One of the most popular online magazines in the United States just wrote a feature about electric bikes and the author touched on something we all need to consider: electric bikes replace car journeys. Called “The Electric Glide — E-bikes are destined for something bigger than replacing regular bicycles” the article appears in February 12 issue of Slate and describes Henry Grabar’s experience riding an electric bike around Los Angeles.
Although infamous for its traffic-clogged freeways, L.A. is an excellent city to bike around the writer says because between the clogged arteries are “mile after square mile of low-density, low-stress residential bliss.” It was a warm and sunny day when he first got on the electric bike and his description of riding with the motor is typical of most people who try ebikes for the first time. “Reader, I flew, past even the MAMILs (middle-aged men in Lycra) out for their weekend rides. Their glares glanced off my back; other riders seemed perplexed at my speed. I get it. Watching someone ride one of these things is a little like seeing a cat leap 10 feet — it defies what your eyes have gotten used to believing is possible.”
“I thought of my e-bike more like a car than a bicycle. And maybe that is the way to think of them: not as high-class bicycles for riders who want to sweat less, but as low-cost, low-maintenance vehicles.”
The writer took two long rides throughout the city over the course of the week and came to realize that riding an electric bike, “feels as if you have superhuman strength, and that’s how people look at you, too (with a mixture of envy and anxiety.”
He then goes on to make the most important point of the article and one that we should all be thinking because electric bikes aren’t about replacing traditional bicycle journeys. Many hardcore bikers have the inaccurate notion that riders of electric bicycles are cheating because the motor is assisting in their pedalling. But what would they say if we told them that the other option was driving a car? Because that’s the case for many of us: we could burn fossil fuels driving to work or to the store or we could have fun riding an electric bike instead.
In the article, Grabar writes, “I thought of my e-bike more like a car than a bicycle. And maybe that is the way to think of them: not as high-class bicycles for riders who want to sweat less, but as low-cost, low-maintenance vehicles for people who drive three miles to work alone. Think of an e-bike as a replacement for a car, not a manually powered bike, and suddenly it seems cheap. It seems easy. It seems green. Parking is a piece of cake. And unlike a car, it never gets stuck in traffic.”
To read the article in its entirety, log on to the story on Slate‘s website.
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PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKES NAMES TOP 2018 DEALERS AT ITS 10TH ANNUAL PEDEGO DEALER MEETING IN DECEMBER
Pedego Irvine Named U.S. Dealer of the Year
Pedego Canada Named Distributor of the Year
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 13, 2018 — Pedego® Electric Bikes, the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States, has announced the winners of its “Top Dealers” awards for 2018 at its 10th Annual Pedego Dealer Meeting held December 2–4, 2018, in Newport Beach, Calif. More than 200 Pedego professionals attended the event, representing Pedego’s 140 stores worldwide. Pedego Irvine (California) was named U.S. Dealer of the Year. Pedego Canada was named Distributor of the Year.
“We’re proud to recognize the recipients of the 2018 Top Pedego Dealer Awards for their achievements in going more than the extra mile to delight our customers with exceptional sales and customer service,” said Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo.
Awards were selected in 12 categories that ranged from top-selling stores to recognition of quality stores. Designations for the types of Pedego dealers include single-store owners, operators (multiple-store owners) and distributors.
