Pedego Greater Long Beach Commercial

Below is the response that won Pedego Greater Long Beach a national Time Warner Cable Business Class commercial:

“In an electric bicycle shop, it’s crucial to use all kinds of power … for good. That only begins with electrical power. Our bikes use lithium ion batteries and whisper-quiet motors to help our customers glide down the bike path with a smile. And that smile must start while they’re setting up their rides. So we use the Power of the Internet in our store. You bet we trust TWCBC to help us connect online with our Point of Sale provider. That way, we can efficiently manage all our sales, rentals and tours without making our customers wait. Of course, there’s also the Power of Communication. Spreading the word via social media is our #1 means of attracting customers and growing our business. Time Warner Cable helps us share information on bicycle care with our weekly “Tips with Trey” videos and also online updates of new tours, events and sales. What’s especially important to anyone in the biking industry is the Power of Community and Reliability. When potential customers can go online and read reviews from our current customers, when they can post pictures to share with their family and friends how much fun they had on their rides, and when a customer can share his story of an epic e-bike ride via a homemade video…all happening through the Power of Time Warner – well, you’ve got a thriving and growing new business. We at Pedego GLB just celebrated our 1-year anniversary. With the emails we send out to contacts, we’ve had hundreds of people show up for our parties. Most left their cars at home. Our bottom line means a greener community as well as a greener bank account. Thank you, TWCBC, for helping us contribute to the community – while saying “Hello, fun!” on Pedego Electric Bikes!”

Read about the filming process here!

Pedego Zooms Miles Ahead With New Products

CONTACT: Sandra Eckardt
Sandra@eckardtstrategies.com

Leading electric bike company shows off its new Boomerang at Interbike

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 9, 2014 — There will be a lot more smiles at Interbike this year, thanks to Pedego® Electric Bikes and its commitment to innovation. Among the many pleasures awaiting visitors at booth #5017 is the unveiling of Pedego’s new Boomerang, a bicycle that lives up to its name by making bike rides more accessible and fun for everyone. Riders know that no matter how far they bike, they’ll be able to make it home. The Boomerang’s extra-low step-thru design allows more people to climb aboard and cruise the bike paths in style. This elegant new electric bike — plus a slew of enhancements to current models — demonstrates how Pedego is miles ahead when it comes to building bikes that delight its customers.

The Boomerang, available to the public in red or black, boasts a state-of-the-art lithium ion battery, a variable-speed throttle, pedal assist computer offering 5 levels of automatic assist upon pedaling, and optional mag wheels that can carry up to 450 pounds. Despite all the power, riders can pedal this bike as much as they want, using its 7-speed Shimano gearing. But when they come across hills or headwinds, the electric motor is there to help them reach their destinations with a smile. Interbike’s outdoor test track — exposing riders to the desert heat — will surely prove this bike’s popularity among test riders.

pedego-bikeTwo other new product lines will also be showcased:  The Pedego Ridge Rider Mountain Bike and The Pedego Stretch Cargo Bike.

Pedego is also taking this opportunity to showcase some groundbreaking refinements to its existing product lines. These include:

New longer range and more powerful 48-volt, 15 amp hour battery option available on most models;

Ultra-sophisticated display and control panel with a USB charging port on most models;

Upgraded motor and disk brakes on the Comfort Cruiser line, including the Tandem;

Seven  speeds on the already popular Trail Tracker;

Even more choices in colors and sizes, including the new neon green and neon orange Interceptors, as well as the 24” Interceptor; and

Color-coordinated rims on most models.

The Pedego booth has drawn crowds in the past. And this year, visitors to Interbike can expect booth #5017 to be just as packed with fans. It’s worth wading through the sea of smiles to check out the new Boomerang and the other results of Pedego’s innovative vision. Interbike 2014 is taking place September 10–12, 2014, at the Mandalay Convention Center — 3950 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89119.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes, the world’s premier electric bicycle brand, transforms people’s lives with fun and an abundance of delightful moments. Pedego’s stylish, colorful bikes boast the latest in electric bicycle technology and deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation. Riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds! Pedego “pedal or not” models include the Comfort Cruiser, City Commuter and Trail Tracker. Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego is the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the world. Pedego electric bikes are sold in more than 800 stores in 40 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

Pedego Electric Bikes ranks Number 1311 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 in recognition of their exponential three-year sales growth

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Inc. magazine today ranked Pedego® Electric Bikes Number 1311 on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy — America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000.

“Pedego’s meteoric growth can be attributed to a keen focus on delighting its customers. We pursue full-scale excellence in the design of our electric bicycles, their outstanding quality and our amazing customer care,” says Don DiCostanzo, co-founder and CEO of Pedego Electric Bikes. “Even our competitors will admit that we provide the absolute best customer service experience on a consistent basis.”

The 2014 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 20 to November 30), is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 516% — with Pedego’s growth surpassing this measurement. The Inc. 5000′s aggregate revenue is $211 billion, generating 505,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

“What surprises me, even though I know it’s coming, is the sheer variety of the paths our entrepreneurs take to success, thematically reflecting how our economy has evolved,” says Inc. president and editor-in-chief Eric Schurenberg. “But what doesn’t change is the fearsome creativity unleashed by American entrepreneurship.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held October 15–17, 2014, in Phoenix.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes, the world’s premier electric bicycle brand, transforms people’s lives with fun and an abundance of delightful adventures. Pedego’s stylish, colorful bikes boast the latest in electric bicycle technology and deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation. Riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds! Pedego ”pedal or not” models include the Comfort Cruiser, City Commuter and Trail Tracker. Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego is the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the world. Pedego electric bikes are sold in more than 800 stores in 40 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

Touring Newport Via Electric Transportation – Norm Bour

We take electricity for granted.

It powers our homes, our lights and our offices, but I have never appreciated it more than when I had a chance to view Newport Beach at a leisurely pace using electricity.

I actually tried two electric modes of transportation: a Segway, that amazing upright standing vehicle that is virtually impossible to tip, and an electric bicycle known as the Pedego.

For my Segway experience I went to Newport Beach Segway at 611 E. Balboa Blvd. I began by watching a brief film on how to use a Segway, then got on this upright contraption and immediately felt out of control.

Once I relaxed and was told to not overstate movements, within minutes I was able to go in all directions including rotate in place, which was an interesting feeling.

Soon my Segway tour group was out the door and down the street. After a few trials in the parking lot it was down the boardwalk towards the Wedge.

Faster than walking, slower than bike riding and certainly less distracting than driving, we were able to traverse many streets I have never traveled.

The one hour tour was a great diversion. If you are a local and think you have seen all sides of the peninsula, you have not—until you do it on a Segway.

Segway tours leave three times daily, take about 90 minutes and are worth the price of $69.95 per tour.

As I left, the thought that came into my mind was “I have to get myself one of these babies!” Prices start at about $6,500.

After the Segway tour, I went up the street to 2001 West Balboa Blvd. And one of the new businesses in town, our latest Pedego (electric bike) dealer.

Chase McNaughton, the young man that owns Pedego Newport Pier bikes, has an interesting tale, even at age 21.

While barely out of high school, he leased the empty building where the business currently resides and built a thriving bike rental business.

At the end of summer he sold it, but when the building became vacant again after that other shop closed, Chase jumped back in and recently took on the local Pedego distribution.

Since I had just come off the Segway, I wanted to do a comparison of this two-wheel transport. I was impressed, though for different reasons.

This electric bike is smooth, has a top speed of 20 miles per hour (mandated by law), and a range of about 30 miles.

Since I live four miles from the peninsula and regularly ride my bike from my home, I thought I would do a direct comparison. Instead of the usual 20 minutes, with the Pedego I was able to cut that in half, and I did it with no strain and no sweat compared to huffing up the hills.

The thought of owning one of these electric bikes crossed my mind as well. Those prices start at $1895. Rentals are $14 an hour and up. Tours are $69.

Click here to view the original article by Norm Bour

New Pedego Electric Bikes Store Dazzles Mammoth Lakes!

New Pedego Electric Bikes Store Dazzles Mammoth Lakes!
50th Pedego store to open

Pedego Mammoth StoreIRVINE, Calif., Aug. 13, 2014 — This summer brought glimmering colors to Mammoth Lakes as local Ashley Brussel opened the region’s first Pedego Electric Bikes store, appropriately, on July 4. It is the 50th Pedego store to open worldwide and one of the handful that are owned by women. Pedego electric bikes, known for their chic styling and brilliant hues, were well-received by thousands at the annual holiday parade — leading Pedego Mammoth Lakes to become one of the most popular hotspots in town. Brussel is thrilled with the public’s response. “We’ve been renting out all available bikes early each morning,” she said at a recent gathering of Pedego fans. “And our popularity has grown even more during our first summer. People love these bikes.”

ashleyBrussel offers a variety of Pedego electric bikes for sales, rentals and tours. When it comes to rentals, she focuses on the famous Pedego Interceptor, a lively electric bike that comes with a powerful 48-volt lithium ion battery to conquer hills and zip along at 20 miles per hour. Riders can enjoy up to 30 miles distance on one charge with easy pedaling due to the bike’s highly regarded Pedal Assist function. “You can ride your bike instead of the Trolley,” Brussel said. “With just a twist of the throttle, Pedal Assist flattens the hills and makes you feel like a kid again.”

Other models offered by Pedego Mammoth Lakes include the colorful Comfort Cruisers. These durable cruisers operate with a throttle and six gears to power riders over hills with ease and plenty of stylish fun. Due to the Pedego electric bikes’ popularity, Brussel recommends calling (760) 709-5809 to make reservations. Brussel is so sure that her bikes will make customers smile that she offers a guarantee. “If you can’t make it up any hills, just bring it back, and we’ll give you a refund,” she said.

Located in the heart of Old Mammoth, riders can enjoy adventures around town and beyond, into the forest. The Mammoth Lakes Trail system leads riders up to the scenic Lakes Basin, out to the Inyo National Forest, and all the way to the Devil’s Postpile National Monument.

Brussel is considering renting Pedego bikes during the winter, each with a Bike-Board — a mini snowboard that attaches to the front wheel of the bike. “I was amazed when I saw a video of this,” she said. “You use the throttle to get up hills. And then you carve all the way downhill. So much fun!”

About Pedego Mammoth Lakes

Pedego® Mammoth Lakes offers the regions finest selection of Pedego electric bikes for sales, tours and rentals. Located at 126 Old Mammoth Rd #108, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. Store hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 am-5 pm and Friday through Sunday, 9 am-6 pm. Please call the store at (760) 709-5809 for holiday hours or for further information. You may also email us for more information at info@pedegoml.com. For photos and news, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pedegoml.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes, the world’s premier electric bicycle brand, transforms people’s lives with fun and an abundance of delightful moments. Pedego’s stylish, colorful bikes boast the latest in electric bicycle technology and deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation. Riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds! Pedego “pedal or not” models include the Comfort Cruiser, City Commuter and Trail Tracker. Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego is the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the world. Pedego electric bikes are sold in more than 800 stores in 40 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

 

 

Pedego Electric Bikes Bring Even More Fun to the Newport Pier!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

CONTACT: Teri Sawyer
(714) 801-1687
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Father-son Team helps bike owners enjoy more smiles per mile

pedego-newport-pierIRVINE, Calif., Aug. 6, 2014 — A year ago, father and son team Kent and Chasen McNaughton fell in love with Pedego® Electric Bikes. Pedego’s powerful, stylish Comfort Cruisers helped them slice through headwinds at the beach and put them in control of their biking adventures in Newport Beach. They also noticed that while they were having a great time on their electric bikes,  other people were struggling on their standard bikes against the headwinds… and having no fun at all. Another thing the McNaughtons love is the Newport Pier — with its surrounding neighborhood that boasts surf, sand and sunny bike paths.

 

Chasen McNaughton, who owns a beach equipment rental shop at the pier, quickly recognized the huge potential for Pedego electric bikes at the Newport Pier. “Our location is in the heart of the largest bike ownership and rental market in Orange County,” he said. “Now, even more people will be able to enjoy the fun of biking in Newport.” Kent is proud of his son’s ability to provide excellent customer service, even in a crowded shop. “Everyone rides away with a smile,” he said.

 

The younger McNaughton discovered Pedego Electric Bikes while he was researching the burgeoning electric bike industry. He found Pedego electric bikes to be the best in quality and price with exceptional customer service. Reading the company’s stated value of, “Delight the customers,” he knew he found something fantastic that would be worth sharing with the community.  Recently opened, Pedego Newport Pier offers rentals and self-guided tours on Pedego electric bicycles as well as sales of these popular bikes. Free test rides are also available.

 

The store offers a variety of Pedego brand electric bicycles. There’s the colorful selection of Comfort Cruisers known for their style and relaxing ride. City Commuters offer a sleek Dutch street style bike that also benefits from Pedal Assist to accompany the throttle that is basic on all Pedego bikes. The Interceptor is a sporty cruiser boasting 48 powerful volts and Pedal Assist to flatten hills and make headwinds a breeze. Then, there’s the off-road rugged Trail Tracker that carries riders to new adventures, and the amazing Ford Super Cruiser offering power and style combined. The McNaughtons are excited about the variety of choices in Pedego bikes.  “These truly are the best electric bicycles,” says Kent. “And we know they’ll delight our customers.”

 

The Pedego Newport Pier store is open seven days per week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Factory-trained sales staff is onsite to answer any questions, every day.

 

About Pedego Newport Pier

Pedego Newport Pier proudly offers the most elegant, comfortable and powerful electric bicycles available today. Pedego electric bikes make a bicycle ride on the beach bike path easy and fun. Store hours are Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday–Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pedego Newport Pier is located right by the Newport Pier in Newport Beach, at 2001 W. Balboa Boulevard, Newport Beach, CA  92663. Cross streets are 20th Street and Balboa Boulevard in Newport Beach. For more information, please call (949) 723-0043 or visit http://pedegonewportpier.com.

 

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes, the world’s premier electric bicycle brand, transforms people’s lives with fun and an abundance of delightful moments. Pedego’s stylish, colorful bikes boast the latest in electric bicycle technology and deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation. Riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds! Pedego “pedal or not” models include the Comfort Cruiser, City Commuter and Trail Tracker. Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego is the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the world. Pedego electric bikes are sold in more than 800 stores in 40 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

The “Big Ride” Crosses America to Benefit the American Lung Association

Cathy Rogers, 57, is first person to ride across the USA on a Pedego electric bike

Cathy Rogers, 57, is first person to ride across the USA on a Pedego electric bike

IRVINE, Calif., July 29, 2014 — Until recently, most people could only imagine bicycling from one side of America to the other. But that dream has just proven more attainable with the success of Cathy Rogers, 57, a casual cyclist who  is completing a coast-to-coast ride on a Pedego® electric bike. Pedaling from Washington State to Washington, D.C. as part of this year’s Big Ride Across America, Rogers will arrive at the National Mall at Noon EDST on Saturday, August 2, 2014. Rogers’ ride made history as it is the first recorded cross-country tour on a Pedego electric bicycle. Rogers joined her husband Paul Rogers and others on a team of hardcore cyclists as they rode to raise funds for the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific.

Rogers and the team departed Redmond, Washington on June 16, 2014, and followed a northerly path through Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois and on through Ohio and Pennsylvania, continuing to the East Coast. Biking a grand total of 3,300 miles, the team will join fans and friends to celebrate the achievement upon their arrival in Washington, D.C. “I’m a casual cyclist, and I am very proud to be the first woman to ride across the USA on an electric bike,” Rogers said. “This has been so much fun. I’ve had such an amazing experience while achieving this bucket-list goal together with my husband.”

A cross-country bike ride was always on her bucket list, and she wanted to share the experience with her husband. Though Paul is an avid cyclist, they were able to stay together throughout the ride with help from Cathy’s Pedego Interceptor electric bike. They’ve been married for more than 35 years, and they’re grateful that they were able to enjoy this adventure of a lifetime as a couple. Making the trek and surviving challenges — including weather extremes and many 100-mile days of riding — has brought them closer than ever before.

Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo sees this as a regular occurrence among Pedego customers. “We often sell Pedego electric bikes in pairs,” he says. “Couples riding together discover a shared loved of the Pedego adventure, which can kindle renewed romance in their relationship.”
Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 4.16.43 PMEnabling her to cross 3,300 miles in just 48 days, Rogers’ rugged cruiser-style bike with a powerful 48-volt battery and Kevlar-lined balloon tires proved worthy of every test. When the team raced up a hill, she was able to keep up. When they traveled great distances, she pedaled a lot, using the throttle to boost her through headwinds, over hills and to keep pace with the pack. As she has done with her professional life, Rogers made a success of this ride through excellent planning and a can-do attitude.

Bicycles have always been a part of Rogers’ life passion. In college, she made cycling clothes for friends in a way that revolutionized the cycling apparel industry. “At the time, the only bike apparel was made out of wool,” she said. “So I started making comfortable clothes out of bathing suit material that would stretch with the rider.” She later founded Aero Tech Designs, a cyclewear company for avid cyclists.

Read about Cathy’s adventure at www.pedego.com/big-ride.

About the Big Ride Across America

BigRide.org is a way to honor those that have lost, fought or won the battle with lung disease.  ”When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.”  To date, the 2014 Big Ride has raised nearly $50,000 in donations.  To sponsor Cathy Rogers, visit www.bigride.org.

About Pedego Electric Bikes
Pedego® Electric Bikes, the world’s premier electric bicycle brand, transforms people’s lives with fun and an abundance of delightful moments. Pedego’s stylish, colorful bikes boast the latest in electric bicycle technology and deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation. Riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds! Pedego “pedal or not” models include the Comfort Cruiser, City Commuter and Trail Tracker. Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego is the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the world. Pedego electric bikes are sold in more than 800 stores in 40 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

Pedego Hauls Surfboards, SUPS, and Kayaks

The Wheele trailer can easily carry your surfboard, SUP, or kayak. This slideshow shows one adapted to fit a Pedego Electric Bike to make it even more fun and easy to find the perfect wave or place to paddle.

Pedegos Spotted in France

Did you know that Pedego Electric Bikes are available in 80 countries across the globe? This video came from France, and it looks like they’re having fun. Everybody smiles in the same language!

Let it Ride Electric Bike Tours in Bend, OR

Our pal Turbo Bob recently visited Let it Ride Electric Bike Tours, the Pedego store in Bend, Oregon. He shares his experience on his blog. An excerpt from his write up is below along with a short video he posted.

“When you are on vacation seeing the local sights is important. Doing it by car, bus or train just doesn’t let you get up close and allow you to stop for every cubbyhole of excitement. Many already know a bicycle is the best way to experience the lay of the land, but others know an E-bike is even better…”

Electric Bike Ride Across America Reaches Halfway Point

Electric Bike Ride Across America Reaches Halfway Point

Cathy Rogers, riding an Pedego electric bike, is participating in the Big Ride Across America to raise funds for the the American Lung Association.

