New Pedego Store Zooms Around the Bend … to Crazy Fun

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Bend locals excited to welcome Pedego Electric Bikes store

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 9, 2015 — Kevin Rea has been the proud owner of Let It Ride bike shop in Bend, Ore., since 2010, and he is now delighted to take it to the next level of excitement. Let It Ride has recently re-opened as Pedego® Bend, a branded Pedego Electric Bikes store. Rea had tried offering other electric bike brands in the past, but none could compare with the quality, comfort, and power of the industry-leading Pedego bikes. He was also heartily impressed by the team support provided by Pedego.

Pedego Bend will host a Grand Opening Celebration in the spring that will include free test rides, drawings, coupons and refreshments. However, store visitors don’t have to wait that long to start the party because Pedego Bend is already celebrating with special events taking place in late 2015. The holiday season is bringing discounts and gifts in abundance. Visitors who purchase a Pedego electric bike will receive $100 off MSRP plus a free pannier bag. And the fun continues with a weekly drawing for prizes that include Bern helmets, free rentals, watches, T-shirts and more. Anyone visiting the store will qualify for entry to this drawing.

Individual test rides can be arranged by calling or visiting the store. Visitors seeking guided tours of Bend on Pedego bikes can book them through Let It Ride tours — the enormously popular original electric bike tour company in Bend. “We’re very proud to become a Pedego branded store. And our Let It Ride tours will continue to thrill guests on Pedego electric bikes,” explained Rea.

“I suggest people check our Facebook page for information and pictures that really show what these tours are about,” Rea continued. “These tours receive rave reviews.” Those who wish a more personal experience can rent the Pedego bikes and explore the region’s many scenic bike paths in style, riding a comfortable, powerful bike that flattens hills and makes headwinds a breeze.

Rea’s team includes service manager Ryan Bogucz, who provides friendly service and repairs, and shop manager Courtney Van Fossan, who helps to make sure riders return from their experiences with a huge smile. “We love the way Pedego bikes handle on our hilly terrain,” she said. “And every day we see how much our riders enjoy that freedom and power.” Rea, Van Fossan and the rest of the team are pleased with the reactions from members of the Bend community and are happily living the store’s new motto, “Hello, fun!”

About Pedego Bend

Also known as Let It Ride, Pedego Bend offers sales and rentals of Pedego electric bikes as well as guided tours and group rides on these fun electric bikes. This popular electric biking center is located at 25 NW Minnesota Avenue #6 Bend, OR 97701. Find us in the Minnesota Market Building in Downtown Bend, behind Thump coffee. If you’re coming from Franklin Ave., you’ll see our sign near Tin Pan Alley. We recommend using the public parking structure located on the corner of Minnesota and Lava, behind The Oxford Hotel. Parking in the structure is free for 3 hours. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Visit us at www.PedegoBend.com.  Call us at (541) 647-2331 or email letitridebend@gmail.com to learn more about the bikes and reserve your Pedego electric bike experience today.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes, the world’s premier electric bicycle brand, transforms people’s lives with fun and an abundance of delightful moments. Pedego’s stylish, colorful bikes boast the latest in electric bicycle technology and deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation. Riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds! Pedego “pedal or not” models include the Comfort Cruiser, City Commuter and Trail Tracker. Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego is the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the world. Pedego electric bikes are sold in more than 800 stores in 40 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

 

 

 

Pedego Electric Bikes Store Zooms Into Delray Beach

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Region celebrates arrival of Pedego Electric Bikes store.

IRVINE, Calif., Dec 9, 2015 — A new Pedego® Electric Bikes store zooms into Delray Beach this week. Thanks to the efforts of golfer Nick Coon, his wife Deanna Coon, and Mellie Condon, Pedego Delray will open on Friday, Dec. 11. Festivities run from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will include personal, up-close introductions to the world’s best-selling electric bikes, along with refreshments. Pedego professionals will be on-site to share the their knowledge about the various bike models.

Nick fell in love with Pedego electric bikes in typical fashion — on a ride. “My first ride on a Pedego was exhilarating,” said Nick. “I was impressed with the high-quality precision of the bike design, and I was really excited about the way the bike performed. Pedego bikes are a joy to ride.” Deanna discovered the bikes at the same time. She said, “I love how comfortable they are, so you can really go longer distances and get more exercise while enjoying the ride.” Upon getting to know the owners of the Pedego company, Nick and Deanna decided to bring a Pedego store to their hometown. “The Pedego corporate team has been absolutely great and as helpful as you could ever imagine,” noted Deanna.

Pedego Delray offers a full assortment of Pedego models, from the colorful beach cruiser styling of Comfort Cruisers to sleek Dutch street style City Commuters plus the exciting new Ridge Rider mountain bike and Trail Tracker that rides smoothly on sand and gravel. Coming in January, Pedego’s new folding electric bike, the Latch, is a practical and powerful choice for local boat owners.

