Commuting To Work By Electric Bike

Commuting to work by electric bike is doable, fun and money-saving. 

Considering buying a bike that you can use to get to work with? What's stopping you? If you commute between 5 and 10 miles to work every day, getting out of your car and doing that commute by bicycle will be something you wish you started doing a long time ago. 

Riding to work is 100 times more fun than driving. Why not get to work with a refreshing smile on your face? The experience of traffic, any kind of car traffic can be a huge downer. Even the regular slow-flowing traffic, that isn't really a traffic jam, is frustrating, moving from light to light, stop sign to stop sign. Going by bike bypasses all of that and can even take the same or less amount of time than by traveling by car or bus. 

Moving around on an electric bike is a relaxing and satisfying experience. You're in the open air. You're not chained to your cell phone or updates on your social media and you can survey your surroundings at a normal pace. 

One of the highlights of my own commute to work (7 miles each way) is a little bypass that I take through a local city park. I can't do anything like that by car. In seconds, I'm off the main road and riding down a shaded tree-lined park in the quiet. If I want, I can even stop and take a quick rest before heading up the hill I need to climb on my electric bike and enjoy the silence. 

Hills are a breeze on an electric bike and they're what really makes owning an electric bike worth every penny. You may still have to pedal to get your bike up to speed on a good size incline. Still, you more than likely wont have to break a sweat and a little excise will do you just fine. 

It's a pleasure to ride around on a bike, passing gas stations along the way. In terms of speed comparison, consider all the times you had to fill up on the way to work losing time on the way. Your electric bike charges up over night, while you're sleeping. Plug it in at night. Un-plug it in the morning and you're tank is full.

Electric bikes require almost no maintenance compared to cars. No oil change. No fluid change. 

You can park your electric bike almost anywhere. 

What's stopping you?

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A Brooklyn Bike Around Town - Redwood City

Amy came to Suburbanbikes and decided to try out a Brooklyn bike around town and The Willow was her bike of choice. We had a camera follow her around. 

The Willow is a cute around town cruiser with gears and all the accessories you could need for fashionable urban or suburban 2 wheel getting around. 

Brooklyn says: "Behold Willow—our can-do conversation-starter.  With a step-through frame that accommodates everything from your finely tailored suit to your sun-faded maxi, our Willow seven-speed will get you anywhere you need to go—attitude in tow.  Internal gearing means fewer stops at the bike shop, more stops at the coffee shop, and these cream tires will not only delight the senses, but dominate the pavement.  Top it all off with crown fork detailing, a color-matched chain cover and fenders, and dark walnut accents—plus a cargo-ready rack—and you’ve got yourself one photogenic and functional ride."

We agree and Amy was very photogenic on our ride around the latin quarter of Redwood City. Middlefield Road is a kind of suburban Mission District for Redwood City and the area is filled with vibrant colors and latin stores and restaurants. 

It's also home to a great local grocery outlet where some wonderful fresh fruits are to be had. 

Amy is originally from Boston. She came to California originally to be a nanny only to find her career swallowed whole by Silicon Valley and the DotCom arena. She now works for two start-ups and lives with room mates in the hills above Redwood City. 

Amy probably didn't know that Redwood City is famous for its Taquerias. If you don't already love tacos and you come to Redwood City, you soon will. And what's not to like about Tacos? 

Redwood City is not very well known as a fashion center, however. Most of the downtown of Redwood City is filled with wonderful eateries. Along Middlefield however, there are a number of choice stores to shop at, particularly if you're a fan of Converse shoes...

We had a wonderful afternoon riding around Redwood City and Middlefield Rd. Amy loved riding her Brooklyn Willow. In Boston, the window to ride a bike in good weather is quite small compared to Redwood City. 

Fat Tire Bikes Come To California

We typically see the fat tire bike craze outside of California because it's thought to be a snow bike. It's not. Fat tire bikes are a blast on sand and regular old fashioned dirt. Out here around San Francisco Bay, there's tons of muddy gravel marshy places to ride too. Just be sensitive to the local bay habitat. 