Published: 11-Jul-2014

Cathy Rogers, the woman who has been pedaling a Pedego® electric bike across the USA, has reached another major milestone: the halfway point between the West Coast, where she began her journey, and the East Coast, her destination. The Big Ride Across America team has now biked 1,699 miles — landing in Huron, S.D., where the team is celebrating the achievement. “The idea that a casual cyclist like myself could actually ride a bicycle across America is quite amazing,” Rogers says. “The joy I feel when I ride my Pedego Interceptor electric bike is incredible. I am having so much fun and reaching a bucket-list goal.”

The team’s epic journey began on June 16th in Washington State, and they have spent the past 24 days traveling a northerly path that led through the Cascade Mountains, Idaho and the Rockies, continuing through the Montana wilderness, dipping into Wyoming and reaching the halfway point in South Dakota. Rogers has been appreciating the slices of Americana that they see along the way. “The small towns with tidy houses have warm front porches with swings where they sit and visit with each other,” she says. “The local coffee shops and cafes have the sweetest people who talk to us and are happy to see us pass through their town.”

While riding to raise funds for the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, the team has enjoyed a lot of camaraderie — the kind that can only be built during an exceptional shared journey. Because she is able to maintain a swift pace on her Pedego Interceptor, they’re putting Rogers in the lead position for portions of the ride. “My husband loves the pacing and drafting that the Pedego electric bike provides,” she reports. “I don’t mind riding as a team to pace him.” They have been married 35 years and are enjoying the constant togetherness on the trip as well.

Rogers might not have been able to accomplish bicycling halfway across America without the help of her Pedego electric bicycle. Rogers says that her bright orange Pedego Interceptor is making it possible for her to keep up with the fast pace of the riders on this coast-to-coast ride. She emphasizes that even a casual cyclist can now take on a long-range cycling adventure with the help of a Pedego electric bike. Pedego is opening up these kinds of events, allowing more people to experience the fun and excitement of this kind of major bucket-list activity.

Rogers’ lifelong interest in cycling led to her founding Aero Tech Designs, a cyclewear company for avid cyclists. Prior to founding her company, she made cycling clothes for friends out of bathing suit material that would stretch with the rider. This vast improvement in comfort resulted in a thriving business. Follow her progress at www.pedego.com/big-ride.

About the Big Ride Across America

BigRide.org is a way to honor those that have lost, fought or won the battle with lung disease. “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.” To date, the 2014 Big Ride has raised nearly $50,000 in donations. To sponsor Cathy Rogers, visit www.bigride.org.

About Pedego Electric Bikes

Pedego®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating chic bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. Pedego’s commitment to innovation has led to worldwide acclaim for their leading-edge design. Their many stylish electric bike models, such as the Pedego City Commuter, offer a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun … without worrying about hills or headwinds! Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

Pedego Newport Pier Grand Opening

Pedego Newport Pier

Pedego Electric Bikes now has two locations in Newport Beach to serve you.

Pedego Newport Pier celebrated their Grand Opening with live music, street tacos, and a ribbon cutting ceremony this weekend.

The shop is run by father/son team Kent and Chasen. Kent expressed great pride in his son for providing excellent customer service no matter how busy they are. He reported that they’ve served over 2,000 customers over the last 45 days and received all 5-star reviews on Yelp!

They have a packed showroom full of Pedegos and accessories as well as a fleet of electric bikes available for rental.

Visit pedegonewportpier.com to learn more and plan your trip.

The Big Ride Reaches Halfway Across America!

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Team revels in major milestone as trailblazer Cathy Rogers crosses the USA on Pedego electric bike

Follow her progress at www.pedego.com/big-ride

IRVINE, Calif., July 9, 2014 — Cathy Rogers, the woman who has been pedaling a Pedego® electric bike across the USA, has reached another major milestone: the halfway point between the West Coast, where she began her journey, and the East Coast, her destination. The Big Ride Across America team has now biked 1,699 miles — landing in Huron, S.D., where the team is celebrating the achievement. “The idea that a casual cyclist like myself could actually ride a bicycle across America is quite amazing,” Rogers says. “The joy I feel when I ride my Pedego Interceptor electric bike is incredible. I am having so much fun and reaching a bucket-list goal.”

The team’s epic journey began on June 16th in Washington State, and they have spent the past 24 days traveling a northerly path that led through the Cascade Mountains, Idaho and the Rockies, continuing through the Montana wilderness, dipping into Wyoming and reaching the halfway point in South Dakota. Rogers has been appreciating the slices of Americana that they see along the way.  “The small towns with tidy houses have warm front porches with swings where they sit and visit with each other,” she says. “The local coffee shops and cafés have the sweetest people who talk to us and are happy to see us pass through their town.”

While riding to raise funds for the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, the team has enjoyed a lot of camaraderie — the kind that can only be built during an exceptional shared journey. Because she is able to maintain a swift pace on her Pedego Interceptor, they’re putting Rogers in the lead position for portions of the ride. “My husband loves the pacing and drafting that the Pedego electric bike provides,” she reports. “I don’t mind riding as a team to pace him.” They have been married 35 years and are enjoying the constant togetherness on the trip as well.

Rogers might not have been able to accomplish bicycling halfway across America without the help of her Pedego electric bicycle. Rogers says that her bright orange Pedego Interceptor is making it possible for her to keep up with the fast pace of the riders on this coast-to-coast ride. She emphasizes that even a casual cyclist can now take on a long-range cycling adventure with the help of a Pedego electric bike. Pedego is opening up these kinds of events, allowing more people to experience the fun and excitement of this kind of major bucket-list activity.

The terrain and the team’s speed have presented challenges. Rogers keeps up at approximately 40 miles distance per battery charge. She has had to swap batteries on days with longer rides, such the day they rode more than 112 miles. Several factors affect her battery range besides miles covered. “The headwinds and the mountains can impact the miles per battery,” says Rogers. “We haven’t had much easy flatland lately so I have been using at least two batteries and working on a third before the day’s ride is done.” With her bicycle’s options of seven Shimano gears, variable throttle and Pedal Assist, she has met every challenge so far. And she is enjoying the advantages of speed. “I was the first one to reach the camp three days in a row.  It is definitely the fastest bike on this trip,” she notes.

Rogers’ lifelong interest in cycling led to her founding Aero Tech Designs, a cyclewear company for avid cyclists. Prior to founding her company, she made cycling clothes for friends out of bathing suit material that would stretch with the rider. This vast improvement in comfort resulted in a thriving business. Follow her progress at www.pedego.com/big-ride.

About the Big Ride Across America 

BigRide.org is a way to honor those that have lost, fought or won the battle with lung disease.  ”When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.”  To date, the 2014 Big Ride has raised nearly $50,000 in donations.  To sponsor Cathy Rogers, visit www.bigride.org.

About Pedego Electric Bikes
Pedego®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating chic bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. Pedego’s commitment to innovation has led to worldwide acclaim for their leading-edge design. Their many stylish electric bike models, such as the Pedego City Commuter, offer a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun … without worrying about hills or headwinds! Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

Pedego Featured in Pelican Hill Magazine

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Check out the latest issue of Pelican Hill magazine for an awesome article featuring Pedego Electric Bikes.

Cruising toward the beach through the quaint coastal neighborhoods of Corona Del Mar, we took our time pedaling down what locals call “the flower streets” to admire the vibrant front yard gardens. Then we hit our first hill…

 

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Visit Pedego Corona Del Mar to discover Newport Beach by electric bike.

Electric Bike Throttle, Pedal Assist, or Both

Electric Bike Throttle

Throttle

In the United States we are fortunate to have the luxury of throttles on our electric bikes, which are forbidden in Europe.

Throttles provide full power on demand, and Americans love them because they give us complete control.

They’re especially helpful for getting started from a standstill (sometimes it can be awkward to gain momentum), getting a quick burst of power to climb a hill, safely getting through an intersection, or if you’re unable to or simply don’t feel like pedaling for whatever reason (it’s ok).

Pedal Assist

Pedal assist or Pedelec systems sense your pedaling and provide assistance automatically.

They’re most popular among experienced cyclists that want a more natural, “bike-like” riding experience.

Pedal assist is wonderful for long rides with few stops on relatively flat ground, because you can just relax and enjoy the ride without holding a throttle in place or even thinking about the bike at all.

In practice, we find lots of customers like to have the option of pedal assist, but they rarely, if ever, actually use it.

Both is Best

Our experience shows that the ideal electric bike has both pedal assist and a throttle, and the next best thing is one with only a throttle.

All Pedego Electric Bikes sold in the US have a throttle, and many of them also have pedal assist.

We don’t have any bikes that are pedal assist only (except what we send overseas), simply because most people don’t like them. Even folks that can’t live without pedal assist usually still want the option of using a throttle.

Little Lady Goes on a Big Ride

Group_OverLook_2Imagine climbing on your bicycle and pedaling all the way from Seattle (Redmond) to Washington D.C. This cross-country ride is more than a dream for a team of hard-core cyclists, and on June 15, Cathy Rogers, 57, will hop on her Pedego® electric bike and say, “Hello, Fun!” as she joins them from coast to coast to benefit the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. The Big Ride Across America is an adventure that brings together 14 riders, mostly on pedal bikes, each of whom is charged with raising $6,500 to support the charity. The 2014 Big Ride takes place June 15 to August 2.

Though just a casual cyclist, Rogers  will be able to take part with the aid of a bright orange Pedego Interceptor, an electric bicycle swift enough to help her keep up with the fast pace of the other riders. The bike is care of Pedego Electric Bikes, Rogers’ official bike sponsor for the ride. Pedego is also supplying accessories to help make her trip safe and fun.

For Rogers, of Pittsburgh, riding across the country has always been on her bucket list.  With the passing of the years, a cross-country ride took on anow or never urgency. So she and husband Paul Rogers, a hard-core cyclist, researched several potential rides, eventually deciding on the Big Ride organized by bike tour company Velo Sante, which will donate a percentage of proceeds to the charity. Still, Cathy wasn’t sure she could keep up. But the Pedego electric bike sealed the deal.

She feels fortunate to have met Pedego CEO Don DiCostanzo at a bicycle leadership conference last year. Rogers mentioned the Big Ride to DiCostanzo, and he sent her the Pedego Interceptor — a rugged cruiser-style bike with a powerful 48-volt battery and Kevlar-lined balloon tires. Additional amenities include computer-controlled Pedal Assist and throttle, which allow the rider to pedal with automatic power and also boost with variable throttle control. Add Pedego’s quality Shimano gearing, and Rogers is set to ride a powerful workhorse of a bike offering a marshmallow-smooth ride. Rogers considers it the best electric bike she’s ever ridden, and she’s looking forward to the adventure of a lifetime. Special plans include sharing a special dance routine with people along the way and then posting videos of the dancers online (https://www.facebook.com/aerotechdesigns). Upon arrival in Washington D.C., she plans to host a flash mob performing to the same tune. “It’s all going to be so much fun,” she says.

There will be challenges. The team plans to travel about 100 miles per day. With little-to-no-pedaling, Rogers could ride an average of 20 to 30 miles on a battery charge. So, she plans to pedal a lot, and use the throttle to boost her through headwinds, over hills and to keep pace with the pack when she grows tired. It’s a perfect solution, since she’s been a cyclist all her life. “I remember riding my brother’s Schwinn Spider at Girl Scout Camp when I was 12 years old,” she says. “I thought, ‘Oh, my! This is what fun feels like!’

Ever since that day, Rogers has been hooked on two-wheel travel. It even led to her founding Aero Tech Designs (http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/), a cyclewear company for avid cyclists. In college, she made cycling clothes for friends. “At the time, the only bike apparel was made out of wool,” she says. “So I started making comfortable clothes out of bathing suit material that would stretch with the rider.” It resulted in a thriving business. For the ride, she’ll wear neon green, yellow and orange to complement her orange Pedego bike.  In addition, she will be wearing several garments with sun protection designed for coolness and comfort in the heat.

Read the full article here:  http://www.prlog.org/12331496-little-lady-goes-on-big-ride.html

Redmond Reporter:  http://www.redmond-reporter.com/community/263096721.html

Cathy’s blog:  http://aerotechdesigns.wordpress.com

Cathy’s FB:  https://www.facebook.com/aerotechdesigns

Buy a bike like Cathy’s:  http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/product-category/step-thru-interceptors

ALA Big Ride Site – http://action.lung.org/site/TR?fr_id=9544&pg=entry

Pedego Battery Information

Pedego Battery Cells

Pedego batteries are made up of individual Li-ion cells designated 18650 because of their size (18mm x 65mm). These are very common batteries found in countless consumer electronics, electric bicycles, and even electric cars.

There are basically two types of 18650 cells- those made by the three major, name brand suppliers (Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung), and everything else. The name brand cells are much more safe and reliable than the cheaper cells.

Pedego Electric Bikes use premium cells made by Samsung, which is the world’s largest Li-Ion battery supplier.

The benefits of these cells are three fold:

Safety

The cells we use exceed all the UL requirements, which is the gold standard for battery safety certification.

Each cell is protected by a puncture resistant steel cylinder, and they are separated from each other in the battery pack to prevent fire.

Reliability

Pedego is able to offer an industry leading three year warranty because of technological advanced that have prolonged the life cycle of our batteries.

The manufacturing process and quality control of the cells themselves has significantly improved over the years, and there is an extremely low failure rate.

The connections between the cells have also evolved and improved to prevent bad connections and premature battery failure.

Performance

The number one reason 18650 cells are so wildly popular is their incredible performance capabilities.

They are remarkably energy dense delivering an abundance of power (up to 675 wh/L and 252 wh/kg) with very little space and weight.

These little cells really deliver the goods!

For more information please contact Pedego Technical support.

949-336-8333

An Electric Bike? Pedego Electric Bikes Deliver

Be a kid again. The bikes are super fun! Pedego’s tagline says, “Hello, Fun!” and their big grins will prove it true.

  • Enjoy great “Pedal or not” choices. Dads can pedal their Pedego electric bikes just like a regular bike, or they can give it a little twist of the throttle and ride! Pedego’s powerful, whisper-quiet motor will carry riders to new adventures thrilling all the way, flattening hills and making headwinds a breeze.
  • Be technically advanced. Pedego Electric Bikes are built on solid bicycle technology with exceptional design and engineering and reliable parts and components. From the Shimano gears to triple-coated durable finishes, Pedego electric bikes are among the best available in the bike world.
  • Have fun getting fit. Electric bikes are a great way to get fit. Riding a Pedego bike helps riders lose weight and stay fit. Riders can pedal all they want and then give it a little electric zip when needed. Pedego electric bikes are also great for riders who’ve had surgery or have a chronic illness and need help riding up hills and through headwinds.
  • Discover new vistas. From cityscapes on bike paths to mountain passes and sandy beaches, Pedego has the electric bike that will take dads to new heights. Pedego’s City Commuter’s sleek styling lets dads commute in style. On Pedego’s Comfort Cruiser, dads will sail along anywhere he would ride a pedal bike but with more power and a bigger smile.Fordads with the wilder side, Pedego’s Trail Tracker conquers mountains and even sand.
  • Commute to work. Pedego’s City Commuter helps dads go green — no more gas! Just plug it in and enjoy more smiles per mile. Depending on the model, there’s up to a 40-mile radius, plus riders can carry a spare battery for even more miles.

Shop here:http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/shop/ or visit a local dealer.

The “Big Ride Across America” Reaches a Thousand Miles!

Major milestone celebrated as trailblazer Cathy Rogers crosses the USA on Pedego electric bike.

IRVINE, Calif., July 2, 2014 — Cathy Rogers, the woman who has been pedaling a Pedego® electric bike across the USA, has reached her first major milestone: 1,000 miles — landing in Gillette, Wyo. This is a noteworthy first-leg point for the 14 riders participating in this year’s Big Ride Across America, and it’s also a first for Rogers’ sponsor, Pedego Electric Bikes of Irvine, Calif. She is the first publicized cyclist riding a Pedego electric bike from coast to coast. Rogers is the only cyclist on an electric bicycle riding with a team of hard-core cyclists to raise funds for the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. Today, they paused to celebrate their first thousand miles in a trek that is taking America by storm.

 

The group started on June 16th in Washington State and pedaled along a northerly path that led through the Cascade Mountains, Idaho and the Rockies, continuing into the Montana wilderness. Rogers and the team are putting their all into this experience. For her, it is a bucket-list item and something she might not have been able to accomplish without the help of her Pedego electric bicycle.

 

Though just a casual cyclist, Rogers has been able to take part in the coast-to-coast ride with the support of a bright orange Pedego Interceptor, an electric bicycle swift enough to help her keep up with the fast pace of the other riders. She’s especially thrilled to be riding with her husband, an avid cyclist. “The e-bike is a great equalizer,” Rogers writes in her blog where she’s recording her experiences on the Big Ride. “We ride at his pace, and he never has to wait for me at the top of the hills or when he has a burst of speed.  I am always there.”

 

Paul Rogers, Cathy’s husband, heartily supports his wife’s use of the Pedego electric bicycle, which has permitted her to join him on this cycling tour. He comments that it is the transportation of the future — efficient, fun, and fast.  “It is the renewable transportation alternative,” he says.

 

There have been challenges. The team travels about 100 miles per day in all kinds of weather and terrain. But Rogers is succeeding along with the group. She pedals a lot and uses the throttle to boost her through headwinds, over hills and to keep pace with the pack when she grows tired.

 

Rogers is carrying three Pedego lithium ion 48-volt batteries and has mostly switched between two of them.  She has been averaging about 45 to 60 miles per battery, depending on the terrain, which means she has been pedaling a lot. With Pedego’s options of throttle and Pedal Assist, she is able to control her speed, distance per charge and exercise as the miles flash by. Rogers is making conscious decisions on her use of the two motor options as well as maximizing her use of the bike’s seven gears. Her husband sets the pace, and she varies the level of assist to stay with him. Of the five Pedal Assist levels, numbers one, two and three are her usual range, depending on how fast her husband wants to ride.  Level one is about 8 miles per hour (mph) up steep hills. Level two is about 14 mph for flats. Level three is about 17 to 18 mph, which is useful for pace-lines and tailwinds.  “I can pull the front for most of the ride and push a higher speed than we might otherwise ride,” she reports.  “The pedal assist is very steady and wonderful for pulling through a headwind.  It is heavenly!”

 

Cycling has always been a part of Rogers’ life. It led to her founding Aero Tech Designs, a cyclewear company for avid cyclists. In college, she made cycling clothes for friends. “At the time, the only bike apparel was made out of wool,” she says. “So I started making comfortable clothes out of bathing suit material that would stretch with the rider.” It resulted in a thriving business.

 

Follow Cathy’s progress at: www.pedego.com/big-ride

 

About the Big Ride Across America 

BigRide.org is a way to honor those that have lost, fought or won the battle with lung disease.  ”When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.”  To date, the 2014 Big Ride has raised nearly $50,000 in donations.  To sponsor Cathy Rogers, visit www.bigride.org.

