Bike rental store owners say electric models provide exercise option

The Spokesman-Review
By Cindy Hval
A new business in Mead offers adults the fun and freedom they remember from childhood bike rides, with a little help on the pedal power.
Brothers Joseph and Rob Welk recently opened Spokane Electric Bike Rental.

“I’ve been in the insurance business for 11 years,” said Rob Welk, a 1989 Rogers High School grad. “And people continually ask me how to reduce their health care costs. The answer is simply to get healthy.”

Exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle, but Welk said traditional bike manufacturers target consumers who are already fit. When he bought an electric bike two years ago, he said he realized how attractive this mode of transportation would be for nonathletes who wanted fresh air and exercise…
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