Ebike Etiquette for Safer Roads and Trails

Ebike riders share the road. Learn ebike etiquette for safer roads and trails at Roseville Cyclery.

Ebike Etiquette for Safer Roads and Trails

Ebike riders are spending more time on the roads and trails. That’s not just hyperbole; a study found ebike riders increased their bicycle use by 340%. Since riders are using ebikes to ride further, faster, and to take more trips, it’s an excellent time to visit the ebike rules of the road.

So make sure you’re following good ebike etiquette to ensure everyone is having a good time while they cycle, no matter what kind of bike they’re using.

Ride Respectfully

E-bikes can go faster than a regular bicycle, with Class I and II ebikes topping out at 20mph. But just because you can, doesn’t always mean you should. Be respectful and courteous of other bicyclists and pedestrians and keep your speed in check.

  • Follow posted speed limits
  • Pass politely and only where safe and appropriate
  • Turn your motor off and slow down around horses or other animals

Have a respectful attitude with other cyclists, as well. Sure, you have the power to pass someone on the uphill climb, but that doesn’t mean you need to boast about it, too. Some conventional cyclists still haven’t made up their minds about ebikes; you don’t want to be the person who ruins their opinion for everybody else.

Ride Safely

Making safety a priority is vital for cyclists on any bike, electric or conventional. But when you’ve got a motor in play, you have even more responsibility for your own and others’ safety.

For road ebikes, keep to the same bike lanes and routes used by conventional bikes. Follow the same rules of the road as you would on any other bike, and remember to be safe, courteous, and respectful when riding around conventional bicyclists and pedestrians.

For e-MTB bikes, only ride on trails where ebikes are explicitly allowed. A 2020 ruling allowed ebikes in National Parks. However, superintendents at each park can explicitly limit or restrict ebike access where they deem appropriate. So check your park rules before you go, because you may be allowed on the trails or only on off-highway vehicle areas, depending on the specific park you’re riding.

And, of course, stay on the trails if you’re allowed to use them. Don’t ride through vegetation and wildlife, don’t cut corners, don’t damage trails and wildlife, and don’t take your ebike on a trail where it’s not allowed.

Ride Smart

Lastly, be smart when you’re enjoying your ebike! Check with your local bike shop for a list of the best nearby places to ride your ebike, to find a community of ebike riders to ride with, and to learn more about ebike classifications and etiquette.

Make sure you’re properly geared up and able to stay hydrated on your ride. The pedal-assist motor of an ebike only kicks on when you’re pedaling, and ebike riders get just as much of a physical workout as conventional cyclists. So don’t fall under the assumption that you don’t need fluids for a ride.

Wear bright or reflective colors so you can be seen on the road and trails. Utilize front and back lights if you ride early morning, at dusk, night, when the weather is cloudy, or in any situation when visibility may be poor.

Ready to explore the world on your new electric bike? Ebike etiquette is just as important as conventional bike etiquette. Because of the additional speed you have at your fingertips, it’s even more vital to be a good ambassador for the sport. Be sure to ride safely, respectfully, and smartly when you’re out and about on your ebike.

Want to talk to an ebike expert about where and how to ride your bike safely? Ask the ebike experts at Roseville Cyclery. Visit our showroom in Downtown Roseville, CA, for ebike sales, service, and a supportive ebike community.


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Where Can You Ride an Electric Bike? An Ebike Classification Guide

Electric mountain bikes on national land. Find out where you can ride your ebike and learn about ebike classifications.

Where Can You Ride an Electric Bike? An Ebike Classification Guide

When ebikes first hit the scene, they brought along a fair amount of confusion on where and how they were legally allowed to be used. Should a bike with a motor be treated like a conventional bike, sharing bike paths and trails with conventional bikes and pedestrians? Or should they be treated like a motorcycle or moped, with all of the regulations shared by these two-wheel vehicles?

