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Year-end Review – Rhoades Car


Rhoades Car four wheel bike 25 years

Rhoades Car is now almost 26 years old.  At this point in human form, RC is now having to really understand how truly hard life is and coming to the understanding that the real world is not your friend, at all.  But, you’re free and young and daring to face any fears while your responsibilities are low.  If its a time like mine, RC is really looking forward to what happens next and anxious to grow and learn so that you can take on the real world offensively.  The foundation is set but now’s the time to jump and see how far you can land.  That’s where I see our company now.  Going into year 26, we know who we are and we know what we can do, but we’re going to take some leaps and we’re going to take some risks because we have a lot more to achieve.

This year we made some great strides in continuing to build a brand and product that helps change lives and improves the quality of life for so many people.  We’ve helped everyone from the senior citizen who wanted a fun and exercising way to get to his community center, to the maintenance worker in the large distribution center who needed a safer and healthier way to get across the facility, and to the grandparents who wanted the whole family (including grandkids) to enjoy time together where all could participate and all could have genuine, healthy fun.  That’s why the face of Rhoades Car is really hard to paint because of its diversity.  We never want to change that.

We’ve made great strides in continuing to make the quadracycle stronger and better equipped for a safe and enjoyable ride.  We’ve designed a new spacer for the rear axle on  that ensures a safer ride.  We implemented mandatory dual disc brakes on all models that include two or more people.  We created the very first Rhoades Car Rail Bike which has a dual purpose of riding the rails or roads.  And the biggest success we had in 2016 was releasing the popular, limited edition 25th Anniversary Bike.  It really has been a great year for Rhoades Car.

Rhoades Car 25th Anniversary CycleCar

So that brings us to question, what’s in store for 2017?  We are moving strongly forward into the new year.  We have some strong partnerships that will unfold and that will help us take Rhoades Car to new levels.   It’ll be hard to top this year and all the success we’ve had but our goals are bigger and our hearts are more passionate to share this amazing brand with more people throughout the world this coming year.  So we hope you’ll continue to help us spread the word about Rhoades Car because we’ve got a lot to do in 2017 and we’re pretty confident you’re going to want to join in.

From all of us here at Rhoades Car, we want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thanks for following us this year and if you haven’t done so already, please check out our new pricing guide that you can download for free on our website here.

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Rhoades to Life – July Edition


Rhoades to Life – July Edition
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MID-YEAR REVIEW

25th Anniversary Bike

We’ve spent the last week reviewing how the first half of the year has done and we’re extremely pleased with 2016.  One thing that has really exceeded our expectations is the 25th Year Anniversary bike.  When we set out to offer something different for our 25th year, we wanted something fun, all-inclusive, and discounted.  We knew the custom paint would add a level of fun and the accessory upgrade would make it all-inclusive for some of the most popular upgrades available.  And the discount is what threw it over the top and we’re glad we packaged this bike the way we did.  We’ve seen customers price it out separately and find that is really does saves hundreds of dollars.  When they realize this, it’s great to see and hear their reactions!  We truly are grateful for the past six months and are looking forward to seeing what the next six months will bring.  Thank you for watching us grow and for being a part of the Rhoades Car family!

P.S. If you’re looking for a reason to celebrate Christmas in July, we have the perfect gift for you!

TESTIMONIAL
Everyone please meet Bob.  Bob visited us back in April at the Rhoades Car HQ and placed his order on the spot.  We had the pleasure of getting to know him and his grandson while they were passing through on a road trip.  The picture below is of Bob and his new Rhoades Car on his 90th birthday!!  What a great guy and here’s to many more Bob!

“I use the bike at least 3 times a week to ride to the community fitness center where I work out for about 30 minutes.  Part of my exercise program is riding the bike the 1 mile to the center and back again after the workout.
– Bob W., Florida

Bob W., Florida

MANAGER’S SPECIAL
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 discounts on a few of our favorite things!  This month we’re changing it up a bit!  We’re introducing the all-new Rhoades Car 30oz. tumbler!  This custom RTIC tumbler has the Rhoades Car logo on it and holds your beverage cold or hot for hours!  These are great for work, play, or both!  You can have it shipped directly to your door for just $39.99 (plus $7 shipping)!!!  These won’t last long so get them while they’re in stock (interested in having a cup holder at an additional cost of $20 for your Rhoades Car too?  We have you covered there, just mention it when you call).  To order, please call 1-888-938-2272 x700

Rhoades Car 30oz. tumbler

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.

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8 Luxury American Brands Made in the USA


Photo from Rhoades Car customer, Teri Borland Ellis.

Made in the USA! Photo from Rhoades Car customer, Teri Borland Ellis.

