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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

A man with a briefcase and helmet commuting to work on an ebike. Find the best ebikes for commuting with Roseville Cyclery.

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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The 7 Biggest Myths About Ebikes, Busted

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The 7 Biggest Myths About Ebikes, Busted

Any celebrity will tell you, fame brings with it a certain amount of rumors and myths. And now that ebikes are reaching the popularity level of some of the biggest names in movies and music, myths and misinformation have come with the territory. We’re here to clear up the worst of these rumors once and for all. Because ebikes don’t deserve a bad rap or a negative reputation. Here are the seven biggest myths about ebikes, busted.

Myth: Ebikes are Cheating

Like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster, this is the granddaddy of ebike myths. And, like those other mythical monsters, it continues to pop up, time and again. This myth has been dispelled a hundred times over. Because anyone who’s ridden an electric bike can undoubtedly attest that… Ebikes are Not Cheating All you need is a basic understanding of how an ebike works to know this claim is pure myth. In general, an ebike includes a pedal-assisted motor that only activates if you’re pedaling. It’s not a motorcycle in disguise; you won’t just kick back, relax, and let the motor propel you around. You’ve got to be putting in some (wo)man-power of your own to get the motorized assist to kick in. Like the Specialized Turbo Levo or the Santa Cruz Heckler, many electric bike models offer varying assist levels. This means riders can choose the amount of assist they use on their rides. And, of course, you can decide how much assistance to use. Want to climb to the top of that hill completely unassisted? Great! It’s your ride. But if you want a little boost so you can reach the top faster and go even further than you ever have before, an ebike gives you that ability. We’re tired of hearing this myth. It’s time to retire it for good.

Myth: Ebikes aren’t Good Exercise

Anyone who claims an ebike isn’t good exercise obviously hasn’t spent a day ripping up and down trails, heart pumping, sweat dripping, dirt flying, and face smiling. Ebikes are Great Exercise Sure, the pedal-assist motor kicks in whenever you want it. So you can go faster, further, or get a boost up that one hill that’s always been your nemesis. But that doesn’t mean you’re coasting around town on a moped, letting a motor do all the work. Ebikes provide all of the health benefits of cycling. And most people who buy an ebike do so for health and fitness reasons. Because ebikes are a great way to get some serious exercise.

Myth: Ebikes are for People Who Can’t Ride Conventional Bikes

Another big myth about ebikes is that they’re only for people who can’t or don’t ride a conventional bike. This myth may be founded in a small bit of truth: ebikes are a fantastic way for a less experienced cyclist to enjoy the sport and keep up with more advanced riders. But, in general, we’re marking this as FALSE. Experienced Riders Love Ebikes Our favorite quote about ebikes comes from Janelle, who coaches a local high school mountain bike team. “If you’re not having fun on an ebike, you probably don’t have the assist turned on!” Janelle’s not the only “serious” cyclist who’s a big fan of electric bikes. “The only thing that surprises me is that more people are NOT on eBikes,” says seven-time US championship retired professional cyclist Rahsaan Bahati.

Myth: Ebikes are too Expensive

Electric bikes add some additional components to a standard bike frame, including a motor, battery, and even apps that connect to your smartphone. And all of these extra components can add to the final cost of the bike. But too expensive? We’re saying no. Ebikes Come in a Wide Range of Price and Function Saying an ebike is too expensive is like saying a bicycle costs too much. There are just too many possible combinations of form, function, and price points to make that kind of blanket statement. Just like conventional bicycles, you can find an ebike for every type of rider. You can find ebikes built to help you commute to work, cruise around town, put some serious miles on the road or gravel, or climb every mountain. And you can find an electric bike in almost every price range, from hundreds to thousands of dollars. In most cases, if you’ve got the cash for a conventional bike, you can probably find an ebike priced similarly. Get Ebike Pricing: Shop Ebikes at Roseville Cyclery

Myth: Ebike Batteries Don’t Last Long

Worried that an ebike battery won’t keep up with your ride? Don’t be! You can leave this myth at home while you confidently conquer the streets and peaks. Ebike Batteries Are Long-lasting and Rechargeable For starters, think of an ebike battery like gas in your car. There are a number of factors that go into how long your ebike battery will last, just like there are different factors that determine how long your tank of gas will last. Rider size, terrain, and level of assist are just a few of the things that determine your battery life. And when your battery does need to be recharged, simply plug it into the wall for 3 to 5 hours and you’ll be good to go. Learn more ebike battery facts. Read: How Long do Ebike Batteries Last and Other Ebike Battery FAQs.

