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5 More Ways to Enjoy a Rhoades Car


Rhoades Car Cycle Car 4 wheel bike

One of the great advantages of owning a Rhoades Car is getting to explore the vast amount of applications that it can give you.  We love hearing and seeing customers send us their experiences with their Rhoades Cars and how they’ve either added something that they made to the quad or how they use it within their family for extra time together (and exercising).  The personal stories are truly amazing of weight loss, business application, restoration of health, and even a mobile DJ platform!  We hope to share more of these stories throughout the year so if you want to share your story, please send us an email at info@rhoadescar.com because we’d love to hear it and share it.

We recently released the Top 10 Reasons To Own a Rhoades Car but it couldn’t stop there.  We wanted to let you know about 5 other ways we’ve heard customers enjoy their Rhoades Cars:

  1. Parents with disabled children.  We’ve have a tremendous amount of interests from parents who are eager to get their disabled or challenged kids outside and exercising.  The two and four seat models allow for the parent(s) to ride and/or drive the Rhoades Car while their child participates as well.  Not only does it allow for your child to pedal, but it gives them a boost of esteem when they feel like they’re contributing AND exercising at the same time.  We love that our quads can offer such a life-changing and energizing time with parents and kids!
  2. Developmental Achievement Centers.  Otherwise known as DACs, these centers service mentally-challenged adults and with Rhoades Cars added to their activities, it brings to life the outdoors and exercise that wasn’t there before.  Since either one or both of the riders can pedal, it allows the staff member to drive while the passenger pedals and can feel the wind in their face from their physical action.  We also have made modifications to their quads in order to specifically meet their needs such as a swivel seat, trailer with a seat on it, and other customized options.
  3. Custom-made electric motor.  You wouldn’t believe the amount of customers that have told us how much their motor has changed their riding experience.  We recently had a customer visit our headquarters in Nashville and as they were leaving, they mentioned how we need to make sure and let everyone know how much better they enjoy their Rhoades Car when they finally decided to upgrade to the motor.  We would tend to agree.  The most common misconception is that you get to workout less with a motor.  Please know that the electric motor is primarily meant to assist as you continue to pedal.  Since it is throttle activated, you get to choose when it works and when it doesn’t.  It’s perfect for long distances and different terrains because it gives you that little boost right when you need it.
  4. Pets enjoy it too.  Our four-legged pals enjoy four wheels too!  We’ve created boxes or baskets made just for pets and why not?  They’re part of the family too.
  5. Rental fleet.  Tourism is growing everywhere and tourists are continuing to look for newer and more enjoyable experiences than the usual bus or trolley tours.  If you can imagine yourself enjoying a ride down your sidewalk or street, now imagine yourself doing it on a “pedicab” Rhoades Car with the background skylines of some of the most beautiful destination cities in the world.  Don’t be surprised when you see some tour companies expanding into the four-wheel bike option.  It’s safer, greener, and you get to take in the great sights and sounds of your favorite vacation spots!

 

Rhoades Car 4-wheel bike

Rhoades Car offers a unique line of 1, 2, and 4-person quadracycles with multiple speeds and an optional motor that provides sustainable transportation for families and industry, helps fight obesity, and provides a way for disabled people to exercise safely either alone or with loved ones or caregivers.  Celebrating its 26th year in business in 2017, the company relies on local suppliers that share the high quality craftsmanship philosophy to produce custom components for all of its 4-wheel “quad” bikes – proudly made in the USA.

Rhoades to Life – September Edition


Rhoades to Life – September Edition
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CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S ALMOST OCTOBER?

25th Anniversary Bike

We can’t believe it’s almost October, which means the last quarter of the year and great fall weather!  What does this mean to you?  It means you’ve only got a few more months to take advantage of the 25th Anniversary Silver Edition model!  This limited edition models comes with tons of upgrades and the limited edition sparkle paint that will only last through this year.  So although the year is almost over, you still have time to place your order and take advantage of this beautiful bike, proudly made right here in the USA!  Call today to order – 1-888-938-2272!

TESTIMONIAL

VegCycle

We love to hear and see the creativity that our customers have with our bikes.  Loa, from Cincinnati, OH, recently crowd-funded the very first “VegCycle.”  “The VegCycle™ campaign will help fund the construction, storage and maintenance of a portable hydroponic growing structure. We want to create a bicycle with a huge tray of plants on the back that are growing in nutrient rich water which is fed by fish that live below the plants. To complete the sustainable growing cycle, the pump that circulates the water between the fish and the plants will be powered by a solar cell.”

