PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKES LAUNCHES FUN NEW IDEA FOR A GREAT DAY OUT
‘The Cotswold Electric Bike Treasure Trail’ takes you on a 25 mile cycling route around some of the most stunning parts of the Cotswold countryside with the minimum of effort and maximum of fun.
The newly launched trail is the idea of local business director, Daniel Robinson of ‘Pedego Electric Bikes- Europe.’ Starting and finishing at their headquarters in Stroud, participants hire ‘Pedego’ electric bikes for the day and follow clues along a beautiful route, which allows for lunch and refreshment stops at some fantastic rural pubs. Divided into clear sections, the Treasure Trail is carefully planned to provide an enjoyable balance of time to just cycle and enjoy the scenery as well as periods to look out for answers to questions. Hills and distance need not be an obstacle for anyone to complete the Trail as the electric bikes take all the strain, freeing riders to enjoy the route with ease.
Using top of the line components and sleek comfortable styling, the ‘Pedego’ brand are zero-emission bikes that can run up to 65km per charge as well as being comfortable, good looking and fun to ride for any age. With a huge range of bikes to choose from there is a size and style to suit anybody. The bikes are easy to operate but full training is provided in the morning, with tea and coffee, to ensure that you’re confident before you set off for the day, Safety equipment such as high vis vests and helmets are included with the hire as well as a well-designed ‘Treasure Trail’ booklet to guide you along the way.
Taking you through idyllic villages and breath-taking countryside, the Trail itself involves following clues and making observations, with a few cryptic questions thrown in to the mix. It can be approached either competitively or at a leisurely pace as desired. Either way it’s an incredibly enjoyable way to spend a day as a couple, a family or in teams, with friends. It would also make a great team-building activity, birthday treat or fun addition to a stag or hen weekend. For those that are local to the area it’s a great new way to enjoy the surrounding countryside and cover greater distances than might be achievable on standard bikes.
The cost of the Trail, including bike hire, is £35 per person and after briefing at 10am it can be completed by around 4pm (allowing for lunch and refreshment stops.)
You can find out more at http://pedegoeurope.com/electric-bike-hire/
Or by telephone: 01453 883 261
Address: Unit 2B, Phoenix Trading Estate, London Road, Stroud Gloucestershire, GL5 2BX
The newly opened ‘ElectriCity’ store at Belval Plaza II, has now become the exclusive’ Pedego’ electric bike dealership in Luxembourg. Their large showroom stocks exclusive brands of electric scooters, skateboards, personal transporters and mono-wheels. The company have now teamed up with’ Pedego Europe’ to launch ‘Pedego Luxembourg’ and bring their full range of stylish and uniquely designed electric bikes to Esch-sur-Alzette.
Using top of the line components and sleek comfortable styling, the ‘Pedego’ brand offers fun for people of all ages with zero-emission bikes that can run up to 65km per charge. The bikes are comfortable, good looking and fun to ride with a wide range of colour choices and styling options. Including a range of cruisers, city commuter bikes, tandems and trail tackers, there is a bike to suit everyone. ‘We chose ‘Pedego’ as our exclusive electric bike brand because they are a very good product with a unique design which is quite ‘old school’ which people like. They are affordable, and cool to look at,’ explains Bruno Pinto of ElectriCity.’
As one of 100 stores in the new Belval Plaza II shopping Mall, ‘ElectriCity’ has a 100m test ground and is conveniently located next to the new University which will open in September. The business owners hope to encourage a change in mentality to a greener, electric approach to transport. The range of products will appeal to those that are conscious about the environment but also those that want to enjoy the fun of outdoor sports, with a little less effort.
You can find out more about ‘Pedego Luxembourg’ at http://pedegoluxembourg.com/
and ‘ElectriCity’ at http://www.electricity.lu
The Pedego Stretch is perhaps our boldest electric bike yet. A dynamic cargo bike that offers a range of possibilities. The Bike has been in development for 2 years leading to its introduction at Interbike 2014, lead by Anthony of Pedego new Zealand.
Rather than writing about all its assets here, just watch the videos.
A pub landlord has mounted a bright orange bike on the wall of his Gloucestershire watering hole because he credits it with changing his life.
Miles Connolly says he gets 10 times more exercise and feels 10 years younger thanks to regular exercise on his Pedego electric bike.
He has clocked up more than 500 miles in the past six months and when he is not climbing hills in and around Stroud, the bike gets pride of place in the Prince Albert pub in Rodborough.
Miles, aged 47, said: “It has been a life-changer, it’s a great idea and I do all my running around on the bike now as I have panniers fitted, I very rarely use my car.
“I have had lots of great comments from people when they see it in the pub, and when I’m out on the road – because the battery is so discreet – people think my fitness has come on leaps and bounds!”
The Pedego Comfort Cruiser was first used by Miles to complete a charity cycle ride from The Retreat pub in Cheltenham to the Retreat pub in Stroud, a journey of around 16 miles, which he has done for the past 20 years but was finding tougher to complete.
Miles added: “I wanted to borrow an electric bike for the cycle ride but I loved it so much I couldn’t give it back, so I bought it. It was particularly useful going up Leckhampton Hill in Cheltenham.
“I wouldn’t have made this change if the bike wasn’t electric. I get 10 times more exercise than I did before, because the choice was to take the car or walk so I always took the car.”
Pedego is the world’s most renowned electric bicycle and its European distributor is Daniel Robinson, who is also based near Stroud.
He said: “Miles asked if he could borrow an electric bike and I said yes without hesitation. One of my greatest pleasures is seeing people ride a Pedego electric bicycle for the first time – the joy and surprise from Miles at just how good it was brought me a smile too.”