Myth: Ebikes Can’t Go Where Mountain Bikes Go

“I don’t want an ebike. I can’t take it on my favorite trail.” Sound familiar? We’ve heard this song a time or two. But we’re interrupting the recording because this myth usually isn’t true. Ebikes Can Go Where Most Bikes Go Functionally speaking, ebikes can go where any conventional bike can go. In fact, an ebike may help you conquer terrain that’s previously been out of reach. Ebike fans love how they can get more distance out of their rides. There’s been confusion in the past and a fair share of controversy—over whether ebikes were allowed on trails in national parks. But a 2019 reclassification of ebikes as “non-motorized bicycles” allows all three classes of e-bikes to ride on cycling trails in national parks. Be sure to check on your state and local regulations for ebike use on trails, and remember that an ebike doesn’t give you license to hog the trail or otherwise act like a dirt clod. “In order to maintain a safe experience for everyone, cyclists—whether using an e-bike or a regular bike—must respect the experiences of pedestrians, other cyclists, and other trail users by using safe speeds and signaling when passing. In short, it is user behavior, not the technology of an e-bike, that determines the trail experience,” reminds railstotrails.org.

Myth: Ebikes are a Passing Trend

Transportation trends come and go. Remember when the Segway was supposed to reinvent personal transportation? But putting electric bikes in the same category as the Segway and other passing trends is untrue and unfair. Ebikes are Here to Stay Ebikes are here to stay. The global e-bike market size is projected to grow to USD 70.0 billion by 2027. COVID-19 boosted sales of bikes and ebikes as people looked for both outdoor recreational opportunities and creative ways to avoid crowded public transportation. Studies have shown that ebike riders ride more frequently and cover more miles per day compared to conventional bike owners. That’s a very appealing, eco-friendly alternative to car-based transportation, and governments are taking note. Government incentives are expected to boost the sales of cargo and commuter ebikes in the future, as well. Do you have more ebike myths that need to be dispelled? Or just general questions about electric bikes? Visit our downtown Roseville ebike showroom in Northern California and our team of ebike experts can answer your questions and help you find the right ebike for your needs.

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Is an Electric Bike Good Exercise?

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Is an Electric Bike Good Exercise?

Looking for a fun way to get outside and do something good for your body? There’s no doubt about it, cycling is a great way to cross “get more exercise” off your to-do list.

But if you’ve been thinking about getting that exercise on an ebike, you may be wondering:

Is an Electric Bike Good Exercise?

The news is good…

It turns out, ebikes are great exercise!

A survey of ebike purchasers found that most people are buying electric bikes for recreation and health reasons.

According to the survey, the top reasons to buy an electric bike were:

  • For recreation (78.89%)
  • To stay active (76.79%)
  • To get in shape (45.08%)

Ebike owners aren’t buying ebikes because they’re not fit enough for a conventional bike, either. The same survey found that 42% of ebike buyers reported they were in good health, 28.6% in very good health, and 10.68% in excellent health when they purchased their bikes.

Healthy people are recognizing that ebikes are a great way to get all of the health benefits of cycling, with all of the fun of a motorized assist that can help them cycle further and longer than they had before.

Ebike Owners Cycle More Often

A 2018 North American Study of Electric Bicycle Owners found that ebikes increased the frequency of riding for their owners. Before owning an ebike, about 30% of respondents rode their bike once a week and 25.1% rode daily.

But after purchasing an ebike, 91.5% ride frequently: 42.3% of ebike owners report riding weekly and 49.2% ride daily.

Another study showed that people who purchased an ebike increased their bicycle use from 2.1 km (1.3 miles) per day to 9.2 km (5.7 miles) per day on average.

That’s a 338% increase!

Ebike owners are definitely cycling further and more often, and that means they’re experiencing more of the amazing health benefits of cycling.

5 Incredible Health Benefits of Cycling

Cycling is an incredibly fun way to treat your body to exercise that can benefit your heart, joints, muscles, lungs, and more.

Heart Health

Cycling is cardio, an aerobic exercise that’s great for your heart, brain, and blood vessels. Aerobic exercise is recommended by the American Heart Association for people with, or at risk for, heart disease.

A 2016 study found that people who biked regularly had about 15% fewer heart attacks than did noncyclists. Even as little as half an hour of biking per week was linked to reduced rates of heart disease.

How much should you be cycling to support heart health? The AHA recommends adults get a minimum of 150 minutes per week (that’s about 20 minutes a day) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes (10 minutes a day) of vigorous aerobic activity.

