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5 Ebike Etiquette Tips for a Safer, Happier Ride

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5 Ebike Etiquette Tips for a Safer, Happier Ride

There’s nothing like riding on an electric bike – enjoying long rides in the sun or getting out for a quick workout. There’s a lot to love about ebikes, but electric bike riders also need to follow unique etiquette when on the trail for the safety of themselves and other cyclists.

These 5 ebike safety tips will make your next ride more enjoyable for everyone on the trail.

5 Ebike Etiquette Rules to Help You Cycle Safely

#1: Check your equipment.

Proper ebike etiquette and safety start before you even leave your driveway. Before setting out, check over your equipment to ensure it’s in good working order. A low battery or low tire pressure will ruin your ride, and faulty safety equipment like lights or a bell could be a hazard.

Make sure your tires are inflated, check your brakes, and check your battery charge. Making sure your ebike has adequate power before setting out is important to ensure you’ll have enough juice for your ride and that the power will be able to run safety features like lights.

#2: Know local regulations.

Before hitting the trail, make sure you fully understand the regulations impacting ebikes where you live. These can impact where you ride depending on your bike type, so it’s crucial to read up on your state’s laws.

For example, in California, there are three classes of ebikes, each with different requirements and regulations.

  • Class I: These ebikes have a top speed of 20mph, pedal-assist motor, and are permitted on conventional bike paths, lanes, and routes.
  • Class II: Like Class I bikes, these ebikes have a top speed of 20mph and are allowed on conventional bike paths. However, they have throttle-assist rather than pedal-assist.
  • Class III: The fastest of the three classes, these bikes reach speeds of 28mph and pedal-assist motors. They are allowed on streets, roadways, and bicycle lanes where authorized. However, they’re not for use on multi-use bike trails, hiking trails, horse trails, or recreational trails.

Knowing which class of bike you own and where you are permitted to ride is important for the safety of both yourself and other trail users.

#3: Be visible.

Make sure you’re visible to other cyclists and motor vehicle drivers, particularly if riding in low light. This is crucial for all cyclists and doubly so for ebike riders since electric bikes can travel faster than traditional bikes. Wear bright, reflective clothing and use front and rear lights or reflectors when riding.

#4: Be mindful when passing.

Use a bell or announce yourself by calling “on the left!” when passing on the trail. If other riders or people out for a walk are not paying attention, a bicycle zipping past can startle them or even cause a crash.

By making use of a bell or announcing clearly when you’re passing, you can help keep yourself and other trail users safe.

#5: Be cautious at intersections.

Many bike collisions happen at intersections. An intersection has unique hazards for cyclists; cross-traffic can include other cyclists or pedestrians who may not look when crossing the intersection or even automobiles! An ebike flying through an intersection at 20 miles per hour can easily cause an accident. Slow down and pay attention to cross-traffic at intersections.

Ebikes are a ton of fun – they provide a great workout and allow you to ride faster and further than a traditional bicycle. Following proper trail etiquette allows you to enjoy your ebike safely. Want to chat ebikes and bike safety tips? Get in touch with the team at Roseville Cyclery.

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Why Buy an Electric Mountain Bike?

eMTB rider on a 2022 Specialized Turbo Tero. Find out why buy an electric bike at Roseville Cyclery.

Why Buy an Electric Mountain Bike?

The pandemic has driven consumer demand for goods that help them get outdoors, be active, and stay connected. Bicycles certainly hit the mark across the board, so it’s no surprise that the number of people buying bicycles increased in the past two years.

What may be a surprise to some, however, is the steep growth in demand and interest for electric bikes and e-mountain bikes (eMTBs): ebike sales grew by 240% in 2021!

If you’ve seen an increase in e-MTBs on the trails and in bike stores, you may be wondering:

Why buy an electric mountain bike?

You can enjoy the benefits of an electric mountain bike whether you’re an occasional recreational rider or a dedicated cyclist who regularly hits the trails. Among the reasons more and more people are electing to buy an electric mountain bike are:

Increased Range

Electric mountain bikes can easily expand the distance you can cover in a given time. Specialized’s Turbo Levo offers “4x You” rider amplification, unleashing your limitations and allowing you to ride further than ever before. So get ready to conquer new terrain and tackle new peaks because an eMTB is going to open you up to a whole new world.

Increased Speed

Let’s be honest, for some of us, it’s all about speed. Electric mountain bikes can power you up hills faster than ever and propel you faster than ever on your rides. If you’re a novice mountain biker, an eMTB may be the key to helping you keep up with more experienced riders. If speed is what gets you out of bed in the morning, then an eMTB could be the bike of your dreams.

