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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 →

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.

The Healthy Living Expo


September 28-29, 2013
Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 10am-4pm — Click here for FREE tickets!
Music City Center / 201 5th Ave S / Nashville, TN, 37202

Rhoades Car will be exhibiting at The Healthy Living Expo in Nashville, TN on September 28-29, 2013. Stop by and check out the models on display!

We hope to see you there!

Link to event site: http://thehealthylivingexpo.com/nashville/

Click here to print your FREE tickets!

Southeast Sustainability Summit


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August 21-22, 2013
Wednesday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Thursday: 7:30 am – 3 pm
Holiday Inn World’s Fair / 525 Henley Street / Knoxville, TN 37902

Rhoades Car will be exhibiting at the Southeast Sustainability Summit in Knoxville, TN on August 21-22, 2013. Stop by and check out the models on display!

We hope to see you there!

Link to event site: http://tnenergy.org/event/ornl-southeast-sustainability-summit/

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.

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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.

Americans See Real Rewards from Workplace Wellness Programs


by Bill Pomakoy, Rhoades Car company president:

An interesting study was just released by Principal Financial (see below) regarding worksite wellness programs.  The study shows that an overwhelming majority of employees embrace appropriate corporate wellness programs.

Rhoades Car has an entire fleet of 4-wheel industrial quadracycles (4-wheel bikes) for companies looking to offer a healthy and efficient means of factory transportation as well as a way for employees to get a healthy workout while on morning/afternoon breaks, lunch, or after shifts.  Call us at 800-531-2737 and ask about our corporate health and wellness program for your company.

IMG_7966Here’s the article:

Employers offer incentives to increase program participation

DES MOINES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More American workers recognize the rewards of participating in workplace wellness programs, according to the latest Principal Financial Well-Being IndexSM: American Workers. Sixty-two percent of workers, up from 55 percent 2011, believe workplace wellness activities are successful in improving health and reducing health risks.

“In the wake of the financial crisis, which has left many companies stretched thin, maintaining a productive workforce is a priority for organizations.”

The index, which surveys American workers at growing businesses with 10-1,000 workers1, is released by the Principal Financial Group® and conducted by Harris Interactive®. These findings focusing specifically on wellness attitudes and behaviors among American workers were taken from the fourth quarter 2012 Index.

By taking advantage of workplace wellness offerings, American employees are approaching their work with more energy and motivation. Fifty-one percent of program participants feel wellness benefits encourage them to work harder and perform better, and another 59 percent of program participants say they have more energy to be productive at work as a result of their participation in employer-sponsored wellness programs.

IMG_0158“As wellness programs become more established in the workplace, we are seeing a growing number of employees appreciate – and expect – that their employer offers these benefits,” said Lee Dukes, president of Principal Wellness Company, a subsidiary of the Principal Financial Group. “In the wake of the financial crisis, which has left many companies stretched thin, maintaining a productive workforce is a priority for organizations.”

Nearly half (45 percent) of employees agree that an employer-sponsored wellness program would encourage them to stay in their current employment situation, up from 40 percent 2011. Additionally, 43 percent of participants say wellness programs have led them to miss fewer days of work, up eight percent from 2011. Despite the apparent benefits, about a third (34 percent) of workers still do not participate in any of the wellness programs offered by their employers.

Employer Incentives on the Rise

As wellness programs become more popular, employers are offering a variety of ways to encourage employees to participate. The survey shows the top three ways employees are encouraged by their employers to participate in wellness programs are: encouragement by management (20 percent), lower health insurance costs to those who participate (20 percent), or allotted time for participation during the workday (20 percent, up from 9 percent). Only a little more than a third (36 percent) say their employers do not offer any encouragement to participate in wellness benefits, a significant divergence from the previous three years, when about half of participants said their employer did nothing to encourage wellness program participation.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAParticipants also cited an increase in the following employer incentives:

Seventeen percent, up from 9 percent the previous year, say their employer offers contributions into a health savings account or health reimbursement account;

Sixteen percent, up from 12 percent the previous year, say their employer provides other financial incentives such as gift certificates or discounts for those who participate;

And 10 percent, up from 6 percent the previous year, report that their employer rewards additional paid time off from work to participants.

“It’s in every employer’s interest to have healthier, happier, more productive employees,” said Dukes. “Employers have to do more than offer wellness programs; in order to see the benefits, they have to incent participation.”

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 Wins Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year Award


For Immediate Release
May 2, 2011

Rhoades Car International Wins Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year Award

HENDERSONVILLE, TN — May 2, 2011 — Rhoades Car International, the nation’s leading 4-wheel bicycle manufacturer, received the coveted Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year Award at the Green Business Leadership Award ceremony on April 22, 2011 at the Nashville Convention Center.

Rhoades Car was recognized along with nine other individuals or organizations in various categories, including Nissan, for its Leaf electric car.  The awards were sponsored by Lipscomb University’s Institute for Sustainable Practice and the award winners were selected by a committee of business and non-profit representatives from within a statewide sustainable business roundtable.

“This award means so much because we have been on a mission to bring a safe and sustainable means of 4-wheel transportation to all industries,” noted Bill Pomakoy, President of Rhoades Car International.  “Rhoades Car 4-wheel Industrial Bikes are the perfect solution for industrial facilities looking to reduce emissions as well as lower factory vehicle acquisition and maintenance costs and the award acknowledges that.  I’m so proud of the entire Rhoades Car team who worked so hard to achieve this milestone,” he added.

Sustainability encompasses more than renewable products and energy.  Rhoades Car International has a multi-faceted approach to product development which includes innovative design, sustainable techniques, and a broad range of thoughtful uses for companies and individuals desiring to create a more sustainable environment.

The Rhoades Car Industrial line of 4-wheel bicycles supports sustainability beyond the traditional replacement of equipment within an industry.  According to Rhoades Car’s sustainability coordinator, Julie Alexander, the industrial line, when placed within a daily working routine for employees, induces a sustainable workforce.  “When a company shows they care about their employees’ health and wellness, employees have a more intrinsic reason for remaining in their current positions.  Exercise can boost employee morale, reduce stress, absenteeism, employee turnover, and overall costs of operations because companies who care create a sustainable workforce.”

In conjunction with creating a sustainable workforce, businesses can work with some insurance companies to reduce their insurance premiums by offering opportunities during the work day to exercise.  Rhoades Car bicycles provide employers and employees with the ability to exercise throughout the work day and the ability to increase profit margins. “Rhoades Car strives to convey an overall approach to wellness in the workplace as an opportunity to have fun while reaping the benefits of increased morale when utilizing these innovative 4-wheel bicycles during work hours,” continues Alexander.  “Being named the Tennessee Green Business Innovator of the Year is an honor, and hopefully will allow more businesses to hear about opportunities the Rhoades Car 4-wheel bikes offer working environments.”

Rhoades Car International, headquartered in Hendersonville, Tennessee, offers a unique line of four-wheel bicycles for residential and industrial use.  Celebrating its 20th year in business in 2011, 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 Julie@rhoadescar.com.

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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