Pedego CoFounders Don DiCostanzo and Terry Sherry

Pedego Electric Bikes Ranks 2655 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Pedego is the fastest-growing bicycle company on the Inc. 5000

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 17, 2017Pedego® Electric Bikes, the Number 1 electric bike brand, was ranked Number 2655 on Inc. Magazine’s 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Pedego is the fastest-growing bicycle company, electric or not, on the Inc. 5000 with a three-year growth rate of 131.13 percent from 2013 to 2016.

“We attribute our continued exceptional growth to delighting our customers and helping our dealers be successful selling our colorful, high-quality electric bikes,” said Don DiCostanzo, Pedego CEO and co-founder.

Pedego was founded in 2008 by Don DiCostanzo, CEO, 60, and Terry Sherry, 61, two best friends who loved cycling but hated hills. They designed their first bike, an electric cruiser, on a cocktail napkin.

Pedego’s achievements include:

  • Growth of 131.13 percent over three years (2013 to 2016)
  • Dealer growth to more than 100 Pedego-branded stores worldwide
  • 12 models of high-quality electric bikes, including the only electric tandem
  • Named Number 1 electric bike brand by Navigant Research

Pedego was profiled in Inc. Magazine’s March 2017 issue. The article focused on Pedego’s unique business opportunity for Baby Boomers and others seeking an affordable, entrepreneurial lifestyle career.

Pedego CoFounders Don DiCostanzo and Terry Sherry

About Pedego

Pedego®  Electric Bikes is the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, according to Navigant Research. Pedego manufactures 12 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at nearly 100 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight.  Founded in 2008, Orange County, Calif.-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!”

About Inc. Media:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 18,000,000 today.  For more information, visit www.inc.com.

 

PR Contacts

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Teri Sawyer, T&Co.
714-801-1687
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Sandra Eckardt, T&Co.
949-400-2258
Sandra@EckardtStrategies.com

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Drew Kerr
212-849-8250
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Pedego Riverwalk owner Matt Burkhart and wife Katherine Burkhart

Pedego Electric Bikes Store Takes Wing in Tulsa

New store energizes Jenks with America’s #1 electric bike

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Aug. 2, 2017 — A new Pedego® Electric Bikes store is open at the Riverwalk in Jenks, Okla., and the Tulsa region is energized by the addition of America’s top-selling electric bike brand. Pedego Riverwalk is the first all-electric bike shop in the Tulsa Metro area. It is the 106th Pedego Electric Bikes store to open worldwide. Owner Matt Burkhart discovered Pedego bikes while on a vacation with his family in California and decided it was a great opportunity to do something fun for his community. Pedego Riverwalk is celebrating its Grand Opening on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO JOIN THE GRAND OPENING

WHAT:          Grand Opening Celebration with specials, raffles, group ride and free test rides. Refreshments from Andolini’s Pizza will be served.

WHERE:        Pedego Riverwalk, 500 Riverwalk Terrace, Suite 115, Jenks, Okla.

WHEN:          Grand Opening on Saturday, Aug. 12, starting at 10:00 a.m.

WHO:             Store owner Matt Burkhart and family as well as Pedego representative Tom Bock

Pedego Riverwalk owner Matt Burkhart and wife Katherine Burkhart

Pedego Riverwalk owner Matt Burkhart and wife Katherine Burkhart

Burkhart and his family offer an exciting menu of rental and group ride options featuring a large fleet of Pedego electric bikes available for hourly or daily rentals, private custom tours, parties and fun group rides as well as holiday events. For riders age 16 and up, Pedego models available to rent include Comfort Cruisers, Interceptors, Stretch Cargo, Tandem and City Commuters. Trailers are also available as well as free rentals of pedal bikes for kids with adult rental.

Pedego Riverwalk visitors will enjoy the store’s spectacular location near the City of Tulsa Trails with easy access to downtown Jenks, River Park trails, Turkey Mountain Wilderness area and much more. Pedego’s powerful electric bikes make it a breeze to cruise for miles and visit several destinations in a day. “We’re family owned and focus on exceptional service as well as encouraging fun adventures for all ages,” said Burkhart. “Tulsa’s bike trails are ever-expanding, so you can now cruise from Sand Springs to Broken Arrow and a lot of places in between. Stop by and see why we live up to our motto, ‘Hello, fun!’”

Pedego Riverwalk is the go-to destination for fun and adventure, and it sells all 12 Pedego Electric Bikes models that empower riders to zoom up hills and breeze through headwinds. Pedego bikes have 500-watt hub motors that help riders cruise distances of 20 to 60 miles without getting tired and sweaty. Riders love Pedego’s California-style cruisers, including the Pedego Platinum Interceptor, a fully loaded cruiser bike; the Pedego Interceptor, which boasts a 48-volt battery that propels riders with extra power; and Pedego’s Comfort Cruiser, which is powered by a 36-volt battery for gentle help with hills. Also available are the sleek City Commuter; the sturdy Stretch cargo bike; the Trail Tracker fat-tire bike for riding on gravel and snow; the Ridge Rider electric mountain bike; and the Latch, an ingenious folding bike, designed for portability and convenience. Pedego also recently introduced the Airstream model for camping devotees. Free test rides are available at the store.

