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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.

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.

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!

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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!

A fun way to lose weight and get healthier


Ummm – Christmas tree cookies, pumpkin pie, chocolate-covered cherries and lots of turkey and ham! The traditional holiday diet for so many of us, right? And is our belt fitting even tighter early in the New Year?

So time to turn the treadmill or NordicTrack or rowing machine back into a piece of exercise equipment instead of a clothes hanger….or is it?

Wouldn’t it be more fun to exercise with someone you really care about in a Rhoades Car two-seater? Side-by-side so you can talk and reflect on the coming year? And take the kids on a four-seater?

You can do all of the above with a Rhoades Car four wheel bike that drives like a car with extra comfortable seats. Enjoy pedaling in separate gears, and add the pedal-assist motor to help build endurance.

Don’t fail in your New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and get healthier.

“I lost 20lbs the first year I had mine. No other changes other than taking my Rhoades car on all the errands I could.”

Cycling burns 300-500 calories an hour and now it’s something you can do together or as a family, all while supporting American manufacturing!IMG_0158jacey

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 International Announces New Financing Option


For Immediate Release                                         

HENDERSONVILLE, TN — July 24, 2013 —Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading 4-wheel bicycle manufacturer, today announced a new customer financing option – the Baker’s Dozen 13 month lease program.   

“It’s actually pretty simple; in the Baker’s Dozen program, you take the amount that you want to finance and divide it by twelve and then add one more payment of the same amount for a total of 13 payments,” explained Customer Service Manager, Holly Skinner.  “This new program will give folks who qualify the ability to purchase a Rhoades Car today and spread the payments over 13 months.  It’s exactly what people have been asking for,” Skinner added. 

There are just two steps to the special financing program:

1.       Customers complete the Consumer Lease Application

2.       Credit is evaluated by the lender and scored to determine overall approval and up-front payment requirements

Phyllis Shelton, Rhoades Car Vice President of Sales, added “For years we’ve been looking for a financing program to help the masses purchase a Rhoades Car.  We finally have an affordable solution.”

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 Baker’s Dozen program, call Rhoades Car at 800-531-2737 or send an email to info@rhoadescar.com.  Information about the program is also on the company’s website www.RhoadesCar.com.

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.

Rhoades Car International Offers Exclusive Dealership Opportunities


HENDERSONVILLE, TN — August 23, 2012 — Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading 4-wheel bicycle manufacturer, announced today that it will be offering exclusive Rhoades Car Dealership opportunities 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

“Rhoades Car is in the process of establishing an exclusive dealer network across the US and Canada where people can test drive and order their very own Rhoades Car 4 wheel quadracycle” noted Bill Pomakoy, President of Rhoades Car International, a 21 year old company.  “We currently have 12 dealerships around the country and we plan to add many more over the next 12 months.  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,” he added.

People from all walks of life can participate in the Rhoades Car dealer program because prospective dealers do not need a brick and mortar retail location to be an exclusive dealer – just a convenient place to display four floor models and a burning desire for success.

“Our dealers range from RV park owners to retirees to independent entrepreneurs of all ages,” added Bob Reed, National Dealer Sales Manager for Rhoades Car.  “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” added Reed.

Rhoades Car International, headquartered in Hendersonville, Tennessee, offers a unique line of four-wheel bicycles for residential and industrial use.  Celebrating its 21st year in business in 2012, 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 International, visit www.RhoadesCar.com, call 800-531-2737 or send an email to info@rhoadescar.com.

Electric Bike Popularity Growing


by Bill Pomakoy

President, Rhoades Car International

Electric Bicycle (aka “e-bike”) sales are growing dramatically worldwide.  As a matter of fact, at Rhoades Car in 2011, there was an electric-assist motor on approximately 20% of the 4-wheel quardacycles that left our Hendersonville, TN factory – up from just under 10% in 2010.  It shows that many people are not only looking for an alternate means of transportation – but many like an optional boost of power when needed without adding to the carbon footprint issue.

