BMX of Antiquity Swap Meet - March 9, 2013

 MARCH 9TH, The First & Only Annual Old School BMX SWAP in RedWOOD City! The West Coast's most self-important BMX event to hit 926 Broadway Street in eons! On this day in time,  Motostrano will open up its parking lot to any one with stuff to swap or sell or buy pertaining to the BMX of Antiquity mindset. If you got old school BMX stuff in your garage, bedroom or kitchen, bring it. If you know some one who has that kind of stuff, tell them about our event. Hang out and shoot the shite. We'll have some coffee for you and load up some good tunes inside while enjoying the righteous California March Saturday that unfolds before us outside. You, Are, Invited!

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E-Bike To & Through The Redwoods

The weather outlook for this Saturday is clear skies. Let's take advantage of the break in the rain and some great weather and ride through the redwoods to the top of Skyline and back on e-bikes. You can do it! 

BOSCH e-bikes are not required, but recommended (we have many for sale if you are interested). If you have one, bring it! Let's make a little buzz up the mountain and see what these bikes can do. 

This ride will start sharp at 7AM from the Motostrano/Suburbanbikes shop at 926 Broadway in Redwood City 

It's about 13 miles each way and very beautiful. The ride itself should last about 3 hours and we'll ride up 2000 feet of elevation and back down it so make sure your battery is well charged. 

 

We'll start off in Redwood City and make our way up to Woodside, through Huddart park and up the winding King's Mountain Rd. At the top we can stop to rest and take pictures and have a snack.  

What to bring

You: have a clear head and be ready for a good ride on a quiet country road

Water: one or two bottles of water

Snack: energy bars for the ride

Tools: spare tube

Rain gear: Just in case 

Camera: for the beautiful wet Redwood Forest. 

Note: This is an all paved ride up to the top of Skyline and back. The roads will be wet and full of slippery leaves. It's not a race and safety is first. The road itself is normally quiet but expect a car or motorcycle to pass you respectfully. 

E-Biking For Health Reasons

We like to brag about how our e-bikes are for going faster, having gobs of fun and beating traffic and hills and so forth - and they are great for that - but many people are picking up e-bikes for health reasons, to get on a bike with some help, to get healthy, to stay healthy or to avoid serious pains from previous injuries or conditions and getting some assist. With an e-bike, many of our customers would just not be able to ride a bike where they want to, or at least not have much fun doing so. These bikes are enablers and they keep the fun in cycling for many who need it.

We have sold e-bikes to people with lung problems that prohibit them from putting full power down the pedals, as well as numerous other types of fatigue related problems. We have also sold e-bikes to people with various knee and leg issues that cause pain to them when they ride without a motor. Older riders, many of whom have been riding all of their lives, turn to an e-bike as they get older because they find they are losing muscle power in their later years. 

It's great to have your health and biking is a big promoter of health, but many riders are dealing with health issues currently that just make riding a bike a pain to begin with. The latest e-bikes are wonderfully enabling these riders to get on a bike where otherwise they would not be able to. 

Felt Electric Bike Demo Day October 25

Join us for our Felt Bicycles E-bike Demo!

Test, explore, ride and learn about the Felt range of e-bikes  on Saturday October 25. Find out how an e-bike can change the way you get around town, avoid traffic congestion, improve your health and skip the cost of car commuting. We'll be exploring the all new BOSCH powered mid-drive electric bikes built by Felt Bicycles. 

Felt Bicycles and Felt Electric will be on hand to field your questions, and educate you about the full line of  Felt Electric bikes

In Europe BOSCH powered e-bikes are the dominant drive system. Introduced in the States only months ago, Motostrano is one of the pioneering stores featuring the BOSCH system in conjunction with  Felt Bicycles . We are a certified BOSCH store and during our demo you can learn about these great mobility tools from our staff and Felt official staff will be on hand to guide you. You can also compare this system against 10 other brands of e-bike that are part of our main store of e-bikes. 

E-bikes are the #1 selling Electric Vehicle worldwide and it's easier to understand why: they are fun! and they move you too. They are cost effective! and they improve your health by letting you enjoy exercise while you scoot around. 

If you live in the hills, have a commute of 5-15 miles each way or just like the latest gadgets, an e-bike could help you out. 

