Leonardo Cycles at Pedalfest 2016

Pedalfest_13407298_1205364182841564_239654399005047191_nPedalfest 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 …

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2nd Sunday Community Ride

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:

Leonardo Cycles
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/groups/leonardozbikeclub/LCRide_Oct112015

Why Buy an Electric Bike?

 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


2nd Sunday Community Bike Ride – 6/12

MayCommunityRide_2016Ready to Ride?!

This Sunday we will ride to Fairfield along McGary Rd (designated bike path) to Cordelia and return the same route. It is approximately 11.6 miles one way. We can continue a couple of miles further to hit a Starbucks if the group agrees or a cafe in Hiddenbrooke.

Remember, two lucky people can ride our electric bikes. First come first serve!

Join and follow our Facebook group, Leonardo’s Bike Club, at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/leonardozbikeclub/

When: This Sunday, June 12th
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:
Leonardo Cycles
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 Google map of the approximate route: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/419+Georgia+Street,+Vallejo,+CA/Rodriguez+High+School,+5000+Red+Top+Rd,+Fairfield,+CA+94534/@38.1512763,-122.2336197,13z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x80857365a1361067:0xed237f985b17e663!2m2!1d-122.2559046!2d38.1008284!1m5!1m1!1s0x808512589084b9db:0x530de1fc659448e3!2m2!1d-122.144258!2d38.199404!3e1


Memorial Day Weekend Special!


Hey batter batter! Memorial Day Weekend kicks off summer and what better way to enjoy the season then with Oakland As baseball tickets! With a purchase of $100 or more, receive 2 free As tickets. With a purchase of $50 or more, receive 50% off 2 As tickets.

OFFER EXCLUDES LABOR & REPAIRS. $19 – 36. value each ticket. Seats in Field Level, Plaza Level, or Plaza Outfield. Ticket availability is very limited and on a first come first serve basis. Purchase must be in store only, not online. Store will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, 5/30.