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The Best Ways to Celebrate Bike Month in Northern California

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The Best Ways to Celebrate Bike Month in Northern California

Northern California is one of the best regions in the world for cyclists. Find out the best ways to celebrate Bike Month in NorCal. May is Bike Month, a celebration of cycling and the benefits of biking. Bike Month encourages us all to leave our cars parked in the garage and swap vehicle trips for bike trips, instead. It doesn’t matter if you’re an occasional biker or dedicated cycling enthusiast — Bike Month is for you! From the best bike shop, parks, trails, routes, and crazy-beautiful scenery, there’s no better place to ride than our Northern California home. Here are 6 ways to celebrate Bike Month in NorCal:

Take the Bike Month Pledge

Take the pledge to replace car trips with bike trips at mayisbikemonth.com. Accept the Bike Your City challenge, pledge how many trips you’ll take by bike in May, log your miles, and you can earn e-badges, prizes, and bragging rights! Join Roseville Cyclery in the team challenge!

Support Your Local Bike Shop

Many small businesses were hit hard by COVID shutdowns and interruptions to the supply chain last year. When you shop local, you support your local economy and your neighbors. Show your locally owned bike shop some love this month by shopping for bikes, apparel, and accessories at your favorite local shop, rather than the big box stores or online giants.

Consider an Ebike for Commuting and Recreation

Bike Month Reminds us about the importance of swapping out car trips for bike trips. Biking can be one of the best choices for the environment. A bike requires only .085% of the land and resources needed to produce a car. According to a 2015 study by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, a 20% increase in world cycling could cut carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 11% by 2050. Many of the reasons people don’t commute by bike — “my trip is too long, I don’t want to get to work sweaty, etc.” — could be solved by using an ebike for commuting. Ebikes use an electric motor to help riders go farther and faster on their bikes, making them the perfect solution for commuting. But ebikes aren’t just for commuting: they’re also tons of fun! An ebike can help recreational riders and cycling enthusiasts reach new heights (literally) and explore new roads never seen before. Discover 5 benefits of electric bikes here. Roseville Cyclery is Northern California’s premier ebike destination. Shop our selection of ebikes in-store and online.

Get on a Trail

From the California Bay Area to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, mountain biking is a quintessential NorCal experience. Explore the best mountain biking trails in NorCal, including:
  • Mount Tamalpais Summit Loop: Indulge in magnificent views of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. Marin County.
  • Angel Island State Park: Ride through the largest natural island in the San Francisco Bay. Marin County.
  • Donner Lake Rim Trail: Explore the mountains and clear blue waters of this lakeside route near the charming town of Truckee. Nevada County.
  • Downieville Downhill: A challenging loop for adrenaline junkies featuring a 5,000-foot vertical drop, waterfalls, and rocky terrain. Sierra County.
  • Auburn State Recreation Area: Enjoy 40-miles of scenic canyon trails near the confluence of the North and Middle forks of the American River. Placer County.

Get on the Road

California’s beauty is unparalleled, from ocean views to mountain vistas, verdant farmland, towering forests, peaceful vineyards, and winding rivers. No wonder cycling enthusiasts love to bike NorCal! Take a tour of NorCal and ride one of these routes:

Schedule a Bike Repair or Service

If you’re in need of a bike repair or service, let Bike Month be your reminder to get that scheduled! Check with your local bike shop to see if COVID has changed the way repairs are done. At Roseville Cyclery, we’re keeping our store safely socially distanced by changing our repair and service appointments, replacing walk-in/ drop-offs to appoint-only. If you need your bike repaired or serviced, please use our online Request Service Appointment form to schedule your repair. Bike Month is here, so join us in celebrating some serious cycling! Where will YOU ride next?

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The Auburn Bike Park Begins Phase Two of Construction

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The Auburn Bike Park Begins Phase Two of Construction

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Our local region of Placer County is home to an exciting cycling scene, and now that community has a home at the Auburn Bike Park. First opened in June of 2020, the park is an exciting gathering place for the community, and soon this local favorite will get even bigger!

Learn more about the second phase of construction on the bike park, and what this means for our cycling community.

What is the Auburn Bike Park?

The Auburn Bike Park gives Placer County’s active outdoor community a place to gather in a family-friendly environment and ride together! Adults and youth of all ability levels can gather to ride and build new cycling skills.

