Surf Monkey employee Kalin and Surf Monkey's owner Jake told me about the bike and showed me how it works. The bike is equipped with a powerful 48-volt battery that can last up to 40 miles with pedal assist. The throttle on the right handle allows you to control how much power is delivered to the bike, and the speedometer on the left handle helps you judge your speed.
The speedometer tells you how far you’ve traveled and also has a USB port, which allows you to charge your phone or device while on the go. The bike has a seven-speed gearshift for easy pedaling and allows you to enjoy your ride without holding the throttle in place. The bike also comes with SRAM disc brakes for powerful and reliable braking.
I took the bike out, and I was a little nervous at first, but after about five minutes of riding, I became very comfortable; I even got it up to top speed, 20 miles an hour! I rode around the bay, Paradise Point, SeaWorld, Sunset Point, Belmont Park and, of course, the boardwalk.
The entire time, I could hear people talking to each other about the bike and asking “is that electric or motorized?” When we stopped along the bay, a couple tourists asked if they could get a picture with one of the Pedego bikes.
By the time we headed back to Surf Monkey Bikes, I wanted to add a Pedego to my wish list. As these bikes retail for nearly $2,900, Kalin mentioned that if you do want to purchase one of the bikes, the amount you spend on each one of your rentals goes toward your bike purchase (what a great incentive!). If you enjoy being outside, you must check out these Pedego electric bikes. You won't be disappointed.
Bianca Weinstein is the social media reporter for sdnews.com. This spring and summer, she will be exploring places on the coast and trying out fun things to do for locals and visitors. Contact her at [email protected]
Electric bike tour
Where: Surf Monkey Bikes, 853 Grand Ave.
What: Electric bike rentals ($32 for the entire day)
Contact: surfmonkeybikes.com or (858) 270-6600