About the PHEW! Crew



Afshin Kaighobady: owner 

Afshin can be found at the shop at all hours, transforming into the Sales Manager, the Purchasing guy, the Carpenter putting up new shelving, and in a pinch, also the Bike Mechanic.



      Meenal Raval: investor & muse
Meenal is often to be found on the sales floor encouraging other women to ride.  When not with customers, she switches hats between Receptionist, Finance Manager, Employee Benefits, Receiving, Sales, Web-mistress, Blogger & Housekeeping. 
  Harvey Pitkapaasi: seasoned mechanic
Harvey has been a treasure for PHEW! He initially came to us on his days off from his full-time job.  He's now with us full-time, and brings over 35 years of bike industry experience, a passion in restoring old bikes and a curiousity about e-bikes.  We save the tricky repairs for Harvey!

Bob Gottlieb: mechanic

Most of our new bikes are built by Bob's patient hands.


Richard Previdi: manager

If you’ve called or visited PHEW!, chances are that you’ve spoken with either Afshin or Meenal. Well, now you’ll have a new contact: Richard. 

Richard will answer your phone calls (please be patient if he doesn’t immediately recognize you), write up your repair tickets, and try to sell you a bike.  Richard left the investment world in NYC for Philly’s Ultimate Frisbee scene, and wants to make everyone feel like a kid again! 


Past Crew Members


    Nick Wierman: mechanic in training

Nick came to us after school from Springfield Hi. He's passionate about cycling, for sure, and wants to setup his own hydroponics biz after college. 


Julian Cushing: mechanic

Julian was fast & precise. He built bikes almost faster than we could cut down the boxes!  He's now focused on making art. See juliancushing.com

    Zachary Powers: electric bike mechanic 
Zachary brought an intuitive understanding of electronics and relished diagnosing issues with electric bikes. Regrettably, he's now on the West Coast. 

    Chris Switky: mechanic 
The neighborhood has known Chris from his many years at Weavers Way Food Co-op.  Chris brought order to the mayhem in our showroom and is also a bike mechanic.  If you've come to test ride an electric bike, you've probably ridden with Chris.  Chris is currently immersed in a new venture, training and walking dogs.


Jim Thomas: head wrench

Having managed another bike shop, Jim brought a different perspective to PHEW!, and trained many of our temp staff.


Anthony Locicero: mechanic

Anthony brought bike shop experience to PHEW! and helped set up our first shop on Carpenter Lane. He's returned to his homeland in Vermont.