Regulates Blood Sugar

Regular aerobic exercise like cycling can also help regulate insulin levels and lower blood sugar. According to Harvard Medical School, both aerobic and strength training exercises can lower insulin resistance; combining both provides even more insulin-regulating benefits.

Improves Mood and Benefits Mental Health

Aerobic exercise triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals. Aerobic exercise, including cycling, has been studied for its benefits on mood and mental health and found to relieve stress and reduce anxiety and depression. Studies have also found exercise to improve self-esteem and cognitive function.

Healthy Bones, Muscles, and Joints

Cycling is overall good for your skeletal-muscular system, supporting strong healthy bones, muscles, and joints. Pedaling works as a resistance activity, which increases bone density and strengthening muscles like glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors, and calves. Cycling is also easy on the joints.

Weight Loss

In a study funded by the National Institute of Health and published in the Obesity journal, researchers set out to discover if exercise alone could result in weight loss, without cutting calories or other dietary interventions.

Participants exercised an average of 44 minutes, 5x a week for 10 months. The results concluded that “significant reductions in weight” compared to a sedentary control group.

Ebikes are a Great Way to Exercise

So, if you’re looking for a fun way to get more exercise into your week, an electric bike can certainly get you there. Getting more exercise is one of the primary reasons people buy an electric bike, and, once they get it home, they’re cycling more often and riding further.

Curious about which electric bike is the best fit for you and your fitness goals? Visit our ebike showroom in Downtown Roseville, CA, and our ebike specialists will help you select the perfect bike to get you out and exercising!

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5 Benefits of Electric Bikes

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5 Benefits of Electric Bikes

If you’ve started seeing electric bikes everywhere lately, it’s for good reason. From getting more exercise to cutting down on car trips, every ebike owner has their own reason why they made the decision to go electric. Here are five reasons why everyone is riding an ebike:

Getting More Out of Your Ride

If you think electric bikes are for novice riders, think again. Even the most dedicated cyclists are enjoying the biggest benefit of electric bikes: the ability to ride further, faster, and longer. Electric bikes allow riders to explore territories that may have previously been out of reach or to cover more ground in less time.

Ebikes can allow you to go an average 4x further on your rides, taking you to new heights — literally.

Good for Your Health

According to a report by the Transport Research Laboratory, conventional bikes are used only 25 times per year. In comparison, ebike riders are using their bikes far more often:

  • 81% of ebikes are used 1x weekly
  • 30% of ebikes are used 1x daily

That means ebike riders are getting a whole lot more physical exercise than those who leave their bikes parked in the garage the other 340 days a year.

Sure, electric bikes provide pedal assistance. But that doesn’t mean you’re not doing any work. Cycling health benefits include increased cardiovascular fitness, joint mobility, and muscle strength as well as decreasing stress. The more you ride, the better it is for your health and wellness.

Keeping Up With the Kids

“My six-year-old son already outrides me,” admits Melissa, a 40-year old mother who wrote about her experience test riding a Specialized electric bike. “This definitely makes me feel like I could keep up with him!”

Electric bikes can help you keep up with your kids, spouse, friends, or anyone else who may have more riding experience or be used to going further and faster on rides. Instead of declining the group mountain bike ride because of a fear of falling behind, electric bikes can give you the extra boost of confidence (and speed) you need to keep up with the more experienced riders in your life.

Reduced Car Trips

There’s no question that cycling is better for the environment than commuting by vehicle. The average US car emits about a pound of CO2 per mile from burning fuel, while cycling is carbon-free. Even though the environmental benefits of commuting by bike are clear, there is still a surplus of cars on the roads. Clearly, many of us need more motivation to bike to work than doing it for the environment’s sake.

Electric bikes can make commuting by bike much more attractive to casual riders. For one, the peddle-assist can help power a commuter to work without fear of arriving in a sweaty, sodden mess. And the added speed from the ebike means one could arrive to work 4x faster than on a conventional bike.

More electric bikes on the road mean fewer cars and fewer emissions. And that’s a benefit for everyone in the community.

More Fun!

“If you’re not having fun on an ebike, you probably don’t have the assist turned on,” says Janelle. Janelle is no novice to the sport of cycling; she coaches the mountain bike team at a local high school. This experienced rider and mountain bike coach gets the appeal… cycling on an electric bike is simply a whole lot of fun, no matter what your level of expertise is.

Want to experience the benefits of an electric bike for yourself? Pedal on over to our ebike showroom in downtown Roseville, CA, and find the perfect ebike to ride longer, faster, and further than ever before.

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