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?