The voting is now open for Solano County’s Best of 2017 of through October 8th! We would appreciate a vote for us for this year’s best of. Help all of your favorite local businesses by taking the time to vote. Leonardo Cycles can be found under Retail and Shopping — Bike Store. Thank you for your continued support!!
We will be at Pedalfest again this year and looking forward to it. This year we will have our ebikes on the test track! Join us at Jack London Square for a day of bicycle shenanigans, an amphibious bike race, dare-devil stunts, art bikes, and live music on a pedal-powered stage.
Enjoy pedal-powered food, a pedal powered sound stage featuring live music, dare devil stunts, a kid’s bike rodeo, safety training, and the most amazing collection of bicycles to be seen from vintage and hand built bikes to high-end customs, sturdy commuters and creative art bikes. Free Bike Valet will be available for all visitors!
Join us from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, July 22nd. All proceeds benefit Bike East Bay!
Leonardo Cycles is participating in the Bike To Work Day, Thursday, May 11th! We will have an energizer station at the shop from 12 – 7 pm so ride your bike to work, and stop by to re-hydrate and re-fuel!
Bike to Work events will take place throughout the month of May including a Team Bike Challenge and Bike Commuter of the Year Awards. Energizer stations will be set up throughout Solano and Napa counties on Bike to Work Day. For more details, click here.
Looking forward to attending the Benicia Mini Maker Faire, Sundy, April 2nd! Hope to see you there!
Our friends at Bike East Bay have posted an article about which roads have been washed out due to the heavy winter rains. We are sharing it with you.
Leonardo Cycles is pleased to offer layaway! Terms are flexible; you can determine your own payment plan. That bike you’ve had your eye on can be yours by Spring! Stop by the store for details.
We also continue to offer financing through Synchrony Bank if you prefer instant pick-up of your purchase. You can choose a deferred interest rate for 6 to 12 months, or a low fixed rate of 9.99%. Leonardo Cycles strives to make your purchasing easy and convenient.
Happy 2017 from Team Leonardo
Come shop downtown Vallejo to support your local small businesses! As a special thanks to our customers, all merchandise is 20% off from Friday, 11/25 thru Sunday, 11/27!
This does not include labor. This does include our current 10% off on all merchandise sale through the end of the year.
Thanksgiving Thursday CLOSED
Black Friday, 11/25 10 – 6 extended hours!
Christmas Day CLOSED
New Year’s Day CLOSED
We are thankful for each of you and our community. We wish you and yours a happy & healthy Thanksgiving.
Pedalfest celebrates all-things bicycling at Jack London Square on Saturday, July 23, from 11 AM to 6 PM. This free festive day presented by Jack London Square, Bike East Bay and Bay Area Bikes will pack the Oakland waterfront with more than 25,000 biking enthusiasts. From bike geeks to weekend warriors, enjoy bicycle-themed entertainment, food and fun for everyone including:
- Cycling daredevils performing in The Drome
- Awe-inspring bicycle stunts
- Rock the Bike’s pedal-powered stage featuring live music
- Recycled wizardry from Whymcycles
- Bicycle vendors, artisans and more
- Kid’s bike parade
- Pedal-powered food and drink
- Kid’s bike rodeo
- Bicycle photo booth
- Free valet bike parking
- Dazzling collection of new, vintage and handmade bikes
- New Belgium Beer Garden with all proceeds going to support the advocacy work of Bike East Bay
- And more …
When: This Sunday, July 10th
Where: Northern Vallejo to Napa, #18 of the SF Bay Trail. For now, we are thinking of riding just to American Canyon, but possibly up to the Napa Valley Airport or further, subject to the riders.
Time: meet at 8:45 am, leave at 9 am sharp. Depending on the pace, the estimated return is around 12 pm.
Meeting place/store location:
419 Georgia St, #29
between Sonoma Blvd. & Marin St.
BYOG (bring your own gear): water, snacks, helmet, sunglasses, sunscreen; dress appropriate for the weather
RAIN CANCELS. Light rain/drizzle–we’ll go for it.
Here’s a link of the approximate route: http://baytrail.org/get-on-the-trail/map-by-number/northern-vallejo-to-napa/
Join and follow our Facebook group, Leonardo’s Bike Club, at: https://www.facebook.com/
Why Buy an Electric Bike?
