54-Year-Old Canadian Man Arrived in Bend on Sunday, September 11 After Embarking on 1,553-mile Electric Bike Ride from British Columbia, Canada to Indio, California

Jon is available for interviews today, September 12

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 12, 2016 — Jon Langille, age 54, has embarked on a 1,553-mile electric bike ride from his hometown of Nelson, B.C., Canada, to Indio, Calif., to attend the Desert Trip concert featuring the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Who. The ride will take more than a month, with Langille arriving on October 7 to meet his wife and attend the concert. He left British Columbia on September 5.

Jon arrived in Bend on Sunday, September 11 and was greeted by the Pedego Bend Store located at 25 NW Minnesota Avenue #6 Bend, Ore., 97701. Jon’s fans and friends were there to celebrate his journey and provide him support upon his arrival in Bend.

“At 54 years old, I never thought it would be possible for me to do another long-distance bicycle ride,” Langille said. “With an electric bicycle, it’s not only possible, it will be a great adventure. I will get to travel through four states and meet people along the way as I make my way to Indio for the concert.”

“Jon has traveled more than 500 miles, and we are thrilled to welcome him at his pit stop in Pedego Bend,” said Kevin Rea, Pedego Bend Owner.  “We are proud to support his efforts so he can achieve this exiting goal on his Pedego Stretch Cargo Electric Bike.”

Langille will travel through Washington, Oregon, Nevada and California on his journey. He is an experienced bicyclist who, decades ago, toured Asia, Australia and the United Kingdom by bicycle. His Desert Trip Pedego ride will be his first long-distance ride in more than 30 years and is made possible with an electric bike. He will be riding a Pedego Stretch cargo electric bike, which offers Pedego’s PedalSense™ technology to help him pedal when needed. The bike also includes a throttle for instant speed. The bike goes up to 20 miles per hour. He expects to travel an average of 62 miles per day and will recharge the bike’s 48volt battery each night.

Starting in British Columbia, Langille plans to visit these cities along his route:

Spokane                      Dayton

Kennewick                  Bishop

Charlestown                Big Pine

Roosevelt                    Independence

Terrebonne                 Lone Pine

Redmond                    Inyokern

Bend                            Hinkley

Terminal City              Barstow

Pelican City                 Landers

Klamath Falls              Sunfair Heights

Fall River                     Desert Heights

Susanville                    Twentynine Palms

Lemmon Valley           Indio

Reno/Sparks

Virginia City

Silver City

Click here to follow Jon on his route and see his distance covered, average speeds, maps, photos and more.

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“Long-distance rides are enjoyable on a Pedego electric bike, and we applaud Jon’s quest and encourage other Baby Boomers to create their own Pedego adventures,” said Don DiCostanzo, CEO of Pedego Electric Bikes, the Number 1 electric bike brand sold in the United States, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Pedego was founded in 2008 by Don DiCostanzo, CEO, 59, and Terry Sherry, 60, two best friends who loved cycling but hated hills.

Mike Clyde, owner of Pedego Canada, is supplying extra batteries, maintenance supplies, and support for Langille’s trip. Clyde said, “This is the first time a Pedego Stretch Cargo electric bike will be ridden from Canada to the Southern United States. We’re very excited to see the bike put through its paces and applaud Jon for taking on a journey of this magnitude.”

About the Pedego Stretch Cargo Electric Bike

The Pedego Stretch Cargo electric bike lets the rider haul cargo on the front and rear. Its moveable back racks can accommodate different types of cargo, including people with the optional cushions or baby seats. Special rails also accommodate most standard pannier bags for added cargo space. A deluxe saddle with suspension seat post provides extra cushioning for long rides and a quick-release handlebar allows riders to easily make adjustments to suit their comfort. Extra wide tires deliver a nice, smooth ride. It comes standard with a 48volt battery. It features five levels of PedalSense pedal assist, plus a twist-and-go throttle for full power on demand. Included is an LCD display with USB charging port for a mobile phone and other devices, front and rear lights, and fenders and chain guard to keep the rider clean and dry. Its whisper-quiet, state-of-the-art geared motor delivers best-in-class acceleration and hill climbing along with Shimano seven-speed gears for easy pedaling. Self-sealing tubes help prevent flats. Top-of-the-line SRAM disc brakes deliver powerful and reliable braking. It is retail priced at $3,495.

About Pedego Bend

Also known as Let It Ride, Pedego Bend offers sales and rentals of Pedego electric bikes as well as guided tours and group rides on these fun electric bikes. This popular electric biking center is located at 25 NW Minnesota Avenue #6 Bend, OR 97701. Find us in the Minnesota Market Building in Downtown Bend, behind Thump coffee. If you’re coming from Franklin Ave., you’ll see our sign near Tin Pan Alley. We recommend using the public parking structure located on the corner of Minnesota and Lava, behind The Oxford Hotel. Parking in the structure is free for 3 hours. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Visit us at www.PedegoBend.com.  Call us at (541) 647-2331 or email letitridebend@gmail.com to learn more about the bikes and reserve your Pedego electric bike experience today.

About Pedego

Pedego Electric Bikes, the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the United States, manufactures 10 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at 85 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight.  Founded in 2008, Orange County, California-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!”

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