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Man Loses 155 Lbs. in 8 Months and Other Customer Stories


It’s not just about the money. We as a company treasure testimonials from our customers who are having fun on their Rhoades Car, while truly being helped.  So while we tell you about our September Special, here are four that really touched us. The first two are recent blogs you may have missed, and the last two just happened.

  • Man from White House, TN Loses 155 Lbs. in Eight Months.–  We met Dean Cagley in January of this year in a wheel chair. With spinal and disk issues, he was headed for surgery. He now barely uses a cane and has avoided surgery. He rides 10 miles a day and has been able to go back to work. His wife shares half of the ride and has lost 50 lbs. without doing anything else!
  • Autistic Man in 12th Year of Riding a Rhoades Car Twelve years ago, the Reid family in Oak Forest, IL pooled their savings to buy their autistic son a Rhoades Car. It pulled him out of depression from losing his job and he has been riding ever since. Bill, his mother and sister visited the Rhoades Car factory last week to pick up a new tire, the first part the bike has needed in the entire 12 years!

So it’s not just about the money, but everybody loves to save money. So if you’ve been thinking about a Rhoades Car, now is the time with our September special:

Save up to $250 off a Rhoades Car AND get free turn signals!

  • Toni Braun in Altona, Manitoba bought a Rhoades Car six months ago.  A severe head injury forced him to give up riding a two wheel bike due to balance issues. He had heard about Rhoades Car many years ago and credits God with helping him find us. He is so happy with his Rhoades Car as his main transportation PLUS he gets to spend time with his wife and other people he picks up along the way. He was especially glad it arrived fully assembled and said, “I was so impressed with the quality workmanship that went into this thing.” You can see the entire story here.

Save up to $250 off a Rhoades Car AND get free turn signals!

  • A couple in Jonesboro, TN picked up their bike two weeks ago.  The husband is a professor at East Tennessee State University and a psychologist. He was an avid cyclist until he had 2 knee surgeries and 3 back surgeries, the last one leaving his left thigh really weak. He said the Rhoades Car is working out his left leg perfectly and he is regaining his strength. He and his wife SuSu are having the time of their lives riding all over downtown Jonesboro. They have been married 29 years and love riding side by side, each pedaling in a comfortable gear, and being able to talk, instead of riding tandem.

Save up to $250 off a Rhoades Car AND get free turn signals!

Thanks to all these wonderful people for sharing their story with the Rhoades Car family!

Toni and Susi Braun,   Manitoba, Canada

Toni and Susi Braun, Manitoba, Canada

Mike and SuSu Floyd, Jonesboro, TN

Mike and SuSu Floyd, Jonesboro, TN

 

Autistic Man in 12th Year of Riding His Rhoades Car


Very special guests stopped today at the Rhoades Car factory all the way from Oak Forest, Illinois: Bill Reid, his mother Wilma and his sister Mary Ann.  Twelve years ago, Bill lost his job as a janitor after a new supervisor came on board and didn’t understand his special needs as an autistic person.  He quickly became depressed and withdrawn. His mother Wilma said Bill is the oldest of six children, all of whom love him and were very concerned about him. The family pooled their money with the money that Bill had been saving from his job and bought him a 4 person Cycle Car so that he could maintain some independence.

Mrs. Reid said the transformation in Bill was amazing.  He began using it immediately to run errands like going to the grocery story and giving the neighborhood kids a ride. He opened up and started talking again. Twelve years later, he is still using it every day that someone is available to go with him in clear weather. He uses it spring, summer and fall and puts it on a rack in the winter to take care of it. He tells everyone it is his car.

So what brought the Reids from Oak Forest to Hendersonville?  The answer is truly amazing. Some children in the neighborhood got on the Cycle Car recently and popped a tire. The Reids were here to pick up a new tire, the first part the Cycle Car has needed in the entire 12 years! While they were here, they decided to take advantage of the August motor special for existing Rhoades Car owners so pedaling will be easier very soon. Wilma is really looking forward to that as she is frequently Bill’s pedalmate!

Wilma, Bill and Mary Ann Reid from Oak Forest, IL

Wilma, Bill and Mary Ann Reid from Oak Forest, IL

The family especially enjoyed watching some new Rhoades Cars being built. Master Builder Chris Spann told Mrs. Reid that their story had made his day, to which her heartfelt reply was “Thank you for giving my son back his life.”

Bill repeatedly told us throughout his visit today how much he loves his Rhoades Car. But don’t take our word for it – you can hear him say it after his sister Mary Ann tells us the story: