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Pedego Palooza!

This post is for our POG — Our community of Pedego owners. It’s Pedego Palooza 2017!

First, thank you for choosing Pedego GLB to be your Pedego hometown community. When Brian and I started GLB nearly 5 years ago, we had a dream of building a community of Pedego riders to join us on fun rides around town and eventually on our travels with Pedego electric bikes. We’re proud of the community we have built. Just this week, a group of riders kindly showed some new Pedego fans the way to the local bike path. These rental customers were so delighted with our bikes, us, and our big-hearted community that they came back later with a delicious gift for our riders! We do, indeed, have the Pedego community of our dreams.

And so, it’s time to celebrate.

On Saturday, September 30, we’re joining the national POG at a huge party. It will start with (what else?) a Pedego Parade, as hundreds of Pedego riders leave from Pedego Headquarters in Fountain Valley to cruise down to Huntington Beach. From there, we have special VIP tickets to an airshow and a catered lunch! This is a FREE event for all Pedego owners who have registered their bikes with corporate and have RSVP’d on the Pedego Palooza website. While rental bikes are now allowed for this event, our reservations are presently sold out. We do have a stand-by list for anyone who wants to call the store. This is a Pedego-only event.

Note: A few Pedego owners asked to ride down to the event in Huntington Beach from Seal Beach. Brian will lead a group that morning from Pedego GLB. Please call the store at (562)296-5782 if you’d like to ride with Brian to this event. Otherwise, everyone is invited to meet Beth at Pedego Headquarters and join the parade!

Here are the event details provided by Pedego Headquarters:

Saturday, September 30th.

Bring your Pedego and spend the day with us as we ride from Pedego Headquarters down to Huntington State Beach for Pedego’s biggest owner’s event of the year!

Schedule of Events

10:00 AM – Behind-the-scenes tour of Pedego Headquarters
11:00 AM Check-in
11:30 AM – Ride from Pedego Headquarters to Huntington State Beach (6.6 miles)
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Catered lunch while airshow begins
4:00 PM – Ride back to Pedego Headquarters

​​​This event is FREE for all Pedego owners and $40 online to Pedego Headquarters for non-owners (plus rental fees, taxes, and other fees to Pedego stores). Ticket includes VIP entry to private Pedego area, catered lunch, and a complimentary ticket to the BeachFront Cinema’s screening of Top Gun immediately following the conclusion of the airshow. 

Register for your tickets today at www.pedegopalooza.com

 

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No More Lost Loves: Preventing Bike Theft

Guest Blog Post by Brian Ballard …

 

It was the end of the day on a Sunday. Beth and I were getting ready to close the shop. We had a row of Pedego electric bikes lined up in front of the store, all locked together with a long cable. As I walked to the end of the row to unlock the bikes, I discovered the cable was cut. The bike on the end was gone — it had been stolen! My heart sank. I was devastated. I took it personally and felt outraged. We’d  hosted a bike prevention seminar in the past, but the technology we have today was not yet available. And so the bike was gone for good.

In 2015, more than 250,000 bikes were stolen. On average, only 3 percent are recovered by police. Of those that are recovered, a lot of unregistered bikes never make it back to their owners. The San Francisco police department has more than 400 recovered bikes in storage that they cannot return to owners for that reason. They simply can’t find the rightful owners.

Very few cities take bike theft seriously. Most cities are forced to put nearly all of their resources into more serious crimes. Portland, San Francisco and San Diego are among the few that have devoted resources to bicycle theft task forces. One law enforcement representative stated, “We make it easy for them. The DA doesn’t do tough prosecutions for these criminals. All the thieves we’ve busted got probation. You can’t take six people off a murder to investigate a bike theft.”  This became the norm, as most bikes retail for less than $500. But when bikes valued at $1,000 or more are stolen, that’s a felony. So more law enforcement resources should be devoted to that.