As the US continues to urbanize, traffic increases, and vehicle costs climb, more people are seeking convenience and looking for alternative transportation. Enter the electric bike.
Although the first one was designed and patented in 1895, they have started to gain in popularity some 100 years later.
China has the largest electric bike market at approximately 120 million (Wikipedia, 2016) while with EU countries, the numbers have risen from 98,000 in 2006 to 1,139,000 in 2014, Germany with 42% of the market, (Germany, 42%; the Netherlands, 20%; and Belgium, 11%) (CONEBI, 2016). Interestingly, in 2012, according to an article from Yale Environment 360, in the US there were nearly as many electric bikes sold as electric cars, approximately 53,000 (Gunther, 2013).
So why an ebike?
Cost effective. Ebikes are less expensive than cars, not just the obvious comparison—the purchase of a new car—but even compared to the price of a used car. There are no costly repairs, little service and maintenance required; none of the typical vehicle expenses such as gas, insurance, registration, title, licensing, or smog expenses.
Convenience. Unlike a pedal-only bike, unlike cars or trucks, electric bikes provide the convenience to get through traffic, climb steep hills, or carry a load effortlessly. Ebikes give you power on demand. Most are pedal-assist, which means you can pedal all on your own or choose a level of pedal-assistance, anywhere from 1-9 levels, depending on the ebike.
Flexibility. An ebike gets you where you need to go, and even places you may not typically have access to. With bicycles becoming more commonplace, more cities are adding distinctive and clearly marked bike lanes making it safer for riders. This gives riders more flexibility and convenience and can only help encourage more people to ride a bicycle. Also more and more municipalities are closing downtown areas to heavy traffic creating public and social space.
For recreational use, you can get a strenuous workout and challenge yourself, or not, your choice. When you need some assistance you have it—getting up a hill, keeping up with other riders, or an assist when riding in the wind or rain. For the average rider, they are more likely to ride further and longer on an ebike, so they are actually more motivated and therefore get more productive workouts.
In a 2015 Norwegian study, 66 participants were given electric bikes and 160 were given regular bikes for a limited time. As a result, the ebike riders increased their trips from 0.9 to 1.4, distances from 4.8 km to 10.3 km, and overall share of all transport from 28% to 48%. The results were higher in females vs males, no difference by age. (Fyhri & Fearnley, 2015).
Future technology. Ebikes are clearly better for the environment with zero emissions, and are very quiet. Of course, there is a small amount emitted from charging the batteries if you are using energy from a non-renewable source. According to a 2012 article in The Ecologist, “After factoring in CO2 emissions produced during electricity generation, an e-bike’s carbon footprint is just 2.6 grams of CO2 per mile, compared to 150 grams for most electric cars and 136 grams for scooters.” (Martin, 2012).
Why a Leonardo?
Efficiency. Leonardo ebikes are built to look, feel, and handle like a bike, unlike some ebikes which function more like a scooter—heavier, more drag, with less maneuverability. A Leonardo climbs hills in access of 23% grade. The average battery range is 30-60 miles, depending on the terrain and load. Leonardo ebikes deliver superior comfort and ridability.
We see electric bicycles as a vehicle from the past, for the future. Ebikes will be a part of the future of transportation.
Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI). (2016). European Bicycle Market: 2015. Retrieved from http://www.conebi.eu/
Fyhri, A., & Fearnley, N. (2015, May). Effects of e-bikes on bicycle use and mode share. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. Institute of Transport Economics, Norway, 36:45-52. doi:10.1016/j.trd.2015.02.005
Gunther, M. (2013, Apr 22). Will electric bicycles get Americans to start pedaling? Yale Environment 360. Retrieved from http://e360.yale.edu/feature/will_electric_bicycles_get_americans_to_start_pedaling/2642/
Martin, B. (2012, Mar 1). Pedal power: how ‘e-bikes’ are changing the way we commute. The Ecologist. Retrieved from http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/out_and_about/1264815/pedal_power_how_ebikes_are_changing_the_way_we_commute.html
Wikipedia. (2016). Electric bicycle. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_bicycle