Croton Couple Ride National Trend With New E-Bike Shop
Sales of e-bikes that were already growing before the pandemic have soared since then, and the trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Whether for fitness, transportation, or both, e-bikes now represent a growing percentage of overall bike sales as they become more common on roads and trails.
Pegedo, a California-based e-bike brand founded a decade before today’s surge in popularity, now has a local store – Pedego Croton-on-Hudson at 364 S. Riverside Ave. — which husband and wife co-owners Riley and Samantha Moeller open April 23.
The couple have lived in Croton since 2019 with their two children, 5-year-old sons, zackand her 3-year-old daughter, Andy.
Riley Moeller enjoyed e-biking around Croton with the couple’s two toddlers in a trailer, and was considering buying a fleet of e-bikes and offering tours in Westchester and Rockland counties.
A holiday detour in 2020 changed all that.
Riley had forgotten to pack his bike’s battery charger, so the family met up at a Pedego store in northern Maryland. He and Samantha rented a pair of Pedegos over the holidays, had a blast, and learned that the company was looking to expand its presence on the East Coast through locally owned independent stores.
Now the Moellers have the only exclusive Pedego store in Westchester, offering sales, service, rentals and tours.
Why did they choose Pedego over e-bikes made by major bike manufacturers?
“Pedego has only ever made e-bikes, so it was important for us to have that focus,” Riley said, “when some of the more traditional bike companies really didn’t want anything to do with bikes. electric bikes until more recently as they have grown in popularity.Electric bikes were more of an afterthought in the beginning.They are improving today but they still focus on traditional bikes.
The average engine of a Pedego generates
750 watts, compared to 250 watts of average motor output on some models from mainstream brands, Riley said. “You can go faster and further,” he said.
“Pedego offers over 18 different bike models, which allows for a broad target market,” he said. “When Pedego started in 2008, its customers were largely baby boomers who hadn’t ridden a bike in over 20 years or those looking to recover from an injury. Although this trend continues today, the younger generation has also taken notice of the brand. »
Pedago’s 18 different models include commuter bikes, several types of recreational bikes (such as beach bikes), adventure bikes (including traditional mountain bikes and fat tire bikes), and bicycles of lifestyle. Pedego also offers specialty bikes, including touring and cargo bikes, tricycles, tandems and folding models.
“Pedegos aren’t necessarily for people who are on their road bikes with padded spandex clips and shorts,” Riley said. “We are more aimed at the everyday cyclist.”
The pedal assisted models sold in the Moellers shop are of the Class 2 variety, which means they are equipped with a throttle and a motor with a top speed of 20 mph. In New York, they can be legally ridden anywhere a non-motorized bicycle can go.
Almost all models have step-through frames, which means they are unisex and have no crossbar to straddle.
“We initially see a lot of resistance on the stepper from people who remember it as a women’s bike,” Riley said. “But Pedego doesn’t sell men’s or women’s bikes, we sell unisex bikes. … A stepper just makes it easier to get on and off the bike.
Asked how it plans to address safety issues among its customers, Riley Moeller said the store will hold education and bike safety classes throughout the summer, and has partnered with Croton Bike and Pedestrian Committee. Most Pedego models, he added, include taillights and headlights. The taillight also acts as a brake light with turn signal capabilities.
Price and power: in numbers
- Pedego e-bikes start at $1,895. Most models cost between $3,000 and $4,000.
- The bikes are powered by Samsung lithium-ion batteries that can be plugged into any AC outlet. A one-hour charge allows the battery to reach 75% of its capacity; a full charge takes four to five hours.
- The mileage per battery charge ranges from 30-75 miles, with most batteries they sell ranging between 35-55 miles and 45-75 miles.