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A British study finds equal or more positive health effects for riding an electric bike, compared to riding a normal bike, or not riding outdoors at all.

The study supports the hypothesis that it isn’t so much the amount or intensity of the exercise that matters, so whether you ride a Pedego or a regular bike, just getting outside and pedaling provides a health boost to ageing Canadians.

The effect of cycling on cognitive function and well-being in older adults, recently published in PLOS One, examined the cognitive function and wellbeing of people aged 50-83 years.

The researchers split 100 subjects into three groups: non-bikers, regular bikers and ebikers. They asked the subjects to do at least three 30 minute rides per week. Not suprisingly, the group with electric bikes rode for longer time periods each week than the regular bikers (2.39 hours).

The researchers from Reading and Oxford Brookes universities wrote: “Importantly, we showed an equal (if not larger) effect for the e-bike group as well as the pedal cyclists on measures of executive function and well-being.”

“Increasing older adults’ independence and mobility, reducing isolation and depression, is likely to have a positive impact on their mental health and cognitive function.”

The results of the study aren’t surprising to us. By riding your electric bike outdoors a few times a week, older people are able to improve their ability to plan, organise and execute everyday tasks.

Read the full abstract here.

Meet Allen Hussey, born and raised in Lindsay, Ontario, and the proud new owner of Pedego Kawartha Lakes. Allen is a father, grandfather, businessman, boyfriend, and bicycle rider who became an electric bike convert after facing a health scare. He’s built a family business in downtown Bobcaygeon that will bring smiles onto faces as his customers tour around cottage country on a Pedego Electric Bike.

Why did you decide to open a Pedego Electric Bikes store? 

Four years ago I was diagnosed with cardiopulmonary disease. I’ve always bicycled but suddenly I was worried about going places and not getting home. I wanted to keep biking for my health. I started searching electric bikes, I’m a real Google guy, and I came across Pedego. I loved what I saw so I visited some bicycle dealers who had one Pedego at the back of the store. They were selling other electric and traditional bikes and didn’t have much enthusiasm for the brand. Of course, they could order any Pedego that I wanted, but I thought if I am going to spend that kind of money on a bike, I want to sit on it and feel it. I got in touch with Mike and he told me the only Pedego stores were near Vancouver. Luckily that’s changed: Kawartha Lakes is the third store to open in Ontario this spring!

It is not the first time you’ve built something from scratch, is it? 

I was a pioneer in the recycling business, starting one of the first blue recycling box programs in Ontario. After retiring I built a house and this led me into shingle recycling: do you know they’re used as a component in carpark asphalt and road base? I started another waste and recycling company in 2012, which my son Kyle bought from me last year. I love the excitement of creating new projects, it allows me to get creative. My daughter Nicole manages a hair salon. Once I get this Pedego store rocking, there will be the opportunity for all my family to get involved. My girlfriend Tusia has been very supportive as well. I can see this becoming a fun family business.

Do you think electric bikes have synergies with recycling waste?

Absolutely, and not just because they’re environmentally friendly. In both sectors, we’re selling a new idea. People have been riding bicycles forever and electric assistance is new. There seems to be a lot of confusion about what is an ebike compared to a scooter. We’d like to get that mindset switched around that a Pedego Electric Bike is not a scooter; it is a bicycle that allows you to ride further and more often. Hello, fun!

What is the area of Kawartha Lakes like for biking?

It is cottage country, which swells in size during the summer and the best way to get around is by electric bike. We have nice bike lanes following the lakes, small streets that are easy to ride around, and not 10 minutes from our store is a rail trail that goes to Fenelon Falls and north up through Haliburton County.

There are many times when a strong head wind and steep hill make it difficult to handle – not so on a Pedego! We’re surrounded by beautiful lakes, canals and small towns. Do you know you can get from Florida to Bobcaygeon by boat? When we visited Pedego Dunedin this winter we met many Floridians that come to Kawartha Lakes for the summer.

What was your first experience with a Pedego bike? 

The first time I sat on a Pedego was at a pop-up store in Bloomfield, Ontario, run by Gill and Pat (now Pedego Prince Edward County). I went down to talk to them. As soon as you touch the pedals and the pedal assist kicks in, the wow factor is out of control! I bought a bike right there and then from them: a mineral blue step through Interceptor with brown tires.

Where are you located?

Our store is located at 47 William Street in downtown Bobcaygeon. It used to be a call centre of some sort, and we had to tear down lots of interior walls. My friend is a talented craftsman and he rebuilt the store. It is right next to Kim’s Hair Salon.

Last question. If Pedego Kawartha Lakes was an animal, what would it be?

A gazelle, moving forward at high speed.

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We’ve had a lot of interest lately in the Pedego Trike so we thought we’d put together an article about it to explain exactly what it is and who it’s meant for.

The Pedego Trike is a three-wheeled electric tricycle that is perfect for those who might have mobility issues or who find the idea of riding a two-wheeled bicycle a bit too daunting. This particular electric bicycle is a game changer because its sturdy frame, three wheels and carrying capacity allows you to safely cruise around now while shuttling items such as groceries to and fro.

Years of R&D went into the design of this versatile electric tricycle and you’ll find the perfect number of features on it including:

  • The stability and safety of three wheels
  • Low frame for easy on-off access
  • Large rear storage area that’s low and easy to access
  • Deluxe saddle with a padded backrest that provides extra support
  • Comfortable, upright riding position with pedals positioned in front of you
  • Choice between 3 levels of pedal-assist or throttle-assist

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Three-wheeled tricycles certainly aren’t a new phenomenon – in fact they’ve been around for almost a century – but this electric tricycle takes the industry’s latest battery technology and marries it with a super-stable three-wheeled frame that means it’s sturdy, yet easy to move. It’s the modern, adult version of the tricycle you might have spent time on as a kid.

The potential uses of the Pedego Trike electric tricycle are endless: cruising the bike paths with your grandchildren; biking to the store to collect staples; using it as a rehabilitation tool for an injury or medical ailment. It’s the ultimate electric tricycle that allows you to leave your car or mobility scooter at home and go for a fun ride instead.

Who it’s meant for – For those who might have mobility issues or who find the idea of riding a two-wheeled bicycle a bit too daunting.

Where to ride them – They go almost everywhere a normal electric bike can go. Because of the width of the rear wheels on the Trike, it’s better on wider paths.

What they’re good for – Having fun while shuttling a person and food, gear or equipment from point A to point B and back again.

To learn more about the Pedego Trike electric tricycle visit our products page: https://pedegoelectricbikes.ca/shop/trike-electric-bike/
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