About Pedego Electric Bikes
Pedego®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating chic bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. Pedego’s commitment to innovation has led to worldwide acclaim for their leading-edge design. Their many stylish electric bike models, such as the Pedego City Commuter, offer a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun … without worrying about hills or headwinds! Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

Rollin’ on the 4th!

4thGlancing down the bike path, you may find yourself wondering, Is that glittering array of colors a bit of fireworks fun on the 4th? Take another look. You’re seeing a group of Pedego riders out enjoying the summer on their vibrant Comfort Cruisers! Okay, maybe you won’t really mistake colorful electric bicycles for a fireworks show, but you’ll certainly feel dazzled when you hop on one and zip down the path.

With a motto like “Hello, fun!” it’s no wonder that Pedego owners love to gather for holiday events. The Fourth of July is a huge celebration each year for many of the Pedego stores, as our riders celebrate the freedom they feel while cruising along on their Pedego electric bikes.

In Murray, Utah, Blue Monkey Bicycles always has fun on the 4th of July. Check their Facebook page to see pictures. Last year, they took part in the Murray Fun Days Parade with 17 electric bikes in the parade.

In Seal Beach, California, local Southern California riders are invited to gather a day early, July 3, and ride down to the beach to enjoy some casual fun at a “Band on the Sand” event that includes picnicking and fireworks. They have so much fun, most hop on their bikes again, the next day, for rides with family and friends.

Whether riding as a group, with friends and family, or solo this holiday, Pedego riders are having fun celebrating on their electric bikes. Watch for a parade of decked out red, white or blue bikes festooned with flags and other patriotic décor. As might be expected, Pedego stores are reporting a sharp rise in rentals as the summer progresses and people are seeking extra fun under the sun. The weekend of July 4 is anticipated to be the busiest yet for all Pedego locations around the country. If you plan to rent a bike for the holiday, you may want to call in advance and reserve your ride. It’s going to be … dazzling!

Bike Safety is No Accident

commuteWe all know how much fun it is to ride a Pedego electric bike. Part of that fun is pulling into your destination … safe and smiling.  Of course, wearing a helmet can help. But it’s even better to avoid an accident in the first place. Here are four common-sense guidelines to help you avoid collisions on the road:

1. Ride with traffic. Follow the flow of traffic to arrive at your destination safely. Riding the wrong way down the street will increase your chances of being involved in an accident as you’ll be in places where motorists won’t expect you.

2. Control your speed. Give yourself time to react if a car pulls into your path. This can be especially useful if a car in front of you makes a right turn. If your speed is controlled, you can stop more quickly and avoid running into the car.

3. Be as visible as possible. If you don’t have front and rear lights, get some. If your lights have a blinking component, use it. Attach reflective tape to your bike and your clothing, even if you think you’ll only be biking in daylight. Wearing bright clothing is also very helpful.

4. Use hand signals. Remember the old hand signals they taught in school for right, left and slow-down/stop? Learn them, if you don’t know them, and remember to communicate your plans with others by using them. Simply Google “bicycle hand signals” to find pictures and other useful information. Tip: The more you move your arms, the more visible you’ll be to drivers.

The best tip of all is to always assume that motorists can’t see you. Keep your eyes and options open. You’ll be better prepared for surprises down the road.

Here’s wishing you many exciting, fun and safe rides on your Pedego electric bike!

Give Dad a Perfect Gift – A Pedego!

staff6Give Dad a Perfect Gift — a Pedego!

Father’s Day is a great way to show your Dad how much you love him. Give him a gift that says he’s the world’s greatest father — a Pedego electric bike.

On his Pedego, Dad can…

  • Be wowed by the best bike ever. Dad will appreciate the advanced engineering and sophisticated design of his Pedego electric bike. Powerful lithium ion batteries, Shimano gearing and sleek, colorful styling will take his breath away.
  • Enjoy great ‘pedal or not’ choices. Dad can pedal his Pedego electric bike just like a regular bike, or they can give it a little twist of the throttle and ride! Pedego’s powerful, whisper-quiet motor will carry him to new adventures and thrill him all the way, flattening hills and making headwinds a breeze.
  • Be a kid again.  The bikes are super fun!  Pedego’s tagline says, “Hello, Fun!” and his big grin will prove it true.
  • Have fun getting fit. Electric bikes are a great way to help Dad control his workout. He’ll have fun pedaling off excess pounds — and adding a little electric zip when needed.
  • Discover new vistas. From cityscapes on bike paths to mountain passes and sandy beaches, Pedego has the electric bike that will take Dad to new heights.
  • Commute to work. Pedego’s City Commuter helps Dad go green — no more gas!  He’ll enjoy more smiles per mile.
  • Set the pace. On Pedego’s Comfort Cruiser, Dad will sail along anywhere he would ride a pedal bike but with more power and a hearty laugh.
  • Discover something new. Say goodbye to the tie. For the Dad who “has everything,” a Pedego will rock his world!

The best gift of all is the time he spends with you. Gift certificates for rentals fit the budget-minded family and give Dad a really fun day on a Pedego with his favorite person!

To find a Pedego dealer in your area, please visit: www.pedego.com/find-a-dealer

 

Little Lady Goes on a Big Ride

CathyRogers_BigRide2014_PedegoPortraitPRLog (Press Release) – Jun. 3, 2014 – IRVINE, Calif. — Imagine climbing on your bicycle and pedaling all the way from Seattle (Redmond) to Washington D.C. This cross-country ride is more than a dream for a team of hard-core cyclists, and on June 15, Cathy Rogers, 57, will hop on her Pedego® electric bike and say, “Hello, Fun!” as she joins them from coast to coast to benefit the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. The Big Ride Across America is an adventure that brings together 14 riders, mostly on pedal bikes, each of whom is charged with raising $6,500 to support the charity. The 2014 Big Ride takes place June 15 to August 2.

Though just a casual cyclist, Rogers will be able to take part with the aid of a bright orange Pedego Interceptor, an electric bicycle swift enough to help her keep up with the fast pace of the other riders. The bike is care of Pedego Electric Bikes, Rogers’ official bike sponsor for the ride. Pedego is also supplying accessories to help make her trip safe and fun.

For Rogers, of Pittsburgh, riding across the country has always been on her bucket list. With the passing of the years, a cross-country ride took on a now or never urgency. So she and husband Paul Rogers, a hard-core cyclist, researched several potential rides, eventually deciding on the Big Ride organized by bike tour company Velo Sante, which will donate a percentage of proceeds to the charity. Still, Cathy wasn’t sure she could keep up. But the Pedego electric bike sealed the deal.

She feels fortunate to have met Pedego CEO Don DiCostanzo at a bicycle leadership conference last year. Rogers mentioned the Big Ride to DiCostanzo, and he sent her the Pedego Interceptor — a rugged cruiser-style bike with a powerful 48-volt battery and Kevlar-lined balloon tires. Additional amenities include computer-controlled Pedal Assist and throttle, which allow the rider to pedal with automatic power and also boost with variable throttle control. Add Pedego’s quality Shimano gearing, and Rogers is set to ride a powerful workhorse of a bike offering a marshmallow-smooth ride. Rogers considers it the best electric bike she’s ever ridden, and she’s looking forward to the adventure of a lifetime. Special plans include sharing a special dance routine with people along the way and then posting videos of the dancers online (https://www.facebook.com/aerotechdesigns). Upon arrival in Washington D.C., she plans to host a flash mob performing to the same tune. “It’s all going to be so much fun,” she says.

There will be challenges. The team plans to travel about 100 miles per day. With little-to-no-pedaling, Rogers could ride an average of 20 to 30 miles on a battery charge. So, she plans to pedal a lot, and use the throttle to boost her through headwinds, over hills and to keep pace with the pack when she grows tired. It’s a perfect solution, since she’s been a cyclist all her life. “I remember riding my brother’s Schwinn Spider at Girl Scout Camp when I was 12 years old,” she says. “I thought, ‘Oh, my! This is what fun feels like!’”

Ever since that day, Rogers has been hooked on two-wheel travel. It even led to her founding Aero Tech Designs (http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/), a cyclewear company for avid cyclists. In college, she made cycling clothes for friends. “At the time, the only bike apparel was made out of wool,” she says. “So I started making comfortable clothes out of bathing suit material that would stretch with the rider.” It resulted in a thriving business. For the ride, she’ll wear neon green, yellow and orange to complement her orange Pedego bike. In addition, she will be wearing several garments with sun protection designed for coolness and comfort in the heat.

Follow Rogers’ progress at: http://aerotechdesigns.wordpress.com/

About the Big Ride Across America

Big Ride is a way to honor those that have lost, fought or won the battle with lung disease. “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.” To date, the 2014 Big Ride has raised nearly $50,000 in donations. To sponsor Cathy Rogers, click here.

About Pedego Electric Bikes
Pedego®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating chic bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. Pedego’s commitment to innovation has led to worldwide acclaim for their leading-edge design. Their many stylish electric bike models, such as the Pedego City Commuter, offer a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun … without worrying about hills or headwinds! Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

Read the full article here:  http://www.prlog.org/12331496-little-lady-goes-on-big-ride.html

Redmond Reporter:  http://www.redmond-reporter.com/community/263096721.html

Cathy’s blog:  http://aerotechdesigns.wordpress.com

Cathy’s FB:  https://www.facebook.com/aerotechdesigns

Buy a bike like Cathy’s:  http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/product-category/step-thru-interceptors

ALA Big Ride Site – http://action.lung.org/site/TR?fr_id=9544&pg=entry

EV World Interview: Electric Bicycles: The ‘Gateway Drug’

Original Post: http://evworld.com/focus.cfm?cid=221

How a self-professed ‘eco-terrorist’ went from peddling chemicals to the automotive industry to an eco-trenpreneur selling electric bicycles to the stars.
“I am an eco-terrorist turned eco-trepreneur.”

That’s how Don DiConstanzo bemusedly sees himself now after running two successful companies automobile supply businesses. According to his LinkedIn bio, his last company, ZAK Products, provided franchise car dealerships “with industry leading professionally formulated fluid maintenance chemical products and complete car wash systems.” Prior to that, as president of Wynn Oil Company,founded in 1939, he supplied the professional installer market with “automotive specialty chemicals, service equipment and Complete Automotive Maintenance Programs.”

Clearly he knows and has done well in the automotive industry. Yet in 2007, a year before he cashed out of ZAK Products, he started Pedego, an electric bicycle company.

Talk about going from one extreme to the other. Why did he do it? Because he saw a need.

He owned a home near the beach in southern California and it was an uphill ride back his house. He thought having electric-assist would help make the climb a bit less tedious. His first electric bike did the job alright, but he thought he could create something better. Pedego resulted.

Today, some seven years later, it’s one of the fastest growing electric-assist bicycle companies in America. The company just opened several more Pedego stores and now has some 40 dealers across the United States and Canada. The company’s big seller up to now has been its colorful beach cruisers. Unlike most e-bike companies that offer their bikes in just three or four colors, Pedego has some 18 colors to chose from. Don’s bikes are powered by rear hub motors and lithium battery packs, generally mounted on a bracket over the rear wheel.

When Ford Motor Company went looking for a supplier for their own branded electric bike, they chose two companies: Dahon for a small folding city bike and Pededgo for a cruiser-style, pictured above.

The other interesting thing about Pedego has been its ability to attract celebrity customers including actor William Shatner and his wife Elizabeth (his fourth marriage and 30 years his junior). Then aged 81, Shatner had given up his motorcycle in exchange for a couple of converted electric bicycles. The couple decided to replace them with a pair of Pedegos. That moment was capture in the photo below.

Most recently, late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel had his staff present a Pedego to a good Samaritan on Earth Day.

It’s Don’s intention to have 1,000 Pedego stores globally by 2020. He continues to introduce new bikes – the newest being the commuter-style bike Kimmel presented on his late night TV show. It’s turning out to be one of Don’s best seller.

Maybe his more interesting comment during our EV World Dialogue – and one connected to his own ownership of a Tesla Model S – is that electric bikes are a ‘gateway drug’ to electric cars and visa versa, he explained. He wouldn’t have bought the Model S (he has two more on order: the longer range 85kWh pack and a Model X for his wife) had it not been for the experience of riding an electric bike.

If electric bikes are a ‘gateway drug’ to a cleaner, more sustainable transportation future, then I happily confess to being a ‘pusher.’

Pedego Soars Over the Mississippi — Heading East!

PRLog (Press Release) - May 7, 2014 - IRVINE, Calif. – For five years, the Pedego Electric Bikes Company has built a solid following in the Western United States, particularly on the West Coast near their hometown of Irvine, California. Growth in the national – and indeed, international – marketplace has been steady. In recent months, however, the Eastern US has seen their momentum of dealership openings reach a flash point. New Pedego dealerships are springing up in several states, and their owners are eager to share the love they have found with these electric bikes.

For example, Timothy Seitz of Philadelphia fell in love with Pedego when he purchased a bike for his sister Kathleen, a lifelong cyclist who is battling MS and needed assistance to enjoy a bike path near her home. Now Timothy owns Pedego Philadelphia. As a result of repeated stories like this, the Pedego Electric Bike Company is on a roll … heading east big time. Here are a few of the recent additions to the Pedego family:

- Pedego Barrington, Rhode Island. (401) 675-2000.

- Pedego Hilton Head, South Carolina. (843) 438-4277

- Pedego Cincinnati. (513) 206-8891.

- Pedego Philadelphia. (267) 969-7917.

- Pedego Pittsburgh. (412) 287-7810.

Each Pedego dealership is equipped to offer a full line of Pedego electric bikes that help riders conquer hills and sail through headwinds with ease. The Comfort Cruiser, Pedego’s original colorful, throttle-controlled electric bike, is available in classic or step-thru design and a selection of 36-volt or 48-volt batteries. The City Commuter model offers sleek styling with additional amenities such as Pedal Assist plus throttle. Trail Trackers take Pedego electric bikes where they haven’t gone before – off the paved road and on to adventure. The Interceptor’s speedy 48 volts and Pedal Assist function make it the cruiser-style bike of choice for those who like some extra power. And the latest addition, the Ford Super Cruiser, is a result of Pedego partnering with Ford Motor Co. to offer an extraordinary bike with maximum power, marshmallow ride and hot styling by famed bike designer Tony Ellsworth. “We take great pride in offering such a terrific assortment of quality electric bikes,” says Pedego CEO Don DiCostanzo. “It’s gratifying to know how much these bikes are loved from coast to coast.”

Guests at any of the Pedego dealerships may take test rides, go on rental rides and even enjoy a guided electric bike tour. Be advised, many renters fall in love and eventually purchase their dream electric bike. And apparently, a lot of them fall so deeply in love with these bikes that they open Pedego dealerships as well. For their stories, and to learn more about each location, call the number given above or Pedego’s PR representative Beth Black at 949-295-2886.

About Pedego® Electric Bikes
Pedego®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating chic bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. Pedego’s commitment to innovation has led to worldwide acclaim for their leading-edge design. Their many stylish electric bike models, such as the Pedego® City Commuter, offer a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun … without worrying about hills or headwinds! Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/

Newport police get souped-up, electric patrol bikes – by Nicole Shine, OC Register

Published: April 3, 2014 Updated: April 4, 2014 8:52 a.m.

P1NEWPORT BEACH – By design, this officer’s bicycle has super powers and a serious purpose.
“It’s almost like it’s bionic,” Newport Beach police Officer John Mika said Thursday morning, wheeling around a new electric patrol bike.

Last week, officers began patrols on two customized, $4,000 Pedego bicycles. The patrol bikes are likely the first in the county, officials said.

With a push of a button, Newport Beach’s new electric bikes can reach speeds of 25 mph. They are outfitted with neat gadgets, such as a switch that tightens the shock absorbers to amp up the speed. It’s powered by a lithium ion battery – the same power inside a Tesla – that lasts through a 10-hour police shift, or longer.

P3Beyond the gee-whiz features, it still pedals like a regular bike.

Mika said the bike is a natural fit for beach patrols in a town where the population doubles in the summer.

The bike can whiz along the boardwalk and pier, places a police car or motorcycle can’t reach. And its speed means a faster response to police calls up and down the Balboa Peninsula.

The new bikes complement unconventional patrol methods already in place in the city, such as horse-mounted officers. New modes of transportation, such as electric bikes and Segways, are appearing more and more in law enforcement, authorities said.

“You can’t use a hammer for everything, Mika said. “You’ve got to have a lot of different tools.”
Another advantage to the bike: silence. That helps police combat thefts from cars and property crimes, the city’s chief law enforcement problems, Lt. Damon Psaros said.

“It’s stealthy,” Psaros said. “You can’t hear them coming.”

Psaros said the force had considered electric bikes for some time. The battery technology wasn’t there until now.

“It’s much lighter and more reliable,” he said. The bikes, which can travel 30 miles continually on one charge, are recharged by plugging into a standard outlet.

P4Psaros said they bought the bikes after about three months of testing with the Pedego Corona del Mar dealership. The bikes are outfitted with special all-terrain tires, wider handlebars, and a special suspension system, among other features.

Pedego dealership owner Joe Carter said the police bikes were a first for his company. Ordinarily, he said, his customers are enthusiasts and commuters.

Now, he sees opportunities in campus security, even Disneyland.

“It’s a young industry,” he said. “Its uses are just evolving.”

Contact the writer: nshine@ocregister.com or Twitter:@nicolekshine

Pedego Greater Long Beach Cruises Toward 1st Anniversary

It’s a party, as electric bike shop in Seal Beach celebrates successful first year.

PRLog (Press Release) - Feb. 4, 2014 - SEAL BEACH, Calif. – One year ago Seal Beach welcomed a new Pedego electric bike shop in town, and it was love at first ride. Locals gushed about the fun they had zipping around on these stylish and powerful bikes. Pedego Greater Long Beach settled into the Pavilions shopping center, at the corner of Main Street and PCH, around Valentine’s Day … and the love affair continues. Co-owners Beth Black and Brian Ballard are thrilled that Seal Beach became the permanent home of their Pedego Electric Bikes dealership. “Everyone has been very supportive of what we do here,” says Ballard. To celebrate, they’re throwing a big party at the Pedego shop and inviting the public.

Beth Black and Brian Ballard, owners of Pedego GLB located in Seal Beach.

Beth Black and Brian Ballard, owners of Pedego GLB located in Seal Beach.

This event is scheduled for Saturday, February 8, starting at 1:00, rain or shine. “We’ll have a lot of food and fun,” says Black. Celebrations at Pedego GLB always include a magic show — just one more way this bicycle shop is unique. Ballard, a professional magician and member of the Hollywood Magic Castle, is set to entertain. Activities will also include a raffle with prizes. The shop is also offering a discount on some of their chic biking accessories.

