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5 Amazing NorCal Places to Ride on International Ride MTB Day

The Roseville Cyclery staff on a ride to Downieville, CA, one of our 5 amazing NorCal places to ride on International Ride MTB Day.

5 Amazing NorCal Places to Ride on International Ride MTB Day

It’s International Ride MTB Day!

Since 2018, International Ride MTB Day has taken place on July 20, with the goal to get more people out and enjoying themselves on trails. Want to celebrate this hallowed holiday?

Get Out and Ride for International MTB Day

This one’s a no-brainer! The best way to participate is to get out and ride. Whether it’s a solo mission or getting together with a group of friends, all that matters is that you hit a trail.

Be sure to tag your trail pics with #ridemtbday

Here in Northern California, we’re extremely blessed to have some of the best mountain biking trails and parks right at our fingertips. In case you needed some inspiration, here are a few of our favorite places to #rideMTBday!

Downieville

Downieville has earned its status as a “Mountain Biking Mecca.” This tiny town is home to the Downieville Classic, one of the biggest downhill races in the country.

Sure, you can hit up the Downieville Downhill, the town’s premier trail featuring 4,000 vertical feet of single-track with steep downhills, river crossings, and varied terrain. But you can also hit up the SBTS Mountain Epic Route — also known as the Second Divide Trail — that’s much more difficult, with trickier rocky sections, tighter curves, and cliff-edge sections not for the faint of heart. Or try Chimney Rock Trail, 28-miles of trail with 5,000 feet of elevation gain and great views.

Downieville is located in the Northern Sierras, Northeast of Sacramento and North of Auburn. Take I-80 to Auburn then North on Hwy 49 for 70 beautiful scenic miles along the Yuba River.

Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe area offers a total of 836 total MTB trails winding through the Sierra Nevadas. With a wide variety of easy, intermediate, and difficult trails, you’re sure to find one to fit your skill level. And the views just can’t be beat.

The Flume Trail is a frequently-photographed Tahoe classic with breathtaking views over Lake Tahoe’s Eastern Shore. Named for the wooden flume which transported water and logs to Virginia City, Nevada, the 22-mile Flume Trail has been labeled one of Western America’s Top 10 routes. The trail begins at Spooner Lake, ascends five miles to Marlette Lake, where the actual Flume Trail begins. A 4-1/2 mile long narrow single-track departs from the west end of the lake, following the ridge to the north nearly 2,000 feet above Lake Tahoe.

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride/Saxon Creek is another Tahoe classic. This 10-mile trail gives advanced riders a satisfyingly long, plunging descent through a towering forest with rocky, challenging terrain on the upper sections giving way to smooth, fast, banked turns on the lower sections. Named for its exciting descent on the Saxon Creek Trail, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride plunges downhill at a drop of nearly 1,500 feet in less than six miles.

NorthStar Mountain Bike Park

Northstar Resort, just down the road from Truckee, is home to Northern California’s largest mountain bike park. This four-time top 5 winner in the MTBparks.com Riders’ Choice Awards offers lift-served cross-country and downhill mountain biking trails. The Northstar Mountain Bike Park is fun for riders of all abilities.

Mammoth Mountain Bike Park

In the summer months, this ski resort is all about some of the most radical mountain biking terrain in the country. Filled with jumps, bumps, and drops to feast on, the area contains over 80-miles of singletrack to explore. How good is it? Mammoth Mountain Bike Park is considered by many to be the biggest, baddest, and best bike park in the U.S.

Stay Local; Ride the Auburn Bike Park

No time to take off to the Sierra but still want to celebrate MTB Day? Then head up I-80 to the Auburn Bike Park, just over 16-miles NE from our Downtown Roseville showroom. The Auburn Bike Park has quickly become a local favorite. The 9-acre bike park overlooks the scenic American River Canyon and offers fun for riders of all ages and abilities.

