We've Made Room for More Cargo Bikes: Benno Boost E & Carry On November 09 2016
We're very excited to introduce two new cargo bikes from Benno Bikes: the electric assist Boost E and 27 speed Carry On. Both would be described as mid-tail length, like a "regular" bike but just a little longer, and both come with a beefy rear rack with optional front rack. The rear rack has a maximum carrying load of 110 lbs, so pile on the stuff plus your kid. The 24" wheels lower the center of gravity making it easier to haul goods and the wide tires make the ride more comfortable. While the 27 speed Carry On will be perfect for most folks, the Boost E e-bike with Bosch bottom bracket electric assist motor will provide much needed ease for distance rides or hill climbs.
Benno Baenziger is the namesake behind the new brand. He co-founded Electra Bikes in the early 90s and left the company after it was bought by Trek, "his restless desire to design better bikes and inspire people to ride remained, which lead him to create Benno Bikes in 2015."
We're the only shop in Philadelphia carrying these two bikes. Come check 'em out!
Kick Off to Autumn: September Events August 30 2016
While we hate to say good-bye to summer, we do love when the weather gets cooler. Riding a bike is so much nicer when the air is a little crisper. Now that folks are back from the shore and back to work and school, it's a great time to get your bike in working order or buy a new one. By ditching the car and riding a bike we can cut down on those nasty green house gases that adversely affect our climate. You should check out the Clean Air Council's Greenfest Philly on Sunday, September 11th. We'll be there with some cargo, city, and folding bikes for you to demo so you can get on the green path. Riding a bike is one of the best things you can do for the planet. If your a family of cyclists you can meet up with the Kidical Mass PHL crew & GoPhillyGo for a group ride from Fitler Square to the event at Head House Market. Departure is at 10AM.
For our New York friends, you can find Simon at the bi-annual NY Bike Jumble in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Saturday, September 10th. He'll bring one of his custom frames to show off. If a custom bicycle is an idea you've been bandying about, Simon can build you a beautiful one. His Hanford Cycles have won awards and recognition at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show and Classic Rendevouz. Below is the dog hauling city bike he finished for Mrs. Firth this spring.
And at the end of the month on Thursday, September 29th the Bicycle Coalition is holding their annual gala and awards dinner. We are all indebted to the work the Bike Coalition does to improve and promote cycling in the Philadelphia. You can buy tickets to the event or donate here.
We Like Big Bikes and We Cannot Lie! May 06 2016
We like these two BIG BIKES so much that we've restocked them. A favorite with the wheelie kids, SE's 2016 Big Ripper has been tearin' up the streets of Philadelphia. It's bright white frame with sharp gold accents and massive 29" Thickslicks make it a much sought after ride. No need to look any further, we got it here. For grownups, the Babboe Big is the bike (or rather, trike) to replace the family car, at least one of them. Little kids love being transported around the city in the big front box where they have the best view. Two benches can carry up to four children. For rainy days there's an optional rain tent. Those two wheels in the front can support a lot of weight and it's super stable. Only one downside, you can't do a wheelie.
Ride Into the Comfort Zone April 29 2016
Cradle your littler ones in comfort and safety with the Babboe Cargo Toddler Seat. Available in silver, blue, or dark grey and specifically designed for Babboe Cargo bikes, the toddler seat shell is made of dense but cushion-y foam that can withstand the impact of a collision should one occur. It also provides neck and back support, super important when sleepy heads nod off. Its easy to install, just make sure to leave some space for the rain tent, but we can always do that for you. And, as a heads up, another Babboe Big Cargo Tricycle and Babboe Big Raintent are on their way!
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!
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.
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.
It's coming! September 30 2014
Here at the shop we're gearing up for the 2014 Philly Bike Expo that's just a little over a month away. If you ride a bike or are thinking about riding a bike and you haven't been to this great consumer show yet you should go. In its 5th year it's back at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, November 8th & 9th, but in a bigger and better space with tons of vendors that'll have any and everything cycle-centric, and new this year, an indoor bike demo area. We'll be there with a selection of cargo bikes and city bikes and with sponsorship from Abus locks, Brooks saddles, Xtracycle, and Yuba. We'll be showing off some new products, like new childrens seats from Yepp and the kiddie size Flip-Flop cargo bike from Yuba, and also have some fun stuff for sale so make sure you check out our booth. Want more info on the uses of cargo and family bikes? We'll be giving a seminar about the marvels of those multi-functioning machines. You can purchase tickets for the show and seminars at our shop: one day pass $8, day pass with seminars $12, and all-access pass $20.