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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 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.


 

Rhoades Car International: Health, Wellness, and Sustainability!


By Julie Alexander Government Contracts, Grants and Sustainability Coordinator

Last year I had no idea four-wheel bicycles even existed, yet here I am, working with an amazing company, promoting, not just a bicycle, but an experience.  My name is Julie Alexander and I am the government contracts, grants, and sustainability coordinator for Rhoades Car International.  Part of my job is to help create the whole Rhoades Car experience and then promote it.  Admittedly I’m full of ideas, and I’m always ready to pounce on them immediately, but our dutiful CEO has to pull the reigns with a “whoa Nelly….slow down” every once in a while!  I can’t help myself as I know Rhoades Car has the potential to change the way our world looks at a “family ride” and the way our businesses look at health, wellness, and sustainability.

Rhoades Car has developed a line of industrial bicycles to address a need for eco-friendly transportation for businesses, and to address a need for employees to exercise while they work (makes me think of the seven dwarfs’ “whistle while you work” J).  I imagine these bikes replacing military gators, golf carts, and gas powered vehicles, while conserving energy, boosting employee morale and saving money.

Rhoades’ Industrial line is the perfect work truck solution for industrial facilities committed to going green. Rhoades Industrial Bikes are simply the most efficient means of factory transportation today! Not only will your emissions be eliminated, but your employees will be fit and that can have a positive impact on overall morale, health insurance and workers comp premiums, and sustainability! Can you imagine the maintenance costs on your work vehicles being virtually eliminated? And I haven’t even mentioned the safety factor.  Four-wheel bikes are so much more stable than 2 and 3-wheel factory transportation.

In addition to sustainability, and workplace health and wellness, Rhoades Car is in the midst of designing an exciting addition to our recreational line of bicycles that will address personal health and wellness.  Along with the new Rhoades Cross-Trainer model, I have created a 90 Day Rhoades to Wellness program designed around both the ComfortRide and the new cross-trainer model.  We believe we can make an impact on the obesity epidemic with these exercise bicycles and our unique program.

It’s hard to swallow that “thirty-three states had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 25%; nine of these states (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia) had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 30%” in 2009, as seen in the chart below (CDC 2010).

Percent of Obese (BMI > 30) in U.S. Adults

Obesity is a leading cause of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and a plethora of other ailments.  The food we consume contributes to arthritis, fibromyalgia, joint pain, headaches, and several other disorders.

Rhoades Car International is committed to educating and providing an avenue for health, wellness, and sustainability efforts.

Stay tuned for frequent updates and helpful hints related to sustainability; eating well; healthy, delicious recipes; exercise routines; and information on changing poor habits into life changing lifestyles!

Rhoades Car CEO Places Focus on FUN – Just Released Podcast


by Bill Pomakoy

Earlier this week, I was interviewed for a podcast by Martin Kreig, an extraordinary individual and bicycle industry enthusiast.  (see below for more information on Martin). It turns out that Martin is also a very thorough interviewer!

 

Here are some of the questions he asked and I answered:

  • What exactly IS a Rhoades Car?
  • How did you get involved in the company?
  • How many Rhoades Car models/options are there?
  • What new products do you have up your sleeve?
  • Do you offer industrial models?
  • What are they like on hills? How many gears do you offer?
  • How do you ship them?  How much does it cost to ship?
  • Tell me about the whole Rhoades Car experience you mentioned where people can come and visit and even fish in the stocked lake!

That should give you a flavor for the interview.  Here is the link to the podcast:

http://hiwheel.posterous.com/new-rhoades-car-ceo-places-focus-on-fun-spons

About Martin Kreig –After suffering paralysis and a coma as the result of injuries from a car accident, Martin has crossed the country twice on a bike; written a book about his experiences and is working hard to build the National Bicycle Greenway, an interconnected network of safe bikeable roads and paths. Be sure to visit his website — www.bikeroute.com

 

Rhoades Car International Releases New “The Making of a Rhoades Car” Video


For Immediate Release
March 07, 2011

Rhoades Car International Releases New “The Making of a Rhoades Car” Video

HENDERSONVILLE, TN – March 7, 2011 – Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading four-wheel bicycle manufacturer, announced today that it has released a new 15-minute video that features exactly how a Rhoades Car 4-wheel bicycle is made.