Be sure to tag us in your #rideMTBday pictures so we can see which amazing Northern California trail you decided to visit on July 20!

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The Top 5 Reasons Why People Love Ebikes

A man rides a Specialized Turbo ebike next to the water. Learn the top 5 reasons to get an ebike.

The Top 5 Reasons Why People Love Ebikes

Thanks to the host of benefits of owning an ebike, they’re more popular than ever. In fact, by 2023 there will be 300 million ebikes in circulation, a 50% increase from 2019.

What makes them so popular? There are many benefits of owning an electric bike — they’re convenient, fun, and environmentally friendly. If you haven’t invested in one yet, discover the 5 biggest reasons why an ebike might be a great fit for your lifestyle.

The 5 Top Reasons People Choose to Get an Ebike

1. To Make Commuting Easier

65% of participants in a North American Study stated that their primary reason for buying an ebike was to replace car trips.

Commuting by ebike eliminates the cost of public transit or fuel for a car, which can be a major cost saving in the long term. Taking your ebike to work can also help you avoid the headache and hassle of traffic, and the added power of the motor helps you avoid arriving sweaty and out of breath.

2. To Stay Fit

Ebikes are also a great choice for anyone looking to get more active and invest in their health.

Ebikes help people get and stay fit by:

  • Encouraging them to ride more: Studies find that ebike riders tend to ride their bikes more frequently than other cyclists. Almost half of ebike owners ride every day!
  • Providing a great cardio workout: Cycling is cardio, an aerobic exercise that supports your heart health and can lead to weight loss, among other benefits.

3. To Ride Faster

Thanks to increasingly powerful motors and batteries, ebikes can get you from point A to point B quicker than a regular bike can.

One study found that completing a journey on an electric bicycle was 21% faster than on a traditional bike. The Turbo CREO and Turbo Vado from Specialized are capable of hitting speeds of 28 miles per hour. Plus, features like pedal assist let you adjust your ebike’s speed so you can enjoy your ride at whatever pace you choose.

4. To Ride Safer

Safety concerns keep many people from riding a bike more. Past research has shown that concern for safety is one of the biggest barriers to cycling, particularly for women.

Ebikes are an excellent solution for those looking for improved safety. 60% of participants in a North American study felt safer riding an electric bike compared to a traditional bike. A further 42% said that the e-bike had helped them avoid collisions.

There are as many reasons to choose an ebike as there are riders, simply because their convenient nature and efficient design make them the perfect fit for many different lifestyles. Whether you’re exercising or commuting to work, there’s an electric bike for you.

5. To Have More Fun!

Recreation is the top reason ebike consumers gave for making their purchase, according to a survey of electric bike owners in the U.S.

The ability to push the limits of your speed, distance, and experience new terrain on an electric bike makes ebikes more fun for both experienced cyclists and occasional weekend riders, as well.

An ebike can also even the playing field when you’re riding with other people, especially for less experienced or slower riders. Rather than turning down invitations to ride with more experienced cyclists, an electric bike can help the slower party keep up and explore trails and routes previously inaccessible.

No matter what your reason for wanting an electric bike, you’re sure to ride more often, get more exercise, and have more fun once you get one. Start your ebike journey with Roseville Cyclery. Shop online or visit our Northern California showroom in Downtown Roseville, CA.

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5 Hydration Tips for Safe Summer Cycling

A woman on a Specialized bike with a water bottle attached. Discover 6 cycling hydration tips.

5 Hydration Tips for Safe Summer Cycling

Dehydration has been shown to have a negative impact on cycling performance. Even more concerning, dehydration and a hotter-than-normal environment can make heat exhaustion more likely.

As the Northern CA temperatures soar, staying hydrated is key to cycling safely in the summer.

5 Cycling Hydration Tips to Keep You Going This Summer

#1: Create a Hydration Plan

Being proactive about your health and hydration while cycling this summer starts with creating a good hydration plan. This is especially important during the summer when the weather is hot and dehydration can lead to heat-related illness.