The picture above is one from the VegCycle team.  This is a really neat and impressive bike and we’re glad that we could help provide the quadracycle model for VegCycle and we hope they continue to have success in their community!  You can learn more about the VegCycle and their updates at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vegcycle-community-education#/.

MANAGER’S SPECIAL

PD 750 Electric Motor Assist

 

Every month we like to share with you a product that our staff enjoys whether that’s for business or pleasure.  It’s our 25th year so we’re celebrating with our loyal customers and subscribers and allowing you to enjoy some promotion on a few of our favorite things!  This month we’re crazy excited to share with you a deal that we’re offering current Rhoades Car owners – 20% OFF the PD750 Electric Motor Kit!!!  For the months of October and November, you can purchase our motor kit for ONLY $1,499 plus $80 shipping (regularly priced at $1,869 plus shipping).  This is a great addition to your Rhoades Car and really enhances the experience of riding a four-wheel bike.  Our electric-assist motor package includes all of the following components:

– 750 watt (1 hp) electric motor
– Handlebar-mounted thumb throttle control
– Motor controllerhttp://staticapp.icpsc.com/icp/loadimage.php/mogile/739480/22d01e237f0ad5a6c786df09e73bfc70/image/png
– Battery charger
– Waterproof cargo box (lockable)
– Battery straps
– Battery hookup wiring
– Mounting hardware
– Complete installation instructions

You’ve asked for it and now we’re standing by ready to take your order on this special deal, so please call 888-938-2272 in order to place your order today!


 

As always, we welcome guests at our Rhoades Car HQ here in Nashville, TN so send us an email to info@rhoadescar.com or give us a call at 888-938-2272 and set up an appointment.

Rhoades Car offers a unique line of 1, 2, and 4-person quadracycles with multiple speeds and an optional motor that provides sustainable transportation for families and industry, helps fight obesity, and provides a way for disabled people to exercise safely either alone or with loved ones or caregivers.  Celebrating its 25th year in business in 2016, the company relies on local suppliers that share the high quality craftsmanship philosophy to produce custom components for all of its 4-wheel “quad” bikes – proudly made in the USA.

www.RhoadesCar.com

What We Learned from the Prince Harry May Promotion


The recent Prince Harry publicity brought us new friends through the Rhoades Car website and through Facebook and Twitter. The Royal Spring Special in May that offered free shipping OR $500 in free upgrades caused many of these new friends to become Rhoades Car owners. Two things really stood out in all the inquiries:

1) People love free shipping; AND

2) the blue, 2-person Cycle Car is still the most popular Rhoades Car…and of course this was the one Prince Harry rode!

So we thought really hard … how do we use this information to offer an even better opportunity to become a Rhoades Car owner? The obvious answer was that we should offer the blue, 2-person Cycle Car with both free shipping AND free upgrades!

And here it is…tada…our July Royal Special that brings you four Royal Blue Special Editions ranging from the basic “convertible” to the ultimate Cycle Car with canopy and motor!

Rhoades Car July Royal Special

By taking advantage of this opportunity, you could be enjoying your summer in a brand new Rhoades Car with someone you love like this . . .Dad and little girl

And here’s one of my favorite 2-person Cycle Car shots overlooking Tampa Bay:

Royal Blue 2-Person Cycle Car

Royal Blue 2-Person Cycle Car

But wait, while you are on our website checking out the Rhoades Car July Royal Special, here are three new blogs you may have missed:

Healthy Summer Recipes – healthy peach and blueberry cobbler? Oh yeah.

Biking in National Parks – so much breath-taking natural beauty…how close is your national park?

Tips for Exercising in the Summer Heat – riding with a buddy can be safer, and certainly more fun!

So hurry, this special offer on the most popular Rhoades Car ends July 31st. Call us at 800-531-2737 between 8-5 CST for more information or go ahead and reserve your place on our summer production schedule by ordering online here.

What’s Happening at Rhoades Car


We’ve been really busy. Here are some important messages from us you may have missed!

