JUPITER BIKE DONATES ELECTRIC BIKE TO LOCAL VETERAN
[TAMPA, FL] – To honor Veterans Day, Jupiter Electric Bikes is donating one of their fully equipped Discovery X7 folding electric bikes to VFW Post 2550 in Dunedin.
Jupiter Electric Bikes, a Tampa-based company, manufactures a full line of e-bikes equipped with streamlined motors designed to give extra power to riders when pedaling. The Discovery X7 features a 36-volt lithium-ion rechargeable battery mounted within the foldable frame which enables riders to go 30 miles or more before needing a recharge.
The Jupiter Bike products have been especially popular with veterans giving them the confidence to ride bikes and enjoy outdoor living with the assurance they can return home after a ride.
“Six months ago, I could hardly walk,” said Bill Turley, a United States Navy veteran living at MacDill Air Force Base.
Last November, Turley was diagnosed with a rare muscular disease known as vasculitis which resulted in a 30-pound loss of muscle mass. Because of his condition, Turley decided to purchase an e-bike to gain strength, purchasing the Defiant model from Jupiter Bike.
“My legs were so weak I could not pick up my foot to go up one step,” said Turley. “I knew I needed something that would help strengthen my legs.”
Turley entered the military in 1964 and proudly served as part of the amphibious United States Navy.
“I can now go out my front door and get on the Jupiter Bike and I can ride ten miles or so around the base with a nice wide bike path,” added Turley. “I love my Jupiter Bike in that I can adjust my gear and still get a good workout when I need to get it, and if you get tired, there’s that throttle button which is just tremendous to have.”
Sgt. Scott Smith of Clearwater has a similar story.
“I sat in my recliner for two years and didn’t get any exercise due to the pandemic and other circumstances,” said Smith. “I adopted a foster dog and was unable to walk it properly and that’s when I purchased my Jupiter Bike. Within 30 days, I was on the road back to mobility.”
Smith, who joined the United States Army in 1969 became a Staff Sargent and recon photographer during his military service. He is now a commander for americansforvets.org and serves as a partner for Jupiter Bike spreading the message of e-biking to veterans around the southeastern United States.
The Discovery X7 will be presented to the Dunedin VFW Post 2550 officers on Tuesday at the organization’s monthly meeting. Based on need, the officers have pre-selected a recipient who would most benefit from having an electric bike.
The bike will be equipped with accessories including a rear cargo rack, dual spring seat, a five-digit bike lock and chain, and a lightweight handlebar bag with waterproof cover.