A simple way to determine how much fluid you need is to calculate how much you weigh before and after you ride. Weight loss during a ride can indicate that you need to increase your fluids. You’ll also want to factor in the temperature outside as well as the distance and intensity of your ride. These will all impact your hydration needs and should be part of your hydration plan.

#2: Know How to Tell if You’re Drinking Enough Water

The easiest way to tell if you’re dehydrated is by your urine color. A darker color suggests dehydration, whereas lighter-colored urine is a sign of appropriate hydration.

Rehydrating takes time, so keeping track of your hydration is the best way to make sure you’re always ready for a bike ride.

#3: Good Fluid Intake Starts Before Your Ride

Maintaining good day-to-day hydration, even on days when you’re not going cycling, will help you be prepared for a ride.

It’s important to set yourself up for success by beginning exercise when you’re well-hydrated. The Collegiate and Professional Sports Dieticians Association recommends drinking 16 to 20 ounces of water at least four hours before you exercise.

#4: Drink Regularly During Your Ride

Make sure you bring enough fluids with you on your ride to stay hydrated while you exercise.

The amount of liquid you’ll need will depend on the length and intensity of your ride. Plan to rehydrate every 15 minutes or so while you ride.

The length of your ride will also impact the type of liquid you choose. For rides under an hour or so water is a good choice, whereas for longer rides of more than an hour you’ll want electrolytes as well as water.

If a water bottle alone won’t hydrate you adequately for longer rides, a CamelBak pack is an easy way to stay hydrated while you ride.

 

 

#5: Rehydrate When You’re Done

Once you’re done with your bike ride, you’ll need to take time to rehydrate and replenish key nutrients that you lost while exercising. Make sure you’re getting electrolytes, too.

Speaking of electrolytes, consider moving beyond the neon-colored sports drinks from the gas station or grocery stores for optimal performance. We love Skratch Labs Sports Hydration Drink Mix. Unlike sports drinks that can be sickeningly sweet, Skratch Labs drink mix minimal sugar and a ratio of glucose + fructose that is optimized for faster absorption and offers an electrolyte profile that actually matches what is lost in sweat. Stop into our Roseville showroom to stock up on these superior alternatives to sports drinks.

Make sure you’ve got the right gear to help you stay hydrated. Shop our hydration products online, or stop into our Roseville Cyclery showroom for water bottles, CamelBaks, Skratch Labs Drink Mixes, and other hydration products so you can cycle safely all summer long.

The above tips are intended for educational purposes only and are not medical advice. Dehydration can quickly become a serious health issue, so please call your doctor with any concerns you have.

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5 Reasons Why Specialized Turbo Vado SL is the Perfect Ebike for Summer

Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0 ebike in yellow. Discover why the latest Turbo Vado is the perfect bike for summer fun at Roseville Cyclery’s blog.

5 Reasons Why Specialized Turbo Vado SL is the Perfect Ebike for Summer

Pound for pound, no other e-bike has the power, range, and ride quality than the Turbo Vado SL. Wondering what makes this electric bike by Specialized so unique? Read on for 4 major benefits of the Turbo Levo SL and discover why it’s the perfect ebike for summer fun.

Ride Further

The Turbo Levo SL features Specialized 2x You rider amplification, so you can go twice the distance in the same amount of time. Cruise to 28 mph up to 80 miles, or add an optional range extender for an additional 40 miles for rides up to 120 miles. The removable range extender is compact, making charging easy wherever you go.

Go All Over

When you want a bike that works as well on a commute to work as it does for getting in a workout, running errands, and getting around town, the Turbo Levo SL will take you there. Best for workouts and going off the beaten path — all you need to do is get on the Turbo Levo SL and go. Bright, built-in lights at the front and back mean you’ll see and be seen, while a Turbo Connect display makes it easy to view ride info. Specialized Pathfinder tires give you grip and speed in any condition. A standard rear rack is ready for your bags and belongings. You won’t find a better bike for your go-to transportation.

