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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.
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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.
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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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Weight loss benefits to riding an electric bike
Experts estimate there are currently about 200 million electric bikes on the roads today and that number is expected to grow significantly in the next five years. Many people choose to ride Pedego electric bikes because they’re fun looking and they’re fun to ride, whether you’re commuting to work or going out for a casual pedal in the countryside. Pedego electric bikes are also excellent for those of us who want to lose some weight. It’s true! Unlike thigh-masters and bow-flexes, Pedego bikes are proven to help their riders lose weight. For example, before she purchased her first Pedego, Rhonda Martin of Southern California weighed 457 pounds. Today, she’s down to 180 pounds and she’s completely changed her life. You can watch her testimonial video here.
And Rhonda is just one example of many. Why is it that riding an electric bike can help you lose weight? Here are 5 reasons:

Electric Bikes help burn calories


Cycling can burn up to 500 calories per hour! But on a traditional bike, that can be hard work, especially if you have a few extra pounds at the outset. A Pedego electric bike is the best of both worlds because it still encourages you to pedal, just like a regular bicycle, so you’re still burning calories and fat. But the difference is when you need to take a break, the motor kicks in and helps you along. Now some might say that riding an electric bike is like sitting on a couch and that you’re hardly burning calories but that’s not true. In a recent study, it was proven that riding an electric bike that has the pedal assist mode engaged helped the rider burn 444 calories per hour versus pedaling a traditional bike, which burned 552 calories per hour. That’s only a 20 percent difference! So the bottom line is, you’ll burn calories when riding an electric bike.

Electric bikes work you out without extra pain


High-impact sports such as running are hard on your joints. But cycling is a low-impact exercise and with the help of the motors that are on Pedego electric bikes, the impact is even less! So you won’t feel pain after electric biking like you would participating in some other sports.

Electric bikes laugh at hills & headwinds


There are very few places on earth where you go for a bike ride and not encounter some form of a hill. Add to that a headwind and getting out for a fat-burning ride on your traditional bicycle can be daunting. However, electric bikes allow you to pedal up hills and against the wind with ease. Just turn up the pedal-assist mode or twist the throttle and you’ll be flying along without having to strain.

Electric bikes are fun so you want to use them


We all have good intentions about exercising for our health but the fact is a lot of exercise options out there are boring. That’s where riding a Pedego electric bike is different. It’s so fun to cruise along the street or trail and watch everyone’s surprised looks as you zoom past. When your concerns about hills and headwinds are taken out of the equation, there are no more excuses to not get on your bike. There’s a reason Pedego’s tagline is “Hello…fun.” It’s because the second you get on one of our electric bikes, you can’t stop smiling.

It’s hard to eat while riding an electric bike


Ok, we say this partly in jest but the fact is electric bikes are so fun you’ll want to spend more time out riding one rather than on the couch watching Netflix.