Carlsbadistan’s newest Village bike shop, Pedego Carlsbad, wants you to ride a new bike, but they’re not going to make you pedal if you don’t want to. Not with the Pedego e-bike.
The beach cruisers Pedego sells feature an electric “brushless geared hub motor” built into the rear wheel that allows riders to pedal if they want or go up to 20 MPH for 30 miles without doing much more than twisting the throttle. With a little help on the pedals the lightweight lithium batteries will last even longer. And, the best part, unlike a Tesla, when the battery dies you can always simply pedal the bike home.
Pedego Carlsbad launched in May 2013 by the husband and wife team of John and Denise Buckingham.
[They] decided to open the electric bike store after John became the proud owner of a Pedego electric bike. “I live four miles from the beach and loved riding my bike there, but the hills made it a challenge to do regularly, so I looked into electric bikes. I was so impressed by the quality and comfort of the Pedego bikes that I wanted to share the experience with as many as possible,” John explains.
After taking one of the Buckingham’s bikes out for a spin we’d have to agree. The electric motor is quiet and when you twist the throttle the bike suddenly surges forward like someone else is doing the pedaling. It seemed almost magical. But don’t take our word for it. Try one out. Pedego rents bikes $14 a hour or $25 for a tandem. The worst part about renting a Pedego, however, is having to return it. If you want to buy one you can check out all the options right here.
Pedego Carlsbad is located at 355 Carlsbad Village Drive, in Carlsbad, California across the street from the Village Faire. They are open daily from 10 AM to 7 PM.
[Link: Pedego Carlsbad]