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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 – June Edition


Rhoades to Life – June Edition
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BRINGING NEW LIFE
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After 25 years of business, Rhoades Cars have fulfilled many different purposes and platforms.  It’s truly a joy to see how many different applications our bikes have taken on over the years and how many lives have been impacted at every level.  One of our growing markets is with assisted living and rehabilitation facilities throughout the U.S..  In particular our two and four seat models have changed the atmosphere of on-site amenities for patient experiences and living.  From an active living standpoint, our bikes allow guests to ride a four-wheel bike and get active exercise while also allowing their family members or friend along for the ride.  The rehabilitation facilities allow our bikes to be used for the guests to rebuild their necessary bones or muscles in order to regain strength.  Since we have multiple seat options, trainers and physical therapists can join their patients on the ride while working or assisting with them on their exercise movements in riding the Rhoades Car.   It brings a new quality of life to these facilities and in most cases it mutually benefits the patients and their family members when everyone gets involved (not to mention the outdoor aspect which most don’t get to enjoy).  You can see that this provides strength to a physical body but it also improves the mental state as well by being able to enjoy an activity where you’re enjoying the outdoors and allowing your mind and body to work together in a controlled environment.  We’re excited to be a part of this growing market and will continue to help make customized improvements for each facility based on their specific needs.

TESTIMONIAL
We had the pleasure to work with a new customer this past month and actually customized a 4W1P model into a 25th Year Anniversary Bike.  She couldn’t wait to receive her custom-made bike and we couldn’t wait for her to get it.  We are thrilled the way it turned out and we know she’s riding her local streets showing off a limited edition bike that draws the eyes of everyone around!
“My 25th Special Edition bike arrived today. I’m loving it. Thank you Rhoades Car!
– Mary R., Minnesota
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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!  For June we’re excited to share our excitement and fun thing to do while in Nashville – iRide Nashville.  You can see by their facebook page and TripAdvisor page that tens of thousands of people from all over the world have enjoyed themselves on this tour so we’re glad to share with you a 33% off discount by using the code “Rhoades25” when you check out on their site.  Who doesn’t enjoy a fun Segway ride in a beautiful city like Nashville?!  Next time you come visit our headquarters in Nashville, be sure to add some time to take this once-in-a-lifetime Segway tour in Nashville, you won’t regret it!
Every year iRide Nashville participates in the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway which helps raise funds for the children’s research hospital.  We’re proud to partner with iRide Nashville and their mission to help with children’s cancer research.

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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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Start the National Bike Challenge on May 1st with a Rhoades Car


We often hear the question, “Where can you ride a Rhoades Car?” Our usual answer is through neighborhoods, small towns, parks and greenways. The one person models are barely three feet wide and the 2 person GoBoy is 38.5” wide so many bike lanes will accommodate that width. However, we have two new customer stories that we wanted to share about how a Rhoades Car is being used. They are simply too good not to share!

Retired Air Force Colonel Joel Martin

Ret. Colonel Joel Martin

Ret. Colonel Joel Martin

Colonel Martin and his wife Elizabeth are relocating to the Marshall Islands where he will be working as a tropical meteorologist. Their new residence, the beautiful island of Kwajalein, is about 2300 miles southwest of Hawaii. So the Martins will have a few years in paradise….but a challenge arose in this spectacular move. No cars are allowed on Kwajalein. Colonel Martin is an adventurous soul…his nickname in the military is “Phoon” as he likes to chase typhoons from time to time! So this challenge didn’t deter him at all because he had been seeing Rhoades Car ads in magazines like Popular Mechanics for years and had always wanted one. His new SportPed is just leaving the west coast on a barge this week to Kwajalein. He chose the large curved windshield for its wind resistance and UV ray protection. He chose mag wheels to avoid rust from the nearby salt water. He chose a cargo box so he can transport his equipment easily as he rides around the island. Also of significant interest is that he wants to lose as few pounds and he knows the pedal power will get him there! He told us today that he may upgrade to a pedal assist solar-powered motor once he gets the lay of the land.

We are very excited about having Colonel Martin in the Rhoades Car family because he is a professional photographer and videographer as well. You can see some of his beautiful work here: http://jdavid.smugmug.com/ He will be sending us spectacular pictures of his new Rhoades Car very soon.

But you don’t have to live on an exotic island to enjoy a Rhoades Car.

Dr. Stephanie Timmer

Zooming back to the U.S., Dr. Stephanie Timmer, the only visually impaired member of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team, is riding her 4 seater Cycle Car all over Naperville, IL (population 145,000). She rides it 3 miles through subdivisions to her gym and her throwing field. It’s a quick ride from her condo to downtown Naperville. When she goes to a restaurant, she valet parks. When she has her children, they ride in the back seat. She reports that a Mini-Cooper car cover makes a perfect cover for her Rhoades Car. She is adding a stereo and matching cup holder plus some Olympic decals. Now, she intentionally did not get a motor as she considers pedal power part of her exercise program. The police are very friendly toward her as they view her Cycle Car as a bike.

