Pedego brings a blast from the past to modern e-bikes
Pedego electric bikes are styled after classic beach cruisers
With gas prices climbing and environmental concerns mounting, electric bicycles are becoming more popular than ever. Cycling purists might see them as a bit of an abomination, but look at it this way: they’re really just less-expensive electric scooters that give you the option of pedaling. Given that there are already a number of brands to choose from, what can a company do to separate their product from the pack? In the case of California-based Pedego, they make retro-funky beach cruisers in a rainbow of colors.
Pedego makes several models of e-bikes, including a classic cruiser, a cruiser with a step-through frame, and even a tandem. Their Balloon Series bikes includes balloon tires, padded stitched handgrips, and suspension saddles. They also make a non-retro folding bike.
All the models are equipped with a 500W brushless hub motor, powered via a handlebar throttle by a 36V lithium-ion battery. On flat terrain, they can travel at a maximum speed of 20mph, and cover 15 to 30 miles on battery power alone. The battery can be removed for easy recharging, and takes about four hours to reach full capacity.
A basic Pedego cruiser will set you back $US1,695, while one of the balloon-tired models goes for $1,875. They can be purchased directly from Pedego, or at various North American bike stores.
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Looks good to me. Sit up and watch the world go by in style. These people have figured out that retro is cool, colors are cool, and electricity is HOT! They\'ve managed to put together a nice package that\'s not overbearing or pretentious in any way...it\'s a cruiser, and that\'s what it does...just a little faster than most. What\'s nice too is that the essence of the machine is a regular bike with a small amount of tech mixed in, so getting parts or having it worked on for basic bike needs can be done by almost anyone with a wrench.
One place that carries this bike, and gives good service is ELV Motors. They often have free shipping on their premium level ebikes; http://elvmotors.com
Very novel and elegant e- bike. More and more youngsters would like to use it.
Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore (AP), India
so getting parts or having it worked on for basic bike needs can be done by almost anyone with a wrench.
I picked up their Interceptor bike (the higher power model) almost a year and a half ago and was able to sell my car over a year ago. I\'ve probably put about 5000 miles on it and I\'m still tweaking it and adding accessories to make my commute better. The best thing (other than the motor!) is how comfortable it is. On every other road or semi-off-road bike I\'ve owned, I was always getting a sore butt and numbness in my hands. With the cruiser-style design, I\'ve never had any problems with either.
Also, I\'m lucky to live right near their office and stop in when I can. Don and Terry and Cameron and everyone else there are super nice and helpful.
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