Specialty Brands with American Products

Rhoades Car is proud to be an American-made brand and we encourage our customers to support other businesses that offer products made in the USA.

As we learned, there are a lot of unique products that are made here in the United States, including Crayola crayons and Steinway pianos.

But if you’re looking for something extra special, with sophistication or a touch of class, you run to brand names you’re comfortable and familiar with.

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Many of the specialty or high-end stores that you’re already visiting offer extensive lines of American-made products.

Here are eight retailers that are putting products made in the USA at the forefront.

Made in the USA: Kitchen & Home

Sur La Table

Sur La Table, a specialty brand specializing in high-quality cooking tools and appliances, devotes an entire section of its website to products that are made in the United States. Among the offerings are more than 20 brands of cookware and kitchen tools including All-Clad and Barefoot Contessa.

Jacob Bromwell

Jacob Bromwell is a fine metalworking brand that focuses on specialized kitchen tools, including shredders, colanders and tin cups. The company’s website is quick to boast its American-made status, outlining the importance of buying products made in the USA in a dedicated page on its website.

Williams-Sonoma

The popular home furnishings retailer offers an extensive line of products that are made in the USA. This blog post demonstrates many of the items that are available, including KitchenMaid and Vitamix.

Fiestaware

Fiestaware is one of the most popular dinnerware brands in the country. And that’s appropriate, as the Homer Laughlin China Company – maker of Fiesta dinnerware – is based in West Virginia. It lists not once, but twice on its information page that it is made in the USA.

Made in the USA: Denim & Apparel

Brooks Brothers

The high-end men’s clothing retailer has an extensive offering of American-made apparel and accessories on its website. Offerings range from boots to portfolio cases to blazers.

Lucky Brand

One of the most popular denim brands, Lucky not only features its American-made jeans on its website, it also tailors them differently. Jeans made in the USA are stitched with red side seams and have “subtle flag details.”

7 For All Mankind

Another very popular denim brand, 7 For All Mankind also allows shoppers to search for jeans and other denim items that are made in the USA.

Vera Wang

Known for stunningly gorgeous bridal designs, Vera Wang isn’t just an American brand. It’s known worldwide. Since entering the bridal market in 1990, Vera Wang has branched into other areas of high-end apparel, including fragrances and accessories. But even with the worldwide appeal and brand expansion, a majority of the bridal work remains manufactured in workrooms here in the United States.

So if you’re looking for a gift – even if it’s for yourself! – give these brands a consideration. Not only are they extra-special, they’re supporting businesses just like us, offering American-made products.

10 Cool Things Made in the USA


Made in the USAAs more and more consumers take the time to investigate whether or not a product is American-made, retailers are starting to take notice.

In 2013, CNBC reported that Walmart was set to source an additional $50 billion in American products over the next 10 years, while General Electric had plans to revitalize its appliances business here in the United States with a $1 billion investment.

In fact, there’s a store in Elma, New York, that only sells products made in the United States. Its name? Made in America Store, of course.

We thought it would be fun to take a look at 10 really popular products that you may not have realized were made in the United States. Anything on the list below surprise you? Let us know by leaving a reply in the comments below.

10. Kohler bathroom and kitchen fixtures

They’ve mastered the idea of making simple things like faucets and shower-heads seem like sleek and sophisticated works of art … and they’re manufactured in Kohler, Wisconsin.

9. Pyrex bakeware

Their kitchen bakeware, measuring cups and containers have become staples in the kitchen – found in 80 percent of American households, according to the Huffington Post – and they’re made in Rosemont, Illinois.

8. Anchor Hocking glassware

Not unlike Pyrex, Anchor Hocking glassware has become a kitchen must-have. The company has two primary manufacturing centers – Lancaster, Ohio, and Monaca, Pennsylvania.

7. Post-it Notes

One of the most important office accessories of the modern workplace, Post-It Notes are manufactured by parent company 3M in Cynthiana, Kentucky.

6. Weber grills

The barbecue has become a symbol of the American way of life, so it’s appropriate that Weber grills are primarily manufactured in Palatine, Illinois.

5. Crayola crayons

They’re the brand-name standard for the coloring book crowd. (Who seriously wants to color with generic crayons, right?) All of Crayola’s crayons are produced in facilities located in Easton, Pennsylvania.

4. Duck duct tape

One of the most well-known adhesive brands in the country, Duck duct tape is manufactured in the United States. The company’s headquarters are in Avon, Ohio.

3. KitchenAid mixers

Is a KitchenAid mixer the most coveted kitchen appliance in America? The multicolored appliances are made at production facilities in Greenville, Ohio.

2. Steinway pianos

They’re the world’s finest pianos and they’re made in New York City – the last major piano manufacturer in the country.