Bike theft affects people from all walks of life. Some cyclists are low-income and do not own a car. They lose their only mode of transportation, which is devastating for them. And many of those who might afford a more-expensive bike cannot easily endure a loss either.  The problem is also very sad. Many bikes are stolen by addicts to support a drug habit. They will steal a $2,000.00 bike and sell it for $50.00 to get their drugs. The more we can do to prevent bike theft, the more we help everyone. And there is some good news arriving. For starters, you can be sure to follow the basics.

Below are a few tips to help you protect your bike.

  1. Index Your Bike: Several websites help cyclists register and recover their bikes.
  2. Insure Your Bike: Explore multiple options for protecting your investment.
  3. Lock Your Bike: There are best practices for locking your bike. Learn from the pros.
  4. Recover Your Bike: New technologies are improving the odds of recovering your bike. Indexing, insuring and locking your bike are all part of the equation. If you do track down your bike, be sure to contact the police for help in making the recovery. No bicycle is worth a life. Not even the thief’s.

Greater protections are arriving now! We’re excited about the new GPS tracking and phone alert systems that are just now becoming available to the public at reasonable prices. They won’t replace locks, but knowing where your bike is at all times, knowing if someone is touching your bike — in the moment it happens — and being able to recover it quickly, are going to revolutionize the battle against bike theft.

Ultimately, what I learned is this: We should continue to ride and enjoy our Pedego bikes. The risk of theft must not stop us. There is risk in everything. As they say, a ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for. So we are working with our community to develop more ways to keep our bikes safe and to recover any losses. We’re hosting a bike security seminar in our shop on the last Saturday of July. So join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017, and learn the latest in bike theft prevention. The bike we save may well be yours!

Be sure to visit our Upcoming Events page on this website and RSVP so we’ll know to save a seat for you. Space is limited. RSVP now!

 

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National Bike to Work Week

Yesterday was national Bike to Work Day (part of Bike to Work Week), and I did not bike to work. However … I had the particular joy of riding at work. For this occasion, more than ever, I made it a goal to ride with store visitors as much as possible. It was my plan to participate in the bike/work national event in my own style. So each person who came into the store to learn about Pedego GLB was fair game for a fun “escape-the-paperwork” bike ride — okay, we called it a test ride. And as a result, yes, I rode a Pedego electric bike on Bike Day. And 24 hours later, I’m still smiling.

I’m thinking there might be a lot of people out there who just don’t know that they can ride an electric bike to work. They haven’t thought about the savings on gas, insurance and DMV, etc., which add up and make bike commuting a fine idea to discover this week. If you know anyone who would benefit by commuting to work by bike but is concerned about hills, headwinds, distances, sweat, exhaustion, etc. … have your pal give us a call. Pedego electric bikes are a game changer in many ways. Imagine arriving at work feeling energized and happy with a bounce in your step that lasts all day. Need exercise? Sure, use less motor on the way home. It’s as easy as that.

In the past, I worked from home and my bike commutes were actually errands run around town. I rode Gidget, my original Pedego bike, all over the map for all kinds of errands. When you’re sitting at a computer for long hours composing articles, stories and more, you need to get up once in a while to feel the wind caressing your face and the sun warming your shoulders. It just plain felt great to twist the throttle and speed away from life’s stress.

I guess I’m still commuting in my own way. And I really hope others will discover this amazing form of alternative transportation — the one that shouts out, “Hello, fun!”

See you on the bike path …

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Riding in Springtime Sunshine

Seems like just the other day I burst out our front door, yawned, stretched, rubbed my eyes and looked around to discover a dry street and sun-dappled trees. “Yes! It’s here! Springtime!” I shouted while grabbing my bike. Spring has sprung. The long, wet winter that left our quenched West Coast in bloated hibernation has finally floated away. Sun’s out. Paths are good. Let’s go!

Easter was ecstatic. My older son, Sean, visited with his beautiful wife Ashli, and we enjoyed a leisurely family holiday rolling 30 miles on our Pedego electric bikes. We had so much fun that day showing the “kids” Newport Back Bay from the POV of a bike. Our springtime adventure included a cruise on the Balboa Ferry and BBQ lunch at the Balboa Fun Zone. No surprise — we came across two other families and one large group on Pedego bikes. It’s fun being a part of the POG.