When you visit, you’ll enjoy great rides like:

  • The A-Town Trail: A two-way trial for all skill levels. This trail connects the parking lot to the pump track.
  • The Pandemic Trail: An advanced trail offering a steep shortcut to the starting mound of the pump track. Built and opened during the 2020 Pandemic.
  • Tyke’s Turn Track: Built for young riders to build their skill sets. Ages 5 and under.
  • The Down Low Pump Track: Improve your bike handling skills with a pump track that encourages you to “pump” with your arms and legs.
  • The Itchy-Scratchy Trail: The upper section of this trail is a rocky path for advanced riders. After the road crossing, however, it mellows out and is perfect for beginners.
  • C-Me Flow Trail: Enjoy a quarter-mile rollercoaster ride! Provides the full mountain biking experience.
  • The Equalizer Dual Slalom: Features rollers and bermed turns to test your gravity and speed. Advanced riders only.

The Auburn Bike Park is only 16-miles by car or 19-miles by bike from our Roseville Cyclery showroom.

What’s New in Phase Two?

Exciting changes are in store for our local bike park. Work has begun on Phase Two of construction, which will add great new riders for cyclists. This will include:

  • Jump Lines: The jumps will be a natural progression from the Down Low Pump Track. This ride will offer three different lines for beginning, intermediate, and advanced riders, and will feature wooden ramps and a return wall back to the starting mound.
  • Skillz Loop: This loop will be an easier ride, offering riders an option to try challenging features along the way, like wooden tracks and rock features.

How Can I Get Involved?

The bike park offers a great outlet for our local cyclists to get together and ride! If you want to contribute to the future of the park, there are a few great ways to get involved:

  • Volunteer: Volunteers are essential to maintaining and expanding the bike park. You can sign up to volunteer and help provide regular maintenance or participate in a scheduled workday.
  • Donate: You can help support the Auburn Bike Park by contributing to the Auburn Trails Alliance, a 501c3 organization dedicated to building our local trail community. Individuals and businesses can even contribute set amounts to have their name featured on the donor wall!

Want to get involved and support the Auburn Bike Park? Learn more about how you can contribute now.

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Ebike Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Electric Bike in Top Shape

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Ebike Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Electric Bike in Top Shape

An ebike is a fun way to get outside and get active. Electric bikes come with many benefits, like making it easier to get out and ride more often, reducing reliance on cars, and helping cyclists enjoy longer, more challenging rides! To fully reap the benefits of your ebike, it’s important to keep it in great working condition.

With the right maintenance, your bike will last you many years to come. Make sure your ebike is in good shape with these five electric bike maintenance tips.

5 Electric Bike Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Ebike in Top Shape

#1: Clean & Lube the Chain

The chain on an ebike sees a lot of wear and tear thanks to the bike’s weight and speed. Your chain should always be clean and lubed. This can usually be accomplished by wiping the chain off with a rag and applying fresh lube sparingly. Clean off any excess lube to prevent it from attracting grit.

Note: This may not be necessary if your ebike has a belt drive system.

#2: Check the Brakes

Before you ride, take a moment to ensure your ebike’s brakes are in good working order. Because an ebike can be heavier than a traditional bike and can go at faster speeds, having your brakes in good shape is especially important.

When evaluating your brakes, consider:

  • Your brake pads should be checked for wear and tear regularly.
  • Check the brake assemblies to ensure everything is in the right position.
  • Look at the levers to ensure they aren’t out of place or leaking fluid.
  • Inspect any hoses or cables for leaks or fraying.
  • Look for loose parts or excessive rotor and pad wear.

It’s also strongly recommended that you get your ebike serviced regularly by a qualified professional, as they can help you spot issues you may not be able to. They can evaluate your brakes and perform any necessary maintenance, like brake bleeding.

Roseville Cyclery recommends brake bleeding once a year, which helps remove air that may get caught in the hydraulics of bikes with hydraulic disc brakes.

#3: Keep Your Battery Charged

The battery life on your ebike is impacted by many factors, including the terrain you ride on, the assistance mode you use, and rider weight and size. In general, your ebike battery will take between 3 and 5 hours to fully charge, and can be charged over 1,000 times without degradation.

Your battery can easily be recycled and replaced when it’s time to get a new one. To ensure it’s in good working order, your ebike maintenance specialist will test your battery’s health when you bring your bike in for service.

#4: Make Sure the Tires Are in Good Shape

Make sure your tires are always properly inflated – this will help maximize your mileage. Underinflated tires don’t roll efficiently and won’t support your bike well.

If you notice your tires’ tread is worn out or see noticeable signs of wear, like cracked rubber or other deformities, it’s time to invest in new tires. You’ll want to replace them with tires made specifically for ebikes.

When you bring your bike in for service, your ebike maintenance team can also make sure that your spoke tension is correct and your wheels are true to help you achieve a better ride.