So these are two great stories that amplify our answer about where one can ride a Rhoades Car. But here’s an additional list from our FAQ page that will make you smile:

  • an eco-friendly family in Greensburg, KS who recently gave up their gas-powered family car for a 4-person Rhoades Cycle Car with electric motor
  • Grandparents in NC who “had the best vacation of their lives” with their teenaged grandchildren
  • An undertaker in Texas who needed a novel way to advertise his business
  • A lady in Ohio, who waged a political campaign from her 2 seat Rhoades Car
  • A guy in Florida starting his second trip around the state by bike
  • A lady from Rochester New York who rode a Greyhound bus to our plant in Tennessee to pick up her 2-person Cycle Car — and then rode it home.
  • The state Governor of a Middle Eastern oil country who had two 4-person Rhoades Car bikes flown over to him. (We’re really not sure what he’s using them for!).

So what you waiting for? The National Bike Challenge starts today! Let People for Bikes (the sponsoring organization) know that you are knockin’ it out of the park on a RHOADES CAR!

National Bike Challenge Starts May 1st

National Bike Challenge Starts May 1st

You know what comes next….mention this article and we will be happy to give you a 15% discount to make it easier for you to acquire your very own Rhoades Car.*

Contact us NOW to discuss your favorite model.

*10% for any one-seater model. Both discounts are in addition to the May special…a free speedometer! ($62 value but saves a lot of money on speeding tickets…kidding!)

 

 

Man Loses 155 Lbs. in 8 Months and Other Customer Stories


It’s not just about the money. We as a company treasure testimonials from our customers who are having fun on their Rhoades Car, while truly being helped.  So while we tell you about our September Special, here are four that really touched us. The first two are recent blogs you may have missed, and the last two just happened.

  • Man from White House, TN Loses 155 Lbs. in Eight Months.–  We met Dean Cagley in January of this year in a wheel chair. With spinal and disk issues, he was headed for surgery. He now barely uses a cane and has avoided surgery. He rides 10 miles a day and has been able to go back to work. His wife shares half of the ride and has lost 50 lbs. without doing anything else!
  • Autistic Man in 12th Year of Riding a Rhoades Car Twelve years ago, the Reid family in Oak Forest, IL pooled their savings to buy their autistic son a Rhoades Car. It pulled him out of depression from losing his job and he has been riding ever since. Bill, his mother and sister visited the Rhoades Car factory last week to pick up a new tire, the first part the bike has needed in the entire 12 years!

So it’s not just about the money, but everybody loves to save money. So if you’ve been thinking about a Rhoades Car, now is the time with our September special:

Save up to $250 off a Rhoades Car AND get free turn signals!

  • Toni Braun in Altona, Manitoba bought a Rhoades Car six months ago.  A severe head injury forced him to give up riding a two wheel bike due to balance issues. He had heard about Rhoades Car many years ago and credits God with helping him find us. He is so happy with his Rhoades Car as his main transportation PLUS he gets to spend time with his wife and other people he picks up along the way. He was especially glad it arrived fully assembled and said, “I was so impressed with the quality workmanship that went into this thing.” You can see the entire story here.

Save up to $250 off a Rhoades Car AND get free turn signals!

  • A couple in Jonesboro, TN picked up their bike two weeks ago.  The husband is a professor at East Tennessee State University and a psychologist. He was an avid cyclist until he had 2 knee surgeries and 3 back surgeries, the last one leaving his left thigh really weak. He said the Rhoades Car is working out his left leg perfectly and he is regaining his strength. He and his wife SuSu are having the time of their lives riding all over downtown Jonesboro. They have been married 29 years and love riding side by side, each pedaling in a comfortable gear, and being able to talk, instead of riding tandem.

Save up to $250 off a Rhoades Car AND get free turn signals!

Thanks to all these wonderful people for sharing their story with the Rhoades Car family!

Toni and Susi Braun,   Manitoba, Canada

Toni and Susi Braun, Manitoba, Canada

Mike and SuSu Floyd, Jonesboro, TN

Mike and SuSu Floyd, Jonesboro, TN

 

Autistic Man in 12th Year of Riding His Rhoades Car


Very special guests stopped today at the Rhoades Car factory all the way from Oak Forest, Illinois: Bill Reid, his mother Wilma and his sister Mary Ann.  Twelve years ago, Bill lost his job as a janitor after a new supervisor came on board and didn’t understand his special needs as an autistic person.  He quickly became depressed and withdrawn. His mother Wilma said Bill is the oldest of six children, all of whom love him and were very concerned about him. The family pooled their money with the money that Bill had been saving from his job and bought him a 4 person Cycle Car so that he could maintain some independence.