The Top Pedego dealers for 2018 are:
- U.S. Store of the Year
- Pedego Irvine: Bob Bibee, owner
- Distributor of the Year
- Pedego Canada: Mike Clyde, owner
- Canada Store of the Year
- Pedego Victoria: Sam Baio, owner; and Charles Turner, manager
- Operator of the Year
- Pedego La Quinta: Bryan and Michelle Newman, owners
- Pedego Palm Springs: Bryan and Michelle Newman, owners
- Pedego Petosky: Bryan and Michelle Newman and William and Pat Anton, co-owners
- Excellence Award, Retail
- Pedego La Jolla: Tracy Sheffer and Terry Galka, owners
- Pedego Salt Lake City: Zach Selby and Shawn Berger
- Excellence Award, Service
- Pedego 101: Linda Coburn and John Tajiri, owners
- MVP, Tours
- Pedego Corona del Mar: Lori and Joe Carter and Hal and Shelly Pisors, owners
- MVP, Advocacy
- Pedego Alexandria: Todd Ketch, owner
- Most Improved
- Pedego Boise: Nicole and Dan West, owners
- Rookie of the Year
- Pedego Redmond, Dick and Donna Nelson and Mike and Holly Nelson, owners
- Quality Stores (single location stores)
- Pedego Boulder: Kingsley Stoken, owner
- Pedego McDowell Mountain: Jon Krick, owner
- Pedego Henderson: Howard Ickes, owner
- Pedego 30A: Jason Medina, owner
- Pedego Carlsbad: Denise Buckingham and John Orndorff, owners
- Pedego Huntington Beach: Tom Bock, owner
- Pedego Scottsdale: Kathy and Bill Puryear, owners
- Pedego Myrtle Beach: Aaron Maynard, owner
- Pedego Redondo Beach: Sue and Kenny Kim
- Pedego Park City: Jan Brussels and Nicolle Feinberg, owners
- Quality Operators (multiple location stores)
- Pedego Twin Cities: Ann and Craig Paulson, owners
- Pedego Owatonna: Ann and Craig Paulson, owners
- Pedego Spring Lake: Adam Levine and Gil Levine, owners
- Pedego Santa Barbara: Adam Levine and Pat Briody, owners
- Pedego Bristol: Mark DeStefano, owner
- Pedego Newport: Mark DeStefano, owner
- Pedego Franklin: Kem and Bob Harris, owners
- Pedego Nashville: Kem and Bob Harris, owners
- Pedego St. Petersburg: Caroline Harbaugh and Pam Beckom, owners
- Pedego Dunedin: Caroline Harbaugh and Pam Beckom, owners
- Pedego Breckenridge: Liz LaBelle and Paul Mutch, owners
- Pedego Vail: Liz LaBelle and Paul Mutch, owners
- Pedego South Denver: Liz LaBelle and Paul Mutch, owners
“This year’s Pedego Dealer Award winners have shared the joys of Pedego bikes, delivering success far beyond our expectations,” DiCostanzo added.
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More than 200 attendees were present at the recent Pedego Electric Bikes dealer meeting in Fountain Valley, California, and Pedego Canada was honoured to be recognized at the event as distributor of the year with the most international sales.
The 1970’s theme for “Groovy Awards” dinner proved that Pedego dealers know how to have a lot of fun, as evidenced by the photos taken at the event. During his address, Pedego CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo confirmed Pedego is the Number 1 selling electric bike brand in North America and there are now 113 branded stores worldwide. “Our 2017 Top Pedego Dealer Awards are given to dealers who have demonstrated exceptional sales,” he said. “It’s amazing to see how they have delighted their customers, sharing their love of Pedego bikes with their communities.”
Aside from Pedego Canada winning distributor of the year, we were also excited to learn Pedego Victoria was one of the top dealers of the year by sales volume.
The overall top Pedego dealer of the year by sales volume was Pedego 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, which is owned by Jason and Emily Medina. Other top Pedego dealers included:
- Pedego Bend (Oregon): Kevin Rea, owner
- Pedego Carlsbad (California): Denise Buckingham and John Orndorff, co-owners
- Pedego Carmel (Indiana): Josh Freedman and Janet Sharp-Freedman, co-owners
- Pedego Denver: Terry and Jean Gehrke, co-owners
- Pedego Henderson (Nevada): Howard Ickes, owner
- Pedego Huntington Beach (California): Tom Bock, owner
- Pedego Irvine (California): Bob Bibee, owner
- Pedego Myrtle Beach (South Carolina): Aaron Maynard, owner
- Pedego Scottsdale (Arizona): Kathy and Bill Puryear, co-owners
- Pedego Victoria (British Columbia, Canada): Sam Baio, owner
The top Pedego Operator of the Year award for owners of multiple stores went to Bryan and Michelle Newman who own Pedego La Quinta and Pedego Palm Springs, as well as Bryan and Michelle Newman and Bill and Pat Anton, the co-owners of and Pedego Petoskey in Northern Michigan. The Most Valuable Dealer award went to
Pedego Corona Del Mar in California.
Here are some more photos from the fun evening event.
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