The Pedego Owners Group, a social group of Pedego riders, will take guests on a group ride around Seal Beach, Alamitos Bay and Naples Island before returning to the shop for more treats. Several electric bikes will be available for visitors. Bikes are available on a first-come-first-served basis on the day of the event. Those who plan to ride should bring a jacket, though helmets will be provided.

Black and Ballard are delighted by the store’s success mostly because of what it means for the community. While a lot of locals rent or buy the bikes for the fun they bring, even more are becoming Pedego owners to commute to work. Black and Ballard are proud to have replaced a lot of cars on the road. “In addition to sharing the fun of electric biking, we passionately promote alternative transportation,” says Ballard. “And it’s time to celebrate our success.”

About Pedego® Greater Long Beach

Pedego Greater Long Beach is the Long Beach area’s premier outlet for Pedego Electric Bicycles where customers can choose from purchasing, renting or enjoying a special tour event on an electric bike. Now available is the “Hit the Brix” tour, offering a guided e-bike ride and lunch at Brix at the Shore. Located at 1065 Pacific Coast Highway, in Seal Beach, you’ll find Pedego GLB in the Pavilions Shopping Center at the corner of PCH and Main Street. Customers enjoy flexible rentals of hourly, daily or weekly duration. Visit http://www.pedegoglb.com or call (949) 295-2886 to reserve a guided tour or arrange a free test ride.

About Pedego®

Pedego®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating the coolest electric bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. With their chic, stylish designs complemented by a built-in electric hub motor, Pedego® offers a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun! Pedego® electric bicycles are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the fun of cycling and experiencing the outdoors without worrying about hills.  Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/

Electric Bikes: Not Cars, Not Bikes, Just Right

By David Dodge & Duncan Kinney, Green Energy Futures

Not to oversell it but the electric bike might be the single best urban transportation option out there.

Think about it. Car commercials very rarely sell the reality of the vast majority of our car driving existence – the drudgery of daily traffic. And regular old cycling is akin to eating your vegetables. We know it will make us healthier and can be just as effective an option as driving but cycling advocates usually don’t account for the giant hill the you have to climb to get to the office or the fact that your workplace doesn’t have a shower.

An electric bike is almost Goldilocksian in how it fits into the urban fabric. You get to power up that big hill, get some fresh air and dodge traffic all at the same time.

Sonny Shem is an electric bike owner and he speaks with the zeal of the newly converted.

“I never liked riding work in the summer because you were too hot and you still had to shower and you didn’t want to have to be at work and be uncomfortable but this allows me to get to work, ride when I want to ride and get that [electric] assist when I want that assist and still enjoy the outdoors.”

It hasn’t always been this way. Electric bikes have languished as a niche item with homemade quirky designs and heavy batteries that made them impractical. But with the recent rapid improvement in lithium ion battery technology (thanks electric carmakers) you’re now looking at ranges of 30, 40, even 50 kilometers with a battery pack that’s smaller than a shoebox cut in half.

Cliff Vallentgoed is the owner of Redbike, a bike shop in Edmonton, Alberta. He’s only been stocking and selling electric bikes for the past few years but the trend is clear.

“Over the past three or four years we’ve seen our sales increase by many times. I think our very first season selling electric bikes we sold three, the following season we sold twelve so that gives you a picture of the growth curve of these things.”

And worldwide the numbers agree. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute e-bike sales are growing at 20 per cent a year and China is home to over 130 million electric bikes. Navigant Research found that over 30 million electric bikes were sold in 2013 and predicts that e-bike sales will reach nearly 38 million a year in 2020.

Sonny Shem has really taken a shine to electric bikes and commutes regularly to work: " It makes you feel like you have bionic legs," says Shem. Photo David Dodge, Green Energy Futures

Sonny Shem has really taken a shine to electric bikes and commutes regularly to work: ” It makes you feel like you have bionic legs,” says Shem. Photo David Dodge, Green Energy Futures

Efficiency redefined

In our story on the future of transportation we found electric cars such as the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, have fuel efficiency equivalents of 149 miles per gallon. Electric bikes blow this out of the water.

 A life cycle study from Shreya Dave at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010 found that per mile travelled an electric bike uses 10 per cent of the energy of a standard sedan and an e-bike will emit 90 per cent fewer pollutants per passenger mile than an off-peak bus.

And these things bring a smile to your face. The model we tried out has a simple twist throttle and it’s as easy as it sounds, just twist and go.

“The power is amazing. It makes you feel like you have bionic legs,” says Shem. Electric bikes have an internal governor that means you can’t go faster than 32 kilometers per hour, but at the end of a long day at the office twisting that throttle will surely put a smile on your face. Shem likens it to a constant downhill ride.

“We all like riding downhill with the wind in our hair and you get that experience whether you’re riding downhill, uphill or in the flats,” says Shem.

Most cities aren’t as far along as making cyclists feel welcome and safe as Vancouver, a place we dubbed “bike city”, and better electric bikes cost about $2,500. But even with those barriers it is clear electric bikes are here to stay and that you will see more of them on the road in the future. It’s fun, convenient and the greenest commuting option out there. If anyone’s paying attention either of us will take a Pedego Classic City Commuter  for our birthday!

Even hardcore pedalheads like Vallentgoed see the value in e-bikes.

“Anytime we can reach new users it’s brilliant. More users, more bicycles sold, fewer cars on the road, healthier happier people, that’s always the goal whether it’s the introduction of electric assist bikes or fat tire bikes or anything else that might appeal to someone.”

View original article at www.greenenergyfutures.ca or www.huffingtonpost.ca

Pedego Irvine Opens its Doors!

Pedego Electric Bikes Prepares to Celebrate the Grand Opening of its 30th Branded Store.

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Bob Bibee delivers Pedego electric bikes on his “PedEx” trailer.

PRLog (Press Release) - Jan. 2, 2014 - IRVINE, Calif. -Five-year-old Pedego Electric Bikes has gained a lot of momentum in the past year and is now celebrating the grand opening of its 30thbranded store. What’s more, the store is opening in the factory’s home town of Irvine, California. With each Pedego-branded store that opens, there’s a special story of discovery, love and generosity. People find Pedego electric bikes and then love them enough to want to share them with their communities. So it’s no surprise that the owner of Pedego Irvine, longtime Irvine resident Bob Bibee, has a similar story to share.

A year ago, Bibee was asked by a friend to join him on a 32-mile guided bike tour in Los Angeles. The friend had recently opened a bike tour business and wanted to show him what it was about. Bibee found the ride amazing — and a life-changing experience.

“That ride had a huge impact on me,” he says. “I wanted to do the same thing, but in Orange County.” He spent a day visiting Orange County hotels to research their recommendations for any local bike rentals or tours. Then, as often happens with Pedego stories, serendipity rolled in. When he stopped for lunch, he caught a flash of something out of the corner of his eye. It was a bike with a banner attached. The bike was moving so fast, he couldn’t read it all. “I could only catch one word,” he says. That word was: electric. He quickly learned that it was a Pedego electric bike manufactured locally, in Irvine.

The following day, he contacted the management at Pedego corporate and arranged a meeting. Of course, they went for a bike ride. “We rode to Woodbridge Village Center, stopped, and I said, ‘Here — right here — is where we need to be.’” Bibee has lived in Irvine for 17 years and has been a passionate bike rider his entire life. To him, Irvine is, without a doubt, one of the finest cities in the world for biking. At that point, a lot of loose ends in his life seemed to come together. “After 50 years, I finally know what I want to do when I grow up (and I’m doing it!),” he notes. And Bibee explains that Irvine is a great location with its well-developed network of bike paths weaving through the city. Irvine is so bike-friendly that the Irvine Train Station offers numerous bike lockers for commuters.

What has now blossomed is a love story. The day he saw that fast-moving bike was the first time he’d heard the Pedego name. “Now it’s all over my shirts, jackets, watches, computer and, of course, my store,” laughs Bibee. “All it took was one test ride and I was hooked.” In the last year, he’s logged more than 5,000 miles on a Pedego electric bike.

When Bibee shared information on these bikes with his friend, Peter Pae, the love story grew into a news story. Pae, a business editor at the Los Angeles Times happened to be sharing some woes with him one day. Bibee says, “He was telling me about his commute — that he drove to the train station, rode the train into LA, then took the subway, then walked the rest of the way. I told him to forget all that.” That’s when Bibee gave him a Pedego City Commuter and instructed him to ride this to the train, put it on the train, then ride it from the train to work. “After the first day he was crazy excited about this,” says Bibee. “He went from dreading his commute to actually looking forward to it.” Pae bought one of the bikes and later wrote about his experience (http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jun/01/autos/la-fi-hy-au…). This encouraged Bibee all the more to work through the process of opening Pedego Irvine as promptly as possible.

The store opened quietly and is already attracting local business. A grand opening celebration is slated for President’s Day weekend. Festivities will include free test rides for visitors. Those interested may follow Pedego Irvine on Facebook or visit their website for further information on this event. Meanwhile, they can also visit the store and become acquainted with the full line of Pedego electric bikes, from Comfort Cruisers to off-road Trail Trackers.  Pedego Irvine offers the right Pedego for everyone.

With Pedego’s momentum leading to such amazing dealership success stories, the electric bicycle company is really on a roll. CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo is excited about Irvine’s new dealership and the promise of further locations currently in development. “Our goal is to open another 30 Pedego-branded stores in the next year,” he says. That’s a challenge the company can meet. Everywhere these bikes go, a new love story begins.

About Pedego Irvine
Pedego Irvine is the premier outlet for Pedego Electric Bikes where customers can choose from purchasing, renting or enjoying a customizable tour to meet your needs. Located in the hub of Irvine’s beautiful bike trails, visitors can take a relaxing ride around the lakes or venture off on one of several available “destination rides”  where singles or groups can ride for miles on paved bike trails, stop for lunch or a beverage and enjoy an electric-assisted ride back. Pedego Irvine is not another bike shop; they are here to bring a whole new experience and adventure to Irvine and surrounding cities. Open seven days a week, from 10:00 to 6:00. The shop is located in the Woodbridge Village Center, at 4624 Barranca Parkway (behind Ruby’s — next to the dollar theater). Pedego Irvine offers hourly and daily rentals (kid trailers/carriers and tandems are available). Call 949-274-7944 for reservations, or simply walk in for a free test ride. For more information, visit http://www.pedegoirvine.com/.

About Pedego®
Pedego, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating chic bikes outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. Pedego’s commitment to innovation has led to worldwide acclaim for their leading-edge design. Their many stylish electric bike models, such as the Pedego® City Commuter, offer a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun … without worrying about hills or headwinds! Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/

Pedego Electric Biker Puts the Wind in His Sails

Nov. 11, 2013 - AUGUSTA, Maine – Shea Gunther has an urgent delivery to make. It’s a petition signed by more than 1300 Maine residents demanding that their governor take a lead on renewable energy development. To make it clear that Gunther lives his vision, he is set to deliver the document to the state capital in Augusta by way of a 60-mile electric bicycle ride from his home in Portland, Maine. “A lot of my fellow Mainers agree and signed my petition,” says Gunther. “I want to honor their collective voice by riding my Pedego electric bike up to Augusta to hand deliver their signatures to the governor’s office.”

Writer-activist Shea Gunther will deliver a renewable-energy petition by e-bike.

Writer-activist Shea Gunther will deliver a renewable-energy petition by e-bike.

According to Gunther’s petition site, at issue is a $120 million offshore wind pilot project. Norwegian energy company Statoil pulled out of the proposed project, which called for four floating turbines to be anchored near Boothbay Harbor. The reason? Maine Governor Paul LePage had pressured the state legislature to negate Statoil’s deal and open the project back up for proposals. According to Gunther, there’s a certain irony to the state’s new slogan pushed by the governor, “Open for Business.” On the petition Web page, he writes, “It seems that in Governor LePage’s state, that slogan doesn’t apply to clean energy businesses.”

Gunther plans to leave on Thursday. He’ll deliver the petition to the governor’s office on the morning of Friday, November 15, and make the 60-mile ride home from Augusta that day. His motto for the ride is simple but serious. “I’m riding for renewable,” he says. “I started my petition because I believe Governor LePage should lead, follow, or get out of the way of clean energy development in my state.” Gunther’s bike ride will no doubt carry some weight with the governor. The online version of the petition can be found athttp://bit.ly/18WUY8m.

Due to the length of the trip, and the fact that he plans to arrive fresh and ready to perform some public speaking, Gunther will ride his Pedego electric bike. A writer for the Mother Nature Network, he has owned and enjoyed his Pedego for a few years. It seemed a natural for the trip, he explains, and the presence of the bike makes a statement of its own. “It just makes sense to make the ride on my electric bike,” says Gunther. “If Maine generated all of its electricity from renewable sources, my 120-mile trip would be essentially carbon free. Electric bikes represent the future we should all be working towards.”

About Shea Gunther

Shea Gunther is a writer for the Mother Nature Network, and his work can be viewed online athttp://www.mnn.com/featured-blogs/sgunther. He is also a computer science student, dad, husband, and ultimate Frisbee player living in Portland, Maine.

About Pedego® Electric Bikes

Pedego®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating chic e-bikes outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. Pedego’s commitment to innovation has led to worldwide acclaim for their leading-edge design. Their many stylish e-bike models, such as the Pedego® City Commuter, offer a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun … without worrying about hills or headwinds! Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/

Pedego Electric Bikes Wins Coast-to-Coast Media Attention

PRLog (Press Release) - Nov. 6, 2013 - IRVINE, Calif. – If escalating media attention is any measure of a company’s success, then Pedego Electric Bikes is winning the race to the top of the e-bike industry. Favorable articles in both the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times – two of the country’s foremost news outlets – have come out recently, pushing sales of Pedego e-bikes higher than ever. A third paper in the trifecta of top American newspapers, The Washington Post, has also covered Pedego’s electrifying success. Additionally, several news outlets around the world are buzzing with the news on Pedego electric bikes. “We’re very happy that people are reading these articles and learning about the joys of electric biking,” says Don DiCostanzo, CEO and co-founder of the California-based company. “And we’re thrilled that so many riders are discovering Pedego e-bikes based on these write-ups.”

IMG_0942Some of the national attention has come as a result of Pedego’s work with Ford Motor Company. Ford’s commitment to green technologies led to a partnership with Pedego resulting in the Ford Super Cruiser, an electric bicycle that debuted at Interbike last September. Media attention is growing as this model will become available to the public across the nation beginning in January 2014. The new Ford e-bike carries on Henry Ford’s vision and commitment to “make great products that contribute to a better world.” With a promise like that, it’s no wonder that journalists are watching.

Pedego Electric bikes (http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/) lives up to its core value of e-bike innovation and regularly offers newsworthy announcements to the media. However, much of the attention has come as a result of journalists who happen upon the bikes by chance. They love the bikes and write about the experience. Peter Pae, a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, groused to his neighbor about his commute from Orange County to Los Angeles for his job. The neighbor loaned him a Pedego City Commuter. Pae discovered several benefits once he tried e-biking as part of his daily commute. So he bought one. Some months later, he took it upon himself to publish an article (Read it here: http://bit.ly/1b6wfmR) about his experiences on the City Commuter – noting how it saved him money and made commuting easier. His sincere and personal profile led numerous LA Times readers to discover Pedego. Then, a columnist with the New York Times contacted the company. After test riding two models with a friend, Joyce Wadler wrote a wryly comic yet positive review titled, “I Sing the Bike Electric,” which can be read at http://bit.ly/HGUWfr. Her article raised the public’s interest in Pedego again. As media exposure grows, so does the excitement among fans of these e-bikes, including dealers. Pedego dealers around the world have prepared for future articles and are offering more free test rides to visitors than ever before.

About Pedego®

Pedego®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating chic e-bikes outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. Pedego’s commitment to innovation has led to worldwide acclaim for their leading-edge design. Their many stylish e-bike models, such as the Pedego® City Commuter, offer a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun … without worrying about hills or headwinds! Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/

Pedego in The New York Times – “I Sing the Bike Electric” by Joyce Wadler

“You can ride these bikes with no motorized assistance, with occasional assistance with the turn of a hand throttle adjacent to the right handlebar, or with the push of a button near the left handlebar, which gives you constant pedal assistance in four levels up to 20 miles an hour. My average speed is 8. Damon gives me a sidewalk lesson punctuated by my hollering when I switch into a power mode and the bike rockets off. I am not used to a bike doing so much when I do nothing. In a way, it’s like a vibrator.”

Wadler, Joyce. “I Sing the Bike Electric.” The New York Times Oct. 2013. Web. 30 Oct. 2013.

Read the entire article here

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Pedego Rider Raises Funds & Awareness for Multiple Sclerosis

Oliver Sinclair was diagnosed with MS in 2004 and has had to face many uphill battles since his body’s immune system basically started attacking and fighting itself. Incredibly, as is the case with many “disabled” heroes these days his resolve and determination to continue living life to the full has led to him tackling this monster in aid of those who can’t.

Multiple Sclerosis has no cure. It is a chronic autoimmune disorder affecting movement, sensation, and bodily functions and seldom do patients ever recover – however, all is not lost. There are various treatment methods, support groups and charity programs established to help those living with MS. Living. That is the word that stands out most. Upright and proud. But at whose cost?

In most cases, friends and family of those affected are the primary (if not only) benefactors. Some are fortunate enough to be covered by medical insurance while the rest rely heavily on the charity of those spreading the plight of MS sufferers. On the 13th October, Oliver will lead a bright orange “train” of 50 cyclists in the 35km charity batch of the Amashova Durban Classic. Their goal is to raise funds and create awareness for those suffering with MS in KZN. For the first time in history an electric bike has been allowed entry into the race in a landmark backing of a cause that desperately needs our help.

Our objective is to generate the kind of awareness that sparks public involvement so that the burden of fighting this battle goes beyond those directly affected by the disease. You can help by cheering him on on Sunday, sharing his story or donating to the Multiple Sclerosis Society KZN.

CCWe were contacted at the end of August by Oliver and his wife Michelle as his current electric bike (seen in the attached article) just wouldn’t make the distance. While the furthest he had ridden before taking on this challenge was just 2km, we are confident that our 48Volt, 500Watt powered Pedego City Commuter (the world’s leading electric bicycle) will perform admirably over the Fun Ride’s distance with the pedal assist option eliminating the need to twist the throttle, which may have led to discomfort in his weaker right hand.

Although our bikes are designed and built for leisure – what they also provide is the opportunity for those unable to cycle long distances, for whatever reasons, to fully experience the one of a kind freedom that cycling brings. It is a privilege to be involved in the Amashova event and we feel humbled that our bikes have the capacity to enable someone living with MS to challenge themselves, and more importantly others, for a greater good.

If you are interested in finding out more or are able to help in any way please visit www.multiplesclerosis.co.za or email michelle@polarair.co.za. Your support will go a long way to exposing a cause that desperately needs our help.

To view the bike visit www.pedego.co.za

Pedego North Shore Says Aloha to Hawaii!

