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