Overcome Obstacles

Whether physical or mental, an eMTB can help you overcome obstacles that previously stood in your path. Most e-mountain bikes have mid-drive electric motors in the bike’s bottom bracket area, giving it more weight located centrally and low on the frame. That means a low center of gravity and an incredible amount of stability, which can aid you in descending and add confidence to your ride.

Social Connections

An electric mountain bike can help you broaden your social circle, too. If you’ve ever attempted to ride with a new group and have been left behind at the first climb of the day, you know how discouraging it can feel to try and keep up with riders with a different skill set. An e-MTB can help even the playing field when riding groups have varying levels of skill and speed.

Build Skills

If you’ve only taken a conventional MTB out on the trails, an eMTB gives you the opportunity to build new skills. Whether that’s from reaching new trails and paths you’ve never been on before or simply learning how to handle a bike with a bit more weight, learning new skills makes for better all-around cyclists.

For Fitness

The “ebikes are for cheaters” mentality is so old-school that it’s laughable. Researchers have even proven that ebike riders work just as hard as conventional mountain bike riders! Even more interesting is that study participants had a lower perceived exertion rate when riding an eMTB. Riding an EMTB just doesn’t feel like hard work.

So anyone looking to use mountain biking as a way to get some physical activity and a solid workout without feeling like they’re working too hard could definitely benefit from an eMTB.

For Fun!

That huge smile that stretches from ear to ear? We call that the “ebike effect”. Who wouldn’t have fun going faster than ever, climbing hills that were previously out of reach, finally making it to the peak with the amazing view, keeping up with friends, and getting exercise that doesn’t feel like hard work at all?

Ebikes aren’t just a passing trend. Whether you’re an experienced MTB rider or just getting into the sport for fun or exercise, an electric mountain bike is certainly worth its weight in fun.

Roseville Cyclery is your premier destination for ebikes and e-MTBs in Northern California. Visit our showroom in Downtown Roseville, CA, or shop our selection of ebikes online.

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The Best Gifts from Specialized’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

A bicycle ornament on a Christmas tree. Find the best gifts for cyclists at the Specialized Holiday Gift Guide at Roseville Cyclery.

The Best Gifts from Specialized’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most magical time of the year: the annual Specialized Holiday Gift Guide is here!

Don’t stress about filling those stockings or finding the perfect gift for under the tree, because the Specialized Holiday Gift Guide is full of fabulous finds for the cyclists on your list.

See the Specialized Holiday Gift Guide at Roseville Cyclery

Best Gifts from the Specialized Holiday Gift Guide

Here are some of the highlights from this year’s guide:

Best Gift for Kids

There’s a very clear winner when it comes to the best gift for kids who love to ride bikes: the Specialized Jett.

A boy riding a Specialized Jett bicycle on a wooded trail.

Because of their growth spurts and growth patterns, the perfect fitting kids’ bike is a short-lived “just right”.

The Jett is the most adjustable and highly kids-specific bike on the market.

Specialized researchers found that kids grow faster in their arms and legs than their torso, so they built a bike that can accommodate average growth for up to 3 summers. Adjustability comes from 2-hole positions for cranks, a longer seatpost, and adjustable handlebars for extended reach. Specialized created a special tool to help parents find the perfect size Jett for their fast-growing kiddos. You can find it here.

Best Cycling Stocking Stuffers

Specialized has a plethora of stocking stuffers and gifts under $50. Like long-fingered Body Geometry Gloves for men and women ($40) to keep you on the road even when the weather is frightful.

Air Tool Pumps for road ($30), sport ($15), and MTB ($30) will keep your favorite cyclist from feeling flat, while Flash 300 ($40) Headlight will light up their way brighter than Rudolph’s red nose in the middle of a cloudy night.

Best Gifts for Winter Rides

Specialized’s Holiday Gift Guide offers plenty of giftable goods to keep your favorite cyclist cozy and warm as they ride through a winter wonderland. 

Wrap your loved ones up in a Long-Sleeved Thermal Jersey ($125) to insulate and manage moisture buildup, and they’ll feel cozier than a hot cup of cocoa on a cold winter’s night.

The Prime Series Waterproof Gloves ($60-$65) will withstand rain, sleet, and snow. A Polartec Neoshell upper to keep your hands safe from wind and chilly weather, and an interior waterproof sleeve keeps hands dry and fully protected from the elements. Pair that with a hydrophobic AX Suede palm and you’ll have all the dexterity and comfort you need.

Shop for Gifts by Specialized and More at Roseville Cyclery

Roseville Cyclery is your one-stop-shop for the best holiday gifts for the cyclists on your shopping list. Whether big or small, we’ve got a wide array of giftable goods to give this season. And with our available deferred-interest financing, you can shop now and pay later!