PRLog (Press Release) - Oct. 7, 2013 - HALEIWA, Hawaii – When Dean Stephens, Johnny Angel and Joe Alcaraz purchased their own Pedego electric bikes, they discovered a whole new world … of fun and business. “Originally, we were just looking for a way to get to town and back without the wait,” says Alcaraz. “Once we discovered the quality and potential of these bikes, other people started to take notice as well.” The three friends began to see the bikes as something they could share with their neighbors. “We thought this would make a good opportunity to help not only us,” explains Angel, “but the community as a whole.”

Stephens, Angel and Alcaraz are well-known locals trioon the North Shore, and they have been overwhelmed by the community response in this vacation destination. The busy season brings people from all over the world and the two-lane highway clogs to a standstill every day. “People who live here are very tired of the traffic and lack of parking,” says Stephens. “Many people are looking for solutions and are excited that we’re here to help.” They plan to throw a grand opening celebration and invite everyone to the party. The Pedego team is also looking forward to their involvement in other community events, such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and the Quicksilver Big Wave Invitational.

The three men are especially looking forward to sharing the value and style of Pedego e-bikes. “I love their quality, and I enjoy selling a product that I firmly believe in, “says Alcaraz. Stephens and Angel emphatically agree. With a selection of electric bicycles that includes Comfort Cruisers in a rainbow of colors, City Commuters with Pedal Assist, spirited Interceptors and powerful Trail Trackers – there is truly something for everybody. Each bicycle is powered by a reliable lithium ion battery and a whisper-quiet rear hub motor, providing miles of easy travel, powering through headwinds and over hills. With a Pedego electric bike, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Hawaii in a safe, green and fun way.

About Pedego North Shore

Pedego North Shore is the North Shore area’s premier outlet for Pedego Electric Bikes where customers can choose from purchasing, renting or enjoying a customizable tour to meet your needs. From a mellow cruise on the paved bike path that runs along the famous and beautiful beaches to guided surf tours. Pedego North Shore strives to make your experience with us is the highlight of your trip. Leave the traffic behind and come take a ride. Open seven days a week, from 8:00 to 5:30, the shop is located at 59-059 Pupukea Rd., Haleiwa. You’ll find Pedego NS across the street from Foodland and Sharks Cove. Customers enjoy flexible rentals of hourly, daily or weekly duration. Call 1(800) 637-5948 to reserve a guided tour or a free test ride. Or visit us at www.pedegonorthshore.com for more information.

About Pedego®

Pedego® the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating chic e-bikes outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. Pedego’s commitment to innovation has led to worldwide acclaim for their leading-edge design. Their many stylish e-bike models, such as the Pedego® City Commuter, offer a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun … without worrying about hills or headwinds! Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/ - See more at: http://www.prlog.org/12222294-pedego-north-shore-says-aloha-to-hawaii.html#sthash.aheHmrlT.dpuf

“Pedego Electric Bicycle Juices up Commute to Train Station” – Peter Pae

By Peter Pae, Los Angeles Times
Original article: Pedego Electric Bicycle Juices up Commute to Train Station

The motor makes hills and head winds a breeze, and there’s no need for a motorcycle license and insurance as there would be with a scooter.

A Pedego City Commuter electric is shown bicycle at the Metrolink train station in Tustin.The motor is built into the hub of the rear wheel, so the only sign of non-human power is the inconspicuous battery pack strapped to the luggage rack. (Peter Pae, Los Angeles Times / May 30, 2013)

For years I contemplated selling my car and riding a bicycle to work.

I would ride to the Tustin train station four miles from my Irvine home on a bike path that would put me just half a mile from the station. From there I would take the Metrolink train to work in downtown Los Angeles.

But the few times I tried riding my road bike, I was exhausted by the time I got home. Getting there was easy — all downhill — but coming home was sheer agony, grinding up hills after a long workday. The road bike went back up on the rack in the garage.

I considered a scooter, but that ruled out the bike trail and would require a motorcycle license and insurance.

Then I tried something in between — an electric bicycle from Pedego, a 5-year-old company co-founded by Don DiCostanzo, a former carwash mogul. He believes that electric bikes are the future, especially in sunny Southern California, and preaches this gospel to anyone who will listen.

He’s winning over some high-profile converts: The Pedego electric bicycle even gets a thumbs up from Google Inc., which has begun offering it at a subsidized rate to employees at its Mountain View, Calif., campus. Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Tesla Motors Inc. are doing the same.

At first glance, it’s hard to tell that the Pedego is anything other than a casual bike. The motor is built into the hub of the rear wheel, so the only sign of non-human power is the inconspicuous battery pack strapped to the luggage rack.

But Pedego can get you up a hill, no sweat. Topping out at 20 miles per hour (the self-imposed limit to keep the two-wheeler in the bicycle category), an electric-powered Pedego can easily go spoke-to-spoke with the lightest, fastest road bikes — yet it retains all the comfort and smooth ride of a cruiser.

But the economics of the Pedego are what sold me.

Like most everyone who has bought a Pedego, I had to get over some sticker shock. The Dutch-style city commuter I rode was nicely built, with top-notch components, but $2,500 for a bicycle? (Other Pedego models range from $2,000 to $3,000.)

But then I started thinking of all the money I could save if I used this thing to commute. I could dump my car — that’s about $3,000 a year in gas, insurance, maintenance and registration, not to mention the lump sum from selling the vehicle. And there’s no need for new insurance or a license, as with a scooter.

It’s still a bicycle, after all, which meant I could cruise the extensive bike trails and lanes in Irvine. And with the electric motor helping me out, hills or head winds would be a breeze.

It turned out to be a no-brainer. With a combination of pedal-assist and electric throttle, I could go anywhere with ease.

In pedal-assist, the electric motor adds a little juice to your pedaling. That’s handy for a middle-aged man like myself, who wants to get a little exercise — or at least pretend to — without too much exertion. I initially pedaled with the setting at “5″ — meaning the electric motor at full power — which required little effort beyond moving my legs up and down. After several days, I gradually reduced the setting to “2″ and got a little exercise. Now I sometimes pedal with the motor off completely.

The Pedago costs next to nothing to operate — about $2.50 a month on my electricity bill. A full recharge takes four to five hours using the regular household AC plug and gives the bike a range of about 25 to 50 miles depending on weight, terrain and how much of the electrical power I use. I usually plug in the charger before I go to sleep so Edison charges me a lower nighttime rate.

Bottom line: The bike would pay for itself in about 10 months, not counting the extra cash from the sale of my car. And I’ve cut my daily trek down by about 15 minutes, compared with driving traffic-clogged streets to the train station.

Riding the Pedego has proved so addictive, in fact, that I even find myself looking forward to the commute.

Consumers can buy a Pedego bicycle online at //www.pedegoelectricbikes.com (the company delivers the bike to the home fully assembled) or try one out before buying at Pedego stores in Cardiff by the Sea, Carlsbad, Corona del Mar, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and Seal Beach.

A Pedego tent with various models for test rides is scheduled to be at Great Park Farmers Market in Irvine on Sunday.

peter.pae@latimes.com

Pedego’s Store Count Grows – Val Vanderpool

Pedego’s store count grows

Published May 16, 2013
by Val Vanderpool
Bicycle Retailer

SANTA MONICA, CA (BRAIN) — Pedego Electric Bikes continues to expand its reach by opening its seventh Pedego-branded store in less than three months in Southern California. Pedego Santa Monica opened its doors in early May, and will have a grand opening party this Sunday. The 900-square-foot Santa Monica store joins several new beach city locations including Seal Beach, Redondo Beach, Corona del Mar and Dana Point.

Pedego Santa Monica owner Barb Wittels operated her company Pedal or Not Electric Bicycle Tours (which are taken on Pedego bikes) out of a 5-foot-wide kiosk for three seasons before pursuing the idea of opening a full-fledged store. It gave her more real estate for the tour business, and the chance to expand into bike sales. Both businesses operate out of the same space, providing rentals, sales, service and guided tours from the store.

Wittels says that so far they are seeing a wide variety of customers coming into the store, with a surprising number of younger riders wanting to try the electric bikes to speed up their daily commute.

This is also the case at the Pedego Dana Point store, which opened in March. Owner Howard Kaplan says he’s seeing more people than he expected who want to use the bikes as a cheaper and often faster way to get to work. Like most other Pedego storeowners, this is Kaplan’s first experience in the bike industry.

“I was retired and starting to get bored,” he said. “I bought my first Pedego bike and loved it. Once I learned I could open my own store, we met with the company. We found a location that made sense, and well, the rest is history.”

He plans to eventually offer tours out of the 1,400-square-foot store. Like other Pedego stores, Kaplan offers rentals and service and sells accessories, fix-a-flat items and protective gear.

Owners Kenny and Sue Kim opened the 1,800-square-foot Pedego Redondo Beach store in April. Former laundromat owners, the Kims’ purchase of their first Pedego bikes also led them to opening a store of their own. While they’re used to providing customer service, Sue Kim says that’s where the similarities between their past career and their new venture end.

“The bike business is so different from what we are used to,” she says. “We have a lot to learn, but it’s so much fun.”

Kim says that learning to service the bikes was easy for her husband Kenny, who performed all the maintenance on their laundry equipment for years.

The fourth Pedego store to recently open is in Corona del Mar, joining other Orange County stores in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach. Last week, two more stores opened in Carlsbad and Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and Pedego Santa Barbara will open on June 1.

Since Pedego is headquartered in Irvine, it was logical for the company to work close to home first.

“Southern California was the ideal place to start, with a perfect climate and environment for year-round cycling,” said Pedego Electric Bikes owner Don DiCostanzo. “Our goal was to dominate Southern California’s coastal communities, figuring that if it doesn’t work down here, it won’t work anywhere.”

The company plans to work with independent owners to open 30 more stores by the end of the year in coastal communities in the U.S., while also expanding to popular destinations across the globe.

Pedego’s Participation at Google’s Earth Day Celebration

Pedego Electric Bikes just participated in Google’s 2 wheeled vehicle demo event. In celebration of Earth Day, Google invited a handful of big-name electric vehicle manufacturers to the Googleplex to promote alternative transportation. With over 20,000 employees at their Mountain View, CA campus, Google is hoping to alleviate some heavy morning traffic by encouraging those living within a reasonable distance to bike to work.

Pedego gave free test rides throughout the day to hundreds of Googlers, showcasing our entire line of electric bikes. As we had anticipated, the City Commuter was the crowd favorite due to its magnificent form and function design elements.  The Pedego Trail Tracker was also a favorite with a line of people waiting to take it for a ride on the designated track.

 

 

The Perfect Bike for Individuals with Breathing Disorders such as COPD

Never in my life did I ever dream of spending $2,000 for a bike and then not only buying one buying one but two, one for my wife and one for myself. We love them and have never regretted our Pedego purchase. It is just, as you might say, what the doctor ordered. We both love riding, not racing style but leisurely through neighborhoods. About eight years ago, we purchased our first set of regular bikes together and then about four years ago our second set. On the weekends during the spring and summer months, we would load our bikes on the back of the car, drive to a new neighborhood and ride for an hour or so. Though we love to ride it was often difficult to enjoy.  My wife has COPD and gets winded very easily. Riding into the slightest wind, or up the smallest incline was impossible without often stopping to take a break.

Then one Saturday, I was driving along and passed by this electric bike store. I went in, asked questions and before I knew what was happening, I was test riding a Pedego Comfort Cruiser. I thought that this would be ideal for my wife. I wanted to purchase one for her and surprise her with it, but at that price, the surprise was out of question. My thought was that I could get her one and then I could continue riding my regular bike. My wife worked that day so when she got home, I took her to the store, this part was a surprise. We each took a Pedego out for a test ride. It was during the test ride that I concluded that one bike would not do. Though I am in fairly good shape, there was no way I would be able to keep up with her. When we got back to the store, we talked for a few minutes and ended up purchasing both.

We have only had these bikes for a little less than a year but have ridden all over the city. We even revisited Back Bay State Park which is a very tough 18 mile round trip over gravel, dirt, and sad. It is beautiful scenery but my wife hesitated in making the trip since we did it several years earlier and realized it wasn’t much fun due to her breathing disorder. She, we, thoroughly enjoyed the ride. It was not a difficult ride and we were both able to enjoy the view. We have even put our bikes on the back of our car and driven 7 hours to ride on a 35 mile round trip on a bike path along side old railroad tracks. We intend to do this at least once a year. We also rode on the 40 mile bike trip throughout Virginia Beach. You are probably wondering how we rode 40 miles with a battery that has a charge for 20 to 25 miles. I use the battery as little as possible, only when I really need it to get up a hill or against a stronger wind. This way, I preserve my battery and when my wife’s gets to about ¼ charge, we switch batteries. We probably could have gotten 45 to 50 miles this way. My next purchase will be two more batteries so we can carry a spare with us, which will double our riding distance.

This is a perfect bike for those with COPD that want to get our and ride but cannot. What a great slogan, “The perfect bike for those with COPD.” We have found, and sure others will as well, that even through these bikes are expensive, they are ideal for those that want to get outside and once again enjoy a bike ride but cannot due to some sort of breathing disorder. We would have purchased these year ago had we realized that there were such bikes that she could ride without worrying if the wind was going to kick up or if the bike path had a small include. With this bike it opens up a whole new world of activities one can do. It also doesn’t hurt getting many compliments from both kids and adults on how cool our electric bikes look.

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“How I Lost 163 lbs with My Pedego” – Pedego Owner, Rhonda M.

I first saw Pedego Electric Bikes when my husband, Chuck and I were working a booth at a “Green Expo” in October of 2009 in San Diego.  I was very intrigued.  I took one out for a test ride a couple of times.  I kept riding it over to Chuck to check out it.  He kept telling me to get out of there.  He wasn’t interested at all.  Finally, he agreed to take a test ride to get me to be quiet I think.  Chuck instantly fell in love and we bought 2 Comfort Cruisers that same day.  I loved the bike because it felt great to have a woman of my size to be able to move so free.

We took the bikes out I think a total of two times.  I crashed and burned both times.  It was not a pretty sight.  It had been almost 25 years since I had been on a bike and I had terrible balance.  Chuck said no more!  They sat in our garage gathering dust and me gaining more weight until February of 2012.  I had decided that it was finally time to do something about all the weight I had gained.

It took some convincing on my part but I was finally able to convince Chuck to give me another chance on the bike.  When we first started riding, I could barely do a half mile at a time.  I would pedal for about a half mile and then use the battery for a mile or so.  For the first month or so we would only “ride” about 6 miles at a time every Saturday and Sunday.  We ended getting a trailer to tow behind so our dog Casper can go on most of the rides with us.

Over the months, we would ride most weekends and I was able to work my way up to about 18-20 miles a day.  I had made it a goal of mine that on November 1st, 2012, I would start commuting to work by bike part way and take public transportation the rest of the way to work and then by January 1st, 2013, I wanted to be able to commute the entire way.

The Sunday before November 1st, Chuck and I decided to do a test run for my commute to work.  We rode the bikes about 5 miles to the trolley station and when the trolley arrived, I decided it was too much of a hassle to get the bike on the trolley.

There is a long hill that I was concerned about making my way up that was on the route to get to work.  I didn’t think I was physically capable of pedaling up the hill.  We decided to give it a go that day.  What was the worst that could happen?  Well, I made it up that hill and I was still breathing!  I decided that day that I would just start doing the full commute starting November 1st.

That first day, Chuck was concerned about me and so he waited at home for about half hour after I took off and then followed out on the route of my commute.  He followed me all the way into work and all the way home at the end of the day.  I survived that first day and now look forward to my rides to work every day that is possible.

From my house to work is 14.4 miles.  I ride to work every day weather permitting or when I have no other errands to run that day.  Since the first of November, I have probably ridden about 1,400 miles between work and our weekend rides.  The longest I have ridden is 35 miles.

I swear all the people I see on my way to and from work think I am crazy.  I am smiling and saying good morning and good afternoon to everyone along the way.  (Even when it is freezing cold in the morning and I have 3 layers of clothes on.)  I am truly happy when I am riding a bike.  What better way to get exercise than by doing something you love.

When I started back in February, I could barely handle walking.  My husband had to most of the shopping.  I would be almost worn out just by walking from the car in the parking lot to the store.  I was not healthy at all and very overweight.  In the course of the past year, I have lost 163 lbs, by making a few changes in my diet and riding my Pedego and loving every minute of it.  I have found that I love to ride bicycles.  90% of my exercise is done on the seat of a Pedego.  I still have a lot of weight to lose but I know I can achieve my goal, with the help of my Pedego.

In the past year, Chuck and I have also purchased 4 more Pedegos.  We traded in our Comfort Cruisers, for 2Interceptors, and then Chuck traded in his Interceptor for the new City Commuter.  I have since taken over the City Commuter and in the last month, he has bought the new Trail Tracker.  With our “fleet” of electric bikes, I am able to trade back and forth so I am not putting a lot of miles on just one bike.  We love Pedego’s customer service.  The best I have ever experienced.  These bikes make me feel young and free and alive.  If I had to pick just one word to describe it, it would be FUN!

Thank you Pedego for helping me get my life back.

Pedego Trail Tracker Release

Pedego Trail Tracker Electric Bike

Available colors:

      • Neon
      • Red
      • Matte black
      • Camo
      • Black w/lime green rims
Motor: 600 Watt Geared Hub Motor
Battery: 48 V 10Ah Lithium in a Removable Pack
Speed: 20 MPH using motor power only
Retails: $2,975

Check out the links below for more info!

Ben Coxworth - GizMag Review
Turbo Bob’s – Turbo Bob’s Bicycle Blog
Edwin Kee - Ubergizmo
Amelia Hunter – Teqno Logical
Susan Carpenter - OC Register 

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OC Couple Rides Popular Pedego Electric Bikes into Seal Beach

PRLog (Press Release) - Feb. 5, 2013 - It all started with a bike trip gone wrong. Nearly 3 years ago, Brian Ballard and longtime partner Beth Black were riding standard bikes along Coast Highway when Ballard, a Type 1 diabetic, suffered an extreme blood sugar low that threatened his life. The couple swore off biking. Then Ballard discovered Pedego Electric Bikes, world-class e-bikes manufactured in Orange County. He convinced Black to ride one, and they both fell in love…with electric biking. They began pedaling 25 miles in a single trip, confident that they could make it home. More than that, they started having more fun bicycling than ever before. They even nicknamed their bikes “Gidget” and Moon Doggie” just for fun. Now they are sharing their passion with the Greater Long Beach (GLB) region by launching a dealership offering sales and rentals of Pedego electric bicycles. The grand opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, beginning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 pm. A group Pedego ride will follow with a tour of Seal Beach and Belmont Shore.