Rhoades Car Looking to Expand its Exclusive Dealer Network

Looking for a way to earn additional income, set your own schedule and have some fun? Rhoades Car, a certified Made-in-the-USA manufacturer of 4-wheel quadracycles, is looking to expand its dealer network and the great news is that you do … Continue reading →

When Customer Service Really Means Going the Extra Mile(s)

Every company is faced with challenges every now and then. But what do you do when you have a shipment sitting on a truck in Michigan and the trucking company does not have a small delivery truck to deliver to a remote area? Continue reading →

The Rhoades SOLARped Series – 100% Powered by the Sun

HENDERSONVILLE, TN — Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading 4-wheel bicycle manufacturer, recently announced the release of a new model series – the Rhoades SOLARped – 100% powered by the sun. “This is really exciting because we’ve … Continue reading →

Therapeutic Exercise for People with Joint Replacements

Couple with multiple joint replacements said if it weren’t for their Rhoades Car, they would get very little exercise. Continue reading →

Economic Forecast Right for Rhoades Car

Rhoades Car as a healthy alternative to a golf cart is set to play a much larger role in transportation as the trend for more frugal urban living increases with Americans wanting to live closer to workplaces, shopping, schools, and other community gathering places. Continue reading →

Therapeutic Exercise for People with Joint Replacements


Jim and Nita Armour from Somerville, TN visited Rhoades Car last week and couldn’t say enough good things about their red GoBoy X2. They lead busy lives helping their daughter Kathleen Walker run Tennessee Pewter in Somerville. Both Tennessee Pewter and Rhoades Car have been covered by Tennessee Crossroads, so we share that common bond. But rather than me telling you how they feel about their GoBoy X2, you can listen to Jim tell our VP of Sales and Marketing Phyllis Shelton about their experience:

Nita went on to say she has had both hips replaced and Jim has had knee replacements. Even with multiple joint replacements, they ride comfortably on their GoBoy X2. Jim even said if it weren’t for the GoBoy X2, he and Nita wouldn’t get any exercise other than walking around. Here’s a picture of Jim, Nita and Phyllis next to the red GoBoy X2:

Jim, Nita and Phyllis (web)red GoBoyX2

Have you had a joint replacement? What was your biggest challenge? Leave us a comment below. And if you haven’t liked the Rhoades Car Facebook page yet, now is a great time to do that!

Holly-Skinner-signatureCustomer Service Manager

Economic Forecast Right for Rhoades Car


“Calmer waters lie ahead for the economy”, according to the 1/10/14 edition of The Kiplinger Letter.  Knight Kiplinger has been my favorite forecaster for over 30 years, mainly because he is usually right. GDP growth is up, he says, along with job gains and home buying.

We can all let out a deep breath after hearing that one. Even if he is only half right, life will improve for many.

Mr. Kiplinger doesn’t just stick to economic forecasts. He also thinks urban dwellers are steadily rising as people want to live closer to workplaces, shopping, schools, and other community gathering places. Some even want to give up car ownership. We are already seeing much of this as golf carts zoom through neighborhoods and out to a nearby grocery store. This makes sense as people aren’t likely to forget the economic downtown we’ve just lived through and look for more frugal ways to live.

Saving car maintenance is good, but we at Rhoades Car believe it isn’t enough. Daily exercise should be in there somewhere as the Centers for Disease Control repeatedly tells us that 2/3 of Americans are overweight and 1/3 obese. These high numbers mean increasing cases of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, multiple joint replacements, and the like, which can lead to less quality time with our family due to health issues. Ultimately, health issues like these lead to shortened life spans, which cuts family time too short…something most of us don’t even want to think about.

So don’t go down that road. The Rhoades Car SOLARped can solve the problem by allowing its riders to pedal side-by-side in separate gears, engaging the solar-powered motor only when needed as a pedal-assist. Need to drop the kids off? No problem. Just add a back seat – bench or bucket – to your basket for holding the groceries. Add a weather cover in cooler climates. All this, and still made in the USA.

Are we looking at the car of the future?SOLARped P2

 

 

Announcing the Rhoades SOLARped Series – 100% Powered by the Sun


HENDERSONVILLE, TN — October 16, 2013 —Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading 4-wheel bicycle manufacturer, today announced the release of a new model series – the Rhoades SOLARped – 100% powered by the sun.

“This is really exciting because we’ve been able to source a flexible, mono-crystalline, 190 watt solar panel which attaches to the existing windshield on our SportPed model,” explained company president, Bill Pomakoy.   “That panel is absolutely amazing because it allows the rider to keep the 24 volt battery system that runs the electric motor charged while on a ride.  I took the two seater out for a 17 mile ride and returned with absolutely no battery drain whatsoever.  I could have gone on for hours and hours more,” added Pomakoy. 

SOLARped P2 With the Rhoades SOLARped, customers can have the best of all worlds – pedal assistance when desired from the PD750 electric motor along with a powerful solar panel that keeps the batteries charged and never needs to be plugged in to a wall outlet.  It’s completely off-the-grid!

