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Our Story
Kul Wheels
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where it all began

Marna and her husband Jody were amazed at how little they’d tired or sweated during their first electric bike tour last summer during a 101-degree day in Austin, TX. “I had not been able to ride a bike without pain and muscle fatigue for years, but with the ebike, I really experienced the joy of riding. I felt like a kid again!” Marna recalled.
In fact, such a great experience would prompt them to order their own ebikes upon returning to Richmond. Still on their high, Marna and Jody decided to take their traditional bikes on the newly opened Virginia Capital Trail since their ebikes had not yet arrived. Marna, thinking she was in decent physical shape, still had to stop after a half hour of biking east and take another half hour to catch her breath. Sitting by the Trail, she watched the many different types of cyclists going by – bike enthusiasts whizzed by, families with small children slowly cycled by and then the “others,” which consisted of 35-65 year old adults all struggling and panting by. You could see it all over their faces – they wanted to enjoy their bike ride but the traditional bikes proved harder to ride.
a young boy standing next to a bicycle

making it kul

Their ebikes arrived a few weeks later, and Marna and Jody hit the Trail again. The fun of riding was back. With ebikes, you don’t have to be in great physical shape to ride. It’s a fun way to get some fresh air and exercise without having to work too hard.
As a travel agent for many years, Marna knew a thing or two about the travel industry and started thinking about all the city tours she had taken over the years. She thought of what makes Richmond such a great city – so full of history and wonderful things to see including the Virginia Capital Trail. What better way to experience Richmond than by bike? Electric bike that is!
Through a family-and-friends survey, and pulling from Marna’s Swedish decent, the name Kul Wheels was born. Kul meaning “fun” in Swedish.

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  • Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
    • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sundays
    • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Bummer, your plans have changed. You MUST contact the shop within 24 Hours BEFORE the scheduled day of your tour/rental to cancel and receive a full refund. If you don’t call or email within 24 hours before your tour/rental, AND receive a written confirmation of your cancellation from Kul Wheels, we will not issue a refund. All Rentals must be picked up within fifteen (15) minutes of your scheduled rental time, or we’ll assume that you aren’t coming and will release your Ebike to someone else. And sorry, but you will lose your deposit.
Dang It! The Weather is Not Playing Nicely. Our guides are always ready to ride, but if the forecast reflects a strong likelihood for thunderstorms, hurricanes, sleet, snow, high winds (20 mph or greater), other wraths of Mother Nature OR if it is below 45 degrees (F) or above 105 degrees (F) on the day of your scheduled ride, we will cancel the tour to keep you safe. We will “rain check” your reservation to another day (subject to availability) OR provide a full refund.
For your safety, the group’s safety, and the safety of our equipment, all participants MUST be able to confidently ride a bike. If a guest is not riding confidently enough to travel safely on Richmond trails and streets, Kul Wheels will prohibit that guest from riding and will not issue a refund. If a rider is intoxicated, exhibits unsafe or dangerous riding such as jumping (our fleet bikes are NOT e-mountain bikes), for their own safety and the safety of others, Kul Wheels will prohibit that guest from riding and no refund will be allowed.