On a recent ride, we saw fat tire bikes around Half Moon Bay and the deep sandy shore is a great place for a fat tire bike. You'll see not many bikes on the beach and plenty of wild life, both living and dead. Recently, we've had our share of whale carcass for instance. On my ride I noticed a starving young seal stranded on the beach. It's nature and the local waters aren't very healthy at the moment. Food supplies are down and seals are hungry so they go up on shore out of exhaustion. 

If you want to get off the sand, you can ride for miles on some of the costal bluffs too, over looking Mavericks and up towards Pacifica. Wonderful riding with views of the entire Bay Area if you can make it to the top. 



#ridewithoutpain Cycling + Yoga Are A Great Fit

As part of our ongoing effort to promote riding bikes without pain, to get more people riding bikes and enjoying it, we'll be doing a series of promotions and rides to combine our customer's interest in cycling and health with Yoga. 

The goal with this initiative is to combine a two low-impact activities to enhance the experience of both in a new way for our customers, combining one activity that is stationary, yoga, with another that is mobile, cycling. 

Cycling benefits from yoga through stretching benefits that it generates, and the benefits to breathing and strength building. Meanwhile, practicing Yoga after cycling can help to calm the body, restore the muscles and nerves and bring inner peace after a hard ride. 

We're passionate about cycling and the positive energy that it creates. This passion will transfer to our Yoga offering as well, providing an experience that is beyond the standard yoga experience, that's challenging, exciting and transforming.  

Our Cycling+Yoga programs will help our customers enjoy the benefits of Yoga in conjunction with cycling with a series of Yoga programs that work well for cyclists.

The goal is to offer Yoga instruction to our customers and use it enhance the riding experience through cycling and yoga combined. 

For new riders, yoga training can help support muscle relaxation, breathing and concentration while on a bike. Good breathing, feeling relaxed, with tension released, promotes a better cycling experience overall. Yoga helps out before riding, while riding and after riding. 

Restorative yoga can help rebuild muscle ease, reduce tension and help relieve pain. 





#ebikedemo Day, Saturday, April 25, Redwood City

We're doing another #ebike demo day at our Redwood City store. This will take place the weekend after Sea Otter, so if you miss SO or don't like crowds, our demo day will be a fine way to see the best in e-bike tech that will be at SO anyway and you can ride on road and trail just the same. We'll have Haibike, Felt, Lapierre bikes, as well as A2B, BLIX, BESV and others on hand for you to compare, contrast and purchase. We're hoping for fine California drought weather, blue skies and green grass to accompany us. We hope to see you here too.

Why come? You are in the market for totally great e-bike. You like e-bikes. You like to ride e-bikes. You like to talk about e-bikes with other ebikers just like you. 

RSVP to if you can. 

If you like to go on a longer ride, we have 2 rides scheduled thru the day for a road experience or an off road experience. 

Tags: demo, ebike, ebikedemo

#inwildcompany - corporate group bike experiences

Our fleet of rental bikes is available to individuals and groups. for groups of 5 or more, we offer bike delivery service to trailheads around the bay area. Rent a group of bikes, either mountain bike or road bike, we'll deliver your bikes to the trail, ready to ride with helmets and water. 

You don't need to get on a private jet to get out in a new and challenging environment for your corporate offsite meeting. The Bay Area has it all, minutes away and we'll help your team tackle it together. 

Our fleet of mountain bikes and road bikes are high quality bikes for your team to rely on for their adventure. Tackle trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Coast, the Marin Headlands, South and East Bay trails. 

Adventure awaits! Rent a mountain bike or a road bike

Mix it up! Mix up your bike ride with a day of paddling in Half Moon Bay. Surf or kayak in the open water. Hike- hike up to the peaks of nearby mountains, or rent jeeps and experience the trail on 4 wheels. 

Next Demo Day April 25, Saturday

The week after the Sea Otter Classic (the big bike thing in Monterrey you keep hearing about), come to Motostrano/Suburbanbikes' Super Ultra Electric Bike demo where, if you missed going to Sea Otter, don't like crowds, like seeing stuff you can buy, you'l be able to see and try and buy the best in electric bike technology. 

Vendors from all over the globe will convene in our parking lot, as well as representatives from the peoples of the world from all living cultures to view, try, talk about, test and hopefully buy a great new e-bike from our store. 

April 25 is the date. Saturday is the Day. April is the Month.