Sunday, May 2, 2010

Pedal Bike Tours to Offer eBike Options, Courtesy The eBike Store

This week, Pedal Bike Tours(PBT) and The eBike Store, both of Portland, Ore., are announcing their partnership to bring ebike options to PBT's guided pedal tours.

The team at Pedal Bike Tours is excited about the opportunity. When asked how his guides felt about the extension, PBT owner Todd Roll reports their enthusiasm, and that they recognize the potential for ebikes to open bicycle tours to a whole new audience. Adding an assisted option addresses concerns from those who may have previously been wary about their capabilities to make the distance, or climb any hills the tour may include. PBT's guides, selected specially for their local knowledge and communication skills, will receive additional ebike-specific training to supplement their existing repair and maintenance skills. With an average group size of 2-3, PBT guides will be able to answer questions about ebikes, entertain, and educate customers about the sights on their selected tour.

Initially PBT will offer ebike models from Pathfinder and Giant via The eBike Store. They can be utilized in several ways:
* as part of an existing tour - ebikes as a $10 upgrade
* ebike-only tours
* ebike rentals, up to 3 days

By leveraging Pedal Bike Tour's customer service and fleet maintenance experience, Wakefield Gregg of The eBike Store sees this as a natural extension of the services he offers, and formalizes his response to customer requests for rental bikes. "It's a great way to see if an ebike will complement your lifestyle - much more so than a ride around the block," he said.

If you purchase an ebike from The eBike Store within 30 days of rental, the rental charge is applied to your purchase price. I've been riding a similar Pathfinder model for a week, and have found it to be a comfortable and dependable ride.

Ebikes will be available at Pedal Bike Tours starting this Wednesday, May 5th. Rental rates are $12/hr, $50/8 hrs, $68 for 24 hrs, and $105 for 3 days.

The eBike Store, at 201 N Alberta, has been open a year, and carries exclusively electric bikes, as well as offering conversions, service, and accessories. For more information about ebikes, contact Wakefield Gregg at (503)360-1432.

Pedal Bike Tours, located at 2249 N Williams in North Portland, is in its second season offering regularly scheduled tours as well as custom options and bike (both electric and non-electric) rentals. For more information or to schedule a tour, call Todd Roll at (503)877-2453.


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