What You'll Get
Bicycles gained popularity as a form of transportation due to horses' inability to perform wheelies and labradors' refusal to wear saddles. Ride a less lazy steel horse with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a four-hour electric-bike rental at Chattanooga Electric Bikes (a $35 value).
Chattanooga Electric Bikes' fleet of electric bikes takes the legwork out of cycling with battery-powered operation that allows riders to conquer steep inclines and endless roadways with sweat-free ease. The four-hour rental allows patrons to motor along the streets and sidewalks of the downtown area in three modes of operation: riders can give calories their walking papers by switching off the motor entirely, meet grueling hills halfway with battery-assisted pedaling, or switch on full battery power to reserve strength for leg pressing vans out of premium parking spots. When running off the battery, these bikes do not exceed 20 miles per hour and are not classified as motor vehicles, so renters 12 and older may ride worry free. Each rental provides a lock and insurance to protect against theft or damage and a helmet to protect heads against low-flying pterodactyls.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 5, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required. Must be 12 or older. Must sign waiver. Subject to availability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Chattanooga Electric Bikes
After spying his first electronic bike while teaching in China, owner Garnet Caldwell vowed to bring the unique and potentially revolutionary vehicles to his hometown. He told the Times Free Press, "These bikes are for people who just want to get out and ride," explaining that they can go about 20 miles before needing to be charged and, like a championship racewalker, can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour.
The bikes, available at the shop for rental or sale, come in all sizes and run off a battery that is recharged via a traditional wall outlet. Chattanooga Electric Bikes caries models from Ezip, Izip, Stromer, and Pedego, as well as conversion kits to help traditional two-wheelers to make the jump to electric. Certified technicians ensure bikes are held to the highest safety standards and don't become sentient, and they can service any brand of electric bicycle.