Pedego, a company based in Irvine, makes electric bikes that function a lot like scooters with pedals. Their designs are catchy, colorful, and cater to those that don’t bike often.
I had a chance to talk to Jenny Nguyen, Director of Social Media for Pedego, and when I asked her why anyone should consider purchasing a Pedego, she said that Pedegos are for those that may “have never ridden a bike-it’s convenient, fun and perfect for the non-cyclist.” I know that most of the readers, if not all, of Bikecommuters.com already own a bike but maybe I could shed some light on what she meant. At first, the idea of making a bicycle (let alone a bicycle company) for those that don’t ride a bike seemed like a crazy idea. But then I remembered when I didn’t like bikes. The only bike I wanted, if I were to ever buy one, was a beach cruiser. And even when I rode that beach cruiser, I thought that it was too much pedaling to be relaxing. So, in other words, I wanted a bike that could both be pedaled and throttled like a Pedego.
Shown above are the Comfort Cruisers. They offer the bikes in a variety of colors as shown in their catalog.
I spoke to two different employees of Pedego and both talked more about the City Commuter model. It makes sense — it’s a pretty bike. While priced similarly at around $2,ooo, the slightly more expensive City Commuter was the prettier of the two. Nothing against the Comfort Cruiser, I just dig the looks of the City Commuter better. It can go 15-30 miles per charge without pedaling and 30-50 miles per charge with pedaling. The really cool thing is that the bike can go 20 mph! To most, that’s normal for an electric bike but I know what it means to ride 20 mph without any assist and it’s not easy to maintain. The City Commuter weighs about 50 lbs plus an approximately 7lb battery.
Product site: Pedego