By Beth Baker
Director of Customer Relations, Rhoades Car International
David King of central Wyoming isn’t worried about $5 a gallon gas — because he’s been riding a Rhoades Car for the past 13 years! A few days ago, we received this unsolicited email from David:
“I just thought you might like to know that my single-seat Rhoades Car, which is 13 years old, is still rolling along the highways and byways of central Wyoming. And I, at the age of 72, am still happily pushing its pedals. Thank you for a helluva lotta enjoyment and good health over the years!”
We’re thrilled that David has had 13 years of Rhoades Car enjoyment and wish him many more. Did you notice that he mentioned “enjoyment and health” in his email? Not only is he saving money on gas by riding a Rhoades, but he is staying in shape and having a great time!
Funny thing about rising gas prices – as gas prices soar so do sales of Rhoades Cars. So far in 2012, sales are up over 100%. Why? Because riding a Rhoades can be a solution for many people as an alternative means of transportation in order to save money on gas AND get much needed exercise. Add in our 1 hp electric-assist motor option and it becomes a hybrid (pedal power and electric motor combo). That is one of the major reasons we were named Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year in 2011.
According to a recent study from the Oil Price Information Service, fuel prices are up 13.6% from a year ago and 76% higher than in December 2008. A FoxNews.com article earlier this week stated, “Americans spent 8.4 percent of their household income on gasoline last year when gas averaged $3.51 a gallon — that’s double the percentage a decade ago.” No way around it – we’re headed for a big spike in gas prices again in 2012. It’s time to look for alternatives!
Although the majority of our sales are here in the USA, we have individuals, couples and families all over the world ordering our 4-wheel bikes and many of them are adding our electric-assist motor option. With gasoline prices climbing dramatically, gas savings is important but family health and overall fitness weigh heavily in the decision too. So riding a Rhoades is a true win-win-win! You get gas savings, exercise AND family fun. After all, we need more Leave it to Beaver and less Virtual Reality in our society. This is a great way for families to recapture that special time together.
A few weeks ago, Rhoades Car was featured on the Emmy award-winning and #1 locally produced PBS show in the country – Tennessee Crossroads. They did a great job of showing how we are a Certified Made-in-The-USA product so when you purchase a Rhoades Car, you are supporting American workers. Here’s a link to the 6 ½ minute segment –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXN7Rv1Ly-c&feature=plcp&context=C33f14bfUDOEgsToPDskJxOGrtb3kGPRkGT3KHdg-M
So whether you are young or old, married or single, short or tall, overweight or skin and bones, have a small family or a large family, there’s a 1, 2 or 4 seat Rhoades Car 4-wheel bike just for you. Just ask David King who is in his 13th year of riding his 1-person Rhoades Car!