Stehekin Valley Ranch, located in Stehekin, Washington at the roadless end of Lake Chelan, has teamed up with a Seattle-based company, Rad Power Bikes, to provide electric bicycles for rent in the Stehekin Valley.
The bicycles are the fat tire variety and come with a 750-watt motor and a 10.6 amp hour battery to assist the the propulsion of the bike, which is also equipped with a 7-speed gear system for pedal power and capable of speeds up to 20 miles per hour. The 4″ diameter tires and the front suspension make them an ideal bike for the local road which is a combination of blacktop and gravel.
“These bikes are the perfect compliment to the other options available for transportation in the Stehekin Valley,” stated Cliff Courtney, the owner of Stehekin Valley Ranch. “We are pleased to have partnered with a Seattle-based company that provides these durable bikes at a very reasonable cost. Rad Power Bikes only sells bicycles directly to the public, but they are happy to work with us so that folks can try these bikes before they buy.”
Stehekin Valley Ranch is off-grid, and gets its power from a solar array. When the bikes are plugged in to charge, they are using the “green” energy from the solar panels as well, so folks can feel great about their minimal impact on the environment, too, explained Courtney.
Stehekin has 16 miles of road which passes many trail heads and points of interest such as the Stehekin Bakery, Rainbow Falls and the Buckner Orchard and accesses the homes and businesses of the 80 plus people that live there year around. The speed limit on the road is only 25 miles per hour and is shared by motor vehicles, pedestrians, mountain bikes and the popular Polaris Rangers, which are also available for rent in the valley.
“The bicycles can be bought online or directly from their Seattle location, where they will assemble them and tune them for you,” Courtney stated. “The neat part is that they will even deduct the amount you have paid for rent from your purchase price up to $50.”
Stehekin Valley Ranch is a unique wilderness getaway located adjacent to North Cascades National Park in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Getting there is much like visiting an island since the main access is up 50-mile long Lake Chelan on a commercial boat. There are other ways in as well which include private boats, airplanes, by trail or even by helicopter.
(Submitted by Bethany Gerhard)