Mrs. Reid said the transformation in Bill was amazing.  He began using it immediately to run errands like going to the grocery story and giving the neighborhood kids a ride. He opened up and started talking again. Twelve years later, he is still using it every day that someone is available to go with him in clear weather. He uses it spring, summer and fall and puts it on a rack in the winter to take care of it. He tells everyone it is his car.

So what brought the Reids from Oak Forest to Hendersonville?  The answer is truly amazing. Some children in the neighborhood got on the Cycle Car recently and popped a tire. The Reids were here to pick up a new tire, the first part the Cycle Car has needed in the entire 12 years! While they were here, they decided to take advantage of the August motor special for existing Rhoades Car owners so pedaling will be easier very soon. Wilma is really looking forward to that as she is frequently Bill’s pedalmate!

Wilma, Bill and Mary Ann Reid from Oak Forest, IL

Wilma, Bill and Mary Ann Reid from Oak Forest, IL

The family especially enjoyed watching some new Rhoades Cars being built. Master Builder Chris Spann told Mrs. Reid that their story had made his day, to which her heartfelt reply was “Thank you for giving my son back his life.”

Bill repeatedly told us throughout his visit today how much he loves his Rhoades Car. But don’t take our word for it – you can hear him say it after his sister Mary Ann tells us the story:

 

Riding a Rhoades Car twice a day contributes to 215 lb. weight loss


Update to this testimonial:  Mr. Cagley has lost 215 lbs in one year! (February 2015)

Dean Cagley proudly reports losing 155 lbs. in 8 months and credits his 2 person Cycle Car with much of his success. Mr. Cagley is working very hard to overcome spinal stenosis and several herniated disks and doing everything he can to avoid surgery. Losing weight is a very important part of his health plan. He rides his 2 person Cycle Car twice a day on the greenway that runs by his house  He pedals alone for the morning trip and his wife Judy joins him at the end of the day after she gets home from work. That gives him a good ten miles a day on his Rhoades Car. His wife has lost 50 lbs in the same time period and she hasn’t been really trying! Best of all, in addition to the exercise, the Cagleys enjoy spending quality time together.

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.

Spring into Summer with Rhoades Car


The question we hear frequently is “How did the Prince Harry PR work out for you?” (For those of you who missed it, Prince Harry rode a Rhoades Car at the grand opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on April 4th.) I just got back from the regular meeting of Hendersonville, TN manufacturers and fielded that question three times. The official answer is, it worked out GREAT with many new friends finding the Rhoades Car Facebook page and website! It especially worked out well with the Royal Spring Special in May that offered free shipping or $500 in free upgrades, as this caused many of our new friends to become Rhoades Car owners. However, that was a special promotion and promotions do have to come to an end. BUT . . . it doesn’t mean we can’t have another promotion that’s equally as fun!

Our “Spring into Summer” promotion until June 30th provides a choice between a Visa, Home Depot or Amazon gift card or an even greater amount of free upgrades, so it is easier than ever to join the elite club of Rhoades Car Owners.

RHOADES CAR SPRING INTO SUMMER PROMOTION

But don’t stop there. While you are on our website checking out this new promotion, don’t miss the new blogs we’ve been posting.

Five Must-Have Free Apps for Biking – With the multitude of resources available for download to your smartphone or tablet, you can have all the information you need just a touch away.

Summer Vacation Destinations for Cyclists – If you are a bicyclist or Rhoades Car owner, consider a vacation that includes a bike trip. rhoades car vacation

Six Really Cool Ways to Take a Break at Work Photo from Facebook by Joe MayoPhoto from Facebook by Joe Mayo– obviously going for a bike ride is one but there are many others that are [almost] as fun.

Rhoades Car Shows Up at The Tennessee Bike Summit – Here’s a pic of me and one of the keynote speakers, Kim Wiley-Schwartz from the New York Department of Transportation:

Phyllis Shelton & Kim Wiley-Schwartz

And one of my favorite posts, 10 Cool Things Made in the USA. As more and more consumers take the time to investigate whether or not a product is American-made, retailers are starting to take notice.Made in the USA See if you know all ten!

Hopefully one or more of these great stories will inspire you to take advantage of our…drum roll…

RHOADES CAR SPRING INTO SUMMER PROMOTION

Then you can be one of the happy owners of a Rhoades Car like Vicki and Larry Ryan who just said “We got our Rhoades Car today. LOVE IT!”

So what’s it going to be … the gift card or the free upgrades?

RHOADES CAR SPRING INTO SUMMER PROMOTION

(Hurry – expires June 30th!)

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!

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 →