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
Kick Off Summer with 20% Off Linus Bikes May 13 2016
Philadelphia is a great biking city, especially in summer. It's the best way to get around to all the summer hot spots like Spruce Street Harbor Park, the PHS pop up beer garden on South Street, and the Schuylkill River Trail to name a few. And if Open Streets Philly takes off, you'll definitely want a bike. Starting May 17th until the end of the month all of our Linus bikes will be 20% off MSRP. It's a great time to pick up that Mixte 8 speed you've had your eye on, originally $829 reduced to $663. Or perhaps that Roadster Sport 3 speed, originally $599 reduced to $479. And kids bikes are on sale too. Lil Roadster 16 and Lil Dutchi 16 originally $289 reduced to $231. You can check out what we have in stock here but more sizes and colors are on the way (and we can always order what we don't have.) Don't miss out on this!
(Prices shown before taxes and sale is good on bicycles bought in store only.)
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.
A Cargo Bike Manufactured in Fishtown USA May 05 2016
Fishtown used to be a center of manufacturing in Philadelphia in the 19th and early 20th centuries but that pretty much went away when factories moved to the suburbs and beyond. After moving into a former elevator factory we knew the space would be ideal to fabricate our signature short wheel base cargo bike. That's the start of it above. It doesn't have a name yet and we don't know the price yet but we do know it'll be awesome and extremely useful. It's based on a custom bike that David designed and built a few years back. The long horizontal center tube not only looks neat but will support the front and rear cargo racks and add a bit of strength to the frame. It'll have 20" wheels front and rear that will allow for a lower center of gravity and make hauling home a few cases of beer, and maybe other stuff, a breeze. It'll come in two size options but only one color. Which leads us to our biggest dilemma; what color should we paint the bike? Any ideas?
Now That's a Damn Fine Looking Bike March 31 2016
We love the Linus Roadster 8 not just because it's a practical bike for the city with 8 internal gears or that it has full fitted fenders and room for a front basket or rear rack plus a couple of pannier bags. And we don't love it because it's priced to sell at $829 plus tax. We love it because it just looks so damn good (especially against this yellow and grey wall) and rides real nice. It has all the style of a classic English bike but much lighter than an older bike because of the chromoly tubing. The brown faux leather saddle and grips add a bit of panache but we wouldn't stop you if you wanted to class it up even further with say a Brooks leather saddle and some coordinating Brooks leather grips. And if you're still not convinced this is a totally awesome bike check out this review from Bicycle Times.
Bicycles and Business Work Well Together March 18 2016
Indego isn't the only bike share in town. Some hotels and condominiums, like Dranoff Lofts, provide bikes for their residents. We just gave their fleet a tune up and can do the same for your fleet. Cycling as a mode of transportation is a trend that keeps growing and is here to stay. Businesses that incorporate and promote the use of bicycles are another lasting trend. It makes sense, particularly in a city like Philadelphia. With very little hill climbing it's so easy to get around town by bike and it's often the most efficient means. If you're interested in incorporating bicycles into your business we can help you choose the right one (or more,) whether it's a half dozen three speed city bikes or a cargo bike or two. We can outfit the bikes with baskets, racks, bells, locks, and lights too.
Paris newspapers were traditionally delivered by bicycle using a porteur or transport rack. It's a flat rack that mounts to the front of the bike usually at the fork, sometimes the handle bars, with support struts mounted at the axle or lower down on the fork. Because it's flat it can work with drop bars where a basket won't fit and it allows you to carry over size loads like a stack of newspapers or, more likely, a case of beer. We carry four of these style racks. Wald Multi-fit aka pizza rack $52 attaches to your handlebar so better suited to a bike with upright bars. It's extra wide with a low rail on three sides and has axle mounted support struts. The Origin8 Platform rack $62 is made of aluminum and sits lower than the Wald rack because it attaches to the top of the fork. It has adjustable struts and no rails to get in the way. Basil's Portland Rack comes without side rails $80 or with rails for $95 and has it's own wide canvas cargo strap. Velo Orange's Porteur Rack $162 is the most authentic of the three. Made of polished stainless steel tubing so it won't rust and comes with an optional rail. It can can be used in conjunction with front panniers to carry even more. Remember you'll need something to keep all that stuff on the rack. We have an assortment of bungees and cargo straps to choose from.
