Pedego bike shop under new ownership

Matthew Coop took over the e-bike store Pedego in August 2019.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – Pedego in Steamboat Springs offers e-bike rentals, sales, and just about everything you need for a two-wheeled summer adventure. But new owner Matthew Coop said the business isn’t just about summer or e-bikes.

“Obviously my bread and butter are my rental bikes in the summer,” Coop said of the business he bought in August 2019. bikes.”

Coop, a former teacher, and his wife, Courtney, a former registered nurse, moved to Steamboat in August 2018 with their 8-year-old daughter, Keira. Shortly after arriving, the couple bought a Merry Maid franchise, but Coop continued to look for another place to invest.

Coop purchased Pedego late last summer from Linda John and Bruce Caplowe, who opened the store at 345 Lincoln Ave. in July 2016.

In addition to the bikes on its showroom floor, Pedego customers will also find a winter line of Billabong apparel, as well as offerings from Shinesty, a Boulder-based apparel manufacturer that makes snow pants, ski overalls, jackets as well as base layers, underwear and hats.

Coop also offers bike accessories ranging from water bottles to mudguards and bags. A wall in the store is lined with Bernese helmets, along with a selection of Billabong sunglasses and goggles.

In the summer, guests can hire a range of Pedego bikes, including the poplar Interceptor, Boomerang, Stretch and a tandem bike. In winter, Coop offers a fat-tire e-bike and a mountain bike for hire.

Coop said it also offers daily, weekly and monthly rentals and is currently considering bringing scooters to Steamboat in the future.

The shop, open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will continue to offer electric bike rides in the city. Destinations include Fish Creek Falls, Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and Lake Catamount.

“E-bikes are a great way for people to get out and see Steamboat Springs,” Coop said. “Older people have come to tell me that these things have changed their lives. They can actually go out and hang out with their family or whatever, and they can go up and down hills.

Most of the bikes offered at Pedego are considered Class 2, which are throttle bikes that can reach up to 20 mph. There are also Class 1 bikes that provide power as the rider pedals and Class 3 bikes that can help riders reach speeds of up to 28 mph.

In addition to rentals, Coop will have a few bikes for sale in its store and will order any Pedego bike for customers looking to buy. The store also has a limited selection of Stiga sleds, snowmobiles and Onewheel electric scooters for sale.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

Maria R. Newman