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Rhoades to Life – September Edition


Rhoades to Life – September Edition
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CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S ALMOST OCTOBER?

25th Anniversary Bike

We can’t believe it’s almost October, which means the last quarter of the year and great fall weather!  What does this mean to you?  It means you’ve only got a few more months to take advantage of the 25th Anniversary Silver Edition model!  This limited edition models comes with tons of upgrades and the limited edition sparkle paint that will only last through this year.  So although the year is almost over, you still have time to place your order and take advantage of this beautiful bike, proudly made right here in the USA!  Call today to order – 1-888-938-2272!

TESTIMONIAL

VegCycle

We love to hear and see the creativity that our customers have with our bikes.  Loa, from Cincinnati, OH, recently crowd-funded the very first “VegCycle.”  “The VegCycle™ campaign will help fund the construction, storage and maintenance of a portable hydroponic growing structure. We want to create a bicycle with a huge tray of plants on the back that are growing in nutrient rich water which is fed by fish that live below the plants. To complete the sustainable growing cycle, the pump that circulates the water between the fish and the plants will be powered by a solar cell.”

The picture above is one from the VegCycle team.  This is a really neat and impressive bike and we’re glad that we could help provide the quadracycle model for VegCycle and we hope they continue to have success in their community!  You can learn more about the VegCycle and their updates at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vegcycle-community-education#/.

MANAGER’S SPECIAL

PD 750 Electric Motor Assist

 

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 promotion on a few of our favorite things!  This month we’re crazy excited to share with you a deal that we’re offering current Rhoades Car owners – 20% OFF the PD750 Electric Motor Kit!!!  For the months of October and November, you can purchase our motor kit for ONLY $1,499 plus $80 shipping (regularly priced at $1,869 plus shipping).  This is a great addition to your Rhoades Car and really enhances the experience of riding a four-wheel bike.  Our electric-assist motor package includes all of the following components:

– 750 watt (1 hp) electric motor
– Handlebar-mounted thumb throttle control
– Motor controllerhttp://staticapp.icpsc.com/icp/loadimage.php/mogile/739480/22d01e237f0ad5a6c786df09e73bfc70/image/png
– Battery charger
– Waterproof cargo box (lockable)
– Battery straps
– Battery hookup wiring
– Mounting hardware
– Complete installation instructions

You’ve asked for it and now we’re standing by ready to take your order on this special deal, so please call 888-938-2272 in order to place your order today!


 

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.

www.RhoadesCar.com

Rhoades to Life – July Edition


Rhoades to Life – July Edition
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MID-YEAR REVIEW

25th Anniversary Bike

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

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

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

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

Bob W., Florida

MANAGER’S SPECIAL
Every month we like to share with you a product that our staff enjoys whether that’s for business or pleasure.  It’s our 25th year so we’re celebrating with our loyal customers and subscribers and allowing you to enjoy some discounts on a few of our favorite things!  This month we’re changing it up a bit!  We’re introducing the all-new Rhoades Car 30oz. tumbler!  This custom RTIC tumbler has the Rhoades Car logo on it and holds your beverage cold or hot for hours!  These are great for work, play, or both!  You can have it shipped directly to your door for just $39.99 (plus $7 shipping)!!!  These won’t last long so get them while they’re in stock (interested in having a cup holder at an additional cost of $20 for your Rhoades Car too?  We have you covered there, just mention it when you call).  To order, please call 1-888-938-2272 x700

Rhoades Car 30oz. tumbler

As always, we welcome guests at our Rhoades Car HQ here in Nashville, TN so send us an email to info@rhoadescar.com or give us a call at 888-938-2272 and set up an appointment.

Rhoades Car offers a unique line of 1, 2, and 4-person quadracycles with multiple speeds and an optional motor that provides sustainable transportation for families and industry, helps fight obesity, and provides a way for disabled people to exercise safely either alone or with loved ones or caregivers.  Celebrating its 25th year in business in 2016, the company relies on local suppliers that share the high quality craftsmanship philosophy to produce custom components for all of its 4-wheel “quad” bikes – proudly made in the USA.

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!

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 is the People’s Choice!


Written by: Julie Alexander

Recently, Rhoades Car President Bill Pomakoy, and Vice President of Marketing Phyllis Shelton attended the Eco-Expo in Chattanooga, TN to showcase the variety of 4-wheel bicycles Rhoades Car International creates.

The Eco-Expo is in its third year running, and its purpose is to educate patrons from Tennessee and Georgia about “products and services they can use to live greener lives, save money by living green, and participate in efforts to keep the region green,” (ChattanoogaEcoExpo.com).

Rhoades Car was a featured vendor at the expo, along with several other green companies showcasing their products and services.  The 2011 Expo spotlighted award-winning exhibits in four categories: creativity, resourcefulness, sustainability, and people’s choice.  The awards were designed by a local artist named Michael Wimmer who is known for his recycled and re-purposed 3-D artwork.

There were a thousand plus visitors to the expo this past year, and every one of them were asked to rate the vendors/exhibitors.  Amazingly, amongst several incredibly innovative companies, Rhoades Car International was voted, overwhelmingly, the People’s Choice Award!

It was an honor and a privilege to be named the People’s Choice, and we will not take it for granted.  We will continually strive to enrich people’s lives in a green and fun way.  Our brains are quite literally rolling with ideas and concepts to persistently improve our already unique line of “green producing machines” (and by machines, I do mean the people who happen to use our lovely product line!).

Eco-Expo: People's Choice Award

Bill and Phyllis Showcasing Our First People's Choice Award

 

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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