Read our customer stories to see how Pedego Electric Bikes have changed their lives!

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.

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.