Pedego A Go Go: Why an e-bike is great when you’re not feelin’ 100%

Stuff the FTC makes me say: Pedego provided me a complementary bicycle in exchange for my coverage on the Double Chin Diary and social media as part of being a Pedego Electric Bike Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

Pregnancy is a gift, but when you’re spending significant parts of your days nauseous and gagging, it can get a little overwhelming. I haven’t written in a few weeks because I’m one of those unlucky people who got second trimester morning sickness instead of first, and the last few weeks have been kickin’ my booty! This has unfortunately sapped my energy and I haven’t been able to ride my Pedego as much as I’ve wanted (that, coupled with crazy 95 degree plus heat…). I even was advised to stay home from a work trip I was really looking forward to, so that shows you how much my booty has been gettin’ kicked. Wah! Today, I was craving a baked potato with dinner, so I decided to get on my Pedego. Even though it’s been a bad nausea day and I’m tired, I used the Pedal Assist mode and was instantly relieved and refreshed how it made my bike ride so simple!

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I realized this is the beauty of the e-bike. For people who aren’t feeling good, who have pain issues, are preggers, or are just starting an exercise program, no wonder e-bikes could be the ticket to getting you back on track with fitness. A 2 mile ride where I’d normally be huffin’ and puffin’ with my 10 pound sack of potatoes in the bike basket (they were only 99c for the whole bag!) was suddenly manageable again.

Why yes, that is a 10 pound sack of potatoes in my bike basket.

Why yes, that is a 10 pound sack of potatoes in my bike basket.

I also have to give a shout out to the step-through design and style of the bike… now that the bump has arrived, thank goodness I don’t have to hoist myself up onto the seat like I’m trying to get on a horse. Makes me want to rebrand my bike, Pregoago instead of Pedego. Ha! Maybe there’s a market there… 😉

I was watching some videos on Pedego’s site, and this story about Beth Turner resonated with me. She used to ride her bike to work but some knee pain was making it difficult: until she got a Pedego. Voila! Solutions on two wheels, right there.

I’d like to figure out a way to show you guys the difference between the pedal assist and the throttle soon, because I know I’ve had a few questions about how it’s different, so stay tuned as I figure that out. As a side note: I passed out two brochures about this bike while being out and about on it. THAT was cool. It’s certainly an eye-catching bike.

So tell me – when you’re not feeling good, how do you keep active? What light activity do you do to keep your body in motion without overdoing it?

 

Bumpin’ while bikin’: What I saw in 3 miles with my Pedego

Stuff the FTC makes me say: Pedego provided me a complementary bicycle in exchange for my coverage on the Double Chin Diary and social media as part of being a Pedego Electric Bike Ambassador. All opinions are my own.

After work today, I knew I wanted to get some sunshine and also some low-impact exercise. In my 21st week of pregnancy I have a new symptom: tight/stiff hips and an achey lower back. It feels really good to gently stretch it out, so I knew bike riding would be just what the doctor ordered. (Also, after I entered my activity in my pregnancy app, I got a little reward alert that said “Biking is a great way to minimize swelling!” Good to know!)

I set a goal for myself that for this three mile ride, I wouldn’t use the Pedal Assist or Throttle at all. Both of these features are awesome, but I knew for max cardio impact, I needed to push myself a little bit. I can be lazy (something I’d try to blame on pregnancy but let’s be real here… I am firmly a fan of the “horizontal running” camp with Fat Amy, and need to push myself to work hard in exercise.)

I took off for a leisurely ride in my neighborhood and I decided to take pictures of some things I noticed. First off, look how perty my bike is! I’m so glad I chose the coral color with blue accents… it’s so fresh and fun, perfect for this southern California summer. And… it’s basically summer here 350 days out of the year, so I’m not going to get sick of its beachy vibe anytime soon.

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Second thing I noticed made me sad. Our neighborhood is quite literally TRASHED! How can people be so careless? I understand that stuff might occasionally blow out a window or out of a can (even that is me giving the benefit of the doubt) but this is just horrid. April would freak out! I should volunteer with the Reseda City Council to get this area cleaned up.

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Third thing I noticed is this cute house for rent. While Matt and I are staying in our rental place for awhile to get used to a new budget with baby, if anybody is looking for a 3BR place in Reseda, you may want to look here. Uh, just pretend I didn’t just talk about the big bad trash problem. 😉

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Then, I rode another mile and took a selfie in the shade, because #selfie. Also, in honor of transparent tuesday (which exists to remove the veneer and filter of perfection from posts in social media), I did not photoshop my zits out. You’re welcome.

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I biked on for another half mile, now lightly sweating, and had to stop and snap a pic of these fun yard statues that someone put 4th of July headbands on. Now that’s festivity!