40% Lighter

The Turbo Levo SL is 40% lighter than other ebikes. It’s so lightweight, you’ll forget its electric. The E5 aluminum frame makes this ebike weigh as little as 33 pounds. That’s light enough for you to carry up and down stairs without breaking a sweat.

Smooth Ride That’s Beyond Belief

A full carbon chassis developed in concert with a new Turbo Full Power System motor and MasterMind Turbo Control Unit fuses together 150mm of rear suspension, progressive geometry, and sophisticated motor assist to bring you a ride like no other.

Future Shock brings ultralight suspension to your ride, reducing the harsh feel of rough roads and terrain by nearly 40% compared to bikes with bulky, heavier suspension forks.

 

 

Designed with Feedback from Ebike Riders

Specialized looked to their Turbo ebike riders to discover how to improve their experience and found 80% of rides happened in Eco Mode (the lowest level of assistance). Riders said they’d be willing to lose the top speed mode to save 10 lbs from their bike.

Specialized discovered a need for a new kind of e-bike experience — one that offers riders a better balance of ride amplification without losing the more natural feel of riding that they love. So Specialized’s Swiss engineering team launched a mission to create a new kind of ebike that eliminates any need to compromise between power, weight, range, and ride quality.

The result was Super Light System technology, Specialized’s dream blend of performance, portability, and possibility. The SL system combines smooth power (up to twice your physical output), revolutionary weight (40% lighter than typical ebikes), and increased range (up to 120 miles with Range Extender), all while delivering ride characteristics that you’d expect from the very best unassisted bikes.

When you want an ebike that’s lightweight and balanced that you can take just about anywhere, the Turbo Vado SL is the perfect bike for you.

Roseville Cyclery is Northern California’s premier ebike destination for ebike sales and service. Visit our showroom in Downtown Roseville, CA, or contact us to learn more.

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What is the Best Bike Rack for Ebike Adventures?

Specialized ebikes ready to be transported. Find out the best bike rack for ebike adventures at Roseville Cyclery.

What is the Best Bike Rack for Ebike Adventures?

Ready to take your e-bike on a grand adventure? Since all 3 classes of electric bikes are approved for use on National trails, this summer is the perfect time to start exploring outside of your normal route. When you want to load your ebikes up and go, you’re going to want a bike rack that will carry your ebike — damage-free — to your next destination.

One of our favorite racks for transporting ebikes is made by a leader in creating safe, stylish, and easy-to-use solutions for active families: Thule.

Thule T2 Pro XTR 2″ 2 Bike Rack: Perfect for Ebike Adventures

The heavy-duty, award-winning Thule T2 Pro is now even easier to install, remove and store thanks to the integrated wheels.

  • Versatile design fits nearly all styles of bikes up to 60 lbs with zero frame contact
  • AutoAttach system makes installation and removal simple and tool-free
  • Integrated wheels help to maneuver the rack on and off the vehicle
  • The HitchSwitch lever allows you to tilt the rack down for rear vehicle access or tilt it up when not in use
  • Fits 20 – 29″ wheels and up to 5″ tires without adapters making it ideal for carbon frames, mountain, downhill, or fat bikes
  • Integrated cable lock and lock knob locks bikes to the rack and secures the rack to the receiver
  • Generous spacing between bike mounts with the ability to adjust side to side to eliminate bike interference

Real Reviews from Real Riders

If you need a bit more convincing that the Thule T2 Pro XTR is the absolutely perfect way to transport your ebikes, take a look at these high-praise reviews. The Thule T2 Pro rack has over 800 reviews on Amazon, earning 5-star accolades from an impressive 83% of reviewers. So don’t take our word for it… here are just a few of the things real people have to say about the Thule T2 rack.