“Electric bikes make cycling more accessible to everyone, combining the comfort and leisure of an automatic vehicle with the freedom and excitement of a classic bicycle. They are simple to operate, fun, good exercise and get you from place to place with minimal fuss, free parking, zero emissions and freedom from gridlock.”
Pedego is offering a 10% discount on Pedego electric bicycles to all residents of Gloucestershire.
An Isle of Man tour operator has won a legal victory allowing him to bring the world’s most renowned electric bicycles to the island.
Richard Cuthbert, of Union Mills, has worked in tourism for 25 years and is launching a guided tours, rental and sales business using Pedego electric bikes sourced from mainland UK.
He secured a swift resolution from the Department of Infrastructure to allow more powerful bikes on the island, bringing it into line with the rest of Europe. The Road Traffic Act regulations amended the battery limit from 200 to 250 Watts – which is what the Pedego bikes have – and saw the speed limit change from 15 to 15.5 miles per hour.
Richard and his partner Shirley Townsend applied in December last year and secured the amendment on January 21. After months of planning they are ready to launch Pedego Isle of Man as a responsible, sustainable tour operator and bikes sales business, using electric bikes they say offer the greatest range and are “the most trusted on hills”.
“I wasn’t aware the legislation was out of date and the previous motor restriction rules threatened to scupper our exciting plans, so we contacted the Department of Infrastructure and the Minister David Cretney for an inspection and to get this restriction changed quickly, otherwise we couldn’t have gone ahead,” Richard said.
“The Government is always looking for ways to lower the carbon footprint of the island and for new leisure activities that can improve tourism – and electric bikes fit both moulds. They are fairly new to the island and we are delighted that Pedego is helping us to realise our dreams, because they really are something special.”
On a personal level, Richard is saving £1,400 per year on fuel and parking fees and actually gets to work quicker by using his Pedego bike to commute five miles each day from Union Mills to Douglas.
“These bikes look like proper bikes, I saw so many e-bikes that were ugly but Pedego has a great range that is well designed, stylish and smooth to ride, plus they are brilliant fun – it was the whole Pedego package that made me choose them,” Richard added.
“The 250 Watt motor has more power to pull me up the hills and I feel more comfortable and more confident that it can do the job – both for tourists and for people who live on the island.”
Pedego Isle of Man was launched at the Tourism Industry Day in April. The guided tours will start at Douglas Sea Terminal while sales will take place from Richard’s home in Union Mills.
David Cretney was the Minister of the Department of Infrastructure at the time of the application to amend the legislation and is a former Tourism and Leisure Minister.
He said: “Tourism is very important to the Isle of Man and I am particularly pleased to welcome this environmentally friendly new business venture, it is an exciting addition to the many leisure and tourism activities we have on the island.
“Richard and Shirley are responsible operators with many years of experience. I wish them well and I’m confident they will provide a quality service for both residents and visitors.”
Richard Cuthbert added: “One of the greatest pleasures is seeing people ride a Pedego electric bicycle for the first time. The joy and surprise at just how good they are never fails to bring a smile.”
For more information visit www.pedegoisleofman.co.uk
The world’s only electric ‘fat bike’ has been launched in Europe to bring off-road adventures all year round – including a unique partnership that allows it to ‘float’ on snow.
The Pedego Trail Tracker can climb steep mountain trails known to defeat most regular bike riders, whether on snow, sand or stone. It is now attracting interest at ski resorts from those looking for a new kind of winter fun.
The Trail Tracker is a heavy-duty, off-road monster, with four-inch thick wheel rims and vee rubber tyres with aggressive knobby tread. It has a seven speed derailer system, a rugged 600W silent motor and a 48V battery, as well as both pedelec and throttle options for power delivery.
“Most importantly it’s great fun,” says Pedego’s European boss Daniel Robinson. “It’s ideal for fans of the cult fat bikes who are seeking more adventure, because it is capable of carrying riders over almost any terrain.”
The Trail Tracker was originally designed as a show-stopping concept bike for display at the Interbike show in Las Vegas in 2012. Such was the positive reaction that Pedego started manufacturing for commercial sale and has not been able to keep them in stock since.
Now, a team of off-road thrill-seekers at Bikeboards is using the Trail Tracker to create an electric snow-mobile, as this video shows. (It’s steeper than it looks).
Tracy Hoose, of Bikeboards, says: “Floating over the snow is the best way to describe it, it’s like hitting the fast forward button in winter biking and it puts a smile on your face.
“The Trail Tracker creates a more aggressive and fun ride due to the grip and stability of the fat tyre and the power of the battery. The ski allows the Pedego to go where no other fat bike can go.
“Without our product bikes will sink and lose traction, so our partnership with Pedego is a huge opportunity and many resorts are experiencing the need to offer new activities to attract visitors, so the board/bike combo makes complete sense.”
Daniel Robinson, of Pedego, adds: “We are very excited to bring this very unique product to Europe for the first time and we’re confident its market-leading design and outstanding capability will blaze a trail across the continent, especially in the snow in partnership with Bikeboards.”
Pedego is one of the world’s fastest growing e-bike companies and has a reputation for fun, chic design, comfort and the latest technology. The Trail Tracker joins an existing range of bikes that have been modified from US versions to suit European regulations – including speed limits and local customer demands.
Pedego Europe was established in 2011 in the Cotswolds as the first international distributor of the Pedego electric bike series outside the US, with pan-European responsibility.
Here is a video of the Pedego Trail Tracker in action: Pedego Trail Tracker video
For more information on the Pedego Trail Tracker click here.