Hybrid bicycles that look like antique cars were showcased Wednesday at the Green Business Summit at Lipscomb University. Rhoades Cars are four-wheel bicycles made in Hendersonville, according to ownerMore >>
Hybrid bicycles that look like antique cars were showcased at the Green Business Summit at Lipscomb University.More >>
HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A unique Hendersonville-made creation has kept friends and fans pedaling for nearly 20 years. The Rhoades Car is a four-wheel bicycle that drives like a car and can carry up to four people at once.
Bill Pomakoy and wife Phyllis have had the ride of their life with that bike.
"You can have fun riding side by side next to someone you really like and get exercise," said Bill Pomakoy, president of Rhoades Car International.
The four-wheel peddling idea was started by their neighbor, David Rhoades, in the 1990s, but when he died in 2009, the business closed shop.
"That's when we looked at everything David did over 18 years and said, 'Let's make this business go again,' and we started it up in March 2010," Bill Pomakoy said.
The husband and wife passengers were about to become business partners.
"Really, then I thought about it, he'd help me build my dreams for a number of years, and I wanted to help him have his dream," Phyllis Pomakoy said.
Now, the vehicles are handmade everyday in Hendersonville in the shop behind the Pomakoys' home.
Chris Mann figures he's built more than 2,000 of all different designs and seating arrangements. If you want it, he will make it.
"Headlights, turn lights, turn signals, horns," he said.
Mann will even put a motor on it, if the chain doesn't spin your wheels to the desired speed you need.
It's the vehicle that can bring families together, literally side-by-side, which for some may not be a selling point.
"I tell people, 'If you don't like your grandkids, you don't want a Rhoades Car, because you never will be able to get rid of them,'" Bill Pomakoy said.
Rhoades Cars start at $1,300, and the fine-tuned motorized four-wheelers run about $7,000. The price difference is really all about how hard you want to put that pedal to the metal.