If you’ve been curious about where you can ride your electric bike, we’re breaking down Federal and CA state regulations for ebikes and the classification system used to categorize ebike usage.

Federal Law States Ebikes Subject to Same Regulations as Conventional Bikes

Electric bicycles have been defined and regulated at the Federal level since 2002. Under Federal law, electric bicycles are subject to the same regulations that govern traditional (human-powered) bicycles. They are not considered “motor vehicles.”

Under Federal law, an ebike is considered a “low-speed electric bicycle” and defined as “a two- or three-wheeled vehicle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts (1 h.p.), whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a motor while ridden by an operator who weighs 170 pounds, is less than 20 mph.”

Federal law does not supersede state traffic laws and vehicle codes. For our CA friends, an understanding of local CA ebike classifications can help you understand exactly where you can ride your ebike.

CA Ebike Classification System

The CA Department of Motor Vehicles breaks down ebikes into 3 categories.

Class I Ebikes
Class I ebikes are equipped with a pedal-assist motor that only provides assistance when a rider is pedaling. These bikes cease to provide assistance when the bike reaches 20 mph. Class I bikes are allowed on the same bike paths and lanes that conventional bikes are allowed.

  • Features: pedal-assist motor
  • Top speed: 20 mph
  • Allowed: conventional bike paths, lanes, and routes
  • Restrictions: none

Class II Ebikes
Class II eBikes are equipped with throttle-assisted motors that can exclusively propel the bicycle, but that cannot provide assistance when the bike reaches 20 mph. As with Class 1 ebikes, Class II bikes are generally allowed the same places as a conventional bike.

  • Features: throttle-assist (no pedaling required)
  • Top speed: 20 mph
  • Allowed: conventional bike paths, lanes, and routes
  • Restrictions: none

Class III Ebikes
A Class III ebike is equipped with a pedal-assist motor that reaches a top speed of 28 mph. Class III ebikes are also equipped with a speedometer. In some states, Class III ebikes may have a throttle (but not in CA). Riders must be 16-years or older and wear a helmet. These bikes are not allowed on Class I multi-use bike paths (these paths are shared with pedestrians) unless specifically authorized by a local ordinance.

  • Features: pedal-assist motor
  • Top speed: 28 mph
  • Allowed: on streets, roadways, and bicycle lanes (if authorized by local authority)
  • Restricted: not for use on most multi-use bike trails, hiking trails, horse trails, or recreational trails

Ebikes Allowed in National Parks

In 2019, the Department of the Interior (DOI) issued a Secretarial Order aimed to increase recreational opportunities for ebikes on public land. The National Park Service (NPS) issued a final rule in 2020 stating that ebikes may go where traditional bicycles are allowed. However, superintendents at each park must give explicit direction to limit or restrict ebike access where they deem appropriate.

Basically, ebike rules may vary from park to park. But generally, ebikes will be allowed on any off-highway vehicle area (roads or trails where motorized vehicles are permitted). And ebikes may be allowed on bike trails, but you should check a park website before you go to to find out which trails are accessible to ebikes. Some parks may also exclude certain classes of ebikes, such as Class III bikes, for example.

Most importantly, ebikes and conventional bikes are never allowed in the wilderness of a national park, so please respect the rules and stay on the trails, regardless of what you ride.

Find Pedal-Assist Ebikes at Roseville Cyclery

Roseville Cyclery is Northern California’s premier ebike sales and service shop, located in downtown Roseville, CA. We carry a wide selection of pedal-assist ebikes from your favorite bike manufacturers, such as Specialized, Santa Cruz, Norco, and more. Visit our shop to find the perfect ebike for your riding needs, or shop our selection of ebikes online.


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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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The Best Ways to Celebrate Bike Month in Northern California

Group of women riding Specialized Turbo ebike mountain bikes in California. Discover the best bike rides in CA and how to celebrate bike month.

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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Ebike Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Electric Bike in Top Shape

A woman riding her ebike. Get electric bike maintenance tips from Roseville Cyclery.

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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