Since my kids were visiting from the East Coast, they looked very pale from a longtime lack of any outdoor activities. Where they live, rain gives way to sleet, then to ice, then to snow. So I let them take a pass on winter activities, figuring it took enough grit just driving to work safely through multiple truly newsworthy storms. So I’m glad they came out here  — and joined us on Pedego bikes — to really enjoy their first warm weather of the year.

Of course, I cried the day they flew home. But we have to smile now, knowing that our bike rides continue with friends and fellow POG members. It gladdens my heart to lead two public rides each week: Tuesday’s Silver Spin 1-hour guided ride for seniors, and also the weekend’s Sunday FUNday, a longer social cruise that’s attracting a great group of fun-loving folk.

If you own a Pedego, come join us! Shake off the sleepy pall and breathe in a lungful of fresh springtime air. It’s so easy to do that when the headwinds are a breeze, right? And if you don’t yet own a Pedego, remember that test rides are free and rentals are affordable.

We just want to say, “Hello, spring. Hello, fellow riders. Hello, fun!”

See you on the bike path …

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Pedego GLB Defies the Rain

Okay, it’s official. The weather forecasters have officially made me crazy.

This week, I moved our Pedego Sunday FUNday ride to Saturday (have you tried rhyming Saturday?) to avoid rain predicted for Sunday …  and then the forecast changed to “Never mind! Sunday looks good after all.” Yeah, right. We’re playing it by ear, and I’ll probably end up riding both days. WAIT, WHAT? That’s a win – win!

What I learned from our unpredictable weather is that it’s worthwhile to have a bike ready to ride when the sun does warm the sky. I’ve had the immense pleasure of joining our Wednesday POG ride from the store to Balboa Island for lunch. It was windy on the return trip, so my Pedego’s powerful motor earned its keep. And boy, were we grateful for our Pedego electric bikes, as we sailed over the two bridges leading from Sunset Beach to Seal Beach.  If you’ve never cycled those bridges, just know that many non-Pedego riders have considered tossing their pedal bikes over the rail. The headwind can be ferocious. Of course, it didn’t bother us. A jacket and Pedal Assist kept me grinning the whole way. It was magical.

Of course, you might choose to rent a Pedego at our store. However, when the weather can turn rapidly, it’s incredibly handy to simply grab your own Pedego bike and ride as soon as the clouds clear. We’ve all felt a bit cooped up with all this wet weather. So escaping the indoors whenever we can is more than just fun. It’s the cure for stir crazy.

Never mind the rain. WAIT, WHAT? While we’ve been weathering the winter, something else developed.

Spring is arriving. As I write this, the sky is clear and a cool breeze is the only sign it’s not yet summer. But it’s almost spring. We’ll be changing the clocks on March 12 — only a few weeks away!  For renters, that means longer riding days, more warm weather and even more FUN.

It’s time to prepare for spring riding. Pedego owners should bring their bikes in for an annual tune-up. And those who need a Pedego (or two) are invited to stop by the store, Tuesday through Sunday, to test ride and learn more about why we love Pedego electric bikes.

See you on the bike path … soon!

Our Visit to New Orleans

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A few weeks ago, Brian and I enjoyed our first family vacation in a while. We’ve been having so much fun with Pedego GLB that we hardly noticed we hadn’t gotten away in, well, years. So, we ordered plane tickets, rented a vacation condo, and met with my son and his wife in New Orleans, Louisiana … aka NOLA.

It’s true what they say: Travel broadens your horizons.

It’s also true: There’s no place like home.

