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Best Gifts for Fitness Lovers 2015

Ah, the holidays. While the holiday season is the time to relax and enjoy your friends and family, more often than not it turns into quite the opposite – a hectic time, with piling bills and too many friends to shop for!

If you have a health or fitness fanatic in your life, we have some solutions to end your present panic (pun most certainly intended).

FOR THE RUNNER

The snow may not have come quite yet, but it will. Do you think that will stop the runners in your life? No. Way. To prepare them for the long winter runs, give New Balance Long Sleeved Tops ($75). Long lasting, comfortable and extremely warm, these shirts are worth every penny.

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Shop New Balance here.

FOR THE HEALTH FOODIE

If your friend or family member talks constantly about how they’re going paleo or their weekly visits to the farmers market, consider giving them a CSA membership. CSA (or Community Supported Agriculture) memberships can be paid up front and your foodie friend can enjoy a seasons’ worth of organic food on you!

Organic Food

Learn more about CSA memberships here.

FOR THE HIKER

The hardcore hiker, like the runner, will not be taking off the winter. In fact, they’ll be looking for slicker, steeper mountains to climb! Make sure they can take on any terrain with these Kahtoola Microspike Traction shoes.

Hiking Shoes

Find these amazing kicks here.

FOR THE CYCLIST

Now to OUR area of expertise! For your intense cyclist, a pair of eyes on the back of their bike is exactly what they need to keep safe. Invest in a Cycliq Fly6 Tail Light, found here, to keep them safe as it gets darker more quickly.

Road Light

For the cyclist who had to retire their cycle for whatever reason – fitness level, back problems, other injuries or illness – consider giving them the gift of cycling again.

How? With an American Eagle Cycle tricycle. Our revolutionary, customized adult tricycle will give your friend of family member the thrill and exercise that they once got from their bike, while keeping them safe and comfortable.

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Shop American Eagle Cycles models here.

No matter what your fitness fiend loves to do, make sure to keep them safe and healthy in 2016 with one of these dependable fitness gifts!

Interested in an American Eagle Cycles tricycle? Feel free to call 1-877-629-2537 or email tessa@aecycles.com to learn more about giving the gift of excitement, safety and freedom to your loved one this holiday season.

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The Weight of the Situation: The Trick to Getting Your Daily Exercise

With the holiday season right around the corner, we all know the concept of weight gain all too well – leftover Halloween candy turns into Thanksgiving pie which turns into holiday baked goods and some New Years champagne.

We’ve all been through those three months of food temptation.

Americans, in particular, are especially familiar with this weight conundrum – the U.S. is currently the most obese country, with over 1/3 of our population living with obesity.

The reason we’re the frontrunners of the worldwide weight issues is easy to see when our lifestyle is compared to, let’s say, a European lifestyle.

Europeans do not rely so much on the fast-food diet that so many Americans rely upon. Their food is unprocessed, immediately making it 100 times better than your average fast food meal.

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More importantly, the activity level of America is lower than some of our foreign counterparts. In 2013, the U.S. reached more than 40% of our population being active – a fantastic statistic!

However, when such a large amount of our population is obese, the number of active individuals needs to be much higher to combat the weight of the country’s obesity problem.

The solution seems easy enough: more Americans need to get out and get their daily exercise. But this is not a simple answer for all Americans.

Weight, injury, illness and a variety of other reasons prevent many individuals from getting on a treadmill or bicycle, going for a run, or playing sports. With so many methods of exercise unavailable to some people, it’s not surprising that they simply do not exercise.

This is an increasingly dangerous problem – and American Eagle Cycles has a great solution.

Our Freedom Cycle is designed to provide safe, low-impact exercise for those who cannot participate in traditional forms of exercise. The sturdy bucket seat allows riders to cycle in comfort without any fear of falling and our easy steering and shifting functions make your ride a breeze.

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Without the hassles and discomforts of a traditional bicycle, our Freedom Cycle helps you get your recommended exercise and all the benefits that come with it. The cardiovascular exercise of cycling is proven to reduce cholesterol, strengthen your heart and reduce blood pressure, all of which greatly lower your risk for complications like diabetes and stroke.

To accommodate for all riders, American Eagle Cycles even provides custom models. We make these customized cycles especially for you, so your tricycle can adjust to your unique body type and you can ride in the most ideal comfort.

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A healthy lifestyle isn’t a “One Size Fits All” deal.

At American Eagle Cycles, we understand that traditional exercise is not for everyone – but we think that health and happiness should be for everyone.

If the thought of balancing on a painful bicycle seat or running miles on a treadmill makes you shiver, stop torturing yourself with exercise that isn’t for you. Exercise should be fun, safe and comfortable – and that’s what we were thinking when we made our Freedom Cycle just for you.

Visit www.aecycles.com to learn more about all our tricycle models and email sales@aecycles.com or call 1-877-629-2537 with any questions, comments or concerns.

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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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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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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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The Value of Free Labor

When building a business on a very limited budget, free labor is absolutely invaluable. Why pay for something when you can get it for free, right? While most people think that a free version can’t possibly be as good as the $100 version which can’t be as good as the $1,000 version, that’s not always the case. Sometimes the free version is every bit as good, if not better.

A great example of this is unpaid interns. While there are plenty of students who intern solely to have a job to put on their résumés, there are also some really great ones that are eager to help and learn whatever they can. We recently had a great experience working with business students at Westfield State University.

For the past 18 months, we had been trying to come up with a really great name for our new adult tricycle. We held numerous brainstorming sessions in-house and didn’t come with up with anything we really liked. We came up with a few good options, but none that really “wowed” us. After several attempts involving different people connected to the company, we decided maybe it was time to bring in a professional. We looked into a variety of naming companies and the cheapest one we found was going to cost a minimum of $10,000; and they wouldn’t even guarantee our satisfaction. This was simply not an option with our limited budget. So we tried a few more brainstorming sessions and still came up short. After contemplating it for a while, we decided that we needed to bring in a fresh perspective; people who had no knowledge of the company or product and therefore had a completely unbiased opinion. We reached out to the marketing and business clubs at Westfield State University and they were eager to help. The professors thought it would be a great opportunity for the students to get some real world experience and the free labor fell perfectly within our budget.

Going to the school for the focus group, we were skeptical as to what the session might bring; we weren’t sure if we would get anything valuable out of it or if it was going to be a waste of time. The meeting started out slow and quiet but once they got going, several of the students got really into it. Not only were they throwing out tons of names, but they were eager to suggest add-ons, accessories, and future models too. Some of the ideas they were producing were inline with ours but they also came up with several new names that hadn’t occurred to us. While we didn’t find that one name that really stands out as THE name for our trike, we have a much more solid list of names we like and also a list of commercial ideas, slogans, and future products. Overall, it was a great experience that was well worth our time and the students were very grateful to be given an opportunity to work with a real company. We may have also found a couple future employees.

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