The 1/1/12 issue of Bicycling Retailer has a good article on electric bike sales that is really geared to retailers but the facts are the facts – whether you are a retailer or the end purchaser.  Although they don’t state it in the article, it is obvious that the results are based on e-bike sales in the US, not international sales. Some of the findings may surprise you:

  • Most purchasers of electric bikes are generally NOT cyclists and most have not ridden a bike in years
  • Most purchasers are couples and they typically buy two e-bikes (not always at the same time)
  • The average e-bike owner is 59+
  • More than half of e-bike sales are to women and they expect a wide range of colors to choose from
  • People who purchase e-bikes are very social and tell their friends about their purchase

For me, the most surprising statement in the article was this one —  “While buyers might justify their purchase with saving money on gas, getting exercise and being green, the real reason they buy an e-bike is plain and simple: FUN!”  Who can argue with that? We’re all looking for ways to have fun, right?  More on that later.

The bottom line seems to be that electric bike sales should continue to grow in the US and around the world.  In a 2010 published report, PikeResearch concluded that “The worldwide electric two-wheel vehicle market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 9% through 2016″.

To put things in perspective, according to the latest Electric Bikes Worldwide Report, US e-Bike sales were projected to hit 220,000 units in 2009, a two-year sales increase of 83 percent from 2007. In that same time period, 750,000 e-Bike sales were forecasted for Europe- up from 250,000 units in 2007.  But guess who leads the pack on e-bike production AND usage?  You guessed it – China.  The China Bicycle Association reported that China has 70 million electric bikes on the road and 1,400 electric bicycle manufacturers who produce around 5.5 million e-bike units a year.

The unfortunate part of the message once again – just like with regular bicycles – is that the vast majority of e-bikes are NOT produced in the USA.  If you read my June blog , you know that I a firm believer that we need to get back to making products right here in the USA – just like we do at Rhoades Car. We’re the exception – and we need to be the rule!

Here’s how we do it at Rhoades Car:

  • All Rhoades Car major components, including proprietary steel frames, are made in Tennessee – not in China or Taiwan
  • Powder coating is applied in Madison, Tennessee
  • Seats are manufactured in Memphis, TN and soon in Augusta, GA
  • Mag wheels are manufactured in Redding, CA
  • Canopies are handmade by a small upholstery shop in Hendersonville, TN
  • Shipping crate material is purchased locally
  • Axles, steering columns, tirods and all proprietary machined parts are manufactured by various small companies – ALL located in the United States of America

I promised to get back to the “FUN” comment earlier in the blog.  It should come as no surprise that the most popular models at Rhoades Car are our 2-person side-by-side models (GoBoy, SportPed and Cycle Car Series all offer 2-person models.  SportPed and CycleCar Series both offer 4-person family models).  The reason IS the “FUN” factor just like the Bicycle Retailer article suggests.  Our 2-person quadracycles are so much more FUN than riding on separate bikes or even a tandem.  Why?  Because you can have conversation with your pedal-mate because you’re side-by-side AND you’re getting exercise.  How’s that for a win-win? Plus, you can add the electric-assist electric motor feature if you want a little help with those hills or you are just plum worn out 5 miles into the ride and want a little help getting home.

As I wrote back in the June blog, “It is possible to produce products that are truly made in the USA and every time we do it benefits American families.  We do it at Rhoades Car and there are many more companies out there just like us that need your support.  If we can all focus on buying American-made products, we can get the USA back to once again being the global leader. But it will take sacrifices to get there.

It’s a New Year and time to refocus on buying American-made products.   Come on now, you read the back of the food labels when you are looking to cut calories or check the sodium content so you can do it to look for American-made products.  So please, the next time you go to a store to purchase an item, read the label and buy the one that says – “Proudly Made in the USA”.

Happy New Year everyone! And be sure to visit us often at www.RhoadesCar.com.