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PEDEGO Electric Bikes Founder Don DiCostanzo on How the Journey Began

Posted in electric bikes on October 31, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

Today we wrap up SEASON 2 of the Pedego Podcast with this look back to Episode 1 and where the journey began.  With the founder of Pedego Electric Bikes Don Dicostanzo on what he saw (that so many missed).  And how his own need for “a little boost back up the hill” led him to start one of the biggest climbs of his career, creating one of the biggest and most beloved eBike Brands in the country today. The only one with its own passionate and dedicated dealer network now numbering over 200 stores (and climbing). 

As we continue to chronicle the entrepreneurs driving the eBike Revolution. And the love stories of those riding along.

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William Shatner still riding at 90

Posted in electric bikes on October 24, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

Yes, the iconic actor, William Shatner, star of STAR TREK (and so many other series like Boston Legal) is still riding at 90 (courtesy of his Pedego Electric Bike).  Hear again this highlight of our PEDEGO PODCAST SERIES (as we wind down to the last two episodes of this season).  And hear how, why and where he’s riding these days.

Helping Kids Build BIkes (and a Better Life)

Posted in electric bikes on October 18, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

As we wind down this season of the Pedego Podcast, let’s revisit one of our most inspirational guests. BEARING BIKES in inner city Atlanta who teaches kids how to build their own bikes (and in the process build up some confidence and skills that help them build a better life). On this week’s Pedego Podcast.

Enough Miles on an EBike to Have Ridden Around the World

Posted in electric bikes on October 10, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

As we begin to wrap up SEASON 2 of the Pedego Podcast, we’ll revisit some of our favorite episodes including this one with eBike enthusiast Richard Davis, who after two years of daily riding on his Pedego, realized he’d ridden enough miles to have traveled half way around the world. 

So being the good engineer, Richard began tracking his daily mileage and extrapolating where that would put him each day if he were actually riding around the world (instead of around his own city in Florida).  Turning his daily exercise into an exercise of imagination (and drive) that made him even more determined to reach an amazing 25,000 mile odometer reading (the basic circumference of the Earth).


Hear again Richard’s amazing ride “around the world” (at least in his imaginative mind) and how he rode over 25,000 miles on his equally amazing Pedego Electric Bike.  Adding another 1,000 miles shows since this show originally aired earlier this fall. As we continue to chronicle the electrifying “EBike Revolution” and those leading the charge here on the Pedego Podcast.
Brought to you by Pedego Electric Bikes.

How City Life and EBikes Reinvigorated This Couple’s Life

Posted in electric bikes on October 3, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

To hear retirees Margaret and Kevin Shea tell the story, two things have totally transformed their lives: City Life and EBikes. 

The first change happened when this former software engineer and his wife decided to follow their two adult sons into the actual City of Atlanta (from the suburbs where they’d spent 30 years of their lives).  Discovering an exciting new world of close knit neighborhoods and neighborhood shops (like the new Ebike store that opened just down the block).

Determined to “try it all”, they took one for a spin. And that’s when things really took off.  “Fun was our only reason for buying one,” admits Kevin, “but it soon turned out to be the best investment we ever made.”  “It added some spice to our lives (and our 40 year marriage),” smiles Margaret. “Taking us places we never knew existed”.

Like the 22 mile Beltline around Atlanta which they discovered right at their doorstep. A multi-use trail on a former railway corridor which goes around the core of Atlanta, this Beltline project was designed to reconnect neighborhoods and communities with restaurants, coffee shops, and places of interest (like the nearby Atlanta Zoo and parks). All at a slower “people pace”.

A perfect pathway for their new eBikes that took them in so many new directions, connecting them with their community (and kids) more. And bringing them better health and sleep as well as they rode more frequently(and further) on their new electric bikes.

Several recurring themes we hear often on this show.

For as Margaret herself if prone to proclaim to anyone and everyone she meets, “to say that owning a Pedego is life changing is not an understatement. We lost weight, improved our sleep (and our marriage).  Made new friends and found a new direction in life.  Who would have thought that two simple electric bikes could add so much to our lives?”

Just two aging, ever evolving baby boomers, experiencing the ride of their life. On this week’s Pedego Podcast.

PeddlingThru Paradise-Pedego Kailua

Posted in electric bikes on September 26, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

Today we travel to the Big Island of Oahu in Hawaii to catch up with one of Pedego’s earliest dealers, Pedego Kailua.  Charting their journey from early adopter thru the potholes in paradise caused by the Covid crisis (when Hawaii shut down and shut off all their tourism lifeblood).  And how this longtime dealer simply shifted gears from mainly renting his eBikes to mostly selling them to islanders suddenly working from home. 

