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Don't Let the Heat Get You Down, Lighten Up August 10 2016

cycling cap, compact cargo bike,  lightweight bike lock, and bike helmet

With this oppressive heat and humidity we got going on here in Philadelphia the last thing we want is heavy. Here are a few light weight products that won't drag you down. The Abus Granit Futura Mini lock is featherweight compared to it's welterweight cousins but still as strong. Nutcase added it's Metroride line of helmets as a lighter alternative to their Street Helmet. Super lightweight and with a slim profile you'll forget you have it on (but don't worry you still do; your head is protected.)  GoCycling's sweat-wicking cycling cap is gossamer. And with it's Philadelphia graphics you'll be representing the City Of Brotherly Love in the coolest possible way. Think all cargo bikes literally weigh a ton? The Boda Boda V3 by Yuba is one of the lightest compact cargo bikes on the market. Starting at 41lbs (before add-ons) it can easily be lifted up steps to store indoors where it's safest. The newest version can now hold two Yepp Maxi Easyfit kid seats on the back and there's still room for one Yepp Mini up front. That's three kids you can haul around town on this zippy bike.

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Meanwhile in the Netherlands... March 05 2016

Parent and child riding on bike past flowers

Spring flowers have started popping up in Holland and Dutch people are out riding their bikes enjoying this sensual feast. Here, the Philadelphia Flower Show marks the unofficial beginning of spring. Thousands of people flock to the show because there's nothing like looking at and smelling flowers to put one in a seasonal mood. The actual first day of spring isn't far away though, just another 15 days. Now's a good time to get your bike tuned up or buy a new one so you're ready to go when the warm weather decides to stick around. We carry a large assortment of products to make your bike practical like the one pictured. We have oodles of baskets and panniers (a great way to transport your garden flowers) from Basil, Ortlieb, Wald, and more.  Since you'll want to bring your kid along to help you choose between red tulips or pink hyacinth, we have seats for one year olds on up (like the one pictured above) from Yepp and Bobike. And we get new stuff in all the time.


Yepp Mini: Try Before You Buy January 30 2016

The Yepp Mini front mounted child seat is a great way to travel with your littlest kid. Attached to your stem and nestled between your arms, your toddler will have a great view of the journey while enabling you to chat with him or her along the way. Not sure if it's the right seat for you? We have one set up to test ride on a Simcoe Classic step through bike. Don't worry about the weather because you can give it a quick spin around the shop. We have plenty of room! Need more time to decide? We can attach it to one of our rental bikes. It comes in a range of colors (the purple one above was spotted near Rittenhouse Square this past summer) and will carry a child up to 33lbs. And it comes with an integrated lock so you know it will still be there after stopping for a diaper change. We also stock Yepp Mini accessories like the wind screen and sleep roll.


We're Having a Kids Stuff SALE! November 24 2015

Kids bikes and accessories marked down 10% beginning November 27th until the end of December. Includes Torker Throttles and Wildflowers in 12", 16" and 20" models, Strider balance bikes and snow skis, Nutcase Little Nutty & Baby Nutty helmets, bells from Nutcase and Yepp, kids' baskets, spoke beads, and streamers. Also, save 10% on Yepp Minis, Maxis, Juniors, and various Yepp attachments like Slaaprolls, windscreens, and adaptors. In store purchases and in stock items only.


Comfortable and Safe Yepp Child Seats October 14 2014

You know Crocs those slip on shoes you love to hate but secretly own a pair because they're so comfy? Well the Dutch company Yepp makes their kids seats out of a similar molded rubber like material. What's great about that is it's antibacterial and shock absorbant making for a much more comfortable ride for your little one. The Yepp Mini mounts on the stem just behind your handlebars and is ideal for tiny tots 33lbs and under (just make sure they're able to hold their head upright.) Add-ons like the Sleep Roll provide a soft cushion to rest little heads when they nod off (and that'll happen) and the Windshield make the ride even more comfortable. Two different types of mounting brackets make it work with just about any bicycle. For slightly bigger kids up to 48lbs there is the Yepp Maxi rear seat available in two different models. The Standard model comes with it's own support rack that mounts to the bicycle seat tube. Since the Standard doesn't work with all bikes they've made the Easyfit. If you have your own rack you may need an additional adapter to attach this seat. If you don't have a rack Yepp makes a very strong one that we recommend. Yepp seats work well with cargo bikes too; it's Xtracycles' and Yuba's favorite. Whichever Yepp seat you chose all have soft secure harness systems, adjustable foot rests, and are easy to put on and take off. We have all the models (in assorted colors), adapters and racks in stock. Bring your bike in and we'll figure out what option works best.

Come to the Philadelphia Bicycle Expo, November 9th & 10th, where we hope to have a Yepp Junior to show. This seat is for bigger kids up to 75lbs and who are already used to riding on a bicycle. It's currently unavailable in the US but we hope to start selling them by mid November.


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.


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/

 


Philly Bike Expo, we'll see you next year! November 12 2013

Another great year for the Philadelphia Bike Expo. Our first time there as Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles was a huge success. We brought six of our cargo bikes to the show along with tons of ABUS locks and a good handful of Yepp kids seats. It was a lot of fun wowing kids and their parents with the marvels of the cargo bike. A big, BIG thank you goes outto all the kind folks who helped us out. Especially those guys who loaded up the bikes with all, and I really do mean all, our stuff (three booths worth) and transported it back to the shop (and in just two trips.) Three cheers to the mighty cargo bike!