So give them a gift they’ll really love this season and shop Roseville Cyclery for bikes, e-bikes, accessories, gear, apparel, and gift cards that will leave your loved ones believing in the magic of the season.

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eMTB vs. MTB: What’s the Difference?

Cyclist using an electric mountain bike eMTB to climb a mountain. Discover the difference between an eMTB vs MTB at Roseville Cyclery.

eMTB vs. MTB: What's the Difference?

Are you considering an eMTB?

The rising popularity of e-mountain bikes is undeniable. If you’re considering swapping out your existing mountain bike for an electric model or simply adding one more bike to your quiver, we’ve compiled the pros and cons of both so you can make the best decision for your riding style and preferences.

eMTB vs. MTB

Power is the primary difference between a mountain bike (MTB) and an electric mountain bike (eMTB). A rider powers a traditional mountain bike, whereas a rider can get assistance from a battery-powered motor when riding an electric mountain bike.

Let’s delve a little deeper to uncover a few questions that can help you decide which bike is best for you.

Where are you riding?

Riding longer distances is one of the main reasons people gave for purchasing an ebike, according to a survey of ebike owners.

Ebikes and eMTBs can take you farther, faster. Specialized eMTBs like the Turbo Levo and Turbo Kenevo take you 2-4x further on your rides, allowing you to cross greater distances and explore new terrain.

So when it comes to hitting new trails and expanding your ride distance, eMTBs are the clear winner over traditional MTBs.

In 2019, the Department of Interior issued a Secretarial Order to increase recreational opportunities for ebikes on public land. A year later, the National Park Service (NPS) issued a rule stating that ebikes may go where traditional bicycles are allowed. However, it is up to the superintendents at each National Park to provide explicit limits or restrictions on ebike access.

So, while eMTBs are generally allowed on any off-highway vehicle area—such as roads and trails where motorized vehicles are permitted—there could be a chance that your eMTB may not be able to access every trail. Check with the websites of the National Parks you like to frequent to ensure eMTBs are allowed where you ride. There may be a few select places where a traditional MTB is a preferred choice over an eMTB.

Who do you ride with?

Your mother probably told you not to follow the crowd. But we’re here to say that sometimes who you ride with is just as important as where you go, particularly when you’re trying to decide on a traditional MTB vs. eMTB.

One of the most significant advantages of an eMTB is its ability to overcome differences in rider power and skill. Without eMTBs, you’re more likely to ride with a group of similar age, fitness levels, etc.

But an eMTB helps overcome these differences, giving riders a boost that can help them ride faster or attempt previously out-of-reach terrain.

How much do you want to carry?

Electric mountain bikes generally weigh more than traditional mountain bikes. Adding motor power and battery packs will add to the weight of a bicycle. So if your mountain biking excursions require you to pack your bike up over your shoulder to carry it up a short passage, climb safely over a flooded, blocked path, haul it up and down a flight of stairs or onto a bike rack, you may want to ask yourself just how much weight you want to carry.

Here’s some good news…

Lighter-weight versions of eMTBs are available, so you don’t have to automatically rule out an electric mountain bike based on weight alone.

Check out the Specialized Turbo Levo SL, weighing approximately 38 pounds, or Specialized Turbo Kenevo SL, which weighs approximately 41 pounds.

How much effort do you want to exert?

Riding with less effort is another reason people purchase electric bikes. But that doesn’t mean you’re riding with no effort of your own! Pedal-assist electric bikes kick in when a rider is pedaling, so you can still get plenty of exercise on an ebike.

Researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) found that eMTB riders got just as much vigorous-intensity exercise as conventional mountain bike riders.

What was interesting about this study was that eMTB riders, while getting the equivalent workout as traditional MTB riders, didn’t feel like they were working as hard. Their perceived exertion was lower than their actual physical exertion.

For most people, getting the equivalent workout without feeling like they’re working as hard makes an eMTB a clear winner over a traditional MTB.

But serious, competitive athletes may want to note that study participants’ heart rates were 9.9 BPM (beats per minute) lower on an eMTB compared to a traditional MTB. That difference may not feel like much to most of us mere mortals, and to the researchers it represented no statistically significant difference. But to competitive athletes who are training for a big event, 9 BPM may be the deciding factor when it comes to training on an eMTB vs. a traditional MTB.

Where to Buy eMTB and MTB in Roseville

If you live in Northern California, Roseville Cyclery is your premier destination for ebikes, electric mountain bikes, and traditional mountain bikes. Visit our showroom in Downtown Roseville, CA, or shop our selection of electric bikes online. If you have questions about the best bike for your riding style, our staff is here to help you pick the right bike (or ebike) to fit your needs.

