The iZip Dash Electric Bike Might Be Our Favorite Ebike Ever

The iZip E3 Dash from Currie Tech might be our favorite eBike ever. NOT ONLY does it look great, ride great, go 28 MPH and handle like butter, but at $2600 retail this bike is something you can bring home to the wife or husband and they won't look at you like you are insane because you just spent $6,000 on a bicycle. This is a bike that will take you long distances, quickly, doesn't make you look like a German design project from University and is backed by a great dealer network. 

The iZIP e3 Dash has nothing to hide. It has a style that any one can enjoy and that isn't afraid to show that it is an e-bike. It's unassuming design makes it really look like a regular bike even though its battery isn't hidden like other e-bikes. It says that it's not trying to hide its e-bike-ness. 

But, the most exciting thing about the DASH is its top speed. This e-bike cooks. We took the dash on a lunch run through heavy San Francisco traffic at noon time and we were able to cross town in just minutes. Once down on the Embarcadero we walked our bike into our favorite Salumi shop, grabbed a sandwich and headed back to the store to sell more ebikes. The getting around part was a blast. The DASH is light weight, has a predictable and usable suspension and its wide tires are great for San Francisco's crappy asphalt. 

At this feature set and top speed, the DASH is going to appeal to any one considering any of the higher end $4,000 ebikes such as the Stromer, eFlow, A2B and others. 



A Pair Of Ebikes For Him and For Her

If an ebike is on your horizon because you want to get more exercise, or not be bothered by traffic and parking, among the more stylish his and hers ebike combos we offer - we think - the BH Easymotion Neo Cross combined with the BH Neo Street ebike. Each bike fit the same needs of urban or suburban riding, or, take them on trail for light duty off pavement fun at the coast side or by the bay. These bikes will get you from your home in the lowlands of Atherton or Menlo Park, to the highlands of Woodside and beyond. 



Or, when the weekend is over, leave your car at home and hop on your bike. These are transportation devices that take you effortlessly and easily 20-30 miles at 20 mph. They are fun, healthy and inexpensive ways to get around. 

Charge it over night for pennies. Spend less time and money at the pump and our electric bikes will in fact pay for themselves in just a short few months. 

It's money in your pocket for better things. 

The two combined look well together. They match in power and style and look great in town going shopping or parked outside restaurant. 

BH Bikes are a Spanish bicycle company, one of Spains largest. The BH Easymotion line is their ebike line-up and known for their quality in components and design. Each bike uses a 300 watt motor with both pedal assist or power on demand (throttle) power. 

Visit our show room to test and buy one of these great bikes. 



Too Much Parking In Downtown San Mateo

Letter to San Mateo City Council members about planned increase in parking in downtown San Mateo.


Hello Mr Matthews and Mr Lim

I read about the recent parking meeting in the SM Daily Journal and wanted to contact you with my thoughts as a resident, father of 3, driver and cyclist. I think the idea of adding even more parking and more cars to the down town area is the opposite direction San Mateo needs to go. A city our size should be looking at reducing access to cars down town and bolstering it's walkability and rideability. 
We live in the Highlands, so visiting downtown usually, not always, involves a car drive. We also ride in by bike from time to time, during less peak times only, because it's unsafe otherwise. 
There is too much parking in downtown San Mateo already. There are too many cars in downtown San Mateo. Not enough pedestrian and bike friendly access. The sidewalks are narrow. Adding yet more parking to San Mateo isn't going to make the area more attractive for couples or families to linger and enjoy the downtown area. It will simply add more cars to the downtown area, making it even more unpleasant for people looking to do more than an in-and-out of one shop and go home. 
Less parking and more pedestrian space means a better sticky reason to stay in the area, rather than zoom in park and leave. There's already plenty of parking in the surrounding area of the downtown that goes empty during peak hours. 
San Mateo downtown is unsafe to walk around due to all these cars. It's also unbearably unsafe to ride a bike around unless you are an experienced commuter and an adult. During the evening I would never feel safe taking my family into town in the evening by bicycle to have dinner and see a movie and possibly do some shopping later and yet I would LOVE to do this and I know other families would also love to be able ride in to downtown and explore rather than have to get into a car, find a parking spot and so forth. 
And- there are actually cities who enable this and promote this. Let's follow their lead and get out of our 'car brains' for a bit. 
To become an actual destination where people will want to shop and linger, downtown needs a larger pedestrian area, more bike lanes and more out door activities. Look at what is going on in Redwood City and other towns where they've created a reason to actually get out of a car, shop and enjoy a downtown area. 
Instead of a downtown flooded by cars between 6 and 8, try to imagine a down town with families and couples streaming in by bicycles during these times, because they are want to really enjoy an evening. Let's see some bands playing out doors in the square in front of the theater. This is what I see in Redwood City around those times and on weekends. Let's promote and build that. 
We have great weather in San Mateo. Rather than pay nearly $4 million on 400 new parking places in the next ten years, put that towards building and promoting a walkable and rideable downtown. So what if we have to walk a little further to get to a restaurant or the movies. The end result is so much more healthy for people and the town itself. 
Joe Witherspoon 
San Mateo, CA 