 The Rhoades SOLARped Series is available in one and two person versions.  The 1-person SOLARped P1 uses a 110 watt solar panel to charge the batteries and the 2-person, side-by-side, SOLARped P2 employs the 190 watt panel for additional power.  The company plans to add a 4 person model in 2014. 

“There are so many applications for this new technology,” according to Phyllis Shelton, Rhoades Car Vice President of Sales.  “In addition to our residential customers enjoying all of the benefits of the SOLARped, our industrial customers can enjoy the fact that they can purchase a Rhoades SOLARped for SOLARped P1their work fleet at a much lower acquisition cost compared to a golf cart and their employees can get healthy by pedaling.  Plus the annual maintenance costs are minimal for even further savings along with the incredible employee health benefits of riding a Rhoades,” added Shelton.  

Rhoades Car International, headquartered in Hendersonville, Tennessee, offers a unique line of four-wheel bicycles for residential and industrial use.  Celebrating its 22nd year in business in 2013, the company relies on local suppliers that share the high quality craftsmanship philosophy to produce custom components for all of its 4-wheel “quad” bikes – proudly made in the USA!

For more information about the Rhoades SOLARped series, call Rhoades Car at 800-531-2737 or send an email to info@rhoadescar.com.  Information about all Rhoades Car models is available on the company’s website www.RhoadesCar.com.

Health, Wealth, Happiness and Future: The Brilliant Benefits of A Rhoades Car with a European Flair


By Guest Writer Julie Stonehill

The SportPed by Rhoades CarCool Ride - side-by-side

The SportPed by Rhoades Car – Cool ride – Side-by-Side

The list of personal benefits to be gained from the use of a Rhoades Car seems to be endless. Our happy customers speak for us when it comes to bragging about how great our bikes are – way back in 2012, one customer, David Kong, was so pleased to not be affected by rising gas prices that he wrote in to tell us, and gas prices have risen considerably since then. Whether you’re using it for fun, for travel or a combination of the two, you won’t regret choosing to travel in a Rhoades Car.Sure, there are a few compromises to be made here and there (added weight, etc.), but they are so insignificant compared to the positive attributes of our four-wheeled bicycles that they hardly seem worth considering. 

Health

We are often told through the media that we’re unhealthy, and that this has a lot to do with poor diet and not enough exercise. This isn’t very surprising, when you consider that the most exercise we do in a day is walking from the house to the car and the car to work. Finding the time to exercise in a busy schedule can be very difficult, so why not double up a boring commute to work with a pleasant bike ride?

Head to any city in Europe and you are almost sure to see hoards of commuters cycling to work. In London, they tend to look fierce and are clad from head to toe in spandex as they stressfully try to maneuver their way around their big, red buses. We prefer the more relaxed approach taken by the Dutch – take a trip to Amsterdam and you’ll see some very chilled commuters, with their skirts elegantly floating in the breeze and no helmet to mess up their hair.

The Rhoades Cars can give you the benefit of a relaxing commute without the hassle of having to stay balanced on two wheels, or worry too much about the rain. A number of our models come with a canopy, so you can stay dry while enjoying the fresh air.

HappinessGoBoy 2seat 11 x 13

For a long time, it has been believed that with good physical health and exercise comes good mental health. This is partly thanks to the endorphins released during exercise that are thought to block pain receptors in the brain and allow the pleasure associated with neurotransmitters to become more apparent. Starting your day by releasing these endorphins could make for a much better Monday at work than sitting in a motorcar.

Wealth

The Rhoades Car can keep your wallet healthy on almost every level, too. In the first instance, it’s a lot cheaper to buy than a car – with the average new car costing $30,500 – while giving you a lot of the same conveniences. While most of the time you can choose to use your own power to drive it, if you’re carrying a heavy load you can use the optional electric motor to give you a helping hand, and there are enough seats to use it as a family car. Rhoades Cars are available in 1, 2 and 4 seat versions.  Secondly, it’s a lot cheaper to get insurance coverage for your bike than it is for your car, which means that if something goes wrong, you’re insured without having to pay too much each year. There is less to go wrong on a Rhoades Car than a motorcar, and Rhoades Car carry a two year warranty should anything go wrong in this time frame. Then, of course, there is the matter of gas. When you’re pedaling yourself around, there’s no need to pay huge amounts of money for gas that just keeps going up in price.

