Leah Matters of Outrigger, Twin Towns resort on one of the Pedego electric bikes at Jack Evans Boat Harbour.
Leah Matters of Outrigger, Twin Towns resort on one of the Pedego electric bikes at Jack Evans Boat Harbour. John Gass

On your bike: Twin Towns staff cruising in style

STAFF and guests at Outrigger Twin Towns Resort have embraced a stylish electric bike that has generated a cult following in the US and which looks to become a common sight on the Tweed.

Since they were launched at the Coolangatta resort two months ago, general manager Leah Matters has been scooting about town in her trademark heels on The Pedego Bike, which can reach speeds of up to 25kmh.

"A 30-40 minute work trip now takes 15 minutes on the Pedego bike," enthuses Leah.

"You only need to pedal to kick in the electrics and every now and again to keep the motor engaged.

"They're so much fun to ride and from an environmental perspective, much more energy efficient than jumping in the car.

Twin Towns hires the bikes out to guests for $10 an hour or half-day hire starting from $40 or $49 for a full day.

"They have been popular with guests especially over the school holidays," Leah said.

"We've had a lot of families take them out."

The bikes, launched in California in 2007, boast a quiet 250-watt motor which is activated by pedalling.

The five levels of electric motor pedalling assistance are activated by a LCD control unit mounted on the handlebar.

On level one you pedal like you normally would on a push-bike but on level five you can climb a steep hill and barely break a sweat.

The bike's standard 36 Volt Lithium Polymer battery gets up to 50km travel and costs just five cents per charge which takes from between two to four hours.

But undoubtedly the bike's retro-styling has also contributed to its cool factor and the fact that a growing number of US celebrities have been snapped astride the Pedego.



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