Urban Arrow Electric Cargo Bike Makes It Easier Not To Own A Car

Wild, young, America is losing interest in the automobile. Once a symbol of speed and freedom, the car now signifies a nagging monthly payment, another thing to maintain, another mouth to feed, with gallons of expensive earth-polluting fuel each week. Traffic jams. Circling city blocks looking for parking or spot-hunting in giant soul-less parking lots and so on and so forth. 

The AAA says that it costs about $9000 per year just to operate/own a car in the United States. Young Americans don't want to be a slave to their cars, or the auto industry. They want effective, cheap transportation that's good for them, is low-impact and low-maintenance.  

Many wild, young Americans are looking at the cargo bike as a viable car replacement and the new Urban Arrow Cargo e-bike is one the most advanced example of its kind on the market. 

Imported direct from Amsterdam - the capital of bicycle transportation - the Urban Arrow is a joy to ride and to utilize. 

Considering that a car costs $9000 per year just to operate, using the UA as a car replacement pays for itself in just 6 months. 

Suburbanbikes / Motostrano is the California importer for these great bikes. 

Our first deliveries have been well received. 

The Urban Arrow cargo bike uses the famed BOSCH pedal assist mid-drive motor system to offer a smooth and powerful ride that takes the weight off starting the bike and climbing hills. 

This is a cargo bike of the highest order, well thought out and engineered as a real transportation and carrying solution, not a novelty. This is bike you can safely carry 3 small children to school with on a daily basis in good or bad weather. 

The Urban Arrow cargo bike takes a lot of the sting out of pushing a cargo bike around by pedal power. The electric assist makes it a little easier to get started and to climb hills. It also can extend the range of your cargo bike by getting you further, faster. In a place like San Francisco, for instance, you can easily get around the entire city with an Urban Arrow and never need a car. 

Mom's really like the idea of an electric cargo bike. You get exercise and fresh air. You get a safe vehicle to transport kids and go to the store. You get money savings and you get to park just about anywhere. Which makes the Urban Arrow a solution for progressive moms who want to do things a different way than lining up at the pre-school in a minivan. The Urban Arrow makes getting out an adventure and an exercise in exercising, as it were. 


The Urban Arrow cruises at speed around 16 MPH but we recommend keeping the speed down. Get there safely and calmly. As a bike, it's equipped with a front and rear light to keep you visible at night. 

There's a sturdy center stand meant to keep the bike upright whenever parked. 

The seat is a comfortable gel touring seat and it's a standard bike seat you can also swap it out with an even more comfortable. There are many accessories available for the bike.  

The Urban Arrow is in high demand. Right now there is a lead time of 5-10 weeks to get an order shipped. To find out more, contact our sales people.


A Beach Cruiser Electric Bike - IZIP Zuma


One of the best buys in electric bikes right now is the super slick ZUMA electric bike from Currie Technologies. For just around $2000 this bike gets you a 500W motor mounted to a solid beach cruiser frame with big balloon tires and a big battery for long distance travel by ebike. 

The rack on this bike is heavy duty, welded to the frame itself and can easily take a small passenger or lots of gear. For all practical purposes it's a cargo bike without the chunk of a real cargo bike. 

Simple 2 button operation lets you select between throttle power or pedal assist power for quick control and no fidgeting with fussy display modules. Just turn it on and go. 

The batter is removable too so you can charge it at your desk, bedroom or workshop. 

This is last years model so look for good buys on this bike right now. 



A Beach Cruiser Ride On Ocean Beach

Here's a great idea for a bike ride the next time you want to get out and have a great ride, get some better than usual exercise and enjoy the beach like never before.   

