Todd Ketch has had a busy summer season at his Pedego Electric Bikes store in Outdated City. Six months in the past, he was nervous that the pandemic was driving away too many locals and vacationers, however that enterprise has steadily gained velocity as fewer of his clients are commuting to the workplace and need to get round city quick with out parking points.
“It’s been a busy summer season, and I imagine it’s going to proceed proper into the autumn,” Ketch informed ALXnow. “It’s exhilarating, and fires off
these good endorphins within the mind. It’s addictive.”
Different shops, like Massive Wheel Bikes, have seen demand increase so much over the previous few months that there’s a waitlist for brand new bicycles.
Three fashions are available for purchase and hire at Pedego, ranging in value and facilities. Costs vary from $1,995 to $5,495 for bikes that may go as much as 60 miles on a single cost (with out pedaling) and journey at 20 miles per hour. One mannequin may even be retrofitted to journey 28 miles per hour. A single leases will value $100 for all the day, $70 for 4 hours or $40 for 2 hours.
Ketch, who’s a licensed Pedego supplier and never a franchisee, has been in enterprise at 210 N. Lee Road for 2 years. He’s a former lobbyist and authorities affairs government who left the world of politics behind after getting again surgical procedure and making an attempt out a Pedego bike. He’s married with 4 youngsters, lives in Woodbridge, and in the future needs to maneuver to Alexandria in order that he can commute to work on one in every of his bikes.
“The dream is to open up further areas within the not-to-distant future,” he mentioned. “I’m very joyful to have began right here in Alexandria. It was the very proper place to be and it’s obtained the right combination of residents and the proximity to Washington, D.C., and the paths and every thing else that you just need to have for this type of a store.”
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