“For years, Rhoades Car enthusiasts have asked to see how our 4-wheel quad bikes are manufactured. Now, with the improvements in internet technology, we can deliver on that request” noted company President, Bill Pomakoy. The new video is available through a link on the company’s website at www.RhoadesCar.com.

“Given the fact that 99.53% of all 20”+ wheel bikes owned by US citizens are made in either Taiwan or China, we’re very proud of the fact that we are MADE IN THE USA and we prominently display the Made in the USA logo on our website. What you WON’T see when you watch the video is a high speed assembly-line operation. What you WILL see is how we hand make each and every Rhoades Car with great attention to detail,” added Pomakoy. In addition to the new video, Rhoades Car also offers free tours of its Hendersonville, TN factory for those who call ahead.

The company prides itself in using locally made components in its manufacturing process wherever possible. “We partner with as many local suppliers as we can. By doing so, we are controlling the quality of the components as well as helping the local economy – and our country needs more companies to do just that,” noted Chris Spann, Director of Manufacturing.

Rhoades Car International, headquartered in the Hendersonville, Tennessee, offers a unique line of “four-wheel bikes that drive like a car” including 1-person, 2-person and 4-person models in a variety of configurations. Rhoades Car models are even available with an electric-assist feature – a small electric motor powered by two 12-volt batteries. The company relies on local companies 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 news@rhoadescar.com.

 

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Rhoades Car International has an Answer for Soaring Gas Prices


For Immediate Release
February 16, 2011

Rhoades Car International has an Answer for Soaring Gas Prices

HENDERSONVILLE, TN – February 16, 2011 – Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading four-wheel bicycle manufacturer, announced its answer to soaring gas prices today – the SportPed hybrid series of 4-wheel bicycles with electric-assist motor.

“We have individuals, couples and families all over the country ordering our SportPed hybrid 4-wheel bike series for different reasons. With gasoline prices projected to climb dramatically in 2011, gas savings is at the top of the list but family health and overall fitness weighs heavily in the decision too,” noted company President, Bill Pomakoy.

As bicycle industry consultant, Ed Benjamin, recently blogged — “The world has found and is close to the end of consuming the oil that is cheap to find, extract and process. We are in the midst of a change from oil that costs $1.00 per barrel to produce, to oil that costs as much as $60.00 per barrel to produce.” Benjamin’s belief is that the high cost of oil will result in more and more electric bike sales.

The SportPed is available in 1, 2 and 4-person models with its aerodynamically designed and tinted windshield for wind and UV protection. “Most people add our 42 gear option and the electric-assist motor because it allows them to literally replace their vehicle like a family in Greenburg, KS that bought a 4-seater and sold their family car,” added Pomakoy.

“The SportPed Series is as green as it gets,” noted Phyllis Shelton, VP of Marketing for Rhoades Car International. “So many baby boomers are ordering the SportPed because it is not only cool looking, but it’s a great way to get healthy and enjoy time together in the great outdoors,” Shelton added.

The SportPed allows two riders to pedal at a different pace because each rider has his or her own gears. And, if one rider gets tired, the other one can still propel the bike without the other pedals moving. If both riders want to take a break from pedaling, the optional 750-watt electric motor powered by two 12- volt batteries can propel the bike. The batteries recharge by plugging in to any 110 volt wall outlet.

“We have been making 4-wheel bicycles for 20 years, but I have to say that the SportPed is definitely the coolest model we have ever made. Everybody just loves it – and it gives us a great gas-alternative mode of transportation,” noted Pomakoy. See it for yourself at http://www.rhoadescar.com/sport-ped.html.

