Cape Cod Cycle Tour

American Eagle Cycles will be hitting the road on June 9th for a tour around Cape Cod! AE Cycles will be going to several different bicycle rental shops along Cape Cod to showcase the Freedom Classic.

Among these popular rental shops are Arnold’s Bike Shop, PTown Bikes, and Mike’s Rental Bike Shop.

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The first stop will be PTown Bikes, located at 42 Bradford St in Provincetown, at 11 a.m. Around 12:30 p.m., our second stop will be Arnold’s Bike Shop, located at 329 Commercial St. Provincetown, to let patrons take a ride on our one-of-a-kind cycle! At 3 p.m., we will visit Mike’s Bike Rental Shop located at 8 Canal Rd in Orleans, Mass.

If you live up by the Cape, come by these shops at those times to take the ride of your life on our cycle! And if you were just looking for a day to escape to the Cape? Make it next Tuesday, June 9th and include a fun, free spin around sunny Provincetown in your vacation day!

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Mass Innovation Nights

The Freedom Cycle was one of eleven featured products at Mass Innovation Nights (MIN) this past Tuesday, November 12. MIN is a monthly event designed to help local innovators increase the buzz around new products and companies. This month’s event was at GameOn in Boston, MA (right next to Fenway) and it featured companies that are all about fun and games. It was the 56th event for MIN but was our first time attending. The turn out was great and we were thrilled with the experience.

We showed up to the event early to get a prime location to setup the Freedom Cycle. Never having attended one of these events, we were unsure what to expect. The results were fantastic with a great turnout and lots of folks interested in the Freedom Cycle and what we are doing. We had all different types of people with varying interests; some were entrepreneurs, some were angel investors, designers, and potential customers. Overall, we walked away with new contacts that want to provide more exposure for FREE, a couple interested investors (which was not at all expected), great input from younger bike riders intrigued by our new design,  and a potential sale. Needless to say, this was one of the most successful events we’ve attended thus far.

We’d like to extend a personal thank you to Bobbie Carlton and her team for making this event possible and inviting us to participate!

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Slim Your Waistline, Not Your Wallet

I recently heard a simpleCycling argument for trading your car in for a cycle. It was short and to the point, but made the point better than any other I had heard. Cars run on money and make you fat, while bikes run on fat and save you money. Who can argue with that?

Biking has many obvious health benefits and is much better for the environment than the one billion cars that are on the road today. With the push to have fewer cars on the road, people often overlook one of the biggest persuading factors of all, money.

Trading in your car for a cycle or e-cycle will drastically cut your expenses and save you a great deal of money in the long run. Driving off the lot in your shiny new car is a great feeling… until you receive your first car payment and continue to spend a large portion of your income on it for years to come. Aside from the initial cost of the vehicle, there are insurance costs, car maintenance, and for those working and living in the city, high parking costs. Not to mention after several years the vehicle is worth no where near what you paid for it. Add to that high gas prices, and you realize your car is a money pit!

Even hybrid models like the Toyota Prius cost on average $5,000 per year for ownership (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/what-that-car-really-costs-to-own/index.htm). The Freedom Cycle starts at $2,499.00, saving you $2,500 right off the bat without ever having to worry about gas or insurance. Instead of burning through your paycheck, you will be burning calories and well on your way to a healthier you. Cycling will also save you money in long term healthcare costs by keeping you in shape and out of the doctor’s office.

If you prefer to keep your waist line slim and not your wallet, it’s time to start your daily commute on a cycle.

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Visit to MSNBC Studios

Exciting news at American Eagle Cycles, Inc.! Thursday, July 18th President Gary Webster and Vice President Lisa Lococo traveled to NBC Studios in Rockefeller Plaza for the taping of the Elevator Pitch segment of Your Business which aired Sunday, July 21st.

Gary and Lisa had 60 seconds to pitch American Eagle Cycles, Inc. to business experts Colleen DeBaise and Carey Smith followed by a discussion with them. After the pitch, Colleen expressed her delight that the Freedom Cycle is a product that caters to those limited by age or disability by saying, “that part really spoke to me”. Carey Smith noted that with the oncoming generation of baby boomers facing the issue of how to stay active and healthy as they age, the Freedom Cycle is addressing something very interesting at the right time. Overall, the feedback was positive.

Take a look for yourself and tell us what you think!

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Stay Happy and Healthy by Cycling

It is no secret that as we age maintaining our health becomes more and more important. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to improve and maintain ones health. However, many types of exercise become too strenuous and often times feel like a chore. Activities like running and aerobics place stress on our joints and can start to become dangerous. While some exercises lose their practicality, cycling always remains a great exercise option, especially for active adults. New recumbent cycles, such as the Freedom Cycle make cycling even safer by keeping riders closer to the ground and providing more stability.

The benefits of cycling are endless. Often times we find ourselves moving less as we age, and as a result our body’s circulation slows. Cycling is great for your heart and a low impact way to get your blood pumping and get a great cardiovascular workout. It is also known to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Cycling is a great way to increase muscle strength without placing stress on your joints.