The store’s location on Atlantic Avenue is perfect as it allows riders to enjoy the best of local scenery. For test rides, it’s a short ride to Ocean Boulevard on Delray Beach, which boasts a designated bike lane.  Also, riders can enjoy the El Rio Canal Trail where they can see turtles, great blue herons, owls, butterflies and iguanas. Other local destinations and paths include the Delray Oaks Nature Area, Canal Greenway Trail, Cypress Creek Greenway, Glades Road Path and Hiatus Road Greenway. Plus, the towns of Delray Beach and Boca Raton offer community venues and activities that make rewarding destinations.

About Pedego Delray

Pedego® Delray is the region’s premier venue for Pedego sales, rentals, accessories and service. Located in the heart of Delray, riders can enjoy a host of bike trails and destinations. Located at 777 E. Atlantic Ave, Suite C7, Delray Beach, Florida, the store is surrounded by parks, historic landmarks, great restaurants, interesting architectural destinations and more. Open Daily 10:00 AM– 6:00 PM. Call us at (561) 501-7633 or email info@pedegodr.com to reserve a rental or schedule a free test ride.

About Pedego

Pedego® Electric Bikes, the world’s premier electric bicycle brand, transforms people’s lives with fun and an abundance of delightful moments. Pedego’s stylish, colorful bikes boast the latest in electric bicycle technology and deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation. Riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds! Pedego “pedal or not” models include the Comfort Cruiser, City Commuter and Trail Tracker. Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego is the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the world. Pedego electric bikes are sold in more than 800 stores in 40 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/.

Beth and Brian

Pedego Greater Long Beach: From Silver Ceiling to Silver Spin

How Boomer Beth Black rolled from gray cubicle to the great outdoors

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A few years ago, Beth Black looked up from her cubicle at work and realized that she was being passed over for promotion because of her age. Though she received rave reviews for her work as a corporate writer, she discovered that she’d hit the “Silver Ceiling.” “It was unnerving, but I made a bold move and quit that job,” she said. “Happily, I quickly found my next move — the freedom and contentment of owning a Pedego Electric Bikes store.”

Her path to Pedego seemed predestined. “I didn’t have to give up writing,” she said. The final selling point for opening her own Pedego shop was that her cash register could double as a writing computer. So now, Beth arrives at her store — Pedego Greater Long Beach (GLB) — with a smile every day. “My life is full of happy people, bike rides, writing, and a huge sense of accomplishment — with literally no ceiling to limit my success,” she said. The decision to open Pedego GLB in Seal Beach, California, proved to be an excellent choice for Beth and her partner, Brian Ballard. The store’s 2013 Grand Opening Celebration drew hundreds of locals, including the Mayor of Seal Beach, who cut the ribbon. “From that day, we knew this was going to be a successful enterprise,” said Brian. “Everyone rushed to take a test ride!”

The success of Pedego GLB grew even more in 2014 when Beth wrote an essay about their store and won a national competition for a Time Warner Cable Business Class commercial. The store was one of four businesses chosen out of 200,000 submissions. Later that year, Time Warner released a national TV and Online ad campaign featuring Pedego Greater Long Beach. The results of this campaign helped Beth and Brian achieve several business goals and also garnered the couple a special award from Irvine-based Pedego Electric Bikes. “At Pedego’s annual Dealers Meeting last year, they awarded us the honor of MVP,” explained Beth. “We’re so happy!”

Brian, a professional magician and Community Outreach liaison for a senior HMO, has used his presentation skills and organizational talents in building the store with Beth. “We knew that with our combined abilities and experience, we could make the store a success and a valuable part of the community,” he said. That includes special Pedego events such as the “Silver Spin,” a weekly guided group ride for seniors and friends. Beth and Brian are delighted they are sharing the freedom of electric bikes with other Boomers. ”As Boomers ourselves, we can share our first-hand stories about the health benefits of riding Pedego electric bikes, which include losing weight, getting fit, lowering blood pressure, controlling diabetes and boosting immunity,” said Brian.

Beth agreed, “We’re so grateful to have rolled forward to life as Pedego storeowners. It’s a complete infusion of enthusiasm and power over our future — with each day as a bright new beginning,” said Beth. “I used to dream of an office with a window so I could see a little daylight.  Now, I balance between writing and riding … out in the sunshine, fresh air and the Great Outdoors. Hello, fun!”

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Pedego Myrtle Beach: Flying Into the Future

How an Air Force Colonel and his family targeted an exciting new adventure.

Colonel Aaron Maynard spent 26 years of his life serving in the United States Air Force. After decades of serious, stressful work, the 50-year-old planned to retire and try something different. His wife Michele agreed that a change of pace was needed. But they weren’t quite sure what shape that transformation should take. “I wanted to stay active and continue to interact with people,” Aaron explained. “And, I wanted to have fun.”

