What is VeloJawn?

Velo, the French word for bike + Jawn, the Philadelphia all-purpose noun = your neighborhood store for all things bike and Philly.

We are located at 3946 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19104. Email us at info@velojawn.com or call us at 267-746-8907.

VeloJawn Principles


We are here for you, the customer.

  • We listen to your individual needs, whether you are a new cyclist, age group athlete, or professional racer.
  • We don’t “upsell.” Our goal is to provide tailored service and honest advice, specific to your cycling goals.


Expert service . . . no attitude.

  • VeloJawn services customers ranging from top lever racers to everyday commuters and casual cyclists. Wanya Cave, General Manager, has years of experience working in some of the most renowned cycling shops in Philadelphia. Wanya and our team of trained mechanics will ensure that your bike is tuned right, and ready to roll. We pride ourselves in quick turnarounds.
  • Walk into our store and you’ll see our bike service stations up front and center. We love chatting with customers to keep them informed about what’s going on with their jawn, and putting service first and foremost.


Promoting youth cycling. Sponsoring local professional cyclists.

  • VeloJawn is a proud sponsor of, and the Official Race Team headquarters for the Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling Race Team (BCYC) — a program run by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, a local non-profit organization. BCYC works with youth ages 12-18 across Philadelphia to build healthy habits, leadership, and independence through the sports of cycling and triathlon.
  • We provide local youths with employment opportunities and internships, and many of our shop employees and mechanics are graduates of the BCYC and Neighborhood Bike Works programs.
  • VeloJawn is also a sponsor of the Philadelphia Bike Expo professional women’s race team.

Our Team


Wanya Cave

General Manager, Majority Owner

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Wanya is an expert mechanic with considerable experience at a number of the top cycling shops in Philadelphia. He is the Head Coach for the BCYC Race Team. Wanya found his passion for cycling through BCYC and Neighborhood Bike Works. He is well known in the local cycling community, a frequent participant in local rides, and has extensive knowledge of all cycling options in Philly and the surrounding region. Wanya is also a Cat 2 racer with ambitions to upgrade to the Cat 1 level. He is a powerful sprinter and Criterium specialist. Recent successes include a win at the Lower Providence Spring Classic Criterium, a Silver Medal at the 2017 Pennsylvania State Criterium Criterium Championships (Cat 3) and a win at the New Jersey Spring Criterium Series.


Jerry Jacobs

Minority Owner, Cycling Coach

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Jerry has more than 35 years of experience as a senior executive in the financial services industry. Jerry is a competitive cyclist and experienced cycling coach. He is the Head Masters Coach for the BCYC Race Team, a major donor to the program, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia. Jerry holds a UCI-Elite International Masters licence. He has raced more than 400 events worldwide, and represented the USA at the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships, in Varese, Italy.


De’Sean Long

Bike Mechanic, Cycling Coach

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De’Sean started riding road when he joined the program now known as Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling. He has upgraded to a CAT4 status in racing and has been training for a few years to continue racing so that he can be a CAT2 road racer. De’Sean starting mountain biking last year and would now like to become a part of the enduro scene of cycling.


Brenea Mitchell

Sales Associate & Designer, CAT 4 Roadie

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I started riding back in middle school for CCF now known as BCYC. I raced for 4 years with two professional teams QCW and PB & Co. I am a BCYC Alumni and Former Coach for core teams and triathlon team. I’m excited to get back on the bike after not riding for two years and I have high hopes of getting back out there next year to get my 3 in road… I am absolutely stoked for the Opening of our Shop VeloJawn -Its Fittna Be Lit here at the Jawn! Very grateful and honored to make the kits and shop swag! Looking forward to seeing everyone excel.

This was the life of the VeloJawn Sag support tent.

Justin Thompson

Sales Manager, Cycling Coach

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Justin Thompson  started the program called Neighborhood Bike works at the age of 10 years old and it changed his life completely. Since then, he has been focused on expanding his knowledge in the bicycle industry as a whole. He has worked in a number of shops here in the city as well as spent a number of years racing bikes. Having spent the last few years working for advanced sports international where he got to experience things from the other side of the industry.

“I am super he excited to be working with my long time friend and teammate to help us both achieve our goals .I will be working as the assistant manager for the shop which will allow me to incorporate racing back into my career”.

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