewalk with four thick expanding bolts that once properly installed aren't going anywhere and has a hardened steel shackle that's large enough to fit a hefty ABUS chain lock (we have an assortment to choose from) or two smaller locks. You'll need a heavy duty drill to install. Don't have one and you live within a few miles from the shop? For an additional fee we can arrange to install it for you (ask for details.)
Price Reduction on Older Model Edgerunners August 02 2015
We've just reduced the price on two of our Xtracycle Edgerunners in stock. Save $250 on the 2014 27D Lux 19" in black. Was $2899, now $2649. Comes with fender set and features 27 speed Shimano Deore drivetrain, SLX Hydraulic disc brakes, and Luxos Lumotec generator light.
Save $125 on the 2015 24D 19" in blue. Was $1599, on sale for $1474. Features 24 speed Shimano Acera drivetrain and Avid BB5 mechanical disc brakes. Note: This bike comes with black components (seat post, front chain rings, cranks, pedals, stem, and handlebar.)
Prices do not include tax.
New Xtracycle Edgerunners May 29 2015
The new Edgerunners have arrived! We have the 24D model in two sizes, 16.5 inch and 18 inch. $1999 plus tax gets you the bike as well as the new & improved waterproof cargo bags and the kickback center stand. Add-ons like the hooptie rails, u-tube foot rests, and a Yepp Maxi Easyfit (or two) will make this your new favorite family hauling machine.
Nihola: Cargo Trike from Copenhagen May 16 2015
The Nihola Family cargo bike is the most popular model made by Nihola for families with children.
The Family cargo bike can carry up to 100 kg in the cabin and there is space for 2 children of up to the age of 7-8 years old on the bench. As an alternative a carry cot or car seat can be used in the bottom of the cabin and a child or adult can sit on the bench. The bench can easily be removed without tools (if for example you want to fit just a carry cot).
The cabin, which surrounds and protects the children, gives extra peace of mind because the frame is built up of a closed double tube frame without corners consisting of top and bottom frame tubes that are welded together with 5 vertical steel sections.
The Nihola Family cargo bike has, after testing, been called the best 3-wheeled cargo bike for child transportation by the Danish newspaper Politiken and the Dutch ”Fietsersbond” (Dutch Cyclist Union).
While we don't have any in stock (YET), we can order one for you. Call for pricing.
Xtracycle is Having a Super Sweet Sale! December 09 2014
During the month of December, Xtracycle is celebrating the spirit of giving with some free gifts for you. When you purchase a 16.5" (S/M) EdgeRunner 24D at the regular price, they will kick in a bunch of accessories worth $225. There are three options available: With option 1. you get a Yepp Maxi child seat and Superhooks that allow you to carry one child and your gear. Option 2. gets you a Sidecar, Sidecar Deck, and Cinch Straps that will turn your EdgeRunner into an oversize cargo carrying machine! And with option 3. you'll get X2 Bag upgrade and a Fender Set that still allows you to transport up to three kids. Remember this offer is only good for the purchase of a 16.5" 24D EdgeRunner and expires on 12/19/2014. We advise you to act fast because when the bikes and gear are gone, they're gone. We have a few EdgeRunners in stock ready for sale or test rides, Tuesday through Saturday.
Cargo Bikes for Everyone! September 26 2014
With the pleasant Autumn cycling weather upon us, now is a good time to look into getting that cargo bike you've always dreamed about. We carry cargo bikes big, suitable for transporting your kids to school, and small, to haul your groceries and beer home after work. Our long rear loading bikes, we stock the Xtracycle Edgerunner and Yuba Mundo, can carry up to three children and with an additional seat up front, like the Yepp Mini, your littlest one can join the fun. Add-ons like side rails and seat cushions make the ride comfortable for all. Our front loading cargos, Gazelle Cabby and Babboe City, let you communicate easily with your two, three or maybe four kids, and feature rear racks allowing for additional carrying capacity. Don't have kids but need to get a lot of large bulky items around town? We can get you a Larry Vs. Harry Bullitt framekit that lets you decide what components and what kind of container will do the job. We'll do the build too. The possibilities are endless! And if your needs are on a smaller scale we have the Yuba Boda Boda step-through, Soma Pick-Up Artist, and Civia Halsted. Despite their smaller sizing these lil' guys can haul a sh*t ton of gear. Philly streets are flat for the most part so riding a cargo bike (from 7 gears up to 24 depending on the make and model) is a breeze but if hills impede your ride a Bionx electric assist can be added to make your journey a lot smoother. Come to test ride Monday through Fridays 10 to 6, Saturdays 10 to 5. And make sure to check out the 2014 Philadelphia Bike Expo, November 8th and 9th at the Convention Center. We'll be there with some of our cargo bikes and test rides are available at the Expo.