“Great quality. Strong enough to accommodate my two 58lb e-bikes.”

“Rack is awesome. It’s very easy to install on the car and very easy to load bikes onto. I put my 29’er mountain bike on it and it fits fine.”

“I researched EBike racks for a couple months and I am so glad I purchased the Thule T2 Pro.”

“After struggling with several of the “hanging” style hitch-mount bike racks which really don’t fit our cruiser bikes very well at all, we finally invested in the flatbed-style T2 Pro XT — and what a difference it makes! This rack is absolutely rock-solid when attached to the hitch and the bikes mount easily and quickly.”

“The assembly was fairly easy, and following the instructions, I had been driving around with the rack (without bikes) for about 200 miles already before the first use fully loaded. Last night we set it up with bikes, and it was really easy to secure a bike on it. There are multiple YouTube videos out there if you need assistance with assembly and setup. The rack is super well made. Very durable material, and very easy to set up and use while allowing for trunk access when loaded. That was the selling point for me. It folds up for easy transportation when not in use, and it folds down for trunk access when loaded with bikes.”

“This Thule hitch is easy to mount in my 2″ hitch, and there it securely remains whether one or two bicycles are mounted. Whether at 25 mph or at 65 mph. Whether on smooth paved roads or on bumpy backcountry roads. This is by far easier than a roof-mount system. It also does not tax your fuel mileage. Five stars. Unquestionably.”

Roseville Cyclery is Northern California’s premier ebike destination for ebike sales and service. Shop our selection of car racks online, or visit our showroom in Downtown Roseville, CA. Contact us to learn more.

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How Specialized Soil Searching Tires Build Trails Across the Globe

Mountain bikers with Specialized Soil Searching tires support trail builders.

How Specialized Soil Searching Tires Build Trails Across the Globe

Find out why Specialized is digging into further trail system development and supporting trail advocates across the globe, and meet the Soil Searching Tires helping them do just that.

Specialized Soil Searching Supports Trail Builders

Imagine owning a car without a road to drive on. Or a basketball without a hoop.

Now imagine mountain biking without a trail network to ride on.

Trail systems are the heart of cycling, which is why Specialized’s Soil Searching program is honoring its unsung heroes: the trail builders and advocates who make it all possible.

Since 2018, Specialized Soil Searching has provided financial, organizational, and outreach support for trail systems around the world. Soil Searching focuses on three essential aspects of trail work — ambassadors, dig days, and fundraisers — to assist communities in maintaining and growing their trail networks.

Specialized asked:

“What if the outdoor industry sponsored trail builders the way it currently sponsors professional athletes?”

The Specialized Soil Searching Global Trail Ambassador program does just that. Soil Searching Ambassadors receive support from Specialized — stipends, custom Soil Searching bikes, and continued support to build the trail systems you love to ride.

We can’t all be amazing trail-building wizards. For those of us who want to show our support for the men and women who build our trail networks, Specialized has a special fundraising opportunity that benefits you and trail ambassadors around the world.

Specialized Soil Searching Tires: These Tires Build Trails

Specialized’s limited-edition Soil Searching tires help build trails. Every Soil Searching tire you buy helps support Specialized Soil Searching and its mission.

Image of Specialized Soil Searching Tires

Available in their race-winning tread patterns and equipped with Specialized’s premium T9 and T7 sticky fast rubber, Soil Searching limited-edition tires come in a striking, classic tan skinwall casing.

Pick up your Soil Searching tires and help support the development and maintenance of trails in your backyard and around the globe.

In 2019 and 2020 alone, Specialized Soil Searching provided over 11,000 volunteer hours through more than 200 sponsored Dig Days on six continents with the help of 50 supported trail builders and advocates around the world.

Find Specialized Products at Roseville Cyclery

You can help support the trail builders that make our sport possible. Visit Roseville Cyclery, an authorized Specialized retailer, for more information about Specialized programs and to shop for Specialized products.

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