The answer came when he and Michele purchased a pair of Pedego electric bikes. As Aaron saw it, introducing the public to Pedego would help him continue to work at something that would help others, be a new career, and it would allow him to stick to the fun part of the plan. “It had to be something I was passionate about,” he explains. “And Pedego Electric Bikes was it.” 

Gone are the days when the golden age of 65 meant you retired, sat in a rocker, and counted your memories. According to Gallup, a whopping 49 percent of Boomers don’t plan to retire until after age 66. And of those, 10 percent say they’ll never retire at all. But that doesn’t mean they plan to stay in the same jobs. The trick has been to transfer to something fresh, new, energizing and enjoyable — and in the Maynards’ case, their new career is centered on fun.

A big plus is that Aaron’s job skills from his military career transferred nicely into his future as a Pedego store owner. His ability to work well with people, his strong communication skills, and his talents as a problem solver made him a great candidate for small business ownership. Also, his degree in Business/Marketing prepared him to be successful. Of course, this story isn’t just about Aaron. Returning to their home state of South Carolina from London, England, the Maynards made Pedego Myrtle Beach a family adventure. Their sons — Reid, 23, and Max, 21 — work at the store, too. Their daughter Emma, 15, works around her school schedule to help in the store as well.  Even their golden retriever Addie serves as the shop mascot, with customers stopping by just to see her. The bonus was the family’s shared interest in health and fitness. It all came together to make them perfect Pedego store owners. 

The direction of the Maynards’ career move is not entirely unexpected. Early in life, Aaron imagined business ownership. “I always dreamed of working for myself and including my family in the adventure,” he said. And because it has taken a couple of decades for this entrepreneur to reach for his goal, the rewards are very sweet. He has enjoyed being at the store every day since it opened in April 2015.

“I look forward to coming in every morning. I don’t think of it as work at all. I call it going to fun!” The Maynards have been able to interact with people, as they hoped. In fact, these interactions have been an exceptionally positive part of the experience. “Part of the fun is watching people’s reactions to our amazing bikes,” said Maynard. “They always have a smile, a big wide smile! It’s all about FUN!”

Aaron likes to say that he traded in his military uniform for a new kind — shorts and flip-flops — and from all accounts, it fits just right. Instead of greeting a work day of stress, now he says, “Hello, fun!”

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Pedego Scottsdale: Rolling Along the Learning Curve

How Scottsdale’s Kathy Puryear retired from teaching to enjoy a Pedego adventure

When you’ve done the same thing for 30 years, it’s time for a change. Kathy Puryear, 58, had worked as an elementary school teacher in the same school district for nearly three decades before she began to think seriously about finding a new life outside of the education field. When she retired in mid-2014, it was time to make her move.  Her quandary was in deciding which direction to go. “I loved being a teacher and never gave any thought to being in charge of a small business,” she said.

The freedom and responsibility of business ownership seemed a far cry from her lifelong career. Then she and her husband Bill learned about Pedego, and they discovered options they’d never considered before — the appealing opportunity to be independent. According to Gallup, this is not uncommon. More than a third of all American Baby Boomers start a small business for the opportunity to be independent. And nearly another third do it to pursue a passion.

When Kathy and Bill fell in love with some rented Pedego electric bikes on vacation, they saw the potential of gaining independence for something they could be passionate about:  opening a Pedego store of their own. “We had so much fun riding the bikes, and we knew that they would be a perfect fit in our community,” she said. “Plus, owning a Pedego shop would give us the opportunity to be in charge of our own destiny. I could picture this new lifestyle instantly,” she explained. They realized that with an outlay of time, effort and a hefty sprinkling of fun — the same investment a teacher makes in students — they could succeed with Pedego Scottsdale.

The good news about making this move after retiring from a long-term career was the preparation they had for their new business. Kathy’s transferable skills from years of managing a classroom helped her determine that she, Bill and Pedego were a great fit. “I think my background of making children and their parents feel comfortable, one-on-one, helps me to make our customers feel at ease with rentals and purchases,” she said.  It was no surprise her people skills would help with the business, though she is pleased by other abilities that have surfaced. “I’m experienced at answering questions, and that coupled with my strong critical thinking skills allows me to successfully handle decisions necessary for daily operations.”

Indeed, owning a Pedego dealership has changed a lot of things in the Puryears’ lives.  But being members of the Boomer generation was a big plus. As mature adults, they were ready to assume complete responsibility for a retail business, which requires nearly 24/7 care —and they have never minded it at all. “I am so proud that we entered into a partnership with Pedego, and we both learned quickly that despite having no background in retail, bikes or business ownership, we’re succeeding and having tremendous fun,” said Kathy. “I look forward to coming to work every day! Hello, fun!”