Rhoades Car International, headquartered in Hendersonville, Tennessee, offers a unique line of “fourwheel bikes that drive like a car” including 1-person, 2-person and 4-person models in a variety of configurations. Rhoades Car models are available with an electric-assist feature – a small electric motor powered by two 12-volt batteries. 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 news@rhoadescar.com.

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Rhoades Car International Announces Launch of New Interactive Website and Social Media Platforms


For Immediate Release
February 15, 2011

Rhoades Car International Announces Launch of New Interactive Website and Social Media Platforms

HENDERSONVILLE, TN – February 15, 2011 – Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading four-wheel bicycle manufacturer, announced today that it has launched a new, interactive website located at www.RhoadesCar.com.

Along with the new website, the company also announced its commitment to upgrade its social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others. “There’s no doubt that social media marketing continues to grow in relevance for overall brand exposure but more than that, it gives our customers a conduit to discover more about Rhoades Car and our unique products”, noted company President, Bill Pomakoy.

The company’s new website includes a video blog where visitors can watch insightful videos that explore all aspects of how a Rhoades Car 4-wheel bike is made. Plus, it offers the opportunity for Rhoades Car enthusiasts to upload photos and videos to the company’s website.

“Our goal is to provide Rhoades Car enthusiasts with the best possible customer experience and upgrading our website and social media presence is just the beginning of that great experience.” added Pomakoy.

Rhoades Car International, headquartered in the Hendersonville, Tennessee, offers a unique line of “fourwheel bikes that drive like a car” including 1-person, 2-person and 4-person models in a variety of configurations. Rhoades Car models are even available with an electric-assist feature – a small electric motor powered by two 12-volt batteries. The company relies on local companies that share the high quality craftsmanship philosophy to produce custom components for all of its 4-wheel “quad” bikes – proudly made in the USA!

Highlights of the new RhoadesCar.com site include:

  • An intuitive website where visitors can “Build Your Own Rhoades Car”.
  • The Rhoades Car Club, a forum for current and future owners to discuss their experiences
  • A blog to get an inside look at the daily happenings of Rhoades Car International
  • A new live chat feature where visitors can get their questions answered in real time

For more information about Rhoades Car International, visit www.RhoadesCar.com, call 615-590-0303 or send an email to news@rhoadescar.com.

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Rhoades Car International Selects Hannah’s Hope Fund


For Immediate Release
January 12, 2011

Rhoades Car International Selects Hannah’s Hope Fund

HENDERSONVILLE, TN – January 12, 2011 – Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading four-wheel bicycle manufacturer, announced today that it has selected Hannah’s Hope Fund as its 2011 Charitable Contribution and seed faith partner.

“There are so many rare childhood diseases that require funding in order to find a cure or effective treatment,” according to Bill Pomakoy, President of Rhoades Car International. “This year our monthly charitable contributions will go to Hannah’s Hope Fund, a 501C Public Charity founded after a little girl from upstate New York named Hannah was diagnosed with Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAN), a rare genetic disorder that slowly takes away one’s ability to walk, use one’s hands, speak, swallow and is also terminal,” he added.

Rhoades Car International practices the idea of seed faith and each month a portion of its sales revenue goes to fund research for a rare childhood disease. “We plant a seed in a worthwhile cause and pray that it grows enough to positively impact treatment or an eventual cure, added Rhonda McBride, CFO of Rhoades Car. “We are just a small piece of the solution so we encourage other businesses and individuals to do the same,” McBride added.

Organizations or individuals who would also like to contribute to the Hannah’s Hope Fund can visit the website at www.hannahshopefund.org.

Rhoades Car International is a manufacturer of 4-wheel bicycles and is celebrating its 20th year in business in 2011. It features a wide assortment of 1, 2 and 4-person residential bicycles as well as a complete line of 4-wheel bicycles for industrial applications. For more information about Rhoades Car International, visit www.RhoadesCar.com, call 615-590-0303 or send an email to news@rhoadescar.com.

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