Try before you buy. It’s a mantra that’s been around as long as currency and it’s still good advice today, especially when you’re considering buying a vehicle. Most of us would never purchase a car without taking it for a test drive: you get a sense of how it feels behind the wheel, how it handles on the road and how well it responds. The same thing goes for electric bikes: at the very least we recommend taking a bike for a spin around the block before you buy. And the good news is all Pedego electric bike dealers in Canada offer free short-term test drives.
Even better than quick tests, though, is renting an electric bike and spending an hour or a day with it to really get a sense of what it’s all about. Consider the case of Forbes magazine writer Scott Kramer who recently did an article about renting a Pedego Trail Tracker in Southern California. In his story, “Gliding Through the Streets of SoCal with Pedego” he writes, “I highly recommend you take one out for a test drive before buying one — just to make sure it’s for you.” He goes on to say, ” While I’d love to own one of these electric wonders, I can’t decide if I’d use it primarily as a leisurely method of trucking around town or as a money-saving, emissions-eliminating transportation alternative to my car. I suspect I’d use it for both.”
We recommend trying as many different electric bikes as you can. Longer test rides are so much more valuable than discussing potentially confusing specifications, and a great way to help understand what you prefer. With that in mind, here are bike businesses around Canada that offer free short-term test rides and where you can also rent electric bikes made by Pedego:
2039 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria, BC, 778-432-0255
Store Hours: Mon–Sat 9:30-5:30; Sun 10-5
Not only can you rent electric bikes at Pedego Victoria, located in the capital city of British Columbia, on Vancouver Island, you can also enjoy scenic tours. Contact Charles Turner at the store for more info.
2774 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC, 604-620-5612
Store Hours: Tues-Sat 10-6; Sun 11-6
There’s a reason Vancouver, British Columbia has one of the most vibrant bicycle cultures in North America. With its huge bike path network, mild weather and beautiful views wherever you turn, the largest city in Western Canada is perfect for electric bike riding. Drop by Pedego Vancouver to rent North America’s favourite electric bicycle for full or half days.
15660 Oyama Rd, Lake Country, BC, 250-309-2717
Store Hours: 7 days a week, 10-5
The best way to visit all the lakes and beaches and to go on wine tours is on an electric bike. Pedego Oyama offers rentals of electric bikes for locals and tourists alike so you can explore the sites of this beautiful area of British Columbia without having to worry about parking or breaking a sweat!
M15 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, AB, 403-455-5505
Store Hours: 7 days a week 10-6; open until 8pm Th & Fri
What better way to explore the largest city in the Prairies than via an electric bicycle? You can easily rent a Pedego electric bike and cruise the many bike paths, including the popular Bow Valley Pathway and visit all the sites, from the Calgary Tower to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame at Canada Olympic Park. It’s all fun on a Pedego!
4-1808 Rymal Road East, Hannon, ON, 289-855-2917
Store Hours: Tues-Sat 10–6; Sun-Mon by appt
Hamilton, Ontario is a perfect place for an electric bike. In one day you can cruise the shoreline, go shopping in the city centre and then relax on the beautiful trails in the nearby Dundas Valley Conservation Area or Stoney Creek. And the best part is by travelling around on an electric bicycle, you won’t have to pay for parking! Pedego Hamilton offers hourly and day rates for rentals.
Pedego Kawartha Lakes
Pedego Kawartha Lakes
47 William St. Bobcaygeon, ON, 800-478-1237
Store Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6; Sun: 11–4
Located just west of the City of Peterborough, the Kawartha Lakes area boasts numerous provincial parks and conservation areas, dozens of large lakes and innumerable smaller ones. Because of the many beaches, forests, orchards, heritage towns, quiet roads and laneways an electric bike is the perfect way to see all the sites (and zoom up the occasional hill.) Pedego Kawartha Lakes offers hourly and day-long rentals available as well as long-term rental pricing.
Pedego Prince Edward County
39 Stanley St. Unit C Bloomfield, ON, 613-393-9191
Store Hours: Open 6 days 10-5. Closed Tuesdays.
Prince Edward County is one of the most beautiful areas in Ontario and a paradise for electric bike riders. Located just West of the city of Kingston on a peninsula that reaches out into Lake Ontario, Prince Edward County boasts sandy beaches, quiet country roads, dramatic vistas, quaint towns with 19th century architecture, apple orchards and vineyards. And Pedego Prince Edward County boasts electric bike rentals to help you see all the sites.