#5: Update the Firmware

Because your ebike is electronic, it may occasionally need a firmware update to keep it running efficiently and effectively.

Depending on the type of bike you have, you may be able to check to see if your firmware needs an update. For example, Specialized ebike owners can check their firmware on the Mission Control App.

Your ebike repair shop can help you run any necessary updates.

Staying on top of your electric bike maintenance will help you enjoy your ebike for many years to come. If you ride a Roseville Cyclery ebike, our service team can help you keep it in good working order. Schedule an ebike maintenance appointment.

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Do Electric Bikes Work Without Pedaling?

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Do Electric Bikes Work Without Pedaling?

Ebike caught your eye?

It’s no wonder. Electric bikes are a great way to get more exercise, ride farther, and have more fun.

But you may have a few more questions lingering about the latest evolution of the bicycle.

Including this one:

Do Electric Bikes Work Without Pedaling?

The answer to this question depends on the type of ebike you have. Electric bikes, or motorized bikes, come in two modes: throttle and pedal-assist.

Let’s compare the two.

Pedal-Assist Electric Bikes

The motor of a pedal-assist electric bike works when you are pedaling. (Hence the name.)

If you’ve ridden a conventional bike before, you’ll find the pedal-assist to be very intuitive. The motor kicks in when you pedal, so you can get an extra boost uphill, extend your ride time further, or get your ride done in less time.

Pedal-assist ebikes also give you the option to not use the assist. You’re not obligated to use the motor; you can pick and choose the situations in which you want to use it. If you still want to sweat and push your way up the hills, it’s your ride!

Although, once you’ve experienced the extra speed and fun the ebike motor provides, you’re going to want to keep enjoying it.

Trust us on that one.

Many ebikes allow you to change the amount of help you get when pedaling, so you can decide whether you want to do most of the work yourself or let the bike do the hard stuff.

How much you use the pedal-assist affects not only how fast you’ll go but also how long the battery will last and how much of a workout you get.

Where can you ride it?
Pedal-assist ebikes that reach top speeds of 20 MPH are classified as Class I ebikes and are allowed pretty much anywhere standard bikes are, including Class I bike trails.

Check out the Specialized Turbo Levo or the Santa Cruz Heckler if you want a pedal-assist mountain bike that will help you conquer some major trails and reach peaks previously out of reach.

Electric Bicycles with Throttle

An electric bike equipped with a throttle allows you to pedal just like you would a conventional bike or to kick back and enjoy a free ride.

A throttle-equipped bike works basically like a motorcycle. Usually mounted on the handlebar and activated by twisting, the throttle can power the electric motor without any pedaling.

Some bikes come with just the throttle and no pedal-assist, while others come with the option to use both. And a few ebikes don’t even have pedals at all, just a throttle.

Where can you ride it?
Throttle-equipped ebikes can be classified as Class II ebikes if they top out at 20 MPH or Class III ebikes if their top speed is 28 MPH.

The difference in top speeds will dictate where they’re allowed to go. Class II ebikes are allowed in Class I bike trails in CA, while Class III ebikes are not.

On U.S. Federal lands, any use of a throttle where bikes are allowed is against the rules. Your bike is allowed to have one, but you can’t use it.

Shop for Pedal-Assist Ebikes at Roseville Cyclery

At Roseville Cyclery, we’re big fans of pedal-assist electric bikes from our favorite brands such as Specialized, Santa Cruz, and more.

Due to increasing demand, our inventory is constantly fluctuating, so call or visit our Northern California ebike store to see what’s in stock and to find the perfect, pedal-assisted ebike for you.

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The 3 Best Ebikes for Commuting

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The 3 Best Ebikes for Commuting

What is your daily commute like? Do you sit in traffic on the freeway or find yourself idling, waiting for the light to change? Commuting by ebike can offer a more exciting, greener alternative to a traditional commute by car. And unlike a traditional bike, the added power of an ebike can help you avoid arriving at work sweaty and out of breath.

If you’re ready to make the switch to electric, discover the best ebikes for commuting.

How to Pick the Best Ebike for Your Commute

There are many benefits in choosing an ebike for your commute:

  • You can eliminate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with commuting by car.
  • An ebike’s added speed makes your commute quicker than on a traditional bike.
  • Stay fit and active by commuting by ebike.
  • Skip the traffic for an easier commute.

To fully enjoy the benefits of commuting by ebike, make sure you choose an ebike that meets your needs. You’ll want to consider:

  • Your budget. How much do you want to invest in an ebike that fits your lifestyle?
  • The length of your commute. Verify that your bike has the battery life you need for your trip, and pay extra attention to comfort if you have a longer commute.