Future

In addition to all the personal benefits that come with the Rhoades Car, it is of course better for the environment. The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that every gallon of gas burned in the running of a motor vehicle emits just under 25 pounds of gases – including carbon dioxide – into the atmosphere. Some of this figure they have attributed to the extraction and delivery of gas, but the majority of it comes “right out of a car’s tailpipe”. With so many cars on the road, now is a better time than ever to start swapping those cars for bikes to try and protect the environment for future generations. And you might just have some fun doing it, too.

Rhoades Car – forward thinking!


We have a ground swell of interest building on Facebook and around the country. We’ve had a cult following on the internet for many years. Who are we? We manufacture the Rhoades Car, the four-wheel bike that drives like a car.

Phyllis Shelton, Vice President

Phyllis Shelton, Vice President

Here’s a list of the forward-thinking applications:

Wellness: We make four wheel bikes with 1, 2, or 4 seats that are stable and don’t tip, and we can brand them to wellness programs. The stability expands biking to millions more people. We have a ComfortRide which is a one-person with a 20″ wide seat that is extremely comfortable and easily holds up to 350 lbs. We have a two seater that allows two people or employees to exercise together and have a great visit at the same time! The two-seat ConnectBike (GoBoy) takes up less room that two people riding two-wheel bikes side by side. It’s much more fun to ride a bike outside than in a gym and enjoy the beautiful weather, and many families or companies are close to a greenway or have walk/bike trails already built.

Obesity/Disabled: People who are weight-challenged, have balance issues or certain disabilities can enjoy the experience of biking without the worry of falling. The two- or Polio Survivor Bike with Crutchesfour-seaters allow a healthy person to take a disabled person – even a blind person – out for exercise as well. As an example of forward-thinking, the Governor of Ohio just signed a law recognizing four wheel bikes as perfectly legal wherever 2 or 3 wheel bikes can go. This happened as a result of a family who bought one for their autistic son in Lakewood, Ohio and the local police wrote them a ticket for having a toy on the streets. The disability community fought it and with our help, it wound up on the Governor’s desk who agreed with all of us that it is a full-fledged vehicle.

Industrial Fitness: Another really exciting thing is we offer a complete line of industrial bikes. Companies are using golf carts that allow no exercise or three wheel bikes that tip. IMG_7966Our bikes are safe and include an optional motor for a pedal assist for hauling a lot of weight. So this way employees can exercise throughout the day WHILE THEY ARE WORKING…so it builds fitness right into the job! You can see them here: http://www.rhoadescar.com/go-boy-industrial-series.html

Social connection (“Leave It to Beaver” vs. Virtual Reality): The four seater versions make it fun for the whole family to spend quality time together at a time when families are more fragmented due to kids preferring online games. Kids of all ages love the Rhoades Car. Thanks to the Tennessee Tech senior design engineering class who designed it as a jaceyclass project, this year we are coming out with a four person Connect-Bike (Go-Boy) that will allow all four people to pedal…then four friends, family members or employees can exercise together! The optional motor makes it possible to use them as sustainable transportation in neighborhoods instead of golf carts. We have a number of buyers who use them as their only vehicle in small towns and rural America. We offer single, 7 and 42 speeds. Each person pedals independently — a unique feature as people can pedal side-by-side in a different gear. Made in America: If all of that wasn’t enough, you have to consider that the Rhoades Car is a certified Made in the USA product. Over 80% of our components are made in the USA and we use middle Tennessee suppliers as much as possible. The frame is made of U.S. steel, the most recycled substance in America.

We are just outside of Nashville, giving Tennesseans jobs. The company is 22 years old.   When you look at our website and our active Facebook page, we think you will agree that we are very forward-thinking. Between the obesity crisis, the high cost of gas, the sustainability movement and the popularity of Made in America products, there is a HUGE market for four-wheel bikes….after all, that’s how Henry Ford got started!

Be sure to watch this segment on Tennessee Crossroads which tells the Rhoades Car story

is six short minutes: http://www.rhoadescar.com/in-the-news.html

Company Description: Rhoades Car International manufactures a Certified Made in the USA product — a four wheel bicycle that drives like a car with one, two or four seat capacity with multiple speeds and an optional motor that provides sustainable transportation for families and industry, helps fight obesity, and provides a way for disabled people to exercise safely either alone, depending on their condition, or with loved ones or attendants/caregivers.

Rhoades Car Customer Not Worried About Soaring Gas Prices!


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!

For more information about Rhoades Car International, visit www.RhoadesCar.com, call 800-531-2737 or send an email to news@rhoadescar.com.