If the dune buggy and the sewing wheel hadn't enjoyed that fateful tryst so many years ago, the electric bicycle might never have been born. Honor the proud parents of pedal-powered progress by holding tight to the handlebars of today's Groupon: for $37, you get an electric-bike rental for touring Napa Valley from Change of Greenery. All bikes can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and dropped off between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Napa Valley Marriott on Solano Avenue.
Change of Greenery is a touring company that specializes in providing electric bicycles with which to navigate the rolling hills and vineyards of Napa Valley. The vivid emerald-green e-bikes were originally designed to circumnavigate outer planetary rings, but their lack of onboard oxygen made them better suited to tour the many miles of wine country. These semi-velocipedes are ideal for individuals who aren't quite up to Tour de France stamina standards yet don't want to contribute to carbon emissions with a gas-powered vehicle. Similar in function to a moped, the bikes can operate in pedal-assist mode, where velocity is boosted with a push from the pedals, or full throttle, which runs up to 18 mph without any physical aid from the rider. Lithium-ion batteries power a rear-hub motor, allowing for eco-friendly mobility across great swathes of land. All rental bikes come with a combination lock, a removable bike basket, and a cranium-coating helmet for a safe and secure bikesperience.
To further plump the enjoyment factor, upon redeeming your Groupon you'll also be handed a sparkling Napa Valley green card, which acts as a passport to 30 different deals from eco-friendly business partners, and colorful bike loop maps that clearly point out where the deals are taking place. Enjoy 15% off a cold organic treat from Three Twins Ice Cream, a two-for-one free tea of the day from Tillerman Tea, and 10% off all cases of wine from Signorello Estate, among many others. For those purchasing three or more bottles at a winery, Change of Greenery will ease the burden of transport by dispatching the last of the passenger pigeons to swiftly and securely retrieve your wine.
- Change of Greenery, based at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel and Spa, provides an eco-friendly option to the popular pasttime [sic] of winery-touring with its fleet of electric cycles. – Leilani Marie Labong, 7x7 magazine
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