Don’t get me wrong. We loved NOLA. We had an absolute blast checking out this historical, beautiful, fascinating town. It was a nice midway spot for family to gather, too. The Jazz delighted us, and the food filled us with bliss. Truly, have you ever enjoyed café au lait and beignets at Café Du Monde? Out-of-this-world good. And that’s just the warm up for the rest of the gourmet treats. There was jambalaya, gumbo, alligator sausage, po-boys, muffulettas, red beans and rice, bananas foster, pralines, and more. We tried to walk for exercise, but at some point I think we found ourselves roaming from one restaurant to the next. I had hoped to ride bikes around town, but there were challenges with that idea.

Yes, New Orleans is home to some fine-looking bike shops. And we even saw a couple tours on bikes go by. But there were rarely any bike lanes and apparently no electric bikes. Oddly, we did notice that locals locked up their bicycles outside at night with barely a chain or U-lock. Heavy police presence may have helped secure their property. We did notice some ways of locking up bikes that you don’t see around Seal Beach very often. I snapped the picture below. Yes, that’s a street lamp. Though they do seem pretty inventive with their official bike rack designs, as well. Possibly, it was designed after downing a Hurricane or Pimm’s Cup. It would surely make absolute sense after one of those. I snapped the picture of that, too.

Brian especially enjoyed the cemetery tour. He so loved the history and knowledge shared by our guide that it inspired him to add more professional guided tours at Pedego GLB. Our SoCal region has a lot to offer in amazing sites to visit, such as movie locations, historical places and everyday spots with tidbits of surprising information. So we’re in the planning stages of adding some Saturday guided tours as well as expanding the Sunday FUNday rides to every weekend. This is the best keepsake we brought back from our trip.

On our last full day, we visited City Park, which turned out to be my favorite part of the entire adventure. The park reminded me of New York’s Central Park, as it sprawled out for miles with loads of activities. There were some bike paths and rentals available, but without electric bikes, my group was just not interested. So we walked and enjoyed gardens, ponds, sculptures, and even a small brass marching band that swept past, playing Jazz for us. And of course, they had a charming café that gladly served us coffee and beignets.

What was the first thing I did upon returning to Pedego GLB? You know it. I hopped on a bike … and rode!

Hello, home. Hello, fun!

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How to park your bike in NOLA.

 

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NOLA Bike Rack

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Happy Holidays From Beth & Brian

Happy Holidays!

Brian and I just returned from the annual Pedego Dealers Meeting, and as always, we feel pumped up and ready to roll for another year. We enjoy hearing about the latest innovations in Pedego bikes and seeing models that will arrive soon in our store.

I know people are waiting for certain products and additions, and I’m pleased to announce a few:

  • Pedego unveiled a new electric trike (3-wheeler). It comes in a beautiful mineral blue and benefits from an inventive battery placement that will make life easy for a lot of riders. This trike does have a fairly high center of gravity, so some ability to balance is needed. But for a cool ride, look for this baby to become available sometime in March.
  • New colors. Who doesn’t like to splash some rainbow around a bike shop? This is so cool. We’ll soon have the City Commuter available in Tropical Teal. I fell in love with this model all over again when I saw how chic it looked. Other new colors include a gorgeous, rich Sandstone shade for Interceptors and an intriguing deep Hunter Green, as well, for some Interceptors. For those who like to be noticed, the new Hot Pink Interceptor leads the way. The company is preparing more photos, so stay tuned.
  • The Platinum. Okay, this is my ultimate electric bike! This fabulous Interceptor flies to new heights of Pedego thrills. The Platinum boasts 10-speed smooth shifting, hydraulic disc brakes and a front suspension. I adore this bike! We’ll have one in the shop soon for everyone to come drool over. But watch out, I may demand to test ride it for you. Just tell me to back off.

There’s more news on the POG front, as well. I’ll write more about that after the first of the year. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, POG (Pedego Owners Group) is a fun club of Pedego owners who love to gather for rides and parties. And parades. And tours. And adventures. But I’ll write more later.

Until then, Brian and I wish you a very happy holiday season. Any locals who would like to escape the stuffy office and ride with us should call the store for details. We’ll have some rides going through the New Year. And remember, if you’re seeking the perfect gift for someone you truly love, consider a Pedego electric bike. Brian and I made our first bikes a gift to us, and they have added so much joy to our lives.

