How has owning a Pedego made a difference in your life?
Pedego was the fourth electric bike I’ve had over many years. I wouldn’t have gotten it if not for the previous bike, which I also bought from Charles, being stolen a year ago. And he recommended the Pedego… and it’s been the best I’ve had! It has great range, and it has lots of power! I live on Willis point which has some MAJOR hills on each end, coming and going. It’s the only bike that will get me up the hill at the end of the day to get me home. I’m not supposed to exercise to the point of fatigue, and I can easily get to town from Willis Point. The maximum distance I’ve gone on it is a 52-kilometre round trip to town and back without a recharge… and that’s with a big hill at the end of the trip as well. It’s been a great bike, I love it!
What features do you find to be of greatest benefit?
I like the comfort and the layout; it’s easy to ride. I love the way the handlebars are set up on it; I’ve got full control of their position. I find it most comfortable to ride while sitting vertical, which that feature allows me to do. I like that flexibility. I like being able to hit the throttle for assistance if I’ve got a tiny little hill that’s in front of me and I don’t want to have to shift down because then I’ve got to shift up again at the end of it… so a blast of the throttle takes me all the way up it! I like the support that Pedego Victoria offers, I was able to phone Charles when I had a problem with the shifter and he fixed it up right away. That was the old shifter that they had, and they’re using new ones now. I also love the lithium-ion batteries.
Have you ever run out of battery?
Amazingly I haven’t! I’ve done 52 km round-trip with a major hill! We’re talking two kilometres vertical coming out of Willis point… and then going back in there’s a one-kilometre uphill run, and several more decent sized ones throughout my commute. The nice thing is when I’m going back after riding 40+ kilometres, it’s still got the reserve to make it up!
What were your initial reservations before purchasing your Pedego?
I didn’t really have too many reservations about the Pedego. It was more money than the previous bike I had. Since Charles had sold me the previous bike, I knew he knew his stuff. I was quite willing to take him at his word that I was paying for a quality bike. It was a no-brainer decision for me, it gets me out and around! I can’t walk very far, I certainly can’t ride a bike without pedal assist. It gets me out there active and doing stuff.