Time To Tune Up

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This article 1st appeared in the February edition of the Ashland LocalsGuide

We’re lucky enough to be able to ride year ’round in Ashland due to the mild winters here. Many of you may not agree with that assessment but trust me, after spending decades in the high country of Montana and Colorado, winter in southern Oregon is a piece of cake! Nevertheless, I know many of you have your bikes in temporary storage while awaiting warmer days. Now is the perfect time to consider a pre-season tune-up to assure that you’re safe and ready to go once the temps reach your comfort zone.

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Even the most expensive of bikes, whether standard or electric, experience component wear and require periodic maintenance to keep them running smoothly. This will also prevent more costly repairs down the road. Every bike should, at minimum, have a general tune-up performed on it once a year. Items to be addressed include: inspect and adjust brakes, gears, cables, headset, hubs, bottom bracket, and wheel spokes. Tire pressure and tread condition, as well as all major bolt tightness should be checked. Chain wear is a key item to be checked; replacing a worn chain is far less expensive than waiting until it wears all the gears as well. Following these guidelines will assure that your first ride of the new season will be safe and secure.

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Now can also be a great time to invest in any accessories that you’ve been considering to make your riding experience more pleasurable and effective. Baskets, bags, fenders, horns, cell phone holders; all these items can take your riding to the next level.

How about your helmet; is it comfortable and you use it or does it sit at home while you venture into the world unprotected? There’s nothing pretty about a head injury. On that note, if appearances are a primary deterrent to you wearing a helmet, please come see the stylish helmet covers we offer to help you present a more fashionable appearance while you protect the only head you’ll ever have in this lifetime.

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OK, now you know what it takes to stay ahead of the curve before the upcoming warm weather riding season. Make an appointment to get your bike in tip top shape now and avoid the rush when everybody else is scrambling to get their bike serviced in a few months from now. Who knows; you may even find yourself adding a few months to your usual riding season, and that’s a good thing for us all.

Winter Riding with Electric Bikes

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This article first appeared in the December 2014 edition of the Ashland LocalsGuide

Winter Riding with Electric Bikes

 If you’ve been reading my articles here in the Locals Guide you know that I view electric bikes as legitimate alternative transportation more so than just-for-fun, next-generation bicycles. Don’t misunderstand; I’m all about the fun factor – and its huge! – but there’s so much more to this e-bike picture. Ask any e-bike owner and you’ll most likely hear how they use their new bike instead of the car more and more of the time. That’s all easy to grasp during the glory days of summer, but what about this time of year now that the weather is changing? With wintertime approaching the challenges to bicycle commuting inevitably arise. The good news is that things are different with an e-bike.

The old story involves dressing to keep warm on the bike but then overheating in short order on your way to work, school, etc. With an electric bike the task actually becomes much easier. You no longer need be overly concerned about overheating, getting sweaty, and then chilly along your way. You can rely a bit more on the electric assist in the winter to help keep you from working up a sweat on the trips when you simply want to arrive quickly, comfortably, and dry. Heart-pounding, sweat-streaming workouts are always an option, but they are always exactly that – an option.

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You will need to dress warmer than you would if you were simply going out for a walk. Higher speeds mean greater wind chill factors, so layer up for wind resistance as well as warmth. A wind breaker or rain coat is essential for holding the warmth in as you cruise along at 10-20 mph. Rain pants help immensely too. A thin hat worn under your helmet that covers your ears will make a world of difference. We have fabric helmet covers that provide warmth and rain protection as well as offering a fashion statement opportunity! Gloves and glasses (clear safety glasses at night) will also increase your comfort level.

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If you feel warm, safe, and dry you won’t hesitate to jump on your bike in all but the nastiest of weather. In fact, you may discover for the first time the beauty that abounds all around during what most people consider foul weather conditions. So, bundle up, appreciate the assistance that your electric motor provides, and enjoy the gifts of the great outdoors all year ’round.

Juiced Riders ODK Cargo Bike V3 is here!

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The V2 cargo bike from Juiced Riders has been a big hit with customers over the past two years. Now that the newer V3 has arrived, we expect it to be just as, and possibly even more, popular with our customers for many good reasons.

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Upgrades include an even larger capacity (22AH!) battery, hydraulic disc brakes front and rear, integrated tail light, alloy chainguard, improved throttle response, and front frame mounts to accept Juiced Riders’ hefty custom front basket. The Bafang motor has been refined for smoother, quieter performance especially upon start-up. Additional features include a USB charge port on the battery for your small electronic devices, an improved Promax quick release seat post clamp, and lighter inner tubes with puncture resistant sealant inside.

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This bike appeals on so many levels. Its the most powerful bike in the shop, ready to tackle the toughest hills. Its low step through frame and smaller wheels makes it easy to manage for even the shortest of riders. The V3 is priced at $3199 which puts it right in line with the Yuba Mundo and the soon-to-be-released Stretch Cargo Bike from Pedego. We were initially a bit concerned about such a big upgrade and price increase over the V2s, but now that we have the V3s on hand, the improvements clearly merit the new price. A good bike has become a great one, solidifying Juiced Riders’ place amongst the leaders of the ever expanding e-bike pack. This is an unique and distinctive e-bike that deserves a good long look.

 

The Cargo Bike Revolution is On!

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We’ve been singing the praises of electric assisted cargo bikes for years now. The momentum is building all across the country as well as continuing its more established growth worldwide.

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Here’s a link to an evolving crowd-sourced documentary that highlights the history and current usage of cargo bikes in general. Its a quiet (r)evolution that’s changing our world – one bike at a time:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1887563980/less-car-more-go-the-cargo-bike-documentary

Enjoy the trailer and chip in if you feel compelled. The future is in our hands at so many levels; its time to help make a difference.

The Value of Electric Bikes in Hilly Communities

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Here’s an article that highlights the efficacy of electric bikes in the hilly town of Brattleboro, Vermont. All the same points apply to us here in Ashland as well as most of the southern Oregon/northern California region. Its a short enjoyable read. Check it out:

http://digital.vpr.net/post/e-bikes-are-catching-hilly-vermont

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