Have fun. Stay well. And we’ll see you on the bike path …

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Pedego Bikes Bring a Wealth of Good Health

Good Health Makes Autumn Extra Fun at Pedego GLB

With a sigh and a momentarily calm store, I have to admit that summer is ending.  Around here, we know this because the local markets replace their stacks of pool toys with ornate Jack-o-Lanterns. Then, of course, there’s the PSL, though a pumpkin spiced latte seems too hot for me, as the weather remains summer-like in its serene, sunshiny, SoCal splendor.

The other indication of seasonal change is a slight drop in the number of bike riders. The same thing also happens in June. Be it spring or fall, people get busy navigating seasonal school and life transitions. Bikes remain parked in the garage until the work is done and a collective sigh of relief is heard around the region. And that’s the moment when I’d like you to think of the fun you’ve enjoyed on a Pedego. Sure, we love our families and special events, but it’s time for everyone to admit that a little “me” time is important too. Fresh air, sunshine, healthy activity, relaxation and fun are still accessible. In fact, September weather is usually still warm. And when a chill does eventually settle in, it’s rarely so cold that a light jacket can’t warm you right up. The benefits remain the same. In fact, as the weather cools, they might even be better.

While everyone else is sitting inside, breathing recycled germ-infested air and fending off the bug-of-the-week, those of us who continue  to ride throughout the year enjoy the health benefits of exercise disguised as fun … including improved immunity.

Of course, you know your body and should always work with your own medical professionals to devise a fall – winter exercise plan. But for most of us, continuing to enjoy our Pedego rides is exactly what the doctor ordered. Last February, I was forced by chance to curtail my riding for about 6 weeks. I’ll write more about that in my October blog post. But the month and a half I had to spend off my bike resulted in another horrible problem: I came down with a nasty cough that doubled my time away from biking. Talk about your downward spirals! Twelve weeks — ugh! It was as if the immunity I’d enjoyed for years had faded completely away. Two rounds of antibiotics and a lot of rest were required before I could struggle back onto my feet.

Now, I’m riding again and I haven’t been sick since. You can bet that I’ll ride as often as possible through the coming winter to ward off any further illnesses. I also have a few pounds to lose, another result of the long lag between rides. It feels so good to glide down the bike path again that I always thank the folks who come into our store for a guided ride. And though they may be discovering the joys of electric biking for the first time — which always shows as a huge grin — I’m living proof that the smiles shine for many more miles, season-to-season, year-in and year-out.

Come ride with me. I promise you more smiles. We’ll enjoy good health and great times together …

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Teachers Zoom From Classroom

Oh, how teachers love their summers with Pedego!

It’s funny how our bikes attract teachers. Perhaps because they’re a sociable bunch. Perhaps because a lot of them love to have fun. Whatever the reason, they come into Pedego GLB all the time. And they leave with bikes that zoom them around their school districts, both local and distant.

I don’t mention this often, but I’m a former teacher. I hold a Ryan Multiple Subject Teaching Credential valid to teach in self-contained classrooms across California. My student teaching days were spent in 3rd and 6th grades. After some substitute teaching I found a home with ESL in Adult Education. Later, when I went to work for Toastmasters International it was a natural evolution to combine my writing  skills and teaching background and apply all of it to the manuals as well as marketing materials for the organization.

And now, I find that I’ve made yet another teaching transition — explaining electric biking to our community. People walk into Pedego with the same wide eyes of a schoolchild entering a new grade level. And the questions appear to be pretty much the same: What will be expected of me? Will I do well? Will it be too hard? Will there be fun?

More and more, I recognize myself leaning on old teaching techniques, communicating facts but oh so much more. Helping people to learn the subject so well that they feel the understanding in their heart. Science Fiction buffs will understand when I write that my students “grok” electric biking. They come to understand with every fiber of their being the great benefits of electric bikes.