Beach Cruiser riding in Northern California isn't the same as it for our friends in So Cal. We don't have the miles of long flat giant beach coast that they have down south. It's harder to get that So Cal beach feel up here, even though we have great surfing and some times pretty good weather. Don't get me wrong- it's easier for us than, say, the Danes of Copenhagen, to get into the SoCal beach bike vibe, but I think I speak for all Californians when I say that we all like to go for a beach ride on a beach cruiser at sunset. Our weather is more prone to fog and chill than it is at the South, so not only do we have a more frigid beach culture, we don't have the surrounding amenities at the beach normally either: the babes in bikinis, the great beach shacks, cafes, bars and food stops. Up here it's more often an encounter with nature than it is a dance floor. Up here it's about sweaters, bon fires, beer and beanies and huddling under fog, surfing with thick wet suits, whale watching and kayaking and checking out the ocean from a mountain bike on a trail overlooking the ocean. 

But, there IS Ocean Beach. 

Ocean Beach is the perfect spot for dreamy, slow bike rides right at the ocean's water front, away from the cars and away from the confines of a narrow trail. The beach is miles long, scenic and full of friendly people. It's a great place for a bike ride. 

The weather is not always the greatest, but so what. Throw on a warm wool sweater, beanie and a scarf or wrap yourself in a great blanket and just cruise. 

More than likely you'll be the only person on the beach on a bike.  

Beach cruising isn't a favorite past time in the San Francisco area. Our hills and rocky beaches and weather are to blame for this.  With all of our attention on performance road and mountain biking, it's easy to forget about the simple pleasures of hopping on a fat tire beach cruiser and softly cruising along the beach absorbing the scenery and Vitamin E. 

The length of Ocean Beach is a little over 3 miles from Sloat to Pt Lobos. Round trip that's a 6 mile ride in the sand on a cruiser, which makes for a good ride. To extend things, do the same on the paved trail adjacent to the beach and if you have even more time, ride up and down Golden Gate Park for the full monty. 

Enjoy a ride along the beach and the park and then set your bars in the direction of a great pub or cafe or eatery. This ride is one of the safest rides in the city and it's also the least populated. Great views and great coastal air.

This ride goes great with a great micro beer or wine afterward. Pop into a fish restaurant, or stumble on some hard core ethnic authentic place to remind you of San Francisco's far reaching culture. You're in The City.  


Come to our ""WINTER"" Event December 14

Motostrano's California ""WINTER"" Fest Event Bike Show Swap Meet Music Thing

the Suburbanbikes / Motostrano California ""WINTER"" Fest Event Bike Show Swap Meet Music Thing
It's ""Winter"" in California, which means we wear our t-shirts and short pants and BBQ and ride our beach cruisers to the beach as usual. It's also time for another Motostrano event of sorts. This year we'd like to have you come out to our Redwood City store with your single speed cruiser creations. Ratrod, Beach Cruiser, Board Tracker, Stretched Out Chopper, Vintage Restoration, BMX, Fixed, Custom Fab, Burning Man, Motorized, Bike.
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Motostrano California  ""WINTER"" Fest Event Bike Show Swap Meet Music Thing
December 14, Saturday, 1 PM
926 Broadway St, Redwood City, California
We'll Have: 
A Bike Show- all the stuff just mentioned above lined up to look at. 
LIVE BAND- Bring an extra can of RAID and check out the live music of THE ROACHEZ featuring one of our very own playing live. Ladies & Germs, The Roachez: Sloppy grunge surf punk duo. 
MOTOSTRANO / Suburbanbikes BIKE SALE- All bikes will be on sale, with particular attention given to  any of our cruiser and fixed gear inventory. Buy Dad or Mom or Bro or Sis that cool new ride for 2014. We sell Felt, Fuji, SE, 3G, Brooklyn, Leader and others.
ACCESSORIES SALE- all accessories will be on sale. Stocking stuffers and so forth. 
COFFEE- we'll be offering fresh dripped coffeeX

Gift Ideas For Cyclists

Bikes & Bike Stuff are among the top things you can gift to any one on your list. Think of it- even if they are not currently a cyclist, getting some one back into cycling could be the greatest gift they could receive this Christmas. 

Biking is all around good for every one. It's healthy. It's good for your city, town or village. 

First up on a gift ideas list for a cyclist should be, of course, a new bike! 

