Go Play: Colorado E-Bikes biz opens shop in downtown Grand Junction
WHAT: Colorado E-Bikes
WHEN: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (except Thursday, which is open until 8 p.m.)
WHERE: Brown’s Cycles, 549 Main St., Grand Junction
Add some zip to your commute with Colorado E-Bikes. Located in the back of Brown’s Cycles (549 Main St., Grand Junction), this ProdecoTech bike dealer offers 29 electric-bike models with both rigid and folding frames.
“It instantly makes you feel like you’re Lance Armstrong,” Colorado E-Bikes staffer Justin Manuppella said. “It enhances the experience, but it doesn’t do all the work for you. It makes you feel really strong going up hill.”
According to Justin, ProdecoTech e-bikes run on batteries and electric-assist motors, and go for an average of 25-35 miles before needing a charge (using a standard outlet). Electric bikes can also go up to 20 mph.
“You just plug it in,” he explained.
Colorado E-Bikes began selling electric bikes in downtown Grand Junction in July; this is their second family-run location — owner/operator Scott Manuppella began offering electric bikes about a year ago as part of DLM Distributing in Delta, Colo.
DLM Distributing focuses on selling infrared heating equipment, but adding Colorado E-Bikes to the mix just made sense to Scott because of its appeal.
“I’ve always been interested in electric bikes and then I bought one,” Scott said. “The next thing I knew, all my buddies had to have one. Then the company approached me, and I started carrying them in my store” at 1533 Hwy. 5 in Delta.
“People like to take them out in the back country to hunt and fish on them, and the bikes are used to commute instead of car.
“They’re still considered a non-motorized bicycle, and maintenance is extremely low.”
USA-made ProdecoTech e-bikes cost between $1,200 and $2,200 depending on model, plus they can be purchased for either road, off-road or a combination of both.
For more information, pop into Brown’s Cycles Tuesday through Saturday or visit http://www.coloradoebikes.com.
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