Bullitt Spotting August 05 2014
If you're out and about today look for the shop's big yellow Bullitt. You'll spot Simon chauffeuring photographer Jessica Kourkounis around the city. She'll be Visit Philly's instagrammer for the next few days so be sure to smile for the camera!
Yuba Boda Boda & Mundo Join Our Cargo Bike Corral July 10 2014
Just in to the shop this fun Yuba Boda Boda along with it's bigger pal, the Mundo. The user-friendly compact 8 speed Boda Boda step-thru fits just about any rider from 4'9" to 5'10". The basic model available in lime or white costs just $999 making it an affordable cargo option. It can accommodate add ons like the bag and seat cushion pictured as well as a child seat or hefty front basket. The longer wheel based Mundo starts at $1299. It has 21 speeds and longer rear rack to carry more stuff. With it's sloping top tube it fits riders from 5' to 6'5" and with add ons like a runner board & straps you can securely haul over sized cargo. All accessories for both bikes sold separately.
Bright, Colorful Ankle Straps June 24 2014
When Philadelphian Kaori Ikeuchi isn't busy transporting her children around town in her cargo bike she finds the time to make these beautiful ankle straps. Her fabric of choice is this colorful and durable cotton imported from Japan called "Echino" and designed by Etsuko Furuya. We have nine of Kaori's handmade creations in the shop. You can pick one or two up for $8 a piece.
News Flash: Kids Love Cargo Bikes! May 08 2014
Kid tested, kid approved cargo bikes were out and about at Kidstock, a fun free event organized by Fishtown play group By My Side, this past Sunday at Liberty Lands.
We showed up on what started out a chilly grey day with our trusty trio of family bikes: Gazelle Cabby, Babboe City, and Xtracycle Edgerunner. When the spring sunshine finally made an appearance test rides really started to take off. David and Simon gave dozens of rides to dozens of children and even a few parents had a go. We can't tell you how happy we are to talk to parents about these amazing bikes and hear their little ones insist they buy one. If anyone missed the event or didn't get a chance to ride a bike that day we are open Monday through Saturday for test rides.
Ready To Roll April 29 2014
David proudly standing behind a fleet of five cargo bikes destined to Wholefoods stores in the area. The bikes are a mash-up of Torker Graduate Mixties, 20 inch front wheels, and fork/cargo racks from Cyclefab based in Seattle, Washington. The grocery delivery crew are gonna love riding these smooth handlers.
Philadelphia is Catching Cargo Fever March 18 2014
Spring fever isn't the only fever going around. Cargo fever is spreading as well. Our new stock of Xtracycle Edgerunners arrived this morning after selling out last week. We already have one built and ready to go. And that ain't all. We have more cargo bikes: Xtracycle Cargo Joe, Gazelle Cabby, Babboe City, Haley Trikes, and Bullitt. Come in for some test rides.
Rent Me February 04 2014
Last week the box for our Bullitt returned with this fabulous, freshly painted sign by the guys at ICY Signs in Philadelphia. We have a few cargo and city bikes available for rent, by the hour or by the day. Just check under our rental page for pricing or call the shop for more details.
Are You Family Bike Curious? January 07 2014
Come to an open house, family bike social at the shop on Saturday, January 18th from 11am to 2pm co-sponsored by us and Kidical Mass Philadelphia. Speak with other Philly family biking parents while enjoying snacks and beverages. Test ride city and cargo bikes and shop for your dream bike or seat! Easily accessible via SEPTA and plenty of on-street parking. KIDS WELCOME!! Please RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1431191600431472/
Happy New Year! December 31 2013
2014 is almost upon us and we're looking forward to a great new year. We'd like to thank all of our friends and customers who supported us throughout our first seven months of business. Cheers! (Now stop that strutting and get on your bikes!)
One Week Left! December 17 2013
We typically don't like to overstate the obvious here at Firth & Wilson but would just like to point out that you only have a week left to complete your holiday shopping. We're really not trying to scare you. Rather, we'd like to take the fear out of the whole experience. We've oodles of cycling items, literally something for everyone, that will put huge smiles on your giftees' faces. In fact, you will most likely become the most popular gifter in the world! Like I said, we don't like to overstate the obvious.
Just in, Philli Tees! December 10 2013
The 2013 Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships are over. If you went, you got to experience all the fun and mayhem. A Bilenky Junkyard Cross your grandkids will be talking about and an epic snow raging race at Belmont Plateau were the major highlights. And if you didn't get one of these fantastic Landlords Cycling designed and printed courtesy of Sterling Couriers tees this weekend now's your chance. We got a few at the shop. $20.