Getting a new bike for Christmas brings us back to the days when we were a kid. What a great feeling to get new transportation via a shiny new bicycle. 

We have bicycles for all ages and all riding abilities. Bikes for the whole family, for friends and parents or a boss. 

Dig a little deeper:

For a youth, Fixed gear track bikes are still very popular with young kids. Bright colors. Simple mechanics. Light weight and easy to customize. Fixed gear bikes are a favorite mode of transportation for kids. We sell Leader, FUJI, Fyxation and Felt fixed gear bikes and these are very solid affordable bike options. 

For a wife or mom. Depending on her level of fitness, a common bike for a wife or mom could be a hybrid bike like a Felt Path, or a Marin dual sport bike, or something similar from Fuji. These are easy to ride, versatile bikes for all riding abilities. For less aggressive riding, you may want to get her a beach cruiser. We sell Felt and 3G beach cruisers. 

For a dad or husband. Men like road bikes and mountain bikes, as well as cruisers. Know your guy's tastes and know your size and we can find a good bike.

If your friend is an avid rider, we've got high end bikes too like the higher end road bikes, triathlon, cyclocross and mountain bikes we sell. 

For Grandpa and Grandma. We sell electric bikes, which older folks tend to enjoy. We also sell vintage styled cruisers and so forth.  

If your cyclist already has the bike of their dreams, they would love accessories. Things like a new helmet, or new grips or grip tape, or a new seat are great gifts. New riding clothing like a new jersey, shorts or socks. 

Suburbanbikes also stocks the full range of ABUS bike locks from Germany. We don't sell our ABUS locks online because, we feel, we'd be just another site selling ABUS locks online. But, you can find the full range of ABUS lock products in either our Redwood City or San Franisco stores. 

For the hard core rider, why not grab them new tires? Tires are a wonderful gift for any one who rides a lot and likes a fresh set of rubber on their bike. 

Need more help? Visit our store and we talk you through all kinds of ideas for a bike. 

Electrify Any Bike Or Buy One of Ours

BIONX makes some excellent e-bike conversion kits and our mechanic staff is well versed in all aspects of set-up and tuning of said set-ups. 

The BIONX system is affordable and well made. These are pedalec systems that let you pedal along with the assist of the rear wheel to keep you moving up nasty hills or through a headwind or just to be beat time. 

As an authorized BIONX dealer and bicycle dealer, we are able to combine a brand new bike and e-bike kit into one great little package. Like our Felt E-Mountain Bike based on the SIX 80 MTB. It features a light weight frame and it's ready for the trail. Or, if you are a commuter, we offer a great light weight commute bike option too with the FUJI Absolute hybrid bike

Besides being a great e-bike option for any one, the BIONX kits are ideal for any one who may consider e-biking an shorter term option. Many of our e-bike customers come to us with the intent of getting back into riding, for a number of reasons. Many are ditching their cars and aren't yet in shape enough to get out their and commute on a standard bike, so an e-bike is in their sites. Or, other times, customers are recouping from an accident or surgery and want to get on a bike as therapy but don't yet have the muscle strength needed to keep the bike to speed. 

If you just want one bike, rather than owning an e-bike and a regular bike, the BIONX kits are excellent choices. Ride your bike to work with your assist motor and as you get in better shape and used to commuting you can covert back to your normal bike if you want to. 

Another advantage of boing with the BIONX kit is that it allows you to mount your system to any bike you want, allowing you to make a very light weight bike, that in the end will be more pedalable than a heavier frame. Generally, the lighter the frame, the more expensive it is and many e-bike manufacturers try to keep the cost of the bikes down by including a heavier frame. 

The BIONX kits allow any one interested in building out a custom "performance e-bike" to really dial in the bets frame, the best components and so forth, just as they would a standard bike. 

Some of our recent builds:

SFBIKE Member, Tesla worker, Vanmoof Owner

For our SFBike membership we donated a Vanmoof bicycle for auction at their Winterfest event which is where SFBike raises a lot of its money for the rest of the year. 

We were stoked to find out that the winner of our Vanmoof bike at the auction was a guy who worked for Tesla, a company we admire for helping to make EV cars mainstream and cool. 

Here is posing with his new Vanmoof 5.1 bike. The 5.1 is a single speed cruiser with a built in Abus chain lock and built in Phillips lights, front and rear. 

This bike will be great for bombing around the Tesla factory and office complex.