1. Rhoades Car bikes

Yes, we’re made right here in the USA as well! While we’re proud to provide four-wheeled bikes to customers all over the world, our headquarters are in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Do you know of a Made in the USA product we forgot? Add it below in the comments please.

British Royalty Takes a Spin on a Rhoades Car Quadracycle


For Immediate Release

April 8, 2014

HENDERSONVILLE, TN — April 8, 2014 — Britain’s Prince Harry opened the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on Friday and took a spin on a USA-Made Rhoades Car quadracycle.  

“It was really quite a surprise when we heard about the story in USA Today and then saw the BBC video of Prince Harry riding our 2-person Rhoades Cycle Car.  We couldn’t be more delighted to have someone as famous and affable as Prince Harry ride one of our quadracycles – and for such a great cause,” according to Bill Pomakoy, President of Rhoades Car International.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the newest and largest park in London and its mayor, Boris Johnson, commented “This is going to be a quite astonishing place to come and bring your family.” 

The 2-person Rhoades Cycle Car was brought to the park by non-profit Bikeworks LPrince Harryondon and Motivate East, a free inclusive sports participation project for disabled people. “Our customers are people of all ages who like the stability of having four wheels under them.  The beauty of our products is that almost everybody can ride a Rhoades Car.  If you think about it, it’s how Henry Ford started in the early 1900’s,” Pomakoy added. 

Rhoades Car International, headquartered in Hendersonville, Tennessee, 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 23rd year in business in 2014, 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 Rhoades Car, call 800-531-2737, send an email to info@rhoadescar.com or visit www.RhoadesCar.com. For information on exclusive dealerships in the USA, visit the special dealer page on the Rhoades Car website.  For International dealership inquiries contact info@rhoadescar.com.

Royalty Rides a Rhoades Car


If you love royalty as much as we do, you will be excited to see Prince Harry and Mayor of London Boris Johnson celebrating the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on a Rhoades Car. Rhoades Car made its London debut yesterday with none other than Prince Harry and London Mayor Boris Johnson riding a 2 person Cycle Car on the eve of the grand opening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the newest and largest park in London.

Prince Harry

Photography credit: Chris Harry AFP/Getty

How did this possibly happen? It started with a sale to Bikeworks UK which was then picked up by Motivate East, a free inclusive sports participation project for disabled people who engaged Prince Harry and Mayor Boris Johnson in the video below. (Go to 1:04 in the video for The Ride)

London Mayor Boris Johnson on a Rhoades Car

Photography credit: Rach Laurence @pr_rach

The story has been covered in USA Today and BBC News.…great press for an American made product, don’t you think? We think they handled it pretty well, considering the steering is on the wrong side for them!

A Challenge for Our Mayor

So how about it, Mayor Karl Dean? If the Mayor of London can ride a Rhoades Car, surely the Mayor of Nashville can hop on too!  We challenge you to come to Hendersonville for a great ride or we will even bring our newest model, the Rhoades Car SOLARped to your office!

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 NOT have to be a bike shop to be a Rhoades Car dealer.  You do not even need a brick and mortar location. Our main requirement is that you participate in area shows and demos where people can test drive your Rhoades Car floor models.

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All of our dealers receive a special dealer packet so they can promote their Rhoades Car display models at events where people congregate.

Opening Order Dealer Package Includes:

  • Four of our top-selling models for your display/exhibit
  • Exclusive Territory – no other dealer competition
  • Exclusive territory listing on the Rhoades Car website and a customized dealer  website
  • High commission on every Rhoades Car sale
  • 10’ x 10’ commercial-grade display tent with 4 zippered side walls, awning and stakes
  • One – 3’ x 10’ Rhoades Car Authorized Dealer Banner for inside your tent with full-color photos of our most popular models for you to promote
  • One – Pull up modular trade show display (28” x 84”)
  • Initial supply of 250 full-color Residential Catalogs and price sheets featuring every Rhoades Car model and available options
  • Initial supply of 250 Industrial Line Catalogs and price sheets
  • Customized Rhoades Car Business Card identifying you as an official Rhoades Car Authorized Dealer that you can have printed locally
  • Comprehensive dealer training program at our Hendersonville, TN factory
  • Consumer Financing program available to close sales

This unique program was developed by Rhoades Car because, quite simply, we want people from all over the country to be able to test drive a Rhoades Car without having to drive to the factory in Tennessee. Your display models act as your test drive vehicles and people who visit you and want to place an order, do so with YOU. You just call the order into Rhoades Car and we handle the transaction, place the order into our production schedule and ship the order directly to your customer (or to you, if you prefer).