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Where to Buy Specialized Bicycles

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Where to Buy Specialized Bicycles

Are you looking for a Specialized bicycle? Specialized is the #1 manufacturer of bicycles and electric bicycles in the world. So it’s no wonder people are seeking a bike shop that carries the Specialized brand when they’re ready to find a new road, mountain, or ebike.

If you’re looking to buy a Specialized bicycle, you’re in the right place!

Buy Specialized Bicycles at Roseville Cyclery

Roseville Cyclery is the premiere Specialized retailer in the Sacramento and Sierra Foothills. We have hundreds of Specialized bicycles in stock and currently have the largest inventory since the beginning of the pandemic!

Roseville Cyclery is proud to be a Specialized premiere retailer. Our family-owned shop sells and services bikes and e-bikes by Specialized.

Come on in to see the new 2022 models and find the perfect Specialized bike to fit your needs.

Where to Buy Specialized Ebikes

We are Northern California’s premier Specialized Ebike destination. Our service staff have been trained in advanced Specialized Ebike service and maintenance, and you won’t find a more knowledgeable group of experts when it comes to electric bike features and performance. RC is also equipped to support the Specialized Turbo Ebike owners with the most state-of-the-art Turbo service center in California. So when you’re looking for an e-bike from Specialized, make Roseville Cyclery your first stop!

From the Specialized Turbo Como to the Turbo Levo and everything in between, you can find the perfect e-bike for commuting, climbing mountains, or hitting the streets. Specialized Turbo ebikes offer a ride for every rider, so you can take fewer vehicle trips or extend your ride further and faster than ever before.

Shop our selection of Specialized ebikes online.

Where to Get Your Specialized Bike Serviced

As a Specialized Bicycle and Turbo Ebike authorized retailer, the RC service technicians have advanced training in Specialized Bicycles and Turbo Ebike repair services, products, and software mission control applications. We are committed to making our service center the most experienced, highly qualified, and informed Specialized service center around.

To get your Specialized bicycle serviced, please request a service appointment online. Due to an influx in service requests and ever-changing safety instruction requirements, service is currently by appointment only. We do not offer service walk-ins at this time.

Request a service appointment today.

Find Specialized Bicycles at Roseville Cyclery

Whether you’re looking to buy a new 2022 Specialized bike, want to learn more about Specialized e-bikes, or need to get your favorite Specialized serviced, look no further than Roseville Cyclery.

You can find our Downtown Roseville showroom at 404 Vernon St. Roseville, CA 95678.

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Roseville Cyclery Financing Program Lets You Ride Now, Pay Later

Roseville Cyclery offers financing on all bike brands so you can ride your favorite model off the floor today and pay later. Learn more about our financing program.

Roseville Cyclery Financing Program Lets You Ride Now, Pay Later

Roseville Cyclery’s sales floor is stocked with the greatest amount of inventory since the pandemic hit, with new 2022 models of bikes, e-bikes, and cycling accessories and gear arriving daily.

Now you don’t have to wait to get your hands on the latest and greatest:

Because Roseville Cyclery’s finance program lets eligible purchasers ride now and pay later.

Financing Available at Roseville Cyclery

Roseville Cyclery has teamed up with Synchrony to boost your buying power so you can get the bike you want today.

Easy Application

Applying is easy. You can apply online before you shop or in-store. If you plan on applying for financing in our Downtown Roseville shop, be sure to bring:

  1. Valid photo ID
  2. Social security number
  3. Credit Card

Financing Available for ALL Bike Brands

Whether you’re shopping for an e-bike or conventional bike, Specialized, Santa Cruz, Norco, or any of our amazing brands, you can apply for financing. There are no brand restrictions!

Deferred Interest Plans Available

Qualifying applicants can choose from 6-months or 12-months deferred interest with our bike financing program from Synchrony. With deferred interest plans, a minimum monthly payment is required. As long as the purchase amount is paid in full before the end of the promotional period, you will be charged no interest.

If you have a deferred interest plan, you can avoid interest charges by paying the entire applicable promotional balance by the expiration date.

Please note: if you do not pay your balance in full by the end of the promotional period, interest that has been accrued from the purchase date will be charged to the account.

Ride Now, Pay Later

Don’t let the 2022 models slip away. Roseville Cyclery’s financing programs allows qualified borrowers to get the bike they’ve been dreaming of now, and deferred interest programs help borrowers avoid interest charges if paid in full by the end of the promotional period.

So you can truly ride now and pay later at Roseville Cyclery.

Apply online now.

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