Meanwhile in the Netherlands... March 05 2016
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.
A Box for Your Bike August 01 2015
While you're taking advantage of our great sale on Brooklyn Bicycle Co. bikes why not pick up one of their signature wooden boxes to carry your gear. Attach it to the rear rack and start piling in all your important stuff: books, beers, bagels, beignets, beers...you get the idea. $40
Your Bike Wants a Tune Up January 22 2015
If you find you're not riding your bike because of the cold weather, that's fine, we won't hold it against you. Why not beat the spring rush by bringing it in for a tune up now. For $60 we will lubricate your chain and cables, adjust derailleurs or internal hubs, adjust brakes and bearings, give your wheels a minor true, and clean the frame and wheel rims. Add another $20 on top of that and we will clean the drivetrain. Have a single speed? It's just $40 for a tune up.
Why not up the ante by taking this time to turn your beloved old bike into a sleek commuter dream like Anna did with her Trek Elance from the 80s. It started life as a road bike with drop bars and lots of gears. A few years ago Anna added upright handlebars, some plastic fenders, and a wire basket to make it more commuter friendly. Then, two weeks ago, she came to us with her wish list of upgrades: 3 speed internal rear hub (she realized she didn't need all those gears), front generator hub to power front and rear lights, aluminum fitted fenders, and a flat front rack to replace the basket. Because of the new hubs she would need two new wheel builds as well.
We hooked Anna up with a SRAM iMotion 3 speed rear hub, Sanyo Dyno hub, Busch & Muller HL Lumotec Avy front light and Spanninga Pixeo fender mounted tail light, Honjo hammered fenders, and a Velo Orange porteur rack. And she couldn't be happier! Just got a call from Anna and she says it rides like a dream.
While The Reindeer Are Off Duty... December 18 2014
While the reindeer only work eight hour days, five days a week, Santa goes 24/7 delivering your gifts on his bicycle. Bet you didn't know that. We have lots of great gift items to throw in your basket, like locks from Abus, cool and colorful helmets by Nutcase, locally made cycling caps by Alloneword, kids balaclavas (also made in Philly) from Rebourne, Flip Flop balance bikes from Yuba, classic cycling bags from Carradice, and much, much more. Don't have a basket (or rack or pannier bags?) We've tons of options from Ortlieb, Racktime, Wald, and Basil (to name a few.) Better yet, we have cargo bikes from Pashley, Soma, Xtracycle, Yuba, and Gazelle, to get even more stuff home. Don't know what to get? We have gift cards too!
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.
Pashley Now In Stock November 20 2014
Adding to our roster of distinguished British made bicycle products from companies Brooks and Carradice we introduce Pashley bicycles. We have six models ready to test ride and take home: Princess Sovereign, Guv'nor Plus 2, Aurora, Countryman, Delibike, and Pronto (the official Royal Mail carrier bike.) Other models can be ordered for purchase.
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.
Labor Day August 30 2014
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.
An Affordable Bike Made in the USA June 10 2014
There's a new bicycle manufacturer in the US called Detroit Bikes hailing from, yes, that's right, Detroit, MI. "The largest frame manufacturing start up the country has seen in generations," says this young company. They make only one bike called the A-Type. It's basic black with a 3-speed internal hub and equipped with fenders, chain guard, and rear rack. It comes in one size only fitting someone "between 5’3″ and 6’3″" and retails for $699. Not bad for a domestically built bike. For the next 30 days we'll have one in the shop available for test rides.
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/
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