See you there!

Brooklyn Bicycles are Chic and Affordable

We like simple urban bikes that do the job of getting around town while also looking good for the rider. Bikes are beautiful and they also make a fine fashion accessory, just like a car, or a hat or a great bag. Women and men like to look good on their bikes. After all, riding around on a bike you are far more visible, present and seen than you are in a car - gotta look good on your bike. 

Which is why we like Brooklyn Bicycles. They are instantly like-able by any one who likes bicycles and the freedom and style that bikes communicate. You just want to get on one and ride and look at yourself in the reflections of windows as you dart around town.

Brooklyn Bikes have class, while still being affordable and comfortable. Fixies have class too and they're affordable, but they're not comfortable. They are more athletic than a Brooklyn. A Brooklyn Bike has great subdued colors, that aren't too fruity and fake-happy. Components are all above average parts and the accessories available round out the package for a great look. 

Visit our store to see and buy and try a Brooklyn Bike!

BOSCH E-Bike System = Game Changer

We've been living with the BOSCH e-bike system now for all of two months or so - without counting the year prior to the official release in which we worked with the Urban Arrow GEN 1 system. As expected, the BOSCH system is changing the landscape of e-biking in the US in a big way.

If you can afford it, we highly recommend buying a bike with the BOSCH system on it, over any other system on the market. If you can't afford it, figure out a way that you CAN afford it and come back and get the BOSCH system when you're ready. It's that good. If it's simply a matter of adjusting your budget to be able to jump into a BOSCH system, go for it. 

We want e-biking to really take off in the United States and one of the best ways for that to happen is if the systems themselves prove to be worth the money spent, are reliable, have great range, are easy to use and last a long time. The BOSCH system promises to deliver on all these fronts and, barring any major problems, we expect the BOSCH system to become the benchmark of quality for e-bikes. 

E-bikes promise a lot, but they also cost a lot compared to a normal bicycle. But until now that high cost has not also meant high quality. The reason so many traditional bike shops haven't jumped in on e-bikes is that, unlike traditional bicycles, e-bikes are more prone to unsolvable problems that bike shops aren't used to dealing with. This is a fact and e-bikes tend to suffer more and larger warranty issues than regular bikes of equal cost across the board.

The BOSCH system promises - or at least we are hoping for it - to solve all that by first coming with great parts that don't break. We can't say that about a lot of other brands because, firstly, BOSCH is the only brand that actually owns it's own manufacturing for it's motor, battery and control parts. As it does, so it owns the systems in place to check quality standards, ensuring that the end product is on par with BOSCH's other consumer products that you find at a hardware store. 

While costing upwards of $1000 and even $2000 more than many other models available - including ones we sell -we do think that the price difference is worth every penny. This isn't to say that other lessor priced models are 100% crap. But, going with a BOSCH could ensure you have a longer lasting, trouble free and more rewarding e-bike experience over all. 

E-Bikes Are Changing People's Lives

10 and 20 years ago, Europe buzzed everywhere with the sound of mopeds and motor scooters, as Europeans battled high gas, parking and insurance prices in urban and rural areas. During the past 3 - 5 years, this buzz has been almost completely replaced by the silent elegance of e-bikes. People of all ages, from grannys going to the market, to students and workers getting to work have all adopted the e-bike as their primary tool for getting around town. 

In California, people are also undergoing this change right now, though most people adopting e-bikes are making the leap not from a moped, or scooter, but directly from the automobile. Our urban areas are congested seemingly beyond repair. The monetary cost of owning a car is more and more seen to outweigh the benefits, while the physical health costs of constantly relying on a car to get from a to b even for short trips is making us all unhealthy and uptight.

The E-bike is changing people's lives by providing a mode of transportation that's more than just transportation. It's a way to travel from a to b quicker, healthier, cheaper and in a way that makes an improvement in our communities. 

Recent advancements in small electric motors and lithium batteries have finally made the electric bike viable. It's what we've wanted and the e-bike making cycling viable for people who would otherwise find cycling an impossibility. 

Suburbanbikes has sold e-bikes to people for 5 years now. But only recently are we seeing non-early adopter types come in, buy an e-bike and ride off, only to return and explain that their new e-bike has changed their lives in so many ways.