Black and Ballard chose Seal Beach for its close-knit community, quaint downtown area and proximity to local bike paths. A few minutes from the store, Pedego e-bike riders can enjoy the beach bike path stretching from Belmont Shore to Shoreline Village in Long Beach. They can also head south to Huntington Beach and beyond. With Pedego electric bicycles, distances are no big deal. “My motto is, ‘Hills? Headwinds? Ha!” quips Black. The shop has already drawn a lot of attention. “It’s the solid quality and comfort of these bikes coupled with the exciting riding events that draw people out of their houses for fresh air and fun,” says Ballard. Online interest in Pedego GLB went viral even before the store’s official grand opening. Black, a former staff writer and associate editor at the Toastmaster magazine, has been composing Facebook blog posts detailing the couple’s quest to open the store. Her posts have inspired sharing by Facebook followers (including a lot of Toastmasters) around the world.

To celebrate their grand opening, Pedego GLB is offering a free colorful Pedego sports watch to the first 50 people, 16 and older, who take a test ride. For those who want more riding time, Pedego e-bikes may be rented by the hour or day for a fun cruise along the beach or a group event, such as a family-fun quest (a form of scavenger hunt). Special rides like this will be available by request, taking Pedego riders through both Seal Beach and Long Beach, with stops at the Seal Beach Pier, Naples Island and Alamitos Bay. Pedego GLB has a wide selection of e-bike styles to choose from, including cruisers, tandems, Interceptors, trikes, Trail Trackers (off road) and a petite 24″ size.

About Pedego® Greater Long Beach

Pedego GLB is the Greater Long Beach area’s premier outlet for Pedego Electric Bicycles where customers can choose from purchasing, renting or enjoying a special tour event on an electric bike. Tours can be customized to meet your needs, from a birthday celebration to a Grand Prix meetup. Located at 1065 Pacific Coast Highway, in Seal Beach, you can find Pedego GLB in the Pavilions Shopping Center at the corner of PCH and Main Street. Customers enjoy flexible rentals of hourly or daily duration. Call (562) 296-5782 to reserve bikes for a tour or arrange a rental.

About Pedego®
Pedego® the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating the coolest electric bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. With their chic, stylish designs complemented by a built-in electric hub motor, Pedego® offers a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun! Pedego® electric bicycles are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the fun of cycling and experiencing the outdoors without worrying about hills.  Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit //www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/

Tips for Winter Riding

Don’t let the cold weather stop you from enjoying your Pedego. Here are a few tips for those of you who want to still have your Pedego fun during the winter months.

Layer Up: The most obvious tip for winter riding is to make sure you’re dressed properly to bear the weather conditions. Put your layers on and don’t forget your scarf, hat, and gloves! Remember, you’ll be riding at fast speeds in windy, cold temperatures, and for some of you, that means sub-zero temps so you want to be prepared.

Be Visible: Wear bright, reflective clothing to be more visible to motorists who might otherwise not see you through their foggy windows. Make sure you have reflectors on your bike and use your headlights, taillights, and flashing lights on cloudy days.

Stay Hydrated: It’s essential to stay hydrated during your winter ride and recommended to replenish your body with a bottle of water every hour.  Although you may not feel thirsty, every time you see your breath, think of it as water leaving your body.

Weatherproof your bike: If you don’t have them already, we’d recommend getting fenders to help direct much of the snow, water, and ice off your bike. If you plan to ride in snow, make sure you’ve got studded tires to grip the icy surface. For a Pedego Comfort Cruiser or Pedego Interceptor, we would recommend the Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro Tires

Be Cautious: Look out for road debris such as broken glass, and metal parts that usually accumulates on immediate curb areas.  Watch out for areas with melted snow since these are likely places to find black ice.

 

Ride with Friends: Not only will it help you pass the time and make your ride more enjoyable, having a bike buddy makes it more convenient should you come across a mechanical problem.

Just remember, our bikes are water resistant but not waterproof! So if you get caught in the rain, it’s safe to ride it home, just don’t make a habit out of riding it in the rain. Happy riding!

Hollywood Stars Align for Pedego Electric Bikes

Hollywood Stars Align for Pedego Electric Bikes

William Shatner is the latest celebrity to discover a world of e-biking fun.
William and Elizabeth Shatner prepare for adventure on their Pedego e-bikes.

PRLog (Press Release) - Dec 05, 2012 - Hollywood, California – Pedego Electric bikes have been photographed a lot lately, as a growing number of celebrities are riding the colorful e-bikes around LA. The latest luminary to join Pedego’s constellation of stars is none other than the Captain of the Enterprise himself — actor, author and director William Shatner. In a move that proves a Pedego electric bike makes any trek worth taking, Shatner and wife Elizabeth recently took delivery of two new Pedego Interceptors at Metropolis Bikes in North Hollywood.

While waiting for her bike, Elizabeth exclaimed, “I feel like a kid again!” Her excitement escalated visibly when she saw hers, a spirited Step Thru Pedego Interceptor with balloon tires. When climbing on for the first time, she added, “It’s the same gray-and-blue color combination as our horse stables!” She was referring to the colors of the Shatners’ horse barn at the Belle Reve farm in Kentucky.

Shatner appeared thrilled when he took the helm of his powerful silver Pedego Interceptor. The experienced horseman and motorcycle rider easily leapt on his bike – a sure sign that his adventurous fun-loving spirit has kept him young. Admiring the frame, he said, “This bike is made of so much quality. You can tell. I really love the silver brushed aluminum finish.” The couple spent some time exploring their Pedego electric bikes’ style and workmanship. After that, they smiled for the camera before pedaling down the road on a new adventure together.

Metropolis Bikes owner Brad Wasser stood nearby, delighted, as the Shatners admired their Pedego e-bikes. His shop has supplied many celebrities with bicycles over the years, and he quipped, “It’s a pleasure to put a Hollywood icon on a quality e-bike that will boldly take him where no e-bike has taken him before.”

Other stars recently pictured on Pedego electric bikes include Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, 2004 Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins and celebrity chef Curtis Stone, as well as Billy Ray Cyrus and daughter Miley Cyrus.

Known as “the bike shop to the stars,” Metropolis Bikes of North Hollywood has served the community for 8 years. Located at 4660 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, California, their website offers service you don’t find in every bicycle store: “Whether you’re brand new to cycling… an old pro wanting to upgrade, or a production company looking for a customized prop for your upcoming blockbuster, we’re here to help.” They can be reached at (818) 506-8144.

About Pedego®
Pedego®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating the coolest electric bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric  bike technology. With their chic, stylish designs complemented by a built-in electric hub motor, Pedego® offers a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun! Pedego® electric bicycles are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the fun of cycling and experiencing the outdoors without worrying about hills.  Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit //www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/

Pedego Interceptor Zips Across the Stage at The LA Auto Show

Chevrolet unveiled their brand new all-electric fun vehicle, the Spark EV at the LA Auto Show on Wednesday, November 28th. The car will be available summer 2013 with a price point of $32,500 ( $25,000 after federal tax incentives). Not too shabby for a vehicle that can re-charge 80% of its battery’s capacity in approximately 20 minutes and comes with an 8 year, 100,000-mile warranty.

With over 40 new cars making their debut at the LA Auto Show, Chevrolet sure left a lasting impression with their grand production of the big reveal. There was an eclectic mix of electric vehicles that shared the Chevy stage, among them was our very own Pedego Interceptor that quickly zipped across the platform trailing behind the Spark EV. Electric automobile fun followed by electric bike fun!

Video Source: Bader Media Access

 

 

 

Fun is No Accident on Pedego Electric Bikes

What to do when the road that cyclists share is a dangerous affair.

Pedego’s City Commuter comes equipped with built-in lights.
PRLog (Press Release) – Oct 31, 2012 -

 

If you’re following the law when riding your Pedego electric bike, then you’re wearing a helmet. This is good practice for anyone riding any kind of bike. However, the best way to stay happy and healthy while enjoying your ride is to avoid an accident in the first place. While helmets are great, you’ll be smart to follow some common sense rules to avoid collisions with cars. These guidelines can help you stay safe while sharing the road:

1. Ride with traffic. Riding the wrong way down the street will only increase your chances of being involved in an accident, because you’ll be in places where motorists won’t expect you. Follow the flow of traffic to arrive at your destination safely.

2. Control your speed. Give yourself time to react if a car pulls in front of you. This can be especially useful if you’re crossing in a crosswalk and a car in front of you makes a right turn in your path. If you’re going slowly, you can avoid running into the car.

3. Be as visible as possible. If you don’t have front and rear lights, get some. If your lights have a blinking component, use it. Attach reflective tape to your bike and your clothing, even if you think you’ll only be biking in daylight. Brightly colored safety vests do make it much easier to see you.

4. Use hand signals. Remember the old hand signals they taught in school for right, left and slow-down/stop? Learn them, if you don’t know them, and remember to communicate your plans with others by using them. Simply Google “bicycle hand signals” to find pictures and information. Bonus: The more you move your arms, the more visible you’ll be to drivers.

The best tip of all is to always assume that motorists can’t see you. That’s true, even if you’re right in someone’s path. Ride defensively, keeping your own eyes and options open. If you communicate your presence but expect others to miss seeing you anyway, you’ll be better prepared for surprises down the road. And, best of all, you’ll be able to enjoy a fun and healthy ride on your bike!

About Pedego®
Pedego®,the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating the coolest electric bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. With their chic, stylish designs complemented by a built-in electric hub motor, Pedego® offers a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun! Pedego® electric bicycles are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the fun of cycling and experiencing the outdoors without worrying about hills. Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit //www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

Danville Community College Security Guard Gives Pedego Electric Bike Top Grades

PRLog (Press Release) - Oct 23, 2012 -
In all his 14 years as a security guard, Danny Anthony had never tried an electric bicycle for rounds. So riding one came as serendipity when he took part in a recent college-wide experiment. Anthony’s test impressed him as a discovery of something that could improve the performance of security guards and ultimately increase security on campus. He had tried a Segway-type vehicle in the past, but the Pedego electric bike allowed him to perform his job duties like never before. And it all happened as an afterthought. Danville Community College’s Director of Manufacturing and Technical Services Jerry H. Franklin was implementing a project to study the value of e-bikes on a community. The project, titled “E Bike Danville” was originally designed to study electric bicycles as an option for commuting to school or work. But Franklin thought of an additional purpose: Security. Why not test the bikes to see if they improve security services on campus? So he contacted New Horizon Security Services, the professional security services firm that patrols and protects the college campus. They asked Anthony to participate in the test.

A security guard for 14 years, Anthony began his current position with New Horizon this past January. His job requires covering miles of “rounds” throughout the campus. The test took place during his patrol over a 1-week period last summer. First, he spent two days on a standard mountain bike, recording trial and recovery times. Then, he spent one day comparing the standard bike to a Pedego, side-by-side, for the same tests. Finally, he spent 2 days testing the Pedego electric bike. In all cases, the times were shortened significantly on the Pedego e-bike. With Danville’s rolling hills, performing this task on a standard bike was always a challenge. Regardless of a security guard’s physical condition, rushing to the top of a long incline to answer an emergency call would leave him breathless. Though it wasn’t until Anthony replaced the bicycle with a Pedego electric bike that he realized just how winded he had become at the top of a long climb. The comparison convinced him that he could arrive faster and in better condition to perform security tasks.

His rank of corporal designates that he’s a shift supervisor at the security company, a status that is achieved through years of dedicated service in the security industry. At 51, Anthony has been semi-athletic for a large part of his life. “I ran track and played basketball in High school and in the Army,” he says. Now, he walks a lot for exercise. “I had a recent physical and was told that I was in very good health,” he notes. However, every security guard faces physical challenges on the job. And Danville’s rolling hills can make his work tougher. That’s where the electric bike proved its merit. Throughout the test, he arrived less winded and more ready to complete his job when using the Pedego electric bike. The model that Anthony tested was the City Commuter, which comes with a pedal assist function on top of the regular throttle motor design. He says that the pedal assist works well on Danville’s inclines. “Or sometimes, I just put it at zero and pedal.” he adds. Setting the pedal assist at zero allows the rider to use the throttle for acceleration or to simply pedal without any help from the motor. Often, though, Anthony did make use of the pedal assist. “Around Danville, I rode at a level three,” he reports. Anthony also says that he would likely use the bike to help catch criminal offenders, depending on the situation. If he received a call, for example, that someone up a long hill were running from a building, he would use the Pedego to arrive quickly and prepared for action. “With the Pedego, I’m less winded and more likely to catch a runner,” notes Anthony. Now, he advocates for bringing the security force up to speed on electric bikes, and he’s full of praise for Pedego’s City Commuter. And the city and college are listening. He reports that company management is currently working to add electric bikes for the security staff. The best part will be, students at DCC will rest a little easier knowing Cpl. Anthony and his team can speed to the rescue.

About Pedego®

Pedego ®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating the coolest electric bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. With their chic, stylish designs complemented by a built-in silent electric motor, Pedego® offers a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun! Pedego® electric bicycles are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the fun of cycling and experiencing the outdoors without worrying about hills.  Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit //www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/

Danville Historical Society Gives Tour on E-Bikes

Source: WSET-TV

Posted: Oct 21, 2012 3:09 PM PDT

By Tola Adamson

Danville, VA– The Danville Historical Society gives tours every day in Danville, but on Sunday they used them as an experiment to see if riding e-bikes on the tour would add a fun new element.

There are only three things that make an e-bike different from a regular bike: It has a battery, a motor and a controller.

Jerry Franklin, the director of Technical Services at Danville Community College, believes those components are a nice addition to the tour.

“He said you know, ‘I’ve been meaning to call you because I think this would be a good compliment to your tour,’ so it was his idea but I’m all for it,” said tour guide Joyce Wilburn.

Franklin said it could make the tour a lot easier.

“Especially in a place like Danville because we’ve got a lot of hills, Main Street hills are pretty tough to climb with a bike but with a e-bike you can go right up it with no problem whatsoever.”

“Maybe if you’re a little skeptical about walking a mile, you wouldn’t be so skeptical if you could have a bike that helped you along,” Wilburn said.

The ride was an experiment, but if the feedback is great, they hope to make it a regular thing.

“People from outside would maybe come in and see our beautiful city and no matter what their fitness level would be able to ride a bike around town,”  Wilburn said.

“When we get more people involved in it and as a group and we’re moving up and down the streets, it’s going to be fun, I can feel it in my bones,” said rider David Slayton.

Slayton say it’s a great way to stay active.

“I could use the exercise of course, so I’ll become smarter and healthier hopefully,” Slayton said.

“That’s the key too it makes exercise fun,” Franklin said.

If you want to give the e-bikes a try, you can visit the Spin Bike Shop on Craghead Road in downtown Danville.

 

New Horizon Security Reviews Pedego Electric Bikes on DCC Campus

New Horizon Security Services joined Danville Community College (DCC) in reviewing Pedego Electric Bikes for uses other than just recreation. While DCC focused on evaluating the bikes’ usefulness for commuting to school or work, New Horizon Security focused on their effectiveness for security purposes.

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New Horizon Security Services, Inc., the family-owned and operated professional security services firm that secures the Danville Community College (DCC) campus, joined in reviewing Pedego Electric Bikes for uses other than just recreation.

The project titled “E Bike Danville” was created to determine if the electric bikes could be used as secondary transportation for everyday uses, DCC Director of Manufacturing and Technical Services Jerry H. Franklin said.

While “E Bike Danville” focused on evaluating the bikes’ usefulness for commuting to school or work, New Horizon Security focused on their effectiveness for security purposes. New Horizon Security employee Cpl. Danny Anthony spent one week on the DCC campus and used a traditional mountain bike and a Pedego electric bike to examine the difference in fatigue and security patrol and response times.

With the motor of the electric bike providing extra assistance, Anthony said he had a much easier time securing the campus.

Danville Community College employees Scott Barnes and Jerry Franklin with New Horizon Security Services employee Cpl. Danny Anthony on a Pedego electric bike.

 

“I was tired in between patrolling and at the end of the day with the mountain bike,” Anthony said. “But the electric bike was great. I wasn’t tired at the end of the day and I was able to cover the entire campus in a shorter amount of time, which means security would be able to respond to emergency situations quicker and more effectively.”

The study was such a success the company started using the bikes out of the Richmond Branch office.

“We were very impressed with how effective the electric bikes were for patrols,” New Horizon Security President John “J.J.” Frazer said. “When officers can cover more ground in less time they can do a better job of securing people and property on a site. These bikes help us provide even higher quality security services.”

About New Horizon Security Services, Inc.

New Horizon Security Services, Inc. is a family-owned and operated professional security services firm specializing in providing high quality armed and unarmed security officers in support of government agencies, private businesses, commercial and retail properties, construction projects, defense contractor facilities, gated residential communities, and public service buildings. The company operates throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. New Horizon is Platinum-certified by the Green Business Bureau, recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the top 5000 small business in America in 2011 and 2012, and honored by the US Senate Productivity and Quality Award of Virginia as one of the 2011 “12 to Watch” small businesses distinguished for performance excellence, job growth, and commitment to quality. New Horizon also operates a VA DCJS-certified Security Training Academy offering specialized defensive certification training and DCJS-required unarmed and armed security training. For more information, call 1.703.368.6477 or visithttp://www.newhorizonsecurity.com.

Pedego Electric Bikes Wheels and Deals at Australia’s Ausbike Expo

PRLog (Press Release) - Oct 09, 2012 -


Pedego Electric Bikes will mark their first exhibit at the Ausbike (http://ausbike.com.au/) conference in Melbourne, Australia, October 12 – 14. Company co-owners Terry Sherry and Don DiCostanzo are excited about participating for the first time in this conference, as their electric bikes have been gaining momentum all over the country. Pedego CFO Sherry says, “This conference hosts a huge number of bicycling enthusiasts, many of whom have heard about Pedego and are eager to test one.” Pedego was given exhibit space #001 – a testament to that enthusiasm.

Pedego Electric Bikes is expanding in Australia, and the company is currently seeking prospective dealership partners. Sherry will be available throughout the conference to speak with any locals who would like to learn more about becoming a Pedego distributor. Interested parties attending the Ausbike trade show are encouraged to visit the Pedego exhibit and request a meeting.

Pedego’s burgeoning success in Australia is due in part to their wide selection of colors and styling options not previously available to the country’s electric bicycle market. All of Pedego’s Classic California beach cruiser, Step-thru, Commuter and Tandem models meet the standards for electric bikes in Australia. Each is equipped with a proven 250-Watt motor and pedelec system that will provide motored assistance as you pedal up any incline or against a strong headwind. Offering more than a 25-mile range on all models, and a potential reach of 40 miles with a battery upgrade, each Pedego electric bike can take its rider almost anywhere. The addition of Pedego Electric Bikes to the Ausbike trade show will bring a new dimension of biking fashion and fun to this event. Visitors to the show are invited to stop by, meet the staff and see the new models.

Inaugurated in 2009, Ausbike is Australia’s first and largest national trade show for bicycle-related businesses and cycling enthusiasts. The event includes all kinds of cycling and presents hundreds of exhibitors offering a large selection of biking accessories from Australia and around the world. The exhibition offers more than 32,000 square feet of booths, tracks and meeting venues. Visitors will be able to see brands from around the world, view a sizeable collection of vintage bikes on display, try some new 2013 bike models, and catch up on the new cycling fashion trends — for both urban and sports use.

