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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.

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.

Rhoades Car Featured in Nashville Ledger Article


You can’t buy great publicity – you have to earn it!  The article below featuring Rhoades Car appeared in today’s Nashville Ledger.  Our thanks to the Nashville Ledger and writer Hollie Deese for a great article!

Peddling an alternative to cars, two-wheelers

Nashville Ledger

Friday, August 12, 2011, Vol. 35, No. 32

By Hollie Deese

http://www.nashvilleledger.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=54401

Riding a bike to work is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and get in a good workout. But certain limitations can prevent some people from enjoying that option – unless they have a Rhoades Car.

The four-wheeled vehicle is actually a bicycle, or quadricycle, and can accommodate a wider range of people than the standard two-wheel version.

“We have the four-wheel stability so anybody, whether they be overweight or have balance issues or are just scared of a two-wheel bike, can exercise,” says Bill Pomakoy, president of Hendersonville-based Rhoades Car International. People with vision problems can sit and pedal independently with a passenger and Rhoades can even customize seats to accommodate people with special needs or paralysis.

Pomakoy, who has a background in marketing, took over the business in February 2010 after inventor and original owner David Rhoades passed away suddenly in December 2009 without a succession plan. His next-door neighbor, Pomakoy had always been intrigued by what Rhoades was doing.

“He was just a genius as far as coming up with the concept and laying it all out and having a working model,” he says. “He started the business back in ‘91 out of a small barn in his backyard and then moved it out to an industrial facility ten years later.”

When paying respects to Rhoade’s family after his death, he asked whether the business, which had been on the market for a few months, had sold or not. It hadn’t.

“They didn’t really have a plan, and I have a bunch of friends who are entrepreneurs and thought one of them might be interested,” Pomakoy says. “And as I looked at their business I realized that I was interested myself. So I made the family an offer and they accepted. They were thrilled because the company was going to continue.”

There are four models of bikes and all come in one-, two-, or four-person models and can be customized with all kinds of features. When Pomakoy took over, he mainly worked on appealing to a broader range of clientele.

“He had the designs down pat and he had a really good presence on the Internet and had a good marketing plan, but what I have done is institute more cosmetic changes,” he says. “We knew we had models who appealed to the senior population, but at the same time — with rising gas prices — we knew that there was a need for alternate transportation for people age 30 and up.”

So they came up with Sport Ped model, which uses the same frame as the classic, but has an aerodynamically designed windshield with UV protection. Ranging from seven- to 42-speed options, Rhoades Cars have been sold all over the world. And increasing gas prices have only helped sales here at home.

“From a personal standpoint, I don’t want gas prices to go up, but as they do our sales have gone up because people are looking for alternate means of transportation,” he says. In fact, last year only 10 percent of his orders had an electric motor added. This year, it was 20 percent. And because the electric motor is programmed to stay around 14 miles an hour, they still fall under bike road rules.

“In Hendersonville, a lot of people have golf carts and have to license them with the DMV and insure them to be able to drive around,” he says. “One of these vehicles does not need to be registered because it does follow the bicycle law. If we gear it to go over 20 mph, then it would be a motor vehicle.”

Also important to Pomakoy is the fact his product is certified made in the USA. Not only is it manufactured here, but most elements that go into the bike are made in Middle Tennessee.

“We are using local suppliers to make our components,” he says. “Our steel is United States Steel fabricated in Goodlettsville, powder coated in Madison by another company. Our canopies and canvas fenders are made by Bennett’s Upholstery right here in Hendersonville. We can see other families benefitting from Rhoades Cars.”

Next up, Pomakoy hopes to get involved with Nashville’s bike share program, which recently received a 100-bike donation from Regions Bank.

“We are asking them to embrace a local company that has a four-wheel bicycle that everyone can ride,” he says. “There is a lot of discussion about fighting obesity but realistically a large person is not comfortable on a two-wheel bike. We have bicycles available for obese people to ride.”