With some unexpected twists and turns along the way, on this week’s PEDEGO PODCAST. Tracking the eBike Revolution and the entrepreneurs  (like Mark Librie and his store Manager Chandelle Garcia) driving it along.

It’s Official: Cities Embracing EBikes

Posted in electric bikes on September 19, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

John Minto, the mayor of Santee, California, joins us to talk about his own passion for eBikes (as he pedals his Pedego Electric Bike all over town for fun and better health).  And how it’s actually helped him be a better mayor by getting out in the community more and meeting more people at a more personal pace.  Explaining how cities (like his) are embracing and adapting to this new eBike Revolution with greater access, encouragement and safety training.  All on this week’s PEDEGO PODCAST.

With continuing tales of the entrepreneurs driving this movement. And the love stories of those just riding along. Powered by Pedego Electric Bikes.

Riding Along with Autism-Piedmont Pedego

Posted in electric bikes on September 12, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

Today is the special story of Ryan Gustman, a gifted young photographer who traded in his car and shifted to riding an eBike full time instead.. Not in spite of his autism but precisely because of it. Taking him off the road and into the forgotten backroads of his beloved Winston-Salem area of North Carolina. Where he makes a living photographing old, abandoned buildings caught in that “liminal”, shifting space between what they once were and are quickly becoming. Once alive but now forgotten. With some being “born again into something new (like a revived retail or restaurant location). 

It’s all part of what he’s capturing and exploring on his Pedego City Commuter. As he moves beyond the boundaries of his own autism to becoming part of an even bigger narrative. “My eBike has given me the freedom to explore,” explains Ryan, “at a slower, more human pace my autistic brain can better absorb and handle”.  Both calming him and energizing him at the same time. Allowing him to grow and change and explore the world all around him. “In ways I could never have imagined”. smiles Ryan.

An imaginative tale of calm and change in this week’s PEDEGO PODCAST. As we continue to chronicle the eBike Revolution (and the love stories of those riding along).

Outward Bound-Riding the Trails with Pedego Greenville

Posted in electric bikes on August 29, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

Having worked for the famed outdoor adventure/personal development company OUTWARD BOUND for over a dozen years, Laurel Zimmerman had clearly adopted their whole credo “to stretch your comfort zone” and “accomplish things you never thought you could” thru challenging outdoor adventures. But she could never have imagined how far that approach would take her in life, growing from instructor to course director, to admissions, to finally managing the national admissions office for the entire country, based out of an office in Asheville, NC. Or that it would eventually entice her to leave the company she so loved to challenge herself even further by opening an electric bike store in her adopted home of Greenville, South Carolina.

But that’s exactly the leap she made in the middle of COVID, going from passionate ebiker to ebike entrepreneur.  Bringing her life partner, Ashby Knox along for the ride. “When I originally went to him with what seemed like a wild idea, I was really just looking for someone to bounce it off a bit” says Laurel. “But when I laid it all out to him, he jumped at the idea as well.” 

Having already changed his life and jumped from a career in construction to a polar opposite in nursing, Ashby was no stranger to change.  For him, it just seemed like another way to help people (without the burnout and stress he’d been experiencing in health care). So they found a place in an old cotton warehouse in the quaintest part of historic Greenville (right near the Rails to Trails Swamp Rabbit Trail) and set out blazing new trails for themselves and their customers.

It’s a romantic story about a couple of life partners who also work as real life partners in this real life adventure. Helping people achieve more than they can ever imagine. Right in the heart of Dixie. On this week’s Pedego Podcast. Powered by Pedego Electric Bikes.

Riding Around The World

Posted in electric bikes on August 22, 2022 by OC Talk Radio

Hear the conclusion of Richard Davis’ years long, 24,000 mile ride.  Which started when Richard realized he’d turned over the odometer on his 2018 Pedego Electric Bike for the second time.  Meaning he’d already ridden about 12,000 miles (or roughly half way around the world). 

So being an engineer, he started tracking his mileage on a daily basis and turning that data into a spread sheet that plotted out exactly where he’d be if he really WERE riding all the way around the world.  Plotting his path “back home”. Learning about the exotic points on the map  and places he crossed in his mind. And turning his daily exercise into an around the world adventure.  A “fantasy ride” across the planet. All from the comfort of his home in Panama City, Florida.

Truly a flight of fancy. An armchair traveler’s dream. And an amazing story filled with lots of imagination, drive and determination, on this week’s PEDEGO PODCAST.