Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Family's Making Wheel Progress with New Bike; ENTREPRENEURS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Family's Making Wheel Progress with New Bike; ENTREPRENEURS

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Byline: coreena ford coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

AGRANDFATHER who created a bike business inspired by his grandson is now moving through the gears of expansion through the launch of a range of new foldable eBikes.

Joe Mulcahy officially reached retirement age four years ago, but he's now back in business, tapping into skills he first acquired as an apprentice engineer 50 years ago.

The 70-year-old, of Chester-le-Street, is the founder of Pedibal Ltd, the makers and suppliers of three-inone bikes which are selling all over the world.

Aided by his son Garry, he has designed a new range of fullyfoldable eBikes under the successful Pedibal brand, originally inspired by his grandson.

The new range of eBikes are set to go on sale later this year and offer riders the chance to get the full benefit of a commuter bike with the added bonus of an electric motor for extra power and speed.

It is expected that the new range of eBikes, which come in white and black with leather fabric accessories and hand-grips, will be sold direct to customers or via the government's Cycle to Work Scheme.

Pedibal has sold the innovative three-in-one balance to pedal bikes to individuals, schools and organisations across the world since 2014. He was inspired to engineer the business after tracking down a suitable balance bike for his grandson, who has dyspraxia, a neurological condition which affects sufferers' mobility and coordination.

Mr Mulcahy said: "When I started Pedibal I had no intention of settling down into retirement.

"I was looking at ways to innovate bike design following an experience I had helping my grandson to learn to ride at an older age due to his dyspraxia challenge.

"The response to the three-in-one bike from our customers in locations such as Norway, Denmark, France and Holland really inspired me to look at new and alternative ways to use bikes to transform lives.

"e-bikes have really exploded into the market recently as many people have recognised that an e-bike can provide the perfect solution to manage commutes.

"Employees use their own vehicular transport to and from work, as often public transport is inconvenient or unavailable for work location and can also take much longer, even for short distances. …

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