“The Tulsa area’s bike paths are beautiful to ride and show off a truly bike-friendly region,” said Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo. “We’re pleased to see how thrilled the community is with the fun adventures and excellent service provided by Pedego Riverwalk.”

About Pedego Riverwalk (Tulsa)

Pedego Riverwalk is the premier Pedego Electric Bikes dealer in the Tulsa Metro area. Pedego Riverwalk offers sales, rentals and tours on Pedego electric bikes as well as sales of accessories and service. Pedego Riverwalk is located at the beautiful, newly renovated Riverwalk in Jenks at 500 Riverwalk Terrace, Suite 115. Enjoy cruising Tulsa’s ever-expanding system of bike trails, all the way from Sand Springs to Broken Arrow, with exciting destinations in between. Open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. To learn more and reserve a test ride, call (918) 701-7110 or email matt@pedegoriverwalk.com. Follow us on Facebook and visit our website at http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/dealers/jenks/.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes is the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, according to Navigant Research. Pedego manufactures 12 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at nearly 100 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight. Founded in 2008, Orange County, Calif.-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!”

About Riverwalk Crossing

The recently revitalized Riverwalk, proudly owned and operated by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is a Tulsa Metro hotspot featuring several popular restaurants, unique retailers, including Pedego Electric Bikes, and amazing entertainment venues. From FlyingTee Golf, Andolini’s Pizzeria, and Los Cabos Mexican Grill to Robin’s Roast Coffee, Marble Slab Creamery, Pinot’s Palette and much, much more…there’s always something to enjoy at Riverwalk. More old favorites and new are coming to Riverwalk soon, so like us on Facebook and see what fun Riverwalk has in store for you. 

PR CONTACTS:

Teri Sawyer, T&Co.
714-801-1687
TeriSawyer@me.com

Sandra Eckardt, T&Co.
949-400-2258
Sandra@EckardtStrategies.com

Air Pressure

HOW TO AIR UP PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKE TIRES

Every bicycle rider should know how to put air in their tires. Airing up a Pedego Electric Bike is pretty much the same as any other bike, but there are a few differences.

Most important: Always make sure your power is turned off. You don’t want to risk accidentally twisting the throttle or activating pedal assist while working on an ebike.

HOW OFTEN?

It’s normal for tires to lose air over time, so you should check your pressure before each ride. With practice, you might learn to give your tires a quick squeeze and have a rough idea of whether or not you need air, but until then, use a tire pressure gauge. Good bike pumps have them built in. You might only need to actually add air once every few weeks, but it’s worthwhile to check more often in case you pick up a thorn or something.

WHAT PRESSURE?

Air PressureEvery tire should have its recommended pressure range marked on its sidewall, although sometimes it’s really hard to see. Most Pedegos come with tires that are rated for about 35 to 65 psi. For these, we recommend inflating to about 50 to 55 psi. This gives a good balance of comfort and rolling resistance. (Trail Trackers with their fat tires typically have a range of 8 to 22 psi, and we usually pump to around 18 to 20 psi.)

As a general rule, if you want more comfort, lower the pressure a bit, and if you want less rolling resistance (which can increase your range), raise it. Lighter riders could go a little lower, and heavier riders could go a little higher. For better traction in dirt, go lower, but if you go too low, you increase your chance of getting a pinch-flat or bending a rim.

SLIME

Pedego Electric Bikes come from the factory with a puncture sealant called Slime in the tube. (That’s why the valve stem covers are green.) This could save you from having to fix a flat while out on a ride, but if you’re not careful, Slime can gunk up the air valve. This can make it hard or impossible to pump air into your tire. slime

To minimize the chance of this happening, whenever you add or remove air, you should rotate your tire to put the valve stem at roughly halfway between 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock or halfway between 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock (45 degrees). That way, if there’s any Slime in the stem, it can drain into the tube. This also keeps the stem from sitting in the Slime that collects at the bottom of the tube.  After removing the pump from the stem, give one last pump to blow out any Slime that might have gotten into the nozzle.

WHICH PUMP?

pumpGet a pump that fits Schrader valves (same as on car tires). All Pedegos come with Schraders. Many bicycle pumps can switch between Schrader and the other most popular kind of bicycle tire valve which is called Presta. You might want to choose one that fits both, just in case you ever have to replace a tube with one that has a Presta valve.

We recommend high-volume floor pumps which are often identified as being appropriate for mountain bikes. A high-volume pump will make it easier to get your tire filled quickly. You should probably avoid high-pressure or hand pumps as they will just be much harder to use.