Cycling also helps fight some of today’s most dangerous ailments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that activities such as cycling have been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, and some cancers.

It is a great option for those looking to lose weight. Strenuous exercise may be too hard on ones body but cycling is a great way to burn calories and increase your metabolism with little risk of injury. If you’re overweight and/or injured, sit comfortably in a Freedom Cycle and pedal the pounds away.

It is also great for your mental health. Going for a ride is a great way to reduce stress and boost endorphins that enhance your mood. So next time you want to do something good for yourself, go for a ride and improve your physical and mental heath at the same time. Best of all, it’s fun!

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The Freedom Cycle Experience

As children, many people have fond memories of riding bicycles around the neighborhood and on vacation. With age, bodies change, and many of us lose the ability to get back on a bike. Balancing becomes increasingly challenging and the tiny triangle-shaped seat becomes intolerable.

While on vacation in Cape Cod, Joan (age 71) realized that she was no longer able to balance on a two-wheel bicycle. With a love for cycling and the desire to ride with her grandson, she knew she needed to start looking at alternative solutions.

Joan came to us to check out our new adult tricycle to see if it might fit her needs.

This is Joan’s Experience with the American Eagle Cycles Freedom Cycle:

Q1: What was your reaction when you first saw the cycle?

Joan: At first, I felt intimidated; it is much bigger than my bicycle. I was apprehensive to take it for a ride.

AEC: Like some, she had her apprehensions when she first saw the trike; she was intimidated by the size. At 31” wide and 84” long, it seems a lot bigger than the average bicycle but it’s only as wide as the average person’s shoulders, and the length seems less intimidating once you are actually on it.

Q2: What did you think after you got on the cycle?

Joan: I adjusted the seat for my leg length and I got on the trike with ease. I was surprised that it was no trouble at all to get on and off. The seat was very comfortable and I felt stable.

 AEC: Unlike traditional bicycles, this cycle is custom designed for maximum comfort. No more tiny, triangle-shaped seats that are uncomfortable and difficult to sit on. The seat is ergonomically designed so the rider’s weight is distributed evenly over a large area and includes lumbar support. The seat also slides back and forth to accommodate riders from 5′ to 6’2″.

Q3: Once you rode the cycle, what was the ride like and what did you think of the steering?

Joan: Maneuvering the trike was easy. As I pedaled faster and faster, I took sharp turns without feeling like I might tip over. It was easy stopping the trike too with brakes on both sides of the steering handle. And unlike my experience at the Cape on my two-wheeler, I didn’t need to worry about falling over when I stopped.

 AEC: The Freedom Cycle requires no balance; it is self supporting. The low center of gravity makes it even more stable; allowing sharper turns without feeling like you might tip over. With steering at your sides it is easy to maneuver and very intuitive.

Q4: What was your overall experience?

Joan: All my intimidation and apprehension faded away as I felt the wind in my face. I didn’t want to get off the trike; I felt like I could ride forever. After my ride, I feel like I regained some sense of independence I thought I might have lost. It feels great knowing that I can keep up my active lifestyle.

Here at American Eagle Cycles, our goal is to allow you to get back out in nature and enjoy outdoor exercise, to once again feel the wind in your hair and sun on your face.

Gone are the days of sitting uncomfortably on a bicycle for extended periods of time. With the Freedom Cycle, you can easily go where the day takes you, while staying active, social, and healthy. Where will the Freedom Cycle take you?

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Networking is the Key to Your Success

While networking seems like an obvious advantage, many people seem to underestimate it’s value. Throughout the development of our business, networking has always been an idea in the back of our minds. We’re always open to meeting new people, but didn’t realize until looking back on the pattern of events how much networking had really helped us.

When I refer to networking here, I don’t mean attending specific networking events or business gatherings (although those are equally beneficial). What I mean by networking is talking to anyone and everyone you know, starting with the people that are most likely to lead you in the right direction.

Whenever we meet with a friend or business associate, we discuss the company status and what we need to continue moving forward. At the end of a meeting we always ask the same question: “Do you know anyone that could help us or anyone that we should be talking to?” In general, we usually leave a meeting with two or three new names to contact. While some of the contacts end up leading us in the wrong direction or to a dead end, every once in a while we strike gold. And finding one of those people is worth the time spent with less helpful people that lead you there.

In the last year, we have met with more than 50 people to discuss funding opportunities with our new company. The majority of the people we met once and haven’t spoke to since. However, if we hadn’t met with all of those people we probably wouldn’t have been introduced to the handful of people that have been instrumental in keeping us moving forward. I can’t even begin to express how much appreciation we have for these individuals.

Lastly, be aware that everyone you meet will have an opinion about what you say and how you should say it. If you talk to five investors, they will probably have five different opinions. They key is to go with your first instinct and listen to the opinion that makes the most sense for you and your business. However, if all five people are saying the same thing, chances are you’re doing something wrong and they are right.

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