The 3 Best Ebikes for Commuters

The Specialized Turbo Como SL 4.0

Specialized Turbo Como SL 4.0

The Turbo Como SL from Specialized is any commuter’s dream bike. This new model is the perfect combination of power, range, usability, and comfort. Even more exciting? It weighs 40% less than the average ebike, while still being able to carry twice its weight in cargo! Whether you’re running errands or heading off to work, the Turbo Como SL is the perfect ride for the job.

This bike comes with features specifically designed to make a commuter’s life easier, including the ability to shift gears anytime (even when stopped), an integrated basket, and front and rear lighting.

This bike features:

  • Motor: Specialized SL 1.1, a custom lightweight motor, and a custom Specialized wiring harness w/ chargeport
  • Battery: Specialized SL 1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh

Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0, Step over version.

Specialized Turbo Vado 4.0

The Specialized Turbo Vado’s motor has been custom-tuned for city riding, making it the perfect electronic road bike. It reacts intuitively to the force of your pedaling – the harder you pedal the faster you’ll go, perfect for the occasional day when you’re running a bit late!

The battery is fully integrated with the frame, removable for easy charging, and lockable for extra security.

The Vado also comes in a step-through variant. Step-through bikes are easy to get on and off, perfect if you wear more formal attire to work that offers less flexibility, such as a suit or skirt.

This bike features:

  • Motor: Specialized 1.2, custom Rx Street-tuned motor, 250W nominal
  • Battery: Specialized U1-500, On/Off button, state of charge display, 500Wh

The Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon

Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon

The Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon is exceptionally lightweight, making maneuvering the bike much easier.

Perfect for a longer commute to work, the Creo SL offers 80 miles of range, with an optional range extender that adds another 40 miles.

You can also connect the bike to the Mission Control App from Specialized to tune the motor to your riding style, monitor the battery life, and track your rides.

This bike features:

  • Motor: Specialized SL 1.1, custom lightweight motor
  • Battery: Specialized SL1-320, fully integrated, 320Wh

Looking to upgrade? The Specialized Turbo Creo SL Expert offers Future Shock 2.0, which gives you a great increase in speed and reduced fatigue.

If you’re ready to electrify your commute, reach out to the team at Roseville Cyclery. We can walk you through the benefits of each ebike to help you pick the perfect one to suit your lifestyle and experience level. Visit us or browse our collection online.

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Proposed EBIKE Act Offers 30% Tax Credit for E-Bike Purchases

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Proposed EBIKE Act Offers 30% Tax Credit for E-Bike Purchases

California Congressman Jimmy Panetta introduced the Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act to encourage electric bicycle use through a consumer tax credit.

The E-BIKE Act

The E-BIKE Act creates a consumer tax credit that:

  • Covers 30% of the cost of the electric bicycle, up to a $1,500 credit
  • Applies to new electric bicycles that cost less than $8,000
  • Is fully refundable, allowing lower-income workers to claim the credit

“E-bikes are not just a fad for a select few, they are a legitimate and practical form of transportation that can help reduce our carbon emissions,” said Congressman Panetta.

“My legislation will make it easier for more people from all socio-economic levels to own e-bikes and contribute to cutting our carbon output. By incentivizing the use of electric bicycles to replace car trips through a consumer tax credit, we can not only encourage more Americans to transition to greener modes of transportation but also help fight the climate crisis.”

Electric Bikes: an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Vehicle Trips

E-bikes are a great alternative to vehicle trips and commutes. They’re easy to use and can travel greater distances in less time compared to conventional bikes.

If e-bikes replaced 15% of car trips, carbon emissions could drop by 12%, a recent study found.

Studies in Europe and North America have found that e-bikes replace 46% (North America) to 76% (Europe) of vehicle trips.

Congressional Bike Caucus Chairman Earl Blumenauer co-founded the bill along with Congressman Panetta.

“One of the few positive developments of the last year has been the surge in biking. Communities large and small are driving a bike boom. Notably, electric bicycles are expanding the range of people who can participate and making bike commuting even easier,” said Blumenauer. “I look forward to working with Congressman Panetta on this important expansion of cycling opportunities.”

Support the E-BIKE Act

The e-bike act would relieve 30% of the cost of a new electric bicycle (up to $1500) for consumers. You can show your support for a federal tax credit for electric bikes by using this easy form to encourage your representative to co-sponsor the bill.

“E-bikes make biking a more accessible and easier option for more Americans. We’re encouraged by congressional leadership on the E-BIKE Act, a bill that if passed will enable Americans to fight climate change and improve public health through the simple act of bicycling.”

– Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists

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