Some people like to use compressors rather than bicycle pumps. They’re less physically demanding, but they tend to be noisy. There’s a wide variety available since cars also use Schrader valves. Be sure to get one that can plug into a wall outlet, not just a car’s cigarette lighter, and make sure its maximum pressure is high enough for your bike.

IT’S EASY!

Maintaining your tire pressure is one of the easiest and most important things you can do for your Pedego. Take care of your tires, and they will take care of you!

chuck

New Pedego Store Brings the “Top” to Topeka

Nation’s Number 1 electric bike company energizes town with fun

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 19, 2017 — A new Pedego® Electric Bikes store is open in Topeka, Kansas, adding momentum to the cycling revolution that has taken over the town. Pedego Electric Bikes Topeka owners Chuck and Dana Towle are thrilled to see electric bikes energize their hometown with more fun than ever. Topeka has built a reputation as one of the most bike-friendly cities in Kansas, which made it a great choice of location for the nation’s Number 1 electric bike brand to open its 105th store worldwide. The community is invited to Pedego Topeka’s Grand Opening on Thursday, July 27. Visitors will enjoy free test rides, specials and raffles for prizes. Refreshments will be served.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO JOIN THE GRAND OPENING

WHAT:         Grand Opening Celebration with Ribbon-cutting ceremony. Free test rides will be available. Refreshments will be served.

WHERE:       Pedego Topeka, 2828 SW Arrowhead Rd, Topeka, Kansas, in Barrington Village

WHEN:         Grand Opening on Thursday, July 27, starting at 3 p.m.

WHO:           Dana and Chuck Towle, Pedego Topeka store co-owners;

Ashley Charest, VP of Resource Development, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce;

Rosa Cavazos, Director of Tourism, Visit Topeka;

Jeff Coen, City Councilperson and Deputy Mayor, City of Topeka;

Ryan Maccione, Pedego Corp.

Before discovering Pedego, the Towles had thrown in the towel on bike riding. Dana has a painful knee condition that made riding a normal bike nearly impossible. Chuck developed heart trouble in 2016 that made climbing hills on a normal bike difficult. Now they are back on the bike paths and feeling healthier than they thought possible. Chuck’s blood pressure is down, and Dana’s knee has been improving. Moreover, they’re having fun and want to share the adventure with the many others who might also think that cycling is no longer an option.

“On a Pedego bike, you can ride longer, farther and faster than you ever thought possible,” said Chuck. Dana agreed. “You’ll get hooked on the fun and freedom of this lifestyle, just like us!” she said.

Pedego Topeka sells all 12 Pedego Electric Bikes models that empower riders to zoom up hills and breeze through headwinds. Pedego bikes have a 500-watt hub motor that helps riders cruise distances of 20 to 60 miles without getting tired and sweaty. Riders love Pedego’s California-style cruisers, including the Pedego Platinum Interceptor, a fully loaded cruiser bike; the Pedego Interceptor, which boasts a 48-volt battery that propels riders with extra power; and Pedego’s Comfort Cruiser, which is powered by a 36-volt battery for gentle help with hills. Also available are the sleek City Commuter; the sturdy Stretch cargo bike; the Trail Tracker fat-tire bike for riding on gravel and snow; the Ridge Rider electric mountain bike; and the Latch, an ingenious folding bike, designed for portability and convenience. Pedego also recently introduced the Airstream model for camping devotees.  Test rides are available at the store.

Rentals are also available, and there’s quite a variety of destinations. With the power of Pedego, riders can cruise for hours enjoying the long miles of scenic paths without over-exerting. Popular destinations and paths include Burnetts Mound, Gage Park, Lake Sherwood, Clarion Lakes, Washburn Rural High School. Even a ride all the way to Lake Shawnee and back is within a two-hour timeframe on a Pedego.  Google Maps — bicycle mode — makes a great way to find any route around Topeka. Five power levels assist riders as they cruise for many miles over hills and breeze through headwinds.

“Bike-friendly Topeka is a great location for a Pedego store,” said Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo. “We’re pleased to bring Pedego electric bikes to the region.”

About Pedego Topeka

Pedego Topeka is bringing Pedego Electric Bikes to the most bike-friendly city in Kansas. Pedego Topeka offers a large selection of Pedego electric bikes for sale and rental as well as accessories and service. Riders can cruise great distances over hills and through headwinds with ease. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Located at 2828 SW Arrowhead Rd, Topeka, KS 66614, in Barrington Village just west of I-470 and 29th. To learn more and reserve a test ride, call (785) 478-5446 or email Chuck@pedegotopeka.com .  Follow us on Facebook and visit our website at http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/dealers/Topeka/.

About Pedego

Pedego®  Electric Bikes is the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, according to Navigant Research. Pedego manufactures 12 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at more than 100 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight.  Founded in 2008, Orange County, Calif.-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!”

PR CONTACTS:
Teri Sawyer, T&Co.
714-801-1687
TeriSawyer@me.com

Sandra Eckardt, T&Co.
949-400-2258
Sandra@EckardtStrategies.com