About Pedego®

Pedego® the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating the coolest electric bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. With their chic, stylish designs complemented by a built-in silent electric motor, Pedego® offers a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun! Pedego® electric bicycles are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the fun of cycling and experiencing the outdoors without worrying about hills. Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit //www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/

Pedego Electric Bike Owners say “Ha!” to Hills, Headwinds and High Gas Prices

PRLog (Press Release) - Oct 08, 2012 -


Pedego Electric Bikes has reached out to the community during the current gas price emergency, and the orders for e-bikes are roaring in. With gas prices leaping like a sports car over a row of armored payroll trucks, the news for commuters has been dire. Pedego Electric Bikes co-owner and CEO Don DiCostanzo says that Pedego has successfully spread the word about a lower-cost way to arrive at work fresh, happy and ready to start the day. “New battery technology helps Pedego electric bikes to travel farther reliably, go more affordably and flatten hills like never before. These bikes allow riders to arrive at their destination without soaking their clothes in sweat,” says DiCostanzo. The result has been more Pedego electric bike riders enjoying fewer trips to the gas station.

Gas prices have been rising across the nation, and in California the cost of gasoline is approaching $5.50 per gallon — a record high at the pump. However, not all commuters are willing to pony up a small fortune for each tank of fuel. Even those who must travel several miles to work are switching to electric bicycles. Pedego’s quality and focus on customer service have helped e-bike riders feel confident that they’ll arrive at work on time, regardless of hills or headwinds. DiCostanzo is happy to see Pedego owners skip gas pump sticker shock with the help of their Pedego bikes. “The investment Pedego owners have made in their e-bikes is paying off,” he says. There’s an added bonus, according to DiCostanzo. The ride is often more relaxing and refreshing than the typical traffic snarl car drivers face on the way to and from work.

Commuters who must arrive at work fresh or anyone who prefers to see less of their gas station is invited to visit their nearest Pedego Electric Bikes dealership and ask for a free test ride. DiCostanzo is so certain that the time is right for drivers to make the switch that he’s offering a free Pedego sports watch to anyone who takes a test ride at a participating Pedego Electric Bikes dealership. Nothing else is required to receive a watch.

About Pedego®
Pedego®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating the coolest electric bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. With their chic, stylish designs complemented by a built-in silent electric motor, Pedego® offers a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun! Pedego® electric bicycles are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the fun of cycling and experiencing the outdoors without worrying about hills.  Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit //www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/

Even More Fun!

What do Pedego owners do with all the cash they save?

“Pedego owners save money on gas. No mystery there. The only question to ask them now is: How will you spend it?”

Since Pedego is all about fun, it was great to see that each Pedego owner has a whole lot of fun planned for his or her windfall. Susan Krant of Ashland, Oregon, loves that she saves money on gas and burns calories. With both benefits, she’ll be at her best when she uses the money toward a fabulous trip of a lifetime. “I’ll use the money I save,” she says, “to help when I go to Greece for my 50th birthday!” Other Pedego owners are also saving for big dreams. Elaine Frank, who enjoys country life outside of Spring Green, Wisconsin, rides her Pedego electric bike an average of 20 miles, regularly, to visit nearby towns and go to work. “I’ve only purchased two tanks of gas for my car all summer since receiving my Pedego in early June,” she reports. Frank’s savings will help her enjoy Europe in 2013. “I’m using my savings for Paris fun money!” Krant’s friend, Shirley Remington of Ashland Oregon, rides to work daily at her beauty salon. She’s excited about the savings in gas money but feels that other benefits are even more valuable. “[Using my Pedego Interceptor] has reduced my carbon footprint and brought joy into my morning and afternoon commute,” she says. “I live in a small Southern Oregon town that’s filled with flora and charm. When riding to work and back, I experience this beauty in a way that could not be experienced in a car.”

One noticeable thing about people riding Pedegos is how much they smile. Kelly Pritchett of Dillon, Colorado, must have been grinning when explaining by e-mail what her Pedego has brought to her. “I save hundreds in all those unwritten parking tickets,” she quips. But Pritchett really does have something to smile about. With her savings, she’s buying a versa board. It’s half Kayak and half stand-up paddleboard. She only has one mystery to solve. “I just need to figure out how to tow it with my bike!” Then there are those who simply use the savings to pay for their Pedego. Tim O’Connor has made a big transportation change leading to even bigger financial rewards. “My commute is about 4.5 miles, each way, and my vehicle is a Chevy Tahoe,” he says. “Before I got my Pedego, I filled up a thirty gallon tank twice a month. Now I buy gas every six weeks. The Interceptor has paid for itself, and then some.” Most of these people can’t help repeating one more comment: “I love my Pedego!” Sure, cash savings are wonderful, but perhaps — after all else is said — love is the greatest gift of all.

 

Dollars & Changes

How Pedego owners pedal away from gas pump sticker shock.

“My Pedego Interceptor has flattened out the foothills and all of a sudden , I have 20-year-old legs.”

Audrey Crouch of San Diego, California, used to be bothered by how much money she was wasting on gas during the short commutes to her job as a veterinary technician. She bought a Pedego and was surprised by the amount of money she has since saved. “I would have to say that I’m spending half as much money on gas as I was before I bought my Pedego,” says Crouch. “Plus, if I need to make a trip to a local store, I don’t even bother using my car anymore, so my savings actually increase.” Working with animals all day can be tiring, Crouch admits. Still, she doesn’t hesitate to ride her Pedego. “I love that on days when the dogs tire me out, I don’t even have to pedal home. Just enjoy the ride.” What Crouch and other Pedego owners know is that most car trips are a waste of money. According to the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, a quarter of all trips that drivers take are within a single mile from home. About half of the working population commutes 5 miles or less to work.

In the US, skipping the bus is the norm. But the shocker is: drivers use a personal vehicle for trips of 5 miles or less a whopping 82 percent of the time. That can add up to a lot of nickels plunked down at the gas station. Senior Terryl Johnson of Greenville, South Carolina, was experiencing difficulties with standard bikes due to his age. Johnson’s knees could no longer handle his region’s steep terrain. It all changed when he and his wife, Shelley Johnson, switched to Pedego electric bikes. “My Pedego Interceptor has flattened out the foothills and all of sudden I have 20-year-old legs,” says Johnson. Now the couple takes their dog Mitzi for rides that add up to as much as 75 miles per week. Shelley tells everyone how much fun and exercise they’re enjoying while saving gas dollars. “We ride our Pedegos downtown to go out to eat a few times a week. We’ve gone shopping to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings and ride the Swamp Rabbit Trail (Rails to Trails in Greenville, SC) to get exercise and fresh air.”

Lynn Danaher of Friday Harbor, Washington, uses her bike for transportation around San Juan Island. She‘s been riding her Pedego electric bike since May and she uses it every day for errands, grocery shopping and recreational riding — with an emphasis on that last part. “I can’t begin to express the joy I feel and the fun it gives me each and every day. I feel like a kid again,” says Danaher. Danaher has saved more than $500 in gas costs. She never lacks a parking space and has lost eight pounds. “What could be better?” she notes.

The Latest in Positive Pedego Reviews

Below are the latest Pedego customer reviews. Click here to see more customer reviews!

 

 

Frank L. of Barnhill, OH

Summary: Great Bike!

Review: I have owned many electric bikes(8), starting in 2002, but none have been as high a quality and overall satisfaction as my Pedego. I love it!

Frank L. (aka Santa Claus) posing on the beach with his orange Step-Thru Cruiser

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Pedego Electric Bikes “I Wanna Go Riding” TV Commercial

Our 30 second Pedego Electric Bikes commercial can be seen on cable networks such as Fox News, CNN, MSNBC Bloomberg, A&E, HGTV, and Bravo over the next 3 months in South Orange County territory. There was so much we wanted to convey in such a short amount of time so limiting the shots and narrative was a little difficult. In the end, we’re extremely happy with the final cut and hope this motivates you to get out there and ride a Pedego! What are your thoughts on the commercial?

Pedego Electric Bike Giveaways!

We’ve got quite a few giveaways going on at the moment and thought we’d share them all with you on one page! Eligibility and contest rules vary with each giveaway so please click on the links to see if you’re eligible.

Pedego’s “Post It to Win It!” Facebook Giveaway

No purchase necessary. Open to all US residents 18 years and older.

We are giving away 1 Pedego per month for the rest of 2012. Promotion begins the 1st of every month. A winner will be announced on Facebook at the beginning of the following month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold & Silver Pawn Shop “His & Hers Pedego Electric Bike” Giveaway

The History Channel’s highest rated TV series, ‘Pawn Stars’ is giving away a His & Hers Pedego electric bike. No purchase necessary. Open to all US residents 18 years or older. Excludes retail employees of Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, directors, officers, representatives and agents of Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, representatives, affiliates, subsidiaries, promotion agencies, assignees, personal associates, families, as well as those with whom they reside.

Contest opens 9/01/2012 at 12:00AM PST and closes on 11/09/2012 at 12:00AM PST.

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Mike’s® Hard Lemonade & Pedego Electric Bike Sweepstakes 1

No purchase necessary. Must be 21 years of age or older to enter. This sweepstakes is only open to legal residents of the states of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Sweepstakes begins 9/16/2012 at 12:00AM EST and ends on 10/13/2012 at 11:59PM EST. All drawings will take place on or about 10/16/2012. Winners will be notified by mail and phone on or about 10/20/2012.

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Mike’s® Hard Lemonade & Pedego Electric Bike Sweepstakes 2

No purchase necessary. Must be 21 years of age or older to enter. This sweepstakes is only open to legal residents in the state of Michigan.

Sweepstakes begins 9/23/2012 at 12:00AM EST and ends on 10/6/2012 at 11:59PM EST. All drawings will take place on or about 10/08/2012. Winners will be notified by mail and phone on or about 10/12/2012.

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Amplify Credit Union Parmer Branch Grand Opening Prize Drawing

Courtesy of Pedego dealer, Rocket Electrics

No purchase, payment, or obligation necessary to enter or win. Open only to members in good standing of Amplify, or legal residents eligible for Amplify membership, 18 years of age or older as of October 5, 2012. Officers, employees, agents, and contractors of Amplify Federal Credit Union and their family members living in the same household are not eligible to enter the drawing. The drawing is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws, and regulations.

The promotion begins on 9/22/2012 at 9:00AM CT and ends at midnight CT on 10/05/2012. Drawing for prizes will be held on or about Wednesday, October 20, 2012.

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Video Footage from Interbike 2012

The Pedego team had a wonderful time at Interbike 2012 in Las Vegas, NV! It was great to see a number of current Pedego dealers as well as prospective dealers. The days seemed to pass by quickly as we met with bicycle enthusiasts, manufacturers, bloggers, marketers, and even competitors from across the globe.

Our colorful Pedego watches were a huge hit at the Interbike convention but the star of the show was our new trail bike (which has yet to be named). Riders anxiously waited in line to take the 4 inch wheeled Pedego for a spin around the test track. The responses we received were extremely positive, with most riders telling us how impressed they were with the smooth ride and fast speed.

Below are a few videos taken at the Pedego booth:

Pedego Booth Tour 
Source: Turbo Bob

Turbo Bob stopped by our booth to get a quick video of the Pedego space & all our bikes!

LA Times’ Inside Look at Interbike
Source: LA Times

Fast forward to 1:45 to see LA Times’ brief coverage on electric bikes, featuring Pedego models.

Electric Bike Review Interviews Pedego Co-founder, Don DiCostanzo
Source: Court Rye of ElectricBikeReview.com

Don’s in-depth interview with Court Rye covered the history of Pedego, the introduction and specs of all Pedego models, as well as advice and tips on Pedego maintenance.

Active Times Names Pedego City Commuter in list of “Top Ten” Best Bikes for Women

In their roundup of the top 10 best bikes for women, The Active Times narrowed down their choices by selecting unique bikes from different categories. These categories ranged from mountain bikes to folding bikes, with Pedego’s City Commuter being the only electric bike model included on the list!

Pedego Step-Thru City Commuter

Click here to view the entire article.

Pedego’s 1st Time Exhibiting at Eurobike was a Success!

Despite the delayed flight, missed layover, and lost luggage, we had a great time at EUROBIKE! Over the course of 3 days, we made some high quality connections and successfully sold all 8 Pedego electric bikes that we brought with us. Our booth was the perfect platform to present all our models including our new City Commuters which were a hit! We’re in full tradeshow mode and are looking forward to making our debut at ExpoCycle in Canada next week, followed by our return to Interbike in Las Vegas for the 4th year in a row. Here are a few pictures from EUROBIKE:

“No other bike could have started me riding again.” – Jan B. of Calgary, AB

I had not ridden a bike in over 20 years before I purchased my pedego electric cruiser. I did a lot of research and finally settled on this bike. I have not regretted my decision. I live in Canada, putting many miles on my bike – some of them in the Rocky Mountains as I live near Banff. This bike takes the hills with no effort. I had a problem with it just before my warranty ran out. The dealership where I bought it had closed down, but Paul at Pedego came through. I am very impressed with this company.

Click on the link to see more Pedego reviews!

“Well built by a company that stands behind its products” – Britt K. of Huntington Beach, CA

I bought a comfort cruiser in April of 2012. I needed a bike that met all the requirements for riding on bike trails in Orange County California so that I could use it to commute the 14.2 miles (one way) that I must to work. After accumulating 2000 miles on this great electric bike I can do nothing but recommend it strongly.

There was about a month long period at the beginning where I needed to constantly tighten loosening spokes on the rear wheel as it “settled in” to the tremendous stress of my 195 lb weight and the torque that the 500 watt electric motor delivers to the rear wheel. Eventually one of the spokes broke. Now, 4 months later the rear wheel spokes never need any adjustment. Nothing else and I do mean nothing on this bike has broken or been a problem yet. The battery seems to keep it’s charge just as long as when it was new even after 2000 miles and the bike continues to run strong every day to work and back.

This is a simple, fast, reliable bike and the folks at Pedego (I use the Huntington Beach Store) are fantastic. Great customer service is always available by their friendly, knowledgable staff.

Buy a PEDEGO ….. you will love it.

Click here to view other customer testimonials!

Pedego City Commuter – Sleek and Desirable

Below is a review by Turbo Bob of our newest electric bike model, the “City Commuter”:

Sometimes the thrills in life come with great timing.   This post is slathered in it.   I had the sudden urge to see and ride the brand-new Pedego City Commuter after viewing a Facebook post featuring it.   Late Monday evening I blasted out a few emails to the local shops that carry Pedegos and one to the folks I know at Pedego to see who had one on the floor I could try-out.   Minutes later I was invited by the CEO of this fun company, Don DiCostanzo, for a day I’ll never forget.

It turns out that the first two shipments of these where already sold before the bike even hit their website.   With good luck, it turned out that our new local Pedego dealer, Pedego Coronado, had just taken delivery of a pair.   Better still, Don was going to be there the next morning to orchestrate a professional photo shoot, and I was invited to tag along.   When I arrived I was greeted and treated like a VIP by everyone in attendance.

In addition to Allen, the shop’s owner, his top man Shaun was there. Don had brought along his right-hand gal, Ashley, to make sure things went as planned.   The six professional models he hired were all smiles and anxious to get the photo shoot on track.   While the outfits were being decided on and the make-up being applied (not to me), Don and I got a chance to talk E-bikes, Pedego, and the City Commuter.

All smiles and enjoying my time with the brand-new Pedego City Commuter

If there is one thing I took away from the day, it is a total respect for the business plan Pedego follows.   (Read the interview linked below).   I have been a fan of the style and quality of their bikes since my first ride on a Pedego E-cruiser.   They have cornered the market with the best electric-assist beach bikes money can buy (available all over the world).   Yet, not being much for that type of bike (I am all about what I call college bikes), I was never totally enthralled with the ways of Pedego.   Things have changed in a big way for them (with the introduction of the commuter E-bike)  and for they way I see them.

Back to the timing thing.   I wanted to immerse myself in the new City Commuter and did so fully.   I spent hours in the saddle following this entourage of beautiful people around Coronado.   We rode, stopped, took pictures, talked and laughed all day long.   The weather was perfect, the people were awesome and the bikes were everywhere.   We had two City Commuters, eight E-Cruisers (in so many bright and shiny colors) and the brand-new Pedego Trike (I rode that too, nice) in our fun-filled group.

The Pedego City Commuter took longer to bring to market than they expected.   That had to do with their strive for perfection and making sure it was ready for the masses.   With smooth riding 28 inch Schwalbe tires and optimized frame geometry, I was comfortable at all times.   The comfy seat even has a hidden compartment to hold your keys and pocket items.   The upright seating position is aided by the quick-adjust multi-position stem attached to the handlebars.

With more power than you need, the 500 watt geared motor is another change from what Pedego has been offering for years.   They made sure to get the highest-quality, quietest brushless geared motor for this E-bike.   With a new material for the gears, they claim it will have little to no problems as the years go by.   It is close to silent, unlike so many geared-motored E-bikes I ride.   The smooth, quiet power impressed me all day long.

This bike is out-fitted with dual-control.   A five level pedelec assist works in conjunction with the half hand throttle to give you full control of your assist.   I am always talking about how pedelecs need an off setting for the automatic pedelec function, this bike has it.   With safety motor cut-off switches in both brake handles and a extra function that allows a quick back-pedal to shut down the motor, this E-bike covers all the bases in easy and safe control of the motor.

Speced with a great display panel, you can get all your information with a quick glance.   Sporting the normal read-outs, it also has a place to see your motor’s wattage usage.   A back-lighting feature comes on when you power-up the factory installed road lighting package.   I didn’t get a chance to ride at night to evaluate the brightness of the headlamp and tail light, but Don told me they were up to par with every other quality item on this new E-bike.

It comes with all the goodies too.   Fenders with mud flaps, chain guard, kickstand, flat-protection, and a rack.   The bell is integrated into one of the brake levers.   The hand grips and seat are not only color-coordinated, but give a nice feel.   Metal pedals are another indicator of Pedego’s push to make a quality E-bike that will last you a long time.   The seven-speed shifting system worked so well that it didn’t raise any issues for me to really check it out that closely.

Another thing this City Commuter has are a massive set of disc brakes front and rear.   It has the power to climb any hill and the brake power to slow it up on the way back down.   You will find that you can get this E-bike in a 36 volt or 48 volt version.   Only the best battery components are tucked in the rack mounted battery, Don assured me.   Tons of power and miles of range are a given with such nice pieces.   If the is one thing this bike doesn’t have, that is a clock feature in the display.   I guess I am the only one who would want it, as most everyone else wears a watch or carries a cell phone.   It’s ok, there is a clock in my camera.   And, it fits easily in the hidden seat compartment.

