About Felt's Cafe Bikes

I firmly believe that biking should be mainly about joy, about happiness and healthy living. This applies to all forms of the activity from racing, right on down (or up) to the toddler trainer bikes. Biking is about having fun. Period. Which is why we like Felt's Cafe Bikes so much.

Some of my greatest enjoyment comes from selling bicycles to new riders, inexperienced riders and older riders coming back to bicycling. They're not pros. They're not fitness mavericks and their not out to win any races. They're folks looking to get on a bike, do some mild riding, maybe some commuting, maybe run some errands.

If you have been to a bike shop recently, you have probably noticed that bicycles have been divided into a multitude of specific categories. There are all sorts of bikes on the showroom floor; so where does one start? Hybrid bikes Fitness bikes, City Bikes, Comfort bikes, Commuter bikes, Flatfoot type bikes. If you have ever asked yourself “When did shopping for a bicycle become so darn complicated?” then the Café series was designed with you in mind.

The fact is, there are plenty of folks out there who are just looking for one good bike that fits their busy lifestyle. You have a wide array of interests in life, so you need a bike that adapts to them. You might look at bikes as a tool towards health and fitness. After all, anytime is the right time to exercise. You might look at a bike as simply a means to get around. There are always plenty of places to go and people to see. You may even think about leaving the car at home on a workday. And by the time the weekend comes, you’re always up for a bit of fresh air, sunshine, and just plain fun. Whatever the situation, the Café meets the demands of your unique lifestyle.

When Felt  set out to develop the Café series, they did a considerable amount of market research. They started with the consumer focus groups and gave that input to the engineering group with the clear goal of satisfying two priorities… comfort and handling.

First and foremost, they focused on the body position of the rider. Felt knew Café customers would not want to be compromised in an aggressive, stretched-out, competitive position. At the other extreme, we recognized that today’s flat-foot-type comfort bikes were lacking in terms of climbing, acceleration and maneuverability. Since Café bikes were created for riders with broad styles and intended uses, they spent considerable time working to achieve the ideal balanced seated position. Comfortable yet sporty, relaxed yet retaining superb handling, Café bicycles possess as much ability as the riders they are seeking.

Once Felt arrived at the ideal body position, they turned our focus to the rider’s contact areas:
• Premium saddles featuring gel-infused, double-density foam
• Custom handlebar shape with mild sweep is easy on the wrists
• Super-soft double-density Kraton rubber handlebar grips help minimize road vibration
• Aluminum pedals with rubber inserts enhance traction and reduce vibration

Reduced weight automatically translates to increased efficiency. By using aluminum material wherever possible, the Café models are significantly lighter than most so-called comfort bikes currently on the market.

You will find lightweight and corrosion-resistant aluminum employed on: Frames & forks, Handlebars, Stems & seatposts, Crank & pedals, Wheelsets (rotating mass is most important). Durable, smooth and efficient Shimano Drivetrains are equipped on all models. Twist-type shifters are easy, intuitive, and always let you know what gear you are in.

Finally, Felt wanted to make sure the bikes were outfitted to the gills. All Café bikes feature: Puncture-resistant tires, Aluminum kickstand, Lightweight aluminum cup holder, Safety bell. The Café Deluxe models take it a step further with these extras: Ultra-light aluminum rear carrier, Removable clip-on saddle bag, Lightweight fenders to ward off road debris.

While Café bikes are decidedly classic in appearance, we still made sure to utilize all of today’s technical advancements, lightest materials, premium components and modern amenities. Whether it’s taking you through your neighborhood, to the coffee shop, to a new level of fitness, or just taking you away from it all, the Café was designed to do so while giving you the ride of your life.

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BOSCH EMTB Update

Bosch is launching a new trail riding feature for Performance Line CX called eMTB mode. This new feature will automatically change between assistance modes depending on pedal pressure for optimal support on different types of terrain, allowing riders to concentrate their full attention on the trails and achieving #UphillFlow.

The eMTB mode replaces the traditional Sport mode (210% boost) with a “Variable” mode which provides assistance between Tour (120%) and Turbo (300%). This gives riders ideal power at all times, even at low pedaling frequencies, without them ever having to toggle between support levels. The amount of assistance is dependent on the rider’s pedal pressure (see above graphic), starting with light drive unit support at light pressure and increasing to maximum support as pedal pressure is increased. The system responds almost instantaneously and the rider continues to experience the “natural riding sensation,” whether starting off or accelerating. As soon as the pedal pressure decreases, the power assistance is smoothly regulated downwards. Thus the rider has much greater control when riding through narrow, winding sections of a trail.

 

eMTB mode will be available to old and new customers beginning in July

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.