Health & Wellness Trendsetters are leading the way in helping people live healthier, happier lives by learning how to deal with stress, changing their eating and exercise habits so that they can maintain a healthy weight, and keep their bodies moving.
Bob Bibee is the owner of Pedego Bikes in Irvine, California. Pedego Irvine is a family owned and operated business. Bob and his wife are Southern California natives and have made Irvine their home since 1996.
Pedego is the biggest and best brand of electric bikes in America because it believes in putting people first. Making great electric bikes is just the beginning. The company’s approach is that “To be truly great, a company has to stand for something. Pedego stands for you.”
Pedego’s motto is “hello, fun” because everyone loves to have fun. It’s a universal language. According to Bob, Pedegos are the greatest electric bikes on earth because they’re the most fun to ride.
Pedego Irvine sells and rents electric bikes and also offers guided tours for groups and corporate functions.
Health & Wellness Trendsetters:
Interview with Bob Bibee
1. What is your background?
I am a Southern California native. I grew up in Manhattan Beach and have never lived outside of So Cal. After college, I began a career in aerospace – spent about a dozen years on the aircraft side and then about a dozen more on the satellite side. I’ve always been an active person. I’ve played tons of sports, surfed for years, competitively races open water kayaks and outrigger canoes. I commute on a bike and regularly hit with a local tennis pro.
2. What inspired/motivated you to get into the health and wellness field?
Well, after spending nearly 25 years in aerospace (and never liking it – clearly wasn’t a good fit for me), it was time to pull the plug and re-invent myself. While doing some sole searching, I was invited to do a 32 mile bike tour through LA. I loved it!
My quest was to create something similar in Orange County. While researching the possibility, I crossed paths with Pedego Electric Bikes. While intrigued, I was – being a traditional bike rider – of the opinion that electric bikes were goofy, for lazy people and that I like to pedal. Well, about a half block into my first test ride, the light bulb went bright. I instantly thought about people who could commute by bike, but don’t because they don’t have shower at the office. I thought about all those people (avid cyclist included) who use their cars for every errand, regardless of how short. I thought about those who cannot otherwise ride a bike (hip/knee issues, can’t have elevated heart or respiratory rates, etc…)
The following week I scheduled a meeting with the founder/CEO of Pedego. The rest is history.
3. What is most rewarding to you about your profession?
Getting people commuting on bikes and using bikes for errands rather than cars has been a personal quest for years. Now I’m seeing that come fruition. Working with people with physical issues that prevent people from riding bikes and now getting them back on a bike…well…that is just an amazing feeling and so rewarding.
We’re also seeing groves of couples, where in many cases one is an avid rider or competitive tri-athlete and the other doesn’t ride, now ride together. This becomes what they do. They travel with their bikes and explore.
4. As a trendsetter, what do you predict will be the next big trend in your industry?
The trend is pretty well defined. The electric bike industry is at a very healthy growth rate. People are finding that e-bikes are super fun and offer whatever level of exercise you’re looking for. You can pedal as hard or as little as you want. Bottom line, you’re pedaling.
When people say e-bikes are for lazy people, my response is e-bikes are for active people, cars are for lazy people.
5. What tips/advice would you give for someone trying to achieve optimal health?
Keep moving! Don’t play a soccer video game, play soccer. If you’re trying to lose weight, there is a super simple approach; eat less, move more. Go with several small meals a day and avoid the large coma inducing meals
6. What is your favorite healthy meal?
Wow, so many to choose from. Lately, I’ve been really enjoying just a simple veggie/gluten free pasta with some grilled chicken and broccoli. I know, it’s kinda boring, but super good.