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September 19, 2016
54-year-old Canadian Man Arrived in Sacramento, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 18 After Embarking on 1,553-mile Electric Bike Ride From British Columbia, Canada to Indio, Calif.
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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 19, 2016 — Jon Langille, age 54, has embarked on a 1,553-mile electric bike ride from his hometown of Nelson, British Columbia, to Indio, Calif., to attend the Desert Trip concert featuring the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Who. The ride will take more than a month, with Langille arriving on October 7 to meet his wife and attend the concert. He left British Columbia on September 5. He has been riding for two weeks and has traveled past the halfway mark of his journal, riding more than 950 miles.
Jon arrived in Sacramento on Sunday, Sept. 18, and was greeted by Pedego Sacramento, a Practical Cycle Transportation Company, located in Old Town Sacramento at 114 J St, Sacramento, Calif., 95814. Jon’s fans and friends were there to celebrate his journey and provide him with support upon his arrival in Sacramento.
“At 54 years old, I never thought it would be possible for me to do a long-distance bicycle ride,” Langille said. “With an electric bicycle, it’s not only possible, it is a great adventure. I will travel through four states and meet people along the way as I make my way to Indio for the concert. I’m excited to hit two of my bucket lists goals — this long-distance bike trip and the concert.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Jon for his pit stop at Pedego Sacramento,” said Tim Castleman, owner of the Pedego Sacramento store. “We are proud to support his efforts so he can achieve this exciting goal on his Pedego Stretch Cargo Electric Bike. Our mission is to make cycling more practical for everyday people, and Jon is a shining example of how we can put almost anyone on an electric bike and let them ride for miles.”
Langille will travel through Washington, Oregon, Nevada and California on his journey. He is an experienced bicyclist who, decades ago, toured Asia, Australia and the United Kingdom by bicycle. His Desert Trip Pedego ride will be his first long-distance ride in more than 30 years and is made possible with an electric bike. He will be riding a Pedego Stretch cargo electric bike, which offers Pedego’s PedalSense™ technology to help him pedal when needed. The bike also includes a throttle for instant speed. The bike goes up to 20 miles per hour. He expects to travel an average of 62 miles per day and will recharge the bike’s 48volt battery each night.
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“Long-distance rides are enjoyable on a Pedego electric bike, and we applaud Jon’s quest and encourage other Baby Boomers to create their own Pedego adventures,” said Don DiCostanzo, CEO of Pedego Electric Bikes, the Number 1 electric bike brand sold in the United States, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Pedego was founded in 2008 by Don DiCostanzo, CEO, 59, and Terry Sherry, 60, two best friends who loved cycling but hated hills.
Mike Clyde, owner of Pedego Canada, is supplying extra batteries, maintenance supplies, and support for Langille’s trip. Clyde said, “This is the first time a Pedego Stretch Cargo electric bike will be ridden from Canada to the Southern United States. We’re very excited to see the bike put through its paces and applaud Jon for taking on a journey of this magnitude.”
About the Pedego Stretch Cargo Electric Bike
The Pedego Stretch Cargo electric bike lets the rider haul cargo on the front and rear. Its moveable back racks can accommodate different types of cargo, including people, with the optional cushions or baby seats. Special rails also accommodate most standard pannier bags for added cargo space. A deluxe saddle with suspension seat post provides extra cushioning for long rides, and a quick-release handlebar allows riders to easily make adjustments to suit their comfort. Extra-wide tires deliver a nice, smooth ride. It comes standard with a 48volt battery. It features five levels of PedalSense pedal assist plus a twist-and-go throttle for full power on demand. Included is an LCD display with USB charging port for a mobile phone and other devices, front and rear lights, and fenders and chain guard to keep the rider clean and dry. Its whisper-quiet, state-of-the-art geared motor delivers best-in-class acceleration and hill climbing along with Shimano seven-speed gears for easy pedaling. Self-sealing tubes help prevent flats. Top-of-the-line SRAM disc brakes deliver powerful and reliable braking. It is retail priced at $3,495.
About Pedego Sacramento, a Practical Cycle Transportation Company
Pedego® Sacramento, a Practical Cycle Transportation Company, offers the region’s finest selection of Pedego electric bikes for sales, self-guided tours and rentals. The store is located in Old Town Sacramento at 114 J St, Sacramento, Calif., 95814. It is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. fall/winter and until 7:00 p.m. spring/summer. Early or late appointments are available upon request. The staff looks forward to delighting visitors, beginning with free test rides. Please call the store at (916) 706-0077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on rentals, self-guided tours or purchases. For photos and news, visit our website at http://www.practicalcycle.com/.
Pedego Electric Bikes, the Number 1 electric bike brand in the United States (according to Navigant Research), manufactures 10 high-quality, innovative models, including cruisers, tandems, commuters, fat-tire bikes, mountain bikes, cargo bikes and a convenient electric folding bike. Sold at more than 85 Pedego-branded stores and hundreds of independent electric bike dealers worldwide, Pedego’s stylish “pedal or not” electric bikes boast powerful, whisper-quiet motors that let riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds with a smile. Available in hundreds of color combinations, Pedego electric bikes deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation — transforming lives with fun and delight. Founded in 2008, Orange County, Calif.-based Pedego inspires riders to say, “Hello, Fun!”