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Then, I pedaled the remaining mile home, and decided to relax on my back patio and do some light stretches. This bike ride was exactly was hoping getting a Pedego would do for me: get me out of the house when I’m feeling lazy and uninspired, but help me get some activity. It was also fun how a leisurely three mile ride turned into somewhat of a scavenger hunt for me, like “Hey! What can I show people who read this post?”

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Stretching with the bump.

I challenge you to get out this week for a quick bike ride or walk and notice a few things in your neighborhood you may not have seen before!

 

Accessorizing my Pedego Interceptor: Bring on the accessories!

Stuff the FTC makes me say: Pedego provided me a complementary bicycle in exchange for my coverage on the Double Chin Diary and social media. All opinions are my own. This post does contain affiliate links, which means I earn a small portion of proceeds if you make a purchase. New to my Pedego scene? Catch up here and here.

I’ve always been a lover of shopping (even grocery shopping!). In fact, a funny story: the first few weeks of my pregnancy I was so tired that my husband took on most of the household grocery shopping. I’m grateful to have a hubby who doesn’t mind doing the food shopping, but last week, I did my first “major” stock up trip to the grocery store, and I was laughing at myself because I was having so much fun cruising down the aisles, checking out all the new stuff and filling up our cart. I realized I hadn’t been on a proper grocery trip in over a month and a half (of course I picked up small things here and there), but it was a nice reminder that it’s the small things, folks!

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After the lovely Linda and John at Pedego 101 helped me order my Interceptor, I knew it was time to do some accessorizing! I stopped by one afternoon and Linda helped me walk me through the essentials for my new biking lifestyle. The numbers on this photo correspond with the products below. I recommend you visit a Pedego store in person to see what items they carry, as your Pedego reps can help you pick products that are the best fit for your bike and lifestyle.

1) Sunlite Deluxe Quick Release Rattan Bicycle Basket, Brown

A basket was a must-have for me, as so far my Pedego has been my vehicle of choice for quick grocery trips (not the stock-up kind like I mentioned above!) and runs to the post office. I knew I wanted something that easily popped on and off, and although at first I was entranced by the pretty vintage looking baskets, I liked the look of this one well enough to go for it. I carried it into the grocery store yesterday and it was perfect for getting me through check out and on the way home. Schwing! In the future I may also get some paniers for even more storage options. (I mean, how cute are these?)

2) Delta Holdits Grande Beverage Holder

It’s hip to sip, and if you’re riding your Pedego right, you’re going to be wanting to hydrate. This beverage holder wraps around your bottle, keeping it snug and secure while you’re on the go. It was a simple 5-minute installation with two clamps on either end of the handle bars. Easy!

3) Mirrycle MTB Bar End Mountain Bicycle Mirror

Linda brought me this, and it’s an accessory I didn’t know I needed, but now that I have it I know: you need it! This is perfect for checking behind you to make sure there are no cars creeping dangerously close, and for safety, it’s an excellent addition to your ride. I love how it just fits inside the handle, and is easily adjustable. Again, my bike mechanic (Matthew) fitted this onto my bike in a simple five minute installation. For just $14, this should be an addition to your bike, now.

4) Abus Bordo 85cm Lite Foldable Lock

I splurged on a big Kahuna of a lock, and here’s why. I live in a heavily populated suburban-almost-urban area, and sadly, bike theft is pretty common where I live. (In college, someone stole the seat off my junky old bike. I was so mad, and had to wheel my bike the three miles home.) Because a Pedego is a high-value item, I didn’t want to take any chances with a cheap lock that could easily be snipped. It was also important to me that I have enough “give” in the lock to have room to wrap it around poles, trees, etcetera, and some of the heavy duty locks don’t necessarily have lots of space. This lock is folding, super high tech, and is going to be damn near impossible to clip through. It lives on my bike when it’s not in use, and a key means there’s no lock combo to remember.

5) Nutcase Dots Street Helmet, Medium (Not pictured in photo above, but here ya go!)

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I’m kind of a copycat with this one, but I couldn’t resist picking this fun design after seeing my friend Molly rock it. Protecting your noggin’ is one of the most important things you can do while riding a bike (in addition to following traffic laws and being street smart!), so I knew getting a good helmet was non-negotiable. Apparently my head grows and shrinks on different days because at first I didn’t think this fit me well, but with some adjusting of the velcro pads and straps, we got my Nutcase to be absolutely perfect in size for cradling my big ol’ brain. And, I mean, it’s cute. Super cute. Function over form, obviously, but it’s a win win if you get form AND function.

That’s all, folks! Do any of you have similar accessories for your bikes? Any questions? Anything I have to have? I’m off to take a spin now!