The best news is that you’ll make a HIGH COMMISSION on every sale you make, and you don’t have to worry about anything else! There is even a financing program available for credit qualified customers at your events.

Think about the exhibiting opportunities you’ll have right in your area – county fairs, craft fairs, RV parks, gated community clubhouses, health clubs, retirement community expos, healthy living shows, green shows, industrial shows, civic events, parades, and more – the sky is the limit! Set up takes less than 15 minutes and your bikes are your display!

IMG_2687 Total Initial Investment: $22,500 (including crating and shipping of initial 4 models). 13-month financing is available for credit-qualified candidates.

To learn more about the Rhoades Car Exclusive Dealer Program,  call us at 800-531-2737.  For more details on this exciting program, click here.

Don’t miss this great opportunity.  Call 800-531-2737 for more information.

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? In this case, Rhoades Car Director of Operations, Lisa Cunningham, and her husband, Russell, drove 600 miles each way to pick it up from the trucking company and deliver it to the customer – on a weekend! That’s dedication. We appreciate our customer (Susan) for being so patient while we figured out a solution. AND, we really appreciate Lisa our employee and her husband for going the extra mile (literally!) to deliver the customer service that we at Rhoades Car are so proud of.

The little book 212⁰ Service: The 10 Rules for Creating a Service Culture, quotes Jan Carlzon, a former CEO of Scandinavian Airlines, as saying:

“…it doesn’t really matter how your customers feel about you and your business. What makes a difference is how your products make them feel about themselves and their decisions.”

Obviously Customer Susan feels great about her buying decision in this note we received from her after the delivery: “This is why you buy from Rhoades Car…quality people who go above and beyond for you. This fantastic lady (Rhoades Employee) and her husband drove from TN to MI to deliver our bike to our door even though we have about 28″ total snow. Awesome quality service. Thank you Lisa and Russell.” Lisa and Russell Cunningham deliver a bike to Michigan

And yes, another great reason to BUY AMERICAN!

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

 

 

Rhoades Car Offers Exclusive Dealership Opportunity


Rhoades Car is pleased to announce the formal launch of the Rhoades Car Stocking Dealer Program. We are looking for strategic partners to participate in select markets. And you DON’T have to be a brick and mortar bicycle dealer to be a Rhoades Car Exclusive Dealer. All you have to do is have a convenient place to display four models – and, of course, a burning desire for success.

We have already opened up exclusive dealers in Orlando, The Villages, Sarasota and Tampa, FL, Scottsdale, AZ, Long Island, NY, Dayton and Ironton, OH, Junction, TX, Cathedral City, CA, Amarillo, TX and Saskatchewan, Canada – and that’s before any formal announcement! All of these enjoy geographic exclusivity to their respective marketing areas!

Our opening order dealer package includes:

  • Four top-selling models for your display/exhibit
  • Exclusive Territory – no other dealer competition
  • Exclusive territory listing on the Rhoades Car website
  • High commission on every Rhoades Car sale
  • 10’ x 10’ commercial-grade display tent with 4 zippered sidewalls, awning and stakes
  • One – 3’ x 10’ Rhoades Car Authorized Dealer Banner for inside your tent with full-color photos of our most popular models for you to promote
  • One – Pull up modular trade show display (28” x 84”)
  • Initial supply of 500 full-color Residential Catalogs and price sheets featuring every Rhoades Car model and available options
  • 250 Industrial Line Catalogs and price sheets
  • Customized Rhoades Car Business Card identifying you as an official Rhoades Car Authorized Dealer that you can have printed locally
  • Comprehensive, online product training directly from Rhoades Car product experts
  • Remote Credit Card processing available
  • Consumer Financing program available to close sales
  • YOUR exhibiting events listed on the official Rhoades Car website to drive traffic to your event and SELL MORE RHOADES CARS.

To give us immediate traction, we will be exhibiting at the Franchise and Business Opportunity Expos on the following dates and cities:

September 22-23         Ft Lauderdale, FL          Broward County Convention Center

October 20-21               Atlanta, GA                    Cobb Galleria Center

November 10-11           Chicago, IL                     Schaumburg Convention Center

Exhibiting at these three Expos will help us reach our goal because people who attend are looking for a great business opportunity and we offer the best one out there!

This is what Bob Reed (National Dealer Sales Manager) had to say in a recent press release:

“Our dealers range from RV park owners to retirees to independent entrepreneurs of all ages. This is the best product line in the world because EVERYBODY loves them.  How often do you get a chance to promote a product with universal appeal? Plus, we’re a certified Made in the USA company.”

For more information about the Rhoades Car exclusive dealer program, visit www.RhoadesCar.com, call 800-531-2737 or send an email to info@rhoadescar.com.