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Interbike 2012: Pedego Electric Bikes

Interbike 2012 Sign

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 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.

Comfort Cruiser Step Through

Comfort Cruiser, Men's

Shown above are the Comfort Cruisers. They offer the bikes in a variety of colors as shown in their catalog.

City Commuter

City Commuter in White



Front Light

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

E-Bikes On the Rise (Again)

We just got this tidbit from one of our PR industry friends…an article from a new digital magazine put out by GE called The Txchnologist. The following article is on the continued rise of electric and electric-assist bicycles in the U.S. market:

No news story or movie about China is complete, it seems, without images of throngs of people riding two, three and four abreast down the street on bicycles, both manual and electric. This latter type, known as the e-bike, has seen exponential growth in recent years; one estimate had 100 million e-bikes plying China’s roads in 2009.

Now Americans, prompted by high gas prices and growing eco-consciousness, are slowly embracing the e-bike, too. E-bike sales in the U.S. have been growing at a 21 percent annual clip – albeit from a modest base – and could reach 785,000 a year by 2016, according to Pike Research, a clean energy market research firm.

Read the rest of the article by visiting the Txchnologist site. We’ve been talking about the rise of e-bikes here for a while now, especially the past year or so. Still, I haven’t seen too many “in the wild” — and absolutely ZERO since I moved to Ohio. Have any of you noticed more e-bikes on the streets where YOU live?