Pedaling a new business

Jupiter Jones launches Pedicab taxi service

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— Jupiter Jones has been an avid biker for a long time. Now, he wants to take people for a ride with him. Jones recently purchased a pedicab -- a bicycle with a small cab attached to it. Jones' and his wife's new business, Steamboat Pedicabs, offers local rides as well as historical tours and rides for special engagements like weddings. Jones can already be seen pedaling the pedicab around town, passengers in tow.

For now, short rides in a Steamboat Pedicab are free, and tips are encouraged, Jones said. Special rides, including the historical tour of the city, cost $40 an hour.

Jones first rode in a pedicab in San Diego, while vacationing with his wife, Barbara.

"I was intrigued when I realized it was a mountain bike with a seat," Jones said.

Jones was inspired to purchase his own pedicab, and start up a bike taxi service in Steamboat Springs. The bike buggies are quite popular in Denver.

Jones, a former Steamboat Springs Middle School teacher, opened Steamboat Powdercats with his wife in 1983. They sold the business four years ago.

Now Jones said he is enjoying the fun bike taxi service. Currently, he only has one pedicab.

Jones often runs the bicycle, and he also has independent contractors who rent it.

"We will be running it every day," Jones said.

Jones is looking for riders to run the bicycle at night when the bar crowds are

going home. "Imagine the tips you'd make," he said.

The historical bike tours include stops at the Tread of Pioneers Museum, as well as the first ski shop in town, a spot Jones said not many people know about. The building on Oak Street is no longer used as a ski shop.

The pedicab has more advanced operating mechanisms than a normal bike, Jones said.

It has a hydraulic disk brake from a go-cart on the axel, a differential from a garden tractor and a motorcycle battery to operate headlights, turning and brakes lights during nighttime rides.

Jones said the pedicab is easy to drive since it has 21 gears.

Advertisement space on the back of the pedicab will be available. Steamboat Motors has already purchased the space for $500 for the summer.

The cart can comfortably carry two adults, but three women or five children can fit, Jones said.

Rides are offered for Steamboat only, including the downtown and mountain areas. Interested parties can contact Jones at 846-7420 to schedule a ride.

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