Whether you’re squeezing the last moments of fun out of summer or planning fall adventures, E-volve Adventure Rentals is your go-to source for a unique and exciting way to explore and enjoy Globe and the surrounding areas. At E-volve, you can rent a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or kayak to paddle Roosevelt Lake, or rent an e-bike to tour downtown Globe/Miami or cruise the Pinal Mountains or the Besh Ba Gowah archaeological park. E-bikes are a unique, fun, healthy, environmentally friendly, and easy way to experience the best of the Copper Corridor.
Owner Regina Ortega-Leonardi, a native of Globe, operates the mobile-based e-bike rental company to provide a fun way to enhance fitness, well-being, exploration, and recreation in a locale she loves.
An E-Bike Primer
If you’ve never ridden an e-bike, you might wonder how they work – and why they’re currently the world’s best-selling electric vehicle, outselling electric cars two to one.
Electric bikes use a battery-powered motor to assist the movement of the pedals, making riding the bicycle less taxing – and a lot more fun. E-volve offers three different types of popular RadRover e-bikes, which are available for hourly and daily rentals on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and for multi-day rentals Monday through Thursday.
E-volve’s bikes can be used in throttle-only mode, meaning the bike is completely powered by the motor, or with five levels of pedal assist. At the lower levels, it’s like a steady hand guiding your ride, while you provide some of the power. Use higher levels or throttle-only to climb steep hills effortlessly or for an exhilarating ride that propels you to a top speed of 20 miles per hour.
The bikes have fat tires, making them perfect for city streets as well as trails. They rent for $25 for an hour, with discounted rates for additional hours, up to eight hours for $90. E-volve also offers two Radmini models, which fold for easy transporting.
Start your e-bike tour of the area by easily exploring the hilly streets of downtown Globe, where you can feast on mouth-watering Mexican food, marvel at the beautiful old Gila County Courthouse turned arts center, shop at unique specialty boutiques, or enjoy a decadent dessert to fuel the next leg of your adventure. Best of all, E-volve e-bikes make our surrounding mountains accessible for everyone, no matter your fitness level.
Another perfect place to explore by e-bike is the 200-room prehistoric pueblo Besh-Ba-Gowah. Located a mile southwest of Globe, the partially restored ruins offer a look into the lifestyle of the Salado people, who occupied the region more than two centuries before Columbus “discovered” America.
Another fun e-bike adventure is simply exploring the neighborhoods above Globe as you let your e-bike do the work of climbing the hills while you sight-see your way around, visiting the different neighborhoods. Or you might decide to stop for coffee and a bit of shopping in the historic district.
SUP and Kayak Adventures
Through September, E-volve also rents kayaks and SUPs to enjoy on Roosevelt Lake. There’s no better way to cruise this 24-mile reservoir on the Salt River, offering open waters for paddling, miles of shoreline, and beautiful beaches, as well as lots of small coves and canyons for viewing wildlife. Starting just below Roosevelt Dam, paddlers can enjoy calm and peaceful waters that travel through a scenic canyon to Apache Lake.
SUP rentals cost $20 for a half day or $30 for a full day. Kayak rentals start at $20 for a half day or $30 for a full day for a small one-person inflatable or hard shell kayak; prices go for larger kayaks. E-volve offers high-end inflatable kayaks for one person, two people, or two people plus a small child.
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