PRLog - Feb. 5, 2013 - It all started with a bike trip gone wrong. Nearly 3 years ago, Brian Ballard and longtime partner Beth Black were riding standard bikes along Coast Highway when Ballard, a Type 1 diabetic, suffered an extreme blood sugar low that threatened his life. The couple swore off biking. Then Ballard discovered Pedego Electric Bikes, world-class e-bikes manufactured in Orange County. He convinced Black to ride one, and they both fell in love…with electric biking. They began pedaling 25 miles in a single trip, confident that they could make it home. More than that, they started having more fun bicycling than ever before. They even nicknamed their bikes "Gidget" and Moon Doggie" just for fun. Now they are sharing their passion with the Greater Long Beach (GLB) region by launching a dealership offering sales and rentals of Pedego electric bicycles. The grand opening celebration is scheduled for Saturday, February 9, beginning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 pm. A group Pedego ride will follow with a tour of Seal Beach and Belmont Shore.
Brian and Beth bike to Wrigley Mansion on Catalina Island.
Black and Ballard chose Seal Beach for its close-knit community, quaint downtown area and proximity to local bike paths. A few minutes from the store, Pedego e-bike riders can enjoy the beach bike path stretching from Belmont Shore to Shoreline Village in Long Beach. They can also head south to Huntington Beach and beyond. With Pedego electric bicycles, distances are no big deal. “My motto is, ‘Hills? Headwinds? Ha!” quips Black. The shop has already drawn a lot of attention. “It’s the solid quality and comfort of these bikes coupled with the exciting riding events that draw people out of their houses for fresh air and fun,” says Ballard. Online interest in Pedego GLB went viral even before the store’s official grand opening. Black, a former staff writer and associate editor at the Toastmaster magazine, has been composing Facebook blog posts detailing the couple’s quest to open the store. Her posts have inspired sharing by Facebook followers (including a lot of Toastmasters)
To celebrate their grand opening, Pedego GLB is offering a free colorful Pedego sports watch to the first 50 people, 16 and older, who take a test ride. For those who want more riding time, Pedego e-bikes may be rented by the hour or day for a fun cruise along the beach or a group event, such as a family-fun quest (a form of scavenger hunt). Special rides like this will be available by request, taking Pedego riders through both Seal Beach and Long Beach, with stops at the Seal Beach Pier, Naples Island and Alamitos Bay. Pedego GLB has a wide selection of e-bike styles to choose from, including cruisers, tandems, Interceptors, trikes, Trail Trackers (off road) and a petite 24" size.
About Pedego® Greater Long Beach
Pedego GLB is the Greater Long Beach area’s premier outlet for Pedego Electric Bicycles where customers can choose from purchasing, renting or enjoying a special tour event on an electric bike. Tours can be customized to meet your needs, from a birthday celebration to a Grand Prix meetup. Located at 1065 Pacific Coast Highway, in Seal Beach, you can find Pedego GLB in the Pavilions Shopping Center at the corner of PCH and Main Street. Customers enjoy flexible rentals of hourly or daily duration. Call (562) 296-5782 to reserve bikes for a tour or arrange a rental.
Pedego® the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating the coolest electric bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. With their chic, stylish designs complemented by a built-in electric hub motor, Pedego® offers a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun! Pedego® electric bicycles are perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the fun of cycling and experiencing the outdoors without worrying about hills. Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/