It’s heartening to sense that all my earlier life experiences —  all the teacher training and work in the field of Education — eventually led me to Pedego GLB. One might say that life rolled me straight into 1065 Pacific Coast Highway, Seal Beach, CA … heaved me in the door and shouted, “Okay, teach this!”

So when the five-thousandth person — maybe a teacher — asks me how far he can go on a charge, I will smile again, like a seasoned professor marching into her classroom at the start of a new year, and I will begin it all over again. Clarify the information, develop their skills, and then impress on them the absolute fun of electric biking.

They’ll get it. And when they do … their lives will perk up with so many grand new adventures.

Which is, of course, exactly what teachers love to see.

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The Smart Grad Gift: College Transportation

Whether they go away or study ‘n stay Pedego GLB has their bike today!

 

I attended UC Irvine twice, first in the late 70s and again in the early 2000s. For students, college transportation has always been an issue, but never more so than now. The cost for parking my car went up so much between rounds that the amount I paid — for parking alone — during my second set of student days would have covered the costs of everything the first time. Everything! Tuition, books, parking, meals and more! That’s a lot of cash for any student (or parent) to fork over just to arrive on campus.

 

Traffic : The 99th Circle of Hell (Because You Just Keep Circling)

Not only is parking a car more expensive, it’s also harder than ever to find any spot less than a half-hour hike from your classroom. It’s like attending a huge public event where parking is limited and the crowd is not. And for students, it’s a parking party a day. Because even though the university constantly builds more parking lots and structures, they also keep adding more students … with cars. Lots and lots of cars. So when you find a spot, no matter how far from any of your classes, you park it there for the entire day.

Picture this: The UCI campus has grown over the years, sprawling across the land  — an empirical empire. These greater distances make it a daily ordeal to attend classes in scattered locations around campus. Most attempt a sort of running hike, backpack and all, cutting across Aldrich Park, hoofing it fast as they can down the road — arriving late and drenched in sweat. Who needs a gym when the program allows you 10 minutes to scurry from one side of campus to the other?

Some try to pick their classes to allow more time between them. In my experience, the school schedule cannot be controlled by a mere student. Skipping a class one semester might mean missing it entirely, as the commanding collegiate kingpins could decline to schedule it again for years. The rule of thumb I learned is: They offer a class you need. You take it.

Worse yet, some students would leave the first class early in order to arrive at the second one in time. Which made me wonder: Do you really want to pay that much for an education only to leave early because of transportation?

So what ends up happening for most UCI students who commute to school from surrounding communities is, they circle the campus every day, trying to stay calm as they realize that they still haven’t parked and class already started.

 

Cars Are So Old-School

There is a modern-day solution, and it isn’t packaged on four wheels. A lot of students ride bikes. That’s great. A bicycle is faster than walking, more economical than a car, and sturdy enough to carry all those books. But many students do more than simply ride between classes. They ride to and from school. They ride to jobs. They ride to see their parents. They cover even greater distances. So they need an even greater option: an electric bike. On an electric bike, they can control their workout. If they need to get to class without working up a reeking, dripping sweat, they can do it. If they want to exercise on the way home, they can do that too. If they need to zip across campus in 5 minutes flat, they can make their destination with a smile. And a Pedego electric bike is the most reliable and powerful of the electric bikes, a simple transportation solution that will help your student achieve success.

Picture this now: At the end of the day, some lucky students with really smart parents can step outside their last class, hop on their Pedego bikes, and zoom 15 miles home, arriving with enough energy for all that homework. A Pedego bike costs a fraction of a car, with no DMV, no license or registration, no car insurance, no gasoline and no parking fees. Charging a battery costs pennies, and it will provide enough power to roll them through their day. Students have plenty of debt from school. Don’t add the unnecessary burden of a car, when a Pedego makes so much more sense. Instead, help out someone you love with the smart solution. Visit Pedego Greater Long Beach and we’ll help you find the perfect Pedego for your student’s needs.