People of Pedego E-Bikes: Meet Mary and Patrick

Happy Saturday, friends! When I got my Pedego, I was added to a Facebook group called the Pedego E-Bikes Owners Group. It has just over 400 members and is a bustling community where people share photos of their rides, bikes, ask questions, share tips, and generally just enjoy being a part of the e-bike club. (It’s certainly come in handy for me a few times as I’ve had questions about my bike.) One of the first Pedego owners to befriend me was a friendly lady named Mary. Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed her posting more and more amazing photos of the adventures she and her husband take their bikes on, so I wanted to find out more about Mary, her husband, and their bikes. Mary and Patrick are from Redding, CA, which is Northern California, and have lived there since 1986. Enjoy!

Mary and the bikes in Moab, Utah

Mary and the bikes in Moab, Utah

(Editor’s note: That blue color in the photo is the other photo I really debated about when ordering my bike! It’s the same color as my car… isn’t it a great color?!)

I asked Mary why she decided to get a Pedego. “We used to ride regular bikes all the time with a group of friends. We are older, I being 65 and my husband is soon to be 63. It became increasingly hard for some of the members of our group to ride anymore so we quit riding. Patrick, my husband, has type 2 diabetes and our doctor said it was mandatory that he loose some weight. So, we started researching exercising methods. We have machines (treadmill and stationary bike) but we didn’t do them often enough and it wasn’t much fun. Patrick started looking into bikes and stumbled upon electric bikes. There are many on the market but the Pedego brand stood out because they seemed to have everything we were looking for such as pedal assist, a throttle and that it was made in the USA. We decided on the Interceptors because they had all the components we required and are built the best (heftier frame, disc brakes, slimed tires and digital display).

We found the closest dealer to us was in Sacramento. We hopped into the car and two and a half hours later we were test driving two Interceptors. It only took 15 minutes of riding these bikes that we knew these were the bikes we had been searching for. No more sore muscles climbing hills and no more down time the next day. We ordered two Interceptors on the spot, mine a 24 inch step through and Patrick’s a classic. That was the first part of December 2014. We received them a week before Christmas.”

Amazing photo by Mary and Patrick of the Pedegos at Arches National Park

Amazing photo by Mary and Patrick of the Pedegos at Arches National Park

One reason I wanted to talk to Mary is that I see amazing pictures she posts from all over the country. I asked her favorite place she’s taken her Pedego.

“I think one of our favorite places we have ridden is Moab, UT (first photo in the post). They have a fantastic paved bike trail that should be the model for all cities. Another place that was great was Yosemite. We rode the whole valley. We also have a wonderful trail system in Redding that keeps growing. We are going to the Grand Canyon in a week and I hear they have a good rim trail now. So many wonderful places.”

Next I asked Mary, what is the most important thing about Pedego that you would tell someone who stops you on the street?

      “We talk to a lot of people when we are out and about. People are always surprised when we tell them that we can ride 20 plus miles a day. Then they find out the bikes are electric. A big smile usually comes after that and many questions. We tell them that no matter your age or disability you can still ride this bike and  have FUN. Both of us have joint problems and this bike allows us to get exercise again without all the pain. We have let people demo our bikes and you see the surprise and delight when the motor kicks in and a big smile follows. We have been told a couple of times “we’re going to get one of these!”

A great selfie of Patrick and Mary and the bikes!

A great selfie of Patrick and Mary and the bikes!

Lastly, I asked Mary if there’s anything else she would add about Pedego bikes. I love her response!

“Patrick has lost about 20 lbs since he started riding. He sometimes rides twice a day. I am not an early riser and he is so sometimes he goes out really early in the morning and then he will go out again in the afternoon when I’m ready to go. He feels bad when he can’t go out because it’s raining or there is no opportunity for him to ride. These bikes have given us something to do together which is important at this time of our lives. He retired two years ago so this trip that we are on is one that we have been planning on for many years. We’re having lots of fun and can say without a doubt that purchasing Pedego bikes was one of the best purchases we have made in a long time.”

Don’t Mary and Patrick sound like a fun couple? Big thanks to Mary for taking the time to answer my questions and share with us here about her Pedego experience. Do you guys have any questions for her or Patrick?

I think taking my bike to Arches National Park is a new goal… now to get Matt a Pedego, and a baby seat for our little lady!

I’ll be back next week to report about some fun, longer rides I’ve been taking with my bike. 🙂 In the meantime, I hope you have an amazing weekend!

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.

Putting the GO in Pedego: Electric Power!

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.

The first time I rode my Pedego and twisted the throttle, I had an unconventional and immediate association with Twlight. Wait, what? I know! How do sparkly vampires with yellow eyes relate to awesome beach cruiser e-bikes? I’ll show you how.

So in this cheeseball scene, right at 0:07 after Edward says “yeah, you need to hunt”, you see Bella flying through the forest. Well, rather you see the bird’s eye view of her looking down. She’s flying like normal and then VROOM! She speeds up. That’s exactly what using the Pedego throttle feature is like. Normal speed, normal speed, pedal, pedal, pedal, and then THROTTLE! VROOM! Vampire lightning speed. I shared this thought with Linda and John on my inaugural ride with them after receiving Cora, and I’m pretty sure they were both thinking “What a weirdo!” but hey… it’s how my brain works 😉

If you’re looking for non-vampirical comparisons, Pedego has a good video on their site that explains the features a little more in-depth.

There are two ways to power yourself: The throttle, which I mention above, and Pedal-Assist, which is like giving a little extra oomph to your pedaling. Pedal Assist is controlled by an LCD screen on the handle bars (that you can also plug a USB into, holla!), and there are five levels of pedal-power. I like using Pedal Assist when I’m tired on a ride home and want a little extra power. If you crank up to five, holy cow, it’s like flying! I’m usually too much of a chicken to go to level 5 on suburban streets, because I’m not the most graceful person on Earth, but I love using level one or two to crank up my power.

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So there you have it. A couple electric rides on your bike, and you’ll soon see that Pedego adds a little sparkle to your pedaling. The yellow eyes and fangs come later 😉

Accessorizing my Pedego Interceptor: Bring on the accessories!

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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!