As I am still in love with my four-year old E-bike that has treated me so well, I am not in the shopping mode.   Still, with each new bike I ride, I think about how nice it would be to move on to something more advanced.   I could totally see my wife and I owning and riding a pair of these well-designed and performing E-bikes.   Plus, they just look so darn good.   One day I will be ready to modernize our biking fleet and from what I can see, these would fit the bill in perfect fashion.

I wanted to spend more time talking about Pedego Coronado, the great promo shots they took, the amount of fun I had, and the respect I have for Pedego and all the folks who make the bikes happen.   Another day perhaps.   For now, a deep-felt thanks for everyone who made this special day come to be.

Thank you so very much, Turbo Bob.

Click here to visit Turbo Bob’s Bike Blog!

 

“The best electric bike you can buy” – Norm O. of Huntington Beach, CA

Customer Review from Norm:

After retiring over two years ago, I bought a gas scooter from Dave in Huntington Beach. I love it and still have it, but he had these cool electric bikes…. A month later I took a test ride and was hooked. In 2 years, I’ve ridden over 2,000 miles and my Pedego is as good as it was when it was new. I love to spend my afternoons riding on the beach from Newport To Sunset. I have tried to flatten the battery riding 20-25 miles plus, but I can’t do it…bullet proof. The only problem I’ve had is with my wife, she rode mine and then we went back to see Dave and order her Pedego. Now we ride together, it saved the marriage. I can’t say enough about the dealers and the Corp staff, Don, Terry, and Ashley. Their customer service is impeccable. Thanks Pedego.

Click here to read more Pedego reviews!

“Great choice if you want a quality electric bike” – Lisa Z. of Pike Road, AL

What a blast! Took me all of 5 minutes to assemble which only meant attaching the handle bars and pedals…and they included the tools. We didn’t have a dealer in Alabama so I had to call the factory in California after reading an article about it in the Wall Street Journal. Most comfortable bike I have rode in years and it goes surprisingly fast. Much better then a scooter because it looks like a normal bike, you can pedal when you want, and it goes very fast. It came charged and 99.9 assembled. Beautiful bike. I bought the navy blue with gray tires. I am no longer left in the dust when my family goes on bike rides…and I love the little bell. Well worth the money and excellent customer service.

Start building your own Pedego Electric Bike!

“Top Notch” – Mike M. of Oceanside, CA

I never had an electric bike but heard many horror stories. This Pedego Electric is very superior to almost anything out there..more than I thought I’d spend but after 600 miles or so, many recharges and never a failure I love it.
Keep up the good work folks.

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Pedego Step-Through Featured in The Wall Street Journal

The weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal did a full feature article on the emerging catagory of electric bikes. Here is an excerpt: The Couch on Wheels

Pedego Step-Through Cruiser
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The Pedego is the Lincoln Town Car of electric bikes: cushy, comfortable and huge. The riding position is fully upright—the handlebars practically reach out to you. It’s the closest thing you’ll find to a lounge chair on two wheels.

Although bike shops stock Pedego bikes, you can also configure and order one online. You start by choosing the color of your frame and rims (there are 11 choices, ranging from subdued to splashy) along with the color and style of your tires. The $180 “balloon package” gets you extra-squishy handlebar grips covered in stitched leather, a plusher suspension seat, and big, fat, puncture-resistant tires.

The Pedego uses a simple push-button throttle rather than pedal assist. I found the power on the standard model to be more than adequate, but if you’re looking for an extra boost, the Interceptor model ($2,395), which was designed for police departments, ups the power from 36 volts to 48. This, no doubt, is what they’ll be riding on the remake of “Chips.” Starting at $1,895, pedegoelectricbikes.com.

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“Man I dig these bikes” – Buddy K. of Seattle, WA

Bought two bikes without a test ride based solely on the pedego presentation and reviews I saw. The chap Stan I purchased them from was very prompt with all communication regarding the sale, almost like buying from a favorite uncle. We live in Seattle and have steep hills, on my second day I took it up a 21 grade and darn it if the electric bike did make it! I had to pedal hard but it got up with my 57 year old legs. This is a hill I need to walk my uber expensive mountain bike up. I had a scratch on the frame (my fault) a call to pedego and they sent paint for both bikes no charge. Cant wait for pedego accessories to come to market.
My wife and I are bonding and seeing the neighborhood like never before.
I like it when a product exceeds my expectations, get the 15ah battery if you expect hills. we have signed up for a MS ride.
Can’t wait to blow by the road bikes ringing my cool handlebar bell “on your left”

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Pedego Huntington Beach Thrills to Full-Throttle Start

Sales at electric bike store triple owner’s goal in first 3 months.

By Beth Black, Huntington Beach, CA July 17, 2012 -

Tom Bock’s formula for success was simple: Make fun hit the turf in a city known for surf. It worked. Pedego Huntington Beach, his new electric bicycle store located two blocks from the beach on the corner of 5th and Olive streets, has tripled its original sales goals in the first 3 months of business. Since March 1, the store has sold 72 bikes, averaging 24 bikes per month, when the original business plan called for sales of only eight bikes per month, according to Bock. And summer is heating up business even more. Locals and beach visitors escaping inland heat, but seeking a surfing alternative, have discovered a stylish way to stay cool on the beach this summer: Pedego electric bikes. With customers choosing between sales, rentals and guided tours, business in this locally-owned venture is booming.


Bike sales at Pedego Huntington Beach started out brisk, even before the official grand opening in March. Now in summer, the store’s popularity has established itself as the city’s premier location to purchase Pedego electric bicycles. Bock, a Huntington Beach resident, points to the sheer fun of electric biking and quality of the Pedego brand as the reason. “These are the best bikes I’ve seen,” he says. “The bikes also offer a green alternative to cars and an easy way to beat beach traffic when running errands.”

The store also rents Pedego electric bikes at hourly and daily rates, and at approximately 800 rentals so far, this part of the business has far exceeded Bock’s expectations as well. Renters were typically locals during the spring, but summer tourists have flocked to the store after reading brochures in their hotels. Renters often get hooked. “A number of renters return to make a purchase,” says Bock. “The comment I hear repeatedly is that they haven’t had so much fun on a bike in 20 years.”

Pedego Huntington Beach also offers a daily “Three Pier Tour” pedaling to Huntington Beach Pier, Newport Beach Pier and Balboa Pier with stops at Newport Harbor and The Wedge. Reservations are required for this popular activity.

About Pedego® Huntington Beach
Pedego Huntington Beach is the city’s only electric bike store offering sales, rentals and guided tours. Pedego Huntington Beach is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 6 PM. Located one block off Main Street on the corner of 5th and Olive streets, Pedego Huntington Beach is just 2 blocks from the beach. They offer a three-pier tour going to Newport Beach and back daily with reservations. Please visit PedegoHB for more information.

About Pedego®
Pedego®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating the coolest electric bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric-bike technology. With their chic, stylish designs complemented by a built-in electric hub motor, Pedego® offers a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun! Pedego® Electric Bicycles are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the fun of cycling and experiencing the outdoors without worrying about hills. Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world.

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Customer Review on Pedego Electric Bike’s Replacement Part Service

Here is a review from Jan L. of Chico, CA. on Pedego’s Replacement Part Service:

We no more than got our new Pedego bike home and as carefully as possible, removing it out of our RAV4, did we pop off the front reflector. I e-mailed the company on Saturday, knowing I would probably hear back on Monday. Not only did we hear back on the same weekend day, but also was informed that the part was on its way! I call that excellent service. Thank you Pedego Electric Bikes!!!

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High Quality, Economical and So Much Fun! – Larry C. of Laguna Woods

My total experience with Pedego has been beyond excellent. I’m a 66 yr. old man and bought my Pedego 2 years ago to get some exercise and save some money on gas. It’s become my second car. Whenever possible I ride it rather than drive. I love it most because it’s so cool and so much fun to ride! I lost 40 lbs. since buying this high quality bike just riding it every day. Customer Service is fantastic. They bend over backwards to help you. I would recommend Pedego to anyone who wants a high quality, economical electric bicycle.

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“Best bike ever!” – Cassandra of Manhattan Beach, CA

Bought my Pedego two months ago and use it as a daily commuter in the south bay where I live. My office isn’t too far from home, but there are some big hills in between. No problem with my Pedego! it’s so convenient not to worry about finding parking and feeding the meter wherever I go. My car is a hybrid and I can’t remember the last time I had to fill the tank. Commuting via Pedego is fun and fast. I have taken it twice from Manhattan Beach to Santa Monica (and back) to visit friends on lovely summer days. Each time, I’ve cruised the bike path and avoided the summer traffic snarl. Love this bike. So glad I bought it! And, when I thought I had a mechanical problem, Pedego’s staff (Terry) helped me out immediately so I was back riding within minutes. Last benefit worth mentioning, since I am riding every day, I am getting more exercise, looking and feeling stronger, healthier and slimmer. Love it!

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Fun, healthy, affordable, and GREEN transportation!

Here is a great video that one of our dealers, Practical Cycle created starring real customers riding Pedego electric bikes. Practical Cycle is a family owned business located in Sacramento, CA that offers Pedego bike rentals near the American River  Parkway bicycle path. If you’re in the area, stop by and test ride a Pedego!

 

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A special delivery of chocolates…

Every so often, we receive hand written or typed letters from our customers expressing how much they love their Pedegos. Here is a letter we received this morning from a very generous and happy customer. And by generous, we mean it came with a huge box of chocolates! THANK YOU.

Pedego Service Team:

Thank you for taking care of our riding machine, the Interceptor. You deserve to be recognized for superior customer service and your team did an awesome job handling our situation. In appreciation of your service we are giving you chocolate from the newest project at our non-profit Center here in Long Beach. Most of our services come from in-house healing yoga, and personal training and we are happy to finally be able to export our love to you in this form.

The chocolate that is being given to you is very special. None of the ingredients in these chocolate bars have been heat processed over 120 degrees, keeping the nutritional benefits of all of the whole food ingredients of these bars. If you feel extra good from these, just be reminded your brain might not be used to the intense power they have to offer, due to their superior nutrition. We hope you take this positivity and keep on spreading the love that you gave to us. And if you ever need to throw a chocolate party at your office, we got your back!

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We are having a blast with our Pedego Bikes! – Serena R.

Here’s what Serena R from Orlando, FL had to say about her Pedego electric bike:

What fun we have had with the two bikes we bought from Pedego. I have a beautiful yellow bike and my husband has a black one. Everywhere we go people stop us to ask about our bikes. I find myself getting out more and riding since I have the electric back up. It really helps when I am coming back from the store with all my groceries! Thank you Pedego for making such a great quality product and providing us so much fun.

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Customized Pedego Electric Bikes

Pedego electric bikes come in a variety of colors ranging from classic black & white to vibrant colors such as our newest design, the coral step-through cruiser with turquoise rims! Once you select the type of Pedego electric bike you want, you can customize your bike by frame color, tire color, and rim color.

Here are just a few “Special Edition” Pedegos that we’ve designed over the years:

Tommy Bahama - Pedego Classic Cruiser Electric Bike

Anaheim Angels - Pedego Classic Cruiser Electric Bike (created specifically for the Tim Salmon Foundation)

4th of July - Pedego Classic Cruiser Electric Bike

LA Lakers - Pedego Classic Cruiser Electric Bike

SF Giants - Pedego Classic Cruiser Electric Bike

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Pedego Pin It To Win It Contest!

Enter Pedego Electric Bikes’  

Pinterest contest on Facebook!

We are giving away one custom bike per month–

see the contest rules here.

Instructions:

-Create a Pinterest pin of your own custom Pedego Electric Bike by using the “Pin It to Win It” tab on our Facebook page (http://facebook.com/pedegoelectricbikes); or by using the “Pin It” button after building a bike on our website (http://pedegoelectricbikes.com).

-Post the pin on your Pinterest page on any of your boards.

-We will compile all pins submitted within the contest entry dates and randomly select a winner at the end of each month of the contest.  

Have fun – we can’t wait to see your pins!

Enter as many times as you would like by pinning different custom bikes (excluding Tandem or Trike models). Open to US residents only, 18 or older.

Pinterest is invite-only, so if you haven’t already joined, you can request an invite from Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/about/help/

Outstanding bike – I recommend it without reservation!

See Joe’s full review here!

Review: I bought a Pedego Step-Thru Interceptor Model which I’ve had for about 2 months now. It is truly outstanding and I’d like to list some specifics that I’ve found:

1. Weight and bulk – this bike is more or less equivalent to driving a GMC Yukon. It lacks the agility of a light mountain bike, but is quite stable and comfortable to ride. There is a learning curve re controlling it but in a week, the owner will master it and be quite confident and proficient.
2. Comments on the electric motor assist (I find this to be invaluable for the following reasons):
a. Stamina enhancer – I am 73 and, although I’m in pretty good shape physically, I don’t have the sheer stamina that I used to; it is very nice when I’ve gone a long distance, i.e., 15-20 miles without assist, to know that I have the electric assist in reserve for the return trip, especially the twist throttle that allows me to ride without pedaling.
b. Acceleration: due to the bike’s weight and bulk, it is sometimes difficult to get going from a stop, especially on an incline – in these situations, I find that the motor will give a much appreciated boost to get me up to speed when it would be very difficult without the assist.
c. Motor can keep you out of trouble in “bunch-up” situations: I do most of my riding on a bike path on Cape Cod – in the summer, it is very congested and people have a habit of riding in packs, occupying most of width of the bike path, which can be very harrowing if you encounter them. In these situations, I simply engage the motor, sound the bell and glide past most of them in less than a minute, accompanied by looks of amazement and envy on their part.
d. Ease of top speed adjustment: I found that my insurance carrier would not issue me liability insurance for the e-bike unless its top speed was 15 mph. As shipped from the factory, it has a nominal top speed of 20 mph. I found, when I called the factory, that the folks there were extremely helpful and told me how to access a potentiometer in the rear of the bike (extremely easy to do) and adjust its speed by turning a screw on the potentiometer.
This was extremely important to me because I felt that the danger of liability if I happened to injure someone was imply too great to act as a self-insurer! This alone makes the e-bike the one of choice as far as I’m concerned.
e. Battery charge longevity: I’ve never driven 30 miles on battery alone, but after 3-5 miles of assist, I’ve found that the charge still registers “full.” I think the Lithium ion battery is superb and am extremely happy with its capacity (I have the 48 ampere battery, which is standard with the Interceptor).

As far as I’m concerned, the Pedigo is the best on the market and fairly priced. Their dealer network is expanding and I am confident that once the public “catches on” that we will see many more of them.

  • Reviewed By: Joe G.
  • Review Date: 27 May 2012
  • Reviewer Location: Cambridge, MA

It ain’t easy being green: Miley Cyrus’ new $2000 electric bike

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She’s been working out like crazy recently and was obviously planning to continue her healthy lifestyle with the purchase of a new $2000 Pedego electric bike.

But Miley Cyrus’ pedal down to her local coffee shop fell flat today as she got a puncture. Wearing a sleeveless shirt, shorts and a pair of designer Chanel espadrilles, Miley seemed untroubled by the flat tire.

The actress and singer seemed completely unaware of the puncture and kept peddling away although she was obviously struggling. Her boyfriend, Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth, was nowhere to be seen so the Disney starlet was left to push her bike home alone. Miley used to have an Electra Hybrid bicycle before upgrading to this newer model.

The Hannah Montana star has had a busy time of late gaining both a new tattoo and a new puppy.

Miley, who already owns three other dogs, Lila, Floyd and Ziggy, and is an advocate of adoption, rescued Rottweiler-beagle mix Happy abandoned outside a Wal-Mart earlier this month.

And last Tuesday, she was seen visiting Manny Pacquiao’s tattoo shop in Hollywood with her brother Trace and she left a few hours later with a huge bandage over her arm.

Miley also has new film comedy called So Undercover on release next month.

The Party in the USA singer had to learn to fight and use guns for the role in which she snags a job with the FBI to pose as a sorority girl in order to protect a mobster’s daughter.

‘I’ve been doing fighting, like learning how to box…mostly like street fighting, so knowing how to, like, if someone comes up from behind you, being able to defend yourself,’ she said in a recent interview.

‘I have a trainer and I have bruises everywhere from, like, kicking the bags… And I’ve learned how to use guns, which was really scary.’

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Happy Bike to Work Day from Pedego Electric Bikes!

So many of our customers use our Pedego Electric Bikes to commute to work, school, and of course the beach! We love hearing stories about our customers who no longer have to worry about hills on the way, don’t end up hot and sweaty in their work clothes. Riding their Pedegos saves them money, stress, and is also great for the environment!

We at Pedego think Bike To Work Day should be every day, and we thank you for your continuous support! hello, fun…

LOVE my Pedego

Check out Meryl C’s Review:

Review: I have owned two previous electric bikes and have tried many. None have come close to the Pedego experience. It is comfortable, well-made, and FUN to ride, in addition to being beautiful. (People do stop me on the street to tell me how great looking the bike is and to ask about it.) Electric bikes have really evolved over the years — I bought my first lead-acid battery behemoth over 10 years ago, and on the evolutionary scale, that one was a primate! This Pedego cruiser is elegant. I’ve had this bike for a year now, and I still enjoy it every bit as much as I did in the beginning.

See the full 5 star review here!

 

 

Life Changing Product

From Jeff W:

Review: The pedego cruiser has been amazing. I have cut my commute time dramatically and enjoy my smooth and comfortable ride to work. I have saved money on fuel and parking while helping the environment. The attention to style and function remind me a lot of Apple products.

See the full 5 star review here!

National Bike Month and Pedego Electric Bikes

May is National Bike Month! We hope you will celebrate with us by riding your Pedego as much as possible. This is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons why we ride!

The highlights are:

  • May 9: Bike to School Day,
  • May 14-18: Bike to Work Week, and
  • May 18: Bike To Work Day.

Show off your Pedego and save gas money and the environment, all at the same time! The League of American Bicyclists have a bike safety tip guide for those who need a refresher on how to ride safely. Happy riding!

Pedego Electric Tricycle

The long-awaited Pedego electric tricycle is now available through Hammacher Schlemmer!

This is the electric tricycle built like a comfortable seaside cruiser bicycle. Riders float on a generously padded triangle seat with a backrest and three 20″ balloon tires for a soft yet stable journey. The handlebar position provides relaxed, upright riding, keeping the arms, back, and neck aligned for optimal comfort. A 350-watt electric motor assists riders across broad flats for easy cruising up to 20 mph–a twist of the right handlebar controls the motor’s variable speed. A full charge of its detachable 36-volt lithium battery provides up to 30 miles of cruising (depending upon rider weight and terrain). A front hand brake and rear coaster brakes provide confident braking. Its rear cargo bay provides generous storage for groceries, gym bag, or beach accessories. Aircraft aluminum frame supports riders up to 250 lbs. Minor assembly required